My 2016 “Resolution”

This time of year makes most of us think about our goals, or resolutions, for the upcoming year.  They’re always the same, right?  Lose weight, eat healthy, take a vacation, read more books, spend more time with family, spend less time working, etc.  And then the vast majority of us abandon those resolutions within the first two months of the year and we have the same lives we’ve always had.

Last year, I really wanted to make a change and didn’t want to just make a resolution and forget about it.  I had heard someone talk about choosing a focus word for the year instead of making resolutions, and I decided to give it a try.  I spent a lot of time thinking about the different goals I had and discovered that they all had one thing in common: they would take a lot of work and motivation to make them happen.  So my word for 2015 was discipline, and it was really successful for me.  I became more disciplined in pretty much every aspect of my life and met all of my goals!

Since it was successful last year, I decided to do the same thing this year.  I spent some time thinking about my goals: for my health, for my personal life, my relationships, and my business.  The common thread between all of them is that they require a lot of continued discipline.  I decided to make my focus word for 2016 consistency.

I want to be consistent in my health habits, my business building habits, and several other aspects of my life to meet the goals I have.  I have a lot of big plans for 2016, and they are going to require a lot of focus and grit–sucking it up when I don’t feel like it and doing what needs to be done.  I can’t rely on momentum from going in spurts; I need continuous momentum from consistency to make these goals realities.

I am excited to chase after my dreams for 2016!  What will your focus be this year?

Jan 2-9 Meal Plan and Fitness Schedule

Happy New Year!  The beginning of the year is always bittersweet for me–it’s a time for reflection and possibility for the new year, but it’s also the time when my break at home with my boys is over and I have to get back to the daily grind.

I knew that with going back to work this week, I needed to be really organized with my food.  Just like with last week, I’ve planned out every meal and snack I’m having this week.  Though I know it won’t all go according to plan, it helps me stay on track because I know exactly when I need a protein or a veggie and when I’m done with carbs for the day!

Breakfasts: Old fashioned oats with a tsp peanut butter, cinnamon, and sliced banana; vegan chocolate shakeology with a tsp peanut butter and banana and my Focused Energy Boost

Morning snack: low-fat cottage cheese

Lunches: Leftovers from dinner the night before

Afternoon snacks: sliced veggies with spicy hummus


Saturday: Fixate Sloppy Joes

Sunday: Chicken stir fry with quinoa and veggies

Monday: BBQ chicken with Brussels sprouts

Tuesday: Ground turkey sweet potato skillet

Wednesday: Whole wheat spaghetti and meatballs

Thursday: Chipotle Burgers with Brussels sprouts

Friday: Lemon Chicken and asparagus

Saturday: Smoked meat with veggies

***I am not providing links to the recipes because I’m cohosting a clean eating group on Facebook!  Have you joined the group yet?  You can get all the recipes there.  Find me at

Since I planned ALL of my food for last week, my first week of Hammer and Chisel went really well! I was down over a pound in the first 4 days and haven’t eaten anything that’s not on my meal plan, save the daily dose of raw local honey and EmergenC I have.  I feel so much better and I’m not going to bed feeling sick anymore, and my skin is clearing up.  It always amazes me how much of a difference food makes!

Here is my fitness schedule for the week (I’m just following the Hammer and Chisel schedule–these workouts are really intense!):

Saturday: Chisel Endurance

Sunday: Total Body Hammer with 10 Min Abs Hammer

Monday: Chisel Cardio

Tuesday: Max Hammer Strength

Wednesday: Chisel Agility

Thursday: Off

Friday: Hammer Balance

Saturday: Chisel Balance

I’m ready for 2016!  How are you starting the year?