100 Days Health Challenge: February 10-May 21

Right before I left for a job interview, I expressed some concern to my most honest friend that I was feeling apprehensive about the trip, largely because I didn’t feel great about the shape I was in. Rather than assuage my fears, my friend told me that I “definitely wasn’t at my best.” Everyone should really have at least one friend that honest. 🙂

I survived my worries about the job interview, but the nagging truth that I need to get back to work on my health has lingered–if not enough to lead to an actual change–since I’ve returned.

I’ve certainly written about my frustration at my inability to get myself back into the shape I was in 5-6 year ago a few times, but every effort in the past couple of years has stalled before I could make the changes into a habit, leading to a series of failures that seem to build on themselves.

So what to do? A few days ago, I saw a reference on Facebook to the idea of using one hundred days as a marker of success, the same way we use the first hundred days of a Presidency to evaluate its success. Given the beginning of the current Presidency, I may not be setting a very difficult challenge for myself, but one hundred days offers a reasonable amount of time to achieve some goals for myself.

I’m not sure that I have a specific plan in mind yet, but I want to center myself on three goals for every day:

  • healthy, vegetable and fruit-driven eating
  • enough physical activity to feel good about myself and my energy level
  • enough time feeding my mind with reading that isn’t on a screen or an essay

Let’s hope that the next 100 days show good progress on all three fronts.