How to Set Health Goals You Can Really Achieve

Last Updated on October 7, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Do you know how to set health goals you can really achieve? Or are you setting yourself up for failure? I have a lot of health goals, but I have started to really think about how realistic a few of them are. I need to make sure I’m not making my health goals too difficult to achieve. 

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Vegan Energy Boosting Smoothie & how to set health goals you can really achieve

How to Set Health Goals You Can Really Achieve

My goal is to be healthier than I am now and I need to remember that. I’m not training for a triathlon or power lifting 300 pounds in a competition. I’m a mom who wants to be healthier tomorrow than I am today.

By setting realistic goals, I am more likely to stay on track to achieve them. I’m avoiding the word never – as in “I’m never going to eat things that aren’t Paleo.” and always like “I’m always going to go to get at least eight hours sleep a night.” because I know that won’t happen. Here are a few health goals I plan on working on.

Stress less. I don’t have to be perfect. Progress is still progress, even when it’s not perfect.  Chamomile tea works wonders when you need to relax, and when that doesn’t work, Ashwaganda is a herb that helps the body manage stress.

Get a good night’s sleep. I struggle with this one and more often than not I find myself falling asleep on the couch instead of in bed. I love watching my favorite TV programs at night so instead of saying I’ll be in bed at 9pm every night. My goal is 10pm instead of midnight. If you struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, you may want to consider taking a liquid melatonin. Melatonin is involved in circadian rhythm and regulating sleep.

Keep on moving. I love walking in the nice weather but not as much in the winter. Instead of saying I’m going to exercise every single day (which I know won’t happen), my goal is to exercise three times a week. Using a pedometer every day will help track my steps and monitor my movements all day. It’s easy to set a realistic daily goal and then just try to beat it a bit more every day.

Get organized. I hate when I forget to take my supplements, but it happens. To stay better organized, I’m using a pill case to organize my entire week at once.

How to Set Health Goals You Can Really Achieve

Cook using healthy ingredients. My goal is 100% Paleo but I’m being realistic. I know that once or twice a month, I like to enjoy a slice of pizza or a special dessert. I’ve replaced olive oil with coconut oil for most of my cooking. It’s a great source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) that are easily absorbed by your body and a great source of energy for body cells.

Manage my weight. For the most part, my weight is right where I want it to be, give or take five pounds. When I am struggling to avoid snacking, adding in a whey protein is a great way to help you feel full. Whey protein is a complete protein which means it has all of the amino acids. You can add coconut milk to a protein powder, shake and enjoy after your favorite workout.

Recover! After I workout, I need to remember to recover, relax and reward myself. A recovery drink like Critical Aminos XT helps you refuel your body after a workout. Enjoy a glass right after your workout and then treat yourself to a hot bath with lavender essential oils diffusing in the background.

This mocha protein shake is one of my favorites.

Encourage good health. Don’t beat yourself up after a splurge, we all have them occasionally. One mistake isn’t the end of the world. Make sure you are minimizing the negative results it can have on your digestive system by taking a good quality probiotic to promote digestive and immune health. It’s also available in vanilla if you’re not a chocolate fan.

If you’re looking for a healthy way to boost your energy, try this Vegan Energy Boosting Shake recipe:

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  • 1 scoop of a plant-based protein powder. I used Plnt by Plant Protein powder in chocolate.
  • 1 cup of coconut milk, full fat is best - unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced


  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy after a workout or any time you need a boost of energy.

I really like the Plnt by Plant Protein powder because it’s a raw protein blend that’s easy to digest. Plus it’s gluten free, dairy free, soy free and nut free so it’s a great choice for everyone in the family to enjoy. The protein source is pea protein isolate, cranberry seed, chia seed a sacha inchi seed.

You can find all of these products and more at The Vitamin Shoppe.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Vitamin Shoppe.

Vegan Energy Boosting Smoothie & how to set health goals you can really achieve


10 thoughts on “How to Set Health Goals You Can Really Achieve”

  1. This sounds like a great smoothie. I know vegans will be happy to see another smoothie for their list. Most smoothies have whey protein powder, so vegans really wouldn't be able to have them. 
  2. It seems the less ingredients the better something is for you, so that smoothie sounds delicious and probably packs a wallop of energy. I have a hard time staying hydrated, so that is one of my goals this year, to drink more water.
  3. I need to set a few new health goals. It's somewhat easy being 4.5 months pregnant, but hard too because I crave a lot of sweets! 
  4. My husband just surprised me with a new blender and I am trying out new recipes. The one you just posted sure sounds delicious. Sleep and eating good are sooo important.
  5. Making a point of getting a good night's sleep is so important. There isn't much worse than dragging your feet all day because you slept poorly.

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