Hi ladybird, glad to see you didn't give up and l see you lost a little too!
If it's worth anything at all, I try not to set goals for myself in terms of "by such and such date, i will weigh such and such pounds".
I've found in my case, there's just too many variables that can contribute to how your body responds. Then when that date that you've set rolls around, and you haven't achieved that weight goal, you feel discouraged.
So instead, I had better luck in the past setting goals like "I am going to do my preferred method of cardiovascular exercise for 30 minutes, monday, weds fri and sat. or something like that, simply because i have more control over that. and as long as we implement these changes, weight loss is sure to follow.
Not that I don't have weight goals and mini goals, I just keep them loosely and let my body get there at it's own rate. The weight loss will come as long as we make the changes necessary.
By setting and focusing on these action oriented goals, at least we know we've done our part when weigh in day rolls around. We're less likely to skip a workout here and there if we make that our goal. and we're more likely to see wieght loss when we've done our workouts.
just a different perspective on the whole thing.