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In our previous post, we discussed the importance of seeking professional advice before beginning a new fitness program. We also spoke about our expectations for one another.
Now, what about those clear goals?
Before beginning, it is important to have realistic and attainable goals set and placed in a visible area as a reminder of what we are striving to achieve. When making goals, we use the SMART method to ensure our goals are attainable and actionable.
Specific - Setting specific goals will help us understand and identify the main goal. It
is not enough to write I want to live healthier because the statement could apply to a number of different habits. We should be very specific about the habit we are addressing in our goal.
For example, my specific goal is to lose weight.
Measurable- A measurable goal is one that we can see proof of our accomplishment.
For example, I will lose 50 pounds. The number of pounds I plan to lose can be seen on a weight scale along with the progress I do or do not make along the way. This measurable goal helps me to evaluate the effectiveness of my plan.
Attainable - We want to make sure the measurable and specific goal we make is a
goal we will be able to achieve. Also, we want to achieve the goal in a short period of time because the quick win will motivate us to continue our journey.
For example, in my measurable goal, I stated I wanted to lose 50 pounds. Well. . . , losing fifty pounds will require at least five months to attain. My goal is good for an intermediate goal; however, for a short term goal, it is not attainable. I need to adjust my goal to losing 10 pounds because I know this is possible in the short term.
Relevant - Our goal should be motivating not another task. Add a meaningful why to
our goal will increase our chances of success. It is the statement we need to remind us on our most difficult days to choose the salad over the burger and exercise rather than watch mindless t.v. Remember the why needs to be meaningful. It is not enough to say I want to lose weight because I hate the way I look. We need more motivation because clothes and girdles can make us look better. Our goal needs to speak to us on a deeper level.
For example, I want to lose weight because all my weight lives in my midsection which is a dangerous place. To decrease my chances of heart disease and diabetes, I want to lose weight. I want to be alive and active for my great grandchildren.
Timely - It is important to decide on a deadline for accomplishing our specific,
measurable, attainable, and relevant goal. The deadline will kick us into action. The deadline, as discussed in the attainable section, should be short term and should consider the number of sacrifices we are willing to make with our schedule, eating habits, and workouts.
For example, I am willing to workout everyday for approximately 80 minutes. I am also willing to make incremental changes to my eating habits, so I plan to lose the weight in six weeks which calculates to almost two pounds per week.
My SMART goal for EverLasting Fitness is to lose 10 pounds in six weeks because I want to prevent myself from developing heart disease and diabetes.
Now, it is your turn. Take a few minutes to create your EverLasting Fitness SMART goal. When you are done, place your goal in the comments section, so we may support each other.
I cannot guarantee results. I can guarantee, though, a support group of women who will encourage you through your journey.
For more information on creating SMART goals, read How to Set a Fitness Goal That You Can Actually Measure by Alexa Tucker.