Happy New Year! Let’s make 2020 a great year!

We all know the new year is a great time to think about making changes. Don’t let your motivation fizzle out this year! Set goals for the week, month, and year. If we make our goals too big they may seem impossible and giving up seems easier. Starting with smaller goals can help you to achieve your long term goal.

Not sure where to begin with your goal? Check out these ideas to get inspired!

  • Prepare more meals at home 

Start by making a meal plan for the week. Plan at least two meals at home each week. Once you are able to accomplish this you can increase the number of meals you eat at home each week. Eventually, you can build a habit of preparing most of your meals at home! 

  • Move More 

No matter how active you currently are, you can set goals to reach the activity level you need to be healthy! Set a goal for the number of times you are active each week. Try to increase the number of days first, then focus on increasing the length of time you are active each day. Be creative! If you don’t enjoy a particular exercise try a new one that you might enjoy more.

  • Mindful eating

Mindful eating does not have to be anything fancy, just simply thinking about what you eat and enjoying it. Before you eat, ask yourself how much is a serving of that food? Are you taking more than a serving? If so, why? If you are hungry, think is this the only food that will satisfy my hunger? Try eating just one serving and pairing it with something else that will nourish your body and fill you up! If you see something left out in the break room or at an event stop and ask yourself if you are hungry or just eating because it is there? Being mindful of how much and what you are eating can help you to reach your health goals. 


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