One Month Down, 11 to Go

We've officially reached the end of the first month. Cue the confetti!

I started this project with one of the things I was dreading the most --- physical health. When I attempted this same sort of thing last semester, I failed miserably. I couldn't keep my hands out of the junk pile; going it alone was much harder than I thought it would be. Having the support of another person has helped tremendously.

Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project I am modeling my own after, has coined several types of habit forming people. I am an Obliger, meaning I am more apt to accomplish a task for someone else rather than for myself. This has meant having the accountability of a partner, and this blog, has allowed me to stay on track.

Starting the project with a focus on health and energy is the best thing I could have done for myself. Beginning the year on the right foot feels amazing, and giving up sugar has felt like an accomplishment years in the making. It is still mind-boggling just how much it was weighing me down. I feel happier this month than I have in a long time.

It feels like this whole crazy adventure is working. The numbers would tend to agree. My life satisfaction survey came in at a whopping 3.79/5. That's about 76%, and an increase of nearly 16 percentage points. I feel like we could use some more confetti.

Overall, I'm proud of where this project is taking me. I can't wait to tackle February!

One month down, eleven more to go.

-Tiffany
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