How do I know what my weight loss goal should be? Good question. Your weight loss goal is not necessarily a number. Your goal involves the emotional and physical parts of weight loss. How do you feel now? How do you want to feel and what will it take for you to feel that way? And once you reach your goal, how are you going to celebrate and continue succeeding by maintaining your goal weight?
There are 3 things that you need to realize about setting your weight loss goal.
1. Make sure your goal is absolute. Wanting to weigh 130 pounds, for example, is not absolute. Sure it is a goal, but is it realistic? A more realistic goal would be to fit into an old pair of jeans that you used to wear when you felt awesome about yourself. Another realistic goal would be to have the ability to walk to the mailbox without having to stop for a rest. Goals are personal and everyone has a different idea of what their personal goal should look like.
2. Make sure you can measure your goal. The goal of fitting into the old pair of jeans is measurable. This is because if you get them on but can not zip them up, you have not met your goal. If you set your goal as weighing 130 pounds, what happens if you retain some water weight and the scale reflects that change? Will you continue to work hard to improve yourself or will you give up because you have not reached your weight loss goal?
3. Make sure you have a realistic time period in which to reach your goal. If you think that you should weigh 130 pounds after only 2 months and you do not reach that goal, what then? Will you continue to work hard to improve yourself or will you give up and stop trying?
Please remember that success with weight loss is personal. Start with how you feel both emotionally and physically now. Then decide how you want to feel and determine what changes need to take place for you to reach your weight loss goals.