At the end of 2018, I decided to join thousands of people around the world (at least, the Instagram world) to complete the Last 90 Days Challenge with Rachel Hollis, author of "Girl, Wash Your Face" and well renowned motivational speaker. I promised myself to do a check in when all was said and done from an accountability stand-point, so today I'll share a little recap of the Last 90 Days.

To catch you up to speed, the idea of the challenge is to refocus the idea of "New Year's Resolutions" and commit to living the last 90 days of the calendar year strong the same way we dive into the New Year with laser vision on life changing resolutions- that are often a 180 degree switch from the behavior we exhibit during the holiday season. When you think about it, it's a lot harder to really get moving from a holiday party/cocktail/gifts/spending spree stall vs. already having your feet on the ground and running. Ok, makes sense.

The challenge starts by setting you up with "The Five to Thrive" which are five habits that, according to Rachel Hollis, if implemented daily, will set you up to be your best self, follow through on goals and commitments and allow you to end your year on the upswing making the New Year a time to continue on with your goals at top speed. Here are the "Five to Thrive":

  1. Get up an hour earlier than you normally do and use that time for yourself.
  2. Workout for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Drink half of your body weight in oz. of water each day.
  4. Give up one food category you know you shouldn't be eating.
  5. Write down 10 things you're grateful for every single day.

The five habits are accompanied by podcasts, a daily Instagram live and a hashtag based on-line community to help motivate and align accountability.

So, how'd I do? What were my takeaways? When it came to the "Five to Thrive," I'll say that October was the right time of year for me to make a pit stop and check in on these habits before the holidays kicked off. I definitely increased my water intake which I hadn't been as diligent about since my last pregnancy and committed to giving up a food category (and stuck with it!) for the Last 90 Days. I did like the practice of writing down a list of things I am grateful for daily, but as the 90 days went on, I found that I moved quickly from handwriting them to typing them into my phone to eventually just reflecting on them nightly before I fell asleep. Still, a nice habit to form.

When it came to waking up an hour earlier than normal- I will be completely transparent. This did not happen in any way shape or form. Haha. Call it an excuse if you like, but when it comes to my lifestyle and having four kids age 4 and younger, sleep is an extremely precious commodity and when I can get it and get it well, I refuse to throw off that delicate balance. So when someone is teething or we are in the middle of a regression or a nightmare happens, I am more worried about getting an adequate amount of rest than an hour to myself at the beginning of the day. Instead, I make sure to communicate with my husband and find intentional quiet time for myself throughout the week as needed- at whatever time of day we can make it work. I can see myself enjoying a peaceful kick-start to the day as we get older and our schedule changes again though. And working out? That did not happen as regularly as the "Five to Thrive" guidelines recommended, but again I tried to adapt this challenge to best fit my lifestyle.

I think overall the Last 90 Days has the potential to make a huge impact on the dedication and perspective you have toward a healthier lifestyle if you are truly able to commit the time. For me, the daily IG lives, the podcasts and the extra social media options would have put me behind a screen instead of in front of my kids, so on top of the "Five to Thrive," there were not enough hours in the day for it all! I did find that the challenge helped inspire me to be more intentional with my time and diet, as well as commit to personal goals I had set earlier in the year. So, if the whole 90 days aren't for you or you also feel like there are a lot of "extras" required from a time commitment perspective, I would recommend at least checking in with yourself, your ambitions, and your goals before the year comes to a close to see if you can help the "New Year, New You" get off to a head start.