What exactly are “New Year’s Resolutions”? Do these sound familiar: “Eat Healthy”, “Lose weight”, “Save money”, “Cut down on alcohol”, “Exercise more”.
It’s a “TO DO” List for the first week in January- right!
That may be a reason why surveys show nearly 50% are abandoned by the end of the month. Are you in the group who have broken their New Year’s Resolution?
If you are one of those already struggling to keep your resolution don’t worry, you can still achieve what you want this year. The key thing is to create a SMART goal
SMART GOALS (instead of Resolutions)
Commonly an acronym for Specific ; Measurable; Achievable; Relevant ;Time-bound
Taking a resolution such as “Lose weight” and turning it into a SMART Goal would look more like this. “I am going to eat good food and exercise regularly to lose 6kg by July 2017, so I feel and look great.”
To measure your success note your starting point – your weight today. Then set targets for yourself for along the way e.g. loss of 1kg per month.
To achieve that goal, break it down into actionable items and smaller steps – your “to do” list.
What steps are you going to take to achieve this goal?
Examples of actions to achieve a weight loss goal. Eat in 4 nights a week or eat out only 2 nights a week. Eat 2 pieces of fruit a day. Walk in the morning before work for half an hour etc.
Start small and work up. No point is starting with going to the gym every day which may not be realistic even for someone who is already very active.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Record what you are planning to do and also what you did do. This is a great way of keeping track of your progress. Yes, there will be days when you will miss a step –it’s only one day – you can get back on track the next. This will also let you see how realistic your plans are and what you can change for the next month.
There are a number of apps available that can help you get organised, track progress and help form healthier habits – here are 6 Apps To Help You Form Better Habits for starters.
As you start making progress towards your goals it helps to keep your focus on the outcome. Think of how wonderful life will be when you are 6kg lighter!
COOKABILLY GOALS FOR 2017
The Cookabilly web site was set up with the goal to help Australians eat good food at home, eating healthier, saving money and reducing food waste. If there is someone you know who would benefit from our services please share with them. We have further plans for the service this year to help more people achieve their goals.
There will be more seasonal recipes for two which are designed to help you eat healthy and save money. As well as avoiding waste.
“How to” guides for all things cooking related so anyone can start cooking at home.
Hands on in your own kitchen….. In-home cooking lessons for those living in the Sydney Metro area will be provided this year.
Meal plans giving you more time to do other things with less time wondering what to cook. These will have more photos of meals so you can see what you will be eating!
As with all goals there will be setbacks and problems to overcome but if we keep our focus on why we want to achieve something then it is easier to find the energy to overcome the challenges.
Share your goals and successes along the way with your friends, family and communities. Its easier to stay focused when you have support and encouragement. There are also web sites available to assist with achieving goals and sharing them such as lifetick.
Seek whatever help you need and find what works for you.
“When its obvious the goal cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goal, adjust the action steps” – Confucious.
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