#last90days challenge chose to give up coffee

The #last90days challenge explained

Every year, Rachel Hollis & company has a challenge towards the last months of the year called #last90days challenge. Spoiler alert: I am doing it and chose to give up coffee for the #last90days challenge.

Have you heard of the challenge? There is about 250k people that are doing this challenge this year. It is a lot of fun!

Basically you do the following every day for 90 days:

1. Write out 5 things you are grateful for

2. Work out every day for 30 minutes

3. Drink half your body weight in water each day

4. Give up a food item that is not serving you

5. Wake up one hour earlier than you normally do

Courtesy of the Hollis Co

You can read more here over at the Hollis website and even sign up via email to be on their list to get all the official details (#notanad).

I think we all agree that most of these are pretty self-explanatory except the food item. 

But, oh boy, do we need to talk about that one!

What food item to give up?

On the threads and forums related to this last 90 day challenge, one of the top questions seems to be around the food item to give up. This seems to be hardest thing for a lot of people to figure out (including me!). 

This is actually the second year that I will be participating in the #last90dayschallenge

Last year, I gave up half and half in my coffee. It was not awesome, let me tell you. But, after a few weeks, I found a good non-dairy substitute that was also Whole 30. So I breezed through the challenge after that.

This year, I have decided to give up coffee for the #last90days challenge (ok, it’s like 92 days til January 1, 2020, but who’s counting?!?).


#last90days challenge chose to give up coffee

Unintended benefits

Let me tell you a funny story first. I used to get headaches. Because I have been working on my gut health, I have not taken any Advil or Tylenol since around September 2017. I actually gave up wine + all alcohol for most of 2018 because I believed the headaches were maybe caused by the wine. I still got headaches. Since I was not taken Advil or Tylenol, I could never predict those headaches and just suffered through (my allergies are way better, by the way!).

Once I completed my 90 day challenge last year, I did a January Whole 30 challenge….and about a few weeks into my Whole 30, I commented to my husband that I could not remember the last time I had had a headache. Unknown to me, it had been approximately 100+ days since my last headache.

Do you see where this is going?

I did the dairy reintroduction as a part of the Whole 30 plan and I was so excited to finally have my half and half. I felt fine on the day of my dairy reintroduction….and then the next day, bam! Headache! It lasted 2 days.

It dawned on me that the headaches, the taking of Advil to remedy was all due to the original cause of dairy. HUGE LESSON LEARNED! So, 8-9 months later, I always have to be so mindful of consuming dairy. All from a funny challenge.

Why I'm giving up coffee for the #last90days challenge

Coffee alone is fine. I don’t like that it represents a love/hate relationship for me.

If I am happy? Coffee.

If I needing a pick-me-up? Coffee.

If I want to be comforted? Coffee.

If I want to relax or unwind? Coffee.

If I want to really focus? Coffee.

See the pattern?

Do you have something similar in your life?

Maybe yours isn’t coffee. Maybe it’s something else entirely. I would encourage you to think about that thing. Could you honestly live without it? How do you think you would feel on January 1?

This looks different for everyone. Maybe it’s not food, but maybe another habit that you do that you would like to distance yourself from. If you are interested in doing the last 90 day challenge yourself, I would encourage you to feel free to swap out the food item for that other habit.

Also, if you don’t know, listen to yourself. My gut first said coffee. It took me weeks to settle on coffee finally. I kept trying to talk myself out and just this morning, I decided to go for it. Usually your first thought is more right than you think….

My hypothesis

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My hypothesis is that my energy, ability to focus, to be more productive will actually increase. But I am afraid of the outcome….coffee is so a part of my life.

Do you feel that way about something you consume?

Next Steps

To be clear, I am not looking forward to the discomfort. I am going to miss my coffee. I know I will be successful with this challenge too. However, discomfort usually leads to some kind of growth. Maybe on January 1, 2020, I revert back to my current habits. Maybe on January 1, 2020, I have a sip of coffee and no longer find the allure and break a 20+ year habit. I don’t know which why it is going to go. 

What does this have to do with money?

OK, I am sure I will save some money on coffee and my non-dairy creamer. I don’t do things to save money. I do things if it somehow adds to my life, whether that shows up as discomfort, proving to myself that I can break a 20+ year habit, or maybe I will have more energy (which would be ironic!).

You can do it!

So, what do you think??? Are you join the #last90days challenge? Or, maybe just focus on giving up one habit that just doesn’t serve you (or, you suspect does not serve you).

Please leave a comment below and let me know, ok? I would love to know what you think. Thanks so much for reading!

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