I get excited for the new year because I have a planner/goal oriented personality and the idea of making new goals for the year energizes me. And could I use some energy lately! Ha! Pregnant with a 15 month old toddler definitely makes for one tired momma most days.
I just finished posting my last recipe for my 2013 goal of one new recipe a week all year. So if you would like to see my 52 new recipes, they are all compiled HERE.
I think making some changes and goals for ourselves is a great idea, and the change of year brings a fresh start for some, but I also think we need to really think about what we want to accomplish in 2014 and not just come up with things that sound good at the time.
As a fitness professional I see many people have the resolution to lose weight, which I love when people want to get healthy, but they forget the part of ‘how to’ needs to be thought through. Get specific. Joining a gym is an awesome start, but when do you plan to go? If you plan to go in your ‘spare time’ you will likely start the month strong and then fizzle out. Also what exercises will you be doing? Strength training, cardio machines, classes, running, yoga, CrossFit, High Intensity Interval Training, biking, and swimming are just some of the options you have. Also how many times per week will you go consistently? And that is the key word. CONSISTENCY. If you go out and eat something ‘bad’ or unhealthy, it won’t derail your efforts if you are consistent in your exercise and make good decisions with food at the next meal and about 80-90% of the time.
The problem I see with many weight loss resolutions is no plan. The intentions are there, which is awesome, but what else really changed to allow the time to now go to the gym. It is prioritizing your day. How much does your health mean for you and for your family. You are not a bad parent if you take 30 minutes while your kids are watching Mickey Mouse clubhouse (I love/hate that squeaky mouse!) and do a workout in the living room. Your kids will thank you later for being a good role model for them. If you are at your job much of the day, is it realistic to wake up early, exercise during lunchtime or after work 3x per week?
The argument for lack of time for exercise is almost legit in some cases (but can be combatted), but there is always enough time for good nutrition. I can go out to eat just about any single place anybody wants to go and find something healthy to eat. Some places you have to get more creative than others, but it’s still definitely doable. And it only takes a little planning to bring your own food to work or school. Many people tell me they don’t have time to bring a lunch, they barely get a lunch break. Well bringing your own food saves you a considerable amount of time at work. You don’t have to think about where to grab lunch, walk or drive there, order and eat. All that needs to be done is eat! So it can actually be more productive to pack a lunch than buy one. The planning part just takes a little practice in the beginning but gets much easier when these things become habits. So maybe the goal for the new year should be go grocery shopping once a week for lunches and snacks and pack your food 5 minutes each night, instead of just eating better.
Speaking of planning meals, one of my goals for 2014 is to plan my meals every week, post the recipes, along with my shopping list and cost per recipe. Now that our family is growing I am trying to get our grocery bill a little more friendly. I want to get to doing 2 weeks at a time and by the end of the year, a whole month at a time! I don’t want to overwhelm myself with a month of recipes, shopping lists and budgets so I think starting with a week will e doable. I hope to also show many that eating healthy can be done on a budget.
My second goal for 2014 is to lose the baby weight (again) by the end of the year. Baby is due in May so that should be doable as well. I may throw a half marathon in there in December, just to give me something more tangible to work towards.
So keep those fitness and health goals by setting yourself up for success! Make a plan of HOW TO accomplish the things you want to accomplish this year. I would love to hear some of your health and fitness goals for 2014! I hope 2014 is a blessed year for you all!
2013 a year of New Recipes