The 90-Day Challenge: Weekly Status Update

by Mark on May 10, 2010

Today is Day 40 of the 90-Day Challenge. We are almost halfway through it already. I have set 4 goals that I want to accomplish in 90 days:

  1. Publish 2 e-books.
  2. Have a 34-inch waist.
  3. Eliminate 100% of the clutter in my home.
  4. Go on at least 1 date.

This week I intentionally took a step back and tried to address my fatigue (and stress) problem. I have been going to bed much earlier, drinking much less caffeine, drinking more water, and trying to relax a little more. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I jogged a little bit and jumped some rope. The idea was to wake up my body, get the blood flowing, and see if it would help my energy levels. I think that it did help, but it turned out to be a big mistake. Now my back hurts more than it has in a very long time. Sleeping has been really difficult. Getting out of bed has been a huge challenge. I feel like a turtle on its back when I try to get out of bed. The pain when I sleep has been rather extreme because my back really tightens up. During the day, it is much more bearable.

The setback with my back is very disappointing, but I guess it is a lesson in patience. I just wasn’t willing to be patient in making the changes that I thought would help my fatigue, and I’m paying the price. The good news is that the other things that I have been doing seemed to have a positive impact on my energy levels.

I have made a decision regarding this blog and all my goals. I have decided that I am not going to sacrifice my attempt at increasing my energy level for this blog or my goals. This doesn’t mean that I’m giving up on this blog or on my goals. Far from it. It just means that increasing my energy level on a sustainable basis is my top priority, so if it is a decision between my blog/goals versus my energy level, I’m going to decide in favor of my energy level. I have also decided to cut back on the frequency of my blog posts. This should help free up time to work on my goals, rest, or write better blog posts. I will continue to experiment to find out what works best.

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