My New Years Resolutions usually include losing weight and while I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds my goals for 2014 are more focused on specific health issues.
My New Years Resolutions
Health My Cavities
In 2013 I visited the dentist and learned that I had many cavities. I came across the Cure Tooth Decay book and plan to implement the suggestions in the book to heal my cavities. I had noticed marked improvement in 2013 by following the methods in Cure Tooth Decay, but I would like to ensure complete healing by staying away from anything sweet (including fruit), taking cod liver oil, eating liver or taking liver pills, oil pulling twice a day, and the rest of the methods until my teeth heal completely. My goal in 2014, is to heal all of my cavities naturally without needing to get them filled.
Clear Up My Skin
I have always had horrible skin. As a teenager I was always on an antibiotic, skin cream, etc. to clear my skin. It did little to actually fix my skin issues, probably because my diet was so horrible. Even after changing my diet, my skin still has issues. Specifically I suffer from a condition called Roscea, which is a form of an autoimmune condition that causes redness and what appears to be like adult acne. In order to clear up my skin, I’m going to need to heal my gut. Healing the gut is not an easy task. It will require squeaky clean eating, lots of bone broth, probiotics, grassfed gelatin, etc. By the end of 2014 I would like to have marked improvement on my skin conditions including reduced redness, more moisture, and a clear complexion. This goal seems more of a lofty goal for me since I don’t know exactly how long it will take to truly heal my gut and my skin, but I would give anything to be able to walk outside with no make up and not be self conscious about my skin.
Walk At Least 10,000 Steps a Day
I recently set up a DIY treadmill desk in order to help me reach my daily step goal. My day job has me sitting at a desk all day and once I get home I go to work on the blog which once again has me sitting at a desk. My goal is to use my treadmill desk after work while I handle blog tasks, in order to help me reach my goal of 10,000 steps a day. My minimum goal is 10,000 steps, but I would like to have around 15,000-20,000 steps per day on at least 3 days a week. The treadmill desk makes easy work out of getting all my steps in. Of course in order to know how many steps I get in each day I will be using my FitBit to track all of my steps (you can get one here).
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5 Tips for Reaching Your Goals
Set Attainable and Action Goals
Sure you can set lofty goals that you have no chance of actually reaching, but that will just end up discouraging you from trying. When selecting goals it’s best to select goals that you would be able to attain. Having a goal to run a marathon by February is highly unlikely if you start out as a couch potato, but having a goal to run a 5k race and do that by completing the Couch to 5k program (C25K) within the 9 weeks the program lays out is a lot more attainable. Plus with this goal, it is also more specific and has some action associated. The C25K program has clearly defined actions and lays out a plan for reaching your goal of running a 5k. Select a goal (or two) and some actions you’d like to take to reach those goals in order to make it easier to attain those goals.
Write It Down
It’s important to write down your goals to make yourself accountable for your goals. Hang reminder notes for yourself or set alarms in your phone to help remind you to work on your goals. Don’t think that’s enough? Share your goals with other people. Writing down your goals and sharing them with your family and friends can help motivate you to reach your goals. Another option maybe to find a support group to help you stick to your goals. You can join us on our Clean Eating Challenge by signing up here.
Create a Routine and/or Make it Fun
When making changes it takes awhile to for those new changes to become part of your routine. If you have to go out of your way to get to the gym then you’re probably never going to make it to the gym when you are tired from working all day. Or if all you have in your house is junk food you’ll chose the easy option to eat the junk food instead of making a healthy dinner. Incorporate your goals seamlessly into your routine to eliminate some of those excuses. Also, another good option is to make it fun! No one wants to get up at 5 AM to exercise if it’s boring. Make a game out of it or invite a friend that has similar goals. For some people, competition makes reaching goals fun and pushes them to go all out.
Track Your Progress
Sometimes it takes time to reach out goals, which can make it disappointing when we don’t see any progress right away. Track your intermediate progress so you can see how far you’ve come. Like for weight loss, record your weight, measurements, clothing size, how you feel, etc. Notice your clothes are a little looser after a week? While you may not have reached your goal you know you’re making progress. With all of the numbers tracked you can go back in a month or two and see where you started to help motivate you to keep going.
Just with tracking your progress, it can take time to reach our goals and with no rewards you may get discouraged. Set smaller progress points that will allow for mini rewards. Made it two weeks of squeaky clean eating? Reward yourself! And a proper reward isn’t delivery pizza, fast food french fries, and store bought brownies. Make your reward a bubble bath without interruption, a new outfit, a movie you’ve been meaning to see, etc. Whatever feels good for you, but doesn’t derail all of the progress you’ve made so far.
I hope these tips have help and good luck with your 2014 goals!
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What’s the New Year, New You Summit?
It’s a FREE online event with audio and slideshow presentations from real food’s top authors, doctors, bloggers and experts that you can listen to starting January 13, 2014! It runs through January 17, and each day, you’ll be able to hear the streaming audio from the summit.
Featured speakers include:
- Joel Salatin, author of The Future of Real Food
- Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution
- Dr. Katie Rheamue-Bleue, author of Vitamin K2 and The Calcium Paradox
- Chris Kresser, author of Your Personal Paleo Code
- Dr. Cate Shanahan, author of Deep Nutrition
- …and more!
How Do I Sign Up for the New Year, New You Summit?
To sign up for the free streaming interviews that start of January 13, simply click here.
Can’t Listen Daily During January 13-17?
I know I can’t always listen live during the event. If you can’t listen live during the summit week, you can get the whole summit and listen in at your convenience and have lifetime access. The best part…you can pre-order the summit now and save 50% (pre-order price expires on January 12, 2014).