KEEPING ON TRACK!!
So here we are, 7 months into the year and I am wondering whether you are sticking to your New Years Resolutions? I am certainly not :(
Over the weekend I was asked the question of how my New Years Resolution was going (to spend less time sunbathing) - my answer - not very well. I just love the sun too much. I have a pretty strong ‘love bond’ with the sun, something which I know isn’t too healthy for my skin.
I found that I had fallen into the trap of what most people do when making New Years resolutions, I have not made them clear enough. Let’s face it at the end of the day a resolution, or as the Oxford dictionary defines it, ‘A firm decision to do or not to do something’ is basically a goal, and for goals to work they need to be SMART.
Let’s look at one of my favourite ladies (or characters) of all times, Bridget Jones. At the start of Bridget Jones’s Diary we see her write her new years resolutions:
“Resolution #1: Uggg - will obviously lose 20 lbs. #2: Always put last night's panties in the laundry basket.”
If we look at resolution number 1 we instantly see that this is not going to work. Why??? Because it is not a SMART RESOLUTION. A better resolution would be:
“I WILL lose 10 lbs by March 1st”
This resolution is SPECIFIC - it says what you will do.
It is MEASURABLE - You are able to track the number of pounds you are losing each week.
It is ATTAINABLE - To make this goal attainable there needs to be a PLAN or P.O.A (Plan of Action) as I most commonly say that goes along side and shows how you will lose the 10lbs.
For instance in this scenario of ‘ I will lose 10lbs by march 1st’ it becomes attainable by making a plan. The plan being - I will commit to 3 60 minute workouts a week. I will also follow a healthy meal plan and use recipes made with whole foods.
It is REALISTIC - You have 8 weeks to lose 10lbs. This averages out at 1.25lbs per week which is both realistic and safe.
It is TIMELY - you have set your self a timeframe or a DEADLINE to achieve the goal. Write the deadline down tell your friends about it, spread the word. By having your deadline known to others it will help you push to achieve your goal as it’s far more embarrassing telling others that you slipped off the band wagon.
Now you have seen how this could have worked for Bridget Jones, lets make it work for us!
So if you, like me are finding you are failing to keep your resolutions don't give up yet! Just spend a little time revisiting your original goals and tweaking them to fit in with your current lifestyle and habits. Make sure you refer back to the SMART acronym with each resolution. Using this acronym I changed my resolution to:
‘I will always wear an spf.15 on my face and in the heat of the summer I will not spend more than 3 continuous hours laid in the sun’ - seems manageable!
Even though for some this resolution may seem odd, for me it is quite the challenge, but it is SMART and I am determined to stick to it for the rest of the summer! As I know in the long run it will be better for my health and skin!
If this hasn’t helped here are a few additional pointers to help you stay on track for the remainder of 2015:
- Make goals that are personal for you…resolutions should be about what YOU want, not about what your boyfriend, girlfriend or colleague want.
- Celebrate when you reach your goal. If have really wanted something for a long time, i.e. that naughty piece of cheesecake or that stunning sequin dress from French Connection, treat yourself to it, but only once you have reached your goal. Another little incentive to keep on grinding!
I hope these pointers help you stay on track for a healthy and happy 2015!!!
Thanks for reading,
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