Hey there! Happy New Year!! Let’s make 2017 a fun one 🙂
Ed and I got dinner at one of my favorite restaurants for New Year’s Eve. If you’re ever in the Charlotte/Davidson area, you HAVE to eat at Kindred! It’s become one of the hottest, highly regarded restaurants in Charlotte. And you start out with the most delicious milk bread. Every single dish is full of bold flavors and unique pairings.
During dinner, we recounted 2016, and all of it’s ups and downs. It’s been full of so many memories, as all years are. I became a Registered Dietitian, I turned 30, we traveled to Vancouver, I ran my first marathon, won a recipe contest, traveled to FNCE aka Disney world for dietitians, met Siggi, bought a house, got a dog and much more.
But there were also hard moments and days too. Sleepless nights, long workdays at two jobs, stress and heartaches, failed recipes, moments where I questioned my confidence. Times I just wanted to stay in bed all day. Not everything is the pretty picture we paint on social media. But what’s life without a little mess? With the ups come the downs and that’s how we grow!
Over dinner, we also talked about our goals for 2017 so we can hold each other accountable. In 2017, I want to continue to grow this blog and community. I get emails from readers on a regular basis. It’s humbling and I love it. I want to continue getting to know readers and hosting giveaways for you guys. Also, I want to continue working one on one with clients, but do more worksite wellness/corporate stuff with larger groups. Give more group talks. Create and run a wellness challenge at our clinic. Continue to help clients reach their health and wellness goals. Run a second marathon in under 3:40. Become more integrated in my local community and partner with other health and fitness professionals.
Goals Vs. Resolutions
These are some of my goals. I prefer to set goals, not resolutions.
Actually, I hate the idea of resolutions. I discussed this last year around the same time. Resolutions sound temporary to me. And they sound restrictive. Like, I’ll give up carbs. Or, I’ll do Whole 30 to “cleanse” my body. Or, I’ll go on a juice cleanse to detox.
Ugh. These phrases hurt my ears.
What I do support, though, is the idea of goals. Goals are different than resolutions because they are something you are constantly working towards. They last more than the typical 2-3 months that resolutions last.
So, here are some ideas that some of my clients have mentioned wanting to focus on this year. And, I’m also on board with many of these too!
- Lights out by 10:00 pm
- Waking up 30 minutes early to write a to do list or journal
- Stretch every night before bed
- Eat 25 grams of protein for breakfast daily
- Smile at the first person I see every morning (Ideally, I’ll smile at all of them!)
- Drink a cup of water before each meal
- Try something new to me each month
- Try 1 new recipe a week
- Eat fish 1-2 times/week
- Join a running group
- Train for a 5k
- Walk every night after dinner
- Unplug for a whole weekend
- Eat two fists of veggies at each meal
As you can see, none of these are related to weight or restriction. Most of them are about adding something in, rather than taking it away.
Goals shouldn’t be about deprivation. They should be about challenging yourself to make yourself better, changing things to increase your knowledge, health or your happiness.
In 2016, my word was balance. I was focused on maintaining balance in all aspects of my life. How did I do? Okay. I was able to balance a lot with multiple jobs, marathon training, blogging, traveling, but I think I failed in some aspects as well. This year, I’m focusing on saying yes more. Getting out of my comfort zone a little bit more. Growing exponentially.
So, you tell me:
What are you looking forward to most in 2017?
Do you set specific monthly goals or do you have a word for the year?