Think back to when you were in school.
At the beginning of the school year did you feel overwhelmed with the amount of lessons you had to learn before you could pass the class? Your teacher probably used a syllabus or outline to break down each subject into sections to tackle one at a time.
First- you might read a chapter from the textbook, then you may have homework to complete.
Next, your teacher may test your knowledge with quizzes and tests. Perhaps your teacher would have you write a paper to explain the topic in your own words.
A new graduate from school had to meet small goals over the course of their education. Creating healthy habits are similar to this. Try meeting small steps to meet your goal. A teacher knows you will master a topic if you complete all the work that was assigned. If you set manageable health goals for yourself, you are more likely to be successful.
Let this year’s graduating class inspire you. Just as they completed each assignment, you also can reach each goal when you make them SMART goals. When you make a goal SMART that means it is Specific, Measurable, smart goalAchievable, Realistic, and Timely. This means to spell out exactly what, how, and when you want to change. Rather than saying you want to eat healthier- how are you going to do that? What sort of things are you going to eat more of? Eat less of? Is it a goal that you could meet and do well with?
Instead of: “I’m going to drink more water”
Say: “This week, I am going to drink more water every day at work by bringing a water bottle to have on my desk and filling it up before I check my emails.”
Reflect on your lifestyle. Are there any behaviors that you could change that would make you healthier? Now, use the first one that comes to mind to practice making a SMART goal.
This week, I am going to________________________________________________ by__________________________________________________________________.
By Sally Kate Collins, MS RDN LD CDE
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