Set goals. Of course, your goal is to lose weight. But it’s important to set more specific long and short-term goals for your program. These goals create a pathway for you to follow and help you to build the confidence you need to make it through the tough times when you are dieting. Take 20-30 minutes to think about your long-term wishes for improved health or confidence. Then break that long-term goal into smaller weekly goals that act as stepping stones to keep you on track.