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Scripture Reflection:

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

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Yesterday, we focused on the need for creating attainable, realistic and relevant goals.

Today we will focus on the last S.M.A.R.T. principles. T for Time-Bound. 

Setting Time-Bound Goals

Time-bound goals means that  your goal should have a start date and an end date. The amount of time that you give yourself to attain your goal should create a sense of urgency yet should also be realistic enough that it is possible to achieve it. Your mind will adjust accordingly to the deadlines that you set for yourself to accomplish. No timeline means little or no accomplishment.

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I can’t believe that I’m still here” or “I can’t believe that I’m still struggling with this same issue” then you know that days, months, years and even decades can quickly pass and you can still find yourself at the same place.

 “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” Ephesians 5:15, 16

Putting an end date on your goal does a number of things:

  • it creates a sense of urgency
  • it helps you to create realistic timelines to work towards
  • it will keep you motivated
  • it will give you a realistic sense of the amount of effort you need put in to achieve our goal
  • it will help you manage and schedule your time

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Today you’re going to put  together all of the principles and write out your goal.

Step 1:

Record what you believe should be your ideal weight.

Step 2:

Go to my fitness pal and see what weight range it gives you and make sure that the weight you recorded in step 1 is in line with this number. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/tools/bmi-calculator

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Step 3:

Determine how much you are willing to do each day to achieve your goal. ( If you have not already done so, spend some time in prayer.

1 pound per week will require you to either consume 500 calories less per day, exercise and additional 500 per calories per day or do some combination of each (eat 250 less and exercise 250 more)

2 pounds per week will require you to either consume 1000 calories less per day, exercise and additional 1,000 per calories per day or do some combination of each ( eat 500 less and exercise 500 more)

( I would suggest starting at .5 pounds per week )

Step 4:

Write out your goal based on the above:

Here are a few examples:

I ____________________, will release 50 pounds (kgs./stones) by February 15, 2018 by releasing 2 pound per month. I will do this by learning what foods are right for my body and cutting my calories for 250 per day. I will exercise at least 6 days per week for 30 minutes and I will learn to see myself the way God sees me.

I _____________________, will release 100 pounds (kgs./stones) by June 1017 by releasing 5 pounds per month. I will join a walking club and walk for 1 hour per day and add weight training to my workout. I will also track my food on ‘myfitnesspal’ and maintain my calories at 1400 per day. I will spend time in prayer each morning and ask God to order my steps.

Share your goals in the group.

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