It's Day 22! I made it through my 21 day challenge with nary a slip. If you need a recap or aren't sure what I'm talking about, refer to my earlier post here: My 21-day challenge
So here's how it went...
Days 1-5 were the hardest! I was tempted with cake, pizza and wine at dinner...but I made it through! They really laid a great foundation...until day 6 when I had a Reuben and a Michelob Ultra at Oaklawn. Dinner followed at an Italian Restaurant (I know, a girl who can't eat white pasta goes to an Italian joint..sounds like the intro to a bad joke...) but I found a crab cake stuffed portobello and strawberry salad with balsamic and vinegar that fit the bill. So, not a perfect day, but no reason to give up. Just step up and start the next day anew.
The rest of the days flew by in a blur...I did have a slip up here and there...for example my sugary bubble gum incident, but overall it was quite easy to find alternatives when I THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT I WAS EATING. When we consciously think about every item that goes into our body, it's easy to see the alternatives that lie all around. Everywhere we went I found something I could eat (from the Italian restaurant to the Czech/German bistro, to the work cafeteria) while on my challenge. And the most amazing part - I didn't leave any establishment full, lethargic, which I would have "stopped sooner" -- none of that!
Let's face it, I've had a pretty healthy diet for awhile, but I also used to have a different mentality when it came to certain restaurants...but now I know. There are no excuses..no matter where you go these days, there is always a healthy option waiting. You just have to THINK ABOUT your choices.
Remember: Small, daily improvements [choices] are the key to staggering long term results. Start Small. Finish Strong.
On a bonus note, I just found out today that March is National Nutrition Month - so my 21-day challenge was planned for the perfect month! Now - what should my next 21 day challenge be? Nutrition related or perhaps professional development based...read a meaningful book in a related field or on self-improvement for 30 minutes each day? Sit with soft classical or zen music for 10 minutes every day to relax? Give me your input - I want to know!