2018 is here, people! The first of the year is an awesome time to set new goals, especially nutrition-related ones. It’s time to throw out any frustrations from last year and start fresh.
First and foremost, determine what your fueling-related goals are and get them down on paper. Maybe you want to reduce sugar intake, or eat more Omega-3 fats, or fuel to lose weight or boost performance. No matter the goals you set, make sure they meet the following criteria for increased success:
Realistic. Feasible. Reachable. Sustainable. Your goals should be all of the above. If you set out to “eat no sugar” in 2018, I’m sorry but you will fail. And a failed goal on January 4 does nothing for the ego. Try rephrasing by saying you will “limit daily sugar grams to 50 or less”. Bam! This is a realistic goal and will build confidence when it is accomplished.
Triathletes are notorious for taking on huuuuge challenges, which I admire. But your fueling-related objectives shouldn’t fall into this category. If you are truly going to succeed, these nutrition goals again need to be manageable and not totally overwhelming. Example: “I will eat 6 vegetable servings per day” versus “I will eat 2 veggies per day”. Once you’ve mastered the mini goal, you can always increase it incrementally. But starting too big and failing is discouraging and will cause setbacks in the confidence department. Another example here would be with body composition. “I will drop 25 pounds” versus “I will shed 5 pounds”. Start small and grow from there.
If there’s no reward in the goal, what’s the point? Your goals have to be something that excite you- either the process, the end result or both. If your nutrition-related goal is to fuel in a way that earns you a podium finish or a PR, developing this goal and checking it off will be rewarding. It’ll also require patience as this goal demands hard work and doesn’t happen over night. But if the end result is rewarding, you will keep your eyes on the prize!
I hate diets (aka the quick fix). My goal with every client is to develop a fuel plan that is sustainable for the long term. Yes, a lifestyle change. Once old (bad) habits are squashed and replaced with new (healthier) habits, you will adapt to those changes and begin to crave the new foods. Many of my clients who have kicked a nasty sugar habit are not able to even tolerate their old food choices, their taste buds change. But you have to want it. Eating well takes work- preparation, and dedication to the task. But it is well worth the effort. After all, there is nothing more important than your health.
Goals are essential to life, whether it be work, personal, family, training, financial, or nutrition/health. If you need some help developing or implementing your nutrition goals, give me a shout out. Make this year YOUR year to implement and accomplish your nutrition goals!