Smart goals

Change can be tough. After all, change involves modifying past habits/routines we have been doing for a long time, possibly our whole lives!

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Time to set some SMART goals

Change can be tough. After all, change involves modifying past habits/routines we have been doing for a long time, possibly our whole lives! Change can also mean giving up something we like and enjoy, which is almost never easy. 

What are SMART goals? These are specific goals that are easy to measure and not too difficult (or too easy) to accomplish. After all, we want to be able to know when we reach our goals and we do not want to set unrealistic standards for ourselves. Smart goals are also related to our needs and have a reasonable time limit on them (otherwise we may just keep pushing it off right?!)

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable

R = Relevant

T = Time frame

Take this time to think about a few goals you may have when it comes to your weight loss journey. Remember, your goal does not necessarily have to be weight related! Maybe you want to increase the number of miles you walk a week. Feel free to write these goals down in your goal journal or however you wish. Doing this will help you track your goals.

Here are some questions to help you develop your goals:

  1. My goal for … (healthy eating, physical activity, or anything you want to focus on):
  2. The benefits of reaching my goal (List at least 2):
  3. This goal is important to me because:
  4. Steps I’ll take to reach my goal:
  5. How will I start?
  6. Who can help me?
  7. Possible barriers that could get in the way: (List at least 1 barrier and a way to overcome it)
  8. Progress/Achievement:
  9. How am I feeling reaching/achieving my goal:
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