The first step in setting yourself up for success is to set a realistic goal. If you have 50 pounds to lose, then it’s probably not realistic to think that you can drop 10 pounds in the first week. However, if you have only 5 pounds to lose, then a pound a week seems reasonable and achievable.
Setting goals that are too lofty or unrealistic will only discourage you from sticking with your plan. It’s better to start small and build from there than try to do too much at once and wind up giving up altogether.
Make sure that the goal is something specific as well—don’t just say “I want to lose weight”. That won’t help anyone! Instead, try something like “I want my jeans size down two sizes by December 15th”, or “I want my blood pressure under 120/80 by July 1st”. Make sure what kind of results matter most for YOU personally; this will be different for everyone depending on health concerns etc., but it should definitely be specific so there isn’t any room left open for interpretation later on down the road when things get tough (and they will!).
Once you’ve set an attainable goal that addresses what matters most about YOUR weight loss journey specifically (not someone else’s!), write it down somewhere where everyone can see it every day: maybe on your refrigerator door with some strong magnets so no one ever forgets about its importance; or maybe even print off several copies which might work better depending on how many people live under one roof together.”