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!! Gosh, the energy in the 21DHL forums is bursting through the seams right now!! We've over 500 NEW members
in the forum since the 21DHL announcement, 300+ officially registered participants (plus many not registered yet), and more coming by the minute!
Thank you SO MUCH to all of you for signing up for joining 21DHL. If you've not signed up yet, what are you waiting for?! Swing by the 21DHL announcement post
and sign up here
. Please sign up before continuing with this post. (If you're not sure if you're signed up or not, look for your forum userid in the official participant list
. If not, simply post a comment to that thread with your intention to sign up and I'll have you added right away.)
Welcome to Day 0 of 21DHL Jan '11 Challenge!
Firstly, I want to congratulate all of you for being here today. By officially posting your name and signing up, you have made your first commitment to live a healthier life. And that's what we're all here to do together with 21DHL, with everyone's support.
Unlike Sep 30DLBL where the new tasks are posted at the blog, for 21DHL, all new posts will be posted directly here at the forums. Since everyone has already registered here, I figure it'll be much easier to use this as our central medium for the challenge! That way, you don't have to check multiple places and you can concentrate on giving your best for the challenge.
There are a lot of discussions coming up soon at the forums, so don't rely on email to deliver you the updates. Bookmark the forums
and check by throughout the day. This is going to be your home where you grow and bring your best self from now on!
For each day of 21DHL, I'll start a new thread with the task to do for that day. On that day itself, you are to carry out the task as well as what you planned in your 21-Day Action Plan (more later), then share your progress and results at the end of the day. Use this as the single 1 post
for all your updates for that day - meaning, if you have new things to add, simply click the "Edit" button and add on to there.
This only applies for your own 21DHL updates - By all means, feel free to post new replies to other members' posts & reply back/forth with each other in the thread. Interaction and participation is key to helping each other succeed!
Get your friends and family to join in!
We're kicking off in 2 days, and sign-ups will be closed shortly after that. Many of you are here because your friends referred you over, and I'm really glad to have you here with us. If you know of friends or family who can benefit from this, please share this with them. Let's all march forward towards a healthier life this upcoming 2011 and make it our best year ever! Together, we will make this happen!
Add each/other on Twitter/Facebook!
If you haven't already, add me on Twitter
. I'll basically be tweeting/retweeting different #21DHL snippets from other members, which really helps to remind us of the challenge that's ongoing!
Add the other participants
who are on Twitter/Facebook too. Some of the 30DLBLers did this for 30DLBL and it made the challenge a lot more fun!
Your 21DHL Journal
Like our 30DLBL where we have a workbook to record our progress/learnings throughout the challenge, for 21DHL, your journaling will take place in the forums! Start a new thread and record your 21DHL journey. More details here
Day 0: Pre-Work
Today is Dec 30, and we're 2 days away from 1st Jan 2011. Are we ready to rock our Jan '11 ahead?? I'm excited to start with all of you!!
Before we barge into Jan '11, let's now do some pre-work so that we'll get our best 21 days ahead! This will be like our battle map to succeed in our upcoming challenge in getting our best health & fitness!
Step 1: Write your ideal vision for your health/fitness/lifestyle (10 min)
For the next few minutes, I want you to imagine you're in your ideal world. In your ideal world, how is your health/fitness/lifestyle like? Will you have 6-pack, 8-pack, 10-pack abs? How much will you weigh? What kind of diet will you be eating? How regularly do you exercise? What kind of habits will you have cultivated/quit? Write all of them down!
When I think about myself in the ideal world, I'd be 120lbs. I'll be pretty, sexy, gorgeous, lean and fit. I'll be thin and very fit at the same time. I'll be graceful and elegant. I'll be on a raw vegan diet (I'm currently a vegan), eating healthy raw fruits, vegetables, salads, healthy fruit smoothies, green juices and nuts. I'll exercise every day or nearly every day, keeping my body fit and toned. I'll meditate regularly every week, cleansing my mind, body and soul. I'll have an extremely healthy relationship with food, eating when I'm hungry/when I need to.
(Feel free to check out the healthy habits list at the end of the 21 Days To Cultivate Life Transforming Habits
and 45 Tips To Live a Healthier Life articles
for ideas on the kind of healthy habits you can cultivate).
Step 2: What do you want to accomplish at the end of 21DHL? (10 min)
What do you want to accomplish at the end of the 21 days in 21DHL? What key health/fitness goals do you want to have achieved? Write all of them down. These will be your 21DHL intentions. Your 21DHL goals should be a subset of your overall health goals from Step 1.
For me, my 21DHL goals are to reach 132lbs. (This is a rough gauge vs. an absolute; my key goal is to look good and proportionate, so I'll keep evaluating my weight vs. target weight as I move forward) . I want to eat a high raw diet. I'm currently on a 50% raw diet already, so this will be relatively easy to accomplish. I want to exercise every other day (or even daily where possible).
Step 3: Create your 21-Day Action Plan! (20 min)
a) Refer to your 21DHL goals from Step 2. What are your key action steps that will help you to achieve these goals by the time 21DHL is over on 21st Jan? Write them down! For example, if you want to lose 5lbs, your action steps may be to exercise for 45 minutes every Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, as well as to manage your calorie/food intake to 1,500 calories every day.
b) Now, create your 21-Day Action Plan with these action steps from a). Refer to the 21-Day Action Plan Template below. This is going to be your key action template for the next 21 days ahead!
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(If you're using soft copy, type your answers inside. If you're writing, print it out and write your action steps on them) After you're done with your 21-Day Action Plan, print it out, put it in your folder, set it as your wallpaper, pin it on your noticeboard, etc - Basically, make sure your 21-Day Action Plan is clearly visible wherever you are and whatever you do
. This will be your critical piece for your next 21-days ahead!
Some days may be blank and it's okay. The point here is to get clarity about what you're going to do on each day so you're absolutely clear!
c) Manage your time properly and ensure that you set aside the time on those days for those tasks. If you use a calendar, schedule the tasks into your calendar.
Step 4: Get Ready For Action! (10 min)
Look at your 21-Day Action Plan. What are the 3-5 key things that will help you live true to your 21-Day Action Plan? Is it waking up earlier? Is it making a point to post your results/progress every day in the 21DHL forums? Is it removing all the junk food in your house right now and going grocery shopping now to buy new, healthy foods? Write them down, and then start taking action.
Your task moving forward for 21DHL is to (a) carry out your 21-day action plan (b) do the respective 21DHL task for each day. You will find synergy from doing your 21-Day action plan and 21DHL tasks since both help you live a healthy life. Commit to what you've written and finish them no matter what. When you finish each task, cross it off with great satisfaction.
Share Your Pre-Work!
What is your envisioned outcome of yourself at the end of the 21 days? What is your 21-Day Action Plan like? What are your key action steps to guarantee and ensure your success? Share them with everyone here!
In the meanwhile, stay tuned for Day 1 of 21DHL on 1st Jan '11! Have a happy new year's eve celebration! On 1st Jan, that's when the action all starts!! Get ready - 2011, here we come!!