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Is Food Tracking/Journaling A Forever Thing?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

I need the advice of you advanced sparkies. After 9 months of daily food tracking, I'm wondering if it ends when you reach goal. Or do you do this for the rest of your life? Kinda tired of it, although I know that it is one of the tools that is invaluable in this process. Just curious to know what's what. Thanks! Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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AMYMLE 8/11/2009 11:48PM

    I was so tired to weighing and tracking, since I reached my goals, I've stopped tracking/recording, altough I will weigh food sometimes. I'm weighing myself regularly, so I can keep on top of things if I start to gain again. I'm considering weighing and recording again, maybe 3-4 days a week just to make sure I'm getting the recommended proportions of protein, fat and carbs. That was more difficult for me to get than even the calorie range. Weighing/tracking is something that I know how to do, and it's a practice I can always go back to if I find NOT weighing/tracking isn't working for me.

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JLITT62 8/6/2009 8:19PM

    I think it's different for everybody.

But as our substitute leader said today, she's been at goal for 20 years -- and still tracks, because she knows that's what works for her.

You can always try & see how it works if you don't track. But it's a small price to pay for being slimmer & healthier, I think.

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DDHEART 8/6/2009 4:29PM

    I agree with AurthurTom....we don't have to continue to always track on line or even in a notebook but we do have to do it in our head....take it from a former lifetime WW person who thought she could slack off....I'm here on SP to prove that I have learned I can't ever think this ends at some date or time or weight....even if I just do a mental tally.

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BABYFACE26 8/6/2009 12:14PM

    Yes, I was wondering about this myself. Glad i read your blog though, cause I think Im going to s tart writing it down, instead of always going online to do it. It will help my poor computer addled right wrist, for sure. Now if someone could tell me, how much is a portion of oatmeal? a cup? 2 cups?

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ZUZUBEE 8/6/2009 11:25AM

    I think that by the time you reach your goal, you will almost certainly being keeping a tally in your head, just out of habit. And I agree with JanetLee40, that once you are at goal weight, staying active will be the key to continual success. I have found the food logging very helpful during this weight loss process, but I don't plan on doing it forever and ever. I hope that I am imprinting on my brain some good eating habits and portion control that will stay with me a lifetime.

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ARTHURTOM 8/6/2009 8:26AM

    Within your question lies your answer. Tracking what you eat whether be it on paper, on an electronic medium or even in your mind will give you the lasting success that makes your health overall a success. You wouldn't be able to expect to stay healthy (lower in weight) if you abandon good, solid nutrition habits developed by the ability to track your foods, however it is that you do it.


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S_HANSEN 8/6/2009 8:21AM

    I have to say the opposite of the other comment on your blog.... I have been tracking food for years! Before the invent of the internet... I have always journaled my food. I find that it keeps you on track,a nd when you get off track you can look back and see where you went wrong. It is tough, and it is time consuming, but if you don't want to use the site, just simply write it down. In fact, that is what I do all day and then when I have time I input it into the tracker. I have found that people tend to underestimate what goes into their mouths unless they are held accountable. Accountability comes from writing it down and owning it. When you don't own it, you don't see it! I know from experience that those pounds creep up on you if you are not vigilant! You can do this! You deserve this! Don't give up!

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JANETLEE40 8/6/2009 12:59AM

    No Love it won't be forever. By the time you reach your goal(s), you will pretty much know what you have to do, to stay healthy and slim. However, It doesn't hurt to just keep a book/journal handy with you after you reach your goal. Why, you if you gain a pound or two during the can look back and recognize where you went wrong and know you can't make that same mistake.
Some people may choose to stay with the nutritional tracker on sparks so they don't have to deal with the weight issue.
I think after you hit your ultimate goal....staying active will be the key to all of this.
I hope this helps you. emoticon

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Giving Up Caffeine-A Never Ending Battle

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Even though I don't drink a lot of coffee (less than one full mug a day), it still makes me feel yucky. I've succeeded at quitting many times, only to start again with the gateway "drug" of decaf and then work my way into regular. The thing is, I get those dreaded migraines when weaning myself from coffee that are just horrific. And I have this notion that I won't have enough energy without it. But I remember how great I felt without the mud coursing through my body. (smiling) Funny thing is, I don't even care for the taste. Yes, I've tried herbal teas and all types of substitutes to play tricks on my psyche. Not sure at this point. Since this is such a stressful time with my very ill relative, I may need to hold onto this one security blanket of coffee for awhile.

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KITTYPAWS4 9/12/2009 10:09AM

  My caffeine issue is not so much coffee but DIET COKE!! I have managed in the past to get down to 1 12oz can a day, but find myself gradually moving to 2 then 3 etc. I know it is an addiction.

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FAIRFAUX08 8/7/2009 10:45AM

    You deserve a lot credit for at least attempting to abstain from caffeine! No one knows better than you how to achieve your best health. And from the work you've been doing and testing the waters, you'll ultimately come up with the best resolution. I did it for almost a year about a decade ago, but started drinking it again when I wanted to go to Italy and experience Italian culture. I'm a sucker for espresso now and I can't imagine having to give up again. But I would do so - only - if it greatly improved my health. Oh, and I love the statement about decaf being a "gateway drug." I couldn't agree with you more! emoticon

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BABYFACE26 8/6/2009 12:22PM

    Wow. That must be rough, getting migraines. So I can't advise you to try English breakfast tea or Earl Grey or some other brew that I drink.
Still has the caffeine. My acupuncture dr. told me it'd be good if I switched from coffee to tea, some years ago, so I did. I don't miss coffee at ALL now (and I Like the taste myself) .....there is less caffeine in the tea than the coffee. Maybe you could try it and see how you feel (esp. since u don't care for the taste of coffee!!!)
I use half and half in it, and Stevia for sweetener. I like caffeine. It improves my mood. Coffee doesn't agree with me. Hours later I feel a come-down fatigue. Good luck.

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SKYEFYR 8/6/2009 11:01AM

  For energy, try taking a b vitamin supplement. I'd get one of the ones with multiple b vitamins, not just b-12.

As for coffee, wean yourself off slowly. (As a fellow migraine sufferer that can be triggered by caffeine, I understand.) If you usually have an 8 ounce cup, have 7 for a couple days, then 6, and so forth. It worked for me, so fingers crossed it'll work for you too!

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FLORIDASUN 8/5/2009 8:48PM

    Coffee is my only one vice~~well maybe I have two vices when I count wine~~but I applaud you for recognizing it for what it is...when you can stop tell me how you did it..okay, okay?? emoticon

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JAZZYJUDE 8/5/2009 5:10PM

    You may think me crazy, but I went cold turkey on soda pop (a Pepsi freak here) on August 25 last year and the first few days, I had sone whopper of headaches and such. So, I took the Special K protein water and warmed it up and that helped me! The protein was the key to help aid my head from banging on the wall! lol

A couple of tips to try:
~ to drink a cup of Postum that taste like coffee but without the caffeine.

~ I like mint flavored drinks (helps curbs the appetite too). I would add a few mint extract in my drink of water, Crystal Light, or cocoa.

~ add unflavored protein powder (soy or whey) in your drinks to prevent headaches and add proteins in your daily count.

Good Luck! Jazzy!!

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DARLENEK04 8/5/2009 1:08PM

  Hey, I would not even think of cutting the coffee completely out
while you are in a stress situation with the relative. That would
be much more likely to trigger more headaches, which you don't

Have you tried dark chocolate cocoa? Or maybe just a smaller
cup on a daily basis???

I only have one mug of coffee a day, and I nurse it along while I
check my morning mail, and I enjoy it, but that is it. No other
coffee, tea, soda, just water...12 cups a day, faithfully....


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ISHIIGIRL 8/5/2009 12:26PM

    I think giving up coffee is like giving up air! I have cut way back though. Down from two huge mugs to just two normal cups every morning. If you are having stress then now is not the time to cut out the joe! Coffee has been proven to be beneficial with anti-oxidants and it helps prevent cavities, so it is not all bad. Stick with the java until times are easier and you can tuff it out with the decaf. Good Luck, emoticon

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S_HANSEN 8/5/2009 11:07AM

    I commend you for trying to give up the only drug that I partake in!!! If someone took my coffee or someone made it illegal, I would be buying it on the black market!!! I don't know how they did it when it was rationed in this country.... I wish you luck. I do have an aquaintance who was told by her doctor to give it up, and it took her about a year to do so and she says she has more energy than she did when she drank coffee!!!! Wow, that makes me want to quit the stuff, but I can't seem to!
I am wishing you success today... emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 8/5/2009 10:50AM

    Take my coffee away and you would be reading about a Rambo like assault on some areas of town where I live in! emoticon emoticon

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INDIRASALAS3 8/5/2009 10:27AM

    i have the same problem but i never use to drink coffee now after i had my twins i have to drink a cup of coffee every morning or i get an migraines but i don't feel so bad because is just one mug a day i have family members and friends that they have to drink at least 3 mug a day so don't worry you will win this battle emoticon

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Thanks to All My Sparkfriends

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I want to give a shout-out to all of those who responded yesterday to my blog regarding scale challenges. In fact, throughout my entire 6 months on SP, the people here have been an amazing support system. I just wanted to let you know that you're all appreciated. Here's to our continued success and have a fun day!

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S_HANSEN 8/4/2009 3:59PM

    Jessie here is to you as well... we are all apart of a team trying to help each other through our toughest challenges. Keep up the great team work and you dedication to being successful.

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RICH530 8/4/2009 3:06PM

    That is what a team is all about!! We are all here for each other!! I'm sure you are a great sorce of support to many other people!!! Keep up the great work!!
emoticon Lee

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Excitement Extinguished - Going to Throw This Dang Scale Away

Monday, August 03, 2009

Honestly, I think the biggest favor I can do for myself is to get rid of this scale. I've written about this good one I got in February, but it can't seem to weigh accurately. You can step on it 8 times and get 5 different numbers. Which is what happened yesterday. I've borrowed a friend's for the past few days to see if I can verify my own scale's numbers,and he swears it is accurate. Well, I nearly fell over with excitement yesterday as it showed the same number the first 3 times I stepped on it. That number indicated that I'd lost 4 lbs last week. Now, that would be a minor miracle, for sure. But I was knocked off of Cloud 9 when I continued to step on it and get different numbers. Today is the official weigh-in day and it's disappointing. Despite feeling lighter, I'm showing no loss. Go figure! It's time to stick to weekly weigh-ins and maybe just throw these dang scales away! (smiling) I've given this scale too much power over my happiness.

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GRAYGRANNY 8/4/2009 2:47PM

    There is a conspiricy against us people who put their trust in scales. (Hey if the politicians can say it, why not us too) emoticon

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I-8-2-MUCH 8/3/2009 10:16PM

    Yeah, these darn scales can really mess with your head & your sanity! I finally checked my Wii Fit against my doctors scale 3 times so far, I'm lucky it's right on the mark so I trust it. The digital scale in my bathroom is crazy, rarely shows the same weight twice & can range a 6 lbs difference - nuts! As long as I know I did my best to stick to my diet, thats what matters most to me.

Comment edited on: 8/3/2009 10:17:38 PM

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DARLENEK04 8/3/2009 6:51PM

  I got weighed at the dr then went and got on my scale at home
and there was exactly 6 pounds of difference. So from now on
I am going to trust the dr. scale.

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PAUSE1 8/3/2009 11:33AM

    I agree the scale can get to you. I still weigh everyday. Just to keep me on track of my progress. I have a digital scale, and it seems to be a few pounds off from the doctors, but he takes My Scales weight. When I gain though I don't weigh so I don't get bummed about it for a few days or sometimes a week. I just can't help myself from weighing. I try to wait until the end of the week, just can't resist! lol! Good luck everyone! emoticon

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BUGLET- 8/3/2009 11:26AM

    The old time scales of the 70's were very accurate but where to find one? My scale is really pretty accurate and no matter how many times I step on it, it remains the same. (not always a good thing) I weigh daily and then things don't get out of hand and give me a big surprise gain. It gives me tighter control but you need one that doesn't float.. emoticon emoticonThis is the kind that works well..

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JERSEYGIRL1950 8/3/2009 11:20AM

    Oh girl I am with ya I just blogged about the new one I got and it's a 6 pound difference and not in my favor &%^$$^^(*&&&**^%%$3 yea you know what that says... LOL

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JAZZYJUDE 8/3/2009 11:12AM

    Boy am I GLAD someone posted about this! I thought it was me!?!?! I did the same as you, weighed 4-5 times and each time was a different reading and it was up or down in numbers! It IS frustrating and it's going to stop because I am stressing over it. I've been hovering between 199 and 200 and it's getting to me to the point of me wanting to throw this dadgum scale out the window - literally!

So, I've a couple of weeks on the 2 challenge teams and, for me, I am not going to weigh in weekly. For some reason, this time around I am focusing 'weigh' too much on the numbers on the scale vs. to the inches loss...and that is what I WAS doing previously. Why did I stop?!?!? DUH...wake up Jude!!

It's a good blog for pep talking! Keep the focus and we all will do better next time around!
emoticon Jazzy!!

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DAISYDUKES2010 8/3/2009 10:48AM

    Make sure you set the scale on a flat even surface (no carpeting) you might even want to check the floor with a level... that will make a huge difference if the floor isnt smooth and level... (true)
Other than that I agree with everyone else...don't let the scale control you, try only stepping on it once, and as hard as it soulds if you are doing everything right try using it once a month... thats what newbonny, countrybumkin65 and I are doing...check the "dumping thread"
You can do this :)

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ZUZUBEE 8/3/2009 10:22AM

    Oh, I feel your frustration - I had the same experience this week. But if you are feeling lighter, I say go with that! I'm thinking I'll start using the scale at the gym - the doctor-office type - and accept that I may have a new number to start with, but at least it may be more accurate.

Keep up the good work - If you're faithfully exercising and eating properly, I WILL happen....sometime : ) .

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DDHEART 8/3/2009 10:14AM

    OOOOOPS! First thing you have to do is stop doing multiple steps on the scale (I say this being guilty of this myself so not being critical) this is such a mental downer it is just not productive..... I try to only step on the scale once a day and even try not to step on it sometimes to limit the power it has over my psyche....personally I have found that trying on a pair of slacks (my bottom is my biggest...LOL problem) that are too tight to go public and watching the improved fit is much more affirming and really, the fit improves when the scale doesn't budge so this is a much better measure for me. I have made it into one pair and very close to the next size down which has me feeling great....if I counted on the scale I would be depressed right now since my weight is actually up 2 pounds this week. emoticon

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NEWBONNY 8/3/2009 10:12AM

    I've also given the scale "weigh" too much power. Make sure your measureing your success in other "weighs". (sorry : ) ) The fit of your clothes, body measurements, how you feel. I've taken to weighing once every two weeks and this month I'm doing just once a month. A little piece of electronic equipment should not hold so much power over us.

Great job on the weight lost so far. Keep up the great work. You can do it!!!

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FLORIDASUN 8/3/2009 10:07AM

    I HEAR you...same thing with my scale a weight watcher's digital that cost a pretty the way..

who would question the newest rage..DIGITAL?? with fractions of lbs listed for the extremely serious...

guess what...different # every time you step on it. Two POUND different numbers..what is up with that?

So pulled my ole' tried and true out of the closet..glad I saved it. It does fluctuate a little all got so frustrating I took to being frustrated only 1 time a week (Friday a.m.) after exercise just for good measure!

I step on 1 time and take it at it's word..but I really trust my good ole levi's more..they NEVER lie to me :) emoticon

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STARSHINE123 8/3/2009 10:01AM

    My scale does the same things! I don't know whether to take the first reading or the fifth! How frustrating! Maybe we need a non-digital scale- where the needle points is it!

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Less Blubber to Pinch Now

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Every so often I do the blubber pinch test on myself. Not only do I get a realistic assessment of how much is left, but I feel that doing this might make the remaining jelly-like substance get a head start in disappearing. In other words, it makes me feel that I am somehow dislodging this disgusting stuff so that it'll disappear easier and faster. (smiling) Just one of the games I play as my body slowly kicks these lbs to the curb. Slowly, ever so slowly. Okay, I'll be patient. (Sometimes I accompany the blubber pinching with a funny chant - FAT GO AWAY, FAT GO AWAY. Yes, I am nuts.)

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BABYFACE26 8/6/2009 12:26PM

    You're funny! I have too much flab to pinch, unfortunately. More like a huge handful. Sigh. But for many years of my life, i just pretended it wasn't there, so at least I'm more aware of reality now! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/3/2009 5:33AM

    i love your attitude. that is so cute and i bet it does help. have a nice week emoticon

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KAYLSLYNN 8/2/2009 11:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS KAY

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    Aren't we all just a bit nuts? We all have the silly little things we do to cope with the waiting while our body catches up to our new mindset!

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RICH530 8/2/2009 7:33AM

    I love it!!! Adding that sense of humor sure has to be a help!!! Staying positive is a great thing and you definitely are!! Good luck in your future "pinching"!!!!!
emoticon Lee

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