Healthbeat 4: How to make S.M.A.R.T. New Year’s resolutions

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — Tuesday marks the beginning of a new year.

So did you make a New Year’s resolution?

According to a study from the University of Scranton, only 8% of us will actually achieve our resolution goals.

Experts say one reason so many of us don’t reach our goals is that they tend to be too lofty or vague.

According to Statistic Brain, losing weight, Eating healthier and saving money are the top New Year’s resolutions.

However how are you going to measure them?

Allison Hueschen is a registered dietitian at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s.

She says one way to set yourself up for success is using the acronym S.M.A.R.T.

“SMART goals are really a tool that we can use to set concrete goals and really set up a plan to help us realistically set that goal,” said Allison Hueschen, registered dietitian at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s.

The “S” stands for specific.

“We’re really putting more specifics to a goal so rather than just saying lose weight, we might be saying that we’d like to lose 10 pounds,” said Hueschen.

“M” stands for measurable.

“Those vague goals, getting into shape, well how can we really measure if we’re getting into shape. So by making it a measurable goal we can make it more realistic.”

“A” stands for attainable.

“So trying to think of what resources I need to achieve this goal whether it’s support or things like that.”

“R” for relevant.

“Why do I want to achieve this goal? Why is it important to me.”

Lastly, “T” stands for Timely.

“Putting a timeline to that goal. Do I want to lose that 10 pounds in three months, six months, a year? Really putting that timetable to it so we can assess if we’ve met that goal or not.”

Hueschen says it’s also important for people making resolutions to understand that change won’t happen overnight and that it’s a process.

“Achieving your goal is not going to be a perfectly straight line you’re going to have setbacks and just anticipating those challenges are going to come up and just kind of anticipating ways we can overcome those challenges so we just don’t give up on the goal.”

Hueschen adds roughly 80% of people give up on their resolutions by the second week of February.

Michelle Schoening

Michelle Schoening

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