Update – NEC Day #28 or #29…

I wanted repost this ‘accountability’ picture because I really wanted to remind myself of all the words I think are connected to accountability.  

In regards to my No Excuses 32-Day Challenge here’s my reality…at first thought I would report sadly I didn’t live up to my end of the bargain in most of my ‘I promise’ goals to myself.  I didn’t drink nearly enough water, or eat clean 100% of the time when it was in my control, or many other things.  I’m pretty disappointed in myself that I couldn’t follow through on the goals I set for myself for a mere 32 days (or right now 28-29 days).  

On the flip side, I have learned a few things about myself.  Too often I view the food goals I set for myself as things I cant’ eat and instead I need to start viewing my lifestyle from a different perspective.  If I start to go to the unclean eating side of things, my body doesn’t like it (i.e. – The day I ate a soft pretzel @ the movies, and then later had Papa Murphy’s pizza for dinner.  My body basically gave itself the finger.)  In regards to exercise, I had the right idea the whole time with my regimen of lifting heavy 3 times a week and throwing a few HIIT intervals in the mix.  Somtimes I would doubt my regimen thinking I needed to put in more cardio, but after stumbling on some reading about metabolism and weight it reconfirmed my exercise choices.  And finally, my work as a junior high school teacher can be very stressful and time consuming.  My food and exercise choices directly effect how I perform at my job and help my students in every area (teaching, counseling, advocate, etc.).  

Finally, I would say the most important lesson I have learned is I can’t live in the past.  I can’t change the choices I made yesterday, a week ago, or a month ago.  However, I can start each day new, remind myself of my goals, and continue to chip away at the hurdles that keep me from accomplishing my goals.  

Here’s to a new day, always sharing my chopped veggies in second period with my students (really), and a new No Excuses Challenge to come after the Kentucky Derby.  I am determined to complete one No Excuses Challenge I set for myself and follow through the whole time.  It may take some time, but I know I can do it.     


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