While eating according to a different plan, a few years ago, I carried a small pocket-sized notebook everywhere and wrote down everything. My family was driven crazy, too, I believe.
Yes, it can get rather anal, but it DID work for me, and it satisfied my need to track as accurately as possible.
I don't know what may work for you. Some people use their phones to track things; Others use the method as above. Try not to become too obsessive (like I think perhaps I was). If you pre-plan; track it before it's eaten. You can always go back and modify the amounts if you don't eat it, eventually
Even if I forget to do it on the day, I try to add it in at a later date. It's not that hard to remember roughly what you ate. Even if you don't get it exactly right, you must have a pretty good idea of what you had so put in everything you can remember. The longer you're doing this, the better you'll get at judging weights and measures, even if you don't get to weigh/measure them at the time.
I track no matter how busy I am. It only takes about a minute to track an entire meal unless I have to add a recipe to the recipe site, in which case it takes about five minutes. With my phone's browser and the mobile app, I pretty much never lack access to the site in some form or another, but when it happens I just jot my meals down on a piece of paper and add them later. That said, I do neglect to track once in a blue moon, usually when I'm traveling or engaging in some sort of celebration or holiday. I just start back up the next day.
When I started here, I was really anal retentive. I *had* to track daily and if I missed a day, I felt that all my records were messed up because they were no longer accurate. I tracked everything down to black pepper. If I forgot to weigh in on Sunday and did it on Monday instead, I was totally mad because it felt like my calendar was totally ruined. I didn't care about spark points and streaks and whatnot, but I felt that I had failed in my recordkeeping and I was sure it was going to have some sort of negative repercussions.
Well, that was exhausting and stressful, and on top of that I was wrong. One missed tracking day, one small inconsistency in caloric totals, or one delayed weigh-in will not mess anything up. It's all a matter of patterns and averages, and if you're making smart choices most of the time, it will be fine. I've had to take several breaks from SP (not the habits, just the tracking) just to keep myself from getting too wrapped up in the mechanics of the site. That has drawbacks too (I do much better when I'm tracking), but it has helped me stay motivated and stave off my OCD tendencies in regards to records.
Basically, dust yourself off and move forward because there's really no need to worry about it. :)
I pre-track my planned meals then check in at night to make any adjustments that happened during the day
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I make it a point to track on a daily basis. It's a little tough on the weekends, but first thing in the morning I log in to track my water intake at 8 glasses. That's my daily goal and at least I checked in. During weekdays I track my food as I eat it but on the weekends I normally check in at the end of my evening to track the food I ate that day.
I've been doing this for at least 2 months and now it's become a habit.
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