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February 9, 2012 by Kenton Delisle

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Advice from a Winner, Part 5

It was January 1st. A new day, a new year, a new approach. I had been growing more and more weary with my workout routine and thought I needed to kick-start myself into some new activities to reinvigorate my inner motivations.

Without some added internal motivation, I felt like I could easily go down the slippery slope of less and less activity until… well, I didn't want to go down the slope. Especially since it seems soooo much harder to climb back up it now that I'm not 20 years old (that was a recent self admission). So, I took myself out for a good run. It was a great day for it and it was a nice change to be able to enjoy the outdoors during the day.

Turns out, I aggravated an old injury (from running in the past) and it wasn't as inspirational as I had hoped. I bit off a little too much for my first big activity of the year, but at least I was able to chew it and finally swallow it. While not a record breaking pace, or a distance to write home about, it was enough to encourage me to work up to this again - without injury. I had to be a little more sensible about changing my workout routine and make little changes for big gains, not big changes for little gain.

My little escapade also made me think about Holly, our 2011 prize winner. In a four part series, we explored Holly's plans with her winnings: her excitement to work with a registered dietitian, her plans to find ways to eat breakfast everyday, her strategy to make meal plans so she and her family can have groceries on hand for meals and her commitment to read labels of packaged foods to make healthier choices. So, we checked in with her to see how she is making out now, trying to sustain the positive steps she was taking toward healthy eating and getting active. We learned she is on a roll, telling us "winning a year supply of groceries and having the opportunity to work directly with a dietitian has helped me focus more on my diet and how to eat healthier. Learning to eat better has helped me get out and be more active with my family and I'm now working toward other goals like running a half-marathon." Holy moly! Now that's change.

While we would never expect such big change to happen so fast for most, we can all take a little inspiration from Holly to help identify challenges, make plans and execute them. Positive change begets positive change. It may sound fluffy, but how often have you heard a story of someone making a small change toward healthier eating and then when they find they feel better and more positive they begin to make even more positive changes in their life? Thanks for the inspiration Holly.

Have you made changes in your life that have contributed to a "positive cycle" that you'd like to share?

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