As 2013 comes to a close I can look back and say that I have had a very full on year. Not to mention just the last month! At the start of December I set myself 4 goals:
• No poo
• 3 litres of water per day
• 10,000 kettlebell swings
• 2000 words per day.
When I first wrote these goals I did feel a like some would be easy and some would be hard. How right I was, I didn’t realise which ones would be the hardest! So confession time!!!
No poo method
Well after 31 days of not using shampoo and conditioner I must say my hair doesn’t appear to be better or worse. Sure I had some oily days but my hair is always oily if I don’t wash it for 4 days!! My hair however did look amazing after a night of coconut oil and then washed. In total I washed my hair 10 times with the no poo method. I initially used a 1 tablespoon of bicarb to 1 cup of water. I now am using 3 tablespoons of bicarb and think I am getting a better result. You certainly do need to rinse it out very well or it leaves dandruff looking bits of white… now when you have dark hair that is not a pleasant look! I really don’t think I will be going back to shampoo or conditioner so for now the no poo method is my method!
Drink 3 litres of water per day
I am a little disappointed in this challenge! The women’s face on the article I got the idea from had very noticeable results. I haven’t noticed any differences in my face. The wrinkles haven’t disappeared at all and the darker circles under my eyes haven’t changed one bit. I have probably flushed out a lot of toxins from my system but in terms of tangible results I cannot see them. I will however continue this as well because physically I did feel better drinking more water. I have only had soft drink 3 times this month and I did still have a couple of redbulls over the past month. There is an addiction worth kicking!!!
Well I did wimp out slightly and get a 12kg kettlebell as well as the 16kg one but I feared at one point my elbow would crack! I am very stoked to say I did 10135!! I did one massive day of 1000 just to see if I could and a few other over 500 days. I certainly am much stronger given my PB of number consecutive swings is now 160 with the 12 kg and 102 with the 16 kg bell. One thing I did discover though is doing kettlebells barefoot on the grass is better than wearing shoes and being on concrete. My ankles felt much stronger when I worked out barefoot.
2000 words per day
I was completely unsuccessful at writing 2000 words per day. I have no real good excuse but a combination of the silly season, helping to prepare my parents house to accommodate 6 adults and 3 boys under the age of 9 have somewhat taken priority over writing. Slack I know! I did however manage to write almost 30000 words so I didn’t exactly to no writing. I just didn’t focus enough to really write! My poor book!!! I did however make money from a couple of clients so that was a bonus.
So prior to 11am on the 31 Dec 2013 I have:
◦ Completed 10135 kettlebell swings
◦ Drunk 95.1 litres of water
◦ Written 28902 words
◦ Washed hair 10 times
When I look it all together its been a very successful month. Yes I didn’t get my words but that is ok I strive for progress but not to be perfection. Had I of realised I would be heading towards 100 litres of water I would have tried to drink just a few more litres… really don’t think I want to consume an additional 4.9 litres today however!
I haven’t yet looked at my goals for 2014 but one thing is for sure it will probably include less countries, more writing, more self-development (living with so many people working on your patience is a given!) and more fitness!