I’ve spent December thinking about what I want to let go of in 2018 and what I more of. One of the most valuable things I did, was splurge on the Cultivate What Matters planner. It’s not really a planner, but a workbook for setting meaningful goals. As soon as I went through the exercises, I began to understand why I have always had such a hard time with my fitness related resolutions, while I’m able to attain the rest.
So many of set a goal to get in shape for the new year, and congrats to you if you have ever followed through, but I never have. Sometimes I start out strong, but I always fizzle out by March. And you know what, I think it’s because being skinny, bikinis, vacations and honestly just shame from feeling overweight aren’t really the motivators we think they are. And being healthy… it’s so broad. It’s not something that’s motivating to me because I can’t connect to it emotionally.
Maybe this won’t be the same for you, but for me, when the worksheets asked me to think about what I wanted my life to be like when I’m 80, it was easy for me to visualize. And easy for me to connect with emotionally what I absolutely don’t want. You see, in November, my grandmother, who I was so close to, passed away. She fell in October and broke her hip, it was the beginning of the end.
Being skinny is only a motivator to eat healthy and exercise when I’m feeling shame, which quickly spirals to comort food and tv. But when I think about how I want to be active and healthy in my 80’s, it’s a goal I can connect to emotionally in a postitive way. Instead of motiviating me to cut calories and do endless cardio, it motivates me to eat nourishing foods and lift heavy weights. I’ve finally found the motivator I need.
I ended up working on my emotional health in 2017 instead of my physical, looking back, I think it was necessary. I had a lot I needed to learn and work through.
In January, I am focusing on my physical health and detoxing. Although, maybe detoxing isn’t the right word, but hear me out. I’ve been vegan for about 10 years, don’t let that fool you into thinking that I’ve been eating healthy for 10 years. Healthier than the average American, yes, but I’ve relied on a lot of prepared foods for the last year. So I’m taking a break from that. I’m going to teach myself to eat like I did when I first went vegan, lots of fruits and veggies and not much processed or prepackaged foods.
I’m trying a couple different things to make that happen.
- I’ve made a pinterest board full of detoxing and cleansing recipes, and I’m still adding to it. Check it out if you need some healthy recipes. Not all of them are vegan but I’ve noted the substitutions in my comments, generally its just subbing in veggie broth for chicken broth or maple syrup for honey – super easy! Miso sweet potatoes are pictured above, they were amazing! Tomorrow we’re adding them to wraps for lunch.
- I’m trying some meal delivery services, I don’t think this is going to be a forever thing, but I want to make sure I stay on track in January and make cooking at home a habit. We’re getting our first Purple Carrot box on Wednesday. After four boxes, I’ll get one that I can send to someone, if you guys want me to do a reader giveaway so you have the chance to try it for a week free, leave a comment and tell me.
- The second meal delivery service I’m trying is Daily Harvest. Daily Harvest is different because it’s not really cooking at all. You can choose from cups of frozen fruits and veggies that can be turned into smoothies, soups, soft serve etc… each one is packed with superfoods and designed by a chef. I work from home and end up eating a lot of meals alone. It’s tough to get motivated to make something just for me and I end up eating a lot of popcorn and toast. Replacing those with a soup or smoothie will be a huge improvement. If you want to try it out, you can get three cups free when you use my link here.
I’ll be sure to update you on my instagram stories and maybe even here on which flavors I like best.
I think if can get my palete back on track with craving fruits and veggies instead of salt, sugar and grease, I’ll be in great shape nutrionally.
I hate hate hate lifting weights, so I am going to ease into that goal slowly. I’m going to start with the goal of moving 30 minutes a day. I always try to jump in to some major exercise program and then I’m too sore after one day to workout again for a week, it’s not the best way to build a habit. (Speaking of habits, I have a post on creating them next week so stay-tuned).
The last thing I’m working on is cleaning out my house. I don’t know why they call it Spring cleaning, I want to get it overwith by then!
What are you letting go of? Share your goals for January with me and we can keep eachother on track.