One of my biggest hurdles is staying motivated, keeping on track. I start good, I'm just not good at finishing. I'm real good at backsliding.
Challenges help me somewhat, especially if it's one where I feel I'll be held accountable for finishing. They give me a set time, a set goal. I can make lots of goals, just not a lot of good goals. A good goal follows the SMART acronym: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. Just saying I want to lose weight is not a good goal. Saying I want to lift weights 3x a week is a good goal. I'm going to give up soda=not a good goal. I'm going to give up soda for 1 week = good goal. After you complete the goal you reassess and see what your next goal will be. I know how to set good goals, I just fail to in my own life.
Challenges help me do what I know how to do but for whatever reason can't. So, I've signed up for another challenge and this one is 1 Month No Sweets Challenge on weighttraining.com. I got this link from the Athletarian's post.
So here's to reading labels and trying to fight this never ending sweet tooth I seem to of developed since the start of Spring semester (I blame Organic Chemistry).