Resolutions, new beginnings, etc. This is a common topic around this time of year. Do you have fitness/nutrition goals for 2017? Are they SPECIFIC?
I want to ensure you guys set SMART goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable (or meaningful), attainable, realistic and time bound. Whether your goals are fitness/nutrition related or something completely different, they should be SMART.
For example – a lot of people have the goal to “lose weight”. What does this mean? 20lbs? 50lbs? 5lbs? Instead of saying “lose weight” how about something more specific? 20lbs by July 2017. Okay, so let’s break that down even more. To get down 20lbs by July safely, you’d need to lose about 3.5 pounds per month.
Ok so now we have the goal of 3.5 pounds per month. How are you going to do that? Let’s set goals to hit to make that happen.
Gym goals examples:
– Go to the gym 3 days per week for 4 weeks (month 1).
– Go to the gym 4-5 days per week for 4 weeks (month 2).
MAKE THIS THE BIGGEST PRIORITY EVEN IF THAT MEANS WAKING UP AT 0500 TO MAKE THE AWFULLY EARLY 0530 CLASS.
Nutrition goals examples:
– Food prep twice per week (Sunday and Wednesday).
– Eat out only once per week
– Plan out how you can have a “treat” or something you love to fit it into your day/week and still stay on track.
These are just a couple of examples and of course need to be tailored to you. If you’re eating out more than 5x/week right now, maybe a more realistic goal for YOU right NOW is to have a goal of eating out 2-3x/week instead of just 1.
Today is December 30, 2016. Although most people have resolutions to start on January 1 each year, you do not need to have it figured out by tomorrow. Start thinking about the goals you want to implement and find ways to make it more specific and measurable!
Check out this youtube video by Tony Robbins to help you set your goals: