Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? If you have, how long did it last? Starting January 1st, many gyms will suddenly become overpopulated. People will start buying “healthier” food. We will all have some goal in mind for the year that we want to achieve.
Sadly, many of these goals are not kept. After about a month, gyms will go back to being regular members and people will realize that fast food is more convenient that homemade food.
The truth is, though, that goals can be achieved and they are important to make! Without goals, we have no accountability and no sense of urgency to change. It is impossible to expect to achieve your ultimate nutrition and weight loss goal without taking baby steps. These baby steps can be made in the form of small changes that lead to a big habit change.
They key to success in 2018 is to make SMART goals:
When you ask your friends about their goals for 2018, they probably sound something like this: “I want to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year” or “I want to eat more fruit.” People fail so often because these goals are lofty and difficult to measure or attain.
A better way to set a goal is to say: “I want to start incorporating a fruit into breakfast 3 times a week.” This is a SMART goal. It is specific, measurable, attainable, reliably, and timely. Once you reach and maintain this goal, you can try for a fruit for breakfast every day and then eventually for every meal and before you know it, it will become a habit.
Practice coming up with 1 to 3 healthy eating or weight loss SMART goals for this year and follow through with the one that you feel as though you will be most successful in. Remember – do not set yourself up for failure by trying to make too big of a change at a time! Success comes with all of your small changes added together.
New Intensive for 2018!
Thinking Ahead to 2018?
I’m so excited to offer a group educational Intensive nationwide for the first time ever that is focused on finding Inner Health and Freedom. I’ve discovered that for people who want to stop struggling with their weight and health, it first takes removing the inner triggers because the weight is just an outer symptom.
For more information and registration: http://www.disruptinnertriggers.eventbrite.com
Sweet Life Wellness Student Intern
Dietetics student at University of Maryland-College Park