As the new year gets under way, many of us contemplate resolutions, goals and self-improvement opportunities. For many, these goals center on weight loss and healthy eating. After weeks (or months!) of making less than stellar food choices, it is refreshing to strive for a better overall dietary intake and a more active lifestyle.
All too often, the weight loss goal is front and center, while there is a limited action plan in place to achieve this objective. Without a strategy behind the intention, resolutions typically lose their luster.
When establishing your goals for this year, lay out strategic guidelines to make them a reality. Although lofty goals are typically most desirable, they can be challenging to accomplish without breaking them into smaller targets.
Successful goals are often SMART goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timeable/trackable.
Be specific. It is all in the details. What do you really want? Be very precise. The more detailed you are, the easier it is to plan your intentional actions.
Ensure your goal(s) are measurable. Make sure they are quantifiable. Ensure you are able to gauge your progress from start to finish.
Is your goal attainable? Challenge yourself, but ensure you have a solid plan to obtain the end result. What type of lifestyle changes will you have to make?
Keep it realistic. Think about and plan for roadblocks. Brainstorm potential challenges and how will you overcome the obstacles that could set you back.
Make sure you have a timeline established. Save the date! Give yourself a realistic timeframe. Stick to it and ensure you re-evaluate at your stated deadline.
If your 2017 goals include increased fitness, better nutrition and a team of ladies to support and encourage you, consider enrolling in Body Back. FIT4MOM Eastside offers high intensity, interval workouts along with before and after fitness assessments, a comprehensive nutrition plan, coaching and support in a motivating and inspirational program.
The eight-week program includes:
- Two high intensity workouts per week in a group format
- Meal plans
- Food journals
- Before and after fitness assessments, measurements and photos
- Coaching and support
- A weekly workout to do at home
- Weekly challenges
Be kind to yourself, plan ahead and work hard to stick with your goals! Make time to take care of yourself this year!
Teresa Brennan, RD, CD, CNSC is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. She holds a certification in Adult Weight Management and is currently a busy mom of two little ones. Teresa is a consulting RD for FIT4MOM Eastside.