SMART Start

Step 1 Creating your weight loss goal

How much weight do you want to lose? 10, 20, 50 or more pounds?
How much time do you want to lose the weight? 2 months, 6 months 1 year?
How do you plan to lose the weight? Diet alone? Diet and some exercise?

The answers to the above questions will give you an idea of how likely you are to achieve your goal. Most people can safely lose between 1-2 pounds per week. That’s almost 10 pounds a month!!

If you stay with this program, your goal of 50 pounds is achievable in one year’s time. The important thing is not to lose your focus, but to keep your eyes on the prize.

How do you achieve a goal? Where do you start? What do you do? When you want to achieve your goal keep your mind focused on what you want to accomplish. To achieve goals many experts use the SMART method. The SMART method is a guide that helps you to define the detail and plans.

Let’s say you want to lose 100 pounds. Let’s look at how you would approach each of the items in the SMART method.

S-specific
This key concept focuses on knowing exactly what you want to accomplish. A goal is specific when it can answer six questions.

  1. Why do you want to lose 100 pounds, why it is important to you
  2. What do you feel you will accomplish? Only weight loss or something else?
  3. Where do you want to lose weight, will you go to a “fat farm” /retreat or will you
  4. Where do you want to lose weight, will you go to a “fat farm” /retreat or will you loseweight at home
  5. When will you start to lose 100 pounds
  6. Which method will you use, low carbohydrates, count calories or portion control
  7. Why do you want to go through the hassle of losing weight

M-measurable
Measuring a goal makes it your goal real. You can see where you are along the way. This helps to keep you on your target because you have something tangible. In our example of a goal of 100 pounds weight loss, you can breakdown 100 pounds into 10 ten pound units. You can set a weight loss goal of ten pounds a month. In less than a year, you’ve reached your goal. Each month, when you measure yourself, you either lost ten pounds or you didn’t. It’s measured. It’s not a best guess or an opinion. That’s the power of being measurable.

A-achievable
When you are setting a goal you want create a setting that allows you to be successful. Can your goal be achieve with your plan? Is it doable? Going back to the weight loss example, if you are to lose weight, do you plan on losing one hundred pounds all at once? What about over one or two months? That would be fifty pounds a month. Does it sound achievable to you?

Setting goals that are achievable create a success foundation. On that foundation you can build stronger and higher goals. Each goal is like a step that brings you closer to your ultimate goal. You will be on the right track to achieving your dream with much less frustration if your goals are achievable.

R-reasonable
When you hear something unreasonable you know it. It just makes no sense. Like losing fifty pounds a month. What makes a goal reasonable? It is reasonable when you have something you are ready, willing and able to work on? The question you must ask yourself, are you in a position to do the work to make it happen? If the answer is yes, then your goal is reasonable.

T-timely
This is what I would consider one of the most important factors in achieving your goal. It stabilizes your dream/goal. It is the hands into which you place you goal. How much time do you give yourself to achieve the goal? If you are going to lose 100 pounds, will you give yourself 2 months, 6 months or 1 year? Most experts agree that 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week is healthy. At that pace, you could expect to lose 100 pounds in 13 months. Thirteen months becomes your time to accomplish your goal. The time you give yourself to achieve your goal is key to your success.

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