New Years Resolutions: 2020 Edition!

It’s 2020! It’s the start of a new year, a new decade, and a clean slate. It’s also the perfect time to set goals and intentions to shape your future, so you can come out in 2021 as an even better form of yourself!

In my family, we have always grown up writing our “New Years Resolutions”. When I was younger, mine used to be to score x amount of goals for my soccer team, or to be chosen to be part of the Olympic Development Program travel team (I’ve always been very athletic!). Sitting down and writing these resolutions on paper made them concrete. There was no backing out, but there were 12 months to move forward and work towards making these goals a reality. Nothing quite compares to the satisfaction of checking off boxes and watching your dreams come to life!

Over the years, the whole “New Years Resolutions” tradition has gotten a bad rap. But the beginning of a new year–and in this case also a new decade–can be a time to start fresh with a clean slate. So, you want to start eating healthier? That shouldn’t be such a crime! It’s okay to want to clean up your diet or workout more often if that is something that makes you feel good. Now is the time to set a few goals you want to achieve in the next 12 months that make YOU a better form of yourself. It’s okay to push yourself!

Here are a few of my goals this year:

Internally

I think we could all benefit from drinking more water! Water hydrates the body, clears the skin, and keeps the digestive system moving. Plus, when I’m hydrated, I just feel GOOD, ya know? Who doesn’t want to feel good?

I always see a huge difference in my energy levels when I incorporate more vegetables in my diet. Vegetables are filled with tons of vitamins and nutrients that are essential for our bodies to operate optimally. The best part is, they’re SO easy to slip into everyday meals. An extra handful of spinach in your smoothie. Riced cauliflower in your oatmeal. Your body will thank you later 😉

Lastly (and most importantly) I am making it a goal of mine to eat intuitively, and honor my body’s needs. Having a good relationship with food is extremely important. I will eat to fuel: my morning, my workout, my shopping spree, whatever it may be. I am going to make sure I listen to my body’s hunger cues and eat foods that make me feel good (because no one wants to see a hangry haley lol)!

Externally

Between school, sports, babysitting, dog-walking, I barely have enough time to sleep every day! So where do I make up for it? I usually set my alarm to the veryyyy last second and scramble to get to class on time. This year, I want to focus on having a solid morning routine. I am going to set 10 minutes aside to relax, stretch, and reflect every morning. I get stressed out very easily, and I believe that 10 minutes will make a huge difference on my mental state!

When there’s a lot on the agenda, it can be overwhelming. I always push things off until the very last second (procrastination is REAL). I seriously can’t tell you how many nights I have waited until 11:00pm to start studying (yikes!). But not anymore! This year, I am making it a goal to get work done when it’s assigned. It’s time for me to re-claim control over my life. Not going to stay a slave to late night studying this year (if I can help it!).

Getting my work done earlier will also allow me to fix my sleep schedule. Restoring my circadian rhythm is something I have been wanting to do for a while now: falling asleep soon after sunset and waking up with sunrise. I used to do this last year by leaving my blinds open and waking up with the sunlight and I felt so much more naturally energized. Trying to re-incorporate that!

And the one you’ve been waiting for…the fitness goal. As an athlete, fitness has always been part of my life. I love running, but I always feel more motivated when I have something to train for. This year, my goal is to run a half marathon! I love running long distance, but I have never run more than 6-7 miles continuously. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and discipline, but I’m excited to have a race to train for!

Overall

We ALL have goals for ourselves. It is human nature to want what you don’t have and it’s okay to demand more. It’s okay to strive to be better. But it’s also important to know that YOU are enough. These goals for the new year are just that–goals. They are something that you can strive to achieve, but they are NOT something to obsess over. Everything in moderation.

Here’s to a NEW year, a NEW decade, and a fresh start! These next 12 months are an opportunity for you to become an even better form of yourself. Overall, I am hoping to finish the first year of the decade less stressed and more intuitive in all aspects of life. Here’s to 2020!

My Meal Prep Experience With Catered Fit

I’m a busy gal. I’m not going to lie, most days I STRUGGLE with balancing everything on my plate. I’d do anything to lift off the weight and relieve some of the stress I experience on a daily basis.

My schedule looks a lot like this:

  • 6:30 am wakeup
  • 7:00 am – 2:30 pm school
  • 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm field hockey
  • 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm homework
  • 11:00 pm bedtime

As you know, I love to cook (definitely an understatement!) but when I get home from a full day of events *exhausted*, the last thing I want to do is make a full meal. I prefer to spend the few hours I have to spare on myself! I love to do a little flow through in the morning, before school, and in the afternoons, I allot some time to relax, because you’re body needs its rest!

With such limited flexibility in my schedule, it’s tough to cook myself meals as meal times come around. Lunch and dinner are usually a scramble, because it’s tough to whip up foods that are nourishing and fast while I’m hangry! That’s why I tried out Catered Fit, a meal prep company that delivers meals right to your door!

Why Catered Fit?

Of all the meal prep companies out there, Catered Fit is particularly alluring because it allows YOU to be in control of your meals! They provide a wide range of nutritious options and meal sizes, so you won’t be starving yourself or doing any major restriction. This meal prep is sustainable, it’s not meant to be a diet, but rather a supplement that takes a little weight off your schedule.

How Does It Work?

I tried the 5-day meal plan. I went on their website and chose a meal plan that suited my diet (I switched between meatless/paleo), then specified my allergies/intolerances (I did dairy/gluten free). They created a custom menu for me that fit my needs, and gave me the option of different portion sizes to choose from to properly fuel my activities (I did the athlete portion)! Everyday at around 4:00pm, a delivery man came to my door and left my meals in a reusable bag with ice packs, so it wouldn’t spoil if I wasn’t home. Each of the meals were labeled with all of their macros, nutrition information, and ingredients, so I could see exactly what I was putting in my body, and make sure I was eating a good balance of food groups.

What Impact Did It Have On My Day?

Catered Fit was AMAZING! It was so convenient, and it sped up my day significantly. To be perfectly honest, food is always on my mind. I’m always trying to analyze how I feel and determine what I want for my next meal, and THEN I have to cook it, so yeah it’s safe to say a few hours are dedicated to food alone. With Catered Fit, I made all those decisions ahead of time, and all I had to do was eat it when I became hungry! My day transformed completely, because when I got home, I was able to eat immediately and get a major kickstart on my homework, which saved crazy amounts of time…and ultimately allowed me to get more sleep (and who doesn’t want that??).

Catered Fit is more than just a meal prep company, it’s a lifestyle fix. It helped ease my day and allowed me to spend more time being productive, rather than dilly-dallying on meal prospects! It’s definitely worth the extra $$ to have meals prepared and delivered to your door. At the end of my plan, I felt better rested, less stressed, and healthier. It was a treat for myself, and maybe it doesn’t have to be every week, but it feels good to have a break every once in a while.

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