I weigh and measure everything as well..I just started in Jan and kept it up now it is a habit and I rarely veer off track. I second the eating/chewing your calories as opposed to drinking them. In the morning pull a cold orange out of the fridge and cut it in wedges to enjoy instead of just drinking the juice!
Right now I am in a flare up of Crohn's disease so for the past month have eaten mashed potatoes, jello and Ensure..I can tell you I miss chewing something awful. My symptoms have backed off enough now for me to start some chicken and fish, it will be weeks or months before I can have an orange. but it will happen!
I am happy to see you eat kale..have you ever put olive oil and salt on it and baked it to make chips? it is wonderful!