As we step into January, we hope to start 2018 on the right foot. Most people have found that making New Year’s resolutions ensures (at least partly) their chance of being their best selves. We looked to locals in the field of health and wellness for the resolutions they plan to make for 2018. We were also curious as to whether they typically make resolutions and, if so, how successful they are. In making resolutions of your own, allow the thoughts from these folks to inspire you and guide you to make resolutions tailored to you.
Meghan Littlejohn | Owner, Orangetheory Fitness, Franklin & Murfreesboro
“My goals include more quality time with my family. To do so I will plan healthy meals in advance and get more sleep. I set goals and reevaluate my personal/professional goals on a regular basis. I look at the new year as a time to reevaluate and reset my mind to keep me on track. I’m successful in achieving my goals because I am constantly reevaluating and adjusting my plans according to my family’s needs.”
Susannah Herring | Owner, Hot Yoga Plus
“One of my health and wellness resolutions in 2018 is to take a comprehensive approach to both, as I tend to get stuck only running, if I’m doing something like training for a race, for example. I want to create a plan (and stick to it!) to balance yoga, strength training and cardio because I think all three are important, and I truly enjoy all three. And I always resolve to eat more vegetables, because they are one of the few things in life where there is no such thing as too many.”
Renee Box | Manager, Iron Tribe Cool Springs
“We tend to set new goals around the new year because it is a fresh start on a calendar, but also, it is a time when most of our athletes are also setting fresh goals. We like to use the term ‘goals’ because New Year’s resolutions often get a bad rap, and people don’t keep them! We set goals in health and fitness not only for ourselves at Iron Tribe but also for our athletes. Start with getting a mental picture of what you want to accomplish — lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy levels, improve performance, etc. Then, have a goal of how many times a week you will work out and what kind of nutrition needs to support that to drive towards your goal. We like to have every goal we set for our athletes be S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, reviewable ((aka. accountability)) and time-based). What we have found is even if you don’t hit the goal 100%, approaching health and wellness this way is all about getting better one day at a time. That approach really changes behavior much better than other methods.”
Candice Bruder | Owner, Pure Sweat + Float Studio
“I want to focus on practicing more quiet time and finding ways to experience simple pleasures on a regular basis. Like so many, I’m juggling tons of things, my mind is always racing, and I’m focused on taking care of others. I’m really clear now that we all need restorative time and balance, and that life is intended to be enjoyed. I often create personal goals that represent how I want to better live and enjoy my life. It’s more about looking at life holistically versus just the year ahead. But, the new year is a great reminder to pause, evaluate and visualize.”
Bird Thompson | Head Coach, Orangetheory Fitness Brentwood
“First of all, maintaining good health is both hard work and a blessing. If we have good health, then it is important to be grateful, and therefore take advantage by being consistent with a good wellness plan. I usually make some general resolutions and then a few specific ones. After all, if we do not have goals, then it is hard to attain anything you are trying to achieve. General goals: Help others achieve their health and wellness goals through good fitness, proper eating and having a positive attitude. Eat well consistently (not perfectly) as well as exercising consistently (not perfectly). Specific goals: Be active every day for at least 30 minutes; participate in an exercise session five days a week with proper, timely rest; eat well consistently; get five every day (five servings of veggies); and participate in four outdoor adventures throughout the year (accountability to work towards). Being in the health and wellness profession, we have to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. By referring to these goals (as well as my family/friends goals) once a month, it is a constant reminder that helps me stay focused and achieve throughout the year.”
Nikki Manscill | Owner, Sumits Yoga
“My health and wellness goals always remain the same for the most part. I believe in consistency, and enjoying what I’m eating and what exercise I do are the greatest goals I set throughout the year. The new year gives the opportunity to evaluate and make certain I’m keeping with my personal goals and not straying too far off the path — i.e., I’m not chowing down on Pringles and Coke every day for a snack. And yes, I do have to stop and make sure I’m not. I find when I’m keeping consistency with my health, am enjoying it all in moderation and living from a place of love and kindness, there are not huge dramatic changes I need to make and stick with. I was never good at keeping resolutions in the past. It really wasn’t until I sat down and truly evaluated what I wanted from and for my health goals that I stuck with them. Knowing ourselves is usually 3/4 of the battle we face when making dramatic resolutions, and when we know where we want to go and what that looks like for us, we can create a life that incorporates those with less of the ups and downs. Things happen throughout the year that throw me back — loss, family drama, ebbs and flows of career — but it is a lot easier to keep a watch on it when I know where it is I want to be and what that looks like.”
Lauren Beasley | Manager, Pure Barre
“My health and wellness resolution for 2018 is to focus more on self-care. In the last year, I have learned how crucial it is that we take care of the bodies we live in. Make it a point to schedule that massage. Don’t give up your one hour a day to exercise. Never skip a lunch. BREATHE! Don’t look at self-care as a reward, but as a necessity.”
Anna Tefel | Owner, Studio Novo
“For my New Year’s resolution, I commit to participating in our annual Novo Fit Challenge, a six-week program that goes from early January through mid-February. Measurements are taken before and after the challenge, and the challenge requires all participants to take 3-4 classes a week. The accountability of having to check in each week and also having the weigh-in/measurements at the end of the challenge forces me to make better decisions regarding diet and gets me back into the studio and on the Megaformer four times a week without hesitation. After the six-week program is complete, I find it easier to stay on track with my diet and with attending classes regularly. For me, I have found that signing up for a challenge and/or having an accountability partner helps me to reach goals I set for myself. It’s important to set goals/resolutions that are attainable for you. One step at a time, be patient, keep going, and don’t give up!”
Kathy Mead | Fit For You
“My health and wellness goals for 2018 are to be more active than I was in 2017. Several personal things kept me from being as active as I would have liked to have been. However, I think that is a good lesson for all of us: Any time is a good time to take the first step in being healthier, moving your body more and eating better. Personally, I will also be working on stress management. I always feel better when I have a regular yoga practice. So as with many years, I will have the goal of going to a yoga class at least one day per week in 2018. Otherwise, I’m not very big on New Year’s resolutions per se. Like I said, I find that any time is a good time to make a positive change.”
We hope you have a happy and healthy 2018!
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