I was compensated by Puritan’s Pride for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.
I’ve been participating in the Puritan’s Pride One Small Change campaign. When I first started, I told you all about my commitment to exercise more. I pledged to work exercise more into my daily routine, whether it’s the treadmill, elliptical or just a stroll around the block. My follow-up post gave you a glimpse into my progress. And now, in my third and final update, I’ll tell you how it’s all worked out.
I wish I could say I’ve lost 20 pounds. Heck, I’d take 10. Even 5! But to be honest, I haven’t lost any weight. I haven’t gained any either, though, so that’s a good thing! I just unfortunately, haven’t had the time to get up early and hit the treadmill every day. Add in the fact that I’ve been sick for the past two weeks or so and that hasn’t helped matters any.
But that’s not to say I’m not committed to living a healthier lifestyle. I’ve spent many lunch breaks walking around Manhattan for a good 30 or 40 minutes. The fresh air’s been great for my head and the walking is certainly good for my body. The weather’s starting to cool down though (except for this week), so I’m not sure how much longer I can keep up with my lunch laps.
In my head, I’m committed to this. I want to exercise more. I want to workout on the weekends. Start lifting weights again. And I know I will. Allie and I have started eating a lot healthier and are cutting out the not-so-healthy snacking. Apparently an entire bag of chocolate chip cookies aren’t part of a healthy diet. Weird, right?
In the process of this challenge, though, I’m making other small changes. I’m making healthier choices. Smaller portions at meals. Less snacking. Cutting down on the sugar in coffee. That sort of thing. In fact, just this morning as I was buying my coffee at a local deli, I was sorely tempted to get a bagel with cream cheese. I already had breakfast at home and wasn’t even hungry. It just looked and smelled so good, I wanted one. I was “this” close to getting one but stopped myself.
See, life is all about choices. Some are big ones like who you’re going to marry, what house you’re going to buy, deciding whether or not to have kids, etc. Others, however, are small. What should I eat for lunch? What should I wear today? Do I DVR Agents of SHIELD or give up on it?
Oddly enough, it’s the small choices that often bother us the most. Probably because they’re so immediate. The big choices, the life-altering ones, are usually decisions that you need to think about for a long time.
But the small choices, the ones you make every single day, those are choices that affect your present. And for that reason alone, they can drive you up a wall and make you crave a bagel with cream cheese even when there’s no logical reason you should be eating one. That’s what we get for living in the moment.
If nothing else, Puritan’s Pride’s One Small Change campaign has taught me that every small step counts. Every block I walk at lunch. Every bagel I turn down every morning. Every set of stairs I climb instead of taking the elevator. They all may seem small at first. But over time, they add up and make my decision making easier and stronger.
I’m hoping to keep making “small changes” in my life. Not only do they keep life exciting, but they’ll lead to a much healthier lifestyle overall. And a longer life, means even more chances for small changes!
How did your commitment to One Small Change work out? If you haven’t done so yet, start making one small change in your own life. You’ll be creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself and if you enter the One Small Change sweepstakes, you may just find yourself winning $2,000 in the process!
Making one small change in your health habits can reap big rewards. Pledge to make one small change today. This your final chance to enter to win $2,000 plus prizes from Puritan’s Pride to help you stick to your pledge.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Puritan’s Pride. The opinions and text are all mine.