Hermit Girl, I take my dieting one day at a time. Just one.
Every morning I log into LoseIt.com and list all the foods I will eat that day. Exercize also.
Then during the day I stick to those foods. I like the charts they make up.
It has worked out well for me. I lose around 1 pound/week.
And then I join a couple of challenges on this site to keep me motivated.
Best of luck on your weight loss journey!
I wake up every day knowing that this is it, that there's only one shot at this life,
and I can either enjoy the ride and live it to its fullest and to my highest potential,
or I can stay the way I am.