Monitoring may be one of the most powerful health habits you could practice. To stay clear about that gap between where you want to go and where you are now. Keep getting on that scale; mark the days you exercise on a calendar. Track your success.
Another thing: When you think about the progress you’ve made, stay focused on how far you have to go, rather than how far you’ve come. If you want to drop 20 pounds, and you’ve lost 5 so far, keep your thoughts on the 15 that remain. When we dwell too much on how much progress we’ve made, it’s easy to feel a premature sense of accomplishment and start to slack off.