When it comes to fitness, you need a goal. Now, how big you want your goals to be is entirely up to you. I am going to write a common method to figure what exactly your goal looks like because blanket statements like “I want to get strong” or “I want to lose weight” does not make the cut.
“If it can be measured it can be managed”
The way to think about writing a goal is by thinking SMART. Specific Measurable Attainable Relevance Time.
Be specific in what you want to achieve. Instead of “lose weight” write that you want to lose 10 lbs.Measurable means can you measure it? In this example yes, you can measure the pounds lost. I would suggest weighing yourself first thing in the morning to avoid the “extra weight” of water and food.
Is your goal attainable? In this case, losing 10lbs. is attainable, but saying you want to lose 100lbs in a month is not.
Now, even if your goal is attainable, is it relevant to you? If you’re someone that wants to be big, huge, and strong then losing weight may not be the best solution at this point. Whatever you decide to pursue make sure its relevant to you.
Time is probably the biggest thing people forget when writing a goal. Decide when you want to achieve this goal! It seems small but it helps when it comes to accountability. If you leave this goal open-ended you may never get to it. For losing 10 lbs. a reasonable time frame is 6-8 weeks, conservatively.
The best thing about this thought process is that it really makes bigger goals seem more manageable.
Say I want to lose a lot of weight. Say 40 lbs, that’s specific. I’m measuring the lbs I lose. Is it attainable? Most definitely. Relevance? Sure if I think I should lose weight. Now, time is where we also need to be realistic. Instead of in 1 month, I think 6 months is more appropriate.
There’s a lot of time between Day 1 and 6 months so set up milestones to make it seem more manageable and keep yourself motivated. Average out your goal into trying to lose 6 lbs per month. See more manageable right? Now if 6 months come along and you don’t lose exactly 40 lbs. you need to take a step back and realize you made a great accomplishment! Even something as small as 10 lbs. in 6 months is more progress than what you had on day 1!
By thinking SMART about your goals you can take whatever it is you want into more manageable achievements.