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2018: New Year New Me?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Why do we set goals at the very beginning of the New Year? What is it about January 1 that motivates everyone to aim high and challenge themselves to do better the next year? You start to see those "New Year New Me" posts, and how much everyone wants to make a change the next go around.

The New Year is symbolic of the beginning. A fresh start. You can officially say "last year" and give yourself a redo. But the one reason for why people tend to roll their eyes at the typical "I'm not going into the New Year doing this" is because most times it doesn't stick.

Most people fail to keep their New Year's Resolution before March rolls around. Whether it's starting a new diet to lose weight (a big one) or learning a new word from the dictionary each day. However big or small the goal may be, society gets so hyped up over a New Year's Resolution that they fail to create a plan to follow through with it.

I can't deny it. I've been one to do this. Life sets in and I've ended up pushing away from that goal. But ever since I became a wife and mom, setting goals and actually keeping them means much more to me now.

I am all onboard for the 2018 New Year New Me. But in order to get going, I had to set a realistic goal. One of my goals heading into next year is to transition into a vegetarian diet. I am well aware that for someone who has been eating meat all their life I can't just go cold turkey. I  understand that I have to give my body time to adjust to this change. So instead of saying by March I will no longer eat meat. I am going to give myself some wiggle room in sayng by March I will minimize my meat intake to once a week.

If I know myself well enough, I know that bacon and a pizza will tempt me. So instead of seting myself up for failure, I will allow myself a day where I can indulge until I no longer require it.

Now how do I plan to stick to this goal? This is the part where we normally drop the ball. I need an action plan to do this. Creating a plan of action eliminates the guess work. It doesn't give me room to create excuses or go astray from the plan.



To transition into a vegetarian diet I've made the game plan to meal prep each week. If I have my meals prepared for the week, I won't have to worry about what I'm eating or being tempted to order out. Each Sunday, I will go grocery shopping and plan out what I plan to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks. If the food is there, I won't have to make up excuses for why I'm in the Chic-Fil-A drive thru.

Regardless of what your goal may be, understanding what you need to do to accomplish your goal is the key. 

I'm very excited about pursuing this goal and seeing the results. I've been back and forth on the idea of trying it, and I'm finally diving into it. Choosing to pick up a vegetarian diet isn't a trend for me. I've noticed that I don't enjoy how I feel after some meals, and I want to change that.

Giving myself a checkpoint to ensure I'm on track is just as important. Evaluating your progress a few months within the year will help to keep you in check with this goal. Have you been working on it? Did you have more than a few cheat days? Is it time to pick it up a notch if you've been doing well?

I feel pretty confident that if I stick to those few components, I will keep my New Year's Resolution.

  • Set a Realistic and Attainable Goal
  • Create a Plan To Work On This Goal
  • Evaluate Your Progress 

What are your New Year's Resolutions?