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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 5: In the End, It’s the Effort That Matters

This challenge is not an all-or-nothing thing—the only failure is in not trying. – Sinda A. Today is day 28 of my Ever Better Challenge, which is no desserts for 30 days in the hope of losing a little weight. I recognize that skipping dessert is easy for some people, but I’m not one of them. It’s much easier for me to skip meals and go straight to the good

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 4: Consider the Past, Continue What Works

It’s been a long 21 days. I think giving up desserts for my Ever Better Challenge (Evernote’s 30-day program to help you finish what you start) was a decent idea, but it might have been an easier feat after the holidays. I never noticed how ubiquitous holiday desserts were until this year. Every day was an obstacle course—coworkers bringing baked goods to the office! Friends, neighbors, and relatives giving treats

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 3: Overcome Setbacks, Finish What You Started

So, about that cookie I mentioned in last week’s blog… It was an accident. Sometimes setbacks are. Like when you want to start running every day, but you sprain your ankle. Or when you commit to an Ever Better Challenge to stop eating desserts, but a tray of warm chocolate chip cookies is placed in front of you at your office’s holiday party—and you instinctively grab one and take a

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The Ever Better Challenge, Part 2: Maintain the Change, Get Closer to Your Goal

I’m grumpy. People are starting to ask me if I’m OK. I politely tell them I’m fine, but the truth is I’m craving desserts. It feels like something is missing. I don’t want to get too existential, but life has felt a little empty over the last week. It’s been about seven days since I stopped eating dessert for my Ever Better Challenge. So far, I have lost a pound

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