I've come to realize and recognize that when I have a deadline/goal/reward to work towards, I am better able to commit to following through with things. Setting smaller initial goals will also help me stay focused and not get overwhelmed by the "big picture"...instead of thinking "I have to lose 75 pounds," I can tell myself "You only need to lose 10 pounds right now and then you get to pamper yourself."
Based on total pounds lost, I've created a set of "rewards" to work toward. The more I lose, the more the value of the reward increases. I've limited myself to an initial 50 pounds for right now, and will determine other rewards if I do exceed a 50-pound loss this year (hopefully I will!).
10 pounds: Lady GaGa CD
20 pounds: manicure/pedicure
25 pounds: Vintage Nude Double-Sided Necklace
30 pounds: Melancholy Lashes necklace
35 pounds: running shoes
40 pounds: car wash
45 pounds: helicopter ride
50 pounds: 1 hour full-body massage
55 pounds: Elliot Bird necklace
60 pounds: hot-air balloon ride
65 pounds: hair cut and colored
70 pounds - GOAL!: an old-time photo
I've updated the various rewards, rearranging some rewards, adding in some new ones, and completing my list for my rewards up to my final goal of 70 pounds lost!