Do you need a New Years resolution? Answer = YES!

Did you set a New Year’s resolution last year?  Did you reach your goals and succeed?  IF you answered no, then this is for you.

I love planning and setting goals and I love making lists.  If you are like me, then you know a list is key in getting things accomplished.  So if you haven’t already, please take the time to write down your goals for 2017. Writing things down makes you more likely to put a plan into action and accomplish those goals. I always use the SMART goals method to accomplish my goals.

Is there something you always wanted to do? Run a marathon, start a business, get your motorcycle license, take a class on  pottery making, learn to cook a Beef Wellington, learn to speak a foreign language?  You should try the SMART Goal method.  That is how I created my website, my YouTube channel and countless other goals I set for myself.

Let me explain how I set up one of my goals for this year, losing 20 lbs, using the SMART goal method. Having a goal is useless unless you have a plan, unless you know how you are going to accomplish this goal.  I learned about S.M.A.R.T. goals when I was in college and I have successfully accomplished quite a few things in the past few years by using this goal-setting method. Blackboard with the SMART Goal definition written on itLet me quickly walk you through how I plan to lose 20 lbs through my SMART goal method.

S = Specific – Lose 20 lbs – So ask why do I want to lose 20 lbs? Well my blood sugars are high and my doctor told me that if I don’t get them under control I will be a diabetic.  So there is a good reason why I need to lose 20 lbs.  Find your reason and be specific.

M = Measurable – How often can I measure my progress?  Are the measurements clear-cut?  If I keep track of my weight with weekly or monthly weigh-ins, I can measure my progress. But I really want to succeed, so I will also take another important step, I  will be taking quarterly blood tests to see if my blood sugar and cholesterol levels are improving. These are good measurements and I will be able to see my success or failures. I also took my weight and measurements on the first day of the month (was not a pleasant experience on January 1), and I plan to do so again on the last day of the month.

A = Attainable (Agreed Upon) – Is my goal realistic?  Yes, I truly believe I can lose the weight. But again I ask myself “how will I attain this”? Through a very specific diet and exercise program.  So, set up I set up a diet and exercise program, scheduled my workouts on my calendar.  I examined my calendar realistically and put them in a spot that I know they won’t get rescheduled.  What diet plan am I planning to use? What triggers falling off the diet wagon?  I ask myself how can I avoid these pitfalls. I write it all down, I am setting myself up for success.

R = Realistic – Is your goal relevant and realistic.  YES! For me losing the weight is super important for my long-term health. Diabetes is no joke. It is a deadly disease and I have to take it seriously. So my goal is relevant to my health.  I will look better and feel better if I lose weight, always an added bonus.  I think the goal of 20 lbs is realistic too.  I have enough fat on this body and frame to be able to lose 20 lbs.  So I may never be the size I was when in high school or  before I had kids,  but I know I can lose 20 lbs.

T= Timely, Time-bound – Establish the end date to accomplish this goal.   “I am going to lose 20 lbs”.  BY WHEN?  Set a goal date. I have set a date of June 15 for my weight loss.  It is a very achievable goal.  Each month I have put down in writing how much weight I plan to lose that month. I have also set smaller interim goals.  This also gives me time to reassess, I know if I don’t reach those interim goals, I will not reach the final goal.  If I plan to lose 5 lbs in January and I don’t, then my February and March goals have to be readjusted and re-examined.  Evaluation and re-evaluation is key to success.

As a mature woman, I know how easy it is for me to get into a rut.  I know by setting goals I will be striving for something.  Don’t allow yourself to fall into the same old, same old.  Set a goal, plan how you are going to accomplish it.  Put the plan to work by taking the action needed. Schedule the time.  The SMART goal method works, give it a try, maybe you will be running that marathon this year after all.

Happy New Year and Happy New You!

Cool Holiday Gift Idea for Mom

Do you have that one person in your life that must have the latest gadget? Are you that person?  Don’t have a gift for Mom yet?  Does Mom have a cel phone?  If so I have the coolest gift idea.  It is the present I gave myself this season, because I love technology and I love the latest, easy to use item.  My pick for the coolest holiday gift is….The Echo…by Amazon.

By far THE coolest gift of the season.  It’s beyond simple to use.  Mom will be able to plug and play.  Just download the app to your ios or android phone and you are set.

This is a gift that keeps on giving, in a good way.  It will give you the weather. Now everyday I know exactly what I need to wear before I leave the house. It also plays music, so when I am lazy and don’t want to get my Bose Mini then I just ask it to play a type of music and go with it.  I also add items to my shopping lists, add to my to do lists and I haven’t forgotten one thing at the supermarket.  No more forgetting cranberries too!

I am just loving this perfect little gift myself so much, I purchased two more as gifts for friends this season.  Just an awesome way to make someone happy this season!  Check out the link…if you are lost for a cool gift.  Get this, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.