SET SMART GOALS
Make your goals SMART — and by that I mean Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timebound. They also need to be written down and clearly captured. Stick a copy on the fridge. Keep a copy in your purse or wallet. Maybe even make it your screensaver, so that you see it every time you look at your phone or computer screen. If you know where you’re going, you’re far more likely to get there.
Specific means that your goal needs to be as clearly described as possible. An example? Something like: ‘‘I want to be able to wear my favourite jeans again’’ or ‘‘I want my blood glucose levels in the normal range’’.
Measurable means that you will be able to monitor progress. If your goal is to lose however many kilos, you will be able to measure this along the way.
Achievable means something that you can achieve. The great thing about personal health goals is that they are almost always achievable. Provided that your goal is realistic, you will be able to achieve it.
Realistic means what it says. The diet goal doesn’t have to be ‘‘organic everything and below 25g of carbohydrate a day’’. Start with ‘‘eat real food’’ and master this first. Then you can reduce carb intake to see what is optimal for your weight, activity and health.
Timebound means putting a timescale on it. This is particularly important with weight and health goals because those are the ones we always want to start tomorrow.
If you want to knock them dead at the college reunion, get your specific goal and then work out what measurements you need to achieve along the way to make it happen.