How You Can Accomplish (almost) All Your Goals This Year

Are you happy that this is a new year?  If you are like me, you’ve been eagerly awaiting 2013 to come to its final days since October.

Isn’t it crazy scary how 2014 rolled around so fast? So sudden that I didn’t even get the chance to reflect on the challenges, gifts and accomplishments that 2013 brought into my life.  You see, sometime around December of 2012, I decided to be a badass crazy chick and actually shared my 2013 New Year’s Goals with the world.  Yep, I blogged about my 10 New Years Goals that I would accomplish in just 12 speedy months.  Do you think I was able to do it?  It’s cool if you don’t believe in me and said no because you are right, I did not achieve all ten goals.

I was indeed super ambitious for creating 10 hefty goals and putting it out there on cyberspace for all of you to see.  And because I didn’t achieve them all, you may think I feel like a failure or that I should be locked up in internet jail for saying I would do something but not doing it. (sorry,blame the human in me)

But no, I don’t feel that way at all (I don’t deserve jail).  In fact, I feel refreshed, revitalized, calm, chill, cool and…well, normal.  If you saw me in the street and asked me how was your 2013?  I’d reply “it was cool.” My palms wouldn’t get all sweaty thinking about the things I said I would do that I didn’t do.  Because in fact, although I didn’t meet all my goals, I made strong serious efforts to tackle each goal on a consistent basis.  And more importantly, the goals that were not achieved are things that I am currently working on in 2014.

Now to the fun but weird, put-myself-out-there-for-the-internet-to-see, part of this blog post (just breathe Chika!).   Below is a run down of the 10 goals I set for last year.  Read on to see what these hefty goals are, if I achieved it, what I learned, and a self-reflection on how the goal will affect my life going forward.  Hopefully after reading, you’ll get a sense of insight and a burst of inspiration to not only set goals for yourself but to make strong efforts to accomplish each one.  You can do this… just use your strength, beauty, intelligence and resiliency.

Chika’s Ambitious and Motivational New Years Goals for 2013: Recap + Self-Reflection

1.  Learn how to do a pull-up.

Did it happen? No

What I learned:  I couldn’t quite get my head above the bar …but I did learn how to do a chin-up!  I was sooooo close on multiple occasions.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  Pull-ups are extremely bad-ass.  When I see women knocking out pull-ups effortlessly on youtube, I get really amped-up and jealous all at the same time.  I can’t wait for that to be me.  And so, I’ll put it out there:  before 2014 is up, I am confident that I will be able to do at least one full pull-up.  I’ll keep trying for it, I haven’t given up.

2.  Eat more offal (organ meat).

Did it happen? Yes!

What I learned:  It was my goal to try different types of offal (pronounced ‘aw-ful’) meat because they are chocked full of micronutrients your body needs to function optimally.  In fact offal (organ meat) is so nutrient dense, that whenever I eat a serving, I skip my vitamin pills for the day to prevent waste (i.e. electric-yellow colored urine where all the extra nutrients end up).

I cooked beef and chicken liver on multiple occasions using my own recipe for chicken liver & onions.  And I even had offal various times at restaurants including duck liver pate, tripe and beef tongue (yum!). When the chef prepares it a la perfecto with just the right combination of spices, it tastes heavenly.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  2013 exposed me to the world of offal and I liked it!.  2014 and going forward, offal will be a regularly-occurring food item in my home.  We are only two weeks into the new year and I’ve already eaten liver at four different meals.  All the extra energy I get after consuming offal makes it worth eating.  Plus offal is way cheaper than most other animal cuts you will find in the store.  Consider it an inexpensive solution to feeding your family a nutrient-rich source of protein.

3.  Find a non-profit organization to volunteer.

Did it happen? Yes and No.

What I learned:  Let me explain the above.  You see, it was my goal to find a local non-profit organization within the health, food and fitness world that I could volunteer my free time.  But I failed to do this.  What I did do, and what I have been a part of for almost 10 years of my life, is a national accounting organization (yep, when I’m not cooking and teaching you about food and health, you can find me crunching numbers and referencing the tax code during my (lack of) spare time.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  I have sat on the board of the bay area chapter of this accounting firm for over four years now and I am passionate about it — helping college students transition into a successful career in accounting and taxation and organizing impactful scholarship galas and the like.  Accounting is my passion just as food and health are.  Sometimes having two careers simultaneously is the only way to truly feel like I’ve conquered ‘happiness’ and ‘work-life balance’.

4.  Start a YouTube Food channel.

Did it happen? Yes!!!!

What I learned:  I learned that I love being in front of the camera.  Big shout out to my friend Mourhia of Profound Coils (a natural hair care blog/social media venture),  who introduced me to video-blogging.  She is a beautiful actress who partnered with me to release our YouTube series:  Nourishing Beauty where we dish to you about healthy foods, prepare easy delicious recipes and chat about relationships and taking care of you first.  We launched our first batch of videos (ten videos) in August 2013 and are currently shooting videos to be uploaded on YouTube later this month.  Subscribe to my youtube channel so you won’t miss it.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  Going forward, look out for more YouTube videos from my Nourishing Beauty collaboration with Mourhia and as well as food, fitness, and life videos from me here at Chika Obih Wellness.  #juiced #youaintready #getready #youready? #okthankyoubye

5.  Get outdoors more often.

Did it happen? Yes

What I learned:  So this goal and the next one are somewhat related.  I was able to get outdoors more because I canceled my gym membership early last year.  Because I love to exercise, this made it easy for me to tie up my sneakers, charge my ipod and get moving outdoors.  It feels so amazing to have the sun and wind hitting your skin as the sweat beads linger on your face while moving your body.  And because I live close to a lake, I am never alone — there are many other people nearby getting their outdoor activity in for the day.  It’s truly a motivating environment.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  I will continue to workout outdoors at least on the weekends because its fun, engaging, and rejuvenating.   I also make sure to walk my errands whenever I have the extra time to spare.  This is a goal I will effortlessly keep going forward.

6.  Cancel gym membership.

Did it happen? Yes

What I learned:  Canceled in February of 2013.  In March I discovered Bikram Yoga.  If you don’t know, Bikram yoga is yoga done for 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees.  I was pretty sure someone was trying to punish me in the worst way during my first class; the shit was intense.  But I kept going back.  And now I have completed two 30-day challenges (practicing Bikram yoga everyday for 30 days straight) within a 5 month period.  I even blogged about the second challenge that I completed in August.  

Never did I think I would be a fan of any form of yoga.  I am the most inflexible woman I know in terms of stretching and bending and twisting.  However, yoga helps with that!  And yoga helps with stress; weight loss; muscle tone; sleep; cravings; mental clarity; energy; getting shit done; being positive.

These are all the things yoga has personally helped me improve.  There are 50 million other reasons to give yoga a try.  Don’t believe me, just try it out for a minimum of 3 times per week for a month.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  No more gym membership.  Just outdoor workouts, bikram yoga, and the occasional local bootcamp classes I purchase from time to time to change things up.

7.  Chika Obih Wellness is an active force in improving the health of the community.

Did it happen? Yes

What I learned:  This blog really gets around!  I have heard from people all over the world how

-you can identify with some of my personal stories (my half marathon experience, bikram yoga);

– you have tried and loved my recipes (Slowcooker Cream of Celery Soup, Chocolate Avocado Pudding – big ups to Paleo guru @RobbWolf for the retweet);

– you have learned more about the benefits of avoiding processed foods and leading a healthier, active life.

 I’d say gosh darn it, my blog and business has truly made a positive difference for you. Chika Obih Wellness has over 800 likes on facebook and an ever-growing following on instagram, twitter, pinterest, and youtube.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  YOU motivate me.  Everything I do is for you:  for your health, your betterment, your happiness.  So look out for more from me:  recipes, videos, online healthy eating programs, stories, tips, photos, social media shares, blog posts, and more.  And for those looking to work one on one with me as your Nutritionist, contact me today so that we can make it happen.  Let no day go by when you aren’t putting your best foot forward in terms of your health.

8.  Travel to Nigeria

Did it happen? No

What I learned:  Nigeria is my homeland.  Yes I was born in Los Angeles.  But my parents are 100% Nigerian so that means I am too.  I haven’t visited Nigeria since 2006 and I am pretty homesick about it.  My aunties and uncles never fail to remind me that it has been way too long and that I need to pay them a visit.  That was the plan last year but I did not take care of the Nigerian passport situation in time. Damn procrastination.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  So now my goal is to go to Nigeria for Christmas 2014.  I’ll make sure to get on the passport thing asap to prevent running into the same problems.  #procrastinationkillsdreams

9.  Run a Half Marathon

Did it happen? YES

What I learned:  I ran two half marathons and blogged about my adventures from my first one I ran June 2013.  It takes heart, dedication, patience, perseverance and a conveniently located supply of chapstick  to run long distances. shit, the wear and tear it does on the body is ridiculous.  After the disaster I experienced in the June half where I hobbled across the fiishline more than 20 minutes longer than my goal-time, I was super determined to beat that time.

I soon signed up for an October half in which I ran and beat my June time by 12 minutes.  I felt like I was sitting pretty on top of a really tall building in San Francisco.  And I felt hurt.  I messed up my left knee joint and was literally hopping around for a couple weeks after.  Walking down the stairs felt like death. Since when did anyone ever dread walking down stairs??? Talk about a perplexingly painful period in life.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  It is amazing that I ran two half marathons less than four months apart.  But my body paid the ultimate price.  To this day, my knee is not 100% healed.  The knees are NOT something you ever want to mess up.  Once the knees go, then its all downhill from there.  So after running 3 half marathons in my life (the first was in 2011), I have decided to retire from long distance running.  It was fun, but I am moving on to other knee-friendly activities.

10.  Open my heart (and give my attention) to the possibility of finding love.

Did it happen? Yes

What I learned:  Note: I have not yet found love. B U T….. I have learned how to be vulnerable and not keep my heart guarded.  Wowzers, it took alot of work because I am naturally logical-scientific based and less of the emotional, share-your-feelings, poetic type.  I used to have 30 minute conversations in my head pondering the question “do I really like him, why or why not?”  How Dexter-like of me!  But now those converstaions last just 10 minutes (improvement!).  But seriously,  I just follow my heart, follow my emotions, and give people a fair chance….to screw up (kidding).

 Vulnerability and being able to go with the flow has helped me to come to terms quickly when relationships do not work out.  I feel satisfied that an honest effort was made on my part and can move forward with a clear head and optimism towards the next male encounter.

How will this goal affect me going forward:  Now that I can effortlessly show my vulnerability, my dating experiences thus far have been raw, honest, and …quick.  lol the bullshit radar works at lightning speed these days!  As of writing this post I cannot say that I am exclusively involved with anyone. But I am happily dating.  And I have washed my hands of bullshitters and self-absorbed crazies.  My road to love is clear of debris and is mine for the taking.  I am too juiced to take control of the wheel and drive towards my destination…happily ever after.

To Wrap Up…

Having goals each year is a brilliant way to set the tone that “this year things will be different.”  Whether or not you achieve your goals, your energy towards tackling the goal(s) is what’s most important. Setting goals means you care about something.  Caring about something should make you want to take the necessary action to see it through.  And if you are super serious about seeing your goals through, then tell one or two people about them.  Or be like me and tell the world haha.

So….I want to know.  What are your goals for 2014?  Who have you told these goals to?  What steps have you taken to help put you in a position to accomplish these goals?  Share with me in the comments.

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My Ambitious and Motivational New Years Goals for 2013

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New Year’s Goals are different from New Years Resolutions.  A resolution is when you resolve to do better, get better, be better.  You make a statement but there is no plan of action attached the the statement. For example, one may make a resolution to pay off debts by declaring “My New Year’s Resolution is to pay off my debt.”  That is all, resolution made.  But with no plan of action attached to it, a resolution is bound to fail you one way or the other.  On the other hand, setting a New Year goal is the smarter way to go if you want to succeed.  Setting specific and measurable goals is the right way to transform a simple new year’s resolution into something attainable. Write them down and check in with your measurable, specific goals on a regular basis to make sure you are making progress. Goals too easy or difficult? No worries, you can tweak things as necessary to provide a challenge while also ensuring you meet your goals.

2012 brought so much growth and inspiration into my life and has left me hungry to accomplish much more in the new year.  Below are my goals that I will achieve in 2013.  Each one is quite ambitious and I am super motivated to tackle each because these are goals that have lingered in my mind or crossed my lips many times over the course of years.  I choose to share my goals with you because I want you to hold me accountable to achieving each one.  Plus, I will blog sporadic updates throughout the year illustrating to you my progress, challenges and successes. I hope to inspire you to set personal goals for yourself this new year and work towards execution.    Afterall, you deserve it.

Chika’s Ambitious and Motivational New Years Goals for 2013

1.  Learn how to do a pull-up.

Ever since gym class in the 6th grade, I’ve yearned to do a pull-up.  Fast forward 15 years and I still cannot do one. Let’s face it, pull ups are hard as heck. With Steve’s plan over at Nerd Fitness, I’ll be doing pull-ups in no time.

2.  Eat more offal (organ meat).

Within the last year I introduced chicken liver into my diet.  Chicken liver is one of the milder tasting, less earthy/weird types of offal, pronounced “aw-ful” — which makes it the perfect choice when trying offal for the first time.  Here is a yummy recipe for chicken livers & onions.  Other offal types include heart, kidney, brain, sweetbread, etc.  Offal is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods there is.  Offal is so rich in vitamins and minerals that it is often recommended to eat just 1-2 servings per week to reduce chance of toxicity from over-consumption of nutrients.  This year, I will include a variety of offal into my diet.  I already have a pound of grass-fed beef liver that’s been sitting in my freezer for a few months.  Just gotta cook it!

3.  Find a non-profit organization to volunteer.

Volunteering is one of those things that most people KNOW they need to do more of — including myself.  My goal is to find a non-profit organization that shares my love of helping the community through health and nutrition and actively get involved in volunteering my time helping with note-worthy causes. By linking a volunteer effort to something you are passionate about, you are more likely to build a continuous relationship with that organization and the community in which it targets.  Score!

4.  Start a YouTube Soul-Wholesome Nutrition channel.

This blog is a wonderful gift to me on so many levels. It has revamped my love of writing (no matter how strongly writer’s block tries to undermine my efforts).  I get to share my words of thought (and wisdom) with the world through my fingertips.  This year, I will have a visual means of sharing food, lifestyle, and health tips — a YouTube channel!  Ready. Set. Action!

5.  Get outdoors more often.

The Bay Area offers so many outdoor landscapes with countless hiking trails, parks, lakes, beaches, and cooperative weather — it’s almost a sin to not spend time exploring.  So this year my goal will be to do just that — hike more, run outdoors, exercise in nature, walk my errands.  It will do my body and mind good.

6.  Cancel gym membership.

In connection to number five above, canceling my gym membership will force me to take to the outdoors for exercise.  I hit the gym enthusiastically 4-5 times a week so I do not foresee inactivity as being a problem; no gym for me simply means take it outside, save cash.

7.  Soul-Wholesome Nutrition is an active force in improving the health of the community.

Soul-Wholesome provides consulting services to individuals who are ready to transform their bodies into optimally functioning sexy beasts.  My goal will be to spread the word about how we can get the community to treat their health as a priority.  Speaking engagements and food demonstrations at schools, fairs, businesses will be set into motion this new year.

8.  Travel to Nigeria

I am a Nigerian-American born and raised in Los Angeles who has visited my parents’ country just twice — 2007 being the most recent trip.  Shame, I know.  I love love love visiting Nigeria but simply have not taken any action to make a trip come to fruition.  Simply saying, “I want to go to Nigeria” is clearly not enough.  Something tells me that shelling out the cash money to book the flight may help.  December 2013:  Nigeria here I come!

9.  Run a Half Marathon

I love running outdoors no matter how much I try to deny it and substitute heavy weight lifting (which I also love).  Yet in 2012 I probably averaged about 12 running miles — per month!  Yeap, ridiculously low number for a run lover, I know.  I ran my first half marathon in Feb 2011 and loved it — I was quite the euphoric fool.  It took 3 months to train and I committed to that training schedule everyday, rain or shine.  I was relentless in my mission as it really did give me power and motivation to accomplish anything I put my mind to.  June 2013:  See Jane Run half marathon.

10.  Open my heart (and give my attention) to the possibility of finding love.

Honestly, out of all my goals, this one is the hardest yet the most important to me.  To open my heart means allowing myself to be vulnerable and share my emotions and feelings with a guy.  I have no control over what that person may do with such sensitive information.  But such is life.  I realize that I must take a chance with love as I have been (almost) fearlessly taking a chance with other life matters such as career, family, health, and social.  So this year, I will man-up and open up my heart so that the right guy can come along and swoop me off my feet. 🙂 Being single is fun.  But sharing life with that special someone is priceless.

So there you have it, my 10 ambitious, motivational goals for 2013.  Follow along as I provide random updates in blog entries about my progress in accomplishing each goal.  I’m juiced!  Happy 2013 folks!


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