What’s your goal for 2012?

Many people think that “losing weight” is a goal that will get them the results they want. Today I’m going to show you how to actually break down your goal to make it something a little more achievable!

Let’s face it. “losing weight”, “working out more”, “eating better” are usually what people say when it’s January 1st and time to create your new life for the next year. But think about how easy those are, and how many people never achieve them!

Losing weight – all you have to do is drop an ounce, not even a pound! Easy.

Working out more – Well, how much did you workout last year? Just do one more day. Done!

Eating better – What is better? Have an extra salad this year? Done!

WRONG!!! If you want to really achieve your goal this year there are a few basic, scientific things you need to do.

First, is your goal SMART?

Smallest possible increment




Time Sensitive

So, is your goal SMART? Let’s use an example. Say you want to lose 50 pounds this year. This is what you need to write down and post on your fridge!

I want to lose 2 pounds a week. This is the smallest increment of that goal. 50 pounds is daunting! 2 pounds, not so much. You know what, it’s also measurable! You know when you’ve lost 2 pounds. You can actually see it on the scale!

Next, is it Achievable? Do you have any injuries that would prevent you from working out to get there? Do you live in an area that makes is harder to workout? Are you able to buy your own food so that you know you’ll be eating better? If not, the goal of 50 pounds this year may not be possible by running a marathon, or eating better, or working out at home.

Do you have a reward in place? Maybe a new pair of jeans when you hit your goal. Do you have a lot of rewards? Maybe a reward at the end of each 8 pounds lost (ie each month)? Something to keep you motivated!

Finally, what’s your deadline? Put a date on it! Circle that date in big red marker on your calendar! If you lose 2 pounds a week, that’s 8 pounds a month. That’s 50 pounds in just a little over 6 months!!!! So write down “On July 1st I weigh 50 pounds less” and TELL THE WORLD!!!

If you need help, I’m here. Leave a comment or contact me through any of my social media platforms. Together, we can achieve your goal no matter what it is!


Markus is the co-owner of the Cloak & Blaster gaming pub in Orlando, FL. He's a former personal trainer and Space Shuttle Engineer. He's currently married to the lovely Geek Fit Girl.

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