since starting to write down exactly what I eat and the amount of calories the weight has been dropping off a lot quicker
Get Debbie Meyer green bags for $10. It works great for fresh blueberries, strawberries, zukes, tomatoes, green beans. Not so great with mushrooms or bananas. Read the directions and do exactly as it says!
I try to think of how my little one plays when I'm working out, and get my body moving with as much freedom and joy as he has, just enjoying the ability to move about, the fresh air, etc. All the little things I take for granted.
I measure the portions of the carb, protein, veggies and place them on my plate and sit down at the table to eat slowly and savor it - I do not go back to serve more. This works for planned meals as well as on days when I was too busy to plan, I can still stay within limits and eat healthy.