Your 2011 New Year's Resolution "Pre-Emptive" Solution!
Can you think about a single New Year's Resolution that you kept? (And if you can, kudos to you!). It can be tough to do - you start out with the best intentions, and then eventually 'life' gets in the way. Achieving your New Year's Resolutions isn't a matter of willpower, it's a matter of creating a specific plan of action. Once you've decided what you want to 'resolve' to do, you need to make that resolution something more tangible and achievable - you need to make it SMART.
And why wait until the new year to achieve your goals? This year, we're challenging YOU, as part of our Ten Pounds DOWN group, to get a head start and reach your goals before December 31st!
Get started now! First, think of what you'd like to accomplish.
Now, ask yourself the following questions about your resolution:
1) Is it specific? For example, "I want to lose weight" is not a specific enough goal. Instead, spell out what you really, really want. "I want to lose 8 pounds by January 1, 2011" is a much more specific goal.
2) Is it measurable? How will you know once you've reached your goal? Maybe you'd rather set your sights on a specific pair of skinny jeans instead of a scale number. Your goal might be "I want to be able to sit down comfortably in my skinny jeans by January 1st".
3) Is it Attainable? This is a REALLY important question to ask of your resolution. Losing 20 pounds in 3 weeks is a pretty unattainable (and unhealthy) goal. Set yourself up for success by making your goal attainable.
4) Is it Realistic? Again, this one goes with attainability. Could you lose 16 pounds in 8 weeks? Probably. But is it realistic to try to do that over the next 8 weeks during the holidays? Probably not. Losing a pound a week (for 8 weeks) is much more realistic.
5) Is it on a Timeline? Give yourself a deadline. For this challenge, we're looking at the next 8 weeks, and giving ourselves a cut off date of January 1st, but you are free to create your own timeline for your resolution.
So this year, make your resolution SMART, and you just might achieve it BEFORE the end of the year!
What do you want to achieve by January 1st, 2011? Post your SMART resolution below so we can help you get there! We'll be coaching you along the way, and offering some great prizes to a lucky few who achieve their goals!