HEALTHY LIVING  |  12.21.18  |  by Julie Rhodins

Just as soon as the holidays leave us, we enter a New Year.  Bam!  That means a lot of talk about goals for success — on news programs, magazine, blogs!, everywhere.  For some, goal making is an opportunity.  For others, it’s a stressful experience.  For all, it’s a reminder to reconcile the past with the present … and look to the future.  What will be your New Year’s goals?  We love the idea of simplifying our goals.  So here’s some goal setting helps for you to make it a little easier.

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Give Each Month a Focus

A lot of us want to be healthier and feel better, but the topic can seem so large. So big to tackle.  But an easy way to make it feel more manageable and fun is to simply make 12 smaller goals – one for each month of the year – that all point toward helping you to be healthier.

So, maybe in January you will focus on “eat smaller portions” with your meals. In February, it could be “find a workout buddy.” In March, it might be “eat a healthy breakfast every day.” These things are simple, but the point is they are doable, they have impact, and they will make you healthier — which is what you want.

Make It About Numbers

If you’re a stat person and like to see numbers results, then of break down a big goal (lose weight or tone up) into achievable numbers and smaller milestones.

You say that you need to burn “X” amount of calories per day, and then you figure out what physical activity you need to do to meet that number.  Once you’ve done the task, you know you’re done. And that’s the simplicity of it — knowing that you’re done.  Instead of guess work.

Moms are pressed for time, so being able to schedule it in and know for a fact that it’s going to get results is a stress reliever.

NOTE: This is an updated post from 12/24/15.