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October 17, 2017

SMART Goal Setting with Westmed Dietician

SMART Goal Setting with Westmed Dietician

Do you Need Help with Goal Setting? Jennifer Schaeffer, Westmed Dietician, weighs in with some helpful advice.

Sample this useful information for goal setting when it comes to fitness/nutrition, etc. Here’s how to make them realistic and SMART:

Goals need to be Specific:
• For example, I will walk 1 mile 4 times per week

Goals need to be Measureable:
• How many sit –ups can I do in 60 seconds. Repeat measurements on a regular basis to determine if progress is being made.

Goals need to be Attainable:
• If you have not been exercising at all, it is not realistic to set a goal that you will start exercising 60 minutes daily. Instead, set a goal of 30 minutes 2-3 times a week, and increase the workouts as you are able to.

Goals need to be Relevant:
• Does the plan match the goal you are trying to achieve. Will planning and preparing a meal each day at lunch contribute to your overall goal of eating in a healthier way

Goals need to be Trackable:
• Keep workouts and food intake in a log to help with motivation, accountability, and also to track progress.

This concept of SMART goal setting was adapted from New Direction weight control system. 

Fore more information on goal-setting and nutrition, view Westmed’s Weight Management information here.