Okay, I am fully aware of how I got to how I was and that I need to remain accountable to myself not to go back up! But I do like to plan treats into my day and I guard them jealously. So I pre-log my meals for each day to see what's left. Do I have enough for an Enlightened bar? 1/4 cup of unsalted mixed roasted nuts? A protein brownie with applesauce on top? If I decide to throw edamame into my entree salad at lunch, does that mean no afternoon snack of a Built bar?
I'm probably smaller than many of you (5'0"). When I log net calories of around 1400, MFP gives me a 5-week projection of about my current weight. As I start getting up over 1400, it has me gaining gradually over the 5 weeks, up to gaining rather quickly at 1450 calories per day. (And in these months, I have learned that these MFP projections are pretty accurate for me.) So I don't have much wiggle-room and do have to plan accordingly. Hence the pre-logging. But oh, how I resent when I have to give up my almond butter cooky because I decided I really want blueberries and raspberries in yogurt for my morning snack!
I don't see this getting easier down the road, but I'm only 7 months into maintenance, so perhaps it does become more of a routine and less obsessive as time passes?