Do you ever find yourself making vague goals like..  ‘start being healthy’ or ‘work out more’? Does that ever work out for you?  For the most part, vaguely stated goals like the previous two are easy to give up on or justify reasons why they need to be put off until tomorrow.  Creating SMART goals (like the ones below) during the weight loss process is critical.

S = Specific goals
M = Measurable goals
A = Attainable goals
R = Realistic goals
T = Timely goals

So, if your holiday weight loss goals fall into any vaguely stated category, I challenge you today to redefine them into SMART goals. If you need some help forming them, below are some of my own personal examples…

I will drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, one of these glasses will be in the form of green tea.

I will speed walk up the three flights of stairs at work at least five times a day, all five days of the week that I am in the office.

I will say no to the bread served before meals at restaurants this year and instead choose to drink my whole glass of water as I make my meal selection.

These are just a few examples, taken from my personal health initiatives – what are some of your SMART goals? Please share!

Adapted from a blog post written by: Jessica Hummel, Nutrition Counselor