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ARUSHING2
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7/29/12 11:11 A

JemPower, I'm with you on your counts: water and calories IN and the calories, duration and distances OUT.

I also appreciate the use of the online planning memo or notes to myself that I review every several days.

Get a real high when I am able to bump my planning numbers up a notch or two, because I have achieved or surpassed them repeatedly.

I do keep the original or older notes to review from time to time ... it helps me to see where I was VS. where I am now.

Best wishes for continued progress and successes.



JEMPOWER
Posts: 2,680
7/29/12 11:03 A

recording my calories in and my exercises out. I would like to use some of the suggestions you guys have used.

Jem



KDYLOSE
Posts: 722
7/29/12 10:11 A

I find something visual helps. I have a calendar hanging on the wall next to the computer - I put a gold star for each day I stay within range, and I write down my exercise. When I'm slipping, I can see the whole story there at a glance. And I really want those weeks of all gold stars.



STLCARDSFANS05
Posts: 916
7/29/12 9:56 A

spark trackers and telling others my goals



BBD2727
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7/29/12 9:45 A

I love all the trackers on SP! They all really help with my motivation and with keeping me on track. Having weekly exercise goals makes it like a game. I bumped my weekly walking goal from 8 miles per week to 10. Once I get in 10 miles easily, I'll bump it to 12. I'll never go higher than is realistic for my fitness level and available time, so there is never an excuse to blow it off.
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WATERDIAMONDS
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7/29/12 9:29 A

telling the truth to my DH



EXPOGIRL18
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7/29/12 8:49 A

Logging my info at SP



JANSUE57
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7/29/12 8:13 A

Get on SP several times a day and run the nutrition report before I go to bed. Keeps me on track! emoticon



GEORGWASCURIOUS
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7/29/12 4:41 A

Help! I don't! It's terrible. I've devised a hundred "systems". Actually SP friends are starting to help. When I use the NT it helps. But I still make excuses.



ZRIE014
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7/28/12 11:29 P

i hold myself by getting up everyday and putting one foot in front of the other while i'm running on the treadmill



MSTANLEYSFL
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7/28/12 11:21 P

I've increased my food budget so that I can buy more fruits and veggies at the farmer's market. I'm buying healthier protein (seafood, lean pork, skinless chicken). Make a point to drink lots of water.



DPDAVIS
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7/28/12 11:15 P

I try to eat more veggies



JOURNEY2DESTINY
Posts: 525
7/28/12 10:37 P

I walk with my husband. His method is every week, we go a little further. Just finished 75 minutes of walking on the track near our home. He is helping me now that my fitness buddies, kept falling thru. When it comes to what I eat, I make ita point to have atleast 2 vegetables everyday. Im trying to work more into my breakfast and lunch.



JACJORBELDAV4
Posts: 4
7/28/12 10:25 P

I am a newbie and have alot to learn still. That being said I am excited with this web site because I find that I can hold myself accountable by logging in and recording what I do during the day from eating to my work outs and all. I have even found it useful to enter a recipe and find out what I need to tweak to make it work for my health and weight loss. I have printed out some of my reports bad and good to share with my family, they hold my nose to the grind stone,. I find that I am really doing better than anyone thought I would and I am thankful to all you out there that are sharing with me. God Bless.
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RACKMYBRAINS
Posts: 435
7/28/12 9:33 P

SpiceyMonet, great youtube vlog - it's inspirational to watch! Definitely one of my most useful tools is the food journal here. It's got pretty much everything, and if not you can input your own foods from their nutrition labels. It's a terrific resource and a great tool. Cheers!




CINEMAVEN
Posts: 338
7/28/12 8:37 P

I totally use the "if I bite it, I write it" method but I'm also an insulin dependent diabetic so I'm accountable to my blood glucose monitor 4x a day and you can't lie to the monitor :)

Also, I try to work off between 300-500 calories a day which makes me feel great and puts me into a really satisfying calorie range

Edited by: CINEMAVEN at: 7/28/2012 (20:39)


SPICEYMONET
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7/28/12 8:17 P

yes, yes, this is what is making the difference for me. People that dont even know me leaving kind words and support. It really brings tears to my eyes. I love itl



SPICEYMONET
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7/28/12 8:16 P

this is great! and sooooo encouraging!



SPICEYMONET
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7/28/12 8:14 P

Great, and I will look for your blog. Yes, I love Spark!



SPICEYMONET
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7/28/12 8:11 P

I love your quote!



SPICEYMONET
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7/28/12 8:05 P

I love that you are honest, and you say if you bite it,you write it. Okay, I like it.



HEALTHY831
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7/28/12 7:51 P

I track everything I eat. If I track it, it makes it real to me. I bite it, it write it!



SENIORSWIMMER
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7/28/12 7:35 P

I have a rebellion problem, but more than that, I despise consistent routine...the same thing day in and day out. Varying my routine helps a lot. I love to swim, but I only swim 3 days a week. I know if I go every day, I'll burn myself out. I enjoy exercise. I don't enjoy limiting my calorie intake. So far I have not been successful holding myself accountable in that area. I'm hoping the food tracker will help me with that.



QUELZ15
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7/28/12 4:53 P

I hydrate always and I try hard to avoid sweets



BTLSMUM
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7/28/12 3:27 P

I use routine to allow others to hold me accountable too. Like, I work out at the same classes/time/etc so that other people notice when I'm not around.



COFFEEBOT
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7/28/12 3:20 P

Tracking my food here on SparkPeople is the best way I've ever found to hold myself accountable. In the past, I tried keeping a written food diary, but that quickly became too much fuss and was neglected. Being able to use my Favourites and Groupings for foods that I eat regularly, as well as having the bar code scanner on my tablet...it's just too easy NOT to track!

I've also recruited my boyfriend to help me with my accountability. He's absolutely wonderful and his response to helping me out with moral support has been "I will love you forever if you never lose a pound, but if you want to lose weight and it's going to make you feel better about yourself, I will support you every step of the way. Just tell me what kind of support you want." I told him I'd like kind, but firm reminders of my goals and someone to bounce my thoughts (and concerns) off of and he's been exceptional encouragement all the way.



SLPTHATSME
Posts: 17
7/28/12 3:10 P

I too am with LJ. I am not always perfectly on plan, and the "just don't cheat" motto doesn't work for me. Neither does public acknowledgement. Unfortunately, I get a little bitter when people who have never had weight problems try to encourage me (an issue I just need to get over!). Glad these things work for others though. My personal reality is that I am going to have weak moments and I am not going to stay on track all day, every day for the rest of my life. Once I came to terms with this, I felt much better. Now, I do what I can to stay on my plan but don't beat myself up for straying sometimes. Over time, the on-plan time has become much more significant than the off-plan time, so that's success to me.

I track everything, even when I don't want to. Even those extra licks of peanut butter off the spoon when I have measured out the amount I want. Even the extra chip or two that fell out of the bag when I am portioning them out. If you bite it, you write it. That makes me accountable to myself. And that's #1. I also have a friend who has forged the path on this journey before me, and I email her nearly daily to report in, talk about successes and rough times. That really helps me too.



NEWYORKCHICK
Posts: 220
7/28/12 2:25 P

I made Sparkpeople my home page, so it's the first thing I see every time I go to my computer. I use the tracker religiously, whether I meet my calorie goals or not, it still gets tracked. But most of the time I do meet them. I'm doing this for myself -- not for anyone else.



BRITOMART
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7/28/12 2:12 P

I'm with LJ32920; this one made me chuckle, too. "Accountable" is not the same as 'honest,' or 'not cheating.' I'm accountable when I make bad choices, or make none. I fail, a lot, but I 'count' it, and (so far) always come back to the point where I go on with my journey.



RADAMS0408
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7/28/12 2:06 P

For me, it's being honest with myself with the food tracker. Whether I go way over my recommended caloric intake by 50, 100 even 200 calories. I have learned to always put it in. No matter what. This works for me.



LJ32920
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7/28/12 10:42 A

This topic made me grin. My daughter and I both have trouble with this. I don't know if I'm especially rebellious or what. I've tried many things. It's not that I'm dishonest. I honestly know what I'm doing. I just "disobey" any rules I try to make for myself. I set an alarm to get up and walk or something each hour, and just turn it off and ignore it. My daughter laughed when I told her this, and said sometimes she tells herself she'll get up and put some laundry in right after the chapter of the book she's reading, and finds herself starting another chapter with no accountability problem at all. Charts don't help. Friends don't help. Rewards don't help. Consequences don't help.

It's really nice to see all the people who stick to their own programs and rules, don't "cheat", aren't "dishonest", and use Spark People regularly. Of course, this means they are successful at being accountable. If they weren't, they might not be posting here. For those of us who are not very good at holding ourselves to our own accountability techniques, Spark People isn't the magic solution. Of all the posts here, I like Susiqzer's the best. That might just work for someone like me. You know, everybody can see, whether they're for you or not. Kind of like two motivations in one.

P.S.~ I'm a retired soldier. I can obey orders, and I have personal integrity and am responsible. Cheating and dishonesty are not synonymous with not holding myself accountable to my own orders. Just sayin'.



SUSIQZER
Posts: 2,272
7/28/12 10:21 A

I post my workouts on a whiteboard in my office at work. When my streak number starts to get higher, people take notice. If it drops again, people take notice.

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JMOUSE99
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7/28/12 10:04 A

SP keeps me accountable



MISSILENE
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7/28/12 9:19 A

I JUST DON'T CHEAT.



EX-PRESSO
Posts: 478
7/28/12 8:31 A

blogging and posting here on spark.
track food.
spark buddies (thanks!!!)
got a view friends who try to lose weight too. (different ways)

But to be honest: I have to do it for myself. And I have to be the one who motivates me.




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MRSKATEDUVALL
Posts: 1,477
7/27/12 10:12 P

I try and track everything. I need to improve, it's been to easy to slip and eat in the evening after I have tracked for the day. I tell everyone that I am doing this healthy thing. I have work out bddies from work. I blog, and I have an accountability spark buddy.



FULLHOURGLASS
Posts: 180
7/27/12 9:52 P

I use the nutrition tracker and I'm just an honest peron in general. There are no "cheats" because I'd only be cheating myself. I also recently started a blog (see my sig) and I'm accountable there. I'm starting weigh-in Wednesdays next week so check that out. I'm going to look for you on YouTube now. I follow tons of inspirational people on there.



MELLYBEANS0919
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7/27/12 9:06 P

Blogging, talking to SP friends, and keep a food journal.



MPLANE37
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7/27/12 8:42 P

By getting fit. It is a great sensation. It has been a year now since starting the fat loss journey, and I am already at my best, and if I keep going, I will be better than even when I was 20 years younger! Isn't that awesome?



WOMANATWORK1
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7/27/12 8:08 P

*** I told the people closest to me what I'm up to.
*** I planned my meals and shopping excursions so I wouldn't be tempted
*** I bought water and dropped it off at my office on the way home from the grocery store. Now there's no excuse not to drink lots of water all day
*** I track all my meals and snacks
*** I track my fitness minutes (except my daily routine walking -- just have to buy a pedometer)
*** I get up and walk whether I feel like it or not
*** I listen to my body
*** I made sure I had shoes that wouldn't injure my efforts
*** I've left no room for excuses

If I can do it, with all my medical issues and past failures, I believe in you, too!!!!

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SPRINKLECHEZ
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7/27/12 6:49 P

I not only weigh myself every day to see how my body adapts to our new lifestyle, I also make it a point to be honest and supportive with every blog or comment that I make here on SparkPeople. We really can change each other's lives, sometimes it''s as simple as one word that we say that spark's a friend to make positive choices. I am grateful for everything SparkPeople and my SparkFriends have done to support me on my journey and allow me to share my journey with them. Have a blessed weekend -

Your friend - "Sprink" emoticon



LINDZ731
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7/27/12 5:57 P

I work out with my bestfriend but also alot of people at work know I am dieting and exercising so I want them to see the improvements.



JADOMB
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7/27/12 3:36 P

On the worldly level, I do it by being honest with myself and others and taking what I say I'm going to do seriously. SP helps immensely with their tracking system, so that helps me see visually what I am trying to accomplish. The people here are also a blessing and they not only inspire me, but they show me there are others out there doing the same thing.

BUT, above all that, is GOD, he holds me accountable for all I do.



JILLYANA1
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7/27/12 3:28 P

I hold myself accountable by using the nutrition tracker and by weighing myself every morning. emoticon



CHIHAYA
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7/27/12 3:26 P

measuring data everyday, weight, body fat percentage, and waist size.


Number doesn't lie or make excuses what I have done.

Edited by: CHIHAYA at: 7/27/2012 (15:27)


DRAGONCHILDE
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7/27/12 3:09 P

Blogging and posting here on Sparkpeople. :)



LACURVE
Posts: 75
7/27/12 3:03 P

I often don't. But when I get real, I tell everyone what I'm doing. I write it down. I review it. And I track everything. Calories in, Calories burned. My best friend is my kitchen scale.

I don't have problems keeping up my fitness goals. But boy, do I love to eat!



EXPOGIRL18
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Posts: 149
7/27/12 2:54 P

Meet my walking buddy



KAREN42BOYS
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7/27/12 2:50 P

I use my food and exercise journal here at SparkPeople. I also tell lots of friends what I'm doing.



SPICEYMONET
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7/27/12 2:46 P

I found it sooo hard to hold myself accountable, until I started a Youtube page! I am 5 weeks in and I document my weight loss through youtube! It is awesome! I have lost 11 lbs. How do you hold yourself accountable? Also, subscribe to my channel! Help me do this! I post every Sunday. Look for monetteshia!



 
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