It isn't as hard now that I have developed my favorites list. Remember that when you find something in a search, check the box to have it added to your favorites. Then the things you eat all the time are easy to find and you only have to go to the general search now and then.
Another thing I just discovered this past week: When you are in your favorites tab, you can type a word for what you are looking for and the listings with that word will show up. No having to scroll through it all. You can check it and search your next item. The first item remains checked and so on until you hit the "add to tracker" button. That has really made entering easier and faster.
You can also create meal groups for those things you eat the same all the time. If you have favorite recipes, you can calculate the calories at sparkrecipes.com and add that food to your favorites list.
I got some really good advice from the people in this message board. I really appreciate the insight and the willingness to help here. Thank you guys so much. I know that is a lifestyle change and not a diet and I am working hard to make it a good thing and not something I dread like I would a diet. Tracking is tedious but I'm learning short cuts, like saving foods in my favorites and keeping nutrition info on recipies I've liked and kept. I can do this. I wont make it a battle, it's not going to be easy but I'm not going to fight it. Just accept it as my new life and be happy and HEALTHY!
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7/15/13 7:34 A
I try to track all the time (sans when I went on vacation) and sometimes tracking absolutely sucks. There are two reasons why tracking can be no fun for me; one is I ate terribly during the day and two is the time it can take to track. I did see a quote and it was "Your body keeps track of what you eat even if you don't". I try my hardest to track consistently and tracking has helped me immensely on my way to a healthier lifestyle. Good Luck!
Fitness Minutes: (67,472)
7/15/13 12:08 A
It sounds like you are still thinking that there are "bad" foods and "good" foods and that may be the problem. I think that is a mindset that just leads to "falling off the wagon" when it comes to changing our eating habits.
One thing that has contributed to my success this time around (never gotten this far before) is seeing what I'm doing differently. I'm not on a diet, I'm learning how to make better choices and make it a lifestyle. This means, for me, that there aren't bad choices, just learning how to make the choices I want work in my plan. Yes, I have days when I go over, but they are planned and I try to compensate with more workouts or eating at the bottom of my range other days of the week. It's a balancing act over time, and it's how healthy weight people who never had a weight problem naturally do it. I am learning how to do that.
Fitness Minutes: (40,353)
25,639 7/14/13 4:05 A
When I committed to tracking, I committed to tracking it ALL, warts and all. Who are we going to fool? Not ourselves, because we KNOW we have eating something or excessively. And it doesn't matter whether we fool others or not - it isn't them trying to lose the weight!
I always write the weights of mine as I eat them, then add them into the Nutrition Tracker 3-4x a day - EVEN when I have eaten a WHOLE packet of biscuits!! It is the only way I can stay where I need to be. Also, because of this, I reached my goal nearly 3 years ago. Without having been so committed to including everything, even a 10 calorie sweet, I would never have lost weight in the first place!
Mind over matter, and it certainly DOES matter!
Fitness Minutes: (44,992)
160 7/13/13 3:53 P
I've felt like that many times myself, especially if I've been at a reception or some place where I know it will be difficult to find out how many calories are in something... or it will be hard to remember what I've grazed thru. The advantage of tracking though, especially when you don't want to, is that you can look back later when you're in the groove and see how far you've come. I wish I had been doing that before I started SparkPeople to see what the difference is between then and now. It isn't a matter of being perfect or being embarrassed by what you eat. It's just a strategy to help you reach your goal. No one is going to see it but you. That said, if it helps to start with one meal each day - do what works best for you. Also, probably a big difference between tracking food and tracking exercise is that there are so many more foods than there are different types of exercises. You are placing foods in your Favorites that you're likely to eat again, aren't you? Best of luck!
LENATROXTELL88, Thanks for the advice about tracking one meal then working my way up. I think this is a great idea! I'm going to make that one of my goals. Track one meal a day for a week and then go up to two the next week and so on. Thanks again!
7/13/13 11:13 A
I think tracking food can be hard because then there is PROOF of what we have eaten. The thing is the research shows people who track their food lose more weight. Once you begin tracking you can see what is going on with your food intake. It can be hard to do, trust me there are days when I have been like ummm I just wont track that. Even if you just start by tracking one meal everyday then two, maybe that will help. Good luck and keep working hard!
To tell you the truth, I don't know why I find it so difficult but I have the hardest time tracking food. I do great tracking exercise but not the food. If I eat something bad then I convince myself not to track it and just "start over" from there... Help!
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