In the past, I have had success with 90-day challenges. The first one was about 4 years ago and started 90 days before the first day of summer. A Spark friend was doing a 90-day challenge and invited my to join her. Each of us was to choose something that we wanted to work on, start or stop for 90 days and then we would be each other's support system.
My choice was to stop drinking Diet Pepsi. Talk about a challenge!!! I would drink a six-pack of Diet Pepsi every day...maybe more! But, I did it! And, on the first day of summer, I was so excited to crack open that first Diet Pepsi of the summer. Cold, cool, refreshing, right? Nope. The Diet Pepsi tasted nasty!
I was so disappointed but also happy. And haven't had DP since.
My second challenge was to myself. I had dropped the DP habit, but I had picked up the Monster habit. For those of you who don't know, Monsters are energy drinks, similar to Red Bull. LOTS of caffeine in every drink And, of course, I was drinking the zero calorie version. So, not only was I drinking chemicals again, but topping it with caffeine. I gave myself the 90-day challenge and succeeded!! I have had three Monsters since I quit drinking them daily. And that's been just under 6 months ago. Not perfect, but progress, so I'm counting it as a win!
Which brings me to my next 90-day challenge. In the last few months, I have started drinking more of my calories And, a lot of those have been of the alcoholic variety. I like the taste of some alcohol. Caramel flavored vodka in hot chocolate? YES! So yummy!! But, those are calories I don't need. Plus, after I've had alcohol, I tend to make less healthy food choices (like baking peanut butter cookies at 9:00 at night and eating 6 of them).
So, new challenge is no adult beverages for 90 days. Today was day 1! The good news? Alcohol doesn't go bad. So I can still enjoy after 90 days. Plus, I'll be saving money by not buying alcohol. It's a win-win!