That may be the most convoluted post title I’ve ever come up with. I kind of like it.
My January habit/challenge was actually hosted by Amanda at Run to the Finish.
Challenge: 5 minutes upon waking spent saying affirmations, creating a gratitude list, meditating, or free writing.
While I did the meditation/affirmations first thing in the morning, I’m not sure it really worked for me. I don’t feel like it affected me much during the day. It was just one more thing to check off my to do list and I never really got into it. I was able to get it done 28 out of the 31 days in January (all 3 missed days were while we were on vacation), so I still earned a few rewards along the way (a bubble bath, a KIND bar, a treat on the cruise, and a day off), I just don’t think it “took”.
That being said, I know this area of my life is something I need to work on so I’m still going to try to figure something out. Last year I focused on the positive quotes first thing in the morning, but again, by midday that feeling of calm was out the window. I might try doing the meditations for longer, and in the middle of the day. Or 5 minutes in the morning, 5 minutes in the afternoon…I’m not really sure. I’m going to play with it a little bit and see what happens.
So. On to February.
I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do for February, but Karena had an idea for me: go vegan. I immediately started to sweat and just couldn’t wrap my mind around it…especially since we were having the conversation on January 29th and I wasn’t sure 3 days would be enough time for me to get ready to go vegan for a month.
So, I thought and thought and decided maybe I would meet her halfway.
For the month of February, I will be mostly dairy free. I’m not aiming for perfection here, and I have no doubt that a little dairy might sneak in from time to time. Since I don’t have a health problem with dairy and this is more of a challenge just to see if I can do it, my goal is to be consciously dairy free, but not nitpickingly so. What does that look like for me?
- I will not be consuming yogurt, milk, cheese, or butter.
- I will not worry if my multivitamin contains dairy because the amount is probably pretty trace.
- I will choose the menu item with the least amount of dairy and ask it to be prepared without butter when we eat out.
- I will not ask to see the ingredients list for anything I order to see if there’s something hidden.
- I will buy a non-dairy protein powder for my smoothies.
- I will not stress when going to other people houses and expect them to offer me dairy free choices.
- I will do my best to choose consciously, but don’t expect to be perfect.
Those are my self made guidelines. I think they look pretty good, actually!
As always, there will be weekly rewards involved to keep me motivated:
- Daily – A little sticker on a monthly calendar.
- February 1-7 – If I get at least 6 stickers, I’ll treat myself to a bubble bath.
- February 8-14 – If I get at least 6 stickers, I’ll treat myself to $5 in digital scrap stuff.
- February 15-21 – If I get at least 6 stickers, I’ll treat myself to a movie rental in the middle of the day while the kids are at school.
- February 22-28 – If I get at least 6 stickers, I’ll treat myself to a dairy free KIND bar.
- Whole month – If I get at least 26 stickers, I’ll treat myself to a completely (well…mostly) chore free day during the week.
That’s it! I’ve already made it through breakfast and I have to admit I was scrambling a little bit. I haven’t been to the grocery yet to replace my dairy stuff and I was really missing my greek yogurt as I ate my oatmeal. I tried pouring in a little soy milk for creaminess (and to get some protein in…one of my biggest concerns), but it just wasn’t the same. Sad face. I’m looking forward to getting to the grocery so I can get some coconut milk yogurt!!