A healthier you in 2016… it’s EASY!

Just dusting off a piece from last year, very much relevant. Happy New Year friends.

Many thanks for the contribution from Dr. Crystal Holly, Clinical Health Psychologist.
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Making steps towards a healthier you doesn’t actually need to be that hard. However, we all know that making those New Year’s resolutions stick beyond the first few weeks can be the real challenge. There are a few easy steps you can keep in mind when goal setting that make your intentions achievable and sustainable, for the long run!

  1. Set specific goals. If you can’t define what success actually is in your goal then it isn’t specific enough. Good goals are easily measured. While we want to “Be healthier” it isn’t very clear what HEALTHY is for you. Be more clear (and see my next post on the EASY route to health)! A better goal would be “I want to have 3 servings of fruit and vegetables each day”.See My Mama Journey’s post on “A New Chapter Begins Now… Welcome 2015
  2. Set measurable goals. For example, “Get more sleep” isn’t very clear or specific. However, “Go to bed at 10 pm” OR “Get 8 hours of sleep a night” is much more clear and attainable.
  3. Set goals that have time points. Often people set goals that are too vague “I want to eat healthier”. Goals are more easily reached if there are time-points built in that help you keep track of your success. A better goal would be “I want to bring a healthy snack to work 4x a week”.
  4. Keep them attainable. When we get excited about making change in our lives we often strive too high. It is best to set small reachable goals. Once you have incorporated those goals into your life and sustain them, THEN you can start to build upon them. Yes, running a marathon this year is a great goal but if you’re not already a long-distance runner, then you’re better of setting the short-term goal of “I want to starting to run 3 times a week for 20 minutes”. Later on this can build up to multiple runs a week of 1 hour.

Remember- making changes and setting goals can be challenging- but usually only because we do too much too quick. Research shows that if you set yourself up for success by setting appropriate goals you’ll be working your way up the health ladder in no time. And if you slip- no problem- we all do. Just get back on and try again and you’ll be one step closer to where you want to be.

So, what about that E-A-S-Y part? Stay tuned for Post 2 on how to make EASY healthy lifestyle changes

Goals for This “30 Something” Gal  

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I felt inspired by the comments I received on my post the day after I turned the big 3-0 to share my ten goals for the next year, as I find my bearings as the latest member of the 30 something club.

One thing I realized as I aged was that there is a definite connection between living a healthy lifestyle and making changes to both your eating habits and exercise habits.
This connection is so important for ensuring a healthy mind and soul. For me, I feel so much more positive and in control of my feelings and eating when I take the time to workout and challenger myself physically.

10352203_1451814121757336_4257078621083076510_nHere are my 10 new goals to complete over the next year as I adjust to being thirty (some will repeat from earlier posts, in large part to keep me accountable!):

1. Complete my fitness certification by end of summer (almost there!!).

2. Run my first 1/2 marathon.

3. Teach/organize my first circuit training/boot camp class program. This is part of a longer term goal that teaching and running these programs would become a part of my weekly routine.

4. Eliminate all packaged and processed food from my family’s diet.

5. Live the “Fridgeonomics” lifestyle. Buy only what we need, waste not want not.

6. Read more. Be an active participant in the two virtual book clubs I have joined.

7. Become a member of the #5amclub. This means in bed by 10pm! (Not 12am).

8. Continue to spend quality time with my little family, by learning to relax more and slow our pace down.

9. Be happy. Be positive. And enjoy the moment more (wait … maybe this could be actually  3 separate goals).

And most importantly,

10. Finally, own it. By loving this new chapter and embracing all the changes it presents, both physically and mentally. Show by example has been my motto since my daughter was born and now it becomes even more important as her awareness of the world around her grows. I want her to be enjoy each milestone in her life.


I know I have mixed very tangible goals with sort of intangible ones. But that’s okay! Like life, having diversified goals is what keeps us on our toes, tests us and challenges us to continue to push and seek out what makes YOU happy.

What goals have you set for this year?