I write a lot about goals. I do this because I believe in order to move forward, we have to have our eyes set on the “prize.” We have to have motivation, inspiration, and accountability to reach what we want in our lives. And, sometimes S.M.A.L.L is Better! Especially, when it comes to losing weight.
Weight control is a major issue facing the majority of Americans. Nearly 40% of Americans are considered obese and many more are overweight. This is a battle more people are fighting every day. Goals can help. Change your mind! We have to rewire the mind to help gain control over weight issues. As part of the Small Changes Model, S.M.A.L.L. goals allow you to take charge of what you want to lose and how you plan to do it. S.M.A.L.L. stands for the following:
S: Self-selected – Make sure your goals are yours alone and not what someone else suggested or the media has inspired you to do. (Ex. I want to lose weight so I can decrease my blood pressure, decrease my joint pain, and be active with my children.) Abraham Lincoln once said, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” So True!
M: Measurable – Make sure your goals can be tracked. (Ex. I want to lose 1-3 lbs. per week over the next 3 months)
A: Action-oriented – Create your plan of action. (Ex. I will hire a Personal Trainer. I will work out 3 X a week on _____ days. I will cut out the following sugary sweets _____.)
L: Linked to your life – Make sure the goals will work in your life. Take a week and look at your schedule. Find spots in your weekly schedule that seem to always be open. This might be a good time to plan for workouts. Don’t expect to be in the gym for hours on end like you might witness on The Biggest Loser. (Ex. Because of my kids busy schedules in the evening, I will work out in the mornings before they get up. I work the night shift, so I will work out prior to going into work so I can sleep and spend time with my kids when I get home.)
L: Long-term – Can you maintain your goal for life? Make sure your goals will fit long term in order to make them stick. One of my favorite quotes is “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” Planning for long term success is a must. So make sure your goals can become part of your everyday routine.
I’ve attached this SMALL Worksheet to get you started.
What are some of your “SMALL” goals?