S.M.A.R.T. Goals

We have a long road ahead. We need to go into this with both eyes open. One of the ways we will dodge failure is by setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

S = Specific
M
= Measurable
A
= Attainable
R
= Realistic
T = Timely

               Let’s look at those a little more specifically. A poor goal is “I want to lose weight.” Then you lose a pound. Are you done?

               It has to be measurable. When something is measurable you now know if you are ahead or behind schedule. I want to lose “X” amount of pounds, or “X” number of inches of my waist.

               Some say the “A” stands for Attainable, Achievable, or Agreed upon. I often use Appropriate. It doesn’t make any sense to say I’m going to swim 20 minutes a day if you do not have access to water. It also has to be something that is attainable in your mind. If you don’t think you can do it, you probably won’t.

               We need Realistic goals so we don’t set ourselves up to be discouraged. If we say, “I want to lose 10 pounds in 10 days,” that is not realistic (or healthy).

               A goal without a timeline is a dream. You need to add time to your goals. I usually tell people just starting out to shoot for easy goals. This might be something like,  “I will walk for 10 minutes five times this week.” It’s specific. It is measurable. It’s realistic. It has a time line. Many people try, “I will lose 10 pounds in a month.” I prefer to put time elements on action items. If you do the action items, then you will be putting yourself in place to lose weight and get healthy.

               Example Goal:

               “I will walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes (specific), 4 days this week. “  

               Keep in mind that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. This goal is something that you need to believe you can do. It needs to be something that you want, and something you feel you can achieve. It needs to be achievable (notice I didn’t say easy). We just need to avoid those times when we set up something that is so hard that we give up.  Then we need to add a time element so we can measure ourselves and see if we are on time.

               Don’t fret if you get behind. A guided missile is “Wrong” most of its path. It radios back and sees that it’s off path and adjusts. It then radios back, and makes more adjustments. Eventually it hits the target and everyone applauds. Nobody noticed that the missile was “wrong” for most of the flight. Make your adjustments, and continue on toward your goal.

Are You Lost on the Way To Fitness?

Welcome to the first show of Logical Weight Loss sponsored by Vidaone Software

When you are lost the first thing you have to figure out is where you are. Then once you figure out where you are, you can figure out how to get to where you are going from where you are. For me, the coolest way to figure out where I am physically is by using Vidaone Fitness and Diet software.

Now I've asked Vidaone to sponsor the show because I am going to be naturally talking about their software (as I will be using it). So while they are a sponsor, they are a sponsor that I chose for the podcast because I'm using their software.

Another way to track your body is by using a body fat analyzer, and a heart rate monitor. Also, the next time you're in Wal-Mart be sure to go by the pharmacy and measure your blood pressure. You can check out links for the products at Amazon at shop.logicalloss.com

Again, by knowing where you are – you can figure out where you are going.

I saw a magazine today at the grocery, “Lose 30 lbs by Christmas.” First of all that is just not healthy. Second, lose 30 lbs of WHAT? Fat? Water? Muscle? It makes a difference.

Speaking of the grocery store. The next time you go there, go grab a gallon of milk and carry it with you (don't put it in the cart). Realize your body is working just as hard as you do carrying that extra weight. YOU can put the milk down. The body is forced to carry the weight you have put on over the years.

Now is the time to take a stand and evaluate yourself, come up with a plan, and take action to get back to fitness.

Our Next Will be About S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

You can do it. Live Right – Lose Weight – Live Long

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