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Now is the time to start thinking of attainable goals for the New Year.

Try to make them SMART.

S - specific
M - measurable
A - attainable
R - relevant
T - time based

You can break a bigger goal like losing 50 pounds or lowering your blood pressure into smaller goals eg.

In six months I will lower my blood pressure. I will do this by losing weight, eating right and exercise.

You can break this goal down to smart goals by:

Weight; S - I will lose 6 pounds in January.
M - is measured by weighing
A - is this is an attainable weight loss
R - it is relevant as it is proven that weight loss lowers blood pressure
T - is the month

some add E - which is to evaluate and adjust goals

Exercise; S - I will walk 30 minutes a day in January
M - is tracking the daily walk
A - I have the time to walk 30 minutes a day
R - exercise is proven to help lower blood pressure
T - is the month of Jan.
again it can be evaluated and adjusted for the next month

Diet; S - I will go on a low sodium diet by staying within the 1300 - 2300 mg for January
M - sodium is listed on the food and can be tracked
A - this is the recommended daily amounts that can be maintained
R - with planning this is a realistic sodium intake
T - january is the time

again evaluate and adjust for the next month.

Here is the link to find recommended sodium intake as it is different for age groups.

Here is some information on SMART Goals.

Hope to see some great goals listed for 2013!

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"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."
~ St. Francis De Sales

I just plan to be a little less of what I am!

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