Setting Health Goals
Setting Health Goals – 5 Simple Strategies
Knowing that you need to lose weight, but not knowing where to start is a common sentiment in our society. I’m often asked “How do you begin setting health goals and how do you know if your goal is achievable?” In this article, I’m going to share with you my 5 simple strategies for setting health goals related to weight loss.
Setting Health Goals – Specific & Measurable
When setting health goals to lose weight, your goal must be specific and measurable. Simply saying “I want to lose weight or I want to be healthy” is too vague when goal setting. Instead, setting health goals to lose 50 lbs or reach your target weight of 140 lbs are both specific and measurable goals. After setting your goal, be sure to write it down and keep it visible; you are more likely to achieve your goal if you write it down.
Setting Health Goals – Achievable and Realistic
Before setting health goals for weight loss, consider what your healthy weight range might look like; check with your doctor if you’re unsure. In setting health goals, make sure they are achievable and realistic. You can do this by identifying both large and small goals. A big goal gives you a broad vision to shoot for, but may seem impossible at first.
In using our examples from above, we’re setting health goals to lose 50 lbs or to reach a target weight of 140 lbs. Take that big goal and break it down into a weekly weight loss goal of 2 lbs per week. As you achieve the smaller goal each week, you move you one step closer to reaching your big goal. You can even break small goals down further by identifying actions that can be taken daily to move you closer to your goal; actions like walking 20 minutes, drinking 8 glasses of water, or eating an extra salad every day.
Setting Health Goals – Time Frame
When setting health goals, it’s not enough to simply shoot for a goal; one must put a time frame on it. A specific time frame creates a sense of urgency and solidifies your commitment to the goal. Would you like to drop 50 lbs in 5 months or 50 lbs in a year? By adding a time frame to it, you’ll know whether you are on course to reach your goal or if minor adjustments need to be made.
Setting Health Goals – Track Progress
As you work to achieve your target weight, setting health goals is a great way to stay motivated. Write down your starting weight and the target weight you’re shooting for. Each week track your success by writing down your new weight. Every time you lose weight, you’ll gain confidence and determination. If a week ever goes badly and you gain weight, you can make adjustments accordingly.
Setting Health Goals – Reward
Often reaching a big goal is its own reward, but you may find that rewarding yourself for the little victories along the way will help you stay focused on the goal and feeling good about your accomplishments. Rewards for small achievements should be set in advance so they can be used for motivation. If you’ve stuck to your eating plan for an entire week you might reward yourself with a new lip gloss. Or maybe when setting health goals, you chose to exercise 3 times per week and to reward yourself with a relaxing massage. Rewarding yourself for a goal achieved encourages you to stick with it and recognizes your victories no matter how big or small they may be.
In summary, my five simple strategies for setting health goals are:
- Specific and Measurable
- Achievable and Realistic
- Time Frame
- Track Progress
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