New Years Resolutions

New Years sparks the creation of New Years Resolutions 🥂🍾🎇

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📉Statistics show that most New Years resolutions don’t work, after all the good intentions, some goals are just too farfetched that they fail even before they are started.

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👩🏻‍ I want to help my family, friends and readers set obtainable goals and focus on building healthier lifestyle behaviours.

SMART goals

📍Specific 📏Measurable

✅Achievable 🌱Realistic ⏰Time-bound

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⚖️Don’t set vague goals like “I want to loose weight”

🏖a specific goal would be “I want to loose 1kg a week until I’m healthy body weight for my summer holiday”

⚖️decide on how much weight

💆🏻‍♀️be realistic on this weight loss goal

📅Set a time period to achieve it

🍝🏊🏼‍♀️Think about how you are going to achieve it? (I.e. go to the gym 3 x week, stop snacking on foods high in sugar /fat)

Similarly with a goal “ I want to eat heather” ... this again is too vague

A goal to lower your blood cholesterol level or improve blood pressure or your blood sugar control is more specific

- make it measurable (I.e I will eat two portions of fish per week, one of which will be oily fish / I will have a portion of fruit or vegetables at every meal (portion =~80g)

- Is it achievable (can you eat two portions of fish per week? Can you introduce a portion of F+V at each meal)

💌Making a behavioural change is challenging so set your goal for 3 months and then check it.

❓Are you accomplishing your goal?

❓Have you achieved what you set out to achieve?

❓Are you wanting to add to it?

It is important to think about where you are now and where you’d like to be at the end of the year.

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Lindsay Benson