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Setting Your Healthy Lifestyle Goals For The New Year

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Every year people set up their New Years Resolutions.  Some of the most popular Resolutions include: Stop Drinking Alcohol.  Actually make that Drink Less. Eat Healthy or Go on a Diet.  Stop Smoking.  Lose Weight.  People obviously are concerned with their health but in many of the cases the New Years Resolutions become a bad ongoing joke.  How many people have the same resolutions every year?  How is it that the obesity rate in the United States increases every year even though some of the most popular resolutions include living a healthy lifestyle?  The answer is easy.  People can’t stick with it.

When setting up my goals it is always more effective for me if I write them down.  When I write them down they will not look like this:  Eat Healthier, Lose Weight….
Instead I will write it down in a way that makes me want to set out to do it.  I will show intentions.
I Will Eat Healthier
I Will Lose Weight

Not only that but I want to be able to set measures and set a date for my goals to be accomplished.
I Will Lose 25 LBS by March 21st.

In some cases it may be an ongoing goal.  I am actually living a healthy lifestyle.
I Will Eat 6 Healthy Meals a Day.  Each with Carbs and Protein.

Next I will put it in a place where I can see it each day.  The bathroom mirror.  The refrigerator.   The constant reminder.

When it comes to weight loss.  You can measure it in ways other than weight loss.  Take measurements of your waist, neck, arms, chest and legs.  Check your body fat, with calipers or in another way.  I had times where my weight actually went up over the course of a week.  It could have been water weight, muscle or I just weighed in at a different time of day and there was a difference. I noticed weight loss just from not being able to keep my pants up with my oversized belt.  I found at least one change each week.  It may have been minor but it was a change.

Toward the end of my 12 week Transformation, I realized that I was not going to reach my actually goals without cutting carbs out of my diet.  I didn’t want to make that kind of change to my diet, (I don’t think low carb diets are healthy) so I added 4 more weeks on to my Transformation.  There is nothing wrong with not meeting your goal on time.  I’m not done until I’m finished.  Funny thing is.  I am still not finished.

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This year my goals will center around the competitive side of me.  I ran 8 obstacle/mud races last year.  The first was in April.  This year I have decided to finish 12 races.  The goal is very doable but I want to make sure that I commit myself to it.  Notice how I said, I Will Finish 12 not that I will Run in 12.  If I don’t cross the finish line it doesn’t count.  I will also run 1,000 miles this year.  There are plenty of people who do a lot more than that.  I don’t think that I have ever run that much any other year.  I want to set a number to it this year.  This will make sure that I don’t get to settled in with how fit, that I think I am.  I don’t want to start thinking that I don’t need to do any cardio.  I will track my miles by day, week and month.  Less than 20 miles a week.  For all I know, I already ran that much this year.  Both of these goals are something that will take the entire year to do.  I am add a simple one day goal of 1000 push ups in a day.  When I wrestled in High School we did a lot more than 1000 in a day and we did it almost every day.  But now I do push ups in some of my workouts but nothing even close to 1000.  I felt like I wanted a quick goal.  I also added something that is more of a Bucket List Item.  I have always wanted to go Sky Diving, so now I have decided that this will be the year that I go Sky Diving.  I Will continue to live my life in a way in which I accomplish what I set out to do and do the things that make me happy. 

Almond Coconut Honey Chicken

Almond Coconut Honey Chicken
Pre-heat oven to 400
4 Chicken Breasts – Cut them into bite size pieces
4 TBS of Raw Honey
1 TBS of Cinnamon

Take 1 Cup of Almonds blend them in a food processor.
Take 1 Cup of fresh coconut blend it into the almonds
Take chicken put in container and coat with Raw Honey and sprinkle Cinnamon over it. Mix it together to make sure that they are completely covered
Pour Almonds and Coconut over them and shake up.
spread chicken out in a metal tray. Take any left over almonds and coconut from other container and put on top of the chicken.
Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until completely cooked at 400 in oven
Healthy Benefits
Chicken
High in Protein (Builds and repairs Muscle)
Fights Alzheimer’s
Fights Cancer

Raw Honey:
Increases natural energy
Used in treating allergies
Treats colds and sore throats (it coats the throat and reduces irritation)
Used as an acne treatment

Almonds
Good for brain development (great for kids)
Helps in preventing colon cancer by moving food through the colon
Helps reduce the cause of plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart
Regulates Blood Pressure
Regulates Cholesterol
Helps fight diabetes.  Keeps Blood sugar down
Rich in fibre
Boosts Energy
(Drink a lot of water with almonds)

Cinnamon
May lower cholesterol
May help treat Type 2 Diabetes
Contains antifungal properties and may rid the body of candida
May reduce proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
When added to food inhibits bacterial growth and is a natural food preservative
Boosts cognitive function and memory
Helps eliminate headaches and migraines
Helps stabilize blood sugar
Increases metabolism

Coconut
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Promotes Weight Loss
Improves Production of Red Blood Cells
Contains Anti-Viral Properties
Fights Colds and Fevers (Viral)
Boosts Energy

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