Setting goals for the New Year? Work towards them with manageable steps.


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I know you’re all thinking about next year’s goals.  If weight loss is one of them, set your ultimate goal and then set smaller achievable goals along the way.  Find an event (a wedding or a trip) and set a goal you can work towards accomplishing for that event and it will keep you motivated to go the distance for the larger goal.  Once you reached that goal, find another event or goal that can take its place.  Maybe you should set a goal to walk or run a 5K race this spring.  That will help you accomplish your cardio exercise goal as well as accomplished something you’ve maybe never achieved before.

Several of my clients want to lose 50-100lbs.  That is an overwhelming number to think about so we break it down into 6 week goals and depending on what is going on during those 6 weeks the weight or inches lost goal may vary.  Remember you have to set a realistic achievable goal for your self.  If you will be on a cruise for two weeks during the goal time frame, you will want to reduce the number of pounds lost that you want to accomplish.

Also as you achieve these short term goals you will feel good about yourself and what you have accomplished.  That will go a long way towards achieving the long term goal.  It keeps you psyched up and you know that you can do it.

So in this time of reflection and goal setting for the coming year, set your long term goal and then set the short term steps along the way to successfully accomplishing your bigger goal.

Holly Kouvo is a certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Specialist, speaker and writer who specializes in helping people lose hundreds of pounds. Learn more at

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