Goals – 2018 Personal Goals

goalsEarlier this month you learned about SMART goals and I want to share my personal goals with you so you can see how SMART goals work! If you have not gotten your SMART goals guide, get it here. If you haven’t yet read the SMART post, check it out here. I have picked four things I want to work on this year and they are all somewhat related to each other.

Goals are the way to your desired life. Make a plan and commit today! It’s never to late to start.

I am planning to: reduce stress, eat healthier, lose weight/body fat, do more activities. As you can see they all tie together into being a healthier person, physically and mentally. But how are these SMART? Let me break down each one.

  1. Reduce Stress – I tend to have a lot of stress during the week between my office job and my business and all the other responsibilities we all have. I am sure most of you can relate!
    S – Reduce daily stress through meditation, reading, journaling, and exercise.
    M – 30 minutes 4-5 days per week of meditation, reading, journaling and 60 minutes of exercise tracked on a habit tracker for each month.
    A – Yes, if I actually set aside time most days.
    R – I want to feel better and more relaxed during the week. It will also help me remember more if I am less stressed.
    T – 1/1/18 to 12/31/18 but I will track progress each week and month to make sure I am staying on track.
  2. Eat healthier – My diet isn’t awful but I would like to consistently eat better.
    S – Plan and prep healthier meals. Add a serving of fruit and vegetables to each meal. Reduce carb intake and increase protein. Fat is good as is. Watch added sugar intake and try to keep it at or below 40g.
    M – Use myfitnesspal to track food every day. Make sure I am hitting my macros and keeping added sugar to a minimum. 
    A – Yes, set aside time on Sunday’s to prep and plan for the week. 
    R – I want to feel better and fuel my workouts.
    T – 1/1/18 to 12/31/18 but I will also set aside time each day to log my food as well as an hour and a half on Sundays to plan and prep lunches and dinners for the week.
  3. Do more activities – I want to have experiences, not things!
    S – Take time to get outside for hiking. Create more art. Travel. Go to concerts, events, and museums in Phoenix. 
    M – Do one new thing a month. 
    A – Yes, I need to get out of my rut of staying home and working on photography ALL THE TIME. (I have separate business goals to help me tackle more business stuff in less time).
    R – I want to feel better and stress less, and doing activities helps that. I need to force myself to get out and enjoy life more.
    T – 1/1/18 to 12/31/18 but I will plan an outing each month.
  4. Lose weight and reduce body fat.
    S – Lose 24 pounds or 2 pounds a month and reduce body fat by about 12% or 1% a month. Research and past experience point to these numbers as realistic, doable, safe and easier to keep weight off in the long run. 
    M – I will weigh in to get weight and body fat. I will also measure certain areas of my body and take progress photos. 
    A – Yes, I’ve done it before. It just takes come, effort and consistency. I know it’s a slow process and each little thing will add up in the long run.
    R – I want to feel better and fit in my clothes. I want to feel more confident and of course, I want to look better. I also want to improve my muscle mass.
    T – 1/1/18 to 12/31/18 but will weigh in and measure every other Monday. I will do progress photos once a month on the first weigh-in day.

What are your goals for 2018?

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