Whole Life Challenge // Week 5

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Hello!

Well, week 5 of the Whole Life Challenge has ended and it was, quite possibly the easiest week for me, nutrition-wise. Whatever stomach-flu/stomach bug is going around got me good last Saturday evening and I’m JUST NOW at a point where eating doesn’t make me nauseous. This whole week, I hardly ate at all, which made sticking to this a little bit easier–I only had to do it for one to two meals a day!

On the exercise front, I used both of my rest day tokens… My body was just too exhausted to really get a sweat in. I’m totally bummed because I was so sick on Sunday, that I forgot to log my score so I lost an entire day’s worth of points… I also tried to use the new Whole Life Challenge app, and I logged my score the opposite way, so on a day that I took my supplement and drank enough water and got my 10 minutes of movement and mobility in, I got zero points for that. I’ve emailed them, but haven’t gotten a response yet. I’m obviously competitive.

The lifestyle challenge was gratitude and it was so helpful for me. I love reflecting on my blessings, so choosing 3 things to be thankful for each day was fun for me! We ended the week with my family in Waco for Baylor Homecoming. It was a fun weekend full of love and the tragedy at OSU’s homecoming parade only reinforced my understanding of the importance to reflect on my life’s blessings in gratitude daily.

Here’s my weekly recap:

Nutrition/Supplement: When I tell you that this girl was sick, I mean THIS. GIRL. WAS. SICK. I’ve been under the weather for a WEEK now. The good news is that it wasn’t hard to stick to Paleo when I didn’t have an appetite for ANYTHING! This weekend we went down to Waco for Baylor homecoming, which would most definitely be a weekend for indulgences, but I did great!! [AKA I didn’t eat anything]. What I DID eat was Jimmy John’s… they have a sandwich called an ‘Unwich’ so it’s wrapped in lettuce! It was a yummy way to get a good meal in for the day while keeping with the diet!

I’ve lost 4 pounds, though.

Fitness/Mobility: This is what has lacked for me this week. I overall, barely got in my 10 minutes of each. My muscles were achy and sore from the bug and my body was tired and weak. I tried to nap as much as I could… I’ll do better next week. 10 minutes of working out is not enough in my book.

Hydration: The bug left me severely dehydrated and I felt like I was playing catch up all week. I felt like I was always drinking water and could never fully hydrate! I’m glad I’m feeling better now!

Lifestyle Challenge // Gratitude: This week’s challenge was to practice gratitude. Every day, we were supposed to pick three things we are thankful for and write about them in our reflections for the day. I think practicing gratitude is one of the best things you can do in life. Reflecting on all the good things around you can only bring humility and optimism into your life and make your days infinitely easier. Even though I was so, very sick, I was able to focus on the good in my life because of this week’s gratitude challenge and, honestly, during the worst moments of that horrible night of sickness, I planned out the three things I was going to write about for the gratitude challenge and those reflections [and a lot of prayer] got me through. It’s inspired me to do something cool this year.

Every November, I ask my students to share one thing they are thankful for each day in class. I have each student share their blessings aloud and it ends up being an activity that my students always remember. This year, I want to extend this practice here to my blog. I’m going to share what and who I’m thankful for each day on Instagram, some posts will carry over into blog posts about gratitude and why it’s so important to practice intentional gratitude daily! It’s a great way to get into the Thanksgiving spirit.

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