Each Jan. 1 brings a flurry of New Year’s Resolutions by most of us. Research indicates these resolutions last until about February and then we return to what we know best and is easiest; our old habits. This year make your resolutions smart ones.
Specific-what specific goal would you like to make?
Measureable-how will you measure your success?
Attainable-can you reach this goal?
Realistic-is it possible to reach this goal?
Timeframe-in what timeframe do you want to achieve this goal?
For example, the typical goal of “I am going to lose weight this year, about 30 pounds” would become: “By April 1, I will lose five pounds by keeping food records and keeping my portion sizes at meal time to one serving.”
This goal is specific and measureable in that the person making the goal has set five pounds as the target. This can always be readdressed once the goal is met. The person also identified specific behaviors that will help them achieve the goal. It is attainable and realistic. Anticipate a half- pound per week weight loss on any diet. It also has a timeframe.
If you need help setting your New Year’s nutrition goals or weight loss is part of your New Year’s resolution, contact the registered dietitians at Centegra Health System at 1-877-Centegra.
Sarah J. Buytendorp, RD, LDN
Centegra Weight Loss Surgery Center