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JADATRACK
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4/4/13 1:35 P

Congrats on the weight loss! Everyone here has given some great advice. The only other thing I would recommend is to make a list of your commonly eaten foods with the calories and nutrients and keep it in your journal, especially unpackaged foods like vegetables . That way you won't have to look up the foods every time you eat them or include them in a recipe.



BRITTTURTLE
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4/4/13 12:51 P

Are you only tracking calories or nutrients as well? If you want to track nutrients, it's a little more complicated as you will have to look up each individual food. In that case, it may be better to just input on Spark People. However, if you are just tracking the food items then just write down each meal and beverage!



INDYTRACKMOM
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4/4/13 11:59 A

I have problems tracking my food, I have journals but forget to write in what, how much, and times



KARA623
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4/4/13 11:32 A

When I first started my WLJ, I purchased the journal at Weight Watchers. But you can make your own. Just use a notebook and have columns for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2-3 snacks. Also, keep track of the number of glasses of water you have. I liked having columns to fill in rather than just writing everything down as I went, but I also planned out my day in advance - still do.

The point is to do what works best for you. Sounds like tracking online isn't good for you because you can't do it every day, and it sounds like using your phone doesn't work. A good old-fashioned journal will work. Just find one that you like, and be consistent. Consistency is the key. Planning in advance and then just checking it off as the day went worked very well for me for a good long time before I started doing it online. Good luck!

Edited by: KARA623 at: 4/4/2013 (11:32)


PAMLICO-DAZE
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4/4/13 10:12 A

I just use the tools on SparkPeople.



FP4HLOSER
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4/4/13 9:42 A

I have the app but I never use it anymore. It used to be free but now if you get it they charge for it. I am on the laptop almost every day so I have been tracking her but I am thinking of going back to my paper journal.
You could track in a notebook and fill in online later if you want to see how many calories, etc.



PROUD__MOMMA
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4/3/13 5:29 P

Do you have a smart phone? You can download the app :)



SIMPLYME160
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4/3/13 4:58 P

Thanks, I use a shared computer and here about once or twice a week. I tried the journal here, but it would be much easier if they had a page that the meals and snacks are blank so I could type in my own food instead of going through groups and lists and "selecting". I use another plan other than the one listed. I love everything else about the site and have lost 20 lbs so far.



DIDS70
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4/3/13 1:10 P

How often do you get on SP? If it is once a week or maybe twice a week, then yes use the notebook to write down the foods and amounts. Then put it into SP.
Say down the road, whatever you are doing is not working for you anymore and you want advice from fellow members. You do have the ability to open your trackers to the members and maybe they can help or even the coaches can help out. But if you just write it out in a notebook, you are really the only person who sees it.

I also have a journal as I don't track on SP as often as every day. But I will add my food in as time goes on.
sp has a phone app as well that you can use. That may help as well.



LOVEMOUSE82
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4/2/13 9:04 P

Hmmmm I sure do prefer the one here on spark....but if you prefer writing in a journal, maybe take a look at what sparkpeople tracks and try to mimic how they record things. I would maybe go ahead and put in all your weight goal and exercise info to see how many calories, carbs, fat, and protein you have in your ranges, and then follow that. Write things down exactly as you would on spark, and write down how many of those 4 nutrients you accumulate to see that you are in your ranges. That's where I would start. But in order to be accurate you might still need to make use of sparks tracker if for nothing else to simply look up the foods you are eating and see how many calories, carbs, fat, and protein they contain. That is actually easier than trying to look everything up yourself on every food...and then spark will actually do the addition for you if you put things in so it still really seems easier to just use sparks....but again, if writing in a journal, just make sure you are aiming for the highest accuracy possible I the numbers.



SIMPLYME160
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4/2/13 8:09 P

I bought a cute notebook that I plan on using as a food journal to keep track of my food/water intake for the day. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make/arrange one? The one here on spark is nice but I'm not on everyday to track my food so I prefer a written journal I can look back on.



 
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