By Jon Belt
It has been roughly three months since I completed this challenge. In my mind, I failed. Although I didn't eat "sugary treats" during this 30 days, I did eat/drink items that should have been excluded. These items included:
- 3 slices of pizza (Day 25)
- lots of tortilla chips (and I mean LOTS)
- whiskey (Day 28)
Since I waited this long to recap, I'm not sure if these are ALL the items, but these are the ones that stood out in my mind. I failed this challenge. I was so disappointed and mad at myself that I did not make the last measurements.
*Note to self: be kind to yourself, even when failing.
What I learned:
1. Accountability was huge when I was posting every day. Even though I wasn't sure who was actually reading this challenge, it was still an accountability piece. I remember posting to Facebook at the beginning, and thinking to myself "Okay, it's real now."
2. The first 2 weeks was easier because it was new. The last two weeks was not as exciting. For future challenges, I know this will happen, and I need to remind myself to stay positive and change things up. I didn't change up my food as much, and this stymied the variability piece I needed.
3. I need to have more of a formula for writing every day. A formula such as:
- What I ate + How I feel
- Times I ate
- Write as I go, instead of waiting to the end of the day (hard to remember).
4. I really went full throttle the last 3 months with sugary treats. I have eaten everything in sight. I'm not sure if the challenge was helpful or harmful to my psyche. Since college, I have always struggled with food. I overeat if I do not have a plan. I need to be more deliberate.
Excited for the next challenge.