This month has been crazy, and has been such a good experience. I loved being able to ramp up healthy habits and things that help to reduce my negative effect on the planet. When I originally started this challenge, it was the most intensive way I could think of to gain footing in making things stick. Although I did not do everything perfectly, I am content with the progress I have made over the last month.
Let’s start with food. I don’t think I have ever eaten as well and as consciously as I have for the last month. Being mindful of what I am putting in my body made me eat healthier on the whole. And although there was the occasional misstep, I did a lot better than I thought I would. I bought more fruits and veggies, and ate more clean. Adding in the Farmers Market component to this challenge was extremely beneficial. I tried some new things, and taught me to go outside my comfort zone. Before this, I would have never tried dandelion greens or even the green plums.
Now…on to workouts. I was almost perfect with my workouts. Forcing myself to be consistent makes it a part of my life. Some people really dread physical exercise. But the truth is is that I get to workout. After surviving cancer, it is nice to be able to do anything. Working out is no exception.
When it comes to waste, I would say that this is where I was my weakest. I realized quickly that there are many places that do not subscribe to the less is more philosophy with waste. Personally, I frequently forgot my reusable cups and eating take out made this more difficult than expected. However, I most definitely was more conscious of the waste I was producing. And although I wasn’t able to eliminate my waste, I’m definitely moving in the right direction.
All in all, this was a very cool experience. I learned about what motivates me and what I really enjoy doing. And I really enjoy being healthy. Exercising, taking care of the planet, and eating right just makes me a happier person.