Summer is here and the layers are coming off. This is the one season where everyone wants to look their best. Whether it’s for a special event like a wedding, vacation, or simply for the beach days and pool parties we all want to look good when we show a little more skin. If loosing weight is a goal of yours this summer then keep reading. Setting a SMART goal can help you achieve results easier.
There are 5 components that make up SMART goals.
Do you keep saying “I’m going to join the gym”, “I’m going to start eating better”, “I’m going to loose some weight before my vacation”? If so, there is your first problem: This is not specific enough! Be specific, how many times a week will you work out and what kind of workouts will you do. What steps are you taking to eat better, will you be eliminating or adding any food groups? Exactly how much weight do you want to loose or what do you want your measurements to be? Once you figured that out you can move on to step number 2.
How will you measure and track your success? With weight I recommend stepping on the scale once a week. No need to over do it here and perhaps discourage yourself. Once a week will be enough. If you are working out, write down the reps and weights you are using to be able to see your progress there as well. I highly recommend starting a journal where you can keep all this information – food, workouts and body composition numbers.
You have to be realistic with your goals and not set yourself up for failure right off the bat. Set a goal that is achievable. Challenging but achievable. Especially when it comes to weight loss it’s a journey so don’t try to rush things, your body will not react well.
Does this goal really mean a lot to you? If so, great! But is it the right time and do you have the resources needed to accomplish this goal? Having a consistent schedule helps with fat loss. So for example if you will be travelling a lot within the next few weeks it may be best to wait afterwards instead of starting in the middle of chaos. This could result in discouragement and giving up on your goal.
I’m going to start this one off with one of my favourite quotes: “One day is not a day of the week.” Stop saying you’ll start one day. Set a specific date and commit to it. You can even set mini bi-weekly or monthly goals along the way. Keeping your goals and accomplishments in a schedule or calendar will be very useful.
The SMART goal technique can help you get on the right path to finally achieving your goals. Get it on paper, hang it up somewhere visible and share it with friends and family for extra motivation. Who knows, they may even join you on your journey to a healthier body.
Share down below your SMART goals to inspire others interested in weight loss.