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I like to use a calendar to map out my goals, whether short-term ones or the long term one, and I use colored pencils and even stickers on it. It's just a fun visual thing to do. ( I found a web-site where you can print a calendar page for each month with very little ink, any month you want.)
I've started tracking my evening meal (traditionally my biggest meal & with company) as the start of my next day. I track dinner, breakf & lunch in that order. Makes it easier for me to stay within my targets! It really has helped!
I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.
The thing that has helped me the most is to track everything that goes in my mouth. Even when I'm "cheating" or having a bad eat day. I track everything! Usually I slow down on that bad eat day once I have to put it on paper. It makes it more real for me. And holds me accountable!
You will make mistakes, you will stumble sometimes, but DON'T Give up! All the little steps backward are great lessons to help you on your journey. Getting through them makes you stronger. Keep going no matter what life brings you and eventually you will reach your goal.