Tuesday, July 11, 2006

80 Days

Remember my 30-day Challenge where I challenged myself to be strict on my Points for 30-days straight? Well, that became the 24-Day Challenge followed by 3 weeks of riotous eating, which I blame on my birthday. My birthday was the beginning of the end- I allowed myself license for that weekend since Timm and I went out to eat, and then had the leftovers. Therein lies the mistake- apparently I thrive on consistency and the building of momentum. By that day 24, I was starting to feel the groove, like it was easy. Then I broke my stride with my birthday, which was closely followed by Charleston,a nd you can see where this is going...
So I issued myself a new challenge:


To be diligent for a whole mini composition book. I just need to build the momentum and not look back. I foolishly thought that the only thing keeping me back was a new, cute journal. If only I made one, then dieting would be easier. It would be simple to record my daily eating if only I had a cute NEW journal to start over in. (If this really was the case, and all I lacked for success in my life was a newly covered journal, wouldn't I have set the world on it's ear by now? I mean, I have no shortage of journals, yet I still struggle with the same issues. My thinking may be flawed- but then as Shell said, "It can't hurt, right?")
Then I decided, in order to make myself more accountable, I would do several things:

  1. I would make it cute enough to save for posterity sake. Do I really want my children to see that I ate a box of Girl Scout cookies for lunch?
  2. I would create and insert 'Report Cards' for each week to report how many pounds I lost.
  3. I also am writing down my exercise for the week, as well as our family prayers and scriptures successes. (Or failures.)

(Sorry for the blurred pictures- When I took those extreme close-ups of Bella doing Peek A Boo, she reached out and grabbed the lens with a Mac N Cheese hand. Yikes!)

This book was also the inaugural use of several products that Shell gave me for my birthday: The circle stamp (Love it! and coveted it forever...) And all of the little letter stickers.

Anyway, we'll see if this helps to keep me on track any better. But like Shell said, having a cute journal can't hurt.

13 comments:

Robin said...

Good luck with the new challenge! For sure - that is a cute journal. I'm quite jealous of its cuteness, actually ;)

Are we on for game night this week?? It feels like it has been forever since I last saw you guys!

Jill said...

The journal is wicked cute, so that's inspiring, plus if you've dated all those pages I'm sure you'll want to write good things. You have the iron will when you want it so I have no doubt that all will be well for you. Good luck.

michelle said...

And a very cute journal it is! I love the report card idea, as well as keeping records for all of your goals in one place. I have found that when I pre-date the pages, I am better about keeping on top of it, because I don't want to have blank pages. I know you can do it!

Alison said...

I should do one for my acting related goals (this, unfortunately, includes exercise).

Kristi Brooke said...

i don't know if you got my moving card yet. but get thinking about your towels, what color of towels you and want and what color of monogram!
i am getting ready to get my machine out.

Hannah said...

This is super crazy cute! And an awesome idea. I know no one who is more driven than you, so I know you can do it. Just looking at that journal would make me want to write in it! You can so do this!

TX Girl said...

Love the journal. Totally adorable. I'm like you, fun things like cute journals make it so much easier to keep track.

dpw said...

Hip hip hooray for cute journals! I think you will find it to be an inspiration to yourself down the road, as you go back a reread about your struggles and successes. And--as Jill said--WICKED cute! You amaze me... Armed with a journal like that one, I think I could do most anything!

michelle said...

Please clean off your camera lens! Scary.

cjw said...

I too think that a cute journal can motivate you to do just about anything and you're one the most dedicated and determined people I know and you are creative and cute while being so! You can do it!

Claudissima said...

wonderful idea! that journal is beautiful! go for it!

claire said...

cute journals =yes. Always, no matter what the occasion.

Maren said...

journals always make me feel better and sometimes I don't even use them but I feel they're too cool to use and if I did use it the journal just wouldn't be the same.....but have fun with your new plan just the same

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