The majority of New Year’s resolutions consist of plans to optimize one’s health. People want to work out more, eat healthier, and plan to lose weight or run their first race. I think fitness and nutrition goals are an awesome way to make your 2015 a healthy and happy year! However, many resolutions tend to fail within the first couple months when the excitement and motivation starts to wither. Therefore, my advice to you is to join forces with a friend, family member, co-worker, etc., to help reach your goals and to stick with your resolutions throughout the whole year!
“Two heads are better than one” and “teamwork is best” are phrases we constantly hear and there is certain validity to them. When we work with someone, we encourage one another and help each other stay on track. For example, if your plan is to attend a spinning class three times a week and you come home one day exhausted from a long day’s work, realistically, you may end up sprawled out on the couch with a doughnut in your hand, Netflix “binging” and falling asleep. However, if you made this commitment with a friend, they will call you up and say something like, “Get your butt off the couch. We promised we would go and we are sticking with it! No excuses!” You may hate that person at the time, but you will definitely thank them after you leave the class feeling refreshed, healthy and proud of yourself for going. You can repay your friend the same way when they want to play “hooky.”
When working towards a nutrition goal, it is also important, if not vital, to do with someone else. Eating healthy can be hard if you live with someone or are close with someone who stuffs his or her face with junk. You and your resolution partner in crime need to stick together! Dinner plans? Skip the fast food and have a nice sit down meal. Scour the menu and look for options you both agree to be healthy and satisfying. Order some fish with fresh vegetables and opt for a lower calorie drink!
Cooking for your family is a GREAT way for everyone to be on track. There are so many healthy, scrumptious recipes that are gluten- and sugar-free that the whole family will love. They will also love the way they feel after switching to better nutrition.
Another great reason for making resolutions together is to help a family member or friend that really needs to lose weight without hurting his or her feelings when addressing the issue. Say something along the lines of, “I really want to change my lifestyle this year. I want to eat healthier and workout more but no one will do it with me! Do you think you could help me and be my resolution buddy? Maybe we can make a pact to go to the gym four times a week together and start a new nutrition plan! It could be fun!” This way, you are putting the emphasis on YOU wanting to be healthier, but that you need assistance to keep you motivated. You will not hurt feelings or make anyone feel uncomfortable. Rather, you are helping him or her become healthier (along with yourself).
So, for this New Year’s Eve, find someone to make a health pact with. Again, I advocate health, not “skinniness.” Women, don’t make your goal to become a size 2 or for men, to gain 50 pounds in pure muscle mass. Make a goal to be HEALTHY and to push yourself to limits you did not think you were capable of (running a race, taking up a new class, etc.). I guarantee that if you join forces with a friend, your success rate will be MUCH higher! Remember, you only have one body, so treat it right. Nourish it, care for it and love it!
Avocado Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps:
1 can tuna
1 medium avocado
2-3 tbsp. mustard
1 lemon squeezed
1 tbsp. vinegar
1/3 cup finely chopped onions
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
½ tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Iceberg or romaine lettuce leafs
Skip the mayo for this delicious tuna salad! Serve wrapped in lettuce leaves!
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Make as thin or as chunky as you would like (I like it a little chunkier!) Place mixture into center of lettuce leaf and wrap! Enjoy!