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Now comes the hard part...

Monday, May 18, 2015

When you have SMART goals (Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-related), like "reach 170 pounds by the first of June", it is a fairly easy goal to track. Am I on a glide-path to get to that goal? If I need to lose 20 pounds and have 20 weeks to get there, I better be coming close to losing one pound per week. I can see my progress. I can track it. I can tell if I am on a path to get there.

Two months ago, I hit my first goal of the year, reaching the 170s by my birthday. Today, I hit my second goal of 160s by Memorial Day (weighed in at 167 this morning). So far so good.

Now the hard part starts. How do I set a SMART goal to maintain? I can't "see" a goal in front of me that I can track. "Maintain 160 for the rest of my life" is not a SMART goal. Maybe I have to set my next goal as "Come up with a new set of SMART goals by June 1"

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    Set a goal to walk 5 miles every day or swim 10 laps of the pool twice a week or track yojr calories daily and when these goals are met, the abstract goal of stay in the 60's will be met by default
    1871 days ago
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