Maybe you don't state those resolution things out loud...but you all know how important it is to have goals. If you don't have a goal you have put out there in the universe, then what are you working towards? Whatever your objective, it is important to set those goals, make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) and speak them out loud.
I know, I know. This sounds way too much like HR-speak you have to deal with at your workplace. We have it too. But really and truly, make sure your goal isn’t just “to eat better.” Make it specific. Is your goal to eliminate grains? Is your goal to follow 100% the BootCamp nutrition plan this month, and never end up in the X? Are you trying to cut out the refined sugar? Kick the splenda habit?
They say that one of the most important things with goal-setting is to state your goal(s) OUT LOUD. It helps to hold you accountable. Just like at BootCamp where you right your goals on your logbook, or at the gym where you write your goals on the big old white board…now is your opportunity to do just that. What are your nutrition-specific goals for the year? Who is on what nutritional path for the new year?
Here are a few of our, for example: We are at the point now where the nutritional plan of choice isn’t so much of a goal, it’s just a way of life. However, when we bore down within the greater topic of nutrition, there are a few things I am focusing on, that keep us on a better path (and by better, this also means less costly!):
- Limit my eating out to 2 meals per week (not counting my Starbucks Americano addiction as eating out). This includes the create your own salad bar downstairs at work
- Always have at least 4 meals (2 for me, 2 for my other half) in the fridge or freezer at all times. Right now the fridge and freezer are stocked with frittatas, spaghetti squash with tomato/meat sauce, and turkey soup. It is SO helpful to just grab something and put it in my cooler. Even when inventory is low, if I can grab some turkey soup and eat that for breakfast, so be it!
- Try one new recipe a month. And post it here. We will not be doing the whole Julie & Julia thing (though Julia was kind of brilliant and if she were still alive we’d ask her to write an edition without the sugar, grains and dairy! HA!), but we will be interpreting and reinterpreting a few recipes out there. I think Shrimp Piri Piri is up first (been wanting a really fiery dish as of late). That or I might try and go with a 100% Paleo Tom Kha (coconut milk soup) or Tom Yum Goong (hot and spicy with shrimp). Especially because Santa brought me two kaffir lime trees for Christmas, I now have a big old supply of kaffir lime leaves – THANKS Santa!
So let’s hear them!
The more people we have on here for sharing of ideas, support, recipes, etc., the better off we’ll all be (and the less we’ll feel like we’re talking to ourselves).