Several questions actually.... 1. How important is setting specific goals for weekly losses? I have just been "hoping for a loss" each week, but from some of your posts I gather that goal-setting is something some of you do regularly. 2. What do you do if a goal isn't met? I'm kinda hard on myself mentally anyway and don't want to fall into a negativity trap, as I am prone to do thanks to a rough childhood. How do you "cope" if you don't reach your goal? 3. How long should it take to "reach a goal"? I don't mean long-term, as I KNOW I will not lose 100 pounds in two months, but say if I wanted to break down that 100 pounds into mini-goals, how do I go about it? I'm sorry to sound so dumb, but when it comes to weight loss, I am a veteran failure and I am admitting that I need help. I have already begun visualizing myself at goal before going to sleep at night and while walking on the treadmill, but I can't just keep "hoping for a loss" each week and expect to be successful. I know myself too well. Any advice? Anyone? Thanks in advance.