Thursday, January 6, 2011

SMART Goals and Other Tips

My tips 

1. Use Tweet What You Eat or other online resources – Tweet What You Eat is an add on or extension of Twitter. It allows you to text what food you ate and the amount of calories to an online counter. It then adds them up. You can also include exercise and calories burned. This will help you see how much you really eat as well as see if you have met your healthy calorie intake and exercise for the day. I would recommend using TWYE for about a month. This is long enough to learn that you do naturally but not so long that you become unhealthily obsesses with calories.

Other resources

Tweet What You Spend is similar. My husband wanted a budget tracker that was more complex so he created a spread sheet in google docs. You could also use excel. or is great for those of you who want to kick a porn habit/addiction.

2. Make your goals fit you. Foe example, experts say to make goals quantifiable. This is a good strategy however it doesn’t work for me all of the time. Some of my goals are (such as reading the bible every day or making a grocery list of two meals one week a month) but most of my goals are not.

3. Write your goals down and record how you are doing. When you write them down, use detail and explain your reasons and some possible ways you would like to see yourself complete the goals. Don’t be afraid to say that one goal will be more difficult than another.

4. To record you goals, you can blog or journal, have an accountability partner, or use the online resources I mentioned above. Make sure that you can be honest in the recording part. If you need to set up an anonymous blog or user name, do it.

5. Break down Large goals into smaller goals. My large goal may be to be a better wife. I now need to break that down in to specifics on how I want to do that
6. Include staying healthy or getting healthy and break that into specifics. I suggest this because wanting to be healthy will keep you from taking weight loss, or exercise too far. Also taking time to relax will help you keep the “bad belly fat” away. Getting dressed up and exercising will both boost your confidence. Getting enough sleep will help you loose weight (when I quit working overnights I lost over 8 pounds in a week just by getting enough sleep).

5 tips for a healthier you

1 – 5 SMART Goals

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reward, Target Date

Specific Goal Tips 

The Diet Tips video includes eating dark chocolate and exercising. Too bad I hate dark chocolate.

Quit Smoking


If you are in debt read DAVE RAMSEY! He is intense but has a lot of good stuff to say.

More Tips.

Please add your best tips to help others with their resolutions!!!! If you have a resolution blog post it below.

1 comment:

  1. I have to make my goals quantifiable or I don't feel like I've accomplished anything.