Unlike some others on here I'm not going to be resetting back to Day 1 every time I mess up. I've had experience with these "30 day challenges" in other areas of my life and know all too well that if I stop and start every time there's a minor setback it won't help with the motivation. Instead I'm going to aim to have clear skin and have kicked the habit by the end of the 30 days.
A bit of background. I've never had severe acne but I've been picking and squeezing my skin since I got my first pimple. I'm 22 now. It's become a means of escaping from reality, a way of avoiding stress, of comfort. Too many messed up psychological factors to even consider. It's become destructive and is ruining my skin. It has to end NOW.
This year I've been turning a lot of things around in my life. I've quit drinking, I've been gyming 5+ days a week, eating like a champ. This is the next thing I need to focus on with all my willpower.
Ok, so the rules of engagement:
1) First and foremost I'm going to be updating this everyday with as much detail and honesty as possible. I'll keep track of when, how and why i squeezed or picked.
2) Secondly I'll be reading up on this forum about strategies for stopping and gathering as much information about about this area as possible. I've already found some helpful ideas but I'm not going to sit around and trying and learn everything before I start. Taking action is the first step and refining can come later.
3) NB - I WILL NOT SQUEEZE PIMPLES ON MY FACE. This is the worst of the 3 habits for me (squeezing, picking, touching face). I don't want to think how many hours of my life I've spent infront of the mirror mutilating my face for no reason whatsoever. This HAS TO STOP.
4) Secondarily to that, but still importantly, I WILL NOT TOUCH AND PICK MY FACE. This often happens unconsciously - I run my fingers over my skin and when I feel a pimple I'll often pick at it. This will be hard to stop because I'm sometimes already doing it before I even realize the fact. Think doing this has caused more blackheads and pimples which feed into my picking habit. It's a nasty cycle.
OK, so that's the basics. Will update with details as well as thoughts and new ideas. Challenge starts NOW!
Edited by Stevil, 23 April 2012 - 09:32 AM.