Setting SMART goals is a method that is used in creating a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. The SMART criteria help to incorporate guidance and realistic direction in goal setting, which increases motivation and leads to better results in achieving lasting change.

Here is an example of how to create a SMART goal:

Specific: I want to lose 20 lbs in 2020. Adjust this as necessary. Sometimes setting small goals over a shorter period of time helps you feel more successful, like 5 lbs in one month.

Measureable: How are you going to do it? No late night snacks, exercise ___ minutes ___ times a week, reduce sugar intake, meal/snack prep so you don't eat out as much, etc.

Attainable: Do not pick activities you know you won't stick with! No more sweets is not attainable for most people. Working out everyday is not attainable for most people. Set small goals. No dessert during the weekdays or some type of exercise 3 days a week is more attainable.

Relevant: Make sure your activities are the best to help YOU lose weight. You know where your problem areas are, so your weight loss plan will be different from others. Some people overeat, too large portions, junk food bingers, sweet tooth fanatics, chocoholics, couch potatoes, high carb intake, etc.

Time-bound: You have to set a deadline to be accountable. It's ok if you don't hit the goal. Maybe you only lost 3 lbs this month. Readjust the goal and keep trying!

It is easy to google SMART goals for your health topic. Try it and see if you can make a difference in YOU for 2020!

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