Who has made a new year’s resolution and given up after about, oh, a week? Yeah, right here. Every year I try to make some ambitious goals. Every year I fail and give up. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever even tried to achieve my resolutions for more than a week or two.
And what is on that list of things to change every year? “I’m going to get healthy!” HA! That has never happened, for me. BUT. This year is different. And while I say that every year, this year is actually different, for I come prepared! I’ve noticed that there are always several major flaws in my resolutions, and this year, I’ve fixed that. The mistakes I routinely make are:
1. Setting vague goals. “Getting healthy” means nothing. Healthier than I am now? Technically losing a pound makes me healthier than I am now. Do I need to clean up my diet? Do I need to exercise?
2. Setting unrealistic goals. Trying to lose 150+ lbs in 6 months is never going to happen (for most people). Even 50 lbs in 6 months is unrealistic if you don’t have a game plan.
3. Not having enough faith in myself. I never stick to my resolutions, so I start each year by setting goals I assume I won’t achieve, simply because I’ve never achieved them before.
4. Giving up after a mistake. The first “cheat” meal I have, turns into a cheat day. Which turns into a cheat weekend, because “I’ll restart my diet Monday.” Which turns into a cheat month, because “I’ll start on the first.” Yeah, I never end up getting back on the horse.
But this year, I’m ready. I have specific, attainable short-term goals that will help me get to my realistic long-term goals. Having lost so much weight already, I know I can do this. I headed into 2015 with confidence. And even though I’ve cheated a little here and there, I’m taking things one meal at a time and getting back in the game right away. I got this.
So what are my goals? Well, I have several main goals to reach by the end of the year, and monthly mini-goals that will keep me on track to reach those goals. Some of my goals pertain to my marriage, so those I won’t be sharing, but health and fitness wise, here’s what’s up:
1. Eat a healthy, low-inflammatory vegetarian/vegan diet.
2. Reach my goal weight of 145 lbs.
3. Actually take care of my body. (Somewhat vague, but the mini-goals are specific.)
1. Stop eating processed meats (bacon, lunch-meat, fast food, etc).
2. Be in the 220’s by the end of the month.
3. Start taking ALL my vitamins, EVERYDAY.
1. Stop eating red meat and pork.
2. Be in the 210’s by the end of the month.
3. Drink 8 (8-oz) glasses of water a day.
1. Stop eating all poultry.
2. Be in the 200’s by the end of the month.
3. Eat/drink at least 60g of protein a day.
1. Stop eating all seafood.
2. Be in the 190’s by the end of the month.
3. Swap out chemical laden hair/skin products for natural versions.
1. Reduce intake of eggs (use healthier, plant-based substitutes as much as possible).
2. Be in the 180’s by the end of the month.
3. Get on a steady sleep routine.
1. Reduce intake of dairy (use healthier, plant-based substitutes as much as possible).
2. Be in the 170’s by the end of the month.
3. Establish a steady morning routine. (Yoga, meditation, tea, etc)
1. Replace chemical laden foods with natural, healthier alternatives.
2. Be in the 160’s by the end of the month.
3. Establish an evening routine.
1. Limit snacking to 1-2 times per day, with one snack ALWAYS being a healthy choice.
2. Be 155 by the end of the month.
3. Swim for cardio twice a week.
1. Swap out regular grains for whole grains.
2. Be 150 by the end of the month.
3. Strength train upper body/core twice a week.
1. Swap out grains (especially pasta and bread) for plant-based options as much as possible.
2. Be 145 by the end of the month.
3. Strength train lower body twice a week.
1. Have at least one fully raw meal a day.
2. Be 140 by the end of the month (5 lbs under goal weight as a safety net).
3. Actually dress like I love my body!
1. Do a three-day juicing detox once a month.
2. Stay within the range of 140-145 lbs!
3. Make new goals to push myself for 2016!
So far I’ve done really well, and I truly have high hopes for this year. If I can handle it, I may even try to add some extra goals. I can’t wait to see how far I will go!