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SWEETEYES0601 SparkPoints: (30,915)
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6/3/13 11:29 A

maybe 15 minutes/day, but I get behind and spend a lunch hour catching up about once every couple of weeks sometimes.

ONTHEPATH2 SparkPoints: (95,523)
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6/3/13 11:27 A

I've been slacking on SP tracker - but I jot every morsel down in my notebook I carry EVERY day - & it only takes minutes.

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SHARONCAPPS Posts: 1,196
6/3/13 11:22 A

Usually about 5 to 10 minutes. I plan a menu for the day and then enter what I will have. It is always subject to change if I chose.

AHEADRICK75 Posts: 398
6/3/13 11:18 A

not that long...say 5-10 mins; I try to do it after each meal so I don't forget anything

ODIEJO2 Posts: 1,179
6/3/13 11:15 A

About 5-10 minutes

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TIG123GER SparkPoints: (76,906)
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6/3/13 11:13 A

Just a few minutes - I try to do it after each meal so I don't miss something.

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DLBROWN93 Posts: 887
6/3/13 11:11 A

Less than five minutes, for all three meals and snacks. I copy from the previous day, and pull from my list of favorites.

KARENCRANER Posts: 3,421
6/3/13 10:47 A

It depends which device I'm using. Computer - 5 minutes. Phone - (slower) 10-15 minutes.

HICKORYRN Posts: 277
6/3/13 10:39 A

2-3 minutes unless I have to add a food that's not showing up!

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6/3/13 10:35 A

No more than 10 minutes

MEBAZI SparkPoints: (21,822)
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6/3/13 9:57 A

3 minutes maximum

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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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6/1/13 9:32 P

As I use a different tracker than Spark, BodyMedia, it is very quick. Takes me a few minutes.

LAKEZURICHDANA SparkPoints: (101,841)
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6/1/13 2:34 P

I am still having to input new foods because they either are not listed or the nutrition info is wrong. So it takes longer than it should.

KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 1,754
6/1/13 2:26 P

about 5 minutes

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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6/1/13 1:05 P

between logging the data in SP, I also track a summary of each meal and the daily summary and then on Sunday, a weekly wrap up. I use grouping a lot.

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BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,393
6/1/13 12:11 P

I actually like playing with my nutrition tracker, so I don't really notice "how lonnngg this is taking." Similar to the experience of others, when I first started it did take a really long time, and that phase was kind of frustrating - not so much from the "time" but of trying to find or re-find items on the list. I quickly learned to take advantage of Favorites and Groups. I also use "Copy" ALL the time. For example, when i eat dinner-leftovers for lunch the next day - rather than input everything all over again, I just "copy" and then edit the quantity, if necessary.

What I recently discovered was that I can input multiple items from my Favorites list very quickly - i just tick off the box, adjust the quantity, and assign the item to the correct meal, repeat for next food, repeat, repeat, repeat, and THEN hit "Add to tracker" and everything I'd checked just pops straight onto my tracker. Thus I am now putting common ingredients (like apples) on my "favorites" and it works out pretty well.

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ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (60,369)
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6/1/13 10:23 A

It took me forever when I first started ... but I have gotten it down to just a few minutes per day, using just about all the techniques mentioned in previous posts.

1. Groupings -- big time saver. I have entries such as "sandwich basics" in which I list the bread I usually use, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. Then all I have to do is add the meat and the condiment. I can delete or modify anything I need to. I have another grouping for my "salad basics" and "pasta sauce" and others. It's easier to pick the standard entry and then change something in it if necessary than to find each ingredient separately.

2. I also learned to be satisfied with "estimating." I look at the label of the food I buy/eat and estimate the calories, etc. If I can't find the exact same brand in the tracker system, I choose a similar item from another company and enter the amount of that food that gives me approximately the same number of calories. The estimates are "good enough" -- it's not a critical scientific experiement where precision is essential.

3. Of course, I'll use the "favorites" section for foods not listed ... but that I eat regularly.

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HOLLYM48 SparkPoints: (182,447)
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6/1/13 9:00 A

I do exactly what KKKAREN does. It is easy and only takes a few minutes. I try to do the dinner right after or before depending on how many calories I have left.

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KKKAREN Posts: 12,150
6/1/13 8:57 A

I agree with HEAT04, I eat the same breakfast and lunch and just copy it from the day before. The same with snacks, I copy from the day before and add or delete as necessary. Coping along with favorites, it takes me no time at all the track.

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6/1/13 12:45 A

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HTHY1DAYATAIME SparkPoints: (1,320)
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6/1/13 12:42 A

Very true! It is so worth it.

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6/1/13 12:41 A

Lol I hear ya grizgirl. I did the same thing for lunch today!

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5/31/13 2:00 P


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HEAT04 Posts: 115
5/31/13 1:58 P

Not very long because I'm super boring and eat around the same breakfast/lunches during the week.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (126,670)
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5/31/13 1:43 P

About 5 minutes, unless I spend time checking the nutritional information, which is important.

LILAFLOWER912 SparkPoints: (8,210)
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5/31/13 1:31 P

Not too long, actually. I find I stick with my plan better if I track all at once at the beginning of the day, say right after I eat breakfast. I track my breakfast and then try to map out what I'll eat for the rest of the day. If it fits into my calorie, carb,fat, and protein goals, then I go for that. Obviously you can't control everything during the day and things may come up, but it usually works!

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
5/31/13 1:14 P

It's a quick process I do every day.
I have groups set up for common food groupings that I use regularly, I also have a bunch of favorites set up.

Same for tracking exercise, I have lots of groups and favorites set up there too.

PAULIE91952 Posts: 6,169
5/31/13 12:23 P

not long I try to do it as I go along

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (147,162)
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5/31/13 12:06 P

Too long! I don't have time to run downstairs to my computer every time I I just keep a small spiral notebook handy. Low-tech can be faster than high-tech! LOL!

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NWLIFESRC Posts: 9,316
5/31/13 12:04 P

not long it's worth whatever it takes

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
5/31/13 11:58 A

Takes me all of 5 minutes tops for the entire day (spent throughout the day). The only thing that slows me down is when I'm trying to find something that I just.can't.find (I had this issue the other day with bacon, of all things).

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VCOOTS61 SparkPoints: (8,517)
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5/31/13 11:54 A

Not long but I haven't use groupings. I'm going to check that out for sure!

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JLEMUS1 Posts: 4,054
5/31/13 11:51 A

not long favorites and grouping helps..just hang in there and you will get faster.!! :-)

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KNUCKLES145 Posts: 14,058
5/31/13 9:35 A

favorites and grouping are a big time savor for me. I also like to log in my food "right away" instead of waiting. this morning I had to attempt to "recreate" yesterday's food tracking and I'm sure I missed something.

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MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,853)
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5/31/13 8:13 A

Usually not too long when I already have an idea of what I'll have throughout the day. Weekdays are easier.

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5/31/13 5:04 A

Definitely use the Groupings. Huge time saver. Takes me only a few minutes a day now.

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SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 9,719
5/30/13 11:40 P

depends on how slow my computer is running.

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5/30/13 10:11 P

Oh! I see that button now. I guess I've just been ignoring it. emoticon

ANNETTE117 Posts: 2,551
5/30/13 10:00 P

If you eat the same meal frequently or group certain sides together, you can group them together and it saves a lot of time.

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HTHY1DAYATAIME SparkPoints: (1,320)
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5/30/13 9:58 P

Groupings? What are those?

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5/30/13 9:58 P

Thank you QUOOTIE! Yes, the entered foods are such a big help!

ANNETTE117 Posts: 2,551
5/30/13 9:57 P

It gets a lot easier once you use your groupings and favorites.

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5/30/13 9:55 P

Thanks everyone! emoticon I thought it was just me. I'll emoticon

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5/30/13 9:48 P

not to long

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5/30/13 9:45 P

It takes quite a while, but it does get better, you kind of get the hang of it. Lots of foods are entered by other members so that can help too

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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,656
5/30/13 9:43 P

It used to take me forever. When you get the hang of it, it wont take so long

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HTHY1DAYATAIME SparkPoints: (1,320)
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5/30/13 9:41 P

I'm relatively new to tracking my food here on SP on a consistent basis. It seems to take me forever! I'm hoping that I will get faster at tracking my food. I've utilized the "favorites" button and that helps a lot. I like to track food multiple times a day versus logging on at night and having to track the WHOLE day lol. When I do the whole day at once it seems to take forever. Any advice? Does tracking food get easier?

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