super summer challenge: restarting

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Hi! I’m still alive! Wondering where I’ve been? Well, I’ve been strapped to a keyboard all week because my cookbook manuscript is due this coming Monday. A lot of things have fallen by the wayside (uh, like doing the laundry and taking showers) while I complete this final push to get my book turned into my editor on time. Something else that has taken a back seat? The Super Summer Challenge. I did a great job all through June, but as soon as July hit and life got really busy, the #SSChallenge went out the window. I was feeling all guilty about, so I chatted it over a bit with Coach Krissie, and turns out, she’s in the same boat. Since I’m knee-deep in recipe-writing land, she offered up a guest post on how she’s tackling restarting and finishing out the challenge on a bang.

Take it away, Coach Krissie!

krissie

I have a confession to make.

I didn’t track a single Super Summer point from July 4 until August 1.

I had good intentions. I switched up my point system a few times, but nothing resonated with me. When my life got crazy busy, Super Summer was just the first to go.

Although some things definitely stopped getting done, a few surprising things happened as a result of the first month of hard-core Super Summer-ing.

  • I am putting energy into my physical appearance. Prior to Super Summer, I wasn’t making my appearance a priority. At all. I was letting busy and overwhelm overtake everything. I was allowing the guilt of things not getting done overtake my desire to take the time to put on makeup and style my hair straight each day. I am proud to report that since Super Summer started – whether I was tracking points or not – I haven’t left the house without makeup other than to run. That is huge, my friends, considering I probably hadn’t worn any in the three months preceding. I am also sporting a new haircut – with bangs! – and straight hair more days than not. And it makes a huge difference in my motivation for everything else.
  • I am going to bed earlier. That 10:00 bedtime goal really stuck with me. Hard core. There are times when it is 9:55 and I’m brushing my teeth like a wild woman to get in bed “on time.” I’m digging my early bedtime habit.
  • I am looking for chances to increase my protein intake. I know, weird, right? I haven’t been tracking my food, so I have no idea if I’m getting in those 100 grams of protein, but I’m trying anyway. I’m snacking on boiled eggs and full-fat cottage cheese. I’m eating a little more meat. I wouldn’t have expected this at all.
  • I am going to yoga class weekly. I struggled with this for a long time. I was going most of the time, but I wasn’t taking the right mindset in and I wasn’t enjoying it. But it was a goal, so I was going. It is getting a little easier, and I don’t know if that is because I’m expecting less perfection or because I am getting better. All I know is that I’m there every week.

There are lots of things that I was doing consistently while I was tracking points that I miss, though. I was doing little things like putting on lotion, packing my lunch, cleaning out my car at the end of every day, making my bed. And I stopped doing them because I wasn’t writing them down anywhere. It is amazing how much that structure of tasks helped shape my day. I miss that.

So here we are at the beginning of August. And I’m ready to recommit. I’m going to pick up where I left off and fill up my thermometer already. And here’s how I’m doing it.

krissie super summer

I’m going back to basics. I’m working the program as it was intended from the start. No amendments. I’ve got my big list of goals and I’m going for it. I’m picking up where I left off and I’m gonna make it happen.

I’ll tell you this – it isn’t going to be easy. To fill my thermometer up to the top by September 1, I need to average 144 body points and 68 mind points each day. This feat is going to take a lot of focus, but I can totally do it. And if it takes until the first few days of September to get there, then that’s okay too. But that is definitely Plan B. I want to reach the original goal. And I am entertained by how I’m being motivated the feeling of having to catch up.

I think it is kinda funny that I got to a point where it felt “too easy” but then as soon as I made it more difficult, I threw in the towel. It wasn’t broken, and I tried to fix it. And it soon became overwhelming. I stopped doing all the little things that made my day happier when I tried to only focus on things that were really difficult. But I’m releasing guilt. I’m recognizing that I know what works and that’s what I’m going to do.

So tell me about your Super Summer. Are you still going strong? Are you thinking about a restart? Have you moved on to something different? Leave a comment or drop me an email at krissie@committedcoaching.com

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Happy Super Summer-ing, friends!

Are you still going strong? Are you thinking about a restart? Have you moved on to something different?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. I’ve definitely stopped tracking as well as things got busy and weekends got social but I think that on average I have been doing a good job keeping up the routine of most things. It was too hot to be physically active a lot of July and I think that also played into my stopping tracking as I knew I was racking up way more mind points than body.

  2. I totally stopped tracking right before the wedding and during the honeymoon. To be really honest, I haven’t even added up all my points in June so I have no idea where I am! I didn’t do a great job with picking my tasks before the challenge started, so I’m struggling with them now.

    I’m attempting to get back on track by using the Lift iPhone app. I’ve loaded a few of my tasks in there, and it’s helping me a TON. Tracking my points using pen and paper or using a spreadsheet didn’t help at all, but this app has been a life saver. I need to sit down and calculate how many points I have, to see how many I need to rack up for August.

    Good luck with your point tracking this month!

  3. Colleen

    I started the challenge late (July 9th!) because I needed something to motivate me this summer. I’m using a Google Doc to input my points and I found it really helped because I can input the points immediately after I do something on whatever device I’m using. My husband has been super helpful too…he makes sure I kiss him goodbye in the morning so I get those 10 points, encourages me to pack my lunch, reminds me to write in my gratitude journal, etc. I discovered that there are some goals that I’m not even attempting (doesn’t help that I haven’t unpacked my workout dvds yet), so I think once I hit my 5000, I am going to change up my goals so I’m still rewarding myself for the good work I’m doing. I’ve really loved this challenge!

  4. I haven’t stopped keeping track, I’m actually quite proud of myself since it’s not easy sometimes. I haven’t really been posting on Twitter or Instagram though. I won’t be able to reach the goal of 10,000 points by Sept., but I think I’m going to keep at it till I do.

    I’ve also changed the way I do some things because of the challenge. Like I drink more water at work and I’ll take the dogs on longer walks to get extra points.

  5. I seem to be on track more with my mind goals, but not the body ones for some reason. I think I made them more difficult and now it’s such a push to get them completed, but I am trying!

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