It’s January. If you’re anything like me, your Facebook feed, homepage, and inbox are inundated with New Year’s speak: “2016 – Your Best Year Yet”… “ New Diet Trends for the New Year”… “ New Year, New You”… “Reach Your Goals in 2016”…blah…blah…blah. So here’s another one. Just kidding. This is about goal setting. But it’s real talk about goal setting. And there aren’t a lot of words. But it is about how to apply the S.M.A.R.T. acronym commonly associated with goal setting when it comes to fitness.
Stay with me…


WRONG: Lose weight in 2016!
RIGHT: Lose 20lbs

M – Measureable

WRONG: Feel better about my body! Have more energy!
RIGHT: Lose a pants size! Only drink 2 cups of coffee / day!

A – Attainable

WRONG: Lose 50lbs by Spring Break and not e
at any sugar ever again!
RIGHT: Lose 3lbs in January and reduce sugar intake by only eating ice cream (or other treat) once a week!

R – Relevant

WRONG: Run all of the races!
RIGHT: Complete a 10K!

T – Time-bound

WRONG: Lose 10lbs!
RIGHT: Lose 10lbs by April 1st, 2016

So….if we put all of this together. It might sound something like this…
In 2016, I want to
  • Lose 20lbs in 2016; starting with 3lbs in January and continuing with 10lbs total by April 1st.
  • Drop a pants size from 8-10 to 6-8 in by June 1st, 2016.
  • Drink o cups of coffee a day and remember to take my vitamin daily.
  • Reduce my sugar intake significantly by decreasing the desert / sweet treat intake to 1-2 times / week.
  • Complete my first 10K by December 1st, 2016

Other tips…

Write it down. Keep in in front of you. (Mirror, fridge, nightstand, etc.)
– Tell someone else; accountability partners or systems work.
– Be open to reevaluating and adjusting your goals as you go; very rarely are they static.

And…Ask for help! We’ve all heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Whether or not that’s true…working your butt off trying to reach your goals and seeing little to no progress will drive you crazy. We have great new options to try to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be including our brand new 30-day challenges. It lets YOU set the goal with the guidance of a professional to make sure that goal is S.M.A.R.T. We’ll also do our best to help you achieve it by providing valuable tools as part of your challenge including workouts, recipes, and weekly check-ins. Save yourself some heartache and let us join with you as you go out there and own 2016!

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