- Create a very specific, measureable action plan – if you want to shed extra pounds, indicate how much weight you want to lose in one month and what steps you are going to take to accomplish your goal. For example, commit to weighing in weekly, keep a food diary, banish snacks over 100 calories and drink more water. Keep a daily checklist visible as a reminder.
- Be realistic – don’t take on too many things at once. Focus on one goal and support yourself with the tools and resources you need to achieve it. For example: “I will wear a pedometer every day and aim for a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. “
- Surround yourself with a healthy support team – enlist a partner who has similar goals and work to keep each other motivated and accountable.
- Reward yourself for your successes – set small goals leading up to your main objective. Doing so will help you stay on track and keep your eye on the prize. As you reach those small milestones, reward yourself by getting a massage, treating yourself to a new yoga mat, or by enjoying a healthy meal out.
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