New Year’s Resolutions – Revisited!

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Here are some steps to help you make your New Year’s Resolution a S.M.A.R.T. goal. 

  • S = Specific
  • M = Measurable
  • A= Action Oriented
  • R = Realistic
  • T = Timed

First, start with a general wellness goal such as, I want to feel more energetic and make healthier choices around my food. Then break that goal down into a series of S.M.A.R.T. goals. Try something like this:

Specific = I will join a health club and go three days a week.

Measurable = By February 1st I will be going consistently Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings after breakfast.

Action= I will join this Saturday.

Realistic = Is this a realistic goal? Can you join this weekend? Do you have the money or the time to do so?

Timed= After, I join this Saturday, I will start with one time per week on Monday at 5:30 p.m. In 2 weeks I will add Wednesdays after work and in 3 weeks I will add Saturdays after breakfast.

Approach your healthy eating goal the same way. Here is an example:

Specific= I will bring my lunch to work 3 days per week.

Measurable= Next Monday I will start bringing my own lunch and I will bring it on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Action=I will go to the grocery store on Sunday and buy whole wheat bread, lean sandwich meat, low-fat mayo, and baked chips to have in my lunch.

Realistic=Can you go to the grocery store on Sunday? Do you have a lunch box, an ice pack and anything else you may need in order to bring a healthy lunch?

Timed=By February 1st I will consistently be bringing my lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

January 23, 2017

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