There's nothing wrong with the way you are doing things, infact it's quite normal.
Humans seem to be able to succeed at things if they get that live recognition, someone needs to be watching us eat and praising us, someone also needs to watch us exercise.
9 times out of 10 if it's just left up to us to do alone with no one recording or showing much interest we often fail.
That's why this thread is a good idea, you can report your stuff to us, we care.
If today wasn't a successful day, tomorrow will be your winning day.