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Happy New Year to all. Okay everyone were about a week into 2019 and I’m sure everyone has made New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions seems to be an ongoing thing but how many of us actually stick to our New Year’s resolutions, how many of us say were on a lose weight this year, how many people holler new year new me, how many people decide that this is the year they will finally get their finances together only to get to the end of January and realize that they’ve done nothing.
Tons of people look at a new year as a time to start over, but who wants to keep starting over every year to get nowhere. As one of my mentors Lanee Javet says new year improved me. I like that saying so much better because we can’t create a new us overnight we can’t start new everything that we’ve learned from childhood, from young adulthood, all of that is ingrained in us and has create us to be the person that we are today. If we are not satisfied with the person that we are today than we can always improve ourselves and change to be a better person. We can’t just automatically change and be a totally different person than we were the night before New Year’s struck.Most New Year’s resolutions fail because most people don’t take the time to actually come up with a plan of action to make their new year resolution fully successful.
To start with let’s set some smart goals that’s the acronym S. M. A. R. T. Smart goals stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant. and timely. So now we know that our goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. Let’s use an example to further explain how to implement smart goals. I will use weight loss because that’s one of my goals in 2019. Okay,I want to lose weight.How much weight do I want to lose; I want to lose 10 pounds. I want to lose 10 pounds by the end of March. 10 pounds by the end of March gives me three months to lose 10 pounds.I plan on losing these 10 pounds by going to see a personal trainer once a week and I’m going to go to the gym on my own twice a week so that the total going to the gym three times a week. I’m going to watch my calorie intake and keep my calorie range between 1200 to 1500 calories a day . I’m not one that can restrict what I truly eat. I like to eat I don’t like to be restricted or told what I can and can’t do so therefore I eat whatever I want. I put the emphasis on specific calorie limits because if I want a cheesesteak I’m going to have a cheesesteak. Maybe not the whole cheesesteak because it is like 700 calories but maybe half the cheesesteak. I’m going to increase my water intake to at least 96 ounces a day. I like to use the 32 ounce water bottles. If I drink three of those a day and I got my 96 oz of water. First thing I do when I wake up in the morning is drink one bottle before I go to work or even start my day. I try to have another one at breakfast so that I have now knocked out half of it before noon. It might take me until the time go to bed to finish the last one. Let’s recap and make sure I have set S.M.A.R.T. weight loss goals.
Specific= (who,what,when,& how) I will lose 10 pounds , by keeping my calories between 1200 cal. – 1500 calories daily and increasing my water intake to 96 oz.daily.I will also see a personal trainer once a week and go to the gym twice a week on my own.
Measurable= (can I quantify my success?) I will weigh myself every Wednesday to track my progress.
Attainable= (do I have the resources to achieve?) Yes,I will use a food tracking app to track my calories and water intake. I was gifted 7 personal trainer sessions, therefore I can commit to a trainer without hurting my budget.
Relevant= ( what’s my Why ?) I want to be healthier and not get short of breath when I climb 2 flights of stairs.
Timely= ( what’s the end date) I will lose my 10 pounds by March 31, 2019.
Well, it looks like I have successfully created my S.M.A.R.T. weight loss goals. Now let me get started losing this weight.