Get Ready for 2016 Goals by Tracking Them

It is nice to have goals and New Years is the perfect time to work on those goals you have been putting off until the new year because it is the New Year!


To keep track of your goals,  you can use the Way of Life app or Habit List.

metabolic balance is having several DietBet challenges to motivate you online.  The US metabolic balance team will be rebalancing during the challenges and sharing our experiences with you on the blog.

Please join the challenges. It will be a fun way to start the new year.

Goals – Be Gritty and Keep Them to Yourself

Grit: Passion and perseverance makes goals a reality. Here is Angela L. Duckworth’s resarch paper about grit.  See how gritty you are by taking this Grit research test.  I got a 4.13 out of 5 which means I’m a pretty gritty girl but only in the 80th percentile.  Do the quiz and see what percentile you are in.


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Goals – Different Types All Require S.M.A.R.T.

How do you implement SMART into your general goal setting?

  1. Pick a time frame for the goal.
    1. Short term = less than six months
    2. Mid Term = Six months to one year
    3. Long Term = More than one year
  2. Prioritise your goals.  Pick a handful of goals that are the ones that are most important to you.   For short term goals, you will find them easier to get into action right away.  Setting short term goals that align with long term goals will help keep you motivated. Your Metabolic Balance® coach will help ensure that your goals are realistic and achievable.
  3. Be flexible.  If you created a short term goal and you are unable to accomplish it within the estimated time period, push the goal into the mid or long term category.  Know that you have not failed.  All kinds of events can happen to push a goal priority back or to delay accomplishing a goal.
  4. Write down your goals.  Write down in detail exactly what you want to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it.  This requires implementation plan as described yesterday.
  5. Pick one long term goal and then add mid term and short term goals that help strengthen your resolve to reach your long term goal.
  6. Be specific.  Write your goal so it is very specific.  For example, “In one Year from today, I will be at my goal weight, running 5 miles without being out of breath.  This is a well defined goal with a clear deadline and benchmarks that can be monitored for progress.

Follow This format to outline your goal:

Step 1. __________ is my goal. (Make sure it is measurable and realistic.)

Step 2. When achieved, what will be the benefits? ________________________.

Step 3. Obstacles I may have to overcome. __________________________.  How will I overcome them? ________________.

Step 4. What do I need to learn/ know/ or train to reach my goal? _________________________.

Step 5. Who can help me with this goal? ________________________.

Step 6. What are the steps I plan to take to reach my goal?

  • ___________________________ by when _______________.
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