Succeed with Your Food & Eating: Set Small Goals

If you’re like me, then setting goals and keeping them is not your nature. I have learned the hard way that having specific goals help me get more done instead of doing several things at once and getting nowhere. One very productive way to write a goal is to use the SMART method.

Time to set some goals and tie a date to them!

Create SMART Goals

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  • Specific: Choose a specific goal instead of being vague. Don’t say ‘eat better and exercise more’. What does that mean? Instead you could say you want to eat less junk food dessert and exercise twice a week.
  • Measurable: How do you know when you reached your goal? Setting a weekly number to track has been motivating for me. It’s easier to track and if I failed one week I have the next week to get started again.
  • Attainable: Most people don’t change drastically overnight. Work on 1 or 2 goals at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. 
  • Realistic: Make sure your goal is something you can do and truly believe in.If you hate going to the gym, then don’t have a goal of going there 5x/week.
  • Time Based: When do you want to reach your goal? By setting a deadline, you can work backwards and break down the steps into mini goals.

Action is Better than Perfection

Try to go ahead and pick one thing to actually do to improve your health. It can very hard to really analyze what you need to reach your goals if you’re trying to change everything at once.
With most worthwhile efforts, getting started is the biggest thing to do.  My husband is a focused individual by nature, so it’s easier for his to cut out the white noise and work on a specific goal at a time.
When we decided to change our eating habits and eat less processed foods for meals at home, he was able to keep to it fairly well.

I’m not like that, so I do it a bit differently. I had an app I used to track what I ate. Being busy, it helped to remind me that I had a goal to reach for that day.

Thoughts on Reaching Your Goals

Please let me know what food and eating goals you have. How have you progressed in 2011? What motivated you to get started?

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