A visual reminder for the entire family that they have to help me with this. This sparked a lot of questions from my kids.
My 16-year-old: "What's this?"
Me: "It's my reminder of my November goal. And it's there so you guys can keep me accountable."
Her: "What are the little numbers in the corner of the big numbers?"
Me: "That's the grand total of weight I need to lose."
Her: (eyebrows raised in a "huh" sort of way.)
Me: "So you guys need to keep asking me about it, okay?"
Later, during my son's get-ready-for-school shift.
Him: "What is THAT?"
Me: "It's my monthly goal reminder. Every time I lose a pound, I rip off the numbers."
Him: "What are the little numbers in the corner?"
Me: "The grand total of weight I need to lose. It might take me over a year, but this way we'll be reminded to help me get there, okay?"
Him: "So then we just rip up the papers?"
Me: "Yes! Then I put up my next month's goal. Maybe I aim for only 4 pounds next month. But every month, I'll put up a goal and you can help me get there, okay? I'm just having a hard time doing this by myself."
Him: "Okay. Like maybe we can go to the Y on the treadmill or something."
Me: "Right buddy. But we don't belong to the Y. You can help me by walking with me first. And then when I get in better shape, maybe we can go play at SkyZone." [he went there for a birthday party this past weekend. It's a trampoline place!]
(And now that I recap that, I'm thinking I need to make that one of the goals that I put up on the long list of numbers.)
As the long chain of numbers floated around whenever we walked by or opened the pantry door, the dog:
"Bark bark bark!!!!" I had to drag him over to the papers to sniff them so he wouldn't keep barking and/or tear them up prior to the goal being met.
I'm aiming for 15 lbs this month. I know it sounds lofty, but because I have 67 to lose, I would not be surprised if 5 - 7 lbs come off this week alone. It's not going to be that way forever, but usually when I start eating 1200 - 1300 cals a day and take moderate walks, it drops big for a little while (think about how on The Biggest Loser they lose like 15 lbs in one week. The bigger they are, the harder they fall when they first start the good habits.)
Let's hope this helps...the family is in on it!