Goals to “lose weight” and “eat healthier” likely top many resolution lists, but most will go unmet than achieved. And you know why? They aren’t specific enough. As with anything, goals take planning and specific strategy. For years my goal has been to lose weight and eat healthier. And I didn’t achieve anything until I educated myself and followed a plan. This blog is a way for me to archive what I’ve learned, and hopefully speed up the process for someone else. There’s no one way to do anything, and the “right” way to do it is largely debatable, especially when it comes to nutrition. But the one thing I’ve resolved to do is keep learning about it and sharing what I find here.
If you’re just starting out, a good place would be a resource like the one Whole Foods has to offer. Let someone help you get a solid foundation for a healthy lifestyle- not with fad diets or weight-loss gimmicks. Do things that are sustainable and realistic. Start reading ingredients lists. Pick one day and cook for the week. Shop around the edges of the grocery store (avoid processed foods!) Eventually, you’ll realize you’d rather know what you’re actually eating rather than save a few minutes of your time by ordering out. Just as you never regret working out but will likely regret skipping it, I have learned that it’s very rare to regret not eating something you know is unhealthy.
In the spirit of the season, here’s my list of goals, (reasonable, specific and attainable goals,) so that maybe I will have a little more accountability to stick to them now that they’re out into the interwebs for anyone to see:
- Blog once a week
- Take medicine/vitamins/supplements every day
- Run at least twice a week (gotta get to training for that 10-miler I signed up for…. oy)
- Eat vegetables and protein at every meal
- Track cheats every day (i.e. non-Paleo foods) with a 3 cheat max per day
- Get double unders
- Get eight kipping pullups unbroken
Here’s to 2013 and actually keeping those resolutions!