I see no problem with that as being a 4 or 5 month goal. With the amount you have to lose, losing larger amounts of weight is possible. Now break that down start with your diet-- for a week or so track everything (you will probably continue to do that even after) every bite, every taste. Don't really make a lot of changes. the goal is to set a starting point and see where you are. Track using the nutrients as well.
Get off your butt a few times a week. I am not talking a huge amount of exercise, but get out and start walking. maybe so some light weight training. If you are not used to exercise, it will take a little while to get moving.
the biggest thing is find your BIG WHY. Why do you want to get healthy? Why are you on this journey? Find that and motivation is helped considerably.
After the first week of tracking, see where the holes are. maybe it is time to really clean out your pantry, fridge and freezer. maybe it is time to sit and really meal plan. You don't necessarily have to use them, but SP has menus that you can use. They are also adjustable so it you really don't like something just find something else.
Have some snacks ready to go. I find that if i have cut up carrots, celery, and other veggies ready, i am less likely to go other stuff.
Baby steps on your goals--- but the most important one is your BIG WHY.
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You are right in setting goals not out of reach. I hope this will help.
When I started I only had to lose 18k (about 40 lbs), The first goal was to lose 5 to 6lbs in the first month. Next was to walk 5 mile a week. That has gone up to over 30 miles a week as I found out that I love walking.
Try to write a blog as you will get lots of motivation from it and other who will reply.
I am very near my goal but still keeping targets just to keep me on my toes.
I hope this will help but I am sure you will get other ideas to help you.
So in the first few days of this new attitude about my health, I find myself thinking a lot about what my goals are. I hear consistently that the goals you set should be attainable and realistic but I'm apparently having a conflict with that idea sinking in to my thick skull.
I currently weigh about 360 pounds. It's a number I despise and don't want to see go any higher. When I start making up my mind about goals, however, I can't get the number 299 out of my head because I can't remember a day in the last 10 or 15 years of my life when my weight hasn't started with a 3.
I know 61 pounds is a lot of weight to want to lose. My question to all of you fine people is, am I doing myself a disservice in any way by setting my first goal at 299? If yes, why? If no, cool ... thanks.