Un-Short-Changing Myself for 28 Days
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree and Rising.
Iâ€™ve often heard that it takes 28 days for a new habit to take effect or for you to really see the effects of a new habit.
Since new moons are about beginnings and moons are 28-day cycles, I have developed 3 intentions for this new moon (and Iâ€™ll reassess at the full moon and then again at the next new moon). Just 3. Thatâ€™s all. Not my usual 300 or even 30. Nice, simple 3.
These are all in the are of taking care of myself physically, which is something I often fail to do because thereâ€™s so much to be done and when I scrimp on time, Iâ€™m the one who ends up short-changed.
1. 1 hour a day of powerwalking, either as with Shannon or on the treadmill. Regardless. Iâ€™ve been letting my schedule get in the way of this and I canâ€™t afford to let that happen. Must reclaim my hour and keep my legs strong.
2. 100 ounces of water a day. (That should help with the walking!) I also tend to let myself get dehydrated, which I never realized until I was pregnant with Aislinn and went into premature labor. Since then, itâ€™s been obvious. Not that I always do it, but Iâ€™ve been at my healthiest when I was doing 100 ounces a day. So, okay, I can have coke or wine or whatever but I must still have 100 ounces.
3. A new skin-care regimen. Another place I shortchange myself. There are 3 products Iâ€™ve been ecstatic over in the past 2 years. (If youâ€™re over 35, email me privately and Iâ€™ll share.) I stopped the first one when I was sick for a month with a throat infection and I misplaced the bottle, and honestly did not care at the time). The other 2, I started back in September and saw immediate results (well, within 24 hours) and the best results within 3 weeks, but I ran out several months ago and can tell the difference now that I let the regimen drop.
So if Iâ€™m reinventing myself this month, as Obi-Wan claims I am, letâ€™s just see what happens!