How have your New Year’s resolutions been working out? Studies have shown that most people have given up on them before January is even over. Here is a suggestion, don’t make unrealistic goals that you don’t stick to, start with a smaller goal and achieve it, then set another goal, and so on. Pretty soon you can be on the path to make a permanent change in your life. I have set out three challenges for you this February. Of course a quick disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and every one of us is different, make sure you are having regular health screenings and talk to your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.

Challenge 1: Make good food choices and eat five smaller meals. I struggle as much as anyone with making good food choices, but I decided not to wait until New Year’s to make my resolutions this year. Back in November, I started limiting my total calories per day, and eating smaller amounts at least 5 times a day. Also, I try not eat anything late in the evening (the last 4 hours before bedtime). I am using a free app (Lose it!) to keep track of calories. I am also doing Keto, but that is not necessarily for everyone. I made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve and I will admit, it was a struggle with temptation. However, I am feeling better, have more energy, and stopped having to take some prescription medicine due to weight loss. If you are maintaining weight, five meals a day is still a great strategy. Even average weight or underweight individuals can benefit from better eating strategies and good nutrition. Don’t do it because anyone tells you to do it, do it for yourself. Give it a try for a few weeks!

Challenge 2: Be more active. Before work, after work, on breaks, or at lunch try a fast walk. You could also have a walking meeting instead of meeting at someone’s desk. I mentioned during the January meeting that you could make it twice around the concourse in about 6 minutes, but that is a pretty fast walking pace. Sandy tried it recently and we agree that 6 minutes 30 seconds is good pace for a fast walk. And if you didn’t know, walking five times around the concourse is just under a mile.

Personally, I just completed a perfect month of moderate exercise (30 min/day, mostly fast walking, with a few other things thrown in) so you can do it too. I hope to see more of you on the concourse this month, or walking outside around the “peanut” as the weather improves.

Challenge 3: Join me for the Superintendent’s Fun Run that is here at Berry Center on March 2.

You have about 3-1/2 weeks to prepare! I plan to run (not very fast), but don’t worry we don’t all have to run together, you can go faster than me or just walk it in about an hour at the 6 minute 30 second pace that I mentioned above (or about a 17 minute mile pace). If you are working or have other plans that day, there is even a $10.00 “sleep in pass” that counts as a donation as well. All proceeds from the Fun Run go to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation to support scholarships and more.

Sign up here: https://cypress-fairbanksisd.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/19066/135/False/True

Bonus: If we get 20 employees (including any of our family members) signed up from the Berry Center for the Fun Run by Feb. 15, Beth would like to commission a custom t-shirt for our participants. Make sure to select Berry Center as your location during the registration process. Sign up today!

Get moving! -Brent

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