New Year, New You Weight Loss Challenge Day 1: Set SMART Goals
Welcome to Day 1 of the New Year, New You Weight Loss Challenge!
What are your weight loss, fitness and/or health goals for 2014?
The best way to be successful with your goals is to set goals that you CAN achieve. You can achieve your goals if you make SMART goals. SMART goals are:
S - Specific
A - Attainable
R - Realistic
T - Time Based.
If your goal is to lose weight. Great! But break down that goal with the SMART method. For instance, if you want to lose 30 lbs, set/write your goal similar to this: "I want to lose 30 pounds total in 2014. To do that, I will focus on losing 2 - 3 pounds a month with clean eating and exercise". By setting the above goal, instead of just "I want to lose weight", you have just set a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time based goal. It is the same goal, but now you know what you need to do and how you are going to do it to be successful. Two to three pounds a month seems much more attainable than the daunting number of 30 lbs in a year.
Tip: Use a journal to keep track of your goals. As the year goes on, you will not only be able to physically see your results, but you will be able to go back and look at where you began and know how far you have come!
Share with us what your SMART goals are for this year!
One member who signs up for our New Year, New You Weight Loss Challenge and replies to 20 of the daily posts will be chosen at random to WIN a $25 gift card!