It’s September 1st and for many of you, it feels like a new year with school starting, routines changing and feeling the need to get back on track. While I am not really a fan of New Year’s resolutions, I thought I would take advantage of your motivation and love of “jumpstarts and challenges” to fire you up and get you living well and healthy.
So set a goal. Make it reasonable, extremely specific and in line with where you want to go. It doesn’t have to solve all your concerns and fix everything – just needs to get you headed in the right direction.
See below for some topics to get you started.
Remember – be specific! Decide number of times per day/week, portion sizes and times of day to make expectations of yourself clear and organized. “Eat better and lose weight” is not a goal!
- Eat breakfast!
- Eat every 3-4 hours
- Make half your plate for lunch and dinner vegetables
- Drink half your weight in pounds, in ounces of water per day – that is a starting place for how much water you need. You should be urinating often and clear-ish in color.
- Decrease your current alcohol intake – negotiate a new drink limit for yourself
- How many sweets do you have per week? Have less
- Cut out processed food! Focus on whole, clean eating
- If you focus on cardio work, add a strength training workout to your routine
- If you focus on strength training, add a cardio workout to your routine
- Learn how to cook something! And learn how to cook it in bulk to provide leftovers
- Notice the added sugars in your life…and decrease it
- Sit quietly for 5 minutes – breathe and let go
- Focus on mindful eating – be aware of what you eat, eat slowly, eat quietly and notice if it changes your habits and portions
- Stand up and walk for 3-5 minutes twice a day during your work day. Get moving!
- Trying something new, fun and crazy! Get out of your comfort zone and go for it! Try a new workout, go take a class, eat a new food – something new!
Fall is almost here and I love this time of year. Even though it is 80 degrees here and we don’t really have seasons in SF, I am a sucker for fall foliage, and excited to enjoy my sweaters and scarves, coziness and apple cider soon.
Happy New Year everyone!!!