I stopped doing New Year's resolutions years ago. Instead, I set goals for the year. I find it is more productive to write goals and then write the small steps needed to achieve them. By doing so, it allows me to see progress throughout the year.
Plus it takes off a lot of pressure to try to get every goal started in January! Who says you have to start all goals in January? What about slow and steady progress throughout the year? One piece of advice - only set a few goals that you can really work towards achieving in the year. If you have too many goals, you may get overwhelmed and ditch them all!
Here are the goals I'll be working on in 2018:
1) Practice Yoga 2x per week. There is just not enough time in the week to do all of the workouts I want to do! Mega-former took the place of one of my yoga practices during the week. I needed to work on strength training and Mega-former has helped me become stronger. Now I need to get back to practicing yoga 2x per week.
My goal is to do yoga at home, in the morning, before getting ready for work, one day a week. I've found a great teacher on YouTube: Brett Larkin. If you haven't checked out her classes - you need to! Click here to go to her YouTube Channel. The classes vary in length, from 15 minutes to 50 minutes. There are beginner & more advanced classes. She is easy to follow and challenges you if you are used to a more advanced practice. She also has a free 21 day challenge starting in January.
2) Eat more fish. I am flextarian - 3 to 4 days a week I am vegetarian/vegan. The other days of the week I eat meat. But it is mostly chicken, turkey and pork with the occasional steak. Fish is not always on our weekly meal plans. So I want to make sure we are having fish at least 1 day a week and possibly 2 days per week. Fish has cardiovascular benefits. FoodNavigator reported on a study in the British Journal of Nutrition that stated long-chain fatty acid omega-3's that are found in fish are associated with cardiovascular benefits.
3) Eat veggies for breakfast. I normally have overnight oatmeal or a smoothie for breakfast. The smoothie is usually an acai cherry with other fruits or a chocolate avocado smoothie (YUM). I want to start eating more veggies for breakfast.
I will focus on swapping out 1 smoothie day and 1 oatmeal day to have two days a week with veggie breakfasts. There are a ton of great recipes out there as well as just having something simple like half a sweet potato topped with spinach and mushrooms. Now I know I can do a veggie smoothie if I want to but I find I gravitate towards fruit smoothies.
Those are my goals for 2018! That's right - only 3. That makes it feasible that I can add the goals into my routine throughout 2018. Now, if I have days or weeks that I miss implementing my goals, I will not beat myself up over it. Life happens! I will just try again. After all, it takes 21 days to start a habit (good or bad).
I hope this post inspired you to create goals for 2018. If it did, tell me your goal! I'd love to hear from you. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.