Since I not a very structured person by nature, I need to set clear rules and goals for myself.
A few long term goals. These are mainly bodyweight and strength orientated.
Let's say I want to lose 10kg by the end of the year. And have a squat of 150kg at my new bodyweight.
Next are small steps. Lose arround 1,5kg a month.
Eat in a deficit 6 days of the week. 1 day allows for more. Perfect would be at arround maintainance.
Have a kcal deficit at arround 400 a day. With a minimal protein intake of 170 grams.
So my accountability comes from setting small goals that are easy to reach, this allows me to keep track of the bigger goals. If you only look at the big goal it takes a long time before you reach it. With a lot of points in that road that will be hard.
Even if I would fail to keep my kcal low for several days, I still got a easy to reach goal the next day to get my back on track. Setting a long term goal is a paradox. It is the most important thing, but not what I focus on. I focus on small things that are easy to reach and take the less amount of effort. And by hitting those, I will reach my final goal as well.