SMART Goals

Last week in nutrition class, the dietician talked about setting SMART goals for yourself. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevent, and Time Specific.

Specific – Pick an exact goal and how you’re going to achieve it. “Eat carrots with my sandwich instead of chips.”

Measurable - By measuring your goals, you’ll be able to see progress. Check back in with your goal after a certain amount of time to see your progress. “I will eat three servings of fruit every day this week.”

Achievable - Setting a few small goals in more achievable then setting one large goal and helps you to feel accomplished. “I will lose 1-2 pounds this week.” If your main goal is to eat less sugar, an achievable goal could be, “I will cut out one soda pop a day.”

Relevent – Your goals should relate to you. If you don’t like eating broccoli, then don’t make eating it your goal. Instead try a goal like, “I will try one new vegetable this week” or “I will take the dog out for a 30 minute walk when I get home from work.”

Time Specific – Set yourself a time for achieving your goals. Being healthy should be a long-term life goal, but changing habits can take a while, so give yourself a few weeks to accomplish each goal building up to the big picture.

Do you make goals for yourself?

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 3.22 miles treadmill – walk/run
  • Biggest Loser Workout – 60 minutes

Yesterday’s Biggest Loser workout was tough! We did a lot of sprinting, push-ups, squats, strength training, etc. A little mix of everything. I was so done by the end. We’re in the last few weeks of the Biggest Loser challenge, so the trainers are really pushing us hard.

The guy in first place has lost a total of 25 pounds so far. That is awesome! I am down 12 pounds total. My weight is pretty much at a stand still right now, but I’m still hoping to lose a few more pounds by the end.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes

I really wasn’t in the mood to go to the gym this morning after yesterday’s workout, but it’s something that I’m so used to doing. I go to the gym every morning at 9 am, it’s kind of like a job. I wouldn’t skip going to my job, so I don’t skip the gym just because I’m feeling lazy. And of course, I never regret a workout :)

Today in Butts and Guts we did a lot of kickboxing moves – jabs, punches, kicks, etc. We also did some strength training and finished up with ab work.

After my workout, I had a thinkThin bar. I haven’t had one of these in a while, and it was good!

And of course, I have to share a picture of my new nephew because he’s so darn cute!

Questions of the day:

  • Are you working on any goals right now? Could be anything not just health goals. Maybe work goals or life goals?
  • Do you “schedule” workout time?
  • Any plans for today?

11 Comments

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11 Responses to SMART Goals

  1. I also have a goal to start running outside a couple times per week. Now that the temps have dropped to 90′s instead of 100′s it might actually be feasible! I also want to get in a solid two days of full body heavy weight training and if possible, a day of faster paced circuit training. I need to build back some muscle I lost this Summer.

    And yes, your nephew is ADORABLE!!!

  2. I try to schedule workout time “in my head” each day, but I don’t right it down on paper exactly. We just talked about “SMART” goals today in a teacher workshop. Definitely can relate it to healthy living.

  3. My life is based on goals! Gotta have something to strive for.

  4. Gigi

    I do have goals and they are the way I benchmark my progress day to day. Every time I finish one I feel a huge sense of accomplishment. I believe everyone should have goals and strive to complete them.

  5. I schedule my runs (I run 3 times a week) and do them on the same days each week, no matter what. If I didn’t do this I’d end up just putting them off, it also ensures I always have adequate rest days in between.

  6. SMART goals really do help. I’ve been teaching them and using them for several years now. I also appreciated seeing the goals you set. They’re in line with my own, though I need to get back into running. I just haven’t had time for it lately.

  7. Great goals girl. I already know you’ll accomplish them all because well.. you are awesome :) is there a need for any other reasons? haha

    Have a great Wednesday!

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