Project Manager, Research and Development at Nutrisystem
As you may already know, we have enlisted the expertise of five outstanding star chefs through our newly-formed Culinary Council. We’ve challenged these chefs to help us develop 5 star quality meals with very minimal use of salt, butter, sugar
or any of those other palate-pleasing but weight-inducing ingredients. Impossible you say? Hardly, for this group. I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Dallas, Texas last week working on recipes with them (and by working, I mean, they worked, I ate) and I’m so excited for you all to try the amazing meals they’ve created. To read more about them check out our article Taking Taste to the Next Level.
Besides the great food, I also received great advice which went something like this- in order to really succeed and be extraordinary at something, you need to recognize what you’re naturally good at, put all of your efforts into that and forget about trying to be good at all the other stuff; in the end, you’ll be more successful without having to work so hard.
Work less and be more successful? Well that just sounds fantastic! I started to think of some of the goals that I have set for myself that, despite putting a good amount of effort into, I haven’t been accomplishing. Maybe this wasn’t because I haven’t been committed enough as I’ve previously thought, maybe instead it’s that I set myself up to fail because I hadn’t picked a goal that fits me, my life and my strengths.
This month is National Nutrition Month. Why not start the month off by evaluating some of the health and weight loss goals you have made for yourself that you are struggling to achieve. Do they realistically fit you? Is there some way you can leverage your strengths to make them easier to achieve?
I’ll leave you with a few ideas to get you started:
- If you are a naturally social person – don’t swear off dining out or get-togethers with friends just to avoid temptation; instead put your host/hostess skills to the test, invite guests to your house, you can control the menu and snacks to be sure you’re able to stay on track.
- If you are a naturally strong team player – don’t set a goal to increase your physical activity by committing yourself to daily solo runs, join a sports club in your area, you’ll be less likely to skip when you know your team is counting on you.
- If you are a naturally strong cook – don’t make a goal to stick to eating the same thing every day (i.e. salads every day for lunch), instead use your culinary know how to get creative with your meals and grocery food additions. You can find some great inspiration in our recipe center.
As you think of more ideas, share them with the community, you may help someone else find an easier road to achieving their goals!