SEMISWEETCHICK's SparkPeople Blog SEMISWEETCHICK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 1: Stay the course Today is my weigh-in day, and I was quite excited about it. I haven't been weighing regularly for months, so today represented the start of a consistent weighing schedule again (after my last weigh-in last week). I didn't expect any miracles, but I figured maybe I'd be down half a pound over last week. <BR> <BR> Nope. <BR> <BR> Actually, I gained 1.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be philosophical about this. When ever a person is doing "everything right," such as counting calories and s... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:25:33 EST Day 1: Thankful for good food and good health Like many people, I try to practice gratitude regularly - not just one day a year. But this Thanksgiving I must say I do feel particularly grateful for my wonderful life. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful to live in a place where I always can access high-quality, nutritious food and clean drinking water. I'm thankful to live in a house with central air conditioning and heating. I'm thankful for good health that allows me to walk -- simply to walk. After the way my dad struggled with mobility in his lat... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:40:55 EST Day 1.1: My new "nothing off limits, everything counts" approach Some time ago I joined Weight Watchers for about 38 seconds. I have nothing at all against WW; it works great for many people. It just wasn't for me. <BR> <BR> But one concept I did take away from my time with WW was the notion that no food should be "off limits." This idea astounded me because for years I'd followed a dietary plan of my own devise, in which white foods were to be avoided at all cost (along with refined sugar and several other items). The concept of eating anything I wanted ... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:43:03 EST Day 1: Proud of myself I have to admit I have never paid much attention to the trophies SparkPeople gives out. I never fully considered the motivational value of these little rewards for various jobs well done, from nutrition to exercise streaks to spinning the Spark wheel. <BR> <BR> That changed for me today. <BR> <BR> I received an email this morning congratulating me on my new Spark trophy: 21 days of logging in. At first I was confused. What does "logging in" mean? Could it be simply that my FitBit sends my c... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:49:55 EST Day 1: I haven't been honest I read a great story at the NYT website the other day about the journey of a guy who lost 150 pounds by using a calorie tracker (not SparkPeople, unfortunately). The story chronicled the man's ups and downs over the course of the 18 months or so it took him to reach his goal weight. <BR> <BR> I shared the story with friends, one of whom is a man who also has lost a large amount of weight (through calorie tracking and karate). In conversation, he said tracking his binges was the hardest thing... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:15:43 EST Day 1: Starting a new streak Yesterday my previous diet streak of, what, 11 or 12 days (?) came to an end. I'm not sad. I think it's healthy to loosen the reins and make merry every now and then. I did exactly that yesterday, and I indulged with mindfulness. I'm not saying I went nuts and ate whatever I wanted. Instead, I kept a loose rein and logged all those little indulgences -- which put me over my calorie budget by about 400 calories. <BR> <BR> So today I am starting afresh on a new streak. I'm doing well so far to... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:01:01 EST Day 1: A fresh start in all aspects of life Yesterday evening I blew up at my mother. <BR> <BR> It was completely unacceptable on my part. My mom has dementia (along with a couple of other problems that affect her cognition). She cannot be held fully responsible for her behavior. <BR> <BR> But I can. <BR> <BR> I felt terrible about the situation all evening. I apologized to my mom, but since she didn't understand why I got angry in the first place, the apology didn't make much sense to her. So then I felt bad about that. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:57:40 EST Day 1: It takes willpower...for awhile It was another good calorie day for me. I had to summon some willpower to not overindulge on pasta at dinner, but I was able to stay strong. <BR> <BR> It seems to me that the more often I adhere to an eating schedule, the less I experience the urge to binge-eat. I've been eating five times a day for nearly 10 days now, and my brain just doesn't think about food much anymore except at the appropriate times. It certainly makes this journey easier. <BR> <BR> I had to be very self-disciplined ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:36:41 EST Day 1: Whew! Squeaked in another good diet day Let me tell you, I felt incredibly irresolute around 2:00 this afternoon. I was tired (a key trigger for me to overeat), my mom was kind of driving me crazy (she's 81 and has dementia), and I just felt like I needed a treat. <BR> <BR> So I drove to the liquor store and secured the necessary boozy items to make a great Cosmopolitan. And, oh, let me tell you: it was delicious! <BR> <BR> Problem is...alcohol can be incredibly caloric. That's especially true of the orange liqueur I like to use.... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:40:38 EST Day 1: Longest streak in recent memory For me, every new day is "Day 1" -- a fresh opportunity to start over and make it a great day. That's why I label every blog post that way. However, I've been on my Spark journey for several years. During the course of Sparking, I got my weight down, learned to exercise more consistently and made some friends. <BR> <BR> Then life intervened, my weight shot up 20 pounds over two years, and Spark seemed less effective that it had been in the past. It wasn't, of course. The problem was ME. <BR>... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 12:29:20 EST Day 1: One day at a time Today I put together a fifth good diet day in a row. It has gotten easier as the week has progressed. It's funny to me how much better I feel -- physically and mentally -- as I've gotten my diet back on track this week. I have focused on eating raw vegetables and fruits, and I definitely have felt more energetic, and I have slept better. The scientist in me acknowledges there may be no correlation here at all, but I like to believe there is a correlation because it helps keep me motivated. <B... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 22:24:23 EST Day 1: Four successful diet days in a row I realized just now I have put together four successful diet days in a row. I have kept my intake within range, and I have eaten primarily unprocessed foods. I've been making a concerted effort to eat foods in their natural state (or close to it - I mean, I do cook meat) in order to slash my sugar and sodium intake. I think I'm succeeding! <BR> <BR> Perhaps the best thing about this so far is that my mom has not badgered me about eating something different from her and my husband at dinner t... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 20:24:23 EST Day 1: Running gets under my skin I dunno. I think I may have a problem. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I started thinking about my evening run. I was actually looking forward to it, which isn't like me. Usually I have to kind of fight with myself to get off the couch and get down to business. But today I was feeling pretty eager to get out there and run. <BR> <BR> Next thing I know, I'm browsing Runner's World online. I'm contemplating whether I am due for a new pair of running shoes. I'm wondering if my form is good, my stride ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:16:57 EST Day 1: This is what I want to remember THIS feeling, right now. This feeling of accomplishment, of victory. This feeling of endorphins lighting up my brain. THIS perfect storm of fatigue and triumph, all rolled into one. <BR> <BR> Eight days ago I ran a miraculous (to me) two miles -- much farther than I've ever run in my entire life. It felt so good. I can't find the words to describe how...mighty...I felt after that. <BR> <BR> Then I had to attend an out-of-town conference. Boy, did I fall off the diet and exercise wagon. Beca... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:27:16 EST Day 1: Personal best distance Yesterday was filled with all kinds of crazy drama. I won't go into details, other than to say The Mister lacerated his thumb pretty seriously, and I had to take him to urgent care for stitches. And that was just one nutty thing that happened. <BR> <BR> So I don't blame myself for failing to log calories yesterday or for falling off the diet wagon. I had to eat on the fly all day, and I did the best I could. <BR> <BR> The scale did, indeed, reward me for a resolute week. Two and a half poun... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 22:43:28 EST Day 1: Almost made it Earlier today I posted how weak I was feeling about food choices. I am thankful to report I did make it through the afternoon all right (thanks in large part to the supportive comments on the last post!), but I did fall down a little tonight. <BR> <BR> I wound up indulging in a small handful of peanut M&Ms right at my 7pm cutoff time. (I never eat after 7pm.) I'm not beating myself up. Aside from that little bobble, I had an extraordinary diet day, and I'm proud of it! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow mo... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:42:01 EST Day 1: Pausing a moment to regain control It's Friday afternoon, and I'm feeling a little weary. I still have some work to plow through, and then I have a zillion household tasks to complete before my sister arrives tomorrow from out-of-state. <BR> <BR> Even though I could be doing something more productive, I'm taking a moment to hop onto the blog and acknowledge I'm feeling a little weak, diet-wise. When I came upstairs to my office after lunch, I gazed longingly at my husband's package of cookies on the end table. I don't want my... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:26:12 EST Day 1: Another day, another victory I felt very nervous when I got up this morning because in the past I have been able to put together three days of healthy habits, and then it all fell apart. I was afraid that might happen today, too. But I am pleased to report it did not. <BR> <BR> My allergies were really bad today, and that usually doesn't bode well for my diet or exercise. But I gritted my teeth and stuck to my plan. I enjoyed a healthy breakfast and lunch. I ate an apple instead of a cookie when I had a craving this aft... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 20:22:53 EST Day 1: Three days in a row Yesterday was another good food day. I came in right on target and did not succumb to any temptations. <BR> <BR> As I said Tuesday, I am being much more mindful of my emotional state when the urge to binge hits me. I don't even have to be aware of the exact emotion I'm feeling; just the awareness of emotional upheaval or feelings of stress are enough to help me pause and not make poor choices. <BR> <BR> I didn't work out yesterday because I had appointments all afternoon, but I plan to get ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:27:59 EST Day 1: Better than yesterday My experience today goes to show how effective keeping a journal or blog can be. After writing down my diet "rules" yesterday, I was able to keep them top-of-mind today -- and that really helped! <BR> <BR> A couple of times when I wanted to feed my emotions I instead paused and got in touch with the frustration/anxiety/whatever, took a deep breath, and reminded myself a cookie would not make me feel better over the long term. Then I turned my mind to something else, an activity to get my min... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:40:39 EST Day 1: Celebrating small victories Yesterday was about regrouping from learning on Saturday my weight was continuing to climb. I've been irresolute with diet, so I am trying to keep a few key points in mind: <BR> <BR> 1. I need to take my diet moment-by-moment, day-by-day <BR> 2. I need to tune in to my emotions when I feel like eating something I should not consume <BR> 3. I need to remember eating a cookie may make me feel better for a few seconds, but in the long run it will make me feel worse <BR> 4. I need to always seek... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:46:57 EST Day 1: The scale was not kind to me today I really try to use this blog for positivity, but it's short supply for me this morning. The scale was UP 2 pounds today. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble understanding why I cannot get hold of my diet. I've done it before. Why is it so hard for me *right now*? <BR> <BR> Maybe I need a better plan. My weight has crept up ever since my mom came to live with my husband and me. She is a Red Meat Eater. And potatoes. And all the other stuff (hot dogs, bratwurst, ice cream, candy, white bread)... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:29:57 EST Day 1: Continuing to focus on fitness My diet still isn't on track, but I have been successfully focusing on fitness and plan to keep that up. Eventually the diet will catch up. <BR> <BR> Since my 1.7-mile jog the other day I have continued with my C25K program with good results. Sometimes I feel the sessions where I alternate 5-minute and 8-minute runs are actually harder than the 20-minute runs. <BR> <BR> Today was an "off" day from C25K, but I walked anyway. In fact, I walked twice today. My total active time was 70 minutes,... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:01:48 EST Day 1.1: Massive accomplishment! After I wrote my first blog entry this morning, I felt motivated to get my daily workout done. The weather was beautiful, so I decided to do my Couch-to-5K program outside. <BR> <BR> I rarely look ahead at what my specific workout is going to be on C25K. Instead, I just plug in my headphones, turn on the app and allow some woman's dulcet voice inform me as to what I need to do next: "Begin warmup. Run for 8 minutes." <BR> <BR> Imagine my surprise when the voice said, "Begin running for...20... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 23:20:44 EST Day 1: Finding the positive angle I finally worked up the courage to climb on the scale this morning for the first time in weeks. The damage was bad, but not as bad as I'd feared considering I allowed myself to stress-eat for three solid weeks. <BR> <BR> I never thought I could find anything positive about weight gain, but today I did. When I logged on to SP and my icon said "10 pounds lost" instead of the "14 pounds lost" it had previously displayed, I felt momentarily deflated. But then I realized this means I still only h... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:09:28 EST Day 1: Diet victory and doubling down on exercise I think I did all right with my intake yesterday. I stopped logging after dinner and must confess to having enjoyed a few grapes in the evening. I know grapes are pretty sugary, but I figure it's a better choice than potato chips or candy. <BR> <BR> As I said in my previous entry, I've been doing Couch-to-5K and have managed to complete four weeks of the eight-week training on schedule. C25K is a three-day-per-week program. Since I have achieved a bit of discipline in the exercise realm, I'... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 09:58:11 EST Day 1: Getting the diet back on track It's been a stressful four weeks. <BR> <BR> I invoke the "S" word ("stress," "stressful") to excuse a lot of bad health behavior. It's true my life has been stressful for the past few weeks/months/years, but whose life ISN'T stressful? I need to stop leaning on this little word as an excuse and a crutch. <BR> <BR> On Friday I completed Week 4 of the Couch-to-5K program. I have completed every workout on schedule, and I'm very proud of that! But during that same time period I have allowed m... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 13:27:13 EST Day 1: Thanks for the honor, SparkPeople! I've been away for awhile. In one of those little ironies of life, I've been inactive on my blog because I've been active in my life. This is good. <BR> <BR> But I did want to pop in and thank all the people who voted me a SparkPeople Motivator! I'm truly humbled by the honor. <BR> <BR> Interestingly I had been thinking lately of taking up my blogging here again. Looking back over my blog posts, I see I've done a much better job of fitness so far this year than I had been giving myself cred... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:21:32 EST Day 1: Serious about the workout I've been away for awhile because I was starting to feel pretty desperate about my fitness situation and felt only a major shakeup would get things moving in the right direction. I was right about that. And wrong. <BR> <BR> My cholesterol results came back elevated in February, and I knew I needed to really buckle down and get serious about my diet and exercise. I'd been a member of SP for so long that it had become easy to cheat. The system felt too comfortable. I wasn't holding myself acco... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:34:53 EST Day 1: A chance to get some traction I'd made a great beginning to 2015 in January. I had a 21-day fitness streak going, and I was logging calories faithfully every day. <BR> <BR> Then my sister came to visit for a week. Kerplooey! There went my good eating habits and daily exercise. <BR> <BR> I loved seeing my sister. We only get about one week per year to catch up, so the diet interruption was well worth it. <BR> <BR> But now life is back to normal, and I feel like I can finally get some real traction. I have three months ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:23:05 EST Day 1: Walking in the rain I love it when I can get exercise and a facial treatment all in one go. That's how it was today. Sort of. <BR> <BR> When I went for my daily brisk walk just after lunch, the temperature was about 38F, with 100% humidity and a cold mist in the air. The north wind was fairly bitter. I'm glad I wore two shirts under my workout jacket. As I walked the mist soaked my face, giving it a nice, refreshing cleansing. <BR> <BR> Despite the fact I'm not seeing any weight loss yet, I'm not giving up. I... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:40:57 EST Day 1: Three weeks, little progress Today marks my 21st day in a row of exercising for at least 10 minutes a day. Most of those 21 days saw me exercise for much longer than 10 minutes, and at a reasonable intensity. Most of those 21 days I've also eaten within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> So why virtually no pounds lost? <BR> <BR> It's something I'm contemplating this morning. I'm still getting used to the additional daily calories added to my range by my Jawbone. My range sometimes balloons to 1800 calories or more, based on ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:39:07 EST Day 1: Think beyond the scale when it comes to rewards I've always rewarded myself for reaching certain weight loss goals. But I've been suffering from motivation issues lately and realized I could perfectly well reward myself simply for my perseverance, regardless of what the scale says. (I know, novel concept, right??) <BR> <BR> So last night I downloaded some new tunes to my phone -- a little treat for reaching 16 consecutive days of fitness. The lure of that new music got me out of the house early this morning for a brisk, 30-minute walk. It... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:14:10 EST Day 1: I've got a lot of work to do make up for yesterday. <BR> <BR> I try to stay positive on this blog. Positivity is a theme for me for 2015. I don't believe you can just "wish away" negative thoughts, but I do believe it's possible to perhaps retrain the brain to shift focus away from negativity towards positivity. This is what I've been trying to do, anyway, when a negative thought creeps in. <BR> <BR> Today is Saturday, and I must say the previous week had little to recommend it. My insomnia's been intractable, wh... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:49:15 EST Day 1: Holding pattern It's been kind of a bumpy week so far. I've had trouble with sleep and low energy. I blew my calorie count one day, but I kind of shrug that off. It was only one day. For the past two days, I haven't taken my afternoon walk. The relentless cloudiness (six consecutive days without a glimpse of the sun) and cold have deterred me and sunk my mood. <BR> <BR> If all that sounds complainy...well, it is. But I'm trying to stay optimistic. <BR> <BR> Today is my weigh day, and I am the same weight a... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:48:08 EST Day 1: Didn't let insomnia slow me down On the heels of yesterday's awesome, 10+ mood rating...I couldn't sleep. Why? Who knows?! Insomnia can be so aggravating. Even when you do everything 'right,' it can still plague you. <BR> <BR> Luckily, I don't suffer from all-out, my-eyes-were-wide-open-all-night insomnia. The word can be used to describe a wide range of sleeping disorders. In my case, insomnia usually manifests as an inability to fall asleep and/or low-quality sleep all night. <BR> <BR> Last night...couldn't fall asleep. ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:25:52 EST Day 1: For the first time ever, I rated my mood 10+ I've been a member of SP for...I don't know how long. I think since at least 2010. Like many members, I've waxed and waned with Spark. One thing I like about SP is how they continually add new tools (or 'toys,' the way I see it) to play with. It gives me something fun to focus on. <BR> <BR> I've tracked my mood for as long as this feature has been available. I've always had trouble with mood. I don't expect to be in a state of euphoria all the time, but at the same time I've always thought i... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:19:38 EST Day 1: Still learning new things about myself I have never in my adult life exercised outdoors in inclement weather. And I have a very broad definition of what constitutes "inclement weather." Over 90 degrees. Under 50 degrees. Breezy. Raining/snowing. Or even just threatening to rain/snow. Basically I used any excuse not to get out into the weather, despite the fact walking is my favorite fitness activity. <BR> <BR> This all boils down to fear. I was afraid of exercising in anything but perfect weather. I don't know why. I don't know ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:48:34 EST Day 1: Eight-day streak and counting Today I reaffirmed to myself that I can be flexible about fitness but still get it done. <BR> <BR> Due to an early medical appointment for my mom, I wasn't able to get my 10 minutes of rowing done first thing this morning. That concerned me because I wondered if my willpower would flag by the afternoon. To my delight, I discovered it did not. Around 2:30pm, I proudly completed about 15 minutes of rowing -- extending my fitness streak to eight days. I find this incredibly motivating! <BR> <B... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 20:43:32 EST Day 1: Two pounds down, 10 to go I was going to stay off the scale, but I couldn't resist. Thursday is my usual weigh-in day, so I stepped onto the white square this morning. To my delight, it says I have lost two pounds already. I'm very pleased, even if that is all just water weight. It tells me my efforts have been worth it. <BR> <BR> I'm not aiming to lose two pounds a week; I'm set up for a goal of one. When I think about how hungry I've been on days when I exercise, I figure I'm safe to eat at the higher end of my cal... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:52:08 EST Day 1: I did not reach my steps goal today, and... I don't care. <BR> <BR> I said before I mainly use the Jawbone to prompt me to move, not to simply count steps (though it IS a fun challenge!). Today I just couldn't rouse myself to do extra walking. I had a rough sleep night, followed by a low-energy day. <BR> <BR> I knew today was going to be a struggle as soon as I arose this morning. I just felt very tired. So I did extra time on the rowing machine this morning -- 15 minutes -- to compensate for not hitting my steps target. I essentiall... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:51:47 EST Day 1: Six-day streak I love streaking. Sorry for the bad joke. <BR> <BR> Because I was pretty much "away" from SP for 18 months (and subsequently gained 13 pounds), I didn't have a lot of confidence in my ability to muster the self-discipline required to get back on track. The experience of coming back to SP has really been a lesson for me in how the "baby steps" philosophy truly, truly works. Once I got back to Spark basics, I found success again. <BR> <BR> Case-in-point: My current six-day fitness streak. I r... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:36:28 EST Day 1: Nailed the nutrition today Today's victory goes in the nutrition category. Every day I run the nutrition feedback report, and I was surprised to see today I hit every nutrient on the money! I say "surprised" because I rarely hit them all. It's kind of a game to me, though I don't sit there and plan every meal by evaluating how much protein or fiber it contains. <BR> <BR> I have felt fairly tired today. I think it's because I slept light last night. Nonetheless, I got up and did my moderate rowing workout first thing ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:33:29 EST Day 1: Can't get over how great I feel All I can say is: Wow. If this is all attributable to exercising first thing in the morning, I am amazed. <BR> <BR> Today, for the second day in a row, I did 10 minutes of moderate rowing as soon as I got out of bed. I woke up much more quickly than usual, and within about 40 minutes my energy soared through the roof. As I type this at 3:20pm, I've just finished a brisk 20-minute walk and now feel practically euphoric. I understand endorphins, of course,! For someone who rarely exp... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:35:31 EST Day 1: I feel like a champion I feel like I finally got back in touch with my self-discipline. Wherever it has been these past many months, it found me again yesterday. <BR> <BR> Despite the fact I slept horrible and only briefly (well, about four hours, sporadically, over the course of eight hours in the bed), I nonetheless kept my promise to get up and exercise first thing. I made myself get out of bed at the appointed time, put on my shorts immediately, and got on the rowing machine for 10 minutes -- even before a cup... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:42:18 EST Day 1...Really IS 'day one' this time! My new life begins today, January 2, 2015. It would have begun yesterday, except we always throw a New Year's Day party with family. That was a gutbuster for me. <BR> <BR> But today I awoke refreshed and prepared to achieve my goal of getting back in shape and losing 15 pounds. All of my blog posts are titled "Day 1:" because I believe every day is a fresh start. Today really IS a 'day one,' though, because I am rebooting my whole program. I am shaking up almost every component of my lifesty... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:07:42 EST Day 1: A simple walk I'm in trouble. <BR> <BR> I went nuts with food and alcohol on my vacation to NYC, and now I'm up 13.5 pounds over my goal weight (which I achieved a year ago). It's incredibly depressing. There's no point in blaming myself; that only leads to more self-loathing and medication-by-food. <BR> <BR> Using a counterintuitive approach, I bought myself a new fitness toy. I say "counterintuitive" because I normally only buy myself something as a reward, but this time I bought it for motivation and... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:41:01 EST Day 1: A little rocky, but hanging in there I was happy to ride the four-day diet streak, even as I knew it would not extend to a fifth day. Well, what are you supposed to do when you must attend the spouse's company holiday party? <BR> <BR> It's not that I horribly succumbed to temptations at a potluck where all the staff brought chile con queso and rum balls or anything like that (though I definitely have been in those situations, too!). It's that we had to travel (read: get super-tired, which can lead to poor decision-making), and ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:50:14 EST Day 1: Reveling in the streak I did it! Today was my fourth good food day in a row! This, despite going out for dinner. Yay, me! <BR> <BR> I had to perform some dietary gymnastics to make it, I admit. Eating in a restaurant never fits neatly into the diet plan. And in this case we dined at a restaurant (Bennigan's) not known for its health-conscious choices. However, a bit of pre-game warmup on the internet provided the intel I needed to make a smart decision at the restaurant. Also, I admit I ate very sparingly the enti... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:00:31 EST Day 1: Three in a row! My nascent streak continues. I had an excellent food day today. Despite the fact I seriously craved a martini this afternoon, I abstained. I consumed three excellent meals plus healthy snacks (and some dark chocolate). According to SP's nutrition feedback, I hit every important nutritional range, except for falling very slightly short on protein, fiber, calcium and iron. I can live with that. <BR> <BR> The main thing is I'm feeling very calm and in control of my eating right now. I feel rela... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:16:20 EST