HOW TO SET SMART GOALS
This morning I woke up earlier than usual and I had a SMART goal setting idea in my head that I have been considering for a bit now.
If you have read my previous blog post titled THE NEED TO ADAPT – MY FAT-RELATED DIAGNOSIS, you know I have to change my eating habits in order to get rid of the fat in my liver and stop progression to cirrhosis. Today I asked myself “What if I could eat no added sugars between now and Christmas?”
Wow, what a great feat that would be! It would also be a great boost in my plan to change my habits around eating. I have removed the last bit of dairy from my diet beginning November 13th and have maintained this for 17 days now. What if I could stop eating added sugars for 24 days?
HMMM said my brain. This does change the whole philosophy of eating in moderation!!!
This of course lead to a bunch more questions running around in my head. Would I then allow myself added sugar on Christmas day? Is this a wise thing to do? If I can live 24 days without added sugar why not always? The questioning in my brain went on and on.
THE SMART TEST
I decided to put my proposed goal to the SMART TEST! The SMART goal setting method breaks down like this…
Specific – who, what, where and why?
Measurable – how will you track your progress?
Attainable – how will you achieve this goal?
Realistic – how does this goal help you?
Timely – when will you achieve this goal.
A great worksheet for this goal setting method is available at participaction.com/smart-goals.
Here is how I used this method today.
MY SPECIFIC SMART GOAL
I will not eat any added sugars between December 01 and December 25, 2020. I will do this in order to help with reducing the fat in my liver. This will help with calorie reduction and fat loss.
Measurable – I will track my progress daily in my journal along with how it is going.
Attainable – This may be the toughest for me. It is of course achievable. My sugar cravings are likely caused by added sugar consumption and cutting sugar our will help decrease the cravings.
Realistic – this goal helps me to …
a) eat less processed sugars.
b) improve my health.
c) feel accomplished and more in control of my eating choices.
Timely – this goal is timely in that I must reduce the fat found in my liver. When December 25th arrives I can assess how I feel and decide to continue or not! This decision in no way means I must remove added sugars from my live completely. I truly believe in moderation. To understand my usual philosophy regarding food intake you can read MODERATION FOR ONE AND ALL.
One other thing often talked about when setting rather lofty goals is sharing it. By sharing your goal you make it real. You get the support of those you have shared it with as well. In this case that is all of you. I will use this blog and my followers as a support system to help me achieve goal!!
The SMART goal setting method has been around for a long while. It helps us to break down our goal and take a look at it in pieces. I suggest it whenever a goal is causing you some worry. Write it down, break it up, use the SMART method and often by the time you get to the T (timely) a decision about your goal is clear!
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I would really enjoy starting conversations with some of you in an effort to help us all! Sharing helps!
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LIVEFATANDFIT AND BE WELL!