My Progress Report – How did I do?
Alright guys, it’s time for me to share my progress report for the June challenge for better mental health! Let’s see how I did!
First, let me go over what our goals were for the first week of the challenge. It’s always good to refresh our memories, you know, ’cause it can be easy to forget. So, goals for week one were:
- Drink more water (at least 48 oz. per day)
- Start keeping a progress journal
- Work on getting more organized
I wanted to start off with goals that weren’t too overwhelming, and fairly easy to attain. I think starting off with too much pressure or unrealistic goals can set us up for failure, so this is why I chose to begin this challenge with these simple goals.
Sharing our progress is an important part of the challenge, as it helps with accountability, and we get to see how far we’ve come with achieving our goals. It can be quite motivating to reflect on how much we’ve been able to accomplish!
I know you’re not here to hear all of those boring detals – you’re here to find out the results of my progress report! Hopefully you’re also here to share your own progress too! I’m just as curious to find out how well you did with our week 1 challenge as well!
Ok, so now let’s talk about how I did.
My Progress Report: Week 1 –
Drinking more water wasn’t really the hard part. Cutting back on the soda was much harder than fitting the water into my day. I managed to cut back to one soda per day, my morning soda (kind of like those who drink coffee) was the hardest one.
By Thursday, I didn’t have any soda left, and decided not to buy anymore, and tried to stick to drinking only water. It was hard the first day or two, but I can really tell a huge difference in the way I feel. I think I will treat myself every now and then, but I am determined not to have any more in the house. It just makes it too easy to drink them.
Ultimately, I feel like I did pretty good with this part of the challenge. I managed to fit in 3 16 oz bottles of water per day, but I know I need to do better, so I’ll be continuing to work on this.
So, I didn’t have the opportunity to purchase an “official” progress journal, so I used a notebook I already had available instead. I did pretty well with keeping track of my progress. I even wrote down days when I felt a little more down, anxious or even grouchy.
There were two days that I did not make the time to journal my progress, so I’m a little disappointed in myself for missing those days. But this is something new, and it takes time to create new habits. Overall, I’d say I did pretty good. I will say, I do think it would probably help to have an actual progress journal – one specifically made for this kind of thing.
Honestly, I thought this would be the easiest one for me. Apparently I lied to myself! Not being sure of what I needed to help with getting organized, or which type of bins or other organization tools I needed, I got a little flustered. I didn’t know exactly where I should begin, because I have so much right now that is out of control.
I was a little discouraged with this part, as I felt very overwhelmed when trying to even get started. Towards the end of the week, I decided to start breaking my organizing down to focusing on one room at a time. I broke it down even further by focusing on one aspect of each room at a time as well.
Having ADD/ADHD, it has always been a struggle for me to stay focused. I tend to jump around a lot, and by breaking it down, it made it much less overwhelming for me. Starting with my kitchen, I first went through all my cabinets and cleaned out anything I didn’t use or need. I got rid of tupperware with missing lids, or extra lids that had no matching container.
I cleaned out my refrigerator, and even our cabinets with our dry and canned foods, and made sure to clean out anything that had expired. So while I still have a long way to go, I have gotten started, and actually accomplished a lot more than I anticipated!
I feel a lot better, even though I was only able to get through one room this week. This is definitely one area of the challenge I will need to work harder on.
What does your progress report look like?
How did you do with this week’s challenge? Are you ready to start week 2 tomorrow? Let me know how you did, and how you’re feeling about the challenge so far!!
I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you!! 🙂