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KAREEP SparkPoints: (4,410)
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12/24/13 11:04 P

It is really illuminating to see how far off track of my goals I can get just eating "normally". I have to track because I do not naturally or intuitively eat 1200 calories a day.

MAJONES1225 Posts: 6,535
12/24/13 10:22 P

To stay on track

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CLAYARTIST Posts: 3,277
12/24/13 9:38 P

no

FAITHFULGIRL2 SparkPoints: (5,706)
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12/24/13 9:26 P

Because if I know it will make me go over my goals, I won't eat it.

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
12/24/13 8:58 P

Because it keeps me honest !

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ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (151,015)
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12/24/13 8:36 P

Because it keeps me in check

MADLILA SparkPoints: (48,793)
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12/24/13 6:51 P

I agree, tracking is a great tool. I try to plan my meals in advance so I can avoid overeating. Holiday season can be more difficult, but by tracking I can see where to make adjustments.

KAB7801 SparkPoints: (83,315)
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12/24/13 5:05 P

I would love to be able to put my days meals in, I'll try
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WOUBBIE Posts: 6,828
12/24/13 1:43 P

I don't count calories, but I do count carbs. It's often been a shock to find where sugar and starch are hiding!

The best use of tracking is to track BEFORE you eat things (plan your day, in other words), and then you can budget for what else you can eat that day, and stop a binge before it starts.

This is a marathon, not a sprint.
VAINVT Posts: 2,626
12/24/13 12:25 P

Tracking makes me accountable and keeps me honest.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
12/24/13 11:58 A

ha ha yeah...I had to triple check to make sure I read it right, not 250 for 5 pieces...250 per little tiny piece!

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DFMJ1234 SparkPoints: (18)
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12/24/13 11:51 A

oh my!!!!!! i really need to read labels.

LURLANN SparkPoints: (25,592)
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12/24/13 11:35 A

For the last 3 months, I have tracked so that I could get into the habit of it. Now, I am tracking to be accountable and to see where I stand so that I stay within my calorie range.

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DIANNEMT Posts: 8,441
12/24/13 11:27 A

I have taken a cookie from some of the platters that seem to be everywhere--and taken a bite. Hmm--just okay, not great at all. I TOSSED OUT the cookie instead of eating it--wasn't worth the calories! I NEVER throw out food so this was HUGE. I track EVERYTHING.

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EELPIE Posts: 2,700
12/24/13 10:45 A

I've got a funny one. Yesterday I was given a small box of truffles - 5 in the box. I was hungry and hadn't had candy or chocolate in ages. I didn't really look at the box, just unwrapped and ate the 5 pieces. I *knew* I'd end up still in about my daily range, no biggie, right?

I grabbed the little box to put the wrappers in...and that was when I noticed it. The nutrition label on the back. I never even thought to look, on that small of a box, and how many calories, really, could those little 5 pieces have anyway?

Each piece:

Calories: 250
Total Fat: 19
Sat. Fat: 15
Carbs: 16

Yeah. That 5 minutes of chocolate bliss was 1250 calories, and about 2x my daily allowance of fat.

Ah well...you live, you learn :)



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REMAREIS Posts: 41
12/24/13 10:40 A

Works for me

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (324,949)
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12/24/13 10:21 A

Tracking is one of the simplest ways to make yourself accountable.

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LORAS67 Posts: 3,795
12/24/13 9:51 A

Same here.

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THEIS58 SparkPoints: (154,720)
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12/24/13 9:39 A

So very important!

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (140,075)
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12/24/13 9:28 A

When I don't track, I can trick myself into believing I'm losing... even when I've actually gained a pound or two.

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CHEWYMAMA69 Posts: 718
12/24/13 9:17 A

Tracking means accountability. It is easy to ignore the extra piece of candy, but if you track accurately you can not forget.

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MOLLYSGAN Posts: 479
12/24/13 9:15 A

Nothing can work, if you are not ready to commit to it, like everything else in life, you hold the key.

STARMONICA SparkPoints: (108,736)
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12/24/13 8:56 A

control my eating in a resoneble range

CARRIELYN56 Posts: 2,260
12/24/13 8:38 A

accountability works for me!

...one step at a time....
BECONSISTENT SparkPoints: (161,107)
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12/24/13 8:37 A

Tracking lets me see when I not eating right.

HOLLYM48 SparkPoints: (149,847)
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12/24/13 8:27 A

I track even in maintenance because it keeps me accountable. Almost 6 months in and I have lost a little but I have not gained.

I can do it!!
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CALLME3NI SparkPoints: (29,382)
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12/24/13 8:01 A

tracking helped me to lose 20 pounds in a little over a year, and keep most of it off since. sometimes i obsess and worry about it, and that's something i'm trying to remedy. but i don't think i'd be able to maintain without keeping track, even though i'm more knowledgable about portion sizes, etc.

"My mind is in my work, but my heart is on the dance floor."

"Progress isn't a straight line."

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SIMPLYPATTI SparkPoints: (24,951)
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12/24/13 7:58 A

To keep me focused on my goals.

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210014631 SparkPoints: (35,573)
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12/24/13 7:33 A

keeps me in line - I like to plan ahead

SIZE8NOTSOMUCH Posts: 677
12/24/13 7:29 A

I have to remind myself all the time, it's about the math! 3500 calories = 1 pound. the AVERAGE person burns about 2000 per day. If you reduce the amount of calories you bring in, and increase your activity... Both of which you can do with the trackers, it really does make it much easier...

SHOOPETTE SparkPoints: (89,216)
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12/24/13 7:28 A

To make you realize that you REALLY don't need this extra cookie :)

KCBUCKEYE1 SparkPoints: (19,519)
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12/24/13 6:59 A

Tracking my food intake and exercise made me accountable and was the key in 2913 to my 35 lb weight-loss. As I hit my zone 140-145 I'm less obsessed about writing down every bite and measuring my helpings but I now have a good eye for portion size and still track my exercise

STRICKLER31 SparkPoints: (47,228)
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12/24/13 6:57 A

I lost 61 pounds by tracking, and don't think I could have done it without tracking regularly! emoticon

61.5 pounds lost.
TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 4,618
12/24/13 5:40 A

i think tracking is a good idea.

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PANFRIEDTROUT Posts: 3,971
12/20/13 11:07 A

Tracking food and fitness is important for me to stay on track. It shows me patterns (or ruts) I'm getting into and is a way for my friends to help me stay accountable.

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MAMA2FOURKIDDOS SparkPoints: (15,575)
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12/19/13 4:19 P

Most people underestimate their caloric intake and overestimate their calories burned. Calorie tracking is a necessary component to weight loss.

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NOBLEEQUESTRIAN SparkPoints: (5,453)
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12/19/13 3:54 P

I don't track everyday. Studies show that tracking your food regularly becomes addictive and, over time, unhelpful and obsessive.

Instead, I track when I'm concerned I'm eating too much/too little, or not getting in certain nutrients.

SISSY_24 SparkPoints: (30,303)
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12/19/13 8:24 A

Tracking seams the only way to keep me accountable!

MCWHIRTER1952 SparkPoints: (1,668)
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12/18/13 4:48 P

emoticon smile. I hhave been on a diet for so long I would not know what would be something good. as for as a treat goes it need not be big or exciting. smile.

smile. enjoy life.
COO_KIE SparkPoints: (45,827)
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12/18/13 3:29 P

I track, not so much for the total calories, but to be sure I am eating balanced. Sure, in my head I can figure quickly that 4 pieces of fudge takes less calories than I am allowed for the day. But, tracking one piece of fudge tells me I have already used up 411 calories, 75 grams of carbs and have very little protein to show for it.
By the middle of the day, I know whether I should be having more chicken on my plate to get protein, or if I am good on protein, I can plan vegetable soup and crackers. At the end of the day, I can see if I need a glass of skim milk, or an orange, or even peanut butter on celery to keep my foods in range. And, yes, I can see if I can fit in that treat I have been craving, or if I need to plan around that treat tomorrow.

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MLEHTO SparkPoints: (66,349)
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12/17/13 1:58 P

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I track because it keeps me honest and it helps to keep my nutrition goals in front of me. Two of my nutrition goals are at least 60 grams of protein and day and 5 fruits and vegetables a day. If I don't track, I lose track. emoticon

SUPERMODEL2BE SparkPoints: (14,116)
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12/17/13 12:40 P

I track 2 days a week

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EELPIE Posts: 2,700
12/16/13 10:18 P

Ha ha..I didn't either at first! I was like "Ah...that's b.s."

I was just kinda guessing at amounts and content (calories, fat, etc.). Boy, was I waaaaay off!

Seeing my amounts during the day help me make decisions as to my next meal or snack choices.



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SARAHSTEELIO SparkPoints: (4,035)
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12/16/13 10:04 P

I am 100% sure that my resistance to tracking has been the major obstacle in my weight-loss journey.. until NOW. I recently (as in, the last 72 hours) realized that I didn't want to write down what I was eating because I didn't want to know! I was in such denial about what I ate, but I knew deep down it was too much; I didn't want to be honest with myself and I made up a million excuses (it's too much trouble, it doesn't matter anyway, and my personal favorite: I don't want to be one of THOSE people). Now I track EVERYTHING. In fact, I realize that I forgot to add my latte from this afternoon so I'm off to do that right now!

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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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12/16/13 9:55 P

If you don't track, you miss the opportunity to learn over time about what really works for you and what does not.

Due to metabolic problems, I have to be incredibly strict if I want to lose weight or even maintain...and tracking makes that more realistic. I have taken breaks and I sometimes make estimates instead of tracking with absolute precision...but I would say that my tracking is at least 95% accurate.

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SANDRASHINES Posts: 332
12/16/13 9:25 P

Tracking is my foundation

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
12/16/13 6:17 P

I track. Maybe when I get into maintenance I will see how I do without it.

It makes me totally accountable, at the end of the day the numbers don't lie.

The best exercise in the world is to bend down and help someone up.
MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,130
12/16/13 5:59 P

It helps, on days I don't track it seems to translate into a free for all.



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12/16/13 3:41 P

I track because it's information. Information is knowledge and knowledge is power. I had no idea how much I was eating until I started tracking.

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CLGALINDO Posts: 171
12/16/13 7:45 A

Why? It helps me not go off the rails. Accountability is everything and mindless eating put me at risk in the first place. I'm at goal and continue to track because it helps every time.

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