“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips.

Special Blog Post By: Elena Hollander, Nutrition Program Senior Manager

2017-goals

Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely holiday season and are ready to start fresh in 2017.

Each New Year, approximately half of Americans make resolutions, but only 8% of Americans succeed in meeting those goals. We’re going to share some insider tips to help YOU make your resolutions a reality in 2017!

In one-on-one nutrition consulting sessions, nutritionists like to create SMART goals with clients:

Specific – Specify the “who, what, where, when, and why?” For example, instead of, “I will live a healthier life,” your goal could be, “I will drink only 1 soda a week during the weekend in order to cut down on my sugar.” This makes it much more easier to wrap your head around and start doing.

Measurable – Once you know your goal, make sure you can measure success. This can help you track your progress and celebrate each success to stay motivated. If we use our example above, if you only drank one soda a week, then cheers to you!

Achievable – Is your goal challenging, but still attainable given your skills and abilities? For example, my ultimate goal of becoming a gelato master may not be achievable in one year given my current skill level, but I could probably master one flavor – pumpkin spice gelato next January, anyone?

Realistic – Even if you are technically able to achieve your goals, are they realistic given your current lifestyle? Last year at New Years, I bought a brand new juicer to start off my juice cleanse…which lasted approximately four hours. I was training for a half marathon and after a long morning run, juice was not going to cut it!

Timely – Goals are easier to achieve with a timeline, including a start and end date. Your start date doesn’t have to be January 1 if January is too hectic for you. Maybe February is a calmer and easier time to start a new habit? Choose what works for you.

Once you have your goals, writing them down and sharing them with friends and family makes you more likely to achieve them so go ahead and update that Facebook status!

As always, remember to be kind to yourself. Few people achieve their SMART goals without any setbacks. Use setbacks as a learning opportunity to discover triggers and how you can set yourself up for success the next time around.

Happy New Year once again and best of luck with your resolutions! You CAN do it!

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