Hi healthy followers. Can you believe it is March already? I can’t, this year is really flying by. I wanted to check in with you all to see how your year is.

Did you make any new years resolutions or goals for 2014? How are you progressing with them?

Now I am no green thumb, so one of my goals for 2014 was to start a herb and vegetable garden on my balcony. I selected some tomato, basil and mint seeds to start with and purchased a couple of pots and potting mix. Equipped with a guide instructing me on how to grow seeds in small places I felt destined to succeed. For three weeks I watered the seeds every day, also paying attention to the pot location so it was not too exposed to the midday sun. However after only a few weeks I was left with dead sprouts (they started so promising…) and no fresh produce to cook with!

What did I learn?

That even with the best intentions and plans, sometimes things don’t always turn out as we want them too. In fact, this probably happens more often than not.

What would I do differently next time?

Next time I would read the packet with greater detail, and perhaps select seeds specific to the season and growing conditions. Or I could just try again and hope for the best.

My point is I won’t give up, because I want to be able to taste my own tomatoes, and my mindset prevents me from giving up. At several critical points in my life I have wanted to give up on a particular task, but despite this I somehow found the strength the keep trying, because eventually I got there! And the end it is so much more rewarding when there were struggles along the way.

(Source: heallovebe.com)
(Source: heallovebe.com)

So don’t be despondent or hard on yourself if some (or all) of your goals have not been reached yet. Or if you have fallen off track. We all do. It’s the choice you make next that counts, the decision to keep trying, to push yourself to get to reach your goal. So that when you do, you will be happy that you gave it your all, and enjoy the sweet taste of accomplishment.

Begin to tap into what drives you, your inner strength, or reason for wanting to achieve your goal. It might be as simple as wanting to have more energy everyday. Start imagining now what it will feel like, this will help get you that little bit closer, I promise!

Have a fantastic week, and let me know what keeps you on track with your goals, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by, Madeleine (THG).

About Madeleine Baumgart

Dietitian/Nutritionist/Registered Nurse


  1. What an inspiring post! Thanks for sharing Madeleine. And I’m pretty sure I could give you some green thumb tips. 🙂

  2. Hey Madeleine, to answer your post….

    Did you make any new years resolutions or goals for 2014? How are you progressing with them?

    -I did! It was actually the first new year I had set some serious goals. All my goals from the past years never prosper. But you’re right, never give up. I also think that the reason why I am able to stay on track (so far) is because of why I had set the goal in the first place. During the latter part of 2013, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been sleeping with a mouth guard. ever since. It has been very helpful for my apnea, however, it is best to treat it along with a healthy lifestyle. So come January, I had promised to myself that I will do everything to get back in shape, for myself and for my child. I could no longer afford any more health risk and that’s what keeps me going. I wanted to be healthy for my family. I am happy to say that I am slowly getting used to living healthy with the support of my family and my own self motivation. When I am fully used to this kind of lifestyle I know my goal will not just be reached by the end of the year, but it will continue for the coming years 🙂

    1. Nice to hear from you Evelyn, and to hear that your healthy has improved. It is amazing what one can achieve by staying on track and keeping motivated. I wish you all the best for the rest of the year!

  3. By the way, I have my own tomatoes in the yard. I did not actually planted it. It just grew by itself. Amazing 😉

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January 2022 Covid-19 Update

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