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The 100 Day Challenge, The Power of Habit, and New Years Resolutions

So, you read the title, and it was all good until your eyes reached those last 3 words – NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS. It’s ok. I saw you get twitchy but stay with me. It’s a simple trip! Let’s talk about the 100-day challenge and the power of habit first.

 Hey, Elevate family, it’s Zoe, Nutrition Consultant and coach at ESPC. At Elevate, we encourage our Elevate Family members to be active and healthy every single day. At the beginning of this year Coach Max Jones, and I started a 100-day challenge and several of our members joined us. The goal was to walk or run 1 mile every single day. Since Max and I are both runners, on days where running was part of our training schedule, getting our mile was easy. But on other days we actually had to carve out a small chunk of time to get that mile in. There were some walks in 112 degrees. There were some dark late-night walks. There were walks alone and walks with friends. But every day for the last 257 days, there has been a walk or run of at least one mile, every single day.

 In the beginning, for me, 100 consecutive days seemed impossible, and a scheduling nightmare. In the middle it looked like I could champion through it. About ¾ of the way through, it seemed like the best, most normal part of my day, and something I looked forward to. It had become close to Zen and meditative for me. When day 100 hit, I was addicted to the daily habit.

 The reason for the 100-day challenge was to exercise the muscle known as “habit.” No, there’s not really a muscle called the “habit muscle” like there is a bicep, abdominal muscles, or calf muscles. The habit muscle is more of a mental muscle. But, just like our actual muscles, the habit muscle gets stronger over time the more we exercise it or work it. Through practicing a specific habit over a course of several weeks (in this case 100 days) that habit becomes ingrained in our everyday way of life, and 100 days later, VOILA! we are a little healthier!

Habit development takes daily practice. Practice takes patience. Patience takes faith in yourself. Sometimes you’ll miss your mark but continue on. Your habit muscle will get stronger.

 So, what does all of this have to do with those 3 words – New Years Resolution?

Stay with me.

As every new year draws closer, a good majority of us start thinking along the lines of “How would I like this coming year to be different?” and we start thinking of possible New Years resolutions. We want to be a better, healthier version of ourselves in the coming year, but we wait until AFTER the year has started to practice our new habits. Our resolutions.

 What if this year we did it differently? What if this year, we START the year….at the stroke of midnight in the new year…already a healthier version of the person we were in the old year?

 On September 23, there will be 100 days left in 2018.  2019 is 100 days away.

Join me in finishing off the year, 100 days, with one healthy habit. It doesn’t have to be 1 mile a day but pick one specific thing and stick to it for the last 100 days of 2018 - I like the idea of 1 mile each day (walk or run) because 1 mile is specific and measurable.

 It might take rearranging your schedule or talking friends/family to join you. It might mean changing a meeting from a sit-down event to a walk-and-talk.

Join me on 9/23, our day 1 resolution to start 2019 as a healthier version of our 2018 self.

 Who’s in?

 Comment below if you’d like to join us for the last 100 days of 2018.

As always, the Elevate staff is honored to join you on your journey to healthy living. Let us know how we can help.