7 Day Challenges-Let’s Go! (Dang, do I have to?)


I’m tired of my crap life. All I do is think of things I want to do, plan to do them, and then fail to even start. I swear to god I am about to quit writing this. That’s how bad it’s gotten. My life is exhausting and I’m sort of a sloth anyway. This combination is like Whitney Houston and crack: deadly.

Lately, I feel like I am waiting to die. How horrible is that? I have a kid! He deserves better. Screw him. I DESERVE BETTER. He’ll benefit from that. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. I’m not happy and I know it affects my parenting.

Like 99% of single mothers (heck, married ones too), I have a very hard time finding time to take care of myself. Within the last year, and more specifically the last 6 months, I’ve noticed my mental and physical health are for shit. I’m a zombie, a robot, devoid of pleasure and staring at an interminable to do list. My fat jeans are becoming my skinny jeans and I can’t blame the dryer because I’ve worn them all week. I’m moody, unmotivated and unhappy. Pharrel can go to hell.

This is no way to live. Stronger thighs and better attitude aren’t going to show up one day and apologize for breaking up with me. I’ve decided to start 7 day challenges to kick my ass into gear and start getting things done. Barring serious sickness or an emergency, there is no reason I can’t do something everyday, for 7 days straight. Here are some of challenges I will be tackling everyday for 7 days at a time. If the habits stick, cool. If not, cool. At least I will learn I can start something and FINISH something.

Here goes:


Drink a crap ton of water


Disconnect when not at work (scared of this)

Take a lunch break


Eliminate sugar from my diet (prayers to those around me)

Try something new. That could be as simple as driving a different way home or as crazy as going over to San Francisco for dinner alone. Who knows?!

The list is endless and I’d love to hear your ideas (don’t say give up coffee-it ain’t happening). For my inaugural week I have chosen exercise. Today is actually day 3. Day 1 was Tuesday. I’m sorry I didn’t keep you informed, dear readers (Mom). So far, so good. I’ll provide my full assessment after my workout on day 7. There. I said it. Now I have to do it.

Join me, lazy and busy people (No, that’s not an oxymoron. We can be busy with less important things and lazy when it comes to self-improvement). What are some of your 7 day challenges? Let’s help each other!!! I know I need it. When left to my own devices the only thing I help is myself, to another serving that is.

Choose a challenge for yourself and leave me a comment letting me know what it is. That will be considered your pledge. My challenges start on Tuesdays. I wish I would have started on Monday, but I procrastinate. It’s a miracle I’m doing this at all.

Okay, gotta go. Richard Simmons’ “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” is queud up and the music is making me want to hurl.


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7 Day Challenges-Let’s Go! (Dang, do I have to?) — 4 Comments

  1. Will you please write a book, and do it now? Because I need some entertaining reading material. I’m in. Let me know what you’re doing each week and I’ll join you. XO

  2. Let’s do this! Okay, in no particular order items that I will give myself 7-day challenges on are: adding a mile to my daily step count; losing the sugar for a week (dog help me); meditation (I have a 10 mins/day for 10 days app (free) that I can share if you’re interested; making at least one meal a day (can be any meal and doesn’t have to be fancy) but living on things like Timeless and ramen are doing me no favors (and things as simple as hummus and carrots for lunch absolutely will count); do yoga/pilates/stretching; do strength training (which includes situps/pushups/etc.); and tiny habits – which I’m signed up to do this next week (bit.ly/1m2pwQz) “Week 1” will be meditation and the tiny habits – which takes me through next week. Week 2 is TBD. ๐Ÿ™‚ -M

  3. I have started walking my boyfriend’s dogs everyday when he gets off work. It helps to have a partner who says, “I’m coming now” and I have to be ready or he sees me being lazy ๐Ÿ˜‰

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