How have people successfully lost 10, 20, 100 pounds? One pound at a time. Every pound lost means 3,500 calories have been burned. When you look at it that way, it’s not “just” a pound. It’s A POUND! Rejoice in the small steps, because huge changes are not made by a few big steps; they’re made by small step after small step after small step. Since the most effective (and sustainable) weight loss efforts are combinations of diet and exercise, apply this “small step celebration” to it all! You go a week without eating fast food. Hoorah! You raise your mileage on Trekking 3 from 3.0 miles to 3.11 miles. Yippee! You go a morning without stopping for a Starbucks breve misto. Rock on! Giving yourself positive reinforcement for the strides you made today will make it likely that you’ll repeat those good behaviors tomorrow. All of the todays and tomorrows put together add up to big stuff. To get there, celebrate the small stuff!!