How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? That bad, huh?
The problem with resolutions is that we start off strong but we lose momentum along the way. We run into an obstacle or we lack the discipline to follow through with achieving our goals.
Sometimes, the problem IS the goal.
Today, I’ll introduce you, or reintroduce you, to the S.M.A.R.T. model. S.M.A.R.T. is used in the business world for project and performance management. It is way evaluating objectives, or in this case, goals. It stands for:
S – Specific: The goal must be detailed instead of general.
M – Measurable: The goal must include some sort of measurement for goal achievement.
A – Attainable: The goal must be one that can be comfortably reached.
R – Realistic: The goal must be one that you are willing and able to achieve.
T – Timely or tangible: The goal must meet a time frame.
For me, my S.M.A.R.T. goal for this month is to lose 6 pounds by March 31st. This plan includes the following:
- Healthy meals that are low in sodium and fat
- At least 4 small meals each day, heavy on fruits and vegs
- One serving of fish each week
- One cheat day each week (French fries or ice cream is allowed on that day)
- NO CHINESE FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH (it IS realistic because I once went 3 months without General Tso’s!)
- Walking at least 3 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Weigh in on the scale at least 3 times a week.
- Journal all foods on http://caloriecount.about.com/
Accountability – Check in on Fridays
- With Willie
- With Monica
- With Leah
Reward for reaching goal: DVD (under $15)
God bless and have a good day!
Quotes of the day:
One should eat to live, not live to eat. ~Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV
Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake. ~Author Unknown