About nine years ago, I lost 27 pounds using the Weight Watchers online program. Every day, I diligently entered my food consumption and activity into the system, and without much discomfort at all, I dropped the pounds. Sure I could’ve tracked the same things for free on a spreadsheet, or even a scrap of paper, but I didn’t. In fact, I wouldn’t have. The Weight Watchers program imposed a comfortable structure on me, “forced” me to track my results daily, and ensured that I stuck with the program. (It also didn’t hurt that I had positive results, relatively quickly and painlessly.)
Starting this blog was in large part an attempt to harness this same source of motivation. I’ve been tracking our debt totals for a couple of years, but putting them out there for anyone to see added a level of public accountability, which motivates me.
Now that I’ve realized that I’m spending a lot more on groceries than I thought I was, I’ve started a challenge to help limit my spending. I first put the challenge into practice a few days ago, and am happy to report that it was a success. Do you know what my favorite part of the challenge has been? Taking the picture of my receipt, and sharing it here on the blog. Yep, I really love structure and public accountability.
Rather than delve into the depths of my psyche to explain this trait, I’ve decided to use it to my advantage. I’m going to extend the grocery budget challenge for the foreseeable future. Expect to see more giddy posts with photos of grocery receipts. If I really want to challenge myself, I might even post some Target receipts…
How do you feel about imposed structure? Does it motivate or irritate you?