Challenges of changing to a healthier lifestyle

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Many people make New Years Resolutions, but not many of them are able to carry them throughout the year for one reason or another. The challenges people face when trying to make those healthier choices can sometimes put the brakes on success. But as the My Heart Challenge participants reported in this week, they shared their biggest challenge with the competition so far. We have complete faith in the 15 school principals and their ability to overcome their challenges - because they have great support from students, faculty, staff, family and friends. 

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​The hardest part of this competition, so far, has been...

"...eating healthy foods. It's especially hard when on vacation and the meals are made for you." - Heather Nicholas (Horizon Elementary)

"...having a virus hit me." - Ruth Peters (Peruvian Park Elementary)

"...getting to the grocery store regularly so that I have healthy foods at home." - Christy Waddell (Butler Elementary)

"...getting the food ahead of time and making sure I schedule my physical activity." - Mark Longe (St Vincent de Paul Schools)

"...eating on a consistent schedule. I've found it's easier to eat a heart healthy diet and stay within my recommended caloric intake when I eat at regular intervals. My schedule is so variable that it's difficult to stick to a regular routine." - Becky Gerber (Herriman Elementary)

"...writing down everything I eat and seeing small increments of progress for the amount of time I spend exercising." - Tracy Rose (Twin Peaks Elementary)

"...regulating my blood sugar before I changed my medication. I still am not sure that everything is going well as I am now having blood sugar scores in the high 170 range on a 7-day average. I will continue to monitor and test for frequently. Despite my score, I feel great and I have a ton of energy." - John Erlacher (Newman Elementary)

"...making sure I eat all the fruits and vegetables. I still can't use my right arm, so I have had my husband cut up vegetables and prepared them for me." - Diena Riddle (Hayden Peak Elementary)

"...not seeing as much weight loss as I would like is very discouraging. I seem to be maintaining my weight. I am not eating more than 1200 kcals/day and I am exercising and drinking water." - Karen Chatterton (Cottonwood Elementary)

"...finding the time for cardiovascular exercising in the midst of busy days." - Nikki Ward (St John the Baptist Elementary)

"...eating a heart-healthy diet. I have learned that I need to make changes in how I consume my calories. I am a nighttime eater and snacker. I have committed to eating breakfast everyday and that has been HARD!" - Sally Sansom (East Midvale Elementary)

"...finding time and motivation to exercise and get moving. I stay active, moving around more, taking more steps and watching what I eat. Tracking my food intake daily has been a big plus and I have managed to stick with it." - Cecilia Jabakumar (Arcadia Elementary)