My main goal is to lose weight and be healthy. Most of my health issues will disappear or greatly improve if I lose weight. I would not need to take prescription medications anymore. This is what my doctor told me. It sounds so easy when she says it. Lose the weight and you will be all better.
Thanks for your comment on my page. To answer your question, food tracking has been key, even when I binge I track it as best I can. I do still log my food in maintenance so I can keep track of not just calories, but also the nutrients. It also keep me "honest" as to portion control. I know it can be a slow process but you can do it! Always remember that we can't be perfect, and when we have those days we overeat, don't go back to that habit, but just accept it and get right back on track!
I know you want to get to your goal and you can do it. Work on losing five pounds and keeping that off. I've lost FIVE POUNDS, 7 times in the past nine months. That isn't a lot, but I'm getting there and NOT gaining it back.
If you are an emotional eater, read the book "SHRINK YOURSELF" by ROGER GOULD, M.D. on how to stop the yo-yo cycle. There is a SparkTeam now to discuss his book.