Let’s be honest, it won’t be long before we are setting ‘new year, new me’ goals, and struggling to meet them. This is nothing to worry about though because you are not alone. As someone who has set countless goals each year, and hasn’t delivered on them all…I have done my research on how to make achievable goals – and stick to them. The secret? SMART Goals. By following these simple criteria, you can set yourself goals that are easy to stick to and not just made on a whim. Let’s take for example the most common wellness goals most people have – to go to the gym more/be more active and lose some weight.
First, we need to reassess these goals because making random, somewhat cliche goals isn’t going to help you. You need to ask yourself, why you are setting these and what you want to achieve? (It is also important to reword these. At the end of the day we need to learn to love ourselves a little more and we should see working out and/or lose weight as a goal because we want to become healthier, not because we just want to ‘be skinnier’. I digress)
When you build a house you see the progress, from the get-go you see the frame and the walls and all the other building lingo I just don’t know. But the point is, you can see the growth and measure the success. In order to measure whether you are being healthier, whether that be moving more or eating less, a lot of people reach for apps and fitness trackers, which if my inner circle is anything to go by has risen in the past few years. Fitness trackers like the Fitbit Ionic (which can also be used for payWave, neat huh!?) are a good way hold yourself accountable and make it easier to measure! they can measure the steps you take (and offer games and rewards to encourage more steps) and also show you how many calories you burn each day. Alternatively, you could go old school and track your diet and exercise in a diary – whatever floats your boat!
Deciding you want to fit new size jeans by next weekend, not attainable. Deciding you want to see a (small, realistic) change in the scales within 2 weeks, attainable. Setting goals you will achieve – and stick to – need to be something within your grasp.
A lot of us set ourselves goals to lose weight, words alone that have incredibly negative connotations. Instead, as we said at the beginning, we should be more committed to becoming ‘healthy’. The Fitbit Aria 2 is a good new years investment, which is a strange thing for me to say as I don’t believe in scales and constantly weighing yourself as weight fluctuates for countless reasons, and normal scales don’t take into consideration things like height and muscle mass; and as a result people get obsessed with the number and their weight, rather than how healthy they are. The Aria 2 measures weight, body fat percentage and BMI – all in one step! It’s easy, and it is also giving us a more realistic idea of our weight, and more importantly how healthy we are. You can sync all your information to your phone, making it measurable, and you can see your trends and track your progress.
You need to give yourself enough time to achieve your goal, which is possibly one of the most important (and hardest) things about the goal. They don’t happen overnight (darn). The best way to do this is to really think about where you want to be in 2/3/4 months and then set monthly goals. It is equally important that you track your goals, and make sure you are moving in the right direction, that you aren’t losing weight too quickly and unhealthily or that you increasing your steps – whatever your goal may be. The Fitbit Ionic is a handy (albeit pesky) friend who reminds you to get moving, especially when you’re having a lazy day and haven’t moved in the last hour … it happens! Having something to hold you accountable that can also monitor your goals (and make sure you aren’t skimping) is another good way to stay on top of your goals.