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I will NOT deprive myself of the the foods I love, even if they are "bad" for me. In all reality it is only "bad" for me if I eat it in a bad way. Moderation and planning is the key. We can tell ourselves all we want that we aren't going to eat X anymore, but that just isn't realistic.
I keep measuring cups, measuring spoons, etc., in a bowl in on my countertop. This makes it easy for me to find the measurer I want, without digging through drawers or dish drainers for them. It makes meal and snack prep much faster for me. A food scale in a handy spot also helps!
I found it easy to maintain a lower weight (after dieting) by using smaller plates. I found a very cheap (seasonal) set at K-mart that I've been using year round. By having less room on the plate and making it a rule to not go back for seconds, it's easier to stay within my calorie range!
When I pack my lunch for work, I make sure I include a zipper bag of baby carrots. They're sweet and crunchy and so good for you. You can dip them in hummus or Greek yogurt or anything other type of healthy dip. You can also substitute celery sticks or green pepper..