By Jamie Leach
But be careful about relying solely on figures. "A number on the scale isn't a goal; it's a measurement of success.
In theory, you need to cut out only 150 calories a day to lose 15 pounds in a year, so start small to have a better chance at maintaining your weight loss motivation.
Start by listing all the reasons you can think of for slimming down — in other words, define your weight-loss motivation on paper.
If you're struggling to stick with your weight-loss motivation, practice integrity in other areas of your life.
Concentrate on your mood after you've eaten a healthy meal or how you feel after a great workout — weight-loss motivation doesn't always have to come before an activity.
Instead of waiting until you've reached the big finish line to reward yourself for weight loss, focus on small goals and give yourself rewards along the way.