Happy new year’s eve! It is legit 3:55pm on Dec 31, 2022 and I still need to get my inbox to zero, clean the house, and check all my slack messages ahhhhhh!!! But first, your 2023 challenge!
For the past 13 years, every January we’d do some type of a fitness challenge together and I was always so hyped about going hard, transforming, burning fat, building muscle, eating super healthy – all of it! But as you’ve probably noticed, this past year, it’s been different. After my Glow Up Series this past January, I ended up not posting any long form workouts the rest of the year. Not because I planned to stop, but because I was following what felt good. And honestly, what felt good was going on a 90 Day Journey to muscle.
I was so excited to be rewriting and reclaiming my bikini bodybuilding journey (those of you who have been with me for a while know how my 2012 bikini competition wrecked my eating habits and body image). I was having such a beautiful time lifting, writing, cooking, and tracking my progress. It felt like a fun science experiment for myself! But then of course, something I had set out to do for just me, ended up being an opportunity f0r people to tear me down. Severely.
Buff gym dudes and their meat head minions decided to monetize off of my journey and get views off my content by filming degrading videos about me. I tried so hard to “not care” and “not let it bother me” – I read books and listened to so many podcasts to try to build up the hardness in my heart. But the truth is, I am who I am and I am a sensitive human who feels, and feels a lot. I cry when it hurts, I cry when I am happy, I cry when I feel deeply. But…what I’ve learned is that my sensitivity is weakness and a strength all at once.
My sensitivity allows me to follow my passion with confidence. It guides me to my next move, even when my brain is feeling unsure. My sensitivity allows me to truly understand me.
Anyway, after my 90 Day Journey, I didn’t have anymore mental toughness to withstand the ridicule. The fitness industry can be such a toxic place when you or your content ends up in front of the wrong audience. So, I did what felt good. I dove deep int0 what made me happy – what lifted me – and that was designing, building my business, and building my team.
The past year has been one of my happiest, and its because I followed what felt better and I left behind what didn’t. Now, to be clear – fitness is still absolutely 100% part of my life. Every single morning I work out – but the difference is, I just wasn’t posting videos for people to tear me down. I needed a private space to take back something that I loved so much. I did not need any judgement.
Anyway, all of that to help explain why I was struggling so much with our 2023 challenge.
I wanted to do something that felt more whole – more than just fitness. Because feeling fulfilled and finding your joy is what this life is all about isn’t it? But I was afraid you’d be disappointed that it wasn’t a straight up workout program. I argued with myself for weeks and weeks, and in the end I had to remind myself that if something doesn’t feel right anymore, even if it did in the past, I don’t have to do it! Because whatever I do – it has to make me happy otherwise, why am I doing it??
And that was the exact inspiration for the 30 Day Good Mood Challenge.
It’s all about doing one small thing a day that gets you to feel good –> so you can access your joy. Feeling good has a lot to do with how you move, how you nourish yourself, and who and what you surround yourself with. This challenge ensures you are feeling good and feeling whole, inside and out.
I purposely made this fairly “easy” and “not intimidating” because I didn’t want you to drop off a few days in! I want you to commit and ride out these next 30 days of feeling good with me. So, you in?!
If so, comment below!
Also, send this to a friend and ask them to do it with you. That always helps with accountability, plus it’s just more fun!
I made this phone screen sized so you can save it to your camera roll and then just check off digitally as you go! The pen feature on iPhone is great for this or pop this into IG stories and draw or write on top!
I recommend you start this on either Sunday Jan 1 or Monday Jan 2, 2023! I am very excited about this and will be doing this with you for all 30 days! I will be documenting as much as I can on IG stories (except for some of those digital detox days).
Please tag @blogilates if you do this so I can check in on you! And let’s use #goodmoodchallenge as our official hashtag!
Ok time to go clean the house and do all the things before 2023 gets here ahhhhhhhh