I don’t usually make traditional New Year’s Resolutions. Last year I chose one word to guide me through the year (read: My Word For The Year). Another year, I chose “themes” for the way I wanted to feed my kids in the new year (read: Feeding My Kids: What I’ll Be Doing Differently). This year, I decided to set goals for the year in categories across my life. Here are my goals for 2016:
FOOD: Be smarter about meal planning
I recently wrote about this goal in the intro to a recent guest post How A “Dinner Formula” Changes Meal Planning Forever. My friend and fellow dietitian Maryann from Raise Healthy Eaters just published an insanely helpful book called What to Cook for Dinner with Kids: How to Simplify, Strategize and Stop Agonizing Over Family Dinners. In it, she lays out a strategy that I think will really help me be smarter and faster about meal planning and end the “decision fatigue” that plagues so many of us when we wonder, “What should I make for dinner??” My goal this year is to implement her strategies, including her brilliant “dinner formula” idea.
FITNESS: Get 10,000 Steps a Day
It’s a pretty modest goal–but modest goals are actually the best ones because they’re easier to achieve, which builds up confidence. Since getting my Fitbit Flex a year ago, I’ve been dismayed to realize how many days don’t add up to 10,000 steps (the goal some organizations recommend for maintaining health and weight). But we recently got a dog, which will force me to get out and be more active. I also got these three fun new bands for my FitBit, which have actually helped me remember to wear it.
HEALTH: Keep a Pitcher of Water on My Desk
Drinking more water is on my list of resolutions EVERY SINGLE YEAR. And I flail (and fail) EVERY SINGLE YEAR. So I’m setting a smaller goal this time around: I bought a glass water pitcher (similar to this one) and I’m going to fill it with water and keep it on my desk. No pressure to drink it. But by having it there, I know I will drink it.
MENTAL HEALTH: TAKE A COMPLIMENT
When someone compliments me, I’m actually going to take it–without my usual song and dance of explaining why I don’t deserve it. (It’s such a tired routine, why do we women do this?) So when someone congratulates me on a successful blog post, I’m not going to brush it off and list the blogs that are doing it bigger and better. I’m going to say “Thank you!”. When someone says my hair looks nice, I’m not going to roll my eyes and confess that I haven’t washed it in three days. I’m going to say “Thank you!” Compliments are like little gifts–so why not accept them graciously?