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.