Wednesday, February 15, 2012

30-day Challenge

Man... I paused when I wrote the title of this blog post. I almost backed out. But I won't.

I am challenging myself to a 30 day challenge.

In two books that I have read in the past week or so, I have read that it can take 30 - 60 days to REALLY form a habit. Both times when I read that, I thought, "Could I really do it for 30 days straight?"

Why not? Why do I tell MYSELF that I can't do it? I am my own worst enemy in that way. I start thinking of excuses before I've even tried.

So today, while I was sitting in the doctor's office with my sick son, I decided that I need to challenge myself to 30 days on plan. 1800 calories per day (which means I will have to track), taking my supplements, and drinking at least 150 oz of water. Every day. For 30 days. NO excuses. I am hoping that with this commitment to eating, getting to the gym for at least 5 days per week won't be hard. Especially since wrestling season is officially over for Keven.

I was still playing this challenge around in my head when I picked up my baby girl from after-school care. I missed work today, and also missed a faculty meeting. I ran into my Asst. Principal who told me that I missed getting my "Top Model" award, and that they had told the entire faculty about my blog ambassadorship with Slim-Fast and my trip to New York City. So you know what that means? Failure is no longer an option. I will not fail in front of my colleagues, and now that they all know about my partnership with Slim-Fast, I will have a hundred eyes on me. Accountability!

I'm going to do it. I really am. I am worth it.

As if I needed more incentive, I ordered three new summer dresses with my "Wow Moment" gift card from Slim-Fast. My goal is to look fabulous in these dresses in time for my birthday WOW moment. I can get them on now, but they don't "fit". But they will!

Oh... I also have booked a VACATION this year! On June 3 we will head to Orlando! Yes... that does sound like ADDED INCENTIVE.

10 reasons to successfully complete this challenge:
1. I need to prove to myself that I CAN DO THIS.
2. It will help me form habits that will get me to my goal.
3. I have the opportunity of a lifetime with Slim-Fast and I don't want to blow it.
4. My co-workers are watching me!
5. I now have clothes in my closet just WAITING for me to fit them.
6. I want to look fabulous on my birthday.
7. I want to reach my 40 lb. goal before I go on Vacation!
8. It's time for me to stop making excuses and JUST DO IT.
9. I am worth the time, effort and energy that this will take.
10. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

See, I have lots of reasons to succeed.

My food is all planned for tomorrow. Lunch is packed. Dinner is laid out. And everything has been journaled and calories have been counted. I have also carved out my gym time and packed my gym bag. I am ready... and I will be back tomorrow to claim SUCCESS!


  1. Claiming success right along with you!

  2. Good luck, am sure you can do it! Am doing the same thing although the doc recommended an intake of 1280cals for me! I have been doing it for 3 days so far and its not as hard as I thought it would be (its the pre planning that's the challenge!) but hey its early days, am sure it will get easier!

  3. You can do it! And I think I'll join you! Thanks for the inspiration. My challenge:

    1800 calories per day, lotsa water (I don't know how much I need or what I am drinking now to be honest), and meds on schedule.

  4. Congrats, you can do it!! Just keep thinking about how FABULOUS you are going to look :)

  5. Go girl!! I am on a 30 day workout challenge myself! I am currently on day 11 of working out every single day :)

  6. Good luck with your commitment! I have faith in you! You can do it.

  7. I'll be watching!! (and cheering you on!) You can do it!

  8. All the best dear. You can do it


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