By: April + Michelle of Get Real Gurls Nutrition
Are you trying to achieve a healthy lifestyle? But what does that even mean? We want to encourage you to be SMART about it. Think about any long term goals you’d like to achieve and this week, go about setting them.
On the one hand, it’s all fine and dandy to say, “I want to be healthier.” Your intentions may be legit but without defining your goal and how you’re going to go about reaching it – you’re bound to come up short when aiming for that healthy lifestyle.
So, how do you define you goal and a start on a path to achieve it? You must be SMART about it. Let’s break it down:
S – Specific
This speaks to defining the goal. Instead of “I want to be healthier”, think about what “healthy” means to you and start there. Maybe you’d feel “healthier” if you had more energy…and you’d have more energy if you stopped staying up so late watching TV. Then, “I want to be healthier” becomes “I need more quality sleep”.
M – Measurable
Staying on the sleep theme, your goal needs to have a way that you can measure success. A benchmark for determining whether or not you’re meeting the goals. For example, you may say, “I will go to bed at 10pm, 4 days this week” (for example).
A – Achievable
Make it a goal that is within your reach. If you make the task above your skill or motivation level, you’ll doom yourself to fail.
R – Realistic
Similar to the point above, go easy on yourself when setting goals. “Get Real” and be honest with yourself about what you would realistically be able to achieve.
T – Timely
Make the goal you set time-based, meaning give yourself a time frame to achieve the goal within. If, when the time is up, you haven’t achieved the goal, take a closer look at what you’ve set out to gain. Go through the SMART process again, revising as needed.
Even if you’ve heard this before, it’s worth another look at the process. Going through this exercise can prove to be incredibly rewarding. Making changes to your eating and exercise habits is not easy. But with a clear plan and solid commitment from you, anything is possible…
Pick a long term goal you’d like to achieve. It can be about anything – something that is important to you and that you want to change in your life over the long term.
Tell us about your SMART goal and healthy lifestyle changes (gives you a chance to really show off your goal setting abilities!) in the comments below!
– April + Michelle