2016 Resolution

wellness goals are more than just fitness goals

I know I said I’m not good at annual resolutions, but if you’ve been following along you know that my monthly goal idea didn’t really stick either.

…So back to the yearly resolutions it is! My idea this time is to go BIGGER. Basically, I figured that if my goal is positive and covers a bunch of different things, than I can move it in whatever direction I need to over the next 12 months. I think this kind of goal will be much more effective for me, as it can reflect more of the positive direction I’d like to take myself instead of a strict goal I either hit or miss.

While I was reflecting on 2015 I thought of a ton of great things: getting a new job, finding a great apartment, making new friends, exploring a new city. But I also continued to come back to one major issue: my health. I can’t even lie, I didn’t even try to take care of myself well.

I barely went to the gym, bought a too-expensive groupon for a yoga studio I never went to, ate a lot of (delicious but) unhealthy food, and only went to the doctor once after being sick for 8+ days. I hit my highest weight ever, I don’t feel comfortable in my clothing, and to be honest, I don’t really feel like I’m in my own body anymore. The funny thing is that even though that felt so dramatic to type, it happened so slowly that I didn’t even notice it happening!

I think it makes sense that my goal of 2016 is to concentrate more on preventative health. I want to get my weight on track, yes, but I also really need to take better care of myself in general. Silly things, you know? Set up a healthy doctor visit, work out a few times a week, start taking vitamins, stop going out to eat so much.. in general I need to make more body- conscious habits that could really help me down the road.

On the flip side, I wasn’t totally terrible to my body. I did start taking better care of my skin and found an awesome, life changing face wash. I cut my coffee down to 1 (max 2) cups of coffee a day. I started paying a lot more attention to the ingredients in my soaps and hair products and I even started making some of my own! I let myself find more fun and found new ways to cope with stress. These are all things I’m excited to build on over the next 12 months.

I’m starting strong in January by setting myself up with my first doctor appointment in months, buying a FitBit and tracking my food. I’ve even been researching new hot yoga studios and I drank extra water all week to prepare for my 90 minute sweat session tomorrow. So I think this could work for me. What will you be concentrating on in 2016?




  1. I need to focus on taking better care of myself this year too. For basically all of 2014 I was in the gym or exercising 5+ times a week, in 2015 I barely went at all. #epicfail. I really want to try a barre class this year, I think having more exciting workouts on the calendar will help.

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  2. So many people are getting the FitBit. I think that is a fun way to track how active you are. I know I have not been very active the last few years. Preventive care is so important. That is something I have tried to keep at the top of my list for a long time. Hopefully it is starting to rub off. 🙂

  3. I do believe health has to come first and just acknowledging you need to change your life style is the first step. I find by making small changes throughout the year build up to a totally new you! 2016 is the year to be healthy! x


  4. I’m in the same boat re: feeling like this isn’t even my body and like I really need to make some major changes – being this uncomfortable in my own skin has had a tremendous impact on my motivation and productivity. How do you like the FitBit? I’ve been thinking about getting one, but I’m not sure how functional it is beyond being a $100 pedometer because I’ve never actually talked to anyone who has one.
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