Taking on 2019…One Baby Step at a Time

30 Day Calendar - Baby Steps

It’s a new year. You may be resolved to be a new you. Which is awesome. You rock. But may we offer a suggestion? Break down those goals. Break them wayyyy down. Into little, tiny baby steps. You want to make 2019 the year you get healthy? Perfect! Think about exactly what that means. Is it food? Physical activity? Mental health? Getting enough ZZZZs? (Side note, your personal health should include ALL of these things – food and physical activity aren’t the only pieces to the puzzle.)

 

Think about teeny, tiny behaviors that support your health and resolve to focus on one a day or one a week or one a month. Tiny goals do two things for us – they create actual habits, and they fuel success. On average, only about 8% of Americans keep their New Year’s resolutions. EIGHT PERCENT! Changing our behavior is hard. We know it, and we get it. When we tackle too much at once, we often set ourselves up for failure. Set small, achievable goals along the way to set yourself up for long-term success. A little success leads to more success, which eventually leads to achieving those really big goals.

 

Set a goal. Achieve it. Make it a habit. Move onto another goal. Here are a few ideas if your focus is your health this year:

 

  1. Drink zero sugary beverages for a week. Water is ah-mazing friends!
  2. Eat breakfast. You know it’s the most important meal of the day!
  3. Only eat out once a week. Save moolah and calories!
  4. Make a meal plan. We know how stressful that last minute, “What’s for dinner?!?” is.
  5. Try a new recipe. Play with your food, we promise it’s fun!
  6. Eat a green vegetable every day. Or red, or orange…just eat those fruits and veggies!
  7. Try a physical activity you’ve never tried. Find what YOU like!
  8. Call a friend and have a laugh. It truly is the best medicine (hello stress relief!)
  9. Try a new hobby. We have to find those outlets!
  10. Commit to 8 hours of sleep every night for the next week. Sleep, also ah-mazing!

And just for fun, check out the calendar at the bottom of this page for 30 days of tiny goals.

 

Real life from Jill: I’ve decided 2019 is all about my mental health. One of my BIG goals to reduce stress is to get organized and declutter my house. If I think about doing this to my whole house, it makes me want to curl up in a corner in the fetal position. It’s overwhelming. So how am I breaking it down? By cabinet. Not even by room! One little cabinet at a time. I know when I do one cabinet, I’ll feel successful. And the next day, I’ll do another. And another. Tiny, baby steps to achieve one of my biggies for 2019. I’ll keep you posted!

 

Cheers to making 2019 your best year yet!

 

 

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Jill, Maudie and Keri after a Run

Hello Friends! Welcome to our blog. We are so grateful you have decided to visit our site. Our very first blog is dedicated to what you can expect from us.

 

First and foremost, you can expect brevity. Sure, we’ll add the funny and flare when we need to, but we know you’re busy and are likely visiting for the meat and potatoes, pun intended! We’ll keep our intros, stories, and antics short and sweet. We get that, most of the time, you’ll be scrolling right to the recipe (no judgement, we do it too!)

 

Second, we are big fans of the 80/20 rule – in our kitchens, in our lives and on our blog. Most of the time, our blog will focus on food, recipes, kitchen hacks, and generally cool things that happen in our kitchens. We’ll also be honest about the not-so-cool things (such as the slow cooker pastrami I was so excited about before New Year’s that would not cook – I’ll tell you that story at a later date). Back to the 80/20 rule. Our main focus will be food, but occasionally we’ll write about other random stuff too.

 

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I’ll close with a simple note about us. We are two dietitians, who also happen to be sisters, living crazy chaotic lives with toddlers, dogs and husbands. And we are grateful for every single second of it. Food is a central theme in both of our families. Sometimes we cook for pleasure and fun (we’re big fans of playing with your food), and sometimes we cook for survival. But we’re about helping you learn about and explore food in simple ways that make sense for YOUR life because we recognize that life is busy, chaotic and wonderful each and every day.

 

Cheers!

 

(This is us running in the rain with Jill’s nutty dog. Sometimes the only time you can get your run in is the rain, and sometimes those are the most beautiful moments.)