If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have seen this ridiculous picture that I shared on Saturday morning.
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At this time last year these were the only jeans that I could fit into. Now they are way too big for me! Yes, New Year's resolutions to exercise regularly and eat better do work if you do the work. And yes, I realize how ridiculous I look in this picture. #edtechfitness #fitnessmotivation #fitness
The backstory of the picture is that I was playing with my kids in our kitchen and having trouble keeping my jeans from falling down. It was then that I remembered that at this time last year they were the only jeans that I could fit into.
In 2019 I either ran or rode a bike (stationary and outdoors) on 305 of 365 days. Along the way there were lots of days that I didn’t want to exercise at all. In fact, I’d guess that 100 of those days I didn’t want to exercise but I forced myself to do it because afterward I felt better for doing it. And when I did give in and skip a day that I shouldn’t have, I felt bad but I didn’t let it stop me from starting a new streak the next day. The same is pattern is true for diet.
I’ve been promoting this Junk Free January challenge for a couple of weeks now. I cracked on Saturday night and ate a cookie while playing board games with our friends. I felt bad about it all day on Sunday. I could have chosen to say “well the streak is over, might as well have another cookie.” Instead I chose to start a new streak.
If you’ve kept your Junk Free January streak going, awesome! If not, start a new streak. The key to improving your fitness is to have many more good days when you make the right choices for exercise and diet than bad days when you make the wrong choices. Get up and keep going! We can do this!