Greetings from 2014!

This time of year most people think about setting goals for the new year. Whether it is a New Year’s resolution or something you and your family thought about last year, there is no better time than today!  Why not use 2014 to make smart choices for your health. But how do we start?  Let’s talk about SMART goals. SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. This means that instead of saying, “I want to be skinny,” or “I want to lose weight this year,” we choose healthy and thoughtful goals. Here is an example:

Specific: I would like to make meals at home

Measurable: at least 8 times a week

Attainable, Realistic, and Timely: By  March 1, 2014.  I will do this by increasing the number of meals I make at home each week until I reach my goal number of 8.  I will also plan these meals before going to the grocery store. I will verbalize this goal to my family members and ask for their support in this endeavor as a family.

In total: I would like to make meals at home at least 8 times a week by March 1, 2014. I will do this by increasing the number of meals I make at home each week until I reach my goal number of 8. I will also plan these meals before going to the grocery store. I will verbalize this goal to my family members and ask for their support in this endeavor as a family.

What are your goals for this year?  I encourage you to write them down, and try to stick to the SMART format. As I will always encourage, too, make this a family effort. Each person in the household is affected by these goals. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions (margaretannling@gmail.com).

Happy New Year!,

Margaret Ling

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