SMART resolutions.

Firstly apologies I didn't blog in December, life got a little busy. I hope you all had a great time at Christmas.

Secondly Happy New Year 2012, I wish you much love, happiness and laughter. I hope if you made some new years resolutions you made them S.M.A.R.T

Thirdly isn't New Year a rubbish time to make resolutions pertaining to food and exercise? It's cold and wet outside!  Therefore today I am going to discuss how to keep those new years resolutions of eating healthily and moving more.

How many times have you said one of the following to yourself?
"I want to lose weight"
"I want to do more exercise"
"I want to eat heathily"

These statements are all open-ended and vague. How much weight/exercise? How are you going to eat healthily? How will you know when you have reached your goal? None of those resolutions give you a specific goal so how can you possibly achieve it.

When you set yourself a resolution you need to define it in a SMART way.
Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Realistic
Time dependent

"I want to lose 6 pounds in the next 6 weeks, I will do this by cutting down on portion size and exercising 3 times a week"

"I want to be regularly doing 3 exercise sessions a week in the next 6 weeks. I will achieve this by going for 2 walks in my lunch hour and a body pump class at the weekend."

"In the next 6 weeks I will eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. I will achieve this by having a glass of fruit juice with breakfast, a piece of fruit as a snack and 2 different vegetables with my main meal.

The key is to make the resolutions challenging but realistic and to create an action plan with the steps necessary to achieve your goal, including dates.  The dates will enable you to regularly evaluate your progress and, if necessary, make adjustments.

I hope this post will enable you to have a look at your resolutions and if possible write them down keeping in mind the 5 principles of SMART.  As well as your goals write down any information or resources (such as the gym time table!) that will help you achieve your goal.

Define what you are going to do, prepare yourself to achieve that goal and just do it.

Good Luck!

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