Resolutions and Realistic Expectations


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The New Year brings resolutions made by many - as most of us strive to be better, healthier, cleaner, and more organized. It sounds simple, right? Then why do our resolutions end up being so hard to follow-through, especially when it comes to health? The short answer: cold turkey isn’t for everyone and no we aren’t talking about your delicious holiday leftovers.

CrossFit and nutrition coach Sarah Nichols of Tyler has the longer answer.

“I’m the type of person that’s either 150-percent in or absolutely not at all, so I can’t totally knock the ‘cold turkey’ approach. There’s a great advantage to going all in - you get all the suffering done in one fell swoop instead of dragging it out for months,” Nichols said. “However, I would never advise someone to make a life-changing resolution and go all in without doing their research. Knowledge is power.”

Nichols emphasizes that research and planning are the most necessary steps in changing your lifestyle, stating that once a person fully understands what they are committing to then they will be primed for making a successful change. 

“The most unrealistic expectation that people have is the amount of time it takes to hit their goal,” Nichols said. “Typically it’s too short of a time frame that they’re shooting for, which causes an ungodly amount of stress, pressure and eventual failure.”

When it comes to creating a healthier lifestyle, Nichols has some words of
advice on how to see success on the

“You have to eat, sleep and move on a daily basis, period. Adequate nutrition, exercise and recovery are necessary for good health,” Nichols said. “Once you accept that, you will free yourself from unrealistic time expectations and take unnecessary pressure off of yourself.”

Nichols is also a representative of Fit City Foods in Tyler, a prepared health foods home delivery or to-go option for those looking to indulge in healthy and nutritional meals. It’s little outlets like Fit City Foods and farmers markets that help the community indulge in the delicious without taking away from personal progress.

“Look at the ingredient panel. Not the nutrition panel — I mean the actual ingredients on the back. If you can’t pronounce the majority of the ingredients, it’s not real food,” Nichols said. “Choose a slice of that incredible cinnamon walnut banana bread you discovered at the farmers market over the box of Little Debbie snacks.”

Whether it’s working out or dieting, Nichols adds that consistency is key for your efforts to physically show, so make a realistic plan and stick to it.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to research and knowledge. Learning what your body needs is vital to making your efforts truly count.

A really great site online for those that are looking to learn more about the foods they consume, is It is a user-friendly site that allows you to search any food product and view its nutritional facts and ingredients. 

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