Small and Measurable

Happy New Year!

Well it's 13 days into the new year and I had not yet begun my blog writing for 2011.  I think it's time to begin...  I have happily taken a mental break from everything (yes, everything) after completing my Dietetic Internship just days before Christmas.  I now feel completely refreshed!

I am employing a very important tip for you into my new landscape of blogging.  Just as "small and frequent meals" are key to stabilizing energy levels and sustaining healthy eating habits; I plan to employ "small and frequent blogging" into 2011.

Tips on Goal Setting

When setting goals (year round, not just in January!) it is important to make each goal:

 A small step: incremental changes help form habits because they are manageable

Example: Change exercise routine from 3 days/week to 4 days/week.  Once that becomes routine, you can bump it up again, but don't jump from 3 to 6, it simply won't last.

  • Measurable: determining a specific value-level helps 

Example: Add one piece of fruit or serving of vegetables to each lunch and dinner.  Specifying the one serving will be more effective than saying "I want to eat more fruits and veggies."

  • With a Gladys: for the sake of accountability!

  Example: Remember the neighborhood watch from Bewitched?  Plan to detail your goal with a family member, friend, pet, or sites like Stikk (form an online contract to commit to your goals) to help boost your incentive to stick with it.

The goal is to make the activity a lifestyle change.  A small goal makes it feasible.  Measurability makes it producible.  Accountability is what gets you there.  

Good luck goal setting!