Take A Cold Shower
If you’ve never experienced a truly cold shower you’re missing out! I have been ending my showers with cold water off and on for awhile now. it started when I was trying to find out what was happening to my skin. Initially the shock of the cold water takes my breath away but the benefits are worth it! Here is the article we went over earlier today on Periscope. If you’re feeling brave you can keep working on this for the next 30 days or 2+ months since research says it actually takes us around 66 days to form a new habit.
One man’s experience with the 30 day cold shower challenge
30 ideas for 30 day challenges to rock the New Year
If you missed the challenge you can go back through the posts starting here or for a good laugh watch them on katch.me.
Take A New Route, Get A New Perspective, Switch Up Your Routine
This entire challenge has been about changing up your routine! Today I want you to find something of your own that will take you out of your comfort zone. Even something as simple as taking a new route home, walking down a different street, ordering something new for lunch or as drastic as dying your hair blue! Whatever it is please make sure you share it with #BAAMS16 on your favorite social media format! We’d love to support your healthy changes. Try to do something new everyday if you can. If you need some tips or would like more details on how stepping out of your comfort zone is good for your health check out this article I went over on Periscope this afternoon.
Huffington Post article – 6 Reasons to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Lifehacker article – The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)
I wanted the challenge for today to be visiting a veteran but instead you’re going to get a choice. I know some Veterans personally so I can do it but I couldn’t find an easy way for everyone else to find a veteran to visit. Of course if you live in a major city with a VA hospital you can start there.
Let me tell you why I think you should visit a veteran. First reason is they are people and we all need compassion and companionship. The second reason is regardless of how you feel about war or anything else if you are an American you have veteran’s to thank for your way of life. Finally, you can learn a lot from a veteran they have very interesting stories to share. It can be quite a pleasurable experience for you and the veteran you decide to visit.
If you can’t physically visit a veteran I suggest you help a veteran in another way. I found this list on CNN Five Ways to Help A Veteran Today. You can use it as a guideline to do something else nice for a veteran. Hopefully, this will be an experience and concept that you carry with you into the New Year. Don’t wait for Christmas or Veteran’s Day etc. We should be nice compassionate individuals all year round! Why not visit monthly? Find time in your life and space in your heart to reach out to these often forgotten but very important pieces of society. Just like the rest of us they do a job for a living. Their job happens to be very risky and controversial but they do it anyway. The least we can do is give back a little of our time for all that they have given and sacrificed for us.
Scope, Instagram, tweet, snapchat etc! Your visit with a Veteran! Share their story if it’s ok with them and don’t forget to hashtag it #BAAMS16 so I can find you and support you as well!
Other options and ideas
Volunteer or Donate
Volunteering with Seniors
Ideas for kids to help with Seniors
Community – a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.
We all have a community that we live in there’s no getting around that. When was the last time you did something to help promote support, grow or enrich your community? If you can’t think of anything specific that is your task for today! Go out and find away to support your local community!
If you are like me (I support my community every day through Shop Small, Shop Local) your challenge is to find another community to support! It doesn’t have to be a physical community outside of your own it can be a group that you just don’t usually attend to. You can pick a social community, a religious community or physical community if you prefer that you can help in someway shape or form.
I came up with this challenge today while watching Black Biz Scopes – Pass The Cast this morning for the first time. Now when it comes to racial divides I am not one that is big on picking sides I feel like when you pick one you’re automatically vilifying and denying the other ones and it doesn’t make sense to me. We are all people and I wish we could live that way. To just be humans not a color, a country, gender or sexual preference. All of these are assumptions based on our faulty sense of sight and assumptions for the most part (when is the last time you asked someone about their gender or ethnicity). None of these outward things tell us about their character, beliefs or values which are way more important. A lot of us in America can’t even trace our history back to one single country. Skin color has to be one of the dumbest and most primitive ways to make a choice (but I’m going to use it as a factor in this instance). You should like people and support them because you like them and want to support them not because they are or aren’t the same color as you, not because they did or didn’t come from the same country as you. I don’t think that’s really a good way to choose your friends. However, we can agree to disagree. What I do believe in is supporting, helping and promoting those that deserve it and are willing to work for it so I have no problem supporting black owned businesses. I support businesses of various nationalities and skin colors daily so today I’m going to go out of my way and purposefully support a black business. You can do the same. Yep, primitive choice but it is a community that does get overlooked and has a lot of good hard working people in it. For me it’s going to take a little bit of research. Luckily, I have the BlackBizScope from this morning to start with!
I live in a really tiny community right now and can probably count the number of “black” people (judging with my eyes not from conversations of everyone’s lineage) on my hand literally one hand (ok if I exclude my family LOL).
Light bulb!!! I just realized I already did my own challenge yesterday! I ordered a T-shirt from Kilahlipstick go check it out. I’m still going to do some research on the businesses I featured in today’s scope and shop with a few of them as well because hey it’s Friday it’s payday do some shopping!!! Bless a family with some coins. As the picture I reposted on my Instagram yesterday from @dryerbuzz you have to know who wants you to eat and who wants you to starve. I want all my friends to eat!
Yay! We’re doing things and making changes! Day 1 was to simply act! I hope you tweeted out the message
Cleaning my routine for a Sweet ’16 #BAAMS16
If you haven’t already go ahead and commit now!!! What are you waiting for? The first challenge I gave myself was to decrease the amount of potential BPA contamination my family was exposed to. This is not an easy feat! I had already started by getting mason jars a few months ago for my husbands lunches. The more I read about the effects of BPA and how getting BPA free plastics didn’t really help since the substitutes aren’t much better the less comfortable I felt feeding my kids from plastic plates and forks etc.
The challenge for today is to learn about a harmful ingredient that your family is probably encountering that you can ban from your home. I chose BPA, you can use the same one or choose something entirely different. Let me know what you decide! Scope about it, post some Instagram pictures, a Snapchat, Tweet whatever you are comfortable with. Don’t forget to hashtag it #BAAMS16. I will be looking for and interacting with your posts so try and keep them informative.
Want to learn more about BPA? http://www.ewg.org/research/tips-avoid-bpa-exposure
BISPHENOL A (BPA) A hormone disruptor that may also alter DNA. It’s used in plastics and resins. Found in: plastic bottles, lining of aluminum food cans, possibly in eyeshadow, and styling gel.
I’m not a New Year’s Resolutions kind of person. The idea of waiting to change something in your life that you know is wrong is some how baffling and crippling to me. I like to take action the first moment I can. I have made quite a few changes in my life this month and thought I should share them with you!
How about a challenge to get on the right track before the New Year even get’s here! I will post a challenge item here for the next 16 days. Do one, do them all, wash, rinse, repeat! It’s up to you! Either way let’s work together towards a healthier you! To make it even more fun we’ll do a contest as well! Everyone that participates will be added into the final drawing.
How do you participate? By interacting and cleaning your routine! You can find me all over…
Periscope – Follow! Share! Comment! Leave hearts!!!
Twitter – Tweet… Cleaning my routine for a Sweet ’16 #BAAMS16
Facebook – Like, Follow, Comment, Share!
YouTube – Subscribe, Like, Comment, Share! You know the drill by now!
If you really just want to stalk me you can find me on …
Follow, like, comment, reply @ me in your changes and suggestions! Whatever makes you happy and keeps you motivated.
You can interact with me on these platforms daily as we embark on this mission! Use the hashtag #BAAMS16 when you post so I can find you and interact as well. Each action I can track back to you will give you more weight in the final draw! So comment below that you are in! Feel free to share your screen names as well. You can join in on day 1 or day 16 it doesn’t matter just get involved in your own health and wellness. Sooner is better than later!