“It’s kind of fun to set goals for the upcoming year and have them to look forward to.”
To me, the end of the year feels a lot like the end of a long work day. I’ve put in a lot of hard work and effort, and now all I want to do is relax. Lately I’ve been feeling drained and have lacked motivation: to eat healthy, to exercise, to get chores done, etc.
I usually don’t buy into the whole “new year, new you” mindset, since I do believe we should start making changes now rather than wait for a set time. But there’s something about a whole new year ahead that does seem like a fresh start. And while our plans don’t have to happen immediately, it’s kind of fun to set goals for the upcoming year and have them to look forward to.
Since I’m feeling so fatigued and unmotivated, I started looking around at ways that can help re-inspire me to live the healthy life I want to live. So I’ve found a collection of books, YouTube videos, and other programs I’m considering for my “New Year reset”, and I wanted to share them with you. As always, if you have any to add please post them in the comments below! I’d love to hear other ideas for inspiration in the new year.
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For all of these books, I specifically looked at month-long meal plans. I wanted a book that took the thought out of healthy eating and held me to it for an extended period of time. Here are the one’s I found:
Cook90: The 30-Day Plan for Faster, Healthier, Happier Meals
- General healthy eating – no specific eating lifestyle (not vegan, gluten-free, etc.)
- Focuses on keeping meals diverse so you don’t get bored
- The meal plan “plans” ahead so you use what you have, minimizing waste
Vegan Meal Prep: Tasty Plant-Based Whole Foods Recipes Including a 30-Day Time-Saving Meal Plan
- Vegan meal plan
- Has a lot of helpful nutrition information in the front
- The recipes sound amazing
The 28 Day DASH Diet Weight Loss Program: Recipes and Workouts to Lower Blood Pressure and Improve Your Health
- All about that DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)
- Extremely helpful information on heart health – the cardiac rehab nurse in me loves this
- Beautiful pictures
- Just released and has glowing reviews
The 30-Day Vegan Challenge (Updated Edition): The Ultimate Guide to Eating Healthfully and Living Compassionately
- Vegan meal plan, with lots of information on the benefits of eating plant-based
- Has recipes spread throughout the book
- In the first few minutes of flipping through I wanted to go eat a healthy meal
Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You
- Written by Jillian Michaels, who is the ultimate “health-guru”
- Also includes exercise plans, meant to be used with the healthy eating
- Like getting a personal trainer right there telling you what exactly to do
- May need to do 2 weeks of basic aerobic exercise before starting her exercise plan
- Solely intended to help you lose those last 15-20 lbs (not that it couldn’t help kick-start anyone beginning or in the middle of their health journey
28 Days of Clean Eating: The Healthy Way to Kick Dieting Forever
- Layout has healthy eating info first, meal plan next, and healthy recipes third, organized by type
- As a most-of-the-time vegetarian, I like that the vegetarian meals are separated
- Focuses on healthy eating rather than dieting
I’ve shared muchelleb with you guys before on my Top YouTubers for Health and Wellness post, and I’m sharing her for good reason. She absolutely gets this concept of “resetting” and even made a 7-day video series on how to get ready for the new year. Her advice helps you achieve mental clarity for what you want out of next year and mental preparedness for how you’re actually going to achieve these goals.
Now is a really good time to consider a program such as Sweat or the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) by Kayla Itsines. BBG is hugely popular and has become so big due to it’s quick, efficient, and easy-to-follow workouts. Kayla Itsines, the face and fit body behind the program, is also a beacon of happiness. She always has a smile on her face. I’ve tried the program before and while it’s not for the faint of hear – I was QUITE sore the next couple days – it was an extremely efficient workout jammed into a small 28-minute window.
Nike Training Club
I first became a big fan of the Nike Training Club app in college when I wanted to fit in regular workouts but didn’t have a lot of time. They have tons of workouts at all different lengths, so whether you have 10 minutes or 45, you know you’ll find the perfect workout for you. They also have the options to select what type of workout you want, the intensity level, whether you have equipment, etc. The list goes on and on. I’m a big fan of this app. So if you’re looking for a way to squeeze in the workouts in 2019, this is the app for you. Oh yeah, and it’s free!
You could also join ClassPass, a membership that allows you to take classes at fitness studios all over where you live. I love this idea because I like trying new workouts – for fun and for challenging myself. Plus, if you like a studio enough, you could always opt instead for a long-term membership there.
Try one or two of these out and let me know what you think in the comments below! Good luck with your New Year’s reset!
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!!!