Set REALISTIC goals– Setting realistic goals is crucial for weight loss success. Unrealistic goals can cause despair, hinder your motivation and set you up for failure. If you are working hard and cannot achieve your goal, more than likely you will give up. It is tough to stay motivated when you are not succeeding at the goals you set for yourself. So how do you go about creating a goal that will lead you to victory? Using the famous goal-setting acronym “SMART” can help you plan realistic goals that will set you up for success.
S- Specific goals- Create specific goals by using the “W” questions we all learned in grammar school. Yes this may seem redundant but laying out specific examples will help track your progression. Ask yourself WHAT you want to achieve, WHY you want to achieve these goals, WHO do you want to help you in this process, WHERE or what environment will help you get there and WHICH method will help get you there.
M- Measurable goals- Think about what you are capable of with the lifestyle you live. Set dates, plan ahead, and keep track of your progression. Focus more on your overall health and not just the number on the scale. Keep a checklist of your daily goals so that you can visually remind yourself you are doing the right thing.
A- Attainable– Like I preached before, making realistic and attainable goals is the key for success. When you set a realistic goal that is important to you, you work harder to reach it. Once you have a goal in mind, whether it’s to lose a pound a week or run a 5k, ask yourself how you can succeed. If you can answer that question, your goal is attainable and achievable.
R- Relevant– This goes along with specificity. Create smaller goals that will help you reach your bigger goals. For example, a relevant short term goal could be to consume a serving of fruits or vegetables every day. Doing so provides nutritional nutrients that are essential for weight loss. Relevant goals will keep you on a path and will help avoid the possibility of straying away from that path.
T-Time-bound- Setting times and dates to measure your achievements will help you stay motivated. If you don’t have short term goals to measure, you may get discouraged and become anxious for results. If you lay out smaller goals that you can measure daily and weekly, you will be reassured that you are on the right track to reach your long term goal. So ask yourself, what you want for yourself today, in a week, month and a year from now. Once you figure that you, you are ready to begin your journey to victory.
Example of daily goals:
– Eat 1 serving of fruit and veggies
– Drink 6-8 cups of water
– Go the extra step. Park your car further away and take the stairs whenever possible
– Eat every 2-3 hours going no more than 4 hours without eating
– Get in 30 minutes of exercise, even if it is 3-10 minute bouts
– Eat breakfast
– Eat protein with every meal
– Take daily vitamins
– Write down one positive thing about the day
– Eat at the dinner table and give yourself at least 20 minutes after you eat before you go for a another serving
– Give yourself 10 minutes of alone time to de-stress
– Plan your meals and exercises for the next day
These daily goals will get you one step closer to your bigger goal of weight loss. If there are a few things to take away from this it is: be organized, plan ahead, stay motivated and remember why achieving this goal is important to you!