21 Days of Inspiration: How Did We Do?

Still sticking to that ambitious New Year’s resolution? Around this time of year, the New Year’s resolution graveyard starts to pile up. So if you are one of the few who stuck it out for more than 21 days and formed a habit, congratulations! You are on a steady path to making a serious lifestyle change. But if you have fallen off the resolution wagon, don’t be discouraged. No one is perfect, even our staff had pitfalls. Check out how we did with our resolutions:

Adriane: My original goal was to be consistent and I think that I have been better, but certainly not perfect. Mondays through Fridays were the easiest days to stick to my meal plan and go to the gym but I struggled to keep a consistent diet on the weekends. So I compromised and made sure that if nothing else, I went to the gym on Saturday or Sunday. It’s probably not the best solution for everyone, but it’s working for me.

Angela: The 21 Days of Inspiration was a great way to kick off 2015. Going gluten-free and alcohol-free for 21 days was challenging, but I did not feel it was beyond reasonable to remove these things from my diet. I learned a lot by reading the Wheat Belly Blog and following easy recipes from Dr. Davis’ cookbook. I’m down about four pounds after this challenge and plan to be more conscious about both the amount and kinds of gluten and alcohol I reintroduce in my diet moving forward.

Carly: The 21 days have passed, but I’m still trucking away with meal planning! While I’ve definitely botched a dinner or two, cooking has become a part of my daily routine that I actually like. It’s relaxing – and I love being able to tailor my meals however I want. And while everything I cook is perishable, I never have food that goes bad anymore and I spend way less on groceries! Win, win, and win.

Julie: I wish I could say my last seven days were perfect, but that would be far from the truth. However, despite not hitting every goal this week, I’m focusing on what is working. Tracking my food and activity every day has definitely made me more aware of what I’m eating and how much I’m working out. Seeing the numbers has motivated me to add another serving of fruit or vegetables or to get another workout in on many days.

Taylar: Starting the year on the right foot, I found it easier than expected to cut back on portion sizes and increase my intake of fruits and veggies. By gradually making little changes over the month, this week it was simple to choose hearty helpings of healthy foods, without sacrificing the “full” feeling. Given my job and lifestyle, it was unrealistic to anticipate reading as much as I wanted to. I only read my book for a half hour this week and that was a consistent issue forthe last 21 days. In the future, setting aside one or two articles or chapters to read per week may be a better goal.

How did you do with your goals? Did you make it past 21 days? Tell us about your experience in the comment section.

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