Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
I know I’m a day late but Happy New Year! I haven’t done much of anything to prepare for the year ahead yet. Apart from deciding on my One Word for 2015, I haven’t set any other goals or resolutions. It’s a well known fact that most people hardly ever accomplish all of their New Year’s resolutions and I’m no different. So, in an attempt to get ahead of the game, I decided to go over some of the resolutions I’ve made in previous years to see if there were some that I hadn’t accomplished and could recycle.
Then I got to thinking about all the common health related resolutions people make over and over again and never keep and why they can’t keep them. Research has shown that the best goals are SMART- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. But, as humans we can sometimes be a little delusional and a lot of us fall into the trap of setting seriously not SMART goals. So today I wanted to share some of the resolutions you shouldn’t be making this year and why, as well as some alternatives.
5 Healthy Living Goals you shouldn’t to set in 2015
1. Lose Weight
Losing weight is probably one of the things that most people think about in the New Year. After overindulging in over the holidays and maybe gaining a little, it makes sense to want to lose some weight. My issue with this goal isn’t that you want to lose weight, but rather how not specific that is. It’s very possible to lose a pound or two over the next 365 days, but it that what you’re going for? How much weight do you want to lose? How are you going to track it? What are you going to do to make it happen?
Alternative goal: I wan’t to lose an average of x pound a week in 2015, by eating more whole foods and working out 3 times a week, until I reach my goal of y pounds. Then I will reevaluate.
I’ve been guilty of this for so many years, especially recently. Every year, I want to exercise more, so I jot it down with the rest of my New Year’s Resolutions. But what does that even mean? Do I want to work out today? Tomorrow? Everyday for a month? What type of exercise do I want to do? How often? These are some of the questions we should ask ourselves before setting this goal. Because simply writing the word ‘exercise’ on a piece of paper, is kinda useless.
Alternative goal: I want to work out 4 mornings a week – 2 days of lifting, 1 day of running, 1 day of yoga – every week in 2015
Resource: How much Exercise do we need?
3. Eat Healthier
Another one I’m guilty of. First of all, what is healthy eating? I’m been making this same goal for the last 10 years of my life, but for most of that I had no idea what it mean to eat healthy. So right off the bat, I was a hot mess with this one. Then, like with the other two goals, this one isn’t exactly SMART. What foods do I want to eat more of? Which foods do I want to eat less of or cut out completely? How am I going to keep track of whether or not I ‘eat healthy’ on a given day?
Alternative goal: In 2015, I will stop drinking sodas and buying fast food by February. I will try one new vegetable dish a month and will prep whole foods for the week every Sunday.
- Healthy Eating 101: Eating the Rainbow
- Understanding Nutrition Labels
- Understanding the Ingredient List
4. Reduce Stress
I swear every year I say I’m going to reduce my stress and every year attempting to do that causes me the most stress. I’m never quite sure how I’m going to go about reducing stress so I end up reading tons and tons of stuff about stress reduction and getting nothing but a headache and wasted time that could have been spent on something else. This year I’m taking it back to basics with this one. Reduce stress by separating work from down time. I’ll let you know how it goes
Alternative goal: In 2015 I will spend a maximum of x hours a day on work and y hours relaxing.
5. Get Organized
Ahh, organization. The bane of my existence. If I had already written down my New Year’s resolutions and had this one on the list, I’d have failed hard on just the 2nd day of 2015 since this post is like 3 hours late going up. Deciding to ‘get organized’ is such a vague goal and although I know that, it doesn’t stop me from attempting to do it every year. I haven’t decided how I’m going to tackle this one yet this year but I do know that finding a system will be key. Still working on it though.
Alternative goal: In 2015, I will assign myself daily to-do’s and keep track of my progress in a day planner.
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What about you?
How did you celebrate NYE? Have you set any goals yet? Which of these are on your list?
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