How do you set goals? I know you hear this so much especially around the new year (can you believe we are already 10 days in???), but it’s really an important step that we often neglect that can be detrimental to what we hope to achieve. So how should you go about setting your goals?
I believe one of the most important things you can do is to WRITE THEM DOWN! Put them somewhere visible that you can see them each day, whether in a planner, as a phone reminder/note or on a dry erase board in your house/workspace. 📋
Setting goals properly will make a big difference between success and failure:
1. Make your goals specific: instead of saying “Lose weight” add as much detail to make what you want to achieve more tangible. “Lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks by following a balanced nutrition plan and exercising 4 days a week.” ⚙️
2. The goal should be measurable, as in giving figures such as pounds, inches, or other milestones such as drinking 100 ounces of water per day...these are all markers that you can track in one way or another via weigh ins, measurements and My Fitness Pal (if you don’t have the app I recommend it! Tracking your food makes a huge difference especially in the beginning). ⚖️
3. When your goals are action-oriented, it adds an action plan and extra level of accountability to what you want to accomplish. Challenging yourself each day with something like “30 minutes of walking before/after work” or download a 30 day challenge (abs, total body, clean eating etc) that will give you a gradual way to get moving each day and build strength and endurance. 🏃🏽♀️
4. Realistic: this is one that often puts us flat on our faces starting from zero again. You can’t expect to lose 20lbs in one month, not only is it difficult and hard on the body (except in rare cases usually with individuals who have great amounts of weight to lose), but it’s also setting the bar so high that failure is likely and you’ll get discouraged! The most widely recommended HEALTHY weight loss is 2 lbs per week, a deficit of 7000 calories per week, or 1000 calories a day (recommended not via starvation dieting but exercise and proper balanced nutrition). We all want to see results quickly, but in order to have lasting results, eating properly and training in a sustainable way are the best determinants of achieving your goals! ❤️
5. Timely goals are successful goals...if you fail to set a timeline for yourself, how will you gauge if you’re doing what you need to do in the right increments to achieve the end result? If you make the timeline too short or too long, you set yourself up for the pitfalls of falling short, or giving so much time that you lose motivation by making minimal progress over a long period. Diamonds are formed under pressure Loves! 🕑
I hope this was helpful, feel free to ask any questions in the comments section, I’ll help in any way that I can! ❤️
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Kelly is a loving wife, mother, veteran, life-long athlete, personal trainer, and self taught cook with a passion for helping others. She hopes you will be inspired to live a healthier lifestyle while enjoying delicious meals cultivated in her home, and shared at your own tables.