10 fit facts: weight-loss goals and accountabilities

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It’s Sunday night, you feel bloated, you’ve had a big lunch, topped it up with a bit of supper and now you feel like a whale again. Monday morning comes and, guess what, you’re on a diet again.

Is weight-loss really a priority in your life? What are your priorities, your three key things that you hold dear? Maybe your family, your job and your health?

Let’s focus on your health. You know your ideal weight, your best BMI and you certainly know what dress size you would like to be. Falling into the suggested limits for your weight and BMI helps you to be healthier and decreases your risk of diabetes, especially if you can keep your waist measurement down. Keeping your weight under control helps to keep your blood pressure down and reduces your risk of cardiac problems.


Target with arrowsSo, your goal – well, what is your goal? Make it specific – not just ‘I want to lose weight’, but ‘I want to lose x stones in x months’. Check that it is realistic, then check how you are going to do it.

To reach a weight-loss goal you have many options available to you, such as reducing calories and increasing exercise, of course. But how about thinking about why you eat too much? Do you eat when you are bored, tired, stressed, upset, angry? How about tackling these problems?

If you keep your gaols very clearly in mind it can help. The knowing why can help with the how. It can help that hand of yours from creeping out to take yet another biscuit!


Whatever your plan, you need to hold yourself to account. Say it, do it and check that you have done it.

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So, if your goal is to have two alcohol-free days next week, then jot it down, tick off two days and, at the end of the week, check that you have achieved it – and if not, why not? What could you do differently next week?

Aim to have three accountabilities each week and hold yourself to them. Check those actions! Talk to someone else – tell them what you are holding yourself accountable for this week and ask them to check progress with you.

About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.