2017: A No Resolutions New Year

Posted on December 15th, 2016

We’re kissing our New Year resolutions goodbye, and you should too! This year we’re giving daily resolutions a solid yes by looking back at all we’ve accomplished and making a promise to be better every day, not just the first few weeks of January.

Our 2016 iTAN Models Anthony and Mandy shared some of their milestones, and a few tips for taking actionable steps you can stick to this 2017!

1. What were your best achievements or accomplishments in the last year?
Mandy: Last year I graduated from San Diego State University with my Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition, and have used my degree to start my career managing the nutrition department at a local school district. I love being able to teach kids about proper nutrition and making healthy lifestyle choices!
Anthony: One noteworthy achievement this year was finishing my last semester at CSU San Marcos with a 4.0 GPA. Also, taking first place in my men’s physique class at the NPC show in June was a major accomplishment. I put a lot of time and effort into both endeavors, so it feels tremendously good knowing that hard work pays off.

2. What’s the best way to build healthy daily resolutions that stick?
Mandy: Find things you like! For example, find healthy foods and workout routines that you actually enjoy. Try multiple recipes and exercise options, and mix it up so you don’t get bored with your routine.
Anthony: Set some realistic, achievable goals by taking everything one day at a time. You can become overwhelmed and discouraged, if you start to set too many goals at once.

3. Do you have any tips on holding yourself accountable for daily resolutions?
Mandy: Don’t do it alone! Find a friend who wants to workout or try new recipes with you. Even if you don’t see them everyday, call or text them the healthy actions you’ve taken that day to keep both of you motivated and not tempted to go off course.
Anthony: Write down your goals on a calendar and mark down the days that you have successfully completed a milestone towards that goal. Don’t lose sight of the big picture, you will encounter obstacles, but with a positive attitude and mindset you can overcome any obstacle.

4. What actionable steps help make a difference for a lasting lifestyle change?
Mandy: Don’t switch your entire diet or workout plan in one day, start with small steps, such as cutting down on soda or working out just 10 minutes longer than usual. Making these small changes every day will add up in the long run, and help you live a more active and healthy life.
Anthony: Document your progress and remember why you set that goal in the first place. Always remind yourself that you will finish what you started.

5. Anything else you would like to share with the iTAN communities for this upcoming 2016?
Mandy: If not now, when? The time is now! Don’t think of healthy changes as just a diet or fitness challenge for a period of time, make them part of your everyday life! Yes you are just one person, but the changes you make can positively affect everyone around you and ignite a spark in them to be healthier as well. Your health now will determine your health and wellness in the future. Get out there and be active, I promise you won’t regret it!
Anthony: Always stay positive and focused, and keep your eyes on the prize.