28 Days of Self-Care Instagram Challenge

I always think of the month of February as a month of love. Expressing our love to others is a great thing to do, but we often forget about loving and taking care of ourselves.

To help with that, I wanted to come up with a super simple challenge. I started off with a list of daily prompts of self-love/self-care, but thought it was too much. I needed something more basic and that I knew would be manageable for not only me, but for you guys as well.

What I came up with is the 28 Days of Self-Care Challenge.

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This challenge will be solely Instagram based. So, follow me there if you haven’t already! (@babnotonadiet) Of course, if you don’t have IG you’re more than welcome to play along, just know that prizes will be based on Instagram participation.

How it works:

- Pick ONE thing related to self-care that you would like to focus on EVERY DAY in February.
- Do that one thing every day from February 1st to the 28th.
- Post under my daily #28selfcare photo saying that you did your self-care task for the day.
- Every day you post under my photo, you will be entered to win a prize at the end of the challenge (1 of 5 $5 gift cards to Starbucks, Target, Etsy, or Amazon)

Simple enough, right?

Wondering what you can do for the month? Here are some ideas!

- Meditate
- Yoga
- Reading time
- Bubble bath
- Exercise
- Daily beauty routine
- Journaling
- Guilt-free indulgence (wine, chocolate, sleep)
- Saying kind mantras to yourself
- Whatever is going to make you feel good about you! <3

My self-care item for the month is to spend 10 minutes a day writing in a journal. Journaling makes me happy and I have fallen out of the habit of it.

Will you be participating?

If so, what will be your daily self-care task?

Grab a Cup

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Why don’t you grab a cup of coffee (or your beverage of choice) and have a seat.

Let’s catch up!

How have you been? I hope that the first few weeks of 2015 are treating you well. Did you get a chance to work out some things you want to accomplish this year? I always feel excited and overwhelmed with the new year and thinking of things to accomplish. I chose the word create for the year and really hope to live that word as much as possible. I want to hear about what you want out of 2015!

My big goal for the year is to get my personal training and health coaching certifications. I feel like there are really great things to come from them. Money and fear holds me back though. I fear that I will fail, that nobody will want to sign up for services I may offer, that the $1,300ish will be a waste. That I think the money could be used somewhere else and much of it has been sitting in my account just waiting. Fear is a crippling thing and it gets the best of me sometimes. What are your thoughts on this all? Do you have any fears that are holding you back that I can help you with?

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Speaking of fear, Mr. B took me ice skating the other week. Yes, Mr. B who has played hockey for the majority of his life JUST took me ice skating for the first time. I dealt with the gut wrenching fear that I would make a fool of myself or that Mr. B would laugh at me because I had NO idea how to even walk in skates. Luckily, Mr. B isn’t the type to laugh at my inability to skate and was actually a great help. Although, he did promise that he wouldn’t let me fall….seconds before I did fall. :) I got the hang of it, as long as Mr. B had a hold of me. My tailbone is still a little sore though from the second fall I took. Afterwards though, I felt pretty awesome that I finally gave it a shot after being so nervous to do so. Hey, remind me next time that I’m fearing something like that, that it usually turns out pretty well. Would you like to join us next time?

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How is your self-care going? I hope that you are taking care of yourself, as that is important to your overall health. I’ve been doing better with it the last couple of weeks. Things were crazy over the holidays and then I was sick, so a lot of things took a back burner. I’m back to my PiYo and cooking more at home again. I’m also taking the time to just sit and read as much as I can. Currently I’m reading Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. It’s not too bad. I also have The Body Book by Cameron Diaz on my nightstand, which I haven’t gotten deep into, but I think it is going to be a great read. Have you read anything good lately? Oooo…maybe we could start a book club. Would you be into that?

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Did you see that I had a German TV station at my house last week? Man, what a day! I remember telling Mr. B that it shouldn’t take more than a few hours. Ha! They got to the house around 2:00pm and filmed so much stuff. After a trip to their hotel to get some video of us in the pool and dinner, we got home around 11:00pm. It was exhausting, but I’m glad that my story made it over there. Also, did you hear what Mr. B said about my body? Gosh, he is the best! I can’t understand much else in the video, but it looked great. I do have to giggle though at all the stuff that DIDN’T make it into the piece. Oh and the shirt I’m wearing (Believe in your #selfie) I scored at Kohl’s for super cheap! I love it! Seriously, Kohl’s has some awesome deals sometimes! If you get a chance, check out the Christmas/Winter clearance for the Falling Snow candle. We love it and it smells SO GOOD! Have you scored any good deals lately?

Oh my, look at the time! I have to get ready for work and I’m sure that you need to get on your way as well! Stay in touch and let’s catch up again soon! *hugs*

New York, New York!

Last time we met, I was on my way to New York to do a piece on the Today Show about all the awesome things that happened with Shape magazine.

I got into New York on Monday evening and made my way to grab some grub at District Tap House. They had some pretty delicious tapas and I had such a hard time deciding, that I ordered 3 of them. All were worth it! I then ran around and caught all the sites I wanted to see. I even witnessed a couple get engaged on the skating rink. It was cute! I didn’t stay out too late though as I had an early morning!

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I was up early for the Today Show as I needed to be ready by 6:30am. Thank goodness they provided hair and makeup! ;) While in the green room, I “mingled” with the stars. Basically Nicole Kidman walked through and smiled at me. But, we did breathe the same air. ;)

The segment was quick and painless. I didn’t say anything dumb or have a coughing attack (I was getting over a sinus thing), so I’d say it was a major success!

In case you missed it, here’s the video:

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I’m so pleased with how everything turned out. I really think that Shape is doing a great thing by including the new “Journey After the Journey” hub on their site. Head there and share your story, because as I said before, people need to share their stories for those who need to hear them. I know a lot of you have some incredible stories to share!

It was then back to the hotel where I got ready to go grab some food when Bahar texted me and told me that Inside Edition wanted to do an interview. I hopped in a cab and headed to the Shape offices.

I got to Shape and hung out in Bahar’s office until the people from Inside Edition showed up. The Inside Edition interview was great and the producer was super nice! He asked some great questions that of course (as with most media) weren’t part of the final piece, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

After the interview, Bahar let me hang out and do some work in her office. I also had a chance to meet the Chief Content Director and Executive Managing Editor of Shape. We chatted about what is to come of the Journey After the Journey hub and I really hope to working with them on things in the future!

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I’m glad things weren’t as crazy as they were back when this all started last year. I have a couple of more interviews coming up, but nothing to send me on a whirlwind trip. And I’m okay with that!

Now it is back to life with Mr. B, eating meals at home, and regular workouts!

How are things in your world?
Did you catch my interviews?