I've kept the 60 lbs. of fat off for three years now. I like to make it a point to say, "60lbs. of fat", because losing weight is one thing, losing fat is another. Building muscle has been a huge part of my journey, and it's made all the difference. I now have a firm butt and have the ability to eat more food than I've ever eaten before. Here's how:
Kept it simple.
Choose uncomplicated recipes and don't have tons of hard to find ingredients. Meals like:
Chicken Burrito Bowls
Pasta Meat Sauce with Zucchini Noodles
Spinach & Feta Omelettes with Toast
The less ingredients, the easier it is to throw together and the easier it is to calculate the nutritional values.
You know I love meal prep because it's all about convenience. The easier it is to get healthy food in your hands fast, the easier it is to stay on plan. It's very soothing to know that you don't need to think about what to eat this week because you already have it prepared.
In addition, never leave the house without some sort of snack. If you go too long between meals, you run the risk of ego depletion which means your willpower is reduced (aka you decide a Wendy's Frosty is a good idea). For this reason, I always have an RX Bar in my purse.
Don't focus on perfection, rather focus on consistency. If you mess up, forgive yourself. Know that one mistake has not ruined all of your hard work up to that point. Once you can accept that fact, thoughts like...
"This is too hard. I screwed it up anyways. I might as well quit."
are no longer true statements. You then have no valid reasons to give up on something you so desperately want.
Find the perfect balance, keep it simple, be flexible. You will get there!