It’s time to look forward to the New Year and make a fresh start with our finances, personal development, weight, and anything else you may want. In this episode we talk about the remarkable effectiveness of setting goals and actually writing them down. Of course, it’s not always that easy to change. Brian tells about the time he thought a handheld PDA was going to keep track of their checkbook. And Jami recalls the diet where she could eat all the papaya and mango she wanted – and that was it. In the food segment, we discuss how to prepare real food for healthy weight loss and how habits really hold the power of long-term change in all areas.
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Setting Goals To Make This Year Your Best
This is similar to the Palm Pilot we had in the 1990s that we thought would be the answer to our budgeting prayers. If you still don’t know what the heck it is (you could write on it, but not it English – it needed special ‘graffiti’ writing!) Wikipedia’s got you covered.
And we’re just not going to link to that old, sad diet Jami tried in her youth, ha! We’ve come a long way, baby.
Making Goals & Writing Them Down
Jami started writing goals and making them public on the blog in 2010. It’s been a huge motivator in actually working towards completing them and connecting with blog readers. You can see previous year’s goals here and stay tuned for 2018’s goals!
One of the biggest successes in setting goals on the blog as been in reading. Since 2015 (after this confession) Jami has gone from reading 0 (as in zip, zero, nada) books to this year’s 50! We have also achieved financial goals we never thought we would, including a fully funded emergency fund.
We’ve found that writing goals down is the difference between dreaming and doing – and making them a habit. The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg is an excellent resource.
Healthy recipes that are enjoyable to eat! Here are the links to the recipes mentioned:
Breakfast granola recipes with less sugar than store bought and take just minutes to put together:
- Easy & Healthy Spiced Nuts
- Game Day Sriracha-Honey Nut Mix
- Healthy Maple Sweetened Chili Pecans
- Cashew, Cranberry & White Chocolate Granola Bites
- Chocolate Chip Almond Granola Bites (+ Lots of Variations)
Condiments: all our “pantry basic” recipes that you can tailor to use less sugar like:
- Salad dressings: 1 Vinaigrette 4 Ways; The Best Ranch; Perfect Honey Mustard; Homemade Caesar
- Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- Homemade Spicy Peanut Sauce
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Brian: San Francisco Bay biodegradable K-cups in French Roast (less waste, great taste, decent price, and lots of great reviews on Amazon).
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