When getting in shape, it’s a good idea to set both short- and long-term goals. To do this, use the SMART [Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based] principal.
The key is to be realistic. You can have a specific goal, like running a marathon, but expecting to do it in 30 days may be too much, unless you can already run around the block in under a minute. Instead of telling yourself you want to drop a pant size by the summer, start with the smaller, more specific goal of doing 30 minutes of aerobic activity each day. Once you’re able to reach this goal, move things up a notch. Keep in mind, results may not come immediately. If you work hard at your fitness routine and give yourself time, you will get in shape.
Write your goals down in a journal you can reference frequently. The journal doesn’t have to be a paper journal. It could be fun to try blogging your way to fitness. Write down how often you’re working out and which activities you prefer. You can also write down the emotions that come up during this process.