LulaFit’s Revolution Against Resolutions
*RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM*
Welcome to 2020! With the start of a whole new decade, LulaFit wants you to join our revolution against resolutions! Most New Year’s resolutions involve diet, fitness and weight loss goals that tend to fail by February. So this year, join our revolution and use the surge of motivation and energy that comes with a new year to create a lasting and sustainable impact.
Before you start, it will be important to get to the bottom of why less than 10% of people can stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Here are a few common resolution roadblocks you may have faced:
- You go at it alone and lack accountability.
- You treat a marathon like a sprint and want instant results, leading to restrictive or demanding resolutions.
- You have too many resolutions and lose motivation or interest.
- You know what you want but do not spend time thinking about why you want it.
Determining what you want is easy, but digging deeper to determine why it can be a little more daunting. For example, why do you want to lose weight? Is it to set a good example for your kids, to feel more confident in your skin or to have more energy? Or is it to impress other people or look like what you see in the media? When setting a goal, your ‘why’ is incredibly important. You need to be true to yourself and set goals that will fulfill your life and bring positivity for years to come, not fleeting ones and surface level.
Once you determine your ‘why’, you can move on to creating a SMART goal by following the acronym below. Setting a SMART goal, as opposed to a resolution, will help you define a clear and attainable goal that you are more likely to see through.
Specific. Specific goals have a higher chance of being accomplished. Determine who, what, where, when, and why to achieve a specific goal.
Measurable. Determine measurable criteria that you can track.
Attainable. Ask yourself, do I have the resources and capabilities to achieve this goal? If not, you may be setting yourself up for failure.
Realistic. Your goal is realistic if you believe in yourself enough to reach it and are willing to commit to it.
Timely. This is very important when it comes to New Year’s goals. Giving yourself a whole year to accomplish one goal may be too much time, and you may lose motivation or forget about it altogether. Instead, set smaller goals with shorter deadlines, and once you reach that goal or deadline, move on to another or continue to add to it!
We encourage you to use this model to create goals outside of the typical New Year’s resolutions. Focus on more holistic and positive changes that will add value to your life rather than take things away. Add more fruits and vegetables into your diet instead of taking sweets out of it. Spend more time with your friends and family rather than cut out toxic relationships, OR ditch the goals altogether and head into the new year with a smile on your face and be open to what is to come in the next 365 days.
Whatever the new year brings, stay warm and enjoy a bowl of homemade butternut squash soup! Ditch the cleanses and juice diet and opt for whole real food and ingredients. This recipe is perfect for a night in or to serve at a party. Enjoy!
Cauliflower Butternut Squash Soup
1 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets
1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 butternut squash, skinned and diced (seeds removed)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 inch segment ginger, peeled
4 cups vegetable stock
1 can coconut cream
2 Tbsp. ghee
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Roasted brussels sprouts
Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- Place cauliflower on a baking sheet in an even layer, drizzle with olive oil and season with cinnamon and cayenne.
- Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
- While the cauliflower is in the oven, place the squash, carrot, ginger and onion into a large stock pot and add vegetable stock.
- Simmer on the stove until the vegetables are soft and tender.
- Using an immersion blender or high powered blender, puree the vegetable mixture, roasted cauliflower and coconut cream to your desired consistency and place back on the stove.
- Stir in the ghee and coconut oil for a smooth finish and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Top with roasted brussel sprouts, pear slices or toasted pumpkin seeds if desired.