Smaller goals yield the best results!
Time and time again I would give myself a huge goal. "By December I want to lose 50 pounds." " By July I want to lose 30 pounds." "By this time next year I want to have lost 100 pounds." And I never met those goals. I felt that if I didn't make a huge goal, that I wouldn't work very hard to meet it. But in reality, I never met them because it was too impossible of a task and I gave up halfway through.
So I started giving myself smaller goals. I told myself that by April 2014 I would lose 45 pounds, but I broke it up over the course of 9 months. Just 5 small pounds every month, that's all. I had lost over 70 pounds in the past year through eating better and exercising, but was at a plateau. I needed to lose that last 45. On July 1st I weighed 225. On August first, I weighed 219. This morning I weighed 216. I only need to lose one more pound to make my September 1st goal.
I seriously am in awe of how much this is working. I never really thought little goals would amount to anything, but it's been way easier to tackle 5 small pounds every month instead of that big looming goal of 45 pounds, which seems damn near impossible. But whaddya know. It's working. :)