Now that spring is here and I am trying on my summer shorts again, I am trying to plan out what I need to do to drop my winter flubber. That leads me to ask myself, how much do I actually need to lose, how much can I lose?
Many people set unrealistic goals for themselves when embarking on a weight loss journey, and many of them quit half way through because they aren't getting the results they want.
So how can we set a goal for ourselves that challenges us, but is still completely obtainable?
Keri Glassman, R.D., Women's Health's weight-loss expert, suggests jotting down three numbers:
1. Your highest-ever weight
2. Your lowest-ever weight
3. The number in between, where the scale lands when you're eating healthily
"Where does your body naturally fall when you're just an average, healthy person—even if it was 20 years ago?" says Glassman. Now, subtract five pounds from that third number.
This is a healthy—and totally achievable—goal weight.