MOVE’s core ideas are encouraging healthy eating, increasing physical activity, developing behavior change skills, and promoting even small weight losses with an easy-to-follow evidenced-based program.
If you’ve been thinking it may be a good idea to:
- Focus on changing up your meals and snacks to add more fiber by utilizing the healthy plate approach or adding in fiber with whole grains,
- Finally add in some movement and get started on adding in physical activity to your day,
- Increasing hydration and getting in plenty of water in your day,
- Finally get off the hamster wheel and stop looking for a quick fix or FAD type of diet,
- Start listening to your body and utilizing a tool such as the Hunger and fullness scale to assess if you are truly hungry
Then starting with a SMART goal is for you.
- Specific: There are specific actions to take to reach the goal.
- Measurable: You know how much to do and when the goal has been achieved.
- Action-oriented: You need to take action to achieve your goal(s).
- Realistic: The goal is practical, given your resources and time.
- Time-based: There is a specific time frame to achieve the goal.
It is a great idea to choose 1-2 SMART goals to start with as that will give us a chance to have a clear view of where we want to go and how to get there. Listen in to this episode as we walk through setting goals and how they can be a blueprint to help us be successful.
Beth Blair, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist at the Evansville Healthcare Center within the Marion VA Health Care System.