Instead of New Year’s resolutions I want to focus on goal setting that way each month you can work on a different goal instead of one idea throughout the whole year. In this weeks weight loss support group we all had to come up with one goal. My first goal for January is no eating after 8pm. This is an action goal to obtain the overall goal of weight loss throughout the year. Let’s see how it works…..
I encourage everyone to practice goal setting. Let’s get on track together this year and take baby steps to better health along the way.
When goal setting use the acronym SMART. This means you goal should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timebound. An example would be I will lose weight. This is a specific goal. This will be measured by weighing yourself and sticking to a number. Making it attainable will be a realistic weight loss goal. This could be a certain percentage of body weight or weight to lose each month or week like a 5 pound weight loss each month. Time-specific hosed means that you will lose the weight in a specific time frame.
An example of this would be I will lose 15 pounds of weight in 3 months.
Using the SMART technique is a great way to get to your goals. It might be a good idea to add some action oriented SMART goals so it is easier to obtain your overall goal. Examples would be;
I will walk 5 days every week for 30 minutes each.
I will drink water instead of soda every day this week.
I will bring my lunch to work instead of eating out 4 days this week.
Good luck on planning your goals. Please share them on our Facebook page. Let us know how you are doing