Happy New Year lovely people!
I hope the holiday season was a blast and you feel ready to tackle 2012! Let’s make this year the best ever for your health and body.
Did you make any new year resolutions to lose weight? Of the 40-45% of Americans that make resolutions, weight loss tops the charts as a new year’s resolution. But according to the experts, many have already failed by now. So not surprisingly, losing weight is also the most commonly broken new year’s resolution! January is now in full swing and it’s time to get motivated and moving.
I personally think anytime is perfect time to make a change and start again – as long as you follow through. Getting serious and sticking to your resolutions is not so easy without considering goal setting and planning!
Goal setting is the most important part of the process. Without anything to aim for, you’re heading on a track to nowhere. Visualizing success and achieving your goals can provide much needed motivation on days when the going is tough. When setting a goal, consider using the SMART principle to set yourself up for success.
Specific – make your goal really concise rather than a broad ‘I want to lose weight’. Apply the six “W” questions to make it really specific: What, Where, When, Who, Which, Why. Your goal could be ‘I want to lose 10lbs’ or ‘I would like to run 1 mile without stopping’ or ‘I want to workout consistently 3 times/week’.
Measurable – keeping track of your progress towards your goal is much easier if you can measure it. And for losing weight – this doesn’t mean you have to jump on the scales. The best way to measure progress for fat loss is a simple tape measure circumference of your waist, butt and thighs – or any other body part you’re looking to change.
Attainable – when you set a goal that is very important to you, you develop the attitudes, abilities and skills to reach them. You can achieve any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.
Realistic – many people fail with their goals when they were never realistic in the first place. The goal must represent what you are willing and able to do. It’s OK to set high goals for weight loss, but you must be willing to do the hard work and change your lifestyle.
Timely – set a realistic time frame to achieve your goal. Both short and long term planning can be beneficial to reaching you goals. Setting a long term goal to lose 25lbs in 6 months could seem daunting, although losing 1.5lbs per week is definitely more achievable and will keep you focused on your long term objective.
This goal setting principle can be applied to many aspects of your life, and will help motivate you to achieve your dreams.
Set a SMART goal, make an awesome plan and follow it. Declare it – go on, I know it’s daggy but put it on the fridge. You will succeed!