Setting Yourself Up for Success


It is easy to say you want to be stronger or eat healthier. The challenge is starting to establish the habits necessary to accomplish and maintain those goals. Follow these tips to set yourself up for success. You can do this!

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

S.M.A.R.T.  stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. Take the time to think of each one of these categories when setting goals for yourself. For example, “I will run 3 days a week for 30 minutes each.” Be confident in your goals. It is extremely demotivating to not accomplish a goal because it was unrealistic.  Establish goals for the next week, month, 6-months, and year. NOW WRITE THEM DOWN!

Plan ahead

Keep a schedule. Every Sunday I write down when I plan on working out that week and what type of workout I will be doing. Treat it like an appointment that you can’t miss. This alleviates the stress of trying to squeeze in a workout whenever you have free time.

Meal prep is another great way to make your week easier. I find a couple new recipes every week and prep on Sundays. A few of my regular meals are blueberry overnight oats, broccoli chopped salad with a honey mustard vinaigrette, and cilantro-lime chicken with a mango avocado salsa.

Make it Fun

Mix it up. Try different classes, run on a different trail, or grab a friend for a partner workout. Changing up your fitness routine makes it more fun and keeps you looking forward to your workouts.

Track your Success

Start a fitness journal. Recording your progress allows you to look back on all your hard work and motivates you to be consistent with your exercise routine. There are many free apps that you can download to log your workouts.

Health fitness assessments are an additional option for those looking to more thoroughly track their success. During a session a professional evaluates your general health, body composition, cardiovascular endurance, strength, and mobility. These assessments are now available at AddeoFit!

Reward Yourself

You deserve to treat yourself! It is hard work to consistently exercise and maintain a healthy diet. Set benchmarks for yourself, choose a reward that you look forward to, and treat yourself once you accomplish your goal. You should be proud of your successes.

Remember Why You Started

Sometimes life throws something your way or you just hit a wall. It happens to everyone. The key to pushing through it is reminding yourself why you started. Think of your “why” and WRITE IT DOWN! Put it on a post-it note on the fridge, write it in your journal, or save a picture to your home screen. Have it somewhere that you can easily see to motivate you when you need it most.

Kickoff 2020

On January 31st, I will be leading a group session where you will establish S.M.A.R.T. goals, learn nutrition tips, and set your training plan. It’s the perfect way to set yourself up for success in 2020! Sign-up at the AddeoFit front desk or at



Amber Tanski is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist at AddeoFit. Her fascination of human movement brought her to UW-Milwaukee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Passionate about rehabilitation, Amber went on to earn an Orthopedic Exercise Specialist Certification. This allowed her to increase her knowledge of post-surgical rehab recovery as well as recovery from athletic injuries. She has experience working with a diverse population including youth athletes, cancer and stroke survivors, and children with autism. To continue on the path of rehabilitation, Amber has been accepted to Concordia University Wisconsin to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

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