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An article of interest : Lose Weight Like a Guy - Self. com

Friday, November 05, 2010


I'm in the process of making up my collage and so have been browsing through magazines etc. I found a very interesting article in the November 2010 issue of Self.

I'm trying to post a link but all I can do is post something you can copy and paste into your browser.


Here is a quick summary of what the article said:
1. Have a one track mind and focus on one area to change at a time.
2. Grunt, groan and sweat - they signal intensity which is better than slow and steady
3. Act oblivious to the exercisers around you. Focus on what you are doing and not what you look like.
4. Feed your ego. Ego is a powerful motivator...brag of your success.
5. Ditch the dinner drama - treat food as fuel and eat because you are hungry not out of stress or boredom.
6. Pump Iron. Strength training revs your metabolism
7. Don't overthink - just do it!
8. Eat real food! Not those low-calorie treats, or diet foods. Fill up on satisfying , real food.
9. Care about your stats - men tend to supplement their look-better goals with performance-based ones
10. Be a bit studly - apparently guys rarely doubt that they are going to succeed.

I can really relate with numbers 1 and 7 because I tend to over think everything and try to change too much at one time. Also, I'm guilty over not treating food as fuel. Sometimes I focus too much on calories instead of nutritional content.

Anyway, I thought this would be a great read for us female Sparkers!

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TEMPEST272002 11/6/2010 12:05AM

    Interesting article. I agree with almost all of it. I've especially converted to sweating and eating lots of real food. The only one I question is "don't overthink it, just do it!" For me, thinking through the why's of my overeating has been critical to making the necessary changes. Women do tend to ruminate more on our inner lives - I think it's a strength, not a weakness. Of course, all this thinking should be done in conjunction with healthy doses of 4 & 10!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/5/2010 10:40PM

    1. Good idea. Women tend to be into wholesale change once they get started.
2. In a way I disagree. Too much too fast very well may mean you have to quit.
3. Funny, I just told my daughter today that exercise tends to be a narcissistic act. We're so focused on what we're doing that we don't pay much attention to what's going on around us. (She was worried about being the only fat person at the gym.)
5. Sorry. Food is much more than fuel to me. I'm not going to pretend it isn't.
6. Pump Iron. I do.
7. Don't overthink - just do it! Amen
8. Yes. See my comment on 5.
9. Now that I'm close to my goal weight, I'm realizing how important performance goals are.
10. Or be a bit slutty. It's a new way to look at oneself.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/5/2010 8:40PM

    lol in my house! that more EAT like the WOMAN, the man is going the opposite (chk out my recent blog on the subject!) LMAO

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HOPEFULANGE 11/5/2010 5:48PM

    I like "Eat Real Food!" My mother and my sister both think I'm dieting and eating rabbit food and say "they could never do that". I think I've had 2 salads since starting spark!

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JHADZHIA 11/5/2010 5:04PM

    I am so into what this article suggests! I am in my own little world when I work out, and I do grimace, etc. when pushing on the machines because I am trying my hardest. When I look around when I am on the recovery pads at Curves, I see very few women putting any effort into their workouts. Chatting, barely going through a range of motion, its more of a social thing with them. I am guessing this is why I never get talked to, as the look on my face concentrating and pushing hard must scare them off LOL.
I was never into diet things, hate them! Its the real deal for me. I actually look for the yogurt with the most fat because I am always low on it. I eat mostly raw fruits and veggies and am always scrambling to make up the fat and fiber.
My cheese has to be old and high fat ;), I think those processed slices taste exactly like rubber lol. My popcorn has to have butter on it, too dry otherwise (I only eat it at Mom's where I can watch movies on her TV, I don't have any at home). I enjoy my dark 90% cocoa chocolate (in moderation).
I never think about what I have to do -I just get at it, to procrastinate means to think up an excuse not to do it!
This sure resonates with me! They always called me a tom boy lol! I always like male dominated activities like paintball, knife collecting and was really into army things and would have joined, but flunked the medical :(
Enjoy your Friday!!

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Branching out

Thursday, November 04, 2010


Hope you are all doing well and are somehow embracing the start of yet another month. I'm doing well and for the past few days have actually managed to drink my 8 glasses of water. I think I have a path to the washroom at work beaten down but I'm hoping my body will soon get used to the increased fluids.

I bought another coat today but before you all think I'm a "fashionista" (not really sure how to spell that), let me assure you that my last purchase of a similar style coat was 6 years ago and was size 2x. It was on sale at Lands' End and I bought it through the mail. It was my first black coat in my life and now it is still fine but I'm very proud to say is too big for me. It also attracts dog fur like glue but that is my life story.

Anyway, today I bought myself a softshell type coat for walking. It is still a XXL but is a trim fit. I actually think it is too snug but I think I'm so used to having my clothes BIG that I no longer know what fits me!

So, what is so special about buying a coat? Nothing, really. But the fact that I bought my first item of red clothing in 44 years is a breakthrough! I'm a redhead and always felt my hair somehow clashed with red but when I tried this coat on it made my face look brighter.

I'm sort of the mindset that we can wear any colours we want as long as we have the confidence to do so, but I've always wore rather drab colours. Now, I'm stepping up a notch...a blue dress coat several weeks ago and now a reddish one! Oh yeah, and I bought my very first pair of dangly earrings today. I usually wear discreet studs or simple hoops but I'm branching out and I'm loving the me I'm turning into.

Thanks again for reading! Happy Sparking!

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LESLIES537 11/5/2010 12:30PM

    Good for you!! Being a redhead myself, I've shyed away from oranges and reds in the past like you...but when I did finally buy a red shirt I got SO many compliments on it and everybody raved about how good that color looked on me! I think it's great you're branching out and adding some color into your wardrobe. I'm sure it looks fabulous on you!! I want pics!
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JLITT62 11/5/2010 5:32AM

    I love to hear that you're breaking out into colors!

I think we all go thru this: we own a lot of black cause a) we think it makes us look thinner and b) we think it makes us blend in more.

And then we start to get some confidence back, and suddenly we want color!

I knew I did this. I didn't think my wardrobe was that bad, really, I love purple after all, but I found there was a whole lot of black in it -- and while black has its place, boy, I was getting sick of it.

Good job!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/4/2010 10:16PM

    woohoo! awesome ;p show it off walking

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/4/2010 9:31PM

    It sounds like you are letting your light shine. Personally, I've always loved red. And I have worn it on top with the theory that if I make the top look larger, the bottom looks smaller. I'm glad you've discovered the joy of bright colors. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/4/2010 7:23PM

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That is fantastic! As a redhead, I wouldn't be caught dead in red, orange or pink! I think you are very brave to want to wear that color! I have a very ruddy complexion, so I have always worn dull colors to tone it down a bit. Black is my favorite and sets off redhair so strikingly. You probably are looking fantastic in it!

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Rabbit snares - the continuation

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


This is in response to yesterday's blog in which I mentioned that I dismantle any rabbit snares I see in the area where we walk our dogs off leash.

Thanks to everybody who backed me up on this one and a special thanks to RIMAJO who mentioned the other side to this story.

The point I'm making is not that I would tear up rabbit snares everywhere (well, maybe I would, but that's just me) but in areas close to residental areas I don't think they should be allowed.

Newfoundland is blessed to have miles and miles of uninhabited forest in which people can do what they please. Our homeless population is extremely low (thank goodness) and we are known as a very generous province. We were the "have-not" province for years and years but always came out on top with donations to charity and the ability to dig deeper into our pockets to help our fellow man.

Practically nothing in Newfoundland (with regards to land) is privately owned which is what makes this a truly great place to live. Of course there are government regulations as to what you can do in the woods, lakes, rivers, ponds, and ocean but for the most part we are very fortunate.

I would be the first one to support somebody if they are down on their luck. It is like the infamous Newfoundland seal hunt which brings alot of negative attention to our province every sealing season. I think that if the sealers are going to eat the seals as a way to stay alive then it is okay but I truly disagree with the ones who are in it for the seal pelts.

Anyway, I'm off track. I'm going to post a sign asking people to be aware of the problem in this particular area and suggest they set their slips in areas that aer not used by people walking their pets and small children.

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TEMPEST272002 11/4/2010 4:04PM

    Went back & read your other post. I absolutely agree with removing the traps. These kinds of traps should not be placed in residential areas. I know many people who hunt/trap for food & I don't object to it in general. BUT these kind of traps are too indiscriminate and it's not ok to keep killing/maiming family pets by "accident".

I wonder if, since you're close to a residential area, it's kids or teens setting the traps. As a kid, a lot of our food our family caught ourselves, so I had these skills. Most hunters I know ARE conscious of safety & humane practices, but kids might not be thinking about it.

If you have a conservation office in your area, I would suggest you call them and make a complaint.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/3/2010 5:53PM

    Hopefully, the signs will work both as a gentle reprimand for the perpetrators and as a warning to those walking in the area.

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OLDERDANDRT 11/3/2010 12:14PM

    Great idea posting the sign! And btw, RIMAJO is usually full of great ideas and seeing "the other side" ! Bless her!
I see it, too and think you have found a great way to deal. But glad you are still "tripping the traps" so to speak. They are dangerous to more than the intended prey.
Sounds like you live in a really nice place.


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RIMAJO 11/3/2010 10:36AM

    Thank-you Susan, for your kind words.. & thank-you for NOT taking offense to my prior post.. I have to admit, I was a little concerned in how you might take the heart of my message. I think the sign is a great idea & hope it turns the situation around for the greater good! Win/win is most certainly an achievable goal. I do love how you love & care for the animals.. I wish I could do that too, but with allergies, it just isn't possible.

Have a great day & best wishes with your plan!

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GAYLE-G-63 11/3/2010 8:52AM

    Great idea about the signs.

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JHADZHIA 11/3/2010 8:24AM

    I so am glad you are going to post a sign. Hopefully, that will take care of it, if it is someone doing it for food..Keeping fingers crossed..

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OUBACHE 11/3/2010 8:11AM

    Again. I 100% agree with your views.

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Who agrees with me.....

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


As most of you know, I'm an animal lover and love to spend an hour or so each day walking my dogs off leash. We have a lovely spot to walk and it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Along that road, there is a dirt road leading to nowhere which has sort of grown in but which the dogs seem to love. For it is there they find the scents and sounds of rabbits, squirrels, and birds to keep them occupied.

I've been walking there off and on for many years but over the past year or so have noticed somebody is setting out rabbit snares. For those who don't know, rabbit snares are pieces of wire tied in a noose-like formation which tightens and strangles rabbits (and other animals!) when they run through them.

Last year, my husband and I decided we would remove any snares we found and now I do it everytime I walk that way. The person or persons setting the snares also puts up flagging tape and I've started removing that or moving it to other areas to fool them up. I've even got my mother doing this when she joins me!

Am I bad for doing this? I know Newfoundlanders have hunted and eaten rabbits for many years but I feel that they should stick to areas that aren't used by dog walkers or in areas where household cats can get caught. Goodness knows we have enough forested areas on our island that they could set their snares away from communities. There are so many little animals (many are pets) getting caught in these snares and either dying a slow death or ending up escaping with the wire so tight that the affected limb has to be amputated.

I really don't think I'm bad but I'm sure some would disagree! I'm going to keep at it anyway. Just intereste in hearing your opinions.

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    well,being from Newfoundland myself I have to say this. My grandfather and father both set snares. Both men done it to put food on the table for there families. If it were not for the animals that they caught in these snares, I am sorry to say that they would have done without food, especially for my grandfather. So it was a means of survival for both men.
With this said they always....and I mean ALWAYS went far enough in the woods that the only possible they could cat was wild animals and not domestic. I think if you continue to remove these snares that your fellow newfoundlander will catch on and realize that they are being removed to due safety issues and not just someone out tearing up there "traps"....and if not leave a little note and a shot of screech in good faith. emoticon

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VIXEN2188 11/3/2010 12:02PM

    If it isn't personal property and it it mostly a dog walk or people area I agree. I love animals as well and I prob would do the same thing. I wouldn't want my dog getting stuck in a trap when it should be a safe place to roam for them.

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OUBACHE 11/3/2010 8:10AM

    I am in complete agreement. I can't stand the thought of any animal suffering, but the idea of someones small dog or a cat getting into a trap like that is almost more than I can bear. Leg traps are maybe even more horrible. If someone has to hunt, they should take great pains (no pun intended) to ensure the animal does not have to suffer.

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LINDAGRAVEL 11/2/2010 10:21PM

    agree with you

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/2/2010 10:15PM

    if it is not private property then I agree. I would also research the laws in your area. There might be something the law can do to help you.

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RIMAJO 11/2/2010 9:45PM

    I'm not sure what I think on that one. On the one hand, I understand your feelings & respect them.. On the other, when I think on all the people that have lost jobs in recent years & to some extent - are not eating as well, or making ends meet - it makes me wonder what their situation is to drive them to do this. Are they trying to feed hungry children? Are they live on limited means? Or is it really just for sport? I don't know & thats why I'm hesitant to take sides. Perhaps folks aren't struggling as much in your area as they are in parts of the US.. I just hope that whatever you do, it ends up truly being the right & best thing for everyone.
A few days ago, my FIL learned he has a homeless guy living off his land.. in a tent on a far corner of his property. He didn't know how to handle the situation. The guy is already homeless & down on his luck (lost his job, his home, etc). He decided that if the guy was that desperate, he could stay. While it worries me for my FIL.. I gave thanks that his heart was big enough to show compassion to the guy & leave him be. What I'm trying to say, is that sometimes things may not be as they seem.. (desperate people do desperate things & this sounds pretty desperate) you can try to investigate this further & make an informed decision, or do what you want & let whoever to figure out a new way to find food for himself, or his family.

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OLDERDANDRT 11/2/2010 9:20PM

    emoticonI'm with you 200% More even!! What a shame they wouldn't think that that area would be detrimental to domesticated animals, besides killing and maming so many wild ones!! Yes, I would think they have plenty other places they can trap and snare and all that nasty stuff. I know hunting is a popular and accepted thing to do, but not by me! Prefer my critters wild and breathing and intact if possible!!!
Just be careful! Someone may be looking to find who is tripping their snares, etc. and it could become dangerous! Be careful!!!

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SHERRYTOO 11/2/2010 9:15PM

    Keep it up!

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JHADZHIA 11/2/2010 8:50PM

    For sure I agree. Maybe you could post a sign of your own, asking to please not put the snares in this area as its used by off leash pets who could get hurt in them. If they don't heed it, I would be concerned that maybe this is a malicious act..

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WILLOWWINDS 11/2/2010 7:58PM

    If the property isn't owned I definately agree with you.
Any harmless animal can get caught in it.

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REMEMBER2BME 11/2/2010 7:53PM

    Can't help it, I agree completely. Especially, no doubt if this is not their own private property. It is is not they should not be putting them there.


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DISTAN 11/2/2010 7:17PM

    I agree

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How do YOU keep track of your exercise, nutrition and other goals

Monday, November 01, 2010

Happy November 1st! Not that there is anything special about today but I figured if I wished you all a Happy Day, it would make at least some of you smile!

I've got a question and I'm looking for some great answers. I'm wondering how each of you tracks your exercise, nutrition and other goals.

Do you sit at the computer every few hours and log your information in?
Do you try to remember what you ate several hours later and enter it then?
Do you keep a tally on a calendar and enter the information every few days or once a week?

I'm really struggling with staying consistent with my recording the information. I find I'm wasting a lot of time I could be exercising by checking out the Spark website several times a day and once there I easily get sidetracked! The next thing a hour has gone by and I still haven't logged in my information and it is time to get supper, walk the dogs, run errands, etc.

I've just purchased a perpetual calendar from Spark and I am thinking about hanging that in our kitchen to scrawl on and then recording my information on the computer once or twice a week. That way, I'd be able to check out Spark on a daily basis for blogs, messages, challenges etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I would love to hear them!

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 11/2/2010 12:05PM

    I try to track as soon as I am done. If for some reason I am in a hurry or I am away from the computer, I have a journal that a sparkfriend gave me and I write it down until I have the chance to enter my info. Saving things under your favorites is a very smart tool to use, that will save you alot of time. It can be very time consuming at first but as more time goes by you get used to using the tools and you will only then have to track you meals and not have to add the nutritional stuff. emoticon

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MARIE625 11/2/2010 8:37AM

    I'm an old fashioned paper kind of girl. :) I use a 2-page-a-day Daytimer calendar notebook that is my life! LOL I plan my menus in advance and jot down what I plan to eat on each day's page. After I've eaten, I have a detailed calorie counting log where I fill in the nutritional info. Daytimer makes some forms for tracking diet & exercise, but I just create my own. Because my calender really is my life & contains my to-do list, I tend to sit down and look at it 3 or 4 times a day. Each time I check it, I write down what I've eaten in the nutrition log then that evening, when I sit down to watch TV, I go back & fill in all the numbers.

As for exercise, I'm ashamed to admit that about all I do these days is run. I have a running log in my calendar where I log the date, number of miles & my time. On my daily page, I jot down the route I took and any comments about the run such as odd weather, any problems or success I had.... If I do any other form of exercise, I write that on my daily page as well. On Spark, I track my running time just to earn the points. Half the time I forget to do it though so my Spark tracker is no where near accurate.

As I mentioned, I am a bit old fashioned and enjoy my paper products vs. using the computer. I also seem to learn a lot more from actually writing the info down vs. typing it. I used to use the Spark nutrition tracker but the info it provided didn't mean much to me. But by writing it down, I can remember things like how many calories/fat grams are in certain foods. Physically writing down those numbers made a HUGE impact on me. Also, I've been able to compare my exercise logs with my food logs and have been able to see how certain foods effect my exercise. For example, I noticed that every time I ate a hamburger, the next 2 days worth of exercise was miserable. I started noticing how much sodium affects my weight (I keep a daily weight log too.) I LOVE my logs.

Aack! Sorry - I blogged on your blog. Obviously, I feel strongly about my calendar and tracking system. LOL

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JLITT62 11/2/2010 7:50AM

    I use the app on my Ipod to record fitness & water intake (but still have to go from memory).

I'm not using it now, but in the past I've used fitbooks -- http://www.fitbook.com -- and I really liked those. Places for goals, for fitness, for food & more!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/1/2010 7:41PM

    I'm not very organized, so I track as I go along. I wish I were like RIMAJO who has her menus planned a week in advance. I plan my meals about 5 minutes before I cook them. I've found the favorites tab to be very useful for things that I eat on a regular basis. I also use it for foods that I make once and eat all week long. I love my stored recipes. I also frequently copy meals from one day to the next.

Like you I can get very sidetracked after I log onto Sparkpeople. I like to check in at least daily because I want to earn my consistency and perfect attendance awards. I feel like I've done a good thing for myself even if all I do is to track nutrition and fitness. That's my highest Spark priority. So, if I fail to check in with my friends, it's because I've got a life and I'm trying to live it.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/1/2010 1:42PM

    I'm not good about tracking my food but am working on it. I do keep track of all my walking miles though and I usually write it down until I can get it entered.

Good luck with finding the right balance on sp!

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RIMAJO 11/1/2010 12:13PM

    I usually have my food entered early in the day, if not the night prior - and then edit it as time permits so that it reflects actual calories eaten. I normally have dinner planned out about a week (or more) in advance on a notepad. I figure it all out when I write up my grocery list & then do my best to stick to it.

Side note: I'm also in the process of entering all of my favorite recipes into SparkRecipe.com, so that when I prepare them, entering them into my food log is a snap (plus I know in advance how many calories I'll be eating IF I make this/that).

Exercise (walking, cycling, etc) is entered after I workout, when I get back home. When I lift weights, or ST - my puter goes downstairs w/me (its a laptop) so that I can follow the list of exercises on my fitness page. I check them off as I complete them.

Keep at it & sooner or later you'll find what method works best for you!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/1/2010 12:00PM

    FOOD is on tracker (daily, do it at night now, b.c i think I got hang of it)

EXERCISE: b/c I run, I make my weekly running journal (just numbers and my end/start point (I am forgetful)

PROGRESS: committed to the pic journal, and measurement (weekly)

Motivation, and support (Logging on spark )

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OLDERDANDRT 11/1/2010 11:43AM

    I try to track after exercise or walking and food I try to track by lunch then before bed. Some people plan their whole day of eating in advance and track ahead. I never know for sure what I may eat except for breakfast, so I wait. I know you'll soon find what works best for you. I'm still learning after 2 years!


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JAZZYJAS 11/1/2010 10:00AM

    I track my breakfast and lunch and any snacks I packed in the morning (usually after arriving at work) and then record again after dinner (and maybe I had an afternoon snack). Some of my activity is consistent (training will be 40 min of circuit training, pilates is an hour) so I might enter that in the morning. The variable stuff usually gets added at night or the following morning.

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