Set Your Weight-Loss Goals
Every game needs a goal. Weight loss is no exception. Set a measurable, realistic and time-specific target. You can be inspired by your 110-pound glory days, but to successfully shed excess pounds, most experts suggest starting with a more reasonable weight-loss outlook.
Aim to lose 5% to 10% of your current weight. If you weigh 200 pounds, set an initial goal of no more than 20 pounds and give yourself adequate time to lose that 10%. A healthy rate of weight loss is between one-half to three pounds each week, so it could take as long as five months to reach your goal. And that’s OK.
In addition to determining your target weight, set one or two behavioral goals. Be specific—instead of saying, “I will get more exercise,” say, “In the next week, I will walk for at least 30 minutes three times.” Use a journal to develop and monitor these goals and check in with yourself weekly.
Though losing weight can seem like an uphill battle, setting small, achievable goals can make those hills much more surmountable.