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12 Months of Change

I’ve always had a desire to be healthy,  but after becoming a mom I’ve found myself naturally wanting to be even healthier. I want to set a good example, I want to have fresh, wholesome food to feed my little family and I want to see my baby grow up while staying in the best health that I can.

That brings me to what I like to call, 12 Months of Change. (Well, I don’t really like to call it that, but I haven’t come up with anything better.)

Anyway, 12 Months of Change (12MOC) is based on the idea that if you incorporate small changes slowly they can become habits, and eventually, lifestyle change. So each month I am going to integrate one small change.

January was easy. Matt and I discovered that we really like dark chocolate. We decided that were going to become a milk chocolate free household. We started buying dark chocolate, and worked our way up to our favorite, 85% dark. Milk chocolate is not off limits to eat, we are just not going to buy it. If it’s not in the house, chances are we will eat a lot less of it. So far so good.

Now the we are in the month of February it’s time to come up with another small change to make. Our insurance has a program where they reward you for being healthy, in the form of cash. Yep, I can earn $300 this year in a number of different ways, one of those being exercise.

This is very difficult for me as I have two modes: All or nothing. If I’m going to do something, I’m really going to do it. If I’m not going to give it everything I’ve got, why even bother at all. I’m either going to eat workout every day for an hour, or not at all.

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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