Yep, we're already into the New Year. How are your resolutions going? I tend to make the same resolutions every year and typically give up on them January or February if I'm stretching it. As I was chatting with my buddies, I realized I always set unrealistic resolutions. Essentially, I set myself up for failure. Do you do that too?
With Gorton's this year, I've decided to stop doing that. Why not set realistic expectations that I'll actually follow through with. Things that set me up for success rather than failure.
1) Number of Goals -Limit your New Years resolutions. Don't overwhelm yourself. What's the point of setting 10 goals; you won't even be able to focus on one. Choose 2-3 and stick with it.
2) Be realistic -Yes, I want to lose 15-20lbs but it's harder than you'd think. If I don't even start losing a few pounds or I gain a few, I'll beat myself up over it. Choosing goals like eating fish at least once a week or at least 2 servings of vegetables per meal is much more attainable.
3) Set a Time Limit -Set some sort of realistic time frame. Don't expect to accomplish things immediately but at the same time, don't make it too far out so that nothing ever gets done.
4) Create an inspiration board -It's time to get artsy. Create a poster board with picture or words of your goals, inspirations, etc. and place it somewhere that you'll see daily. It'll serve as a constant reminder and encouragement.
5) Create a plan -Mmhmm, the part I personally hate the most because you actually have to sit down and write your goals out. It can be a daily or weekly goals sheet. Write it out for the duration you plan to be committed to your resolutions. Fill in what your goals for the day or week are and check them off as you go along.
Now you're armed with essential tools for setting realistic New Years resolutions. For those of you whose goals involve weight loss and a healthier new you, I've teamed up with Gorton's Seafood that utilizes some of these tips in the 30 day Realistic Resolution Challenge with Spark People.
I've signed up for it myself so that I can set goals and track how I'm doing in terms of my New Year's resolution of weight loss and eating healthier. I can track my activity, food, mood, and more. There's even daily goals already set up for each of the 30 days and you can have email reminders sent to you for your daily goals. They even have a meal plan for every week to help keep you focused and on track!
One of my eating healthier goals is to try and get a healthy serving of fish in every week. I personally am a fan of Gorton's Seafood Simply Bake products. 2 fillets typically come in each box and you throw them in the oven with great tasting fish in 20-30 minutes. I've tried both the tilapia and salmon varieties, which are a quick and easy fix, making a great addition to any meal. The total caloric content is fairly low (mine were 120 and 140 calories/fillet). Moreover, they're a great source of protein. My only caveat is the salt content, which is a little higher than I'd like. Otherwise, they're such a great way to incorporate the healthy omegas into my diet. I'm itching to try Gorton's Grilled items (coupon for 75 cents off), they're even lower in caloric content and likely healthier.
-Two (2) full-value product coupons
-An insulated tote bag to go grocery shopping with
-The SparkPeople Cookbook
-The Spark book
-The SparkPeople 28 Day Boot Camp Workout DVD
To win even more, enter the Gorton’s Eat Smarter Sweepstakes where you could win $5000 cash and other daily prizes.
1 lucky WOS reader will win the Gorton's Realistic Resolutions prize package listed above. Enter on the giveaway form below until January 30th 11:59PM EST. Open to US, 18+. Good luck! Please take the time to enter my other giveaways while you're here.
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