Monday, March 18, 2013

Our Get Healthy Challenge: Week 23

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Welcome to Week 22 of Our Get Healthy Challenge! If you're just joining us, here is what you missed so far - so you can get all caught up. This series is running for the next six months with pro nutritionists, The GetReal Gurls. They are helping us make small changes every week that build upon each weekly task. Our challenge this week?

Be S.M.A.R.T.

Well Challengers, we are almost at the end of an incredible journey. This week, we want to encourage you to keep up with the healthy habits you've established over the past five and a half months. While you're doing that, think about any long term goals you'd like to achieve and this week, go about setting them. 

On one hand, it's all fine and dandy to say, "I want to be healthier". Your intentions may be legit but without defining your goal and how the heck you're going to go about reaching it, you're bound to come up short.

So, how do you define you goal and a start on a path to achieve it? You must be SMART about it. Let's break it down:

S - Specific. This speaks to defining the goal. Instead of "I want to be healthier", think about what "healthy" means to you and start there. Maybe you'd feel "healthier" if you had more energy...and you'd have more energy if you stopped staying up so late watching TV. Then, "I want to be healthier" becomes "I need more quality sleep".

M - Measurable. Staying on the sleep theme, your goal needs to have a way that you can measure success. A benchmark for determining whether or not you're meeting the goals. 
For example, you may say, "I will go to bed at 10pm, 4 days this week" (for example).

A - Achievable. Make it a goal that is within your reach. If you make the task above your skill or motivation level, you'll doom yourself to fail.

R - Realistic. Similar to the point above, go easy on yourself when setting goals. "Get Real" and be honest with yourself about what you would realistically be able to achieve.

T - Timely. Make the goal you set time based, meaning give yourself a time frame to achieve the goal within. If, when the time is up, you haven't achieved the goal, take a closer look at what you've set out to gain. Go through the SMART process again, revising as needed.

Even if you've heard this before, it's worth another look at the process. Going through this exercise can prove to be incredibly rewarding. Making changes to your eating and exercise habits is not easy. But with a clear plan and solid commitment from you, anything is possible...

Do It: Pick a long term goal you'd like to achieve. It can be about anything - something that is important to you and that you want to change in your life over the long term.

Post It: Tell us about your SMART goal (gives you a chance to really show off your goal setting abilities!)

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