When I set out to formulate my 2020 goals, I knew I wanted to include something health-related. But how to set a realistic, actionable goal when SO much is going to change from month to month? Knowing I’ll be going from third-trimester pregnancy, to postpartum, to hopefully a season of nursing, and trying to plan some type of health goal that covered the gamut, felt a little like setting myself up for failure.
Being baffled by that question is exactly how I came up with the idea to embark on a year of wellness, choosing a different health-related focal area to prioritize each month of this year. My hope is that I’ll find even just one or two takeaways from each month to carry on with, and it will add up to make a decent impact by the end of the year!
This took a little longer to flesh out than I had expected, so I’m starting a month late, but here’s what’s on the docket, topic-wise!
February: Healthy dinners
March: Staying hydrated
May: Sun protection
June: Healthy breakfasts
July: Fruits and vegetables
August: Strength training
September: Healthy lunches
November: Sleep/bedtime routine
I’m kicking things off with healthy dinners because I’d LOVE to add a few more easy, nourishing meals to my go-to list before baby girl arrives. Dinner is one thing that has changed a lot in our family over the last few years. Pre-kids, Dave and I used to eat REALLY healthy dinners—lots of vegetables, very low carb…and oftentimes, lots of ingredients, prep time, and dishes. We loved cooking together after work, and while that’s still something we enjoy when we can, we’ve prioritized quicker, less-complicated meals in this season of life. Unfortunately, for us, that has meant resorting to some less-healthy options to keep things cheaper and simpler.
While I’m under no illusion that the next few months will be the perfect example of daily healthy dinners in our house, I’m hopeful that I’ll uncover some recipe gems. Here are my action steps:
1. Test 6-10 (depending on baby girl’s arrival, to be honest!) new-to-me recipes from my favorite food blogs, cookbooks, and the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan.
2. Ask for recommendations! Ahem :) I’d love to hear YOUR favorite healthy dinners, whether they’re links to recipes or just go-to meal combinations (for example, one of ours is cajun-seasoned salmon + roasted broccoli + brown rice).
3. At the end of the month, compile a master list of easy, healthy dinners, including any new favorites, to keep on hand for quick reference.
I am very excited that I convinced my friend Stephanie to join me in my year of wellness for accountability! Health is a passion of hers, but she’s also a great example to me of balance, so I’m excited to learn from her. We’d love to have you join us too…Instagram hashtag TBD :) We’ll also be hosting a few giveaways throughout the year to go with the different topics, so keep an eye out for those!
In the comments, I’d love to hear:
– What are some of your go-to healthy dinners?
– Which of the month’s topics are you most looking forward to participating in/following along with?