It doesn’t matter that you have to get rid of ten or just two pounds.  For both, you need a state of mind that is going to stick with you …well, preferably forever! You can succeed in each one, but may lose in both.  Think about it, that one person may have some issues with 20 pounds. The other person may have issues with 80 pounds. The person, who has “only” twenty pounds to lose will manage it in much less time as the other one, who has much more struggle to put up with. The, “20 pound-Person” will diet 3 months, will get slim relatively fast (because 3 months for a body transformation is mega short time), meanwhile the other will lose the 80 pounds maybe in two years, but after two years she gets the idea, what to eat, when to eat, she makes a habit of constant motivation and “self-monitoring”. In two years, slowly she will build up a “house of motivation” with a solid foundation and she will never return because gets used to be in a certain state of mind. And after two years she will look great, and what is the most important, will stay gorgeous, when on the other hand, our friend who had to lose only twenty pounds even on the end of her first year will regain it because the time was too short and couldn’t get used to another lifestyle. She didn’t let her mind enough time to prepare to live in a certain way.  That is why you have to come up for yourself with a damn good reason and solid motivation. And what is just better than 80 pounds of solid motivation? 

 Don't laugh! The lasts many time become the firsts! The harder you have to fight to achieve something, the bigger the focus and determination must be. You can become a dog, that just won't let the bone go, for anything in the world. Don't let a number of pounds scare you off, take it more like a challenge and see the bright side of it: even if you have 10 pounds to get rid of, to maintain them in “off state” you will still have to stick to the diet forever anyway. 

 A good friend of mine told me, that age is just a number when he reached 50. And indeed, it is. Also, the characters that the scale shows, are only numbers. You make the association. Why do you associate it with something negative? Link it to something positive. Not: “Oh, my God, look how bad I look”, but: “Look, what am I going to achieve, because I am strong!”  Sounds stupid. It is not. It's called autosuggestion and reprogramming your own mind. When your computer freezes (like you froze on the scale), you give a restart. When an app doesn't work...you give a restart. Then why you can't give yourself a restart. Your smartphone is not more clever than you are. Your processor, called brain can be restarted too. Just try it. And if necessary, restart more times, meaning start to view it as a challenge which you are going to overcome, not a fatal state.

 And I will end with a famous quote from Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”