Setting SMART goals is a great way to achieve your health and wellness goals alongside the Freshwell Low Carb Programme. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. When you set SMART goals, you are more likely to stick to your plan and achieve your desired results.
Here are some tips for setting SMART goals:
- Specific: Your goal should be specific and well-defined. As well as setting an outcome goal like “lose 10 pounds in 3 months” think about setting a behavioural goal, something that you can do to move you towards your goal.
- Measurable: Your goal should be measurable so that you can track your progress and see how close you are to achieving it. For example, rather than ‘cutting down on bread’ you could set a goal to cut in half the usual amount of bread that you have.
- Achievable: Your goal should be achievable, but also challenging. If your goal is too easy, you won’t be motivated to achieve it. If your goal is too difficult, you’ll likely give up.
- Relevant: Your goal should be relevant to you and what you are trying to achieve.
- Time-bound: Your goal should have a specific deadline. This will help you stay on track and motivated. For example, instead of saying “I want to cut out snacks” you could say I will cut out all snacks by end of next week.
Once you have set your SMART goals, you need to develop an action plan. An action plan is a step-by-step guide that will help you achieve your goals.
Here are some tips for developing an action plan:
- Break down your goal into smaller steps. This could include planning and shopping for meals for the next 3 days.
- Set deadlines for each step. When will you do your planning and shopping? This will help you stay on track and motivated.
- Identify any resources or support that you will need. Don’t forget to join the Freshwell Low Carb Community for lots of additional inspiration and support!
- Review your action plan regularly and make adjustments as needed. Your action plan should be a living document that you can update as needed.
Additional tips for behaviour change:
- Start small. Don’t try to change too much at once. Make one or two small changes and focus on sticking to them. Once you’ve established those changes, you can make more changes.
- Find a support system. Having friends or family members who are also trying to make healthy changes can be very helpful. You can support each other and stay motivated.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone slips up from time to time. If you have a setback, don’t give up. Just pick yourself up and start again.
Remember, making healthy changes takes time and effort. But if you’re patient and persistent, you can achieve your goals.