By Jason Rosell
After numerous holiday parties, drinks with friends, and candy at the office, thousands of people will make a New Year’s resolution to start fresh on January 1st. But what if you started one or two weeks early? Instead of playing catch up and trying to undo the damage you caused during the holidays, you could start the New Year off in a better position than you are in now! Follow my “SMART” program for staying on track with your health and fitness goals during this holiday season and upcoming New Year.
Week 1: Let’s begin jumpstarting our New Years’ Resolution by creating ‘SMART’ goals.
If there is one thing all successful people have in common, it’s creating S.M.A.R.T goals—Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Realistic, and Timely. If you don’t create a ‘SMART’ goal, it’s very difficult to accomplish it. Start this holiday season off by writing out your SMART goals and you’ll be one step closer to reaching them!
Specific— Write out a specific and tangible goal. Having a vague goal makes it very difficult to execute a plan of action and create a direct route to reach your goals. You should be able to answer the 5 W’s—Who, What, Where, When, How. Examples of specific goals are: “I’d like to lose 5 lbs by January 1” and “I’d like to maintain my weight of…”An example of a vague goal is: “I want to lose some weight”— it’s hard to hold yourself accountable to that vague goal.
Measurable –The saying is true: “What gets measured gets managed.” Whatever your goal is, create a way to measure it. Some choose to weigh themselves in once a week, take progress pictures, or try on their skinny jeans. Choose something that will measure your progress in some way. This will keep you on the right track to meeting your goals.
Accountable — Make sure you check in with yourself daily to hold yourself accountable. Food logging is one way that I can hold myself 100% accountable to my nutrition plan. If making time for the gym is something you struggle with, have a friend/workout buddy hold you accountable to getting to the gym every week.
Realistic — I’m a huge advocate of dreaming big and believing in yourself, of believing that you can accomplish anything. However, it is important to choose a goal that is realistic for you to achieve. For example, losing 20 lbs in 6 weeks is not only unrealistic, but also very unsafe. If your goal is weight loss, aim to lose .5 – 1.5 lbs a week for the safest approach. If you need any help with this, please contact me to start your plan http://calientefitness.net.
Timely – It is important to have a set date for accomplishing your goal. This will help keep you on track every week. However, don’t get discouraged if it takes you longer than the set date. Stay positive, stay committed, and you WILL get results!
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