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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,699
4/15/13 8:26 P

For many members, they enter their "rotating" breakfasts and lunches as a grouping so it is much easier to add time and time again....then all you really have to focus on are the evening meals. Even these can have some groups such as : 3 ounces fish, 1/2 cup fruit, 1/2 cup veggie, 1/2 cup grain.

ERICADURR Posts: 241
4/15/13 7:02 P

I personally like to do mine the day before if I can, because it gives me something to look forward to, allows me to make sure everything is within range, AND allows me the opportunity to go under, just in case I want to have a "treat" sometime during the day. :)

TWILLIAMS82 SparkPoints: (3,985)
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4/15/13 4:55 P

I sympathize; it's a lot to do, especially when you're already busy. For what it's worth, here's what works for me because for moi at least, be accountable for what I eat is crucial.
1: I use a notebook and not an online tracker. That way I can jot in it anywhere I happen to be and it takes seconds, instead of trying to wait for access to my computer, then logging in, blah blah blah.
2: When I'm watching what I eat, I go for simplicity, ie: a piece of baked chicken, a small potato, and green beans, vs: a plate of lasagne or some other difficult to measure dish.
3: I also eat less variety than when I am not trying to lose weight. That way you are not as tempted to eat as much, you also know quickly off the top of your head what the calorie count is.
4. I tally up my total calories before supper so I know what I have to work with the rest of the day. I keep a mental goal however for each meal and snack in regards to calories.
Hope that helps a little!

PIRATEKING Posts: 458
4/15/13 3:58 P

I am on Day 100 of my fitness program and I am struggling so much to track food/calories.
I just hate doing it.

During my first 10 weeks, I just kept myself focused on the fitness side of the program to get used to working out and not overwhelming myself with too many things to track. For the last few weeks I have been trying to add the focus on the food aspect, but I am struggling.

Over all I am much better at choosing better options and portion control (my personal struggle), but I just can not get myself to track food everyday... or even every other day.... I think the most I did was twice in the same week once..... Our house cooks from scratch all the time so every meal takes forever to enter.

I am already giving myself rewards every 25days for sticking to my fitness plan... I don't even know how I could work in rewards for food tracking.... I know all the benefits of tracking food, and know that I will be even more successful with getting fit IF I do it - but the knowledge is not enough to get me to do it. I even paid for the sparkpeople app so it's on my phone by my side all day. I don't have any reasons not to do it except that I hate it.

Ideas? Suggestions?


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