Monday, February 11, 2013

Goal Setting for Success

Hello everyone, I am Brittany, a Kinesiology student at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh currently interning with re:TH!NK.  You will be seeing bi-weekly blogging updates from me for the next few months while I continue on through my journey here at the Winnebago County Public Health Department! 

Where are you with your new year’s resolution?  We all create personal goals of eating healthier, making more trips to the gym, or losing those last 10 pounds.  Maybe your plan of eating more fruits and vegetables and taking the stairs more often didn't happen how you envisioned it.  Regardless of the outcome, the intention behind these goals is the pursuit of happiness and having a healthier, stronger body to carry you into the future beyond the year of 2013.
How can you stay on track to actually achieve your resolution?  Does it feel like you somehow get sidetracked the moment you think about changing your lifestyle? To have success when trying to achieve a goal, states, you must have a clear idea of what your objective is, create realistic goals, track your progress, and re-evaluate how you are doing. 
To successfully achieve your resolution the focus should be on setting SMART goals.  SMART goals are: specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time based.  Make sure your goals are clear and that you can measure them.  Setting goals that are realistic with a deadline will make them achievable.  You can do this by setting one or more short term goals amounting to a long term goal.  Write it out in a journal or notebook and reflect on how great it felt to participate in a group fitness class or the amount of energy you have from eating healthier.  Writing down your goals and then reflecting on them will assist you to achieve your new year’s resolution by creating long lasting lifestyle behavior changes!

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