Be a SMART-y Pants with Goal Making!

September 2nd, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , ,

I read a wise article a while back about setting goals which inspired me, hmmmmm. I did some reflecting on whether I’ve been a compliant patient over the years and it got me scratching my head, saying “welllll…..” I’ll give you an example. Some years back I was the clinical dietitian in a paediatric Lipid Clinic, intimately aware of what my team was suggesting to families.

I recall having my own bloodwork taken and my HDL cholesterol (the good one) was borderline on the low side. I was aghast and miffed! Moi? I was definitely very active but my Mom had an aorta bypass operation in her early forties. I used that as my personal excuse that there was nothing I could do… surely. When I reflect more deeply about this I remember being a consummate snacker of crackers back then. A seemingly benign food at the time. This was the era when trans fat was in a lot of our foods in Canada. Even those crackers which were lower in overall fat, what they did contain was trans fat – the worst fat of all. Who was I kidding other than myself? I ended that love affair with this food altogether while our food supply in Canada has morphed to having much less of this horrid fat to affect us negatively. My HDL’s are back to normal.

Ok back to my story line, the article I was reading made a point to encourage people to make “SMART” goals which means those that are Specific, Measurable, Actionable and Realistic and if/when followed subscribe to a planned Timeline. I love to put this into the “Just for Today” context as well to help anyone make the first step to a positive change. It’s too easy to throw ourselves under the proverbial bus by making goals too lofty it’s intimidating to even start. Also, we often look so far into the future we give ourselves heart palpitations feeling psyched out before we even begin.

I’m a big believer we need to make a variety of goals to help reinforce positive change and get into the habit of rewarding ourselves for our achievements which makes us feel motivated. Who doesn’t love a fist pump to our self esteem? No one, that’s who!!

I give a lot of tips around making goals you can achieve in my e-book Skinny On Slim on Amazon. Also available on i-Books, Kobo/Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Diesel and Sony.

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