When January rolls around, almost 100% of Canadians jump on the New Years resolution bandwagon, with over 33% of Canadians are committed to improving their personal fitness and nutrition. Sadly, as February draws to an end, many of those wishes for healthier lifestyles have fallen off. Everyone seems so determined when they start, but for one reason or another those goals can’t be achieved.
5 reason why people have trouble keeping their goals
1.. They begin with unattainable goals – Unattainable goals are goals that we set for our self that are too hard to meet or take too long to complete. When we don’t see the results we want, we tend to flip back towards older and unhealthier habits. Instead of saying “I want to loose 25 lbs” which would take 3 months to obtain, we should focus on smaller goals such as 3 lbs a week.
2.. Goals are too vague – Just like we need to set smaller, attainable goals, we also need to get clear goals of what we hope to achieve. For example, “I want to loose weight”. This goal does not give us an end goal, a way to monitor our progress or give us hope along the way.
3.. You aren’t in the mindset to achieve your goal – Goals require dedication, determination and disciplined. In order to complete a goal, you have to focus on your goal and adapt your life to accommodate it. For example, you want to loose weight. If you are trying to loose weight, but you have family problems at home, your head is probably not in a good space to reach that goal. This is probably my biggest problem right now, I want to work out and live a health lifestyle. Unfortunately, I’m dealing with injuries from an accident last year and the pain is making it impossible.
4.. You are over scheduled – Working on and completing a job requires time. If you are living a busy lifestyle that has you on the go from morning until night, the odds are you won’t have the time available, needed to dedicate to completing the goal. If you prioritize your life and get rid of distractions, you will find that you do have extra time for your goal. For example, eating healthy requires a lot of planning. If you invest your time in meal planning, you can prepare for the entire week in a couple of hours rather than be burdened every day with the extra work.
5. You take an ALL or NOTHING approach – You can have a clear, well planned out goal and be in the correct mindset and still fail your goal. This is probably one of the hardest tasks to learn. You have to learn to forgive yourself when you make mistakes, rather than giving up on the goal as a whole. For example, I am a bedtime snacker. I love to have something sweet. Most diets don’t really encourage having a sweet before bed. Instead, I need to find alternative ways to fix my sweet tooth without overindulging.
Here is a great recipe that gives you the sweet you are craving in an amount that will still let you achieve your goals. Plentils are chip with an unique recipe that results in a protein-packed snack from the goodness of lentils. They are crunchy, bursting with flavor and live up to the name “better-for-you” chip!
Plentils recipe made with Enjoy Life Foods allergy-friendly products.
Serves about 6
- 3/4 Cup Enjoy Life Foods Brownie Mix
- 3 Tb icing sugar
- 1 Tb very finely ground coffee beans ( I used my favourite K-cup)
- 1 bag (113g) Enjoy Life Foods Sea Salt Plentils
- 1 1/4 Cup Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Morsels
- 1 Tb Canola oil
Combine the Brownie Mix, icing sugar, and ground coffee in a bowl. Pour the Plentils in a separate bowl.
Melt the Dark Chocolate Morsels by heating them in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one. Pour the chocolate mixture over the Plentils and mix until the Plentils are coated (it’s okay if some of the Plentils break—smaller pieces are delicious, too!)
Transfer the coated Plentils into a Ziplock bag. Add the Brownie Mix mixture. Seal the top of the bag. Shake until well coated.
Pour the mixture onto a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet, letting excess Brownie Mix mixture fall onto the baking sheet. Let stand until cool and the chocolate has solidified. To speed the process, you can refrigerate or freeze it.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.