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Once you have committed to what you want to achieve, no matter what area of your life, the next step is to set a goal. Goal setting helps you to concentrate on your efforts and keeps you motivated. If previous health and wellness goals have left you discouraged or frustrated, try setting S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Achievable, Realistic, and Time Bound) goals.
A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. For example, a general goal might be, “Eat more fruits and vegetables.” But a specific goal would be, “Eat more fruits and vegetables by having at least 1 serving at each meal.”
Choose a goal where you can measure your progress. For the above example you could easily measure and document whether or not you ate your 1 serving of fruit/vegetable for each meal.
An achievable goal is one that is realistic given your current situation and resources. If achieving your goal is too much of a stretch it will be difficult to accomplish. Therefore, if you do not have the resources to have 1 fruit/vegetable at each meal, the above goal would not be attainable and you would need to rethink your goal.
Start small. Once you achieve that goal then move on or go bigger. Setting unrealistic goals can backfire and leave your frustrated with your efforts. It’s better to make one small change that lasts a lifetime then make 6 larger changes that only last a few months.
Set a time frame or deadline for your goal. For example, in two weeks, in three months, by six months. Setting an end point for the goal will help you to have a clear target to achieve it.
For example, “Eat more fruits and vegetables by having at least 1 serving at each meal for the next 3 months.”
Apple season and cooler temperatures beg for the following Crock pot applesauce recipe:
Use this recipe as a topping for pancakes, as a stuffing in crepes or mix it with some yogurt and top it with a sprinkle of granola!
This applesauce is also a great accompaniment to a pork dinner…….it is sure to be gobbled up by all!
The Corporate and Community Health division of WakeMed provides worksite wellness and health promotion services to numerous corporate and community clients throughout Wake County. The department is made up of a multi-disciplinary team who perform preventative health screenings, education and coaching upon request. The department assists thousands of people each year on their wellness journey.
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Raleigh, NC 27610