It’s that time of year again, when we all want to start fresh for the new year. Whether your 2016 goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, stick to a specific fitness routine or eat healthier, we need to really think about actually attaining these goals.
It is so easy to make “resolutions” and not stick to them. But that’s not the point of setting these goals. We set these goals to accomplish something and feel good about ourselves. Here are some tips on how to set goals (not resolutions) that are actually attainable.
I have written about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals before and Jess has talked about them in classes and at meetings. If you aren’t aware. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. If you create a goal that follows all of these criteria, you are much more likely to actually accomplish them. For more information on setting a S.M.A.R.T. goal for yourself, click here.
Just because it is the season for New Year’s resolutions, doesn’t mean you have to swear not to eat chocolate for a whole year (who could really achieve that!). Start small. Set a goal for January or the first week of January. Make sure it is something doable. Don’t say I am going to work out every single day this week if you know you have to miss three classes for family obligations. Promise yourself you will eat healthier on the days you can’t make it to class. When you achieve that goal, set a new goal and give yourself a little reward.
My goal for the new year over all is to eat healthier. I want to start in January by doing some research and getting some advice, while cutting out all the garbage I have been consuming the last month. Once I have my game plan, I can move on to bigger goals and maybe weight loss.
Write Your Goals Down
In the day of technology, we don’t write much down. Go old school on this one if it will help you. Keep a notebook with any notes related to obtaining your goals. Write down struggles you had or achievements pertaining to your goal.
Another option is downloading an app. Sure you can use MyFitnessPal or another app related to tracking calories and exercise. There are other apps out there for all kinds of goals. Apps like GoalsonTrack (free), HabitList ($3.99) and Lift (free) will help you not only with fitness goals but work goals, money goals and other goals.
Schedule Time for Your Goals
Life is crazy for all of us. Between work, kid’s schedules and household chores there is little time left for anything except sleep. To achieve your goal, you need to spend time working on it. Whether it’s fitting in that 5:30 pm TNT class or preparing meals for the week, force yourself to make time. You won’t be sorry you did.
Lean on a Friend
When you have a bad day or week and feel discouraged, lean on a friend. There are 358 members of the S.W.E.A.T. Motivation group on Facebook that would be happy to lend support. Post something, text someone, talk to someone in class. Everyone has been where you are and has a different outlook on how to keep going.
I hope this helps everyone think about setting attainable goals for 2016. Support and help each other so we can all reach our goals.
Happy New Year!