Set smart goals by cutting out alcohol
If you set out on January 1 to drop 50 pounds, with no defined checkpoints in the interim, you’ll lose sight of the meaningful-but-less-impressive-sounding victories that happen along the way. “Instead, think smaller, like a pound a week. That’s 50 pounds in a year! That can really add up.”
Alternatively, don’t tie your goals to weight loss itself. Instead, focus on actionable habits, like working out four times a week, or walking up the stairs to your third-floor office every day. When you incorporate healthier tendencies as part of your lifestyle, you’ll start to see numbers on the scale shift in the right direction. And if for any reason that result takes a little longer than you’d hoped, you’re less likely to become discouraged in the meantime.