Friday, June 15, 2012
When responding to a sparkfriend's blog today, I started reflecting on why Fast Break goals worked for me. Two reasons dominate.
First, I took to them right away. I don't know why I took these three little goals so seriously, but I'm seriously glad that I did. I chose the goals of eating a piece of fresh produce daily, drinking 8 glasses of water daily, and telling one person about my goals daily. I did each of these every day for the next two weeks, and I'm still doing them! I chose the produce goal because I knew that, while I love veggies, fruits had no place in my diet. This was the hardest Fast Break goal to meet, but I did eat fresh fruit daily for two whole weeks! On day three or so I was staring woefully at my fruit thinking that I couldn't eat another bite. I asked a colleague to help me finish my apple. He said, "No, you need the practice." It turned out that that was his standard reply to his kids when they were little, but it was also SO TRUE for me. I took his advice to heart, and eating fruit got a little easier each day with practice. I now look forward to my fruit. The water was hard to manage (we have 90 minute class periods), but I felt way healthier and noticed it right away. Telling one person about my goals also got easier with each passing day and made me want to spread the spark, despite my naturally closed-off tendencies.
The second reason I love the Fast Break goals kind of relates to my theory of teaching. Give a kids a little taste of success, and they'll come back for seconds every time. Since I got it right away, I got hooked right away. I'm proud to say that I'm addicted to sparkpeople, the first time I've ever been addicted to something healthy. :)
So, what Fast Break goals did you choose? Are you still meeting those goals? What kind of success did you experience? What makes you keep sparking?