What are your goals?
I know we go over this in the consultation/New Member Orientation but so you revisit them often?
If so, have they changed? What your goals are and why you want to achieve them is Step #1 in Get You In Shape’s 5 Steps to Transformation.
I got this SMART acronym and thought this was a great tip to share.
Goal Setting 101
1. Specific – Details are important in your goal setting.Get specific in your goals. You need a specific goal in order for you to do the things necessary in order for you to achieve the goal(s). I want to lost 50 pounds. I want to workout at least 5 days a week and get into a healthy habit of working out.
2. Measurable – You need to have a way to gauge your progress.You have to have something to measure. Setting a goal to lose weigh but not not weighing yourself every 2-4 weeks is not going to help you see if you are losing weight. If you have a goal to get healthy and lower your prescription pills you need to get your blood work checked so the Dr. can lower your dose(s) or take you off your pills. Your goals needs to be measured.
3. Attainable- Keep it within the realm of possibility.If you have a goal to lose 50 pounds it must be done in a realistic time period. For healthy weight loss, we have found that 1 to 1.5 pounds per week is a very realistic goal. That would be about 5 pounds per month giving you 10 months to get off the 50 pounds. If it is about getting healthy and in a habit of working out more, you have got to set some realistic goals that you can achieve then work up from there. If you go from not working out to working out 6 days a week, it is going to be tough to continue to do that in your lifestyle. Start with going from not working out to 3-4 times a week for a month or two. Then you can progress based on your goals and how you are doing.
4. Relevant – You need to make sure that the goals you set are relevant to you. Don’t try to live the dream of someone else. When you are reviewing your goals keep this in mind. Make your goals own goals — make them relevant!
5. Time Bound – You need to have time limits for your goal (s). Examples include:
1. “I will average three workouts per week my first month, four workouts per week my 2nd month and five workouts per week my 3rd month to help me develop my habit of consistently exercising and working out.”
2. “My goal is to lose 50 pounds in 10 months time. I will do this by losing 8 pounds my first month and averaging 4-5 pounds lost per month each month after that.”
Having a time bound by the goal helps you plan, stay motivated, and stick to it.