Wait, read before making new year’s resolutions

Published By

Adrian Lea

Published Date

January 7, 2020


Health | Mental | Physical

Happy New Year! Before you move forward to set new resolutions for 2020, let’s take a moment to look back and reflect on your results in 2019. 

Did you accomplish your goals this past year? (YES or NO) If “NO” then answer these 5 Questions for insight into your failure.

1️. Were your goals clearly written down and reviewed regularly?

If you’re ambiguous about what you are setting off to achieve then it will never culminate in anything concrete. By writing down your goals in specific, clear terms and reviewing them regularly, you’ll be on track to achieve huge things in 2020.

2. Did you use the SMART System for defining your goals?

SMART Is an acronym for setting achievable goals. It stands for SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, REALISTIC and TIME BOUND. Don’t skip over this step – setting SMART goals is the difference between achieving your dreams and having yet another year slide by without any measurable results to show for it. Use the SMART filter for setting goals — and REFLECT on and REVIEW your RESULTS with regularity.

3️. Did your goals align with your values?

If your goal was to lose weight and to finally achieve a lean, fit, healthy body then why did you continue to glorify greasy, unhealthy food? Why did you look at exercise as a punishment to be avoided? Your value system must line up with your goals. In fitness, this means having a positive attitude about exercise and healthy eating.

4️. Did you create accountability around your goals?

Who did you tell about your goal to finally lose the weight and get fit? If you kept it to yourself then you missed out on a huge opportunity for accountability and support. This support is what you lean on through the tough times when jumping off the wagon seems like the only option.

Take a moment to reflect on the answers to these questions above BEFORE answering the next question.

5️. What was the root cause of your failure?

I don’t know what your specific root cause of failure was, only you do, but I can tell you confidently that if you join my program in 2020 you will blow past your failure to achieve the success that has always alluded you. You get one shot — one life — so what are you waiting for?

It’s time to expand, grow, seek, achieve. Feel the fire — fall down, get up, shake it off and get back in the game. 2020 has the potential of being the best year yet… but it starts right now.

A Clean Slate

Today, at the very beginning of a brand new decade, is the perfect day to give yourself a clean slate…by cleaning out your kitchen. Take a look through your pantry, fridge, freezer and cupboards. Chances are high that you’ll find unhealthy packaged foods that are not in line with your healthy eating goals. Get rid of it all!

Give yourself an advantage by starting 2020 with a wholesome kitchen that’s free from temptations and pitfalls.

Fiesta Pan

Healthy Fiesta pan

Here’s one seriously nutritious south-of-the-border pan dinner that families can’t get enough of! Most Mexican dinners contain generous portions of grains and dairy, so I’ve lightened this one up by taking out traditional rice and replacing cheese topping with fresh avocado and pico de gallo. It’s mildly spicy and very satisfying!

Leftovers from this recipe are simply wonderful as a packed meal the next day. Chop one of the leftover chicken breasts and enjoy it with a handful of fresh rocket and a spoonful of the bean mixture.

When healthy eating tastes THIS good it’s hard to stop. And why would you want to?!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Servings: 8

For the Spice Blend
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 lime, juiced
¼ teaspoon liquid stevia
1 tablespoon fresh coriander, minced
1 teaspoon fresh jalapeño, seeded and minced

For the Pan
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 (425 g) can black beans, rinsed
1 (425 g) can pinto beans, rinsed
1 (425 g) can white beans, rinsed
1 avocado
½ cup pico de gallo
¼ cup fresh coriander, minced


1. Combine the spice blend in a small bowl. Rub the spice blend over all of the chicken pieces. Place in a ziplock bag in the fridge to marinate for an hour, up to overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. Place the olive oil in a large, oven-safe, pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, cooking until soft, about 5 minutes.

3. Stir in the tomatoes, garlic, salt, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the rinsed beans and bring to a simmer, about 4 minutes.

4. Arrange the marinated chicken breasts over the top of the bean mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. Top with sliced avocado, pico de gallo and fresh coriander. Enjoy!

One serving equals: 322 calories, 14g fat, 829mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 3g sugar and 35g protein.

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