It is the first week of December and you know what that means? Yes, it is 3 weeks until Christmas, but it is also time to start setting those New Year’s Resolutions. You know the ones that we always set like; I am going to stop smoking, I am going to start eating better, I am going to clean out the attic or garage, I am going to lose weight and I am going to start exercising. There are so many resolutions made for so many different reasons for so many different people. Why do we start out like gangbusters and then 2 months into our resolution, we run out of gas and stop pursuing our goal? Well, two of the biggest reasons for the loss of motivation in completing your New Year’s goal are that you did not plan it out or it may have been too much for you to accomplish. Have you ever heard the phrase “Failing to plan, is planning to fail?” This year I want you to think about the goal that did not get done and this time approach it from a different mindset. This year let’s put together a plan that incorporates the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting principles. The acronym’s letters have several different variations, but I am using the following: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rewards based and Time bound. So, if your goal is to try and lose some lbs. in 2017, let’s see how we can make that a goal that follows the S.M.A.R.T. principles.
You have set a goal for yourself to lose 20 pounds in 2017. You have determined that you want to lose this weight before the first day of summer. In fact, you are going to book one of those last minute summer vacation deals you always see advertised, but have never pulled the trigger on. So let’s put that into New Year’s Resolution lingo, I will lose 20 pounds by June 21st and when I do I am going to Jamaica! Sounds great, but does it pass the S.M.A.R.T. test.
1. Specific? Yes this goal is specific as it clearly states that your goal is not to just lose some weight, but to lose 20 pounds.
2. Measurable? If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it. So, in this case, yes as your progress can be measured and tracked via the weight scales where you will get instant feedback on your progress.
3. Attainable? It is very possible and safe to drop a pound a week. Creating a daily to weekly calorie deficit by safely reducing calories consumed partnered with an increase in calories burned through activity and exercise will help you achieve this goal. So, another yes to the S.M.A.R.T. principle.
4. Rewards based? Yes, by planning to take that vacation, you are setting your eyes on the reward for your hard work. Pull samples of these vacation deals and keep them where you can see them as gentle reminders of the finish line celebration.
5. Time bound? Targeting the Summer Solstice, June 21, you have set the timeline for your goal. At just over 24 weeks for you to achieve this goal, and 1 pound a week to drop the 20, another yes to your resolution goal being smart.
You can take any resolution you are thinking of setting and run it through the S.M.A.R.T. test. If you can get a yes for each principle, you have a greater chance of succeeding, but you must adhere to your plan.
If you need some help with an exercise or weight loss goal, seek the guidance of a certified fitness professional to assist you in creating a safe plan. Strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, nutrition coaching and recovery strategies are all required for you to succeed. All of the professionals at Poston’s Fitness for Life are experienced in helping clients achieve their goals. Give us a call and let us help you make 2017 the year you meet YOUR New Year’s Resolution S.M.A.R.T. goal(s). I wish you great health and joy as we wind down 2016 and look forward to 2017. Bob