Right now you are probably focused on a variety of goals to accomplish since joining the gym, which is natural. Getting started in a new workout routine sets the stage for personal transformations. But, history shows us that most people will decide to join a fitness club and then they won’t utilize it.

I know I’ve been guilty of falling off the fitness wagon. Have you?

Maybe you purchased a gym membership and never miss a day, but fail to stick to your diet. It could be a number of other commitments that you resolved to make but never took action. It’s Ok- you’re human. And that’s what we humans like to do.

Truth is you like the idea of transformation, but you know little about the practice of transformation. Creating a healthier life or taking your vision to the next level is hard work; it’s a journey. It’s not about fads, quick fixes, or the celebrity health trend du jour. It’s about consistency. It’s about taking repeated action. It’s about dedicating an entire year to exploring and cultivating a healthier lifestyle that works for you. It’s about making SMART resolutions once and for all.

If you feel you are stuck in a fitness rut, try applying these SMART principals to any goal.

S – Be specific in what you want to accomplish. Vowing to “eat healthy” will only get you nowhere fast. Instead, pledge to fade out processed foods from your pantry, incorporate a fruit or vegetable into every meal, or commit to drink half your body weight in water, daily. 

M – Make it measureable. Set goals that can be answered with a simple yes or no to determine success. Did I purchase anything processed at the grocery store? Yes or no. Did I have a fruit or vegetable at breakfast, lunch, and dinner today? Yes or no. Did I drink the proper ounces of water today? Yes or no.

A – Set achievable benchmarks. Great, you want to run a marathon this year, but you’ve never jogged as far as to the mailbox. Start by doing a couch to 5K program, and get involved with a local running group who specializes in making marathon dreams come true. Or, focus on 10,000 steps daily for good health.

R- For heaven’s sake, be realistic! Promising to cook every meal from scratch when you struggle to boil water is a recipe for failure.  Aim for one new healthy recipe a week. Better yet, start a healthy recipe club with your friends, co-workers, or small groups for support and creativity.

TTime it along the way. Long term goals are not a good deadline for the procrastinator in us all.  Make many mini SMART goals every week or month that will get you to your ultimate goal. You know the saying, “Eat this elephant one bite at a time!”

The truth is that you can change your life anytime. Right now is just a great a moment to take action as tomorrow, or Monday. Don’t keep putting off your goals. Get SMART and start achieving your fitness dreams.

Rebecca Turner is a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics and author of "Mind Over Fork." She is available for personal consults. Email her at RebeccaTurnerNutrition@gmail.com Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @RebeccaTurnerNutrition.