Every New Year, we feel that big fat push to make big changes in our lives, starting with our bodies. Come January when we’re all about fresh starts, health and wellness is, as it should be, at the top of our priority list. We are always so well-meaning about it, too. And then the month plays out, and before we know it, our motivation is in the toilet and then there we are, feeling defeated and guilty for not following through.

So, how do we make changes to lead a happier and healthier life without falling into the elusive unrealistic resolutions trap? By making SMART goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based.

How can you get there? Just follow these smart tips.

How to Turn Your New Years Resolutions into SMART Goals

Let’s take a common New Year’s resolution as an example, weight, and turn it into a an attainable, actionable SMART goal.

A. Original Resolution

I want to release 15 pounds.

*Note the language here: When we lose something, we instinctively want to find it again, but when we ‘release’ something, we say bye-bye forever.

B. SMART Goal

I want to release 15 pounds by April 30 and will continue to keep the pounds off by making healthy lifestyle choices. These lifestyle choices include going to the gym three times a week, staying active throughout the day with a 20-minute walk during lunch breaks and ensuring I eat well-balanced meals, rich in whole, unprocessed foods.

Now, how do you get from A. to B. exactly? Let’s break down the process into the 5 SMART steps.

The 5 Steps to Getting SMART

However you chose to improve your health and wellness in the New Year, it’s important to establish SMART goals. These goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based and will be the foundation to help realize your goals for making this your healthiest year yet.

Next page: Your step-by-step guide to setting resolutions that stick!

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