I don't know how many of you know that I am actively trying to lose weight at this time. I have been motivated by my darling T who has lost about 55lbs to date. She is really looking awesome! I have been really lucky because I just kinda got pulled in by her tailwind... lol. I only really have been working on portion control since June 4th, although my diet has been much improved since T started Jan 23rd. I am happy to say that from January to June I lost about 10lbs, and from June 4th till today I have lost about 7lbs. It does of course fluctuate, but overall the trend is down, and that is certainly a change for me! I have been using an online program www.myfooddiary.com, which lets you count not only calories, but also sodium, cholesterol, fats, and a whole bunch of other things! This has been really cool because as of my last check up, years and years ago, I would label myself with pre-hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity. How depressing!! I was only 30ish at that time. I have of course not had the nerve to go back to the doctor... lol, but I would definitely guess that my cholesterol and sodium must be down! I am also 4 pounds from moving from 'obese' to 'overweight', which while very depressing still is much better! I have gone from fast foods 1-2 times a day, to two or three times since January! Luckily my favourite food (sushi), is essentially still very good for you... though quite expensive. We are going to have to find a way to learn to make it at home! I still have much room for improvement, as I have not added a lick of exercise so far. I know, I know... shame on me! Also I am really finding it hard to keep up my water intake, which is monitored by my diary... lol. I have really been enjoying alot of the new foods. In particular we have adopted a new chili recipe which only has 135 calories per cup.... and more importantly it ROCKS!! I also love the salads, and fresh veggies. I have been REALLY REALLY lucky that T is really enjoying discovering new recipes and has been really supportive in keeping those temptation foods out of the house. I really do see this as a lifestyle change, and I think I have finally found a way to keep the changes stick!