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ROOTIHAUSMAN SparkPoints: (126,132)
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3/12/13 11:24 A

very helpful in keeping me on track

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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3/12/13 11:17 A

I record everything that crosses my teeth. I am probably considered sort of a boor when I am outside the home since I use my iPhone to track right after eating/drink anything. If so, that is too bad. Its my body, my health and I will take steps I feel are necessary to maintain it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/12/13 11:12 A

My suggestion would be to write things down.
Make a list of commonly-used items, and keep it for reference, if you need to do so.

Even if you take your laptop and just keep the list in a document there, without having to go online, it may help.

I'm sure others may have better suggestions.

AKACATE Posts: 903
3/11/13 10:49 P

Most definitely. It is my number one tool to keep me on track.

GABBIE311 SparkPoints: (3,197)
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3/11/13 12:53 P

Tracking prevents from wanting to see high caloric numbers. I am definitely more mindful about what I eat.

SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (45,888)
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3/11/13 12:43 P

Tracking is the only way to review and keep yourself straight!!

BIGISLANDWOW Posts: 647
3/11/13 11:11 A

Tracking is a fabulous "Truth-Teller". Helped me to become aware of the moments when something went into my mouth that I had not planned or really even wanted.

ELISAJANE57 Posts: 739
3/11/13 10:40 A

I lost all the weight I needed to, but I still feel like I need to track everyday. It really has been helpful for me. You have to be honest though. When I first started tracking I wasn't honest. It took me 9 months to get honest and stop cheating myself. As soon as I started honestly tracking the pounds just flew off. I realized that I really did need to measure out all my food and be accountable. The only person I was being dishonest with and cheating on was myself.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (3,932)
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3/11/13 10:28 A

Routine might help. If you have a bunch of meals/snacks that you've been eating regularly and you already know how many calories they each have, how big the correct portion is, and so on, then it'd just be a matter of mixing and matching on any given day to get the right total amount -- you won't have to guess or look things up online as much since you'll already know. And then you could still track on paper to keep yourself honest, of course.

AKATHLEEN54 Posts: 595
3/11/13 9:37 A

Tracking seems to be a key for me as well, which has me a little worried. I don't have a smart phone and in the summer I won't have my laptop as readily available. ... well not so much the laptop but I spend a lot of time at a summer house where we do not have internet access..... any other ideas how to track? I find I get lazy if I have to look it all up and right it down. I guess that's just an excuse. If that is my only option, I guess that's just what I will have to do!

MAXINOVA SparkPoints: (27,125)
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3/11/13 9:27 A

Tracking is key for me.

LUVS2WIN67 Posts: 1,060
3/11/13 9:22 A

I tracked and was successful at reaching my goal weight....then I thought I could maintain on my own without tracking. The problem (at least for me) was the little things I forgot to add in. And before I knew it, I was right back where I started. So I am back and for me it's going to be all about tracking, tracking, and then more tracking! emoticon

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (216,765)
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3/11/13 9:10 A

when I'm too busy to do any other sparking I always to my food and fitness tracking.

WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
3/11/13 9:07 A

I'm so glad I got back into tracking my calories,fitness, and water. sparkpeople makes it so easy with everything on one easy site. emoticon

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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3/11/13 8:01 A

Studies have shown that 90 percent of people do not achieve their goals due to non tracking. It works when you can see exactly what goes in your mouth

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/11/13 6:33 A

There are times I want to just throw it all in and rely on what I've learned, and then I think I'm too nervous to NOT track.

Well, I'm due to go on a business trip next week.
Last year, around the same time, with some of the same people, we met (we only do it once yearly, at the most).

So, I decided to go back in my spreadsheet (I keep a weekly track of my weight and usually measure monthly, but that's not always the case - sometimes I miss doing that).

I had been getting a little discouraged lately, because I was maintaining and not losing, but I tried to think positively by saying I was practicing for maintenance, and things would even out again when I was able to get on my bike or do more outside activities. Plus, I've been through so much stress regarding my employment situation since last fall - I was thankful I hadn't gained, instead.

So, back to my original purpose: I checked my weight as compared to the same time last year - and I'm 28 pounds less than then! I didn't even really realize it, although I did notice that the clothing I bought then is now loose on me.

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