I experience this every time I drop a pound or so and begin to feel good about myself. Reality sinks in "yeah you look better than you did, but you still are over 200 pounds".
I am planning a trip to Florida in October and truely want to wear a bathing suit, I have not worn one for many years. I want to be lean, but reality tells me that I will be thinner but I have a long way to go. Now, when these feelings hit me I counter them with, Okay I am not there yet but I am not where I was last week or month, I am definitely on my way!!
“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~William Faulkner