Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

We want to help get you started on the best path possible to weight loss and weight maintenance.  There are many factors that go into losing weight and many habits to learn to maintain weight.  That’s why it’s important to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself.  Too often, people simply say “I want to lose weight,” “I need to eat healthier,” or “I need to exercise more.”  Everyone understands the basics of what goes into these, but these goals are too broad and overwhelming that people often give up without accomplishing much.

When setting goals for yourself, it’s important to make sure that they are S.M.A.R.T.: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely.

SMART

Ask yourself these questions to begin developing your personal goals.  Setting SMART goals will help you achieve weight loss and weight maintenance one step at a time, allowing you to not be overwhelmed by the changes that you’re making.  Evaluate your progress every week or two, and update your plan based upon your current progress or circumstances. Make sure you are giving yourself enough time to achieve each smaller goal so you are not discouraged if you haven’t met them.

 

GOAL S.M.A.R.T. GOAL
I will eat more vegetables  

I will eat one serving of vegetables at lunch and dinner every day

I will drink more water  

I will drink one glass of water with my meals and snacks every day

I will exercise more  

I will walk thirty minutes during my lunch hour three times per week

I will cook more  

I will cook dinner at home four times per week

I will spend less money at the cafeteria  

I will bring my lunch to work three times per week

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