I decided to eat a lot of the same foods I took on since the pandemic. Mostly I eat really easy to prepare stuff such as baked fish, or hamburger with Hamburger Helper, or even a corn dog for lunch, for example. The difference lies in the portion sizes I eat of these kinds of food. I have one breakfast taco for breakfast instead of two, I have one corn dog for lunch instead of three, and so on. I look at the recommended serving sizes for everything from prepared Hamburger Helper to peanuts to crackers and try to stick with that. I snack on fruit lot as well. I try to eat some kinds of vegetables everyday too.
To mark my progress I give myself token rewards on my calendar, such as a green foil star for following my diet for a day, a gold foil star for going on a walk, and a little animal sticker for not eating things like cake, or cookies, or ice cream. I also track how many sweetened beverages such a coffee or tea I have a day with a little sticker for each of these kinds of drinks. I gave up a lot of artificial sweetener and just try to watch my consumption of sugar. I try to drink lots of ice water with a wedge of lime instead.
I also give myself a blue foil star for NOT weighing myself over a twenty-four hour period of time. Very important! Nothing drives me crazier, faster than obsessively weighing myself every day, sometimes more than once a day. I try to go some number of days without giving in to the urge to weigh myself. For example, I can mark five days as my record of no scale-stepping so far, so I then try for a goal of three days as my next marker to set. I tend to set goals that way; go for a little LESS the next time instead of a little more. That way, if I do make three days in a row, I can always try for more and thus set another record. I try to spend that time NOT weighing myself every day enjoying all of the weight I've already taken off. At this business I patronize almost every day, I can see my whole body in the store window, and I can see the difference in my improved appearance. I can just register a lot of happiness on the progress I've made so far without getting all hung up on trying to lose a whole lot more weight.