Hello, Everyone 🙂
I hope you all had a safe and fun time this past weekend while ringing in the New Year!
I enjoyed some Organic Sparkling Apple Cider….it was a special occasion after all 😉
BEST part of my night?
The NKOTB/ Backstreet Boys reunion performance 😉
Now it’s time to take down the decorations (booo), and help my clients crush their goals this year.
How some people get gung-ho with new healthy habits the first few weeks of January (for instance, a new gym membership or diet), then drop out of them by February?
Number 1: Wanting instant results … which isn’t quite realistic.
You may do some very low-calorie fad diet and immediately drop a few pounds, but after a short amount of time you will be so starved, realized that you’re body just can’t keep up with living like this.
Frustration kicks in, and you can “screw it” –eating anything in site.
Number 2: Having an “all or nothing” attitude.
I have seen it first hand with personal training clients –and it’s my job to get them out of that way of thinking.
When you have an “all or nothing” attitude, it will set you up for disapointment.
In my professional opinion, making small changes over time will give you the biggest results.
Find one healthy habit you want include in your day, and make it happen. For instance, drinking more water. Swapping out a can of soda for a bottle of water every day will give you big results in the long-run!
So, whether it’s a goal to “lose weight,” become more organized (a regular resolution for me), or more self-care … there is a pretty good formula to follow.
This is an oldie, but goodie…and I apologize if you already know it or read about it before on my blog:
S.M.A.R.T. GOAL SETTING
If you would like to drop a few pounds, or inches I should say (I hate the scale), you need to make your goal specific to make it a success:
Specific: “My goal is to exercise at least 4 times a week combining strength training and cardio as well as cut down on refined sugar and increase my intake of fruits and vegetables and healthy grains to improve my body composition.”
–This is much more specific than “I want to lose weight.” You need to have a plan in place that will help you to reach that goal.
Measurable: “I would like to drop two dress sizes”
-You need to have a goal that you can measure. Whether it’s losing a certain body fat percentage or a dress or pants size you would like to achieve.
Attainable: “I would like to drop two dress sizes by April 1st.”
-this gives you plenty of time to reach a goal that will be more likely to stay off, as opposed to a get slim quick plan.
Realistic: Dropping two dress sizes is a realistic goal for someone that needs to drop 2 dress sizes. (Each individual’s realistic goals will vary based on body type)
Timely: “…by April 1st.”
-You have set a time in which you would like to reach that goal, making it more likely you will stay on track.
Do you think you will apply the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting to your new years resolutions? How do you feel about resolutions and goal setting in the new year?
One of my goals is to have my baby nursery organized, furnished and decorated by March 15th.
It’s a specific, measurable, attainable (if I have the help), realistic and timely goal!
In the condition my office is in now, if I said I wanted this goal to be met by the end of this month, I would ultimately fail at it. If I give myself plenty of time, by March 15th, I am more likely to get it done without stressing myself out or becoming too overwhelmed by the process.
I do have A LOT of work and planning ahead of me, but setting short term goals within my goal along that way will also help:
I might say: “I would like my office/den cleaned out and organized by February 15th.”
-Have a theme picked out at that time as well.
-Painted and shelved by the end of February.
-The doors put on the room by March 1st.
…and have all my furniture picked out and put together in the room by March 15th.
Short-term goal setting is always a smart thing to do when trying to reach a long-term goal 😉
How was your holiday overall? What are your goals this year?
Have a wonderful day!