goals2Try accountability for a change!

Hope everyone had a good Labor Day weekend!

By now, most of us have heard of SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) goals.

Some of us may need some coaching to do this correctly. For example, many clients come to us with a desire to “lose weight” or “eat better.” And those are fine goals, but how can we make those correlate to behavior?

One technique is to convert those goals into statements like this:

“I will eat better by eating a vegetable or a fruit at every meal and snack for the next two weeks.”

“I will become more active by walking 10 minutes before each meal of the day.”

“I will drink a glass of water upon waking and before each meal.”

See how those ideas are actually action items that can be followed. So a complete SMART goal might look like this:

“My goal is to lose 10 pounds over the next three months and I will measure my nutrition by using a food journal or or online food tracking system like MyFitnessPal.”

At Personally Fit, we know education and guidance are both important and we are always aware of the importance of “social support.” Friends, family, work colleagues – and of course, your Personally Fit coaches – can have a huge impact on your success.

The stronger the social relationship the more influence. Big changes in life are relational. When your circle of influencers encourages you and helps you make small changes to reach your goal, it does not take so much will power. For example, your spouse might agree to walk with you in the evenings and not bring any junk food home.

We can make it easier for you to succeed and develop an individual “accountability plan.” How would you like to be held accountable? Texts, emails, posting your success on Facebook, etc. Let us help you reach your goals and celebrate your successes along the way.

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