I used to think it funny that the gym's would always have those huge mirrors so you could stare at yourself while you lifted weights. Why would you want to stare at yourself while you were sweating like a pig and grunting like a warthog?
But several years ago I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. (This was back when I was employed and made good money! ) He was this BEAUTIFUL brawny black man from Africa with gleaming white teeth and crow's feet on his face because he smiled so much. On top of the fact that he had this lovely, lilting African accent. He was the most encouraging, insightful trainer that took into consideration my slight stature, but didn't let me use it as my excuse to not push myself. Did I say he was beautiful? His name was Kashmir and I LOVED working out simply because of him. LOL! But he taught me that your body form and movements were just as important as what weights you lifted and how often. Thus the mirrors were really one of the biggest training tools I had. Was I standing with my feet set far enough apart? Was I standing straight? Am I moving my arms slow enough to prevent injury? Are my arms moving forward or out?
Miss Peaches, I'm sure here in a few weeks you'll find yourself losing an inch or two here or there and your motivation will kick up a notch or two simply based on that! Best of luck! (Maybe you're luck will be better if you hire a cute Kashmir???)