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Hi, guys! TGIF! I hope you guys have a great weekend planned. I sure am looking forward to mine, considering I’ll be attending the Taylor Swift concert on Saturday. EEEK!

This is definitely the season of events and go, go, go- from parties to holiday baking it’s easy to lose focus on fitness and nutrition. Over the last couple of months, I’ve noticed myself getting a little lax in the nutrition department. I’m pushing through, though, and setting new goals for myself.

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With all that is to come over the next couple of holiday months, it is imperative that I get my act together, buckle down and set my eyes on the prize. My goal is to make it through November and December without putting on the common 5 pounds of holiday weight gain.

I truly believe, failing to plan is planning to fail. In an effort to conquer my goals and have a fun, yet, healthy next couple of months, I’ve compiled a few tips to help me keep on keepin’ on. 😉

  • Set realistic, specific goals- Your goal should be more specific than “eating healthy”. If your goals are too broad, you may find ways to waver from the mindset that will actually help you reach your goal. There are too many things that fit into the category of eating healthy. You have to be able to measure your goal to truly track progress. So instead of “eating healthy”, how about eat at least 5 vegetable servings 6 days per week?
  • Be all in- Stay focused on the goals you have set for yourself. You may goof up a couple of days, but don’t let a couple of days completely undo all of the hard work you’ve put in.
  • Focus on small, gradual changes- Be prepared and plan the changes you will make the first week. After the first week, you can make changes according to how things went. You may need to tweak your goals as you go and that’s okay.
  • Find support- having a buddy to hold you accountable is a good kind of peer pressure. It’s also fun and motivating to have someone to work with you toward a goal.
  • Track progress and reward yourself for small successes- Keeping track of your progress is important for reminding yourself of the end-goal and it will let you know what’s working and what’s not. Treating yourself for small victories along the way is ultra motivating and can have big rewards in the end.

I have found that small treats, even daily, help to motivate and a teensy bit of chocolate usually does the job. 🙂 One of my reward choices as of late are goodnessknows®snack squares. Crafted with real fruit, dark chocolate and whole nuts in bite-size portions, it’s a great way to do something good for ourselves.

goodnessknows®snack squares- crafted with real fruit, dark chocolate and whole nuts in bite-size portions, it's a great way to do something good for ourselves!

goodnessknows® snack squares have no high fructose corn syrup and contain no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Each goodnessknows® snack squares serving (4 squares) has 150 calories. You feel like you’re getting a substantial snack, yet they are satisfying without going overboard on the calorie count.

goodnessknows®snack squares- crafted with real fruit, dark chocolate and whole nuts in bite-size portions, it's a great way to do something good for ourselves!

goodnessknows ® snack squares aren’t just good tasting, they also have good ingredients. Take that back… GREAT ingredients! goodnessknows ® snack squares are taking goodness to greatness! One of my favorite things about this yummy snack is that they come divided into cute little snack squares. The perfect size to pop in your mouth!

goodnessknows®snack squares- crafted with real fruit, dark chocolate and whole nuts in bite-size portions, it's a great way to do something good for ourselves!

Pictured above, I was enjoying the Cranberry, Almond, Dark Chocolate flavor, which is incredibly delicious. Equally wonderful, the goodnessknows® snack squares are also available in Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate and Peach & Cherry, Almond, Dark Chocolate. I found my goodnessknows® snack squares conveniently located at the checkout lanes at my local Walmart.

goodnessknows®snack squares- crafted with real fruit, dark chocolate and whole nuts in bite-size portions, it's a great way to do something good for ourselves!

Something to think about….

Do you have any health related goals you’re working toward? Please share!

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