21 Days Of… Breakfast

Life is currently kicking me into shape a bit, and that shape is – well, as I type, I’m pretending I don’t have a cold and am attempting to engineer my way towards smacking a few deadlines on their heads. But something caught my eye this morning, so I’ve signed up to do it (and it has to do with the first sentence of this post).

I’m not a very “let’s do a challenge!” or “sign me up for that diet” person. In fact, group hype about something is not the best way to pique my interest in something (which is why I’ve never yet, and probably won’t ever, read or watch anything of the Harry Potter franchise – friends, feel free to flee me now). But this one is a little different, and it’s something that can be done, quickly and integrated easily. It’s 21 days of awesomeness, overseen by my adventure compadre, GI Jane. 



It’s completely up to you, what you choose to change or commit to and, over the 21 days, people who have signed up for the challenge share their commitments, perspectives and ideas on what they’d like to do for these three weeks. I’ve chosen to commit to eating breakfast.

Yeah, I know – I sound ridiculous. But here’s why: Since the beginning of this work year, I have failed to eat breakfast every morning, instead ending up wanting to gnaw my desk by 10am, because I “had to attend to that urgent email”. I end up feeling flat, emotional (in a bad way), grumpy as all heck and my ability to work starts to wobble. The stupidity is, I sit with my daughter every morning as she eats breakfast and I attempt to regain my personality with a cup of coffee. By skipping breakfast, for the sake of my inbox, I’m effectively ruining my own day before it’s begun. So, here goes – starting 15 February 2016, I will start eating breakfast with her again.

What would you commit to doing for 21 days, to make your life a little better, or to feel a little healthier? You can sign up here. (By the way, it’s free).

The Cath-Chris CutDown Challenge

The CathChris CutDown Challenge begins on Monday,  25 January 2010.

Where: Chris, in Cape Town. Cath, in Durban.

What: Not quit but, cut down on smoking. Currently, both Chris and Cath are smoking far too much during the day.

So, what are the rules?

  • Cut down from over a box of twenties a day (we both confess to having hit 40 smokes in the last 24 hours)…to just 20 cigarettes a day.
  • Complete honesty. Daily check-ins over Skype.
  • Going out always mean you smoke more at events; out with the mates etc. So, no penalties apply for this.  But, the closer you can stay to the 20 a day mark, the better.
  • Whoever fails, at the end of the first week, to have stayed at 20 cigarettes a day, will have to do a dare, as decided by the other party.