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Are you a rule maker. Someone who says I’m only having one coffee a day and goes about doing just that? Or are you a believer that rules are made to be broken type? It occurred to me the other day when I was talking about my self-imposed alcohol cut down that not everyone is like me.

I know, shocker, right?

I often decide to make a rule about something I’m doing that I’m not overly impressed about. Like drinking too much booze, too many coffees or skipping the gym. I decide what the ultimate is and then slack off on that a bit. Want to give up coffee all together? New rule: One a day max. It goes a little like this with everything.

  1. Don’t bite your nails unless they break first.
  2. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week. More if only running.
  3. Two alcoholic beverages a week.
  4. Don’t hit the snooze button more than three times a morning.

Hold on, when you say it out loud like that I sound like a total weirdo. Am I? Which category do you fit in, if any and are you one of those smarty pants who are normal, middle of the road types?

  • rinniez13

    I DO THAT TOO! you are most definatley not alone… i constantly make rules for myself like that.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Phew! Thanks for letting me know. 😉

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    You are not alone. Although I don’t call them rules. I call them “commitments”.  Walk the dog EVERY day this week.  Only drink champagne on the weekend.  Mark everything off your “to do” list before Thursday.  Go and visit at least five blogs this week and comment.  Make sure you tweet at least once a day. If you are going to wear mango nail polish then make sure your toes match (even though no one but me will see them). 

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Yes! That. Haha. The champagne one seems very me.

  • Amy (MyLifeAsACake)

    I suck at rules. The moment I say ‘No cheeseburgers this week’ then I’m in the drive thru every day. I admire people who decide to do stuff and then just get it done! 

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Haha. Mmmmm cheeseburger! 😉

  • I have a coffee rule that absolutely MUST be kept if I’m going to be away from home at all that day. Coffee makes me pee a lot, so if I’m going to work or anywhere else I can only have one cup after I arrive home again. Two cups has me up several times a night, not good if I’m working the next day! All other rules are flexible. For instance here I am on the computer after 9pm….on a work day. But I am shutting it down after this comment is published.
    Snooze button? I never even set my alarm. I wake up and get up without one, have done all my life.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Rules, rules! You and I are similar, for sure. 😀

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Rules, rules! You and I are similar, for sure. 😀

  • I try to do something like that, but fail.

    PS. I don’t think I’d be able to keep to 1 or 3 on your list.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Haha. Sometimes I fail. I just pick myself up and try again next time. 😉

  • sheribombblog

    I’m a little from column A and a little from column B type – I like to be clear in my own head about what I want to achieve but I find if I make it into a rule I put too much pressure on myself and end up focusing on the negatives (e.g I over ate/drank/didn’t excerise as often as I wanted to = failed). Instead I like to think up ways to make sure I follow through and achieve my goal (e.g when I get home from work the VERY FIRST thing I do is put my exercise clothes on then I’m already half way there and I can’t back out/make excuses) I find focusing on ways to make sure I do what I say I want to do makes for better results than feeling like I am being hard on myself.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      A nice strategy for rule keeping. I like the work out clothes one. Now that it’s a colder, I’ll wear my gym clothes to bed so I just have to get up, put my shoes on and leave.