My one word and bucket list for 2016

  Jan 11, 2016  |  #Fitness

Hi guys! How are ya this morning? I hope you had a nice weekend. Do you guys have a bucket list of goals? I think it’s something we all should have!

I’ve been thinking alot about the upcoming year and what I want to work on and accomplish, since I’ll be starting a whole new career in health and nutrition! And while I still have things I haven’t wrapped my mind around yet, I do want this to be a year of growth, new experiences, and bettering myself, spiritually, physically and mentally.


I don’t technically like making resolutions because to me, it implies that you have to change many qualities about your current self and lifestyle, when you all are great as you are! However, I do want to have a stronger mental clarity, and really hone in on certain things that I can do well.

My word for 2016 is Balance. I like having a word that I’m going to aim to respect throughout the year, and in tough times, remind myself of my end goal through achieving balance.

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I want to maintain balance in my home and work life, in my fitness routine, in my running schedule, and in my “fun” world too. Having fun is totally part of a healthy lifestyle so it’s important to make room for it! 🙂

Last year, I didn’t really have a fitness schedule or regimen. I most often resorted to running because nothing else was planned and my schedule was rather unpredictable and hectic. I did at home workouts and push ups when I could, but there was no rhyme or reason to it. I’m debating using an App to track my strength training – I’ve read a little bit about Body Space and Strong. Has anyone ever tried either?

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This year, I want to listen to my body more and incorporate more strength training (2-3x/week) and yoga (1-2x/week) into my weekly workouts. I want my runs to have a purpose, so I’m signed up for the Nashville Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon so I now have a goal date to work towards!


As far as nutrition, I do want to eat more veggies this year and incorporate more plant-based meals into my lifestyle. And like I mentioned previously, I’m aiming for every single meal to have a balanced fat, protein and carbohydrate. I also want to hit up the farmers market more often, and try incorporating veggies I haven’t bought or prepared before in new dishes (i.e. kohlrabi, cassava, purple sweet potatoes, romanesco broccoli, and dulse, which is like a seaweed that I’ve heard so much about!) So, stick around for recipes!


Aside from those mini sectors, I’ve also started putting together my bucket list (FOR FUN!) in 2016. Because a healthy life incorporates fun, and that’s what this blog lives by! Some things I’d like to try…

  • Take a photography/DSLR class
  • Run my first marathon
  • Join a book club
  • Travel to new places (places TBD, but definitely want to go to Lake Tahoe)
  • Grow the BLT blog and partner with brands
  • Go indoor rock climbing (just bought a groupon!)
  • Brew kombucha
  • Make homemade sushi
  • Have a “tea” party
  • Volunteer for a good cause
  • Have an outdoor picnic somewhere
  • Join a local team or group (softball, running?)
  • Bake bread from scratch
  • Take a painting class (just bought a groupon!)
  • Take a girls trip
  • Donate to a charity
  • Explore the “free” things in Charlotte (museums, walking trails, volunteering)
  • Check more restaurants off the bucket list
  • Go on Charlotte’s local food tour (already have a ticket; just need to plan it)
  • Get a dog 🙂
  • Continue to get more involved in the Charlotte culture.
  • Be a supportive wife and partner!


Obviously, I will need to work on doing much of these with a balanced approach. And sometimes, balance will mean slowing down. I tend to run a million miles a minute, so I’m pretty sure slowing down will do me some good. Can you guys hold me accountable?!


How do you hold yourself accountable for what you want to accomplish?

What’s your word for 2016 (if you had to pick ONE)?


31 responses to “My one word and bucket list for 2016

  1. I made homemade tortillas this weekend too! I had one hot off the pan and I was just blow away at how food flour + salt + water + oil could taste! They make such a difference/
    Thanks for pointing out the Charlotte food tour- that is totally something I want to do as well. I need to start planning for it.
    I think if I follow any type of diet/regimen it is simply trying to have a balance of macros at every meal, but not necessarily every time I eat. I find it’s the best way to cover all my bases!
    This year of yours is going to be so fun to follow along with! You have so many cool things on the horizon.

  2. “Balance” seems like a really good resolution or goal for the New Year! Congrats on that!

    I am wondering how you will keep this goal in mind on a day-to-day basis throughout the year? It is easy to remember and to shoot for it early in the year, but how does one keep it in focus throughout an entire year?
    I read somewhere that it takes 65 days to make something become a true habit. That seems like a long time to me and I need to find a way to accomplish being mindful on a daily basis of my main ressolution for 2016….any ideas?

    1. I am a list person so I think writing things down and providing daily reminders will help me alot. Maybe writing things daily will help you, either as a recap of the day or a plan for the next day? I’ve also heard motivational quotes work for some people. And if you pick a word for 2016, it can be your underlying reminder for everything you do and want to accomplish.

  3. I wish we lived in the same city so I could be your partner in crime for all these goals and adventures. Could just be my love for goals and lists, but you’ve made me super giddy with excitement. I see brewing kombucha and making bread on that list – ya girl. Hit me up with kombucha questions if you need. Not to mention a TEA party!! And outdoor picnic! My heart!! I’d love to take a photography class, and have it on my “loooong term” goal list.

    I think “balance” and “flow” are my words for this year. And “gentle.” Ah crap, you said ‘one.’

    1. I would LOVE a partner in crime. Do you have any visits to the US planned – ever? You totes should. I will definitely be hitting you up on Kombucha tips – you totally came to mind as I wrote that goal and reluctantly paid $3.50 for one today. Ugh!

  4. Putting things on my calendar and support from family and friends help hold me accountable. Heck, blogging about it helps too! Your bucket list is very similar to mine, especially checking out the free events happening in Charlotte. And Duck Donuts? I can’t be in a 5-mile radius of that’s too too good!

  5. I am totally with Cora – your list made me so excited to the FUN that is in store this year!. I am also contemplating signing up for a race to have something to work towards. And cooking with unfamiliar ingredients is another idea I love 🙂 Can’t wait to read about all these adventures, Sarah!

  6. Balance is such a good word and It can spill over into every area. I was in the same boat at the end of last year with my fitness routine. Even though I’m a trainer, I just couldn’t get into a groove. I’m doing a training plan for the first 2 months of this year which will hopefully set me up for success for the rest of the year! Can’t wait to read about all the fun things you are going to accomplish this year! 🙂

    1. I can see how having a plan for the first 2 months would carry over for the year, in seeing what you respond to best as far as a schedule. Feel free to share any tips you discover 🙂

  7. Such a great word! I think balance is definitely something that gets over looked in a world of extremes and go-go-go! Also, DUCK DONUTS. I’ve only been once while on vacation, but my husband and I talk about it ALL.THE.TIME. There’s nothing that even comes CLOSE to that here in NJ!

  8. I haven’t really picked a word for 2016, but it’s a trend I like. I think my word would be LEAN.
    I want to make my spending habits more lean, so I have more to spend on travel.
    I want to focus on making choices that fuel my body & workouts that will use that fuel…I think in turn this will make me more lean.
    I want to lean out my possessions. I do not need so much STUFF.
    And finally I want to make my circle or friends a bit more lean. I’ve got some people around that just don’t need to be. It’s not doing me any good, so out the door they go.

  9. Glad to see you are still keeping your word for the year in mind and you seem to want to apply it to all the aspects of your life, which is awesome! I have to agree that my work outs are a little all over the place, perhaps I should look into trying to get my workouts to be more structured as well. Taking a photography class is a great idea too!! Loving this list 🙂

  10. Awesome bucket list! It’s so exiting to think about running your first marathon! I’ve run many and I still get teary eyed at the start.

    Thanks for sharing with friends at Inspired To Be Fit!

  11. I’ve found that writing resolutions down (with an actual pen on actual paper) and then keeping those written resolutions in full view, like taped to my bathroom mirror, really helps me to follow through. Also, keeping a little handwritten diary noting what I ate, etc. each day helps.

  12. I think balance is a fantastic word and goal for the new year and truthfully life in general. My father always said, “All good things in moderation.” You should look into joining a CSA in your area; you’ll get to experiment with all sorts of crazy veggies and up your intake, all at the same time.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

  13. This is a great list, there are a few on there I would like to try also. I am planning more and procrastinating less in 2016. If I had to pick one word it would be Self-control.

  14. I love this (NOT just because you made my recipe) but because we need more bloggers like you out there- I love how balance is your word for this year but honestly, it was evident last year too! 🙂

    Now that the serious niceties are out of the way, DONUTS!!!!!

  15. Oh wow I’m doing the RnR Nashville too! How cool! I love your word for the year of Balance! Yes I agree we all need to balance. Great choice! I’m like you don’t really like resolutions but I did make one, one I think I can keep and it is to have fun! I appreciate you linking up with us!

  16. I am not a fan of resolutions for the reason you sited! You chose a very good word. Since I spent the latter half of 2015 injured, I think my word for this year would be HEALTHY in mind, body and spirit. I like your fun list. One of my items is a real Sleigh Ride. Speaking of tacos, I had the most amazing fish tacos in Epcot at a stand in Mexico. OMG. It’s worth going back just for those. Thanks for linking with us Sarah!

  17. Hello!

    First time at your blog! I read your about me page and love the idea of your blog!
    I’ve been into health and fitness for a while myself, and am just getting into the whole meal prepping and clean eating! But I always see these programs and become saddened or stressed out because I LOVE food! and I can honestly say I can’t imagine never eating certain “bad” foods again! So I’ve decided to focus more on my relationship with foods and like you say create balance! I’m also a vegetarian so I hope to incorporate more veggie recipes in my blog although I’m not a big cook so I’m afraid I’ll most likely be setting off the smoke alarm a couple of times this year too!

    1. Hi Caroline! There is no right or wrong way to eat, and I hope that overtime you find that. Choices can be flexible, and balance is the ultimate goal, though you have so much wiggle room in how one achieves balance – yours may be different from mine. I hope you continue to read. I have a lot I want to write about for meal planning 🙂

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