Making "SMART" Resolutions
MADISON - The New Year's countdown may be over but it is not too late to make your SMART resolutions.
Start by taking a moment to reflect on things that had a positive impact on your life. Reflecting on the positive and writing down your thoughts can help you begin to work on realistic lifestyle changes.
"If you find yourself saying, I will start tomorrow," states Alisa Sunness, Registered Dietitian, UW Health and Nutrition Education, "what is preventing you from beginning today?"
Make Your Goals "SMART"
You will have the best chance of reaching your goal if you write it down and make it SMART.
S: Specific - Focus your efforts. Write down what you will change, why, and how.
M: Measurable - Keep a log and measure your progress
A: Achievable - Set a goal that is within your reach. Challenge yourself but be sensible.
R: Realistic - Set goals that match up with your time and resources
T: Timely - Set a timeframe or target date for the resolution
A resolution should be realistic and not something you put off. If you are truly ready to make a change, you will feel good about your resolution, and you will begin right away.
Start with 1-2 small resolutions that help you change behaviors to reach your ultimate goal. As you accomplish one or more of these smaller goals, you will be ready for a larger goal or additional smaller goals and the results will be more rewarding.
Resolutions for Weight Loss
Resolution ideas for weight loss:
- I will buy one less package of chips or cookies each week
- I will fill 1/3 of my plate at dinner with vegetables
- I will use smaller plates
- I will eat meals and snacks at the dining room table only, so I will be more aware of what I am eating
- I will walk 30 minutes a day three times a week
- I will keep a daily food log
"Surround yourself with support from family and friends and seek support from health experts to help you meet your health resolutions," says Sunness.
For more information or assistance with your resolutions, contact UW Health and Nutrition Education at (608) 287-2770.
Date Published: 01/11/2011