If you have more than a few pounds to lose, the task of starting an exercise and weight loss program could seem daunting. You may feel that your goal weight is so far away, that it could just take too long to reach it. There is a bit of self-sabotage in this way of thinking, because no matter how small the change is that you are making, over time the small changes will all add up.

If you keep instituting small changes every day, you will eventually reach your goal. What does it matter that it may take months, or even a year or more? You can enjoy the process along the way, and keep reminding yourself that it all adds up.

One way that you can keep your motivation level high throughout the process is by setting small goals along the way. You could commit to yourself that every 5 or 10 pounds, you will give yourself some kind of a (non-food related) reward. This could be something as small as a magazine, or as large as a new computer. It depends on the resources you have available. As long as it is something that you will enjoy, this can be an excellent way to maintain your motivation.

Everything that you do today can either help you reach your end goal, or it can hinder you. Every day is an opportunity to act in a positive manner, and every day that you choose to take action that is in sync with your goal, you will be one step closer to obtaining your ideal body.

“There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.” – Abraham Lincoln