As many of you know, I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition last year. Since that time I have enrolled in their optional Immersion Program. I’ve had a blast this past couple of months learning how to be a better health coach, a better listener and become better at marketing my business, Lisa’s Lentils.
This past week we’ve learned how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals which is something I’ve really embraced for myself and my clients.
What does S.M.A.R.T. stand for?
Specific (like, I want to lose 5 lbs in the next two weeks through diet and exercise)
Measurable (I will check my weight on the scale each Sunday and Wednesday for the next two weeks, which will include a measurement of my body fat)
Attainable (I may want to scale this back to 2 lbs in 2 weeks or 1lb a week or give myself more time to complete my 5 pound weight loss goal)
Realistic (it is realistic that I can lose 5 lbs in 2 weeks, but I may want to think about a realistic goal to keep the weight off)
Timely (yes, I put a time limit on the goal, 2 weeks).
I also learned as important as it is to put my S.M.A.R.T. goals in place, I will also want to know why this is my goal, why would I want to lose 5lbs. Would it be to look better in my bathing suit because I’m getting ready for a beach vacation, and I want to look good on the beach so I don’t feel self conscious walking around in a bikini? My real why, my reason behind my goal is so I don’t feel self conscious about my weight. Something else I learned at IIN is that we want to put an emotion with a goal. It’s not enough to say “I want to lose 5lbs” but I need to have an emotional reason tied to my goal in order to make it stick.
What are your goals for the coming weeks? Can you use the S.M.A.R.T. goal planning to assist you? Do you know your why?
Check out the info graphic below to see some areas that you can focus your S.M.A.R.T. goals.
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