Update on the 30-Day Challenge

Recording the Progress

Keeping a Record

Today I want to give a brief update about my current 30-day challenge.  This one is so different than the previous one.  For those who don’t know, in July I challenged myself to post to My Pleasant Places every day of the month.  I accomplished my goal (in fact, I have continued the trend with only one miss thus far in August).  That challenge was very public indeed; if I didn’t post, it was obvious that I had failed. 

Because that challenge was so effective, I decided to declare a new one for the month of August.  You can read all about it at My NEW 30-Day Challenge, but in a nutshell, I have challenged myself to track and record everything I eat this month by logging it into the Lose It app that I have written about before.  The ultimate purpose of this challenge is to start eating healthier and to become mindful of what I am putting in my mouth.  I am finishing up Day 6, and this challenge is definitely working.  Though I was very clear that this is not a diet (I have placed no restrictions on myself), just knowing what I am eating has caused me to cut back.  I consider that a good thing.

Also, because I can significantly increase my daily “calorie budget” by throwing in some hearty exercise, this challenge has a nice side benefit of subtly motivating me to exercise more.  That also is a good thing!

Finally, I continue to be amazed at the power of making a public declaration/challenge.  Though none of you out there in blogland can see my Lose It app, I still feel very obliged to remain faithful to the challenge.  I would like to hear from those of you who have joined me this month with your own challenges.  Does this have the same effect on you?  Are you conscious of staying true to your challenge because you have made it public?  Please leave a comment and give me an update on your progress.

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8 Responses to Update on the 30-Day Challenge

  1. Michael Callahan says:

    Day 6 and going strong, I think the public declaration is significant because I have been trying to walk everyday for quite some time but usually just get in 2-4 days a week. Six days in a row is a breakthrough for me.

    • Diane says:

      That is wonderful, Michael. If you feel strong after 6 days, just think what you’ll feel after 30! So glad to hear of your breakthrough. Keep it up!

  2. Hey Diane, not broken the chain so far! So thats positive. I’m glad i made it easy for myself in keeping it to just 10minutes exercise a day. A few times I have done more but I am not under the much pressure to. I am staying with friends in Harare at the moment and the other day I got home late and could not run as it was dark. I ended up bouncing on the trampoline, watching the stars and trying to tell the dog not to howl at such odd behaviour, was odd but worked! I’m looking forward to really see a habit of exercise be established in my life.. small steps! Emily

  3. i started on Monday…getting up an hour before the rest of the house just to have some time to myself. as i suspected, i am more relaxed and focused by the time everyone else gets up. by the time i leave the house for the day i am feeling more prepared than when i rushed to get ready and out the door on time. i was getting in a bad habit of running late too often. of course, sometimes my 4-year old wakes up not long after me, but i just started including him in some quiet activity alongside me. so far, so good. 🙂

  4. Jessica says:

    So funny…I inadvertently began tracking my calories on Loseit around the middle of July! we should add each other on the app…kinda like a “street team”. I’ve already lost over half of my goal weight, and it’s made me so much more aware of what I eat! I can also make decisions like to eat less during the day if I am going out to eat that night…etc. It’s pretty awesome, and somewhat addicting!

    • Diane says:

      That’s wonderful about losing half your goal weight already, Jessica. Congrats! Yes, the whole idea of counting calories just to educate yourself about how much you are actually putting in your mouth is quite effective. The thing I learned when I did this once before a couple of years ago is that I don’t have to do it forever. In about a month, I will have a keen sense about how many calories are in most of the foods I eat, and how much I should be eating in a day to lose or to maintain. Such a great app!

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