The Button Bird 30 Day Reset

As some of you know, I lost a dear friend a couple of weeks ago.  Losing Chrissy who was only 38 years old has rocked my world.  I can’t stop thinking about her, her daughter, her mother, or her husband.  I am sad beyond words, and my brain can’t rest.  I am looking at my own life and realizing just how short it all is.  Am I really living the life that I want to be living?   Am I taking care of myself the best way that I can?  I guess it’s normal after losing someone so young to examine your own health and life.

I haven’t been living that healthy lately.  I know it’s summer and the kids are home and schedules fall apart. I’m way off my normal healthy living routine.  I usually take pretty good care of myself, but lately I feel flat out lazy and sluggish.  I have been eating anything and everything that I want.  I have gained about 6 pounds and my clothes are all fitting a little snug.  Yuck.  I haven’t been exercising at all because it is much easier to slide on the couch with the kiddos instead of slide on those tennis shoes.  When I exercise (I am a brisk walker), I have so much more energy and it helps relieve stress.  I haven’t been doing my daily morning prayer/quiet time either.  Sleeping in with the kids has affected my relationship with God.  I am not turning to him as much or praying like I use to.  I have been drinking wine to help me relax at the end of the long kid pack summer days.  Two glasses of wine and I can’t sleep a wink.  I go to sleep just fine but wake up in the middle of the night and lay awake for 2-3 hours.  Of course the next morning I am exhausted and not my normal peppy clear headed self.  When you are tired and your mind is foggy everything and everyone suffers.  I am nooooo good on bad sleep. 

It’s so easy to get in a rut, to fall off your healthy living wagon, But I have the desire to wake up and reset.  I want to feel good not only for myself but for these guys. 

Who wants to join me for a my 30 day clear your head/get back on track reset??  I have done this reset in the past.  It’s really easy, but it’s easier if you have someone to do it with.  What if we all did it together??  In the past after the 30 day reset, I lost an average of 5-8 pounds, had more energy, felt closer to God, and my head was clear.  I slept better which we all know is the key to everything good! I was more positive, productive, more creative and my outlook on life was totally different.  At the end of the thirty days I jumped out of the bed in the mornings excited to start my day.  I was happier and my kids, husband, and friends were happier because of it.  I am ready to get back on track.  Who’s in??

The Button Bird 30 Day Reset incorporates these 7 factors into your day:

Prayer/mediation/quiet time:  30 minutes sometime during the day.  Most of the time I get up first thing in the morning and do this.  I pray for others and pray for the path God wants me on, not the one I want to be on.  I read my bible and a couple devotionals.  Sometimes I sit and try to be quiet and just listen.

Water:  Drink 70 ounces of water a day

Vitamin:  A multivitamin every morning with breakfast.

Food:  1500 calories a day.  200 for breakfast, 150 mid morning snack, 500 lunch, 150 mid afternoon snack, 500 dinner.  Coffee doesn’t count.  This is my reset and I get to set the rules.

Exercise:  30-45 minutes a day, 5 times a week.  I’m not talking about killing it at the gym.  A run or brisk walk, swimming laps while your kids play at the pool, going on a bike ride with the family, you get the picture.

Alcohol:  none, zero, zelch, zip, nada

Reading:  Read the book Seven, by Jen Hatmaker.  This book was recommended to me by my friend The Nester.  It is so good, I am going to read it again.

That’s it!!!  It’s soooooooo easy and the end of thirty days you feel like a different person.  So my question to you is……  Does anyone else feel the need to reset?  Could we somehow do it together here on this blog?  Is there a way we could encourage and inspire each other while we reset?
“Jesus gets a fresh platform in the empty space where indulgence resided”.
-Jen Hatmaker, Seven
 
Let me know what you think!!!!!!
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23 Responses to The Button Bird 30 Day Reset

  1. Greta July 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Oh me I so need this but I have 0 will power friend. I like your plan though and it sounds pretty easy and I love that coffee doesn't count. I've never read that book either. Hmmm…. I'm thinking about it.

  2. freespiritfarm July 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I am SO in. I need this just about as badly as you! :) Have you ever looked into bigtent sites? It's a great way to connect and “introduce” yourselves.. and have topics and conversations! Just a thought.

    When are you starting??? :)

  3. Handmade Housewife... July 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Girl I am avoiding that book like the plague! I hate to have stuff thrown in my face, and I'm scared that is going to be the book to do it :) But…I'm in!

  4. Cinda Boshart July 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I think I'm joining you, too! I've been needing motivation and it's one month until I start back to my job as a middle school librarian. So exciting that I may be able to begin with a reset! Thanks for inviting us!

  5. Fiori Family July 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    I've sat here for the last several months and felt inspired by you and your amazing blog to bring out my creative side again. I buried her deep inside when times got rough and I got lazy… We'll I'm happy to say that slowly, the creative girl is coming out again and is finding that I missed her soooo much! I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog (although for the life of me I can't remember how). I'm going to accept your 30 Day Reset and I'm doing it with a smile and a desire to better myself! I'm so very excited for this! I think I'm going to invite a few friends to join also!!! When are you started??

    Thanks again Angela for all that you do! I've wanted to comment before but always feel weird doing do! From now on, I'll be commenting more! You truly are inspiring! : )

  6. Jen July 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Yes!! This Minnesota gal is IN. Let me know what day you're starting (and thank you for making the rule that coffee doesn't count). Any tips for keeping each other accountable? Or is it just sheer willpower? :)

  7. craftythriftydecoratingwifemom July 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    I will be thinking and praying about joining you, albeit in an adjusted way. For anyone who wants a little biology/medicine limitations lesson please go to craftythriftydecoratingwifemom.wordpress.com. My walking in my home is up to about 10 min./day. I haven't written in way too long because I don't want to be a complainer, but I think that's how education spreads. My concentration isn't good, so times I do spend with God aren't good. Gotta find a way to change that. Accountability might just be the thing. God Bless you, especially now. Hugs, Janet

  8. Button Bird Designs July 22, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Greta!
    Talk about someone with no will power!! That is me!! Come on girl!
    xoxox
    Angela

  9. Button Bird Designs July 22, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Freespiritfarm
    I am starting tomorrow (Monday) July23!!! so happy you are going to join me! Going to check out that site!
    love
    Angela

  10. Button Bird Designs July 22, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Handmade Housewife
    Yes it is the book that will do it!! but in a good way!! I loved it so much I am going to read it again! Go get it!
    xoxo
    Angela

  11. Button Bird Designs July 22, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Yes Cinda
    The thought of starting the school year out refreshed and ready to start anew. Doesn't that sound good. I feel like starting toda instead of tomorrow!
    lots of love
    Angela

  12. Button Bird Designs July 22, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Fiori Family
    Tears. Thank you for taking time to write such a sweet comment. It means a lot to me and I am so glad you will be joining me for the reset. I am starting tomorrow July 23. Glad you are finding that creative side again!

  13. Button Bird Designs July 22, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Jen
    I don't know how to do this together. I was hoping to do it on the blog but don't know if I could post everyday with it being summer and the kids home. Maybe every five days and then we could share in the comments!?!? I start tomorrow july 23!!!!!!!!!!! wish you lived closer!
    xoxoxo
    Angela

  14. Button Bird Designs July 22, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Oh Janet
    Prayers for you. We take for granted all that we can do. Thank you for sharing and I will be going to your blog to get my lesson. Thank you!
    loveeeeeeeeeee
    Angela

  15. Kady July 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

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    • angela July 27, 2012 at 1:15 am #

      Kady!!!
      I don’t know whyyyyy it deleted your comment!!! Going from blogger to WordPress is messing me all up!!!!!
      Xoxoxoxo
      Angela

  16. Hannah July 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Oh I am three days late but I am in!!!!!

    • angela July 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      Yeahhhhhhhh Hannah!
      So glad you are going to join in! I am already feeling better!!!
      Lots and lots of love
      Angela

  17. Jenifer M July 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    First off, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    I know what those words mean, as I have heard them several times over the past 5 months.
    I too lost a friend….my oldest sister passed away in Feb from cancer. She was 46. Left 3 children behind.

    I have been feeling a reset coming on for sometime, but I am now just really crawling out of the deep sadness that consumed me for a couple months.
    Don’t get me wrong I kept living life and putting on a smiley face but when those waves of grief crash into you and knock you over, there is not much that compares.

    But I love your plan. Think I am going to follow it myself, starting today!

    Hang in there, just know you have a beautiful presence watching over you at all times :)

  18. angela July 27, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Jennifer
    I am soooo sorry for your loss. How are you guys doing? How are her kids?! I will remember you all in my prayers. Please join in on the reset. 5 days in and I already feel better and stronger. Thank you for sharing. Lots of love and hugs.
    Angela

  19. Abbey July 29, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    I am in major need of something like this. You described me and my behaviors this summer. Thanks for the motivation!! I am in starting tomorrow!

    • angela July 29, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      Yeah Abbey
      So glad you are going to join! You won’t be sorry! Let me know how you are doing!!!
      Lots of love!!!
      Angela

  20. Michelle B. August 23, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    Prayers and hugs to you! I am a month late – just found your blog. I need this – coincidence? I think not. I will start in the am. I also just noticed the date (8/22). My 43rd birthday is in 31 days. This sounds like a good thing to do, it’s been a rough year.

    Day 1 tomorrow!

    Thank you.

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