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We may walk on different paths, but we follow the same footprints.

This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.

I'll try to post something every day. It may be a short inspirational quote or a longer narrative. Please join me......

"If you don't try, you won't know you can."

The 30 Day Challenge 2017

Back a few years, 2009 to be exact, my nephew Jason posted a 30 day challenge for his New Year’s Resolution.  I thought it was time to bring it back with my own twist.

(From the original 30 day challenge: 2009)
I decided rather than trying to do one thing to improve myself, I decided to go for 12! However, I know that realistically all 12 won’t happen at once. Instead, I’m going to focus on one a month while trying to incorporate the other eleven into my routine. Although this is really one thing to focus on a month, “30 Days Challenge” sounds better than “Monthly Challenge.”

With that being said, I’m inviting you all to join me! Here is the entire year’s list. Again, remember the goal is to do all of it, but focus on one thing each month. I will update the blog with the definition of the task each month.

Who’s with me!!!


Here is my list for the year.  I tweaked the original list that Jason posted.  Each month has a "do" and a "don't do, or limit".  

Drink eight 8-oz glasses of water every day.  
Limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day, or better yet none at all.

Exercise!!!  Don't hit the snooze button
Limit soda consumption to one per day, or better yet none at all.  

Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day
Avoid eating Processed Food

Start a compost pile
Don't just throw stuff away - minimize your trash

Plant something
Don't forget the Sunscreen

Read a book
Reduce television watching time by 1/2

Watch the sunrise - at least once
Don't forget to floss every day

Can, dehydrate, or freeze fresh fruits/vegetables for winter
Do something special for someone

Clean out a closet
Donate to your local food bank/thrift shop

Learn a new word every day (or at least once a week)
Don't forget to occasionally use that word in conversation

Write down something for which you are grateful
 Don't forget those who are alone/lonesome this time of year

Make a pot of soup and share the extra with a friend or neighbor
Don't get all stressed out about "Holiday" preparation

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