Setting SMART Goals for the New Year

Posted December 31, 2015 in new year, goal setting, SMART goals, new year resolutions, healthy living, healthy eating, weight loss, health coaching

The new year is almost here, which means it's time to set new goals! 

I absolutely love this time of year. It's a great time to reflect on your successes from the past year, and set new goals 

Many people avoid setting new year resolutions because they don't think they'll be able to stick to them. It's most likely because they're not setting specific and attainable goals. 

There's a simple equation that makes goal setting easy and will help you stick to your goals!

How to set S.M.A.R.T. goals...

- Be very specific. Losing weight and getting healthy is too vague. How much weight do you want to lose? How do you want to get healthy?

- Is there a way you can measure your progress? Maybe you want to start running in 2016. Pick a race to start training for to measure your progress.

- Choose a goal that is achieveable. No, it's not realistic to lose 50 pounds by your birthday in March. When we set goals that are too hard to achieve, we end up feeling like a failure. When we don't complete our goal, we quit. That's why most New Year's resolutions don't work.

- Make sure your goal is realistic for your lifestyle. Maybe running a marathon isn't realistic because of your busy schedule. Find an alternative goal that will get you running, but will take less time.

- When will you achieve your goal? Pick a date! When you have a specific time to accomplish your goal, you'll work harder to get there.

Write out your goals in the present tense. It will help you visualize yourself acheiving your goal. Here's your SMART goal setting equation...

I + present tense action + quantifiable and specific goal + date you will achieve your goal

An example...

I run my first half-marathon on June 14, 2016.

Your next step is to write down a few small action steps you can take to achieve your goals.


Sign up for a race

Find a half-marathon training program

Find a running partner

Buy new running shoes

What is your SMART goal for 2016?

Most approaches to healthy eating dwell on calories, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Instead of creating lists of restrictions and good and bad foods, I coach my clients to explore basic improvements and implement gradual changes during our work together. 

As these pieces accumulate, my clients find the changes collectively create a much larger impact than they originally expected. We work on what you want to improve, and within the circumstances of your unique situation.

Contact me today to schedule a complimentary health coaching session at

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