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Here we go again…it’s new year’s resolution time! Whether you love making resolutions or hate it, I encourage you to set some new goals for yourself this year. Personally, I love any excuse to set a goal for myself and see it through. I hope that you will embrace this time of year and use it as an opportunity to grow in some way.

I’m looking forward to hearing what your new year’s resolutions are. Truthfully, they don’t HAVE to be fitness- or health-related (although those are always good ones). I want to hear what you really want to accomplish this year, whether that be personally, financially, spiritually, emotionally, physically or otherwise.

There are a couple different ways to approach these goals, in my opinion. You can do a more traditional new year’s resolution and set one goal for the entire year, or, you can set 12 goals this year, focusing on a new one each month. I’ve got plenty of ideas to help get you started. Regardless, it’s important that you set some sort of reminder for yourself so that you can check in on how you’re progressing at different points in the year (or month). I find it helpful to set calendar alerts, others might benefit more from sharing their goal(s) with a loved one, someone they know will help them stay accountable. As always, I am here to help hold you accountable as well. You can share your resolution with a few close friends, or you can use the support system of those on social media via the Facebook page.

When you create your new years resolution, be sure to jot down how you will accomplish this goal as well as the goal itself. Studies show that by creating SMART goals, you will be more successful. SMART goals are:

Specific: Make your goal focused and well-defined.

Measurable: Put concrete numbers in your goal to know if you’re making progress or falling behind. Set reminders and track your progress.

Attainable: Create a goal that is realistic based on your schedule, workload and knowledge.

Relevant: Make sure the goal is relevant to your lifestyle.

Timely: Set a deadline. Otherwise your “goal” is just a wish. Pick an end date for your goal, and then break it down as follows: What will you do today to reach your goal? What can you do in 3 weeks and 3 months to reach your goal.

So there you have it! Let’s hear those new year’s resolutions! Post in the comments below!

 

Peace, love and success in the new year,

 

Melissa

 

 

 

This word means different things to different people. To some, it conjures negative emotions and thoughts; to others it provides a sense of empowerment and accomplishment. When associated with health and weight management, many people struggle to gain “control” of their health and eating habits. We often look to or blame outside influences and time parameters as road-blocks or excuses for not being able to maintain the choices we strive for. When we lose this control it can feel like a slippery slope with no other choice but to keep sliding down.

Control is a strong word and should make you feel strong when you have it. Being in control can be something as simple as choosing to pack your own lunch every day, or stocking your house and office with healthy snacking options. We tend to lose control in moments of weakness when hunger hits and you cave to the candy dish full of snack-size Snickers, or over-indulge on chips and queso or bread before your actual meal even arrives.  It’s this mindless, in-the-moment-eating that can often make us feel out of control.

The key to feeling in control and taking responsibility for your actions is to be kind to yourself. There are always going to be unexpected twists and turns in our daily lives, but giving yourself the tool of preparation and planning can help mitigate some of the chaos and put the ball back in your court. Be mindful in the moment and ask yourself if you feel in control of your actions. As the holidays approach, this is a great practice to put into place in order to feel good about your health and nutrition goals when faced with overwhelming temptation.

You can help yourself make better choices by bringing healthier options to the table, such as LWBF’s favorite Fall Harvest Salad, or for a sweet, healthier offering make these delicious Raw Chocolate Carrot Balls (you don’t have to tell anyone there’s veggies in their dessert!). So, take control of your body and health this holiday season by making mindful choices. Enjoy some of the treats of the holidays, but practice moderation and think about what your body needs as opposed to what your senses think you want.

Happy, Mindful Eating!

Holly