14 Goals for 2014
I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years Eve/ New Years!!!! So I wanted to take a minute to share with everyone my goals for 2014. To be honest, I’ve never made an official New Years resolution before. Instead, I usually try to focus on small achievable goals that will help me progress toward something I want. This year I want to focus on balancing all the different facets of my life including fitness, work, nutrition, family, relationships and spirituality. I am kind of an all or nothing type person which really helps me sometimes and really holds me back other times. I have to constantly remind myself that whatever is on the front burner in my life isn’t so important that I don’t keep the other burners on the stove hot. I think we are all after that though, right? Balance is such a hard thing to achieve, but I think a lot of it is about being at peace with yourself. Anyways, here is my list of tiny victories I want to accomplish throughout the year.
Tips on sticking to your New Years Resolutions:
If there is one thing I’m sure about it’s that achieving goals is an art form. I don’t care what it is, it is not all about will power. You can set yourself up for failure or success simply by the design of the goal and your plan to meet it. If it’s too large or overwhelming, if it isn’t something you really want, if its too ambiguous, if you don’t know how you will accomplish it, then you may be setting your setting yourself up for failure. Whether it is weight loss or something else, here are some tips to help make sure you set yourself up for success:
1. Define your success. How will you know at the end of the year if you achieved what you wanted to achieve? The only way to truly know is to make sure your goal is something measurable and trackable.
2. Track your progress. This is the most simple and effective tip to help you stick to your goals. Being able to look back and see what you have already done will help you to continue on. It will show you how much you’ve accomplished when you think you have done nothing. Track your progress as much as possible.
3. Allow yourself set backs and failures. We can not expect ourselves to be perfect, there will be set backs. The key is to accept them, learn from them, and keep trying.
3. Reward yourself for short term achievements. Every time you accomplish a mini goal that helps you achieve your overall goal, reward yourself. Not only will the thought of the reward help you achieve the goal in the first place, but it will motivate you to continue on.
Easy and Delicious Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip
Totally switching gears, I made this Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip for New Years Eve and it was so good I had to share it! Have you ever had the parmesan spinach artichoke dip from Costco thats super cheesy, salty, and delicious??? Well, this taste EXACTLY like that, but is lightened up so you can enjoy it without sacrificing so many calories.
• 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
• ½ cup plain non fat greek yogurt
• 1 package frozen spinach, thawed, drained
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 1/8 tsp black pepper
• 1 garlic clove, peeled
• ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
• 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
• 1 can artichoke hearts in water (divided 1/3 of the can and 2/3 of the can)
1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Place mayo, yogurt, spinach, salt, pepper, garlic, parmesan cheese, and 1/3 can of the artichoke hearts in a food processor or high powered blender and process till well combined.
3. Chop the rest of the canned artichoke hearts and stir them into the mix with ¾ cup of fontina cheese.
4. Top the mixture with the rest of the fontina cheese (1/4 cup).
5. Bake covered with aluminum for 20 minutes, uncover and place under broiler for 5 minutes until the cheese slightly browned and bubbly.
6. Serve with veggies, crackers, or tortilla chips!
Articles of Possible Interest
60 Healthy Freezer Meals (www.livinghomeblog.com)
10 Hot Food Trends to Expect in 2014 (www.trentonian.com)
Your Never Too Old To Exercise. A 98 Year Old Shows Us Why. (www.washingtonpost.com)
Have a great day everyone! Only two more till the weekend…. yepeee!