Smart Goal Setting

Sensible Weight Loss Step 3 – Smart Goal Setting

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Knowing what you want helps you plan what to do to get it. It’s called smart goal setting.

Smart Goals:-

A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of different descriptors for the letters S*M*A*R*T, it usually stands for the following:

* S Specific * M Measurable * A Attainable * R Realistic * T Trackable

Choose the descriptions that work best for you.

The whole point of goal setting is to facilitate success. Therefore, you want to make sure that you set up your goals to bring success and not to frustrate or inhibit you from being successful.

Fundamental question. What is your goal? Is it to lose weight, to stop overeating, to eat healthier, to change your eating habits, or something else?

I think this concept is frequently overlooked. Whenever talk of food enters into the discussion, extra pounds and losing weight takes center stage and becomes the focus of the discussion. I urge you to give special consideration to what your real goals are.

I have discovered that by eating healthy foods that are good for me I have lost weight. (although that was not the intention) I have lost the “food police” that used to have permanent residence in my head and I have learned to appreciate and enjoy foods, in particular vegetables, that I didn’t eat much of in the past.

This all happened because I decided to take care of myself by eliminating the white stuff from my diet. (The white stuff is white flour, sugar, and rice.) When I went through a smart goal-setting exercise I decided my goal would be the elimination of most processed foods, not weight loss, but the secondary benefits have been overwhelming. Sometimes by changing our focus, we can achieve excellent outcomes.

When you are successful and achieve goals, it builds confidence and strengthens the likelihood that you will believe in yourself even more in the future.

How To Set Goals That Are Meaningful:-

State the goal as a positive:-

Let’s say your goal is to stop drinking diet soda. When you state it as a negative, “I won’t drink diet soda,” you have automatically set up an adversarial approach in your mind. Now whenever your thoughts go to diet soda you’ll be thinking of it as a restriction, something you CAN’T have. Now you have the food police out in full force, and you are building resentment. In addition, instead of calling yourself to action you have done precisely the opposite by preventing action.

If you frame it in the positive, for example, “When I am thirsty I am going to drink a glass of water,” you have turned it into action and made it something positive you are doing for yourself. We all know the benefits of drinking water and this is a great way to incorporate water into your healthy lifestyle.

Be precise:-

If applicable include dates, times and amounts.

Set performance goals, not outcome goals:-

Make your goal something you will do, not something that has to happen. Remember that smart goal setting means that your goal should include a call to action. So instead of saying I want to lose 2 lbs. a week, you would itemize what you are going to do to lose weight. Don’t forget, weight loss does not have to be the goal.

Continue to Step 4Changing Habits.

Return to Step 2Evaluating Unhealthy Eating Habits

Return to Step 1Believe In Yourself

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