One of the worst things that a person can do is to want to lose weight, then never committing themselves to a goal. I bet you have heard someone say that they are going to lose weight and if you ask how much, they would look at you as if you just said something stupid.
If you don't know where you are going, you’re aimless. It's like going to sea in a boat without a rudder; you just float aimlessly around going nowhere in particular. Same story if you want to lose weight. If you don't know how much you want to lose, chances are you won't lose anything.
Do yourself a favor. Before you start on a weigh loss program, weigh yourself and find out exactly what you weigh. If you don't know what you weigh right now, how the heck are you ever going to know if your actually losing weight? Don't kid yourself that you will know if your clothes get loose or some other malarkey like that; you need to know exactly what you weigh now so you can set a goal to what you want to be down the track.
Next, sit down and realistically set yourself an achievable goal. Let's say for instance you are 15 stone, perhaps you can set a goal to be 12 stone in 12 months time. That's a weight loss of 3 stone.
Then set some mini goals. 3 stone in 12 months is a weight loss of 1 stone every 4 months, so an achievable mini goal would be to be to hit 14 stone at the end of the first 4 months. If you break that down even further it works out around 1 pound a week. Not so hard when you break it down like that is it? But if you don’t know what you weigh from the start, you can’t set goals can you?
You should know where you want to go before you go on a holiday journey and it's the same with anything in life. When you want to save money for something you always seem to know the price of the goods you want to buy.
Losing weight is no different. You need to know where you are today, and then set a destination so you know where you want to go. Make a commitment. Set a goal!