“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun, Olympic track star
Happy New Year!
The beginning of the year is a great opportunity to change gears and reset the focus on living your best and healthiest self. Whatever happened in the past is in the past. Going forward, no regrets. We really do learn from our mistakes. Look at the past as lessons learned that enable us to move forward in a positive direction. Life is too short.
Love yourself enough to make healthy decisions
So where do you start?? The key to long-term success is creating healthy habits that last you a lifetime. The hard part is establishing those habits. Figure out what MOTIVATES you. Is it to look better in your clothes? Improve your blood work? Is it to be able to keep up with your kids or grand kids? To be a good role model for your family? Walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded? Improve joint pain? Improve sleep apnea and sleep a full night? Or simply just feel better?
Set long-term and short-term GOALS, and make a PLAN to help you reach those goals. Set SMART goals, which are:
Examples of short-term goals would be:
Examples of long-term goals would be:
Although I’m not a fan of cleanses, this 3-Day Detox is one of the best I have seen. It is not only healthy, but realistic and not too complicated. It also shares some great tips on planning ahead. Well worth the read. The recipes are easy, quick and healthy, and they all can be modified for diet restrictions.
Sign up for an exercise class with a friend so you’ll be held accountable.
Log into My Fitness Pal to track your food and exercise to learn exactly what and how much you are consuming, and how much you are burning.
Buy (or rent from the library) an exercise DVD to do at home. This is my new favorite Pilates DVD. It is broken up into 5 ten minute segments. So, no matter how much time you have, you can create a workout to fit into your schedule.
“If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food.”
And of course, some new favorite recipes. Bon Appetit!
Sweet Potato Cauliflower Rice Buddha Bowls, from The Roasted Root (Vegan, Gluten free)
Delicious. To save time and energy, I just throw the cauliflower in the food processor. Much easier and quicker.
One Pan Salmon, from Buzzfeed (Gluten free option)
Please be sure to watch the video that goes along with this. Great inspiration for quick and easy dinners!!
Weekday Meal-Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls, from Tasty (Gluten free)
LOVE the idea of this. But I would use glass containers to safely re-heat in the microwave.
Chana Saag, from The Roasted Root (Vegan, Gluten free)
SO good! No white rice, of course ;)
Brown rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, etc. would all be delicious!
SO, ask yourself…What’s your motivation??
Wishing you peace, love and good health in the New Year!!