“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
That is exactly what I plan to do. So beginning today I am setting new goals and joining a summer challenge. Because I do believe that there is strength in numbers and motivation to be found for myself in public accountability.
But I admit that I am just a wee bit hesitant. Because for the last challenge I did not meet my goal for even one week! As a matter of fact, I had my worst two months and really struggled during that time. Two steps forward, one step back. But enough is enough and I am looking for any extra inspiration wherever I can get it. So… I didn’t succeed on my first group challenge, but I fully intend to do so this time:)
I think I need to take a new approach. Because what I did last time obviously did not work. And as Albert Einstein once said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. I think this time around I need to set goals for myself each week. Very specific goals. Maybe they will be the same; maybe they will be different. My guess is I will vary them depending on what events are going on in my life, because there are a lot coming up still this summer. And I think that I need to report my results on my own blog this time as to how I did in meeting those weekly goals. Not sure yet if it will be a post or a sidebar item. But something.
Special thanks to Sarah,who started the challenge ball rolling in May, and to Diet Buddy, who is taking it over for the summer. Everyone is invited to join in. Just think of what you can accomplish between now and Labor Day if you set your mind to it!
For me, I plan to be in my goal weight range by then. But my actual challenge goals will not be weight related, because as I have so painfully learned, I can (sometimes) control my actions but rarely can I control the number on the scale.
For week one, my goals are going to be a bit varied by day, which I know is rather odd but I have several events coming up and want to be realistic and flexible.
- For all the days that I am in my own house, I will stay on plan. In the evenings I will allow myself two snacks. (Yes, two.)
- On Wednesday, when my extended family gathers for BBQ take-out to satisfy the hankering of out-of-town guests, I will not eat any fries but, if I really want them, can have a couple of onion rings with dinner. No dessert.
- On Thursday through Saturday when I am back at the lake house with family, I will keep my goals that worked last time which means I will stay on plan except allow myself an off-plan treat in the evening if I really want it and if it is a group dessert.
- All week: no bread of any kind especially including bagels. (If you saw the shopping list that my mom has made for bagels at the lake house, you would understand the special mention.) The only exception will be if we take sandwiches in the car to eat on the way home from the lake. Oh wait – if my mom makes popovers, as she plans, I am going to allow myself that once-every-few-years-home-baked-fabulousness treat.
So those goals feel pretty good to me for now. Specific, actionable, realistic. I am feeling optimistic about this. Optimistic is good. Getting serious is also good.