Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Goals

Each new year provides a fresh start. Each new day provides an opportunity and blank slate. New is fresh. New is clean. Today, I'm sharing my goals for this new year. 

We've talked about setting goals and defining success. Here are my goals for 2017.

1) Try 12 new recipes.
In 2016, I tried more than 30 new recipes. I like to try recipes exactly as written the first time cooking them. Then, I like to tweak the recipe to my tastes. I'm planning to slow down on trying new recipes and work on perfecting a few recipes this year.

If you're looking for some yummy recipes, here are some of my favorite recipes from 2016:

2) Read 10 books.
This goal means that I'm reading about 1 book a month. I gave myself a little grace to have more time for longer books or challenging books that take longer to read. I also know how busy certain times of the year are (aka the holiday season), so 10 books it is! 

I have a running list of books to read, but I would love to hear your recommendations. What books should I read in 2017?

Here are some of my favorite books from 2016:
- Bread and Wine by Shauna Neiquist
- Present over Perfect by Shauna Neiquist
- Let's All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs

3) Be physically active consistently.
I've discussed the benefits of physical activity and the American Heart Association's recommendations for adults. I know the benefits and want to continue to be physically active consistently. 

Its important to set short term goals and rewards for long-term goals. My physical activity goal is a long-term goal. So, I set rewards like purchasing new tennis shoes or a work-out outfit. I also motivate myself by making new playlists with fresh, new music, so I'm excited to work-out. What motivates you to be physically active?

4) Learn and improve a skill.
I haven't fully flushed out this goal, and I'm still working on making this a SMART goal. I may continue to take some cooking or baking classes. Or, I may try to learn a new skill like photography. You don't have to limit goal setting to just January. This goals is to be continues, so stay tuned.

Last year, I learned to make tortellini and ravioli pasta. 

I took a cake decorating class and a cookie decorating class. They were so fun! Stay tuned for more!!!

What are your 2017 goals? Comment below or share on social media using hashtag #healthyRD. For more tips, encouragement, and recipes for a healthy lifestyle, you can follow me on FacebookPinterestInstagram, and Twitter

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Setting Healthy Goals

Happy New Year! About this time of year, everyone is ready for a fresh start. The business of the holiday season is over. It's a new year. Time for goals. I like setting goals and resolutions; however, I do realize some people are anti-resolutions. You can read more about my love of goals here.

For those who have tried to set goals and not had success, here are my tips:

1) Make SMART goals.
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Making specific goals is a way to set set yourself up for success. If you have a big or long-term goal like running a marathon, consider setting smaller, short-term goals. For example, your goal may be:
Long-term goals: Be more physically active. Run a marathon.
Short-term goals: Be physically active 30 minutes for 5 days a week. Run a 10-minute mile by February 28.

2) Define success.
What is your definition of success? How will you measure your success? If you've set SMART goals, your success will be defined in the goal. For me, any positive change or progress is a success.

3) Give yourself grace.
Many of my clients express frustration, anger, or are self-deprecating when they don't reach their goals. Goals are an opportunity to grow and change. Any positive change is a good change.

For example, let's say your goal is to run a marathon. If you run a 5K, is that success? I think any progress in a healthy direction is successful. Would you have been able to run a 5K before? If not, you met a small goal and made healthy progress. Celebrate it!

So, let's set goals for 2017. Start fresh. And, give yourself grace. 

What are your goals for 2017? Feel free to comment below or share them on social media with the hashtag #healthyRD. I'll be sharing my goals and progress with #RDTODgoals and #healthyRD. Join me in my journey to health.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Top Posts of 2016

Can you believe it's 2017?!? I enjoyed 2016; it was a great year. I am so thankful that you stop by to check out my recipes, tips for entertaining, and all things nutrition and dietetics. Let's take a look back. Here are the top 16 post you loved in 2016. 

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of your top 16 posts in 2016. I'd love to hear your favorite topics. Let me know if there's a recipe or nutrition topic you'd like me to cover in 2017. Comment below. 

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