Jill, I have a tremendous amount to lose and had "hoped" for 10 pounds in the first month because I am 59 years old. I don't lose as easily as I did when I was younger. Plus, I haven't been able to do any exercising due to some health issues but I'm planning to start a water therapy type exercise place this coming week.
I know it isn't the solution for most people but I think my decision to wait one month to weigh really helped me stick to it. I've always tended to slack off if I'm doing good or have a pity party with food if I'm not successful. I have come to the conclusion that the scale is one of my worst enemies in a weight loss program!
I stayed within my target calories today but had to have the traditional New Year's Day meal of hog jowl, cabbage, and black-eyed peas. Tomorrow I'll be back to the regular lean and green.
Good luck as you begin. Hope to see you again on the board!