The Sassy Pear

Finding my way through my forties

Very Best Self: Weeks 4 and 4.5 — August 2, 2019

Very Best Self: Weeks 4 and 4.5

Well, we did it. We’ve come to the end of our Very Best Self experiment/challenge – are you a new and improved person like I am?

woman stands on mountain over field under cloudy sky at sunrise
Photo by Victor Freitas on

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!  (^^^Obviously not me.)

Okay, actually last week went really well. I figured out that if I get up and get in the shower first thing, then, while my hair is air drying, I have time to do a 5-20 minute workout. I got up early and worked out 4 days last week!! These are not intense workouts – they are low impact – but they are challenging enough that I felt a little soreness in my muscles and I didn’t get sweaty so I didn’t feel like taking a shower first was a waste of time.  It was a nice feeling to know that I did at least some form of exercise in the morning, and one morning I even had time to fit in a short meditation.

This week however, has been a different story. I have been so tired all week and I’ve had to force myself to wake up at the latest possible minute. My husband and I had a fun night out last Saturday night and stayed up way too late, then I had trouble sleeping Sunday – Tuesday nights and it has been a sleepy struggle to stay awake and be productive during the day ever since. So this week, I’ve gotten up early exactly zero times.

So what did I learn from this experiment? A) I can be a person who gets up early only if I get enough sleep the night before, and B) that it takes me several days to recover from a late night out. This may seem like a no-brainer, but having an early morning habit is the direct result of a solid evening routine, and I’m thinking I may need to work on that part first because I don’t have a great evening routine. I often get to bed later than I’d like so some focused attention on that will help with my goal of becoming an early riser.

How did your experiments go? You guys were making some great progress last time I checked! Did you learn anything about yourselves that surprised you or that will be helpful going forward? Any ideas for another experiment or challenge? I thought this was fun and interesting – I’d like to do it again. 🙂


Challenge of the Day – Day 22 FINALLY! — December 31, 2009

Challenge of the Day – Day 22 FINALLY!

Next time I say, “hey wouldn’t it be fun to do a challenge for the next 3 weeks!!” somebody please shoot me.  Coming up with 22 challenges (okay more like 17) was a…challenge.  But here we are at the last day, and my challenge for myself is an important, albeit difficult, one:


And by junk, I mean M&Ms, chocolate covered macadamia nuts, cream cheese mints, white chocolate pretzels, regular chocolate pretzles, mini Snickers, mini Milky Ways, mini Twix…good gravy it’s no wonder I gained 6 pounds!! But I am getting rid of all of that today, and stocking up on healthier fare. I’ve been perusing Roni’s Green Lite Bites for inspiration and am excited about trying some of her recipes (yeah, I know I’m way late to the party, but better late than never!).  So if you have any leftover Christmas goodies, get rid of them today. Don’t think about it, just do it!

Happy New Year’s Eve!  🙂

Challenge of the Day – Day 20 — December 29, 2009

Challenge of the Day – Day 20

Today’s challenge is simple:  30 minutes of cardio.  I plan on doing 30 minutes on the elliptical this afternoon when I get home from work.  It’s been a lot easier to talk myself into working out since my new work out buddy arrived on Dec 24th:

Philips GoGear 16 GB Aria MP3 Video Player with 2-Inch Color Screen

I have decided that it’s a lot more fun to work out when I have the music thumping inside my head, as opposed to…say, the ancient boombox in the garage.

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