Setting Smart Goals

Well, Labor Day weekend is over, which means the unofficial end of summer 😦

Things I will miss about summer:

 

RVA sunset

Lots of daylight. I love it when it stays light until 9pm!

 

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Super-fresh berries! Winter strawberries just aren’t the same.

 

pool

Pool time. No more tanning and working at the same time 😦

 

Despite all the things I love about summer, fall is actually my FAVORITE season! I absolutely can’t wait for:

Cool, crisp weather. I really don’t like COLD, but I love a nice fall breeze!

 

Ash coat

Fall clothes. Boots and sweaters are some of my favorite things. Y’know, when I’m not wearing workout clothes…

 

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Pumpkin everything! Say what you want, but I love pumpkin…lattes, pie, beers, mmMMmm!!

 

Fall also has me thinking about getting down to business. Kids are back in school, most people are done with their vacations…so it’s time to buckle down and get to work!

I have some BIG goals for myself and my Beachbody business this year. And big goals can sometimes be intimidating. I wanted to share a strategy that has helped me succeed when faced with a major task:

SMART goals. It stands for:

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Realistic

Time Sensitive

You may have heard of these before, but have you actually tried using this method? It’s not as simple as it sounds! You really have to break things down and be realistic about what you can achieve in a given time frame.

A lot of people get discouraged about losing weight or getting more fit because they don’t see progress. But how can you see progress if you don’t know what that actually looks like for you?!

For example, someone’s goal is to lose 10 pounds, great. But without a SMART goal, it’s easy to lose sight of how to get there. So, let’s break it down. A SMART goal statement might be something like this:

“I will lose a half pound per week for the next 20 weeks. I will weigh myself weekly and record it each time.”

Wow, sounds different than just “lose 10 pounds,” right? That’s because it’s REALISTIC and time sensitive! It’s not realistic to say that you’ll lose 10 pounds in a month. You’re setting yourself up for failure.

What’s great about SMART goals is that they can lead to other goals. How are you going to achieve losing a half pound a week? You can go further into the ACHIEVABLE criteria and get more specific about HOW you’re going to accomplish it. For example, “I will eat at least 4 servings of vegetables per day.” “I will exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 days per week.”

I recommend getting planner to write all of this stuff down and keep track of it. Check out the “Motivation” board on my Pinterest page for an example.

Now let’s get to work!!!

 

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