Look back on your summer to help you move forward with your plan.
As we settle back into our fall routine, which for many of us means back to school routine its a great time to reflect on your progress over the past few months. “What worked in terms of reaching your goals, for weight, healthy eating, activity and mindset? And what didn’t? For example if you never made it to that 5am spin class-ask what happened? If the answer is that you actually hate getting up early and don’t like indoor classes, you can use this information to adjust your activity goals.”
“Looking back on what you’ve learned can set the stage to recommit to or revise your plan. Setting goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound) makes it more likely that you’ll reach them.” For instance rather than saying I’ll walk this week, your goal should be I’ll walk on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 3 miles beginning at 8am.
Using what the Weight Watchers Weekly references as the 4 Ws of Smart Goals- what, when, where and who. By using these guidelines when setting your goal it will help you to lay out how you will make it happen. But remember to make the goal a SMART one!
What – do you want to do?
When – are you going to do it?
Where – will you do it?
Who – if anyone will do it with you?
One of the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of September was to get out and walk every school day. Getting daily movement in is such an important part of this who process of a healthy lifestyle. I’ve learned the hard way that jumping into an aggressive 30 or 90 day workout plan is guaranteed failure for me. Especially when I haven’t done anything to get me moving. Of course it’s going to be too hard and I won’t want to finish it.
My Weight Watcher’s friends have also recently reminded me that you also can’t make up for “mistakes” such as bad eating or missed exercise. You just have to move forward and remember that you matter. You are important. Just don’t look back.
Goals don’t have to be pass or fail, it’s all part of the journey!