The age-old tradition of creating a New Year’s Resolution is upon us again. If 2017 has taught us anything, it’s that body positivity and overall wellness are trends that are here to stay. So, what does that mean for your 2018 health + nutrition goals? Whether you’re still looking for a goal that motivates you or searching for tips on how to make this resolution last, we’ve got what you need below:
2018 Goal Inspiration
In the name of self-love, self-care, and optimal wellness, we’re here to remind you that losing weight doesn’t have to be your New Year’s Resolution! There are plenty of ways to make 2018 healthier without focusing on the scale. Here are a few great ideas to start with:
1. Spend More Time Outdoors
From forest bathing to outdoor fitness classes, 2017 saw a huge outdoor shift in fitness + wellness. If you really want to boost your overall health, try starting your day with a walk, taking your run outside, or grabbing your friends for an outdoor bodyweight session! Not only will you soak up a little extra of that mood-boosting vitamin D, but it can help keep your circadian rhythm on schedule. This means better sleep, more energized days, and a healthier brain, too!
2. Read One Book Each Month
Reading is not only great for keeping your mind clear and sharp, but it’s an extremely effective (and cost-efficient!) way to escape from the stresses of day-to-day life. Try joining a book club or starting your own to help keep you accountable! Plus, there’s an extra bonus if you’re taking this book with you to the gym.
3. Create a Healthy Relationship with Food
yo-yo diets and fad trends have created a tension between food and millions of people. Rather than seeing food as fuel and a delicious way to power your body, many people have been conditioned to view it as the enemy or something to be controlled. Not this year! Make 2018 the year that you learn how to eat in a way that nourishes your mind and body. TLS offers coaching, meal plans, and a Health Guide + Journal that can help you re-establish all of those healthy habits you’ve strayed away from over the years!
How to Stay On Track
Now that you’ve got your goals set, how are you going to make sure you aren’t in the 92% that quits before the year ends? Here are a few ways to stay motivated + hold yourself accountable:
1. Start with a SMART Goal
We’re going to borrow from an often-used business concept that’s tried + true. SMART Goals are:
- Specific – Your goal is clearly defined.
- Measurable – Your goal should be measured in a clear + quantitative way.
- Achievable – Unrealistic goals only set you up for failure and disappointment, so it’s important that your goal is realistic and achievable.
- Relevant – The goal should apply to you, and involve your personal motivations and desires.
- Timely – Having a deadline is key in driving motivation and critical to the planning step of the process.
2. Make an Action Plan
Don’t just tell yourself that you’re going to meet this goal, take some time to plan how you’ll be meeting this goal! Trying to lose weight? Plan to buy a food scale and portioned containers for meal prep during the weel! Focused on hitting the gym more often? Set reminders on your phone or sign up for a weekly class that will motivate you to show up on your scheduled gym days!
3. Set a Monthly Review
Rather than setting and forgetting your goals, plan to sit yourself down once a month (more, if needed) to review your goals and progress. Since your goal was realistic, relevant, and measurable – you can tell whether you’re on track or not. And if you aren’t, you can make adjustments as needed!
4. Celebrate the Little Things
Mini-milestones are important when it comes to long-term goals. After all, a year is quite a long time! It’s easy for the big picture to get lost along the way so setting mini-milestones can help you feel the progress you’re making and motivate you to look forward to the next one. Try rewarding yourself with a non-food treat when you’ve gone 2 weeks without a cheat day or a week without skipping the gym!
What are you doing to make sure you meet your 2018 health + nutrition goals? Tell us in the comments below!