Sandra Ford 2013-02-28 04:43:20
Just STEPS Away From Success As this school year progresses, I realize that I only have four months left to accomplish all of the goals I expected to reach by this summer’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo., and the end of my term as SNA president. So, this is a good time for some assessment and re-evaluation. And it means that I need to be honest with myself and either recommit to an original goal or be prepared to change a goal, as necessary. When it comes to the goals I have set in my participation in SNA’s STEPS Challenge, I confess that some days I am more successful than others. When I stumble a bit and my behavior is not necessarily in line with my desired outcome, I try to remind myself of an old, familiar expression: “If you keep doing what you always did, you will keep getting the same results.” STEPS gives me new tools to do things differently . One thing I really appreciate about the STEPS program Is that it encourages me to track my progress, re-evaluate As necessary and be open to different strategies for meeting my goals. For example, I pledged to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. But that doesn’t mean that I go to a gym every day, because that’s not always realistic. What is realistic and achievable is getting in 30 minutes of some type of physical activity—every day. Rotating through a variety of activities is great, because what doesn’t change is how I feel when I don’t exercise at least a couple of times a week: My joints get stiff and achy! Tracking is absolutely essential to ensuring I stay honest and accountable to my goals. It helps me to make alterations as necessary. For example, I can ask and answer, “Did I eat more calories today than I used?” and “Can I make an adjustment in my activity level to meet my calorie needs?” I also check in once a week at Weight Watchers, which adds a layer of accountability to my STEPS efforts. The STEPS program offers so many great tools that you can customize to meet your particular goals. Looking for links to healthy recipes? You can find them on the STEPS Challenge website, www.schoolnutrition.org/steps. Simple solutions for staying energized or making time for wellness? It’s there. Ideas for promoting health and wellness to your loved ones and the kids you serve? You’ll find that, too. Success stories from fellow participants that keep you motivated? Just log in. And always remember that I’m still here, too, working on my goals and encouraging you to achieve yours!
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