Making SMART New Year’s Resolutions

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Each time the end of December rolls around, there is a ton of chatter about making and setting New Year’s Resolutions.  Goals designed to motivate us, change us or improve old habits so that we can be and feel better.  About 40% of Americans set a resolution for some type of self improvement – weight loss, healthier eating habits, more regular visits to the gym.  But many studies have shown that at most, only 8-10% of people setting New Year’s Resolutions, actually reach them! Cherry red summer apple isolated on white

There obviously seems to be some type of disconnect after making our goals and then setting out to reach them.  It’s surprising to me that not too many people seem to be reaching their goals.  But for me this year, I definitely do not want to be someone who doesn’t reach their goals (I got some good ones this year!).   To improve my chances of “goal reaching” I wrote out a list (it’s on my fridge) of all my goals.  But!  I specifically wrote out SMART goals! What is a SMART goal you ask?  Well check it out:

S – Specific.  A specific goal has a higher chance of being met compared to one that’s overly vague.  When setting your goal ask:  Who’s involved?  What do you want to accomplish?  Where are you going to fulfill your goal?  When are you going to accomplish the goal by?

M – Measurable.  Establish criteria so that you can evaluate and measure your progress toward the completion of your goal.  Tracking your progress can help you stay on track, keep you motivated and allows you feel the reward of achieving the milestones to attaining your goal.

A – Attainable.    Any goal can be attainable – IF you plan your steps to reaching your goal wisely.  Setting a bigger goal in the long-term can still be attainable when you set smaller milestones to reaching it along the way.

R – Realistic.  Be realistic in all aspects of setting your goal.  It should be something you are willing to work toward – something you know you have the time and resources to complete.

T – Timely/Tangible.  A goal should most definitely have a start and a finish time.  Without a time frame, there is no sense of motivation for you to complete the goal.  Setting a concrete end time can motivate you mentally and emotionally to begin working on the goal immediately.  A goal can also be tangible – something you can see, taste, touch, smell or hear.  Using one of your five senses to experience your goal can help motivate you to continue working.

A great New Year’s Resolution is to eat healthy.  And there’s no better place to start then adding in a serving of fruit and veggies everyday.  This recipe for a Green Smoothie from Eating Well is a great way to get in your daily dose!

Green Smoothie:
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/green_smoothie.html

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe medium bananas
  • 1 ripe pear or apple, peeled if desired, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped kale leaves, tough stems removed (see Notes)
  • 1/2 cup cold orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Preparation

  1. Place bananas, pear (or apple), kale, orange juice, water, ice cubes and flaxseed in a blender. Pulse a few times, then puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.  Serves 2-3.

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