February is the tiniest month, so I figured I could handle a challenge that was only for this month. I decided to challenge myself to get my Fitbit step count every day in February, and so far so good.
Last Saturday I almost didn’t make it. I was battling a horrible allergy attack all day long, sneezing and wheezing and generally feeling miserable, but I did it.
I even bought myself an assortment of different colored bands for my Fitbit, because although I love magenta, it just doesn’t quite go with everything!
February is so short it seems like it begins and ends in a flash.
What better month for a challenge, then?
So here’s my challenge to myself, and by extension to all of you:
Pick something and stick with it. Every. Day.
At least for this tiny month of February.
Some ideas that have rattled around my brain:
hit my Fitbit steps goal everyday
take time to read for pleasure
mindfully give a compliment
avoid social media
stay out of Starbucks
We all have things that we “should” do that we neglect. Since this is such a short month why not pick one and stick to it? It’s only 28 days, after all.
In an ideal world I would do ALL of the things on my above list everyday, but I don’t. I’m going to pick ONE and stick with it, but what to pick?
I see my ideas in roughly 3 categories: mental health, physical health, and social connectedness (which, really, is a part of staying mentally healthy I suppose). For me, physical health is the most urgent of those needs at the moment. To that end I choose the first goal: to reach my steps goal each day.
I would love to have company on my tiniest month challenge. If you’re interested please comment with your tiny month goal, and don’t worry if the month has already begun, you can start anytime you want!
I’ve happily joined the ranks of the constantly plugged-in. I received (by my request) a Fitbit Flex 2 as a holiday gift, and I think it’s pretty nifty.
Longtime readers may recall that the only exercise I’ve really found enjoyable over the years is exercise in the pool, so I was delighted when I learned that these little gadgets were safe for use in water. It’s been too cold for that now, but walking on terra firma has taken on a new bit of fun with the little blinking lights around my wrist.
Some features I like:
It buzzes me at ten minutes before the hour if I haven’t taken at least 250 steps. I need to get up and MOVE, and the vibration reminds me to do it.
It buzzes me if my phone rings or I get a text. I’m a teacher and don’t spend all day looking at my phone, so this is handy.
When I hit my goal number of steps for the day (which I set, thank you very much) it does this little flashing dance party on my wrist. I dig it.
I’m not ready for any big challenges yet, or anything like that, but so far so good. Like they say, one step at a time.