As you know, I’ve committed myself to 31 days of bloggy Summer good times. But I also have some other goals for the month, and I’ll let you in on a little secret as to why that is.
It’s something called “Retry July.”
Remember all those resolutions for the new year you made with champagne brain before the clock struck midnight? Oh…yeah. Or maybe you’re a resolution cynic like me and you didn’t make a single one.
I’m not going to assume you failed to follow through on those resolutions…but…well, statistically, most people do. Here’s the thing: In Retry July, YOU GET ANOTHER CHANCE. You don’t have to wait until January 2014 to set your goals again and take another stab at making a change.
For me, most of my goals are fitness and health related, simply because I’m recovering from a knee injury that essentially involved my kneecap waking up one dancey day and deciding to ERUPT and cease to be a kneecap. (Exaggeration.) For the past few weeks, since I’ve been off of dance school for summer, I’ve gotten a head start on these goals, but I figured I’d write them out here for you all to see just to hold me accountable.
1. Jolly Good ElliptiCOOL Times: 5 x a week for 30 mins I shall brave the horror of the gym and get this elliptical business done. Which for the last three weeks I have done, and it is HORRIBLE until you’re done and then EVERYTHING IS RAINBOWS.
2. The 80 Day Pushup Challenge: This one was mostly just for fun. I started with 20 pushups and have been adding one more everyday. For example, today I did 39 consecutively. By August 31st, I’ll do 100 in a row. (Not sure if this is actually possible…but it’s worked so far! Mostly just an experiment; I’ll keep you posted.)
3. Refined Sugar Ninja Week: I did this once and I was crawling to the ice cream by the end of it. But it’s good and challenges are fun so I’m trying it again JUST FOR A WEEK. Join me? This is hard to do perfectly accurately, but basically NO OBVIOUSLY SUGARY bad foods. Replace with natural sugar instead!
Since goal numero 3 is a one week kinda thing, I’d like to have a different weekly goal/challenge for the month of July to supplement the other two which will be month-round. I’ll also be doing my daily physio exercises but I won’t write those all out for you because I’m sure you care not for the details of the reverse yoga ball bridge superman exercise, for example.
So will you join me? I’m not asking you to commit to curing cancer by August; just pick one little goal and see if you can carry it through the month. Retry July is Resolution January’s modest and humbled brother, so don’t let perfection be the enemy of good. Give it a try and we can bitch together about the absence of brownies and creepy leg-press machine man. Sound good?