This January marks two years I’ve been refined sugar-free, so I’m challenging you to do something for 30 days.
In December 2014, I was at my heaviest and after overindulging throughout the holiday that year (also happened to be my champagne birthday!) I needed a health re-start. I decided to give up sugar for one month – January 2015 – to jumpstart a healthier year (also the year I got married).
I already ate relatively healthfully, but quit refined sugars cold turkey and starting hitting the gym five days a week. I started losing lots of weight, had more energy, noticed fewer headaches – the list of benefits goes on. Noticing this progress and how much better I felt, I continued with this positive habit change the next month… and the next…
Today, it’s been over two years without the sweet stuff and there’s no looking back! At the time, I never realized what I was doing was similar to a “30-day challenge,” but now we see the growing popularity of this trend in journaling, at fitness studios, for decluttering, and more.
There’s lots of evidence that doing something every day is key to habit change and real progress. As Gretchen Rubin notes, it can also simply be easier to maintain a habit by doing it every day instead of once in a while; it removes the dilemma over whether or not to do it.
Whether you want to stop doing something (like eating sugar) or start doing something (like working out), doing a 30-day challenge can put you on the fast track to seeing successful results or, at the very least, allow you to learn something important about yourself.
A friend of mine who recently conquered a 30-day spinning challenge said the best thing she got from doing it was a change in mentality. Completing it made her realize she can’t make excuses for not going to spin class because when she made it a priority, she could go.
This year, I hope to play the piano more and get back into yoga – two activities I plan to put to the 30-day test. Other ideas might include a blog post a day, reading, doing planks, making your bed, etc.
Do you have any resolutions that could be put to the 30-day challenge to kick-start a routine or simply make you realize that you can? Share your thoughts below – I love this topic and am so curious to hear what goals could benefit from it!