I signed up for a challenge from the New York Times, where I've been a subscriber for the past 18 months. I was looking for something a little different (no offense, SparkPeople) to get me going in the New Year. It's called the 30-Day Well Challenge #NYTWellChallenge and can be found here:
The first task is to write about what being successful in the Well Challenge means to me. To quote the instructions: "Your first Well challenge is to write or type a letter to yourself about what a successful Well Challenge means to you. Why did you sign up? Make a commitment to yourself, in writing, to complete each task. Remind yourself to keep an open mind about everything you will be asked to do. Think about the four challenge areas — Move, Refresh, Connect and Nourish — as you describe how you want to feel in 30 days."
I'm posting it here to integrate this challenge with my Spark journey, which will continue forever if I have anything to do with it. Here's why I want to continue my journey to health and wellness, with an integrated approach to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sustainability:
* I want to be able to do all the things I can do today (exercise, travel, cook, read, and connect with people) well into my later years.
* I want to live as long as possible, not being a burden on my family, fully capable of taking care of my own affairs.
* I want to have the resources to provide for our needs without worrying that we could become a burden on society.
* I want to be an engaged, loving partner to my spouse so that we can celebrate our 50th anniversary together.
* I want to retire from my job at a point where I'm ready to go while my team still wants me to stay. The worst thing that could happen would be for others to be counting the days for me to leave.
* I want to be that guy who lives to be 100 and has people telling him "you look like you're only 80 years old!"
I feel like I'm on the right track to make these goals a reality. I still get complimented on my appearance when people find out my actual age. I'm grateful for the role genetics plays in that and hope it continues for a good, long time. I'm not perfect in my eating and exercise habits, but SP keeps me honest and accountable, and that's enough for me right now.
I'm so appreciative of all the support I get every day on this site. I'll keep coming back - will you do the same? I invite you to share my journey, and I hope to share yours. Let's do this together!