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SMART Goals for 2017

Wow!  I can hardly believe that I am actually doing a bit of writing again.  I think it might take some time to knock off the cobwebs.  I imagine you can see that my last post was in April of 2014.  There is a good reason for that which I will get into a later post, but I thought I would start off the new year with something simple since it has been so long.


For those who haven’t heard of a SMART goal, you might want to review what I have said about them in the past.  For this year, I think I want to focus on some physical goals and some fiscal ones.  This post will be about the physical goals.  I feel bad since I looked at my goals from 5 years ago and realize that I have gained quite a bit of weight.  Maybe this online journal known as a blog will help me with some accountability since most of the weight gain has been in the past two years.  The stress level was pretty high, but I am hoping that it will be better for 2017.


I still want to eventually weigh less than 200 pounds.  Not sure that I can get back to 175 when I graduated from college, but after hitting 242 this past year, 200 will look mighty good.  I don’t plan on dieting because I know that restriction doesn’t work, especially for me.  What I plan on doing is focusing on 3 things:

  1.  Drink more water and work on cutting down on diet and sugary soda.
  2.  Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
  3.  Walk more.

I had been walking during the summer and lost about 8 pounds, but let up and put it back on during November and December.  My wife got me a fitbit for Father’s Day.  So, I plan on doing more walking these cold months.  It is much easier for me to do when it is nice and warm outside and the days are longer.  Winter and the short days get to me so I will have to challenge myself.


It is my goal to walk 16,000 steps on 80% of the days in the month.  It is certainly specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and has a time frame.  I was able to do this in August and September of last year, so I know that it is possible.  I just have to focus and dedicate about 1 hour each day specifically for walking in addition to my usual daily activity.  I know there will be some days that it won’t happen which is the reason for the 80% threshold.  I don’t want to get down on myself if I can hit the mark every single day.


So far I am 2 for 3.


I will work on putting together my financial goals for 2017 and post those in the next couple days as well.  It is certainly different to be writing again.  I am not entirely sure how I feel about it, but I think it will be good for me in the end.


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