Are you seeking success on Weight Watchers? Creating a series of goals for yourself is a great way to set yourself up for success as you continue on your Weight Watchers journey. Make sure your goals are SMART -- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
Specific – Instead of simply saying, “I will lose X pounds,” be more specific. Think about how you will achieve that goal. You should be able to answer the “6 W’s”: Who, What, When, Where, Which, and Why. Write your goal in a paper. An example of a specific goal is: “I will sign up for Weight Watchers next Monday using these promo codes I found online, and I will lose 2 pounds this month by increasing my intake of 0 Points Plus foods as listed in Food.com site, sticking to my weekly Points allowance, and going for a walk three times a week.” The more detailed, the better!
Measurable – To set a measurable goal, you have to be able to answer the question, “How will I know when I have reached my goal?” The advantage of setting a measurable goal is that you have a concrete indicator of your progress. A goal weight is an example of a measurable goal; however, the scale doesn’t have to be the only indicator. You may want to work towards running a certain amount of miles, dropping a certain number of clothing sizes, or even fitting into an article of clothing.
Attainable – It is important to set goals that you can actually achieve. This means that you should take stock of your life and lifestyle and decide what you can do. The advantage of Weight Watchers is that you are able to use the tools provided by the program and make them work for your lifestyle. If you can only have time for 10 minutes of exercise a day, go for it. Think about ways that you can incorporate healthful behaviors in your life, and set a goal that will work for YOU. By setting attainable goals, you may find that the anxiety you may have about reaching your weight loss goals are lessened.
Realistic – Don’t be afraid of setting a series of smaller goals rather than a lofty, larger goal. Your goal must be something reasonable that you are willing to work towards. If you’ve been eating large quantities of “junk food,” It may take a while before your taste buds adapt to your new eating habits. Perhaps you may want to start by replacing your mid-day burger-and-fries run with a Smart Ones frozen meal or a homemade brown bag lunch. Likewise, if you haven’t been exercising regularly, it may not be realistic to attempt to run a marathon. Take stock of your strengths and weaknesses, and be patient with yourself.
Timely – Ground your goal within a timeframe. Once you have an objective, establish a deadline for yourself. There are a variety of smartphone apps that make setting time-sensitive goals easy. The Countdown+ app for iPhone is one example. Setting a time-sensitive goal can be a great motivator!