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Focus on Your Goal

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author image Jess Barron
Jess Barron is head of editorial at LIVESTRONG.COM.She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio. Barron's writing has appeared on Wired.com, Yahoo! and Poprocks.com.
Focus on Your Goal
See it. Believe it. Achieve it. Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

Have you been following along with the STRONGER challenge? If you have, you're almost done with your first week — congrats! To help you keep your eyes on the prize, here's a one-minute motivation message from STRONGER trainer Nicky Holender.

Now is a great time to take a pause and ask yourself why you're doing this. What's your goal? Is it to lose weight? Feel healthier and more energized? Build strength and lean muscle? Be able to keep up with your league soccer team?

Whatever your goal is, make it S.M.A.R.T. That means having a goal that's Specific (set a number or parameters), Measurable (track your progress), Achievable (make sure they're realistic), Relevant (do they impact your life?) and Timely (give yourself a deadline).

If your goals is to fitness, nutrition or weight loss based, let LIVESTRONG.COM help you track your progress toward your goal. You can track your daily food intake on MyPlate, do your daily workouts on STRONGER and track other goals like weight loss and water intake through your LIVESTRONG.COM dashboard.

And make sure you join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation!

How to Sign Up for STRONGER and the FREE Meal Plan

1. If you’re not already a registered MyPlate user, go here to sign up for STRONGER. Once you sign up, log in to MyPlate and click on the Workouts tab to access each day’s workout, and click on the Track tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and to track what you actually ate.

2. If you are already a registered MyPlate user, log in to MyPlate and make sure you are using the ALL-NEW version of MyPlate. If you are using the old version, you will see a banner that looks like this:

This banner indicates that you are using the old version of MyPlate.
This banner indicates that you are using the old version of MyPlate. Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

Click on it to go to the new MyPlate. Then click on the Workouts tab. On the right-hand side of the page, you should see a box that says “Join STRONGER Now.”

Select the start date and then check the boxes to receive the meal plan and the daily STRONGER emails. Then you press the “Join STRONGER” button.

After that, click the Workouts tab to access each day’s workout, and click on the Track tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner and to track what you actually ate.

When you click on the Track tab, the meal plan will look like this:

Record your daily meals using the Track tab.
Record your daily meals using the Track tab. Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

To view the full recipes in MyPlate, just click on the food name, such as Zucchini Veggie Burger.

Join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation!

Readers – Are you joining us in the 8-week STRONGER Challenge? What do you think of the STRONGER workouts and the meal plan? Are you having any trouble accessing and using them? Have you ever done a fitness challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our STRONGER Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
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  • Female
  • Male
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