Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's Over...

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The 30 Day Challenge that is.

I am proud to say I completed it successfully. AND I learned some valuable information along the way.

Valuable Lesson # 1: give myself more credit
I thought going into this I would make a few mistakes, snitch a little something here or there and call it good. I surprised myself. I turned down candy and desserts on a daily basis.

Valuable Lesson # 2: sometimes tasks can be easier than expected
I was certain that September was going to be a rough month. While some days were harder than others, the truth is it was easier to give up sweets than I thought it would be.

Valuable Lesson # 3: don't do it alone; having a buddy system is key
My sweet, sweet Mr. was supposed to join me in the challenge, but he didn't quite make it. He accepted cookies, pies, ice cream, and candy whenever they were presented to him. Boy did I give him the stink eye. So, I had to turn to my trusty friend who also decided to do the challenge. We would send encouraging text messages to each other or call to say, "I turned down" this or that or, "12 more days". We would also rely on each other when we wanted to quit or how about the time I called her to tell her I accidentally put an Andes candy in my mouth, but then spit it out. We had fun keeping each other on track.

Valuable Lesson # 4: the longer I went without sweets the less my body craved them
I went from walking into the kitchen to find something sweet {not because I was hungry, but because I was bored or looking to fill a sweet tooth}, to not even thinking about sweets. The less I had them the less I wanted them.

Now what?
The challenge end date has come and gone I can say I haven't had a desire to go back to the way things were before the challenge. I have self control like I've never had before and it's a decision I make to exercise it daily. I make a choice now, do I really want that cookie? Usually the answer is no and I walk away from it. 
I have had a sliver of pumpkin pie, it was actually the first sweet I said yes to after the challenge was over. Other than that I can't say I've had anything else sweet related. I am so proud of myself and my accomplishment {as well as my sweet friend}.

The reward!
If you remember, our reward for successfully completing the challenge was a shopping trip. We made it happen this past weekend. My friend and I were each on the hunt for specific items; another pair of skinny jeans, leather boots, and whatever else we deemed a need as we walked from store to store. 

The good news is we are going shopping again next weekend, the bad news is it's because we didn't find anything on our mental lists. I did end up buying a long sleeve tee from 2 colors. I explained to the Mr. that any girl will tell you, when you find a staple clothing item you like, buy multiples. I also restocked my eyeliner supply, bought a pair of earrings {I love this whole, big world of accessories that is available to my newly pierced ears}, and filled up my Gloria Jean's love tank. It was a fun time had by all.

If you get anything out of this novel, get this. Self control is crucial. Do what you can to make sure you have control over areas in your life you struggle in. I hope you are pleasantly surprised at what you can do when you put your mind to it. I know I was. 



  1. I loved reading this! Last year, I ate no sweets and drank no soda for two months! I have to say, I'm kind of embarassed that I didn't continue it because it wasn't that hard after all. It's just so much harder when the weather gets colder haha. But I think I'm going to do it again :)

  2. Wow, congrats on completing the challenge!! That would be a tough one, but I've done similar challenges and they always feel great in the end!! Good job!

  3. congrats on finishing your challenge!! it always feels good with you complete a goal!! :) xoxo

  4. Congrats congrats congrats!!! That's awesome!!

  5. Wow congratulations! You've encouraged me!

  6. That's awesome! I agree that a buddy is so good to have when you're doing something like this. And they say the less you eat sweets the less you crave them. Of course, that's hard to imagine (I currently have my third cookie halfway eaten in my hand....) I've thought about giving up sweets. My resolution lasts approximately as long as it takes for someone to offer me a cupcake :)


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