4/27/07

Time to S.M.A.R.T.en Up!

So last night's running clinic was all about goal setting, something that actually for once relates back to WW so I actually paid MORE attention than normal :D Our instructor Sam handed out this really great (and lengthy) article that dealt with goals in reference to running. But as I was sitting there reading it, I pretty much took out the running parts and was applying it to my weight loss journey. I saw all of the same things that we all do here as we gear up for our 10 per cents, try to get to hit certain milestones by certain dates and then reward ourselves accordingly. I was sort of chuckling to myself as I was reading it and looking around at others who seemed to be lost in thought as to how to set goals themselves. Is it really that hard? Hmmm. Maybe. But they do try to keep it simple for us... 1) Specific - set a clear goal. I WILL run that 10k on May 6th. If I do well at that, I WILL sign up for the half-marathon clinic. I will get my drivers license this year. and You will get to your goal weight :) 2) Measurable - a way to track the progress of your goals. My goals of running will be measured by completing practice runs to improve my endurance. A driving course will help me get to my license (man, I'm such a chicken...). And every pound helps you ladies get to your goal. Every day OP helps. The water, the healthy oils, the fruits and veggies...you get the point. 3) Achievable - ensure that your goals are realistic and attainable. Be honest! Me running a 10k next week is attainable because I've trained for it. Me running a half marathon next week...not attainable. By September, could happen. and ALL OF YOU have the potential to be at goal! 4) Relevant - a goal is an objective that YOU are willing and able to work toward. Make sure that these goals are something you are truly invested in, because it takes a a great deal of time and energy. I'm willing to invest the five days a week it takes to run. Are you willing to be OP to get to your goal? Are you willing to follow the healthy guidelines? 5) Time-Related - set a timeline that will guide your progress, even if it's a mini-goal. I'm running that 10k come hell or high water on May 6th. I will get my license by December 31st. and you...? will it be next week? two months? six months? 10 per cent? 10 lbs? What are your goals? Write one down. Tell somebody and then make it happen.

9 comments:

LTin2007 said...

I love this post! You have totally articulated what I have been struggling to frame in my mind. Thanks so much!

Jen said...

this is why you are awesome (among other things!)

Sarah said...

In my undergrad (leadership studies) we talked a lot about SMART goals. Thanks for this post, I needed to be reminded!

Maria said...

Yeah, echoing Sarah - I just took an organizational analysis course, and my prof was all about the SMART goals. Way to put them into practise, girl! :)

Krissie said...

Wow. Great blog. Not only do I feel the need to sit down and write goals out, but you have already convinced me that I will meet them! Thanks!

Christina said...

great post, I am copying it and making my goals as we speak. Thanks Marie :)

Natalie said...

My former boss was all about SMART. I'm all about the goals too!

Good luck with the running - I hope you can set and achieve some fantastic goals!

Angie All The Way said...

This is an excellent post. You are so great and making all of the important connections to a long, lasting successful defeat of your weight loss!

Sara said...

SMART is a big thing in personal training and a common topic in Weight Watcher meetings. Thanks for the post though - I definitely need to create some SMART goals!

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