I’ll be the first to admit, I have a bit of a girl crush on Rachel Hollis. Her energy, passion, and drive astound me. And I am in awe of her ability to set goals and crush them while encouraging other women to do the same. Being a #ChicAmbassador and part of the launch team for her upcoming book Girl, Wash Your Face have been wonderful experiences. 

This month, one of my goals was to try and stick with her Five to Thrive routine. We must be on the same brainwave because she recently released a podcast episode focusing on this method.

The Five to Thrive by Rachel Hollis:
  • Get up an hour earlier than you normally do.
  • Workout for at least 30 minutes.
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces in water.
  • Give up one food item.
  • Write down 10 things for which you are grateful.

She says doing these five things every single day for 30 days will change your life. And well, I’m starting to believe her.

Now, I’m a morning person, and as a runner, I’ve always got a water bottle near me, so I thought this would be a piece of cake. Well, it’s more challenging than I thought, but in the most rewarding ways.

My Five to Thrive consists of:

  • Getting up by 5 a.m. on weekdays and 6:30 a.m. on weekends. Forcing myself to be in bed by 9 p.m. is worth the extra time in the morning. I’m slowly figuring out how to adjust my routine so that I have time to do the unnecessary things that I tend to do in the morning that make me feel rushed when it’s time to go.
  • Taking at least two stair breaks (I work in an eight-story building) at work throughout the day and parking as far away as possible to guarantee I move on days I don’t run.
  • Aiming to drink 90-100 ounces of water every single day. I’m swinging for the fences on this one because Rach’s rule would have me at around 55 ounces, but I’m a fierce believer in hydration. The first few days of upping your water intake are full of bloating and bathroom breaks, but I swear your skin and energy levels will thank you for it.
  • No Dr. Peppers. After the first four or five days, I found myself not thinking about them.
  • Writing down my gratitudes before bed every night (then actually using my night cream because it sits beside my notebook).

Today marks day 30 of my Five to Thrive, and there’s nothing I want to stop doing. Seriously. The things that sounded hard, like writing down ten things I’m thankful for every single day, weren’t hard once I set myself for success by placing a notebook and pen on my nightstand.

I was also worried about my relationship with Dr. Pepper. My love for this soda is so intense that it was the only soda option at our wedding. But once I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to drink them, I found ignoring them was easier especially after that first week. Now, I will admit that I almost caved on Sunday when Kevin cracked his daily Dr. Pepper open. I wanted to reach over and take just a sip of his. But my brain reverted to its highest level of training on resisting Dr. Pepper (which is currently at 31 days of no soda), and I decided I wanted not to drink it more than feeling those bubbles on my tongue for an instant.

So what is the scariest thing about Five to Thrive to you?


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