Yes, we want to lose the weight. Yes, we want to look better. Yes, we want to lose the "baby fat." And yes, we're tired of our underarms flapping like a flag in the wind whenever we wave.
But ask yourself this question: why try so hard to look good when looking good does nothing more than boost our egos?
Having a visible six-pack belly won't do you any good...unless you're competing in a bodybuilding competition. Having an athletic-looking body where you're ripped and cut won't do you any good...unless you're trying to be a model. If you're not getting paid for your looks, then trying to achieve a better image won't do you any good.
And, of course, if you're exercising for vanity reasons alone, you won't last in your exercise routines. You're not losing weight quickly enough, so you give up. You still have stretch marks. Your abs aren't showing yet. You still have some "fat pads" in your "problems areas."
So, change your reasons for exercising. Exercise because, well, it's fun! Exercise because it keeps your blood pressure down. Exercise because your heart is getting stronger. Exercise because you're getting better sleep. Exercise because it makes you feel good. Exercise because your overall quality of life is improving. No more stiff knees. No more being depressed for no reason. No more feeling sleepy throughout the day. No more getting out of breath when you're walking up stairs!
Okay, I know, I know! It's foolish to think that we're not just a LITTLE concerned about how we look. When we strip down naked, we want to like what we see! Heck, we want our spouses to like what they see, too! But understand that your image may change quickly or slowly. You may not lose weight as quickly as the next person. So whatever physical changes you see is a BONUS. What's more important is the quality of life the exercises are giving you.