Last week I wrote about how to change the worst thing about your diet. For me, the worst thing was not drinking enough water. So how did I get on? Read on to find out about my changing habits and what worked and what didn’t. 

Check out last week’s blog post for more information about the best and worst things about your diet and creating SMART goals to change the worst thing. 

Here are some findings for me as I tried to put my SMART goal plan into action.

What worked well

The plan improved my awareness of my (lack of) water consumption. This week, I’d be working away in my office and the thought would actually enter my head that I hadn’t been drinking. So I would drink my bottle of sparkling water. 

And the plan had a knock-on effect to other times of the day too. The afternoons are the worst for me as I just forget to drink – but my consumption increased during the morning and evening too. Bonus! 

What about you? Any improvements? Did you get a knock on effect from your change? Did your SMART goals lead to improvement over and above what you were expecting?

What didn’t work so well

On those days when I was home, I did drink my water allocation in the afternoons – and more. However, the first day that I wasn’t home, I didn’t. I had failed to consider that part in a plan. So going forward, I need to plan better. I need a strategy for those afternoons when I am out so I will take water with me.  A simple solution, I know. It seems obvious now, but that first afternoon out, I hadn’t thought about it before I left. 

What about you? Did you foresee all the scenarios of your week and were able to keep to the plan? 

Next step 

So now I need to come up with another SMART goal as my initial one was only for 1 week. I need to keep doing this until the water drinking becomes a habit. 

But I’ll be flying all day the day you read this, then I’ll be in England, so all my routines will change. Hopefully, my family members reading this will nag me when I am over there to help! As so many people drink coffee or tea there seemingly all day, maybe I can just switch to upping my herbal tea or hot water consumption instead of the sparkling water that worked this week. 

Off to rewrite my plan!

How about you? Did your SMART goal help you improve the worst thing about your diet? What is your next step? Or maybe you are still contemplating your first step? Let me know in the comments section or by email. 

Habit is Habit

I like this quote about changing habits by Mark Twain:

“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.”

We often think of climbing upstairs in a step by step approach to achieving our goal, but this quote turns it on its head and focuses on the bad habit going down the stairs, leaving us at the top! Downstairs coaxing time! 

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