100 Day Challenge… how hard can it be I thought? Don’t make your goals too lofty and you should certainly be able to manage this, I told myself.
First of all, it took me a few weeks to even SET my goals. And here I am at the eleventh hour, writing about what I accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) along the way. So what were my goals? Only to lose 10 lbs., drink more water, go to yoga at least once a week (something I had been promising myself for the past two years!), and to read more. Did I accomplish my goals? Well, yes and no, or should I say, more or less. Not exactly, but I was not a complete failure either. I DID lose 8 of the 10 lbs., I AM drinking more water, I DID start going to yoga, once a week, and am ready now to up it to twice a week, and I AM reading more. I am also much more aware of what I am eating, I am conscious of the amount of water I am consuming (or not consuming), and I am taking the time out for myself which my family assures me makes me a better mother and wife.
You see, my journey started two years ago when I was diagnosed with a very rare form of leukemia that leaves me feeling very sore and achy each and every day. It also limits the amount of energy I have and as a person who has always been very active this has been a very tough pill for me to swallow. Over the course of these past two years I have gained, not lost, weight due in part to medication but also I’m sure due to menopause and a change in metabolism. I have had to give up working as well as some physical activities. One hundred days ago I was feeling very ready for this boost to get me back on track. Right about the time of signing up for the 100 day challenge a friend who had recovered from breast cancer about 10 years ago and had offered encouraging words to me when I was first diagnosed found out that her cancer had returned. She lost her battle on New Year’s Day, at the end of my 100 day challenge. My battle, as well as my ongoing goals, will continue in memory of my friend Chris.