Before I start my treadmill workout in the morning, I take a few minutes to focus on what my daily/weekly goal is. Instead of watching the time (45 minutes more to go!), I ask myself how can I make my workout more affective? Since I am doing the time, I may as well reap the benefits.
By eating celery when hungry, I am able to trick my stomach into feeling satisfied. And the extra fiber works too! Helps me get through the hunger times and helps to avoid cravings.
The tracking tools (food/exercise) are truly for your benefit. It helps reveal personal pitfalls and highlights areas that you really need to focus on. If you track everything, the truth of your past failures will ultimately reveal themselves. It's up to you whether you "avoid" the truth or take ...
Measure everything & analyze results. Adjust food plan & exercise plan according to outcome. If I plateau, I add more exercises and look for foods that are lower in calories & higher in water content (i.e. more veggies, less meat/carbs, etc). Always monitor!!