i ended the SELF CHALLENGE over a week ago. the end results were really good! i lost a total of ten pounds! i didn't measure myself afterwards but did try on a few of my spring and summer outfits and they fit better than before! my stomach had lost that puffy, bloated look! which is what i was really self conscious about...because i'm so petite, any weight i put on is pretty noticeable. at least in my opinion! although i have to say, around Christmas time when i did my annual get together with my girlfriends, one of them asked if i had something exciting to tell them! sadly i said no, marriage was just kicking in and i was getting fat! haha! guess it also didn't help that i was wearing one of those baby-doll tops! the bad part was that as soon as i finished the challenge and went back to my normal routine i could see the puffiness moving back to my belly! i hadn't put on any weight, but the flatness of my belly was sadly starting to go away! so i decided i need to keep up with calorie counting! i tried looking into this one website called fitday.com, but i didn't like it as much as the SELF CHALLENGE website. i thought it was a little harder to track calories. you actually have to search your food and then a whole search comes up and you just add one. but when you get a result page with over 100 items, and none matching what you want...and when i KNOW how many calories is in something i've eaten, and the calories on fitday don't match, then it gets a little annoying. maybe i just didn't give fitday.com a long enough try, but i 'm such a person of routine that i had to go back to SELF's website! so...i went back to the SELF CHALLENGE and restarted the program. it's just so much easier. on SELF's website you can just punch in what you've eaten and the calories by yourself, or if you've used a recipe they've recommended just scroll and it'll add it for you. whenever i do cook something that i'm not sure of, i just go to this calorie counting website. it's a great tool because you can search for anything, change the amount and it'll tell you the updated calorie content. (yes i know, fitday does that too...but i'm telling you, SELF is just easier! maybe whenever i get a free moment and can input and save all my information onto fitday then i might give it another try! but for right now it just consumes more of my time trying to search for the right food!) SELF is also nice because when you record a workout theres just so many options that you just scroll to what you've done and input the minutes. it even includes daily housework, like vacuuming.