First Thing's First: Get Clear on Your Goals

Did you ever catch yourself in the middle of something and think, "what am I even working towards, here?" I feel like so often we are inundated with what everyone else has to say about what we should be eating or how we should attempt to lose weight, that we end up running around in circles rather than actually working towards anything. So today, we are going to get clear on your goals.

Do you know where those happily opinionated people in your life get their information from? Neither do I. And I don't want to know. 

Once you’ve decided you are ready to make changes based on your needs and in a way that works for your, start to make smart choices. Make S.M.A.R.T. goals. When you set a goal, it will help you to clearly outline what steps it takes for achieving it to stay on track and decrease the overwhelm. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

This may take some practice, but it works.

For example: Although a lovely idea, "Lose weight" is not a SMART goal, however, "eat vegetarian dinners 5 nights a week for a month" is. So is, "walk 45 minutes a day, every day," or "run 20 minutes a day" for 5 days every week.

Now, write it down. The act of writing it down will make your thoughts real and your ideas concrete. When writing out goals, use positive language for a positive outcome – work for what you want, not what you want to leave behind.

If you aren’t clear on where you are going, how are you going to get there? Make sure you know what you want to achieve or create, break down the steps to get there, and then be sure to pay attention to what might be getting in the way of your progress. Change takes courage and consistency, and it’s so worth it.