So, you want to eat healthier and spend less money in 2019 – Now What???

If you’re like most people this time of year, you may have set some resolutions for 2019. Something about the fresh New Year gives us a dose of hope – that the next year can be better than this one was.   Yet – most people don’t accomplish their New Year’s Resolutions – with studies showing as many as 92% have failed by January 15th.   Why is this???  

I am committed to hitting my goals in 2019 and helping all of you do the same, so I did some research to find out what makes people more likely to hit their goals. 

So, what makes a New Years Resolution stick? 

Researchers have been studying why some people achieve their goals and others don’t.  This study broke it down in simple terms that even I can understand.

Scientists discovered 4 key behaviors that directly correlate with achieving goals.  These behaviors can be applied to any type of goal to increase your chances of success at hitting that goal.   If your resolutions are different than these, just follow the formula and plug yours in as we go along. But, since this is Dinner for a Dollar, I am going to show you how these behaviors can be implemented if your resolutions are to “Eat Better” or “Spend Less Money”.  I shared with you last week that these are 2 of the top 3 most popular resolutions that people make.  I couldn’t be happier with that because here at DFAD – that’s what we do!  We help you eat better and spend less money. 

Let’s dive in to show you how you can be successful this year at eating better and spending less money.

1).  Write your resolutions down:

Those that wrote their goals down were 50% more likely to accomplish them.  50%!!!!!!   One small act of simply writing down your goals can increase your success rate by 50%. That’s substantial!  So, let’s start here…. start by writing your resolutions down.  Pull out a pen and paper right now and write down what you want to accomplish this year.

In 2019, I resolve to eat better and spend less money.

See how easy that was?   Ok – now that you have done this, you have already increased your chances of achieving your goal by 50%.  Great job!!!  

Don’t stop here – with a few more simple steps, you can increase your chances of success even more!

2)  Create Actionable Commitments:

Eating better and spending less money are great goals.   But, they aren’t very clear are they?   What does it mean to eat “better”?  What does it mean to spend “less” money?   How am I going to eat better?  What is that going to look like and when am I going to start?  How much less money am I going to spend? What am I going to spend less money on? What habits am I going to change to spend less money? And when am I going to start? 

This is the time to get specific.  Remember High School English class – the 5 W’s?   Who? What? Where? When? Why?   Dig into those here.

Let’s take the “Eating Better” goal.

Instead of saying, “I am going to eat better in 2019”, what if you said this instead?   “Starting on Jan 5th, I am going to eat a whole food diet.  I am going to eat 5 fruits and veggies a day and drink 8 glasses of water.”    See how much more *ACTIONABLE* that goal is??? With that goal, you know exactly what you need to do….eat whole foods, 5 fruits and vegetables a day and drink 8 glasses of water.  Perfect! It’s so clear you could get started right away on that.

Now, let’s try it with the “Spend Less Money” goal. 

Instead of saying, “I am going to spend less money in 2019”, what if you said this instead? “In 2019, I am going to cut $200/mo from my grocery bill.  In January, I am going to reduce my grocery bill by $50.  In February, March, and April, another $50/mo.  So that, by May, I will be spending $200 less per month on my groceries.”    With this goal, you know exactly what you need to do to spend less money – you need to find a way to reduce your bill by $50 each month.  You now have something specific to work towards.

Take a moment right now and write out actionable commitments for your resolution…

3) Share your goal with a supportive person or group:

Researchers found that publicly sharing your goal with a supportive person increases your chances of success. This can be scary, I know. But, putting yourself out there and telling others – out loud – what you are going to do will increase your chances of accomplishing it. 

Take a moment right now to brainstorm supportive people you could share your goals with.  If you don’t have someone in your personal life, brainstorm some FB groups that might be a good place for you to share your resolutions.   Hint…Hint…. our group is a good place for this! 

Now write out who you are going to talk to and when.

That will look something like this,  “On Thursday, I am going to call Sally and tell her about my goals for 2019 and see if she would like to support me in reaching those this year.”   Or, “I am going to research groups I can join where I can share my resolutions and get the accountability, I need this year to hit my goals.  By Thursday, I will join 2 groups.”

4) Check in with your goals weekly and share your progress with your support network:

Checking in with your goals along the way is a powerful process.   There is a group who has started the Monday Project – where they encourage you to check in every Monday with your goals. I love this idea so much that I am going to personally do this in my own life.   Checking in each week gives you a chance to succeed 52 times a year.  And a chance to reset, weekly,  if you have fallen short of your goals.  This way no major time lapses if you have gone off course. 

Once you have done this weekly check-in with yourself, it’s time to check-in with your support network.  Share with then the progress you have made toward your goals or the challenges you have had along the way. 

Take a moment right now to write out how you will check in weekly with your goals and share this progress with your support network.

This will look something like this.  “I am going to check in every Monday with my goals. I will evaluate the previous week to see what went well and what didn’t go well. I will use Mondays to reflect on that and adapt my goals for the coming week accordingly.  After I do this on Monday, I will shoot a progress message to my support partner and post in my supportive FB community.”

Here’s what you really need to know —-   Those in the study that did all of these things together – wrote down their specific goals, shared them with supportive people, checked in weekly with their progress toward their goals and shared that progress with their support network had the most success at achieving their goals – in fact they were twice as successful than those that just thought about their resolutions.

Can you see how going through this process will help you set a plan in place that will help you accomplish your goal of Eating Better or Spending Less Money in 2019?  If you made other resolutions for 2019 – can you see how going through this process can help you be more successful at realizing those goals?    

So, if you want to hit your goals or accomplish your resolutions this year, take a moment right now to work through these steps.    Write it out.  Create actionable commitments.   Find Support.  Check in weekly with your goals and your support partner.  You will double your chances of success by doing that.

The good news is that, if eating better or spending less money are your resolutions for 2019, we are more committed than ever to help you accomplish that! 

Here is how we have upped our commitment to help you hit those goals:

  1. To make the program more accessible to everyone, we just cut the cost of our book in half.
  2. We are offering more free content.   Stay tuned to the weekly blogs..follow our business page…join in our Facebook group. We will be tackling a different theme every week. That’s 52 themes this year – all dedicated to helping you save time, money and energy on a whole food diet.
  3. To make the program accessible to all types of readers, we are launching in print and audio.  We don’t know exact launch days of either of these formats, but we are expecting them this month.

And the thing I am most excited about – to help you Eat Better and Spend Less in 2019 – is we are launching a Dinner for a Dollar Book Club.     Book club will meet weekly, for 12 weeks – covering 1 step from the book per week –  to help you do exactly what I am talking about today – help you set your specific goals,  share those with supportive people, and check in weekly with your progress.   The Dinner for a Dollar Community is designed to help you hit your food and financial goals.

The best part – Book Club is COMPLETELY FREE to anyone who has bought a book! 

Book Club starts Jan 15th and will run for 12 weeks.  The next one won’t start until April. So, if you are serious about eating better and spending less in 2018, grab a book now and join us on Jan 15th

Limited Time Offer!

My book is featured in a Healthy Eating Bundle which is available right now for an amazing deal!
Along with purchasing my book, you’ll get:
– 12 digital cookbooks [indexed by allergies, eating styles &more!]
– 30+ unique meal plans
– healthy eating resources
*So be sure to check out the bundle here!!

This incredible opportunity is full of resources designed to assist you with helping your healthy eating AND financial goals in 2019!

To a purposeful new year,

Shelly