The start of each year brings new beginnings, new motivation, and new goals to accomplish. Many people wish for weight loss while others may seek something different. Before you make any goals, make sure you’re preparing yourself for success.\nHow to make realistic goals\nThere’s a lot more behind goal making then just defining what your goal is. Below are some things to think about when trying to make a realistic goal for yourself:\n\nThink about what’s important to you\nWhat would this goal help you to achieve?\nHow would you feel if you reached this goal?\nBe specific\nThink measurable and attainable\nRelevant to where you are in life right now\nTime bound\n\nThe next step in creating goals for yourself \nMake sure you write your goal down so that you can visualize it. This way you’re easily reminded to get things done and stay motivated. \n\nSet an alarm for yourself at a certain time each day as a reminder to work towards your goal, however that may be\nMake your phone background an inspirational quote or make it a list of things you should be getting done each day based on your goals\n\n \nBariatric support groups can provide much help as well. \n \nHow to stay motivated in achieving your goals\nThe real challenge is finding ways to stay motivated to accomplish your goals. Below are outlets to utilize in order to promote and maintain motivation towards your goals. \n\nSurround yourself with positive people that support you and your motives \nJoin a bariatric support group\nUtilize social media outlets and online classes that can offer you virtual motivation\nTry a sample box of bariatric fusion\nDon’t make excuses, there’s always a way\nBelieve in yourself\n\n\nPrepare for setbacks\nLearn what works and what doesn’t. If something doesn’t work for you, recognize it and rebound quickly. Some tips to handle setbacks are:\n\nInvolve others who support you and are willing to check in with you\nLook at the bigger picture and have positive reinforcement\nEven if you don’t reach your goals in the time frame you set for yourself, recognize what you did accomplish\n\nIf you prepare for barriers and roadblocks you can set yourself up for a successful journey. Remember that setbacks are normal, especially with rapid weight loss. Weight plateaus and weight regain are not unusual, the most important thing is how you handle those challenges. \nHow to stay accountable\n\nTrack daily progress and self-monitor with an app (MyFitnessPal, MyPlate)\nWeekly weigh ins\nVisit a dietitian monthly\nHave a family member check in on you\nTrack body measurements \n\nCelebrate progress\nCelebrate your achievements no matter how small it may seem. \n\nBuy yourself some new clothes when you reach weight loss goals\nTry not to reward with food\nSmall vacations\nParties\nSpa\nNew shoes\nNew kitchen set\n\nIf you’re looking to celebrate without breaking the bank, reward yourself with more time for a hobby you enjoy or take the day to relax and focus on yourself. \nTake away \nIt’s not always smooth sailing when you’re working on weight loss whether it be surgically induced, medical weight loss, or just weight loss on your own. They call it a weight loss journey for a reason. After bariatric surgery, you have a jumpstart on a new life that you have to work at every day to see results. You have to incorporate behavior and lifestyle change in order to see these results. Challenges will continue to pop up along your journey, but setting achievable goals will keep you motivated and on the right track.\n**This blog is for information and education purposes only. This information is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions in regards to a medical condition. A qualified healthcare professional can best assist you in deciding whether a dietary supplement is suitable based on your individual needs.