There are pivotal moments in our lives when we know it’s time to make a change. Making the decision to improve your health is among the most important decisions you can make. Are you thinking about how to improve your health to better manage your weight? Have you set goals for yourself but find that you are not able to reach them?
Making a major health change requires not only great motivation but also proper planning. This is where SMART goals can make a huge difference, regardless of how large or small they may be.
SMART is an acronym composed of five components: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Here are some practical ways you can put SMART goals into action towards managing your weight.
It is important for your goals to be clear and easy to follow. While your intention is to be healthier, that is usually too broad of a goal to actually reach. With so many different ways to get healthy, it is important to be specific. For example, “I aim to lose 9 pounds” “I will stop smoking” or “I aim to walk around my neighborhood more often” are specific goals to reach toward.
Make Your Goal Measurable
Once you have established a specific goal, now it’s time to make it measurable. But what exactly does this mean? Measurable means adding tangible numbers to your goal to make it possible to better track your progress. To expand upon one of our previous examples: “I aim to lose 3 pounds each month to lose 9 total pounds in 3 months.”
Make Your Goals Attainable
Setting ambitious goals are noble but can sometimes do more harm than good if they are too lofty. It is important to know your limits and use that knowledge to help shape your approach to success. It is also useful to make sure that your goals reflect where you are right now in your journey. It’s not always helpful to compare your goals to someone else’s because everyone is different.
Make Your Goals Relevant
Before establishing your SMART goals, make sure they are relevant to where you are right now. Think about how much time you have to devote to your goal. How important is it to you to lose weight right now? Do you need support and, if so, do you have a system in place to keep you accountable that works for you at this time? Thinking critically will help ensure that your goals are attainable.
Make Your Goals Time-bound
Establishing your goals becomes less relevant if you do not also include a clear timeline. Deadlines help make your goals realistic and tangible. Keeping the end-game in mind and holding yourself accountable at specified intervals along the way can be a great source of motivation. For example, expanding upon our earlier goal: “Starting on March 1, I aim to lose 3 pounds each month to lose 9 total pounds by May 31.”
Now that you have the tips to make your weight management goals SMART, you can be better prepared for a successful outcome!
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