Nutrition; New Year's Goals

Nutritional New Year’s Goals The New Year is coming!

With just one month left of 2021, it's time to set your goals for 2022. But first, let's talk about how to set a realistic goal.

First Write them down. Put them in a place where you will see them every day. It's important to remind yourself of what you're setting out to do. I suggest writing them on a Sticky Note and taping it to your bathroom mirror.

Second Make sure they are short-term milestones. To stay motivated you need to feel a sense of accomplishment. This is done when you start to hit those goals! So be sure to set short-term goals that are reachable. For example, I want to lose 20 pounds this year. I will do this by losing 1 pound every 2 weeks. At the end of the two weeks, if you've hit your goal, you will feel accomplished and will want to keep going. An easy way to track your weight loss (and your food intake) is https://www.myfitnesspal.com/

Third Be specific. Your goal should have a number or date or something that makes it specific. For example, instead of "I want to lose weight this year." Try "I want to lose 10 pounds and 1 inch around my waist by the end of 2022." Use tangible language with a date if possible.

Fourth Schedule time to hit these goals. Don't forget to allow yourself the time you need to hit these marks! Make an appointment with yourself, put it on the calendar, and don't cancel.

NOW we have a better understanding of setting realistic goals. Let's dive into some fun nutritional goals you could set.

*Fun story: One year I made a goal that the only sweets I could eat all year had to be dark chocolate. Why? Healthier option than anything else. You can still have some sweets, just puts a limit to what it is. I crushed it!

Other options:
  • Drink 80 ounces of water daily
  • Count your macros every day (for how to count macros check out https://idealnutritionnow.com/blogs/news/the-macro-diet/
  • No soda all year
  • No sweets past 8 pm*

    These are just some small examples of Nutritional goals you could set for yourself.

    If you're more interested in an overall nutritional new year's goal -- I suggest a combination of things. Here is an example of a realistic healthy nutritional goal for 2022: I will count my macros Monday through Friday all year.  On the weekends, I will make healthy choices and allow myself one cheat meal.  I will stick with Ideal Nutrition for at least one meal Saturdays and Sundays, so I know I'm getting my nutrition in! I will not eat sweets past 9 PM any day.  I will not drink alcohol more than 2 days a week.

    That could be a good combination for success!  Be sure to think about how Ideal Nutrition can fit into your nutritional goals as we head into 2022. For me, I count macros during the week. So, having their nutrition information on the front of each meal is super helpful to me! https://idealnutritionnow.com/pages/menu/