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S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Sunday, January 19, 2014

S.M.A.R.T. Goals are:

1. Goals that are put down in writing - lose weight.

2. Goals are specific and measurable - lose 15 pounds in 2014.

3. Goals are attainable and realistic - they are.

4. Goals have a specific timeline - it does.

5. Goals are significant. Before you can get really motivated to accomplish a given goal, you must aspire to accomplish something that's personally meaningful. Ask yourself the "5 Why's" you want it:

- I want to look better
- I want to feel better
- I want less stress on my knees
- I want to live a long time
- I want to do activities like hiking without pain

6. Set some behaviour goals which are the type of goal that you can directly control; it's an action you can choose to do every day to help you reach your end goal:

- I will exercise a minimum of 6 days a week
- I will track and stay in range 90% of the time
- I will continue to SP challenges because they motivate me to do better

7. Spread the word about your goals. Who will you tell?

- I will tell SP (this blog)
- I will tell my husband and sisters
- I will tell my work friends

8. Be accountable to at least one other person.

- My accountability buddies are my SP friends especially my Warrior friends who are doing this with me.

9. Set up a reward system.

- For every 5 lbs I lose, I will buy a new ebook
- If I don't lose my goal weight, I'll donate what I don't lose to charity, e.g. my goal is to lose 15 pounds this year. If I only lose 10 pounds, I'll donate $5 to charity

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