NEW YEAR, NEW HOU | Setting SMART Goals for Your Journey to a Healthier You

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by Viany Montes, BHWP, CHES ®)

It’s that time of the year again, the time for setting New Year’s resolutions and deciding how you want your year to be! There is one problem though – New Year’s resolutions never seem to stick – whether you want to save money or get in shape, people have a difficult time turning what they want to do into reality.

If you are tired of not being able to stick to your New Year’s resolution, or a goal in general, try making SMART Goals.

“SMART” is an acronym that can guide you through the goal setting process and can help you reach the result you are trying for!

  • Specific – Clearly define what you are going to do
    • Ask:
      • Who is involved?
      • What exactly do you want to do?
    • Rather than making your goal to “eat healthy”, a specific goal would be “cook healthy meals at home instead of eating fast food” because you are saying the specific action you want to do
  • Measurable – You want to be able to measure your progress towards your goal
    • Ask:
      • How will you know that your goal is accomplished?
  • Achievable – Goals should be just difficult enough
    • Ask:
      • Is the goal too easy, too hard, or just challenging enough?
      • Can I accomplish this goal with the resources that I have?
  • Realistic – Create goals that are relevant to things that are important to you
    • Ask:
      • Is this goal important to me?
      • Does this goal help me reach a long-term goal that I want to accomplish?
  • Time-Bound – date that you are going to reach the goal by
    • Ask:
      • When is the goal going to be accomplished by?

SMART Resolutions in Action – How to Turn your New Year’s Resolution into a SMART Goal:

Instead of:

“I want to lose 10 pounds”


“I want to lose 5 pounds by July 1st, 2019. I will do this by substituting snacks with healthy food and exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes.”

This goal meets the SMART Criteria because it specifically lists what the person is going to do; it is measurable because they want to lose 5 pounds; it is achievable because the time frame is long enough for them to lose 5 pounds in a healthy way; it is realistic because the person setting the goal has lost 3 pounds want to lose 5 more pounds; and it is time-bound because the date they want to lose the weight by July 1st, 2019.

Turning your New Year’s resolutions into SMART Goals can help you reach your long-term goals and make the changes that you want to in your life! SMART Goals are the new New Year’s resolutions that you can do all year round.

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