21 Days – Update

January 21st is less than a week away. Are you keeping up with whatever you resolved to do at the start of the New Year? I have not divulged what I hoped to accomplish in 2013, but so far, so good. I mentioned in the first “21 Days” blog that the gym is always crowded right after the new year. For the first year, that is not the case. In fact, it appears there are fewer people at my gym. though my husband has stepped up his gym activity, it

Photo credit: Future Fitness

Photo credit: Future Fitness

seems during the morning hours when I go to the gym, there are fewer people than there were at any time last year. I seem to see the same faces. I’m wondering if the gym is seeing that spurt of New Year’s workout folks in the afternoon or evenings. It does seem the gym is much more crowded on Saturdays when the weekend warriors come out and try to get a week’s worth of activity in 90 minutes.

It’s all about commitment. There will never be a magic pill to lose weight or get in shape. It’s all about approaching every day resolving to not over indulge, eat the proper portions of foods – even the fattening foods; don’t deprive yourself; stay active by getting off that couch, then regroup when you do fall off your commitment. It’s never too late to get started on your first 21 days.

21 Days

Some say if you do something for 21 days straight, it becomes a habit. Think of that simple idea as you try to perhaps stick with a resolution during this new year. By day 22, you’ll have your new habit down pat. I’ve stayed on target since 2005 by keeping up with my fitness routine and I won’t turn back. Keep your 21-day pledge simple; don’t deprive yourself; do things in moderation and I bet you’ll be successful.

Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall

While I’ll stay away from resolutions , I just saw Dr. Jane Goodall being interviewed. She is serving as the Grand Marshall of the Tournament of Roses Parade i n Pasadena, CA where the theme this year is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” the groundbreaking researcher is promoting conservation as ceremonial leader of this year’s parade. During the interview she said young people today have so many beautiful places to visit and explore around the world, but what places will there be to see 100 years from now because of damage we cause to the planet?

In a few weeks, I will complete my NJ Learns program which has given me a new perspective about sustainability. Whether it’s my work with Sustainable Cherry Hill or working with area schools to help brainstorm ideas to build enthusiasm about issues surrounding sustainability, I hope that every day I can do something – no matter how small – to improve the world for future generations. It can be something ‘green’ and it can be something to bring a smile to someone. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if peace and joy were more sustainable. No one has a perfect day every day, but we can do ONE thing a day to bring a smile or more happiness to another person whether it’s a loved one, a friend or a perfect stranger.

Try bringing a smile to someone every day for 21 days. Now that is a sustainable habit.