Setting SMART Goals

March 16, 2012 at 07:00 Leave a comment

Setting SMART Goals

You are now on your way to choosing a weight loss plan that best suits your needs and aligns with your behaviors – those which you discovered through your DIETtrifecta assessment report. All types of fitness, weight management or health programs begin with goal-setting. A simple and invaluable method for goal-setting is the SMART approach.

The SMART goal setting process is effective for developing focused goals. And it’s easy. That’s always a plus. SMART makes it simple for identifying the right steps of action to take in a successful weight loss, fitness or health plan. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound.

S pecific:

Answers these questions: Who? What? Where? Why?

  • Who is to achieve this goal and with whom (do you plan on enlisting a trainer)?
  • What would you like to accomplish?
  • Where will you most likely meet this goal – gym, at home, at work?
  • Why is this goal important to you?

M easurable:

You need to be able to measure your goals. Without proper progression or where you are in achieving your goal, you are unable to track your progress. It will also help you know if a goal needs to be modified during the process.

A ttainable:

A goal needs to align with your abilities, skills and or attitudes toward a particular outcome and honestly determine if it is indeed within your reach. If you truly believe that you CAN accomplish a set goal, you will have more drive and motivation to strive for it. 🙂 When you identify a goal that is really important to you, you manage to find ways to make it happen and build your self-image.

R ealistic:

A goal needs to be realistic. The key word here is: REALISTIC. If your goal is relevant for where you are at this moment, you will be motivated to strive toward achieving it. Therefore, make sure you create your goals around your unique interests and abilities for increased success and satisfaction. BUT – makes sure the goal has some level of effort! On the other hand, if it’s too difficult to attain, you set the stage for failure. And no one wants that! 🙂

T ime-Bound:

Here’s the last question to ask yourself – WHEN? When do you hope to accomplish this goal? Devise a timeline outlining specific target dates to check your progress.

We also encourage you to fill out the Action Plan that is included in your DIETtrifecta Report. You may also download a copy from the DIET-Coach page ( Additionally – we have devised a SMART Goals worksheet to help you commence the process which is attached herein.Enjoy! And as always, health is in you, let’s find it together.

To your health,

American Council on Exercise, Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach Manual, The ultimate Resource for Fitness Professionals, 2nd Edition, 2011
Arina, SMART Goal Setting: A Surefire Way to Achieve Your Goals, February 20, 2010,


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