The start of a New Year is an exciting time for most of us. It’s when we evaluate our current status and figure out what we need to do to make it better. We give ourselves permission to wipe the slate clean and focus on the path ahead of us. “Life improvement” is the name of the game, and it all starts with creating a short list of precise and well-thought-out goals. The next step is to then put them in writing, preferably where others can see them so that we are held accountable to follow through.
So without further ado, here are three of my goals for 2016:
- To Have a Green Shake or Large Green Salad Each Day. Or both! Even though I am now a crazy busy mom of twins, one thing’s for sure: I will always need to eat. And with proper planning, I will always have control of what I eat. Making the decision to have one large green salad or green shake per day is a reminder that I’ll need to continue to make my health a priority even though I’m busy—because I am no good to these little baby boys if I’m sick. This is the bottom line: Consistently making poor food and drink choices leads to a weaker body that is more susceptible to illness and disease, and I frankly don’t have time for any of that nonsense because Jack and James need a healthy mama. So bring on the greens, one way or the other!
- To Read at Least 10 Minutes a Day. Simply put: Keeping up on the latest studies and popular opinions in nutrition, health and fitness is important to me—especially because these industries are constantly evolving and there is always something new to learn. Plus, I want to continue to create the most informative posts for you on this website that I possibly can! But one thing I’ve noticed recently is how quickly time flies now that I have little Jack and James in my life. There are moments where I’ll realize it has been four or more days since I’ve read a health-related article, blog post or chapter in a book. For this reason, reading at least 10 minutes a day made the list.
- To Get Swimsuit Ready by Memorial Day. After all, what’s a list of new year’s goals without including one that is health and/or fitness related?! Although the scale tells me I’m not that far off from my pre-pregnancy weight (ok – 7 lbs.), I know that some muscle was lost during my pregnancy, so that number on the scale doesn’t mean what it used to mean. Therefore, I’d love to get that muscle back and lose a bit of body fat while I’m at it. Five-and-a-half months is plenty of time to accomplish this goal, and I have a feeling my baby boys may be joining me in our little home gym for some very “creative” workouts in order to get it done! Since this is the goal that will require the most determination and time management, I have posted this sign on my bathroom mirror as a constant reminder:
It’s truly amazing how this keeps the goal fresh in my mind and influences the choices made throughout each day. I will certainly keep you posted on my progress!
What are your goals for 2016? Please share in the comments below!