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Setting Achievable Goals

Set short-term and long-term achievable goals. Goals should challenge you, they should not defeat you.

Setting Your Goals

Goals are a necassary evil. No one really wants to set them, but setting them sets up success over not setting them. The art of goal setting is to create goals that are challenging and push you to achieve more, but that are attainable. Unattainable goals are self-defeating.

This year, make a SMART goals resolution! No matter what your New Years Resolution is, make sure you follow the SMART goal setting parameters to increase your chances of success.

SMART goals are:

Specific: Not just "be healthier" or "be thinner" but how specifically will you get there? Will it be a focus on fitness, food, or both?

Measurable: Instead of "exercise more" or "lose weight" - how many days will you exercise? How much weight will you lose?

Attainable/Achievable: Set yourself up for success! Make your first few goals of the year ones that you KNOW you can achieve with a little effort.

Realistic: If it's not realistic, it's not sustainable. Remember, when it comes to healthy weight loss, 1-2 lbs a week is IDEAL. Aiming for more than that is likely to either discourage you and/or create a yo-yo weight loss effect which does more damage than good.

Time-bound: Short term is best for getting started. Don't forget to promise yourself a (healthy) reward for when you make your deadline!

Set your goals and make your plan!

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