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So how are your New Year’s Resolutions looking so far?

The last letter in our SMART goal setting to help achieve your New Year's Resolutions (and any resolutions or goals you may have made since then) is T. T is for Timeframe Okay, so for New Year resolutions it's obviously going to be 31 December 2013 S Give each of your Specific goals a due date M Making each Specific goal Measurable means that you’ll probably have broken it down into more manageable chunks. So, eating 2 pieces of fruit a day was achievable in the first week. That’s now ongoing A Walking for 30 minutes a day every day may require some chunking to make it Achievable . You may decide to walk 5 minutes a day for the first month, then increase it to 10 minutes a day for the second month, building up 5 minutes each month: by the sixth month you’ll be walking 30 minutes a day, then that goal becomes ongoing   R If your specific goal is to lose excess body fat by eating less and exercising more (ELEM) a Realistic goal is to lose between 250g-500g a week,

Keeping it real

Continuing SMART goal setting...   R is for Realistic   If you’ve followed the SMART goal setting steps so far your New Year’s resolutions will be a list of clearly defined goals and you know what you have to do to achieve these. The question to ask yourself now is how Realistic your goals are. Let’s use our example: Eat 2 portions of fruit a day. That’s realistic; it’s a small change, not terribly expensive and something you can incorporate into your normal day. How about another popular New Year’s resolution: Exercise regularly, with the specific goal of walk half an hour every day. Is that realistic? Every day? Will you walk if it’s raining, will you get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning to fit your walk in. Whatever your goals are, they need to be realistic. So in the 4 th column of your chart, note why your goals are realistic. If they’re not, then change them to make them realistic. Here’s mine....see, I’ve even ticked each point. So how are your