You might have the large goal of losing 40 pounds, but in order to stay motivated, it's best to break it down and say, "I'll lose four pounds by the end of next month." You'll be psyched rather than let down if you surprise yourself and lose it even sooner. Be sure to attach a reward to that goal so after you drop, for example, five pounds, you treat yourself to a new fitness tank top or a massage. Of course you don't want the celebration to undo all the good you've done, so avoid high-calorie food rewards.
Set Realistic Goals and Celebrate Them