We all watch the Biggest Loser and are amazed by the volume of weight the contestants drop. We may pick up a few good tips from Bob and Jillian. We may be motivated by the accomplishments of the contestants, and a few of us may even be annoyed by the overuse of product placement. Few of us, however, actually go to the gym the next day striving to workout for 8-hours with the expectation that we will be 15 pounds lighter at the end of the week. So the real questions…
Q: What is a realistic health and wellness goal, especially when considering weight loss?
A: KISS a SMART goal
Healthy habits take time to establish. Weight loss tests patience, and change requires acceptance. All of this to say that the best way to accomplish any one of these is to KISS a SMART goal.
Keeping it simple refers to understanding why a goal is important to you. If you want to lose 15 pounds, then first ask yourself why you want to lose those 15 pounds…feel more confident, reduce your risk for heart disease, decrease knee pain. The underlying reasons for most outcome-oriented goals are simple, and generally related to being happy or feeling better/good.
The smart part of the goal describes how you will accomplish that goal.
Specific–I will feel more confident
Measurable–by losing 15 pounds
Achievable–I know I can do this because (explain your support system) I hired a personal trainer
Realistic–I will accomplish this goal in 15 weeks
Timley–and I will start today