When it comes to your health the number 10 is pretty important. By losing just 10 pounds your risk factors for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes all go down! Research has said that when you set unrealistic expectations for yourself you are more likely to NOT follow through because you have set the standard so high. Most weight loss gurus suggest setting 10 lb goals instead of one massive goal of like 50 lbs. This way it seems less daunting when you are trying to lose weight.
If you think 10 lbs is not a big deal walk around the grocery store carrying a 10 lb bag of sugar and just think if you were 10 lbs lighter the weight that would be lifted off your body.
Now, if you are someone that just refuses to give into the whole 10 lbs at a time thing then think about 10% of your current weight and start there.
The American Heart Association has great FREE resources to help you get started. One that I just noticed on their website was Start! Walking. On this website you can track what you put in your mouth and the activities you do everyday. Once you get registered you can also view resources and let the website do the hard work for you.
It's never too late to start something new so start today!