Here’s a neat trick. Over the next few weeks, focus on losing 2 pounds at a time. That’s your goal – 2 pounds. When you achieve that, it’s on to the next 2 pounds, and so forth. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to stay positive when you see yourself reaching goal after goal!

And to sweeten the pot, treat yourself to something special every time you reach one of your “mini” weight-loss goals. Think of them as mini-incentives. It doesn’t have to be anything pricey or luxurious, just something simple that you really enjoy, like going to a movie, getting a manicure or taking a bubble bath.