When you start/increase working out, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water. It takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps deliver energy to your muscles more efficiently, and helps them cope better with the new demands you are making of them.
In the short term, this increase in your lean mass can lead to little change or even an increase in the scale, even as you are burning fat.
As for motivation for working out - can't help you there. That has to come from within. But in terms of not derailing yourself with exercise, I echo the suggestion of using the tape, rather than the scale, to track your progress. Muscle and water are considerably denser than fat, and typically you will see the inches continue to go down, even if the scale is being unco-operative.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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