I intended to write more updates on this little challenge but I always forget how busy November is! Plus, with the cold weather, I know people don’t like to cut back their delectable hot showers – myself included! So if I do this again next year, spring would probably be better. April or May, maybe.
Anyway, I’ve slacked a bit but haven’t given up. I have easily kept up my every-third-day shower routine. That has been so easy that I think I’m going to continue that throughout the winter months. Even though going from every other day to every third day isn’t cutting my showers in half, it’s still a significant decrease.
As for actually cutting my shower time in half – that has been more of a challenge! My first timed shower was 12 minutes, making my goal 6 minutes. I have yet to achieve that, though most of my showers since then have been 7 minutes – pretty close! There were two days when I was so cold that I lingered…and lingered…and lingered. Those showers ended up being 13 and 15 minutes long! Whoops! But I’m not concerned. This is just a fun challenge and I’m still doing well and trying my best.
Ultimately, this challenge is just for fun. It isn’t that easy, of course – most of us love our long, hot showers! But it is supposed to challenge your perception of “clean.” My goal for all of you participants out there was to get people to shower every other day. Some of you already are doing that, which is why I added the option of shortening your shower. But many people can’t fathom showering every other day – and honestly, it’s not so bad and extremely liberating. That’s really what inspired this challenge, and I hope some of you tried getting dirtier and found it to be less scary than you thought! LOL.
I’ll be writing a wrap-up post on this challenge next week and I would LOVE to hear from some of you. If you want to drop me a line at email@example.com or on my Facebook fan page, I would love it. Let me know what your goal was for this challenge and whether or not you met it. Maybe let us know your emotional response to letting go of your perception of “clean,” too.
Until then, have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving for you American readers!