Think “Theme” Not “Resolution”

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Who still does resolutions? Do you REALLY stick to them?

We should have a resolution to never make resolutions again!

I suppose it depends on your resolution, but typically a resolution is something you promise to do for the ENTIRE year. The majority of us forget about these resolutions by mid-March, maybe even mid-January! We also don’t have to guess what the most popular resolution of all is right? “I want to lose weight” – and then for most of us it never happens.

I have been guilty with the whole “weight loss resolution” practice. Finally this will be my year!! These practices are so outdated and we immediately set ourselves up for failure!

January 2016 I changed the game for myself. I decided to embark on a “themed” new year where I made up a bunch of tiny goals (resolutions if you will) and decided that overall my theme for 2017 was going to be “self-care”!

Also, this was my first year I EVER wrote down my real goals and observations. I had so many things I wanted to try and do and accomplish that to decide on a theme is really the best way to keep your “theme” or resolution going the entire year! Think more of “I want to treat my body better” rather than “I need to finally lose twenty pounds”!

This is what I set out to do in 2017:

Theme: Self-Care and Self-Love

1.) Yoga and Mindfulness

I have participated in yoga on and off with friends – various special events and some awesome classes around the area. For me, it is a different way to work out and I am always up for a change! This year I wanted it to be more than just an occasional practice. I actually looked toward yoga to help me. If I came home from work after a stressful day or life was getting overwhelming, I pulled up a free youtube video and did yoga at my house by myself. You can do yoga anywhere – for FREE.
Mindfulness was also something I needed to work on and continue to work on. I learned more about mindfulness and it goes hand and hand with yoga. I wanted to be present in the moment and accept each situation as it is.

2.) Try out new/healthy recipes

Every week this year (and YES I have kept it up every week!) I have tried to cook a new recipe every week. The downfall to my success when I meal prepped was getting tired of chicken/rice/veggies every week. This made me not want to eat healthy or eat my lunch when prepped for work and I ended up going out and spending money on fast food during my lunch breaks. I focused on planning out my lunches and dinners on changing up my proteins frequently. I always did Chicken Monday’s, Shrimp Tuesdays, Turkey or Beef Wednesdays, Turkey or Beef (or any choice) Thursdays and Salmon Friday’s. The recipes were also different but the proteins actually stayed the same. Veggies were changed up, seasonings were frequently changed up and etc. Three years ago I barely ever cooked, and now I love to experiment and my cooking confidence is through the roof!

3.) Learning to love myself

I have been struggling with weight for two years now. I like to eat bad food and I like to drink beer and wine so when you mix that up with hypothyroidism, it is not a good mix! I have learned that while changing up my nutrition, I need to learn to LOVE my body with whatever stage I am at in the weight process. My body has done some amazing things so far and I have learned to accept the mindset of “love your body and give it nutrition”. No matter where you are, no matter how much weight you can life or what size clothes fit you, you need to love your body. Your body allows you to do so much and it is time we all realized we need to take care of our body and before you know it, you will start looking and feeling the way you want to!

I am going into 2018 with the same mindset but different goals. I don’t think of numbers or think of specific goals. I want to keep learning and experiencing and the course of these goals might change so that is why “theme” works for me. Think of a theme for yourself and it can be a number of things or you can use some of my ideas. I feel better and I feel that 2017 had its stressful moments but I knew that I could always get back on track and keep being dedicated to myself and keep evolving my self-love mindset.

Thanks for reading! Happy 2018!!!!!!!

Until next time,

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excellent read–its always good to be reminded how to stay positive

Kyla Matton Osborne

I love that you found a way to stick with meal prepping and still managed to try new recipes. I’ve been starting to do a little of what you did with keeping to a certain protein on a specific day of the week. Must really work more on extending that throughout the whole week to simplify our meal plans.


what a great way to meet your new year goals I will go with themes and not resolution see how it will come out. Thanks


I recently read another blog on choosing a theme instead of a resolution. I think I a, going to try this for 2018. I love the idea of a theme, because it’s much more achievable than a resolution. I’m just trying to decide on mine!


I really like the concept of exploring a theme like practicing more health and wellness throughout the year, rather than resolutions. It seems more positive and general, rather than focusing on something specific that might not stick. I like your themes, as well!


Absolutely loved this post.. I really don’t love New Year Resolutions either. This year I have decided to make an inspiration board. Never done anything like this before.


Wow I really love this post and this idea is GENIUS!! I’m having a vision board party this year for my girlfriends and I’m going to suggest this to everyone. Thank you!

Dr. Elise Cohen Ho

I love the twist on the words. Perhaps this will help people to stick with their goals a bit more.


I love how you’ve changed your ‘resolution’ strategy. It’s so much more powerful to make small achievable goals that will make you a healthier and happier person. I’m also trying a new approach this year by making Non-Resolutions – they are basically resolutions about the things that I’m going to STOP doing. Good luck with your journey in 2018. I would love to hear what your theme is for the New Year!


Lo I loved your theme for 2018. We have similar goals. I think my theme for this year is focus. I get a lot accomplished but I believe that if I focused I would get even more done. I want to start a yoga practice this year. Such similar goals 🙂

Doreen Hamangambwa

I love the idea of a theme in place of resolutions….I am in the middle of writing my resolutions and my number this year is to put myself first and I guess that could be my theme☺. Great post! Thanks for sharing!


My one resolution is branched into several goals. I usually never make resolutions. It, in a sense, goes hand in hand with a theme: Live life to the fullest! That is my only resolution for 2018.


I absolutely love this post; you are so right, our brain doesn’t do too well with big changes. Small goals are much more powerful and manageable. I’ve done the free you tube exercise too. Much better than joining a gym.


I really like this idea!! I might try to implement something similar into my current list of resolutions! Thanks for the tips!


Lovely things to make for a fresh start in the new year!

Dora Dora

nice post, like it 🙂


All my themes would be same however I’m adding two: budgeting and increasing my networth! Great post!

Lucy | Succeed Now

I love this idea! I haven’t set resolutions but want to improve my mindset and become happier. I will definitely be making this a theme and narrowing down on areas within that 💗

Nicol Living

Than l you for sharing
I agree with your approach.


I’m trying to add yoga into my life on a regular basis this year. I use to use travel as an excuse to not do yoga, but I’m now realizing I know enough to do yoga in my hotel room without guidance. So we shall see how this healthy theme goes for me 🙂


I stopped making resolutions years ago because like everyone else I didn’t keep them. I like you’re idea how writing them down though. That might help me be more accountable. Happy new year!


For me honestly, we just focus on making every year better than the last. And make short term goals that is achievable. Great post love:)

Brittany Kollmer

I love this, I too am thinking theme rather than specific resolutions.


I’m with you! I never actually set any new years resolutions, I rather set certain ‘goals’ for the upcoming year, so I keep organized and focused 🙂 but yeah, self-care is definitely one of them! Always!


This is definitely the way to approach it. New year, new mindset, new you.