By: Kate Adams, Dietitian
It’s new year’s resolution season, which means the gym will be packed and many will promise to “eat healthy” in the year to come. How often have you made a resolution to eat better or lose weight? For most, the high hope of a new year’s resolution doesn’t make it to the Super Bowl. Make 2014 the year that it happens by setting SMART goals for yourself.
SMART stands for Specific, Measureable, Accountable, Realistic and Timely. You are far more likely to succeed if your goals have these qualities. Let’s say you have a goal to lose weight. How can you make that a SMART goal?
It may be beneficial to set small goals to help you keep your new year’s resolution. Focusing on the process instead of the outcome is the key; you must change your habits and behaviors to maintain your goal. Set goals related to both physical activity and food/nutrition. Examples include: “I will drink no more than 2 cans of regular soda each week” or “I will walk for 30 minutes before work three days per week.” Gradually build on your goals, walk 5 days per week or increase the time to 45 minutes. These small goals should be stepping stones to your long-term goal.
Don’t be afraid to change goals as you continue on your journey. Maybe they are no longer realistic because of a new job. Or perhaps you didn’t set the bar high enough and need a new goal to push you further. You should always be reassessing your goals. As always remember if any diet or magic pill sounds too good to be true, it likely is!
Happy New Year!