I have made it two weeks in my 100 day journey. It hasn’t been as hard as I expected it to be. Somewhere inside I knew that it wouldn’t be, but I am still a little surprised. Surprised in a good way.

Here are a few observations from the first 14 days of my 100 day journey:

1. Following an exercise plan gets easy when you do it for a while. I used to struggle with working out. I prioritized everything else before it. Not any more. I have been steady at the gym for over a year now. This has been the cornerstone of my daily habits. It feels good to be able to say it. Make it a priority and it gets much easier.

2. Tracking my food is not as hard as I have made it out to be. Sure, it takes time, but it also cuts the unknown out. If I have a calorie goal and track my calories, I know whether I make it or bust it. If I have a goal and don’t track things…you know the rest. Tracking things is part of being successful. I want to be successful, so I have to make it a priority.

3. Reading a chapter a day has been a good thing. It is a little goal that is easily achieved. It also comes with a hook…most days I listen to more than that because I get interested in what I am listening to. I have already learned a ton in 14 days. Why didn’t I do this before?

4. Writing is still hard. Many days this is the last thing left on my to do list. I have gotten it done for 14 days now, but I need to make it a priority earlier in the day. Or, at least before I get in bed. Being lucid is not easy when your brain is trying to shut down for sleepy time. I am dedicated to getting better at this. The more I write, the more that gets unlocked. I just need to find the right time in the day to do it.

5. Drinking enough water a day is a game changer. I think there are a ton of folks out there that are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it. I was one of them. Not anymore. I still drink a fair amount of coffee a day, but I have put in my 100 ounces daily. I can feel the difference.

6. I have been taking a photo a day to show my progress. I looked through them earlier. Not much has changed. I have dropped 6 pounds, which makes me happy. I know this will start to pay off, but right now it just looks like the same dude in different lighting looking the same.

7. Encouraging people is fun. I am glad I put this on the list of daily things to accomplish. I do this naturally throughout my day, but for this challenge I have wanted to make a habit of sending written notes. I am going to have to make a list of folks to write notes to. I won’t be able to do this randomly for 100 days. I want to be intentional with it and I am excited to keep going.

Nothing worth doing is ever easy. The plan is a simple one, but it is going to take work and execution. However, I am up to the challenge. 100 days will be here before I know it. I can’t wait to see the progress and the changes it will bring.

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