This time of year is always full of good intentions. If you are like many Americans, losing weight is your New Year’s resolution. So, you start the New Year off on the right foot by buying more produce at the grocery store and signing up for that extra Zumba class at the gym. You have 12 months ahead of you to change your eating habits, exercise more and finally drop that weight. But, if you’re like me, 12 months turns into six months and six months turns into “maybe next year.”
The problem with “losing weight” as a New Year’s resolution is that it’s too broad of a goal. In order to be successful, you need to set SMART goals that will help you drop the pounds. SMART is an acronym that was developed to help managers set and follow through with certain objectives. However, the same technique can be applied to any area of your life you may want to improve through goal-setting.
When setting a weight loss goal, think in SMART terms. Decide how much weight you want to lose over the course of the year and break it down from there.
Your goal might look like this: “I will lose two pounds per month for 12 months (specific, attainable, timely). I will track my progress by weighing myself once a week and earning extra time at the spa when I achieve my goal (measureable, rewarding).
By breaking your goal down into smaller, more manageable goals, you will feel less overwhelmed and make progress towards your larger goal.
Good luck with your 2014 goal setting!