When it’s time to put the cookie jar down and get back to work on being the best version of yourself, you need a good diet plan.

Here is a step-by-step guide in writing a good diet plan:

1. Get Really Clear About Your Goals

Goals are incredibly important for knowing what you’re going to be working towards. It’s bet to be as specific as possible here! Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight.” Write, “I want to weigh 120 pounds and be able to run 2 miles in 25 minutes.” These are concrete goals that you can measure. When you can measure your goals, you’re more likely to reach them. This could be the difference of losing 3 lbs or 10!

2. Create a Schedule

Don’t just say you’ll get to the gym every morning. Pull out you iCal and put down the days you are going to go to the gym and at what time. When it’s on the calendar, it looks more important and real than if you just mentally mention a workout. The “should I or shouldn’t I” game becomes much less likely.

3. Make Your Grocery List

You need healthy foods in your diet in order to make your health goals a reality. And this is all about preparation. Every weekend, get your recipes together, get to the grocery store, and prepare some meals for the week. This makes sure you don’t go hungry or “cheat” during the week. Your diet plan is on track and can’t be messed with!

4. Measure Your Progress

Pick a time frame: This could be every week ,2 weeks, or monthly. To track your progress. This doesn’t have to be a scale, you can use your “skinny jeans” and journaling exercise to reflect on your confidence and feelings, or just looking back at your gym scheduling and how often you worked out. This is holding yourself accountable and letting yourself know if you need to change any of your methods. If you realize that even though you go grocery shopping every Saturday, but by Thursday you’ve totally fallen off the wagon. Maybe you need another trip to the store Wednesday evening.

5. Use an Integrative Approach

You can’t just eat healthy. You can’t just workout. You can’t just meditate. You have to incorporate all parts of a healthy lifestyle so that you reach results! This is all about changing your thinking, balancing your emotions, and feeling secure in all of the health tools that you’ve gained during this process!

Bonus Tip: Keep a Positive Attitude!

When you go through a diet being confident, motivated, empowered, and optimistic – better results are bound to happen! Being negative and down on yourself is not going to give you the energy you need to remake you health!