What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
June- half-way through the year, and the New Year’s Resolution Check-Up continues. Today it’s time to get real about my 2013 No Seconds 2.0 challenge. But before I do, let me tell you about something I found this weekend. It’s called The Kitchen Safe and it has the tagline: “The time lock safe that puts you in charge.”
You might be asking, “How could something that takes over control, put you in charge.” The answer is simple, exporting self-control to this device allows you to use your limited willpower reserves for other things. (Btw, If you want to read more on Willpower check out Kelly McGonigal’s book- The Willpower Instinct. It’s got lots of great tips!)
Now, back to the kitchen safe…
It’s a clear container with a time lock lid. You put whatever’s tempting you inside, close the lid, and set the timer (anything from 1 minute to 10 days). You have 30 seconds to change your mind and then it’s done. The container won’t open until the time has elapsed. Even if the battery dies (or you take the batteries out =p) the lock won’t unlatch. The timer will simply resume counting once it has working batteries again. At the moment, it’s on KickStarter. But if they get enough backers by July 20th, they’ll make it. I really want one!! It’ll mean being able to keep Nutella or Speculoos (Biscoff) in the house without worrying without going crazy (or candy corn without having Hubby hide it for me =p). And you can use it for other things too – like your cell phone, game controller or even a credit card. (If you haven’t guessed, I’m a backer and I really hope they make it!)
Seriously, where has this thing been all my life?! Here’s to a better toolbox. Let the No Seconds streak continue!
Speaking of which, it’s time for that report. The idea behind “No Seconds” was simple, a way to have your cake and eat it too… just eat ONE. If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you’ll know that this basic principle has been the backbone of many of my monthly Healthy Living Challenges. But I still struggled with it. So, in the new year I decided to make it a goal to cement the habit in 2013.
In January I started with my 30 days till 30 challenge. But getting back into my pre-holiday routine was tough. I managed a mere 12 out of 30 days and my longest streak was only 3 days =( ugh!
February was better. Determined not to give up, I joined the Eat Better, Feel Fitter Challenge on SparkPeople with a goal of getting at least 21 days of no seconds, including a 7 day unbroken streak. I succeeded, but just barely – 22 days no seconds with an 8 day streak. Unfortunately though, on days where I didn’t succeed, I found myself going seriously overboard on treats.
So, in March I decided to push the challenge further. I aimed for 25 days overall with a 10 day streak. Plus I upped the ante and added a “no binges” goal. It didn’t go so well. I logged another 22 days no seconds, but failed on both the streak and no binges goal. =(
Undeterred I decided to try again in April. My plan was to bring out a new tool – accountability and log each week how it was going. But, at about that time we got news that our asbestos removal permits had come through and things got a little crazy. I failed to log it on the blog, but I did make progress. I made a fruit & vegetable chart and taped it to the cabinet. I made sure to drink loads of water. I even picked out a couple of motivational pictures from pinterest.
I also tried to dissect my binges and figure out the triggers. No surprise really – it seemed to happen when I was most tired, stressed, or in need of “me” time, basically when my moral muscle was wiped out.
Well, I’m happy to report that April/May (with the asbestos work, the two kinda blended together) was much more of a success. I got my 10 day no seconds streak and I had a 20 day no binge streak, yay! June is off to a good start too. Only happy faces on my tick chart so far =D
Are you a one cookie kinda person? What would you put in the kitchen safe?