Generally speaking, I’m terrible at organized “challenges.” That time I was supposed to post pictures of my spouse and me for seven days? Um, yeah. I got busy and forgot after day 2. (If my husband is reading this, you know I love you, right?) I’m not so great at fitness challenges either (re: The time I said “Screw this!” and ate a candy bar on Day 18 of a 21 Day Sugar Detox.)
I even tried a 30 day challenge here on the blog back BEFORE I KNEW ANY BETTER, and well, that didn’t go so well when I was diagnosed with an eating disorder in the middle of the challenge. I realized that my personal well being had to take priority over *trying* to keep up with all the online gurus with their 5 day formulas for success in life, business or [fill-in-the-blank.]
HOWEVER, I am big on goal setting, because I believe that if you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.
When one of my favorite weight loss & healthy living bloggers, Kelly from No Thanks to Cake, wrote a post and shared her #Thegoal30 list, I thought to myself, “Now THIS is a challenge I can get behind.”
The Instagram challenge was actually started by @Ariellesays, a staffer over at Buzzfeed who lost over 100 lbs and wrote about her experiences here and here. The idea behind the challenge is to come up with 30 mini goals that are not related to the number on the scale, and commit to do one goal a day for a month (and of course, document it all on Instagram.)
I am all for a challenge like this because:
- Accomplishing all (or even some) of these goals will definitely improve our health and quality of life.
- Non-scale victories can do wonders for our confidence.
- It shifts the focus (at least for me) away from food/dieting and into the habits that are going to help me become healthy over the long haul.
This whole exercise falls right in line with the Cor-Cards (daily goal setting cards) that I use every day as part of my food addiction recovery program. (Read more on what recovery looks like for me in this post.)
I thought it would be hard to come up with 30 goals, but I ended up with more than 30 and had to thin out my list! (Incidentally, now I can scratch blogging about #thegoal30 off my list!)
Here’s the list I shared on Instagram.
It’s not too late for you to join me over on Instagram! Just share your list and be sure to hashtag all of your posts with #thegoal30, and tag me so I can see what you’re up to.
I’d love to hear from you how goal setting is working for you! Do big goals motivate you or scare you? What little goals can you set to build toward that great big goal in your heart or mind?