Hey you! How’s you’re 2017 going so far? Did you set goals and resolutions? Maybe you are still struggling to get used to your new lifestyle, or you started off strong and you are still feeling motivated or maybe your resolution/goal(s) went to the waist-side already?
I am all for goal setting and resolutions, which really should be continuous all year round (even if they are tiny goals), but I totally get why New Years gets the hype to reset into a New Year. Why not take advantage of the deals, the support, the hype and the community of other goal setters during this time to refresh yourself and hopefully help lead you into a healthier you!?
What I don’t necessarily agree with is unrealistic goals, goals with no passion or purpose behind them, sharks taking advantage of this motivation for life by selling you stuff they may truly believe in but do not necessarily have the knowledge regarding the evidential science behind it (besides what’s on the company website) and over-restrictive diets that focus on the outside and not the quality of nutrition. These diets often are not scientifically evidence based, do not consider the health of your insides, effect on your organs and chronic diseases, long term side effects and the ability or safety of maintaining that diet long-term. Some of these diets, however, may be a good boost for some short-term to set you off in your lifestyle journey.
Quick side thought** Nutrition can be a powerful influence on our health, and if the wrong information is given, you could really make someone sick. I became a registered dietitian because I am so passionate about nutrition, being amazed how much our food and beverages impacts all aspects of our life and health outcomes (mental and physical). We were taught to “work our selves out of a job.” This reflects the true care that we have for the peoples’ health and wellbeing – we want to work so everyone is eating well, are healthy, happy, and free of disease, that they don’t need us anymore.
Okay back to goals…there are so many areas that we can set goals. We may set goals in regards to our diets/nutrition, our physical activity, our careers, our family life and relationships, our mental strength and emotional wellbeing…to name a few!
This year I set one goal and that was to follow a vegan lifestyle. I was already vegetarian so it wasn’t a huge leap but to help make me successful I planned ahead for it, found support groups and told everyone I knew. My choice wasn’t for a diet but rather a lifestyle choice that I plan to stick with long-term. It’s also a work in progress because I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten some products that may have non-vegan ingredients, so I continue to learn and come closer to that lifestyle I chose.
Did you set goals or have New Years Resolutions? I’m not here to judge, I’ve admittedly been one to set a New Years resolution and then it was completely out the door by the 2nd day into the new year. I believe goal setting is a major part of success, but the nature of those goals and how we go about them may or may not set you up for failure (don’t worry, failure isn’t a complete loss, its an opportunity to learn and grow). Just because New Years has past, doesn’t mean its too late to set goals… continue to set goals, master them, and set new goals! Here’s my tips for goal setting:
Your goals will help push you over hurdles, guide you through lost territory and remind you why you are here.
- ask yourself, what do I want? What is it that you want to achieve!? (ex. I want to have less environmental impact on the Earth). Be super specific and clear about what you want.
- ask yourself, why do I want this? (ex. to have healthy glowing skin, to feel more confident speaking in public, to build more lean muscle mass….). What are your Why’s?
- set realistic goals that fit into your life and make you happy. It’s okay to dream but think reality at the same time. As well, someone else’s goals may not be realistic for you.
- make your goals measurable – what is the criteria that will help you assess your progress towards your goal(s) and at what point will you be successful (ex. by February I will be eating 5 serving of vegetables a day).
- set a time-frame. This again helps you assess your progress, where you currently are and what you need to do to get to your goal. Do you want to achieve your goal in 2 weeks, by one month, by July 1st, 2017??
- ask yourself, what do I have to do to reach my goal(s)? What step do I need to take today, this week or this month in order to make this happen? (ex. today I need to clean out my pantry and get rid of foods that don’t fit within my goals). This is your road map to your success. Also, identify the resources that will help you (maybe you need a day planner to schedule in your workouts).
- write this all down! Write down your goals, your wants, your why’s and your how’s. Studies have shown that people who write down their goals accomplish significantly more than those who do not.
- Work on 1 -2 (maybe 3 max) goals at a time! Once you achieve those and are maintaining, set new goals and continue to see yourself succeed! Don’t worry if your priorities change, it’s okay to change your goals at any time and set new ones.
I love the saying that is posted at the club I teach ride(indoor cycling). “At Wheelhouse, we don’t peak in January” ~ Wheelhouse Cycle Club, Regina, Sk. We continue to set goals, grow and become stronger, better, and healthier as a community on a daily basis.
Make it happen! xox Jenna