Setting SMART diabetes goals
“I want to lower my A1c.”
“I want to lose weight.”
“I want to increase my time in range.”
“I want to eat healthier.”
I hear these types of statements often, especially around this time of the year when many of us are setting new long-term goals or resolutions. Though resolutions are great in theory, let’s be honest...they don't work. Why? They are too broad!
The key to success in achieving resolutions is by breaking them down into smaller and more measurable outcomes. For this, we use the SMART acronym.
Goals need to be...
Here is an example of turning a resolution into a SMART goal.
Resolution: “I want to increase my time in range.”
SMART goal: “I will increase my time in range to 70% or higher within the next three months by walking for 30 minutes every day three times a week. I will track my success by downloading my CGM data on a weekly basis.”
SMART goal: “I will increase my time in range to 60% or greater by the end of the month by eating two fewer bowls of cereal per week and replacing it with eggs and fruit. I will track my success by downloading my CGM data on a weekly basis.”
Feeling motivated? I want to know your SMART goal!