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Food tracker public or not?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Today I read a SP article about a man who lost 225 lbs. He credits making his food tracker public with helping to keep him on track during his current maintenance. I don't recall seeing any of the spark pages i've visited with this info.
I am considering doing this. Does anyone see a downside to making my food tracker public?

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NEWKAREN43 2/16/2012 11:51PM

    Mine isn't public, I think in the beginning when I set it up I was just unsure about the pros and cons of making it public. I can say that I'm really honest about what I eat in my tracker and I think that comments that I've read have said that the publicity of the tracker makes them more accountable. That said, if you are not making it public and you are consistent and honest AND you are making the progress that you want to see then, don't fix what isn't broken. If you need the accountability then by all means, share it and see what others have to say...

Interesting question, thanks for posing it. K.

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FLGIRL1234 2/2/2012 2:39PM

    Mine are public as well however most of the time I log in a different place that is not online which is easier for me.

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    Mine's public and I track everything. I haven't gotten ANY comments on it at this point (which is probably good to not get negative comments? :)

I find seeing other trackers helps me get ideas for meals, carb/protein/fat combos, and to see how the 'other side' lives.

Do what makes you comfortable.

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COACHKRYSTIE 2/2/2012 11:52AM

    Mine are public as well

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DARKTHOR 1/26/2012 10:50AM

    While I haven't tracked in some time, my food tracker has always been public. I think the only possible negative is that you may get comments on what you are eating such as "Do you realize ______ is not very good for you?" and "I am eating _____ and it is working great for me." I think as long as your skin is reasonably thick there is no real problem and there is always the possibility someone might say something that is helpful.

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-POOKIE- 1/23/2012 10:15AM

    Mine has always been public!

To the right hand side of a page, there is a button to click to see them.

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/22/2012 5:36PM

    I have been "invited" to check out a couple of trackers but certainly haven't looked for others. I don't track every day so mine would be a waste of time for most people. My accountabilty comes from putting my real weight on the team page rather than just the kg lost on my ticker.
I'm sure there is some advantage to you, accountability is good.
best wishes, Sandra

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COCOA-JUMBO 1/22/2012 4:48PM

    Mine's public but I don't know if anyone actually looks at it! Don't see any negatives.

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Determining exercise intensity without a trainer

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I live in remote area with no real options to hire a trainer. I feel I am ready to really start to push myself more during exercise but I am reluctant for fear of an injury that would prevent me from working out every day.
Has anyone ever hired a trainer who can work with them via video-conference?

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/19/2012 6:32PM

    could you go to a gym for an assessment then follow through at home? Obviously things will be different in the UK but I had a referral from the practice nurse to the leisure centre for a "Fit over 50" course due to the hypertention and diabetes risk. I had to fill in a questionaire (similar to the one Dr Birdie posted on here) then had my vitals recorded by the assessor. She gave me a maximum heart rate and told me not to put both arms up with the dumbells. I have a mini workout, 3 days a week and have to see her after 8 weeks. It's been 4 and I checked my body fat today and had made a dent in the numbers although I am not doing more than producing a "rosy glow".
Hope you get some info which is relevant to your area but best wishes for your search

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KICKINGIT@56 1/19/2012 5:56PM

    I don't know any personally but I would suggest you check with any of the organizations which certify personal trainers and you may be able to find one. ACE (American Council on Exercise) is the one I'm most familiar with. As long as your body is prepared, increasing the intensity of your workout can garner additional results, but pushing yourself to workout everyday may put you at risk for injuries. The body needs some time off to rest and repair itself; and there is such a thing as over-training.

You've made such remarkable progress so far I'd hate to see you suffer a setback because of too much enthusiasm.

check out: (sorry, I don't know how to make this a link)

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Results I can live with!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Two weeks ago I had a colonostophy. While in recovery room, my Dr. Told me he removed two polyps and then he told his nurse to make an appt. for me in two weeks to discuss my results. As much as I tried not to worry, I lost a lot of sleep these last 2 weeks. Yesterday I called his office to see if he could call me with the results as we were expecting an ice storm on top of yesterday's snow storm. She told me the dr. Needed me to see him in person...that didn't do much for my sleep last night.
Today I drove in the ice storm by myself as my wife was very sick all night (food poisoning? ). The 30 minute drive took 75 minutes. I checked in, saw the dr. And was on my way in less than 10 minutes! He told me one polyp was benign and one was pre-cancerous and that it was fortunate for me I had the proceedure now.
Needless to say, I floated out of the office and cheerily made my way home, blessing (instead of cursing) several of my fellow snow driving challenged travelers.
In my old lifestyle I would have ate my way through the last two weeks, thanks to my new SP lifestyle, I ate my plan, logged 750 minutes of exercise and lost two pounds despite low energy due to lost sleep.

God is good! ......snow is magical, the smell of pine trees..intoxicating!

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KICKINGIT@56 1/19/2012 5:43PM

    I am breathing a sigh of relief with you over the good news. Too bad you had to risk your life on the road to get it. You handled the stress admirably and proved you learned you lessons at SP well. They may have to make you an "honorary coach"

Take care

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NEWKAREN43 1/14/2012 6:02PM

    Good timing...way to do the right things for yourself! Very brave to drive in the ice and snow! Keep up the great work on your health.

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-POOKIE- 1/14/2012 3:32PM

    Im so glad it was good news for you xx

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KARIDIAN1 1/13/2012 9:57PM

    So glad you had the test and the results came out good. I know the prep for the test isn't fun, but knowing that everything is okay is worth it. I have had one, and need to go back for another in 2013 due to family history. My mom had a malignant tumor on her appendix, so the doctor wants me in every 5 years now.

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/13/2012 8:37PM

    what reassuring news,I am glad you managed to control the eating while you waited. It shows your year on Sparkpeople has been a real education that has been proven excellent.
I look forward to walking through 2012 and beyond with you. Let's hope for a few more good news stories to cheer us on!
best wishes (and thanks for the teddy bear)

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COCOA-JUMBO 1/13/2012 4:48PM

    Good for you for having the test done!! Polyps are a common thing in my family and it drives me crazy how many of my family members won't have a colonoscopy. My aunt died from colon cancer that she never knew she had until she felt the tumor on the outside of her body. She was around 70 and should have already had many routine colonoscopies by that time!

Glad everything was ok! Even more glad that you were able to avoid the stress eating. Awesome job!

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Bummer, man!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I have not lost Any weight in last 30 days despite a monthly deficit that should have resulted in at least 3 lbs lost. Even if I allow for some underestimated of consumption.
Then I read a spark article about why this might happen. I've decided to act on the things that I can control.
Start strength training tomorrow, weigh and measure my food and eating at the low end of my recommended range.
Tune in at the end of the month for results.....

I am very grateful for my current level of fitness and health...I just want to continue improving.

I appreciate all my spark buddies who continue to offer support thru thick and guys are my lifeline!!

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    Sounds like a man with the plan! Good for you! Strength training is wonderful and something I am headed back to do. I am crossing my fingers for you! You can do this and can't wait for the update!



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HJFOGARTY 1/12/2012 1:18PM

    ohhh that dredded plateau - it happens - but you are taking the right steps to break it -continue to take care of you! stay strong you are a great inspiration!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/5/2012 3:35PM

    You'll be fine! I confess to being a daily weigher, it makes me feel better even when it's a "bad" result. I hope you are noticing the difference in your clothes, 4lbs should be the strain gone on a button.
best wishes, Sandra

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-POOKIE- 1/5/2012 11:19AM

    *hugs* well done for taking action x

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MICRAELIE 1/5/2012 8:55AM

    Hang in there, friend. I know it is hard to keep going without seeing that scale move. But I know that you know you are doing all the right things and that you won't give up. We'd all miss you too much!


Let me know how I can help.

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FELICIA1963 1/4/2012 6:17PM

  Keep it going - I have been in a similar rut for a year - mostly because I have not been accurate with tracking etc - looking forward to your progress!

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The Ghosts of NYE past and future

Monday, January 02, 2012

We met our good friends (2 couples) of 30 years in Portland, Me for a NYE overnight stay and and evening of dinning and dancing at a great nightclub with 2 live bands. (My wife and I retired 6 years ago and moved to our house on the lake about 100 miles from where we used to live. Our friends are still working and living where we used to.)

Both the guys have struggled as I have with excess weight problems...they are both 100+lbs overweight now and in their 60's. One is 2 years younger than me and one is 2 years older. We have probably gone dancing with them 200+ times in the last 30 years. While I danced all but a few songs in 5 hours of non-stop music, they were unable to dance more than 2 or 3 songs...quitting before the end.
Their wives are in great shape and while I danced with them, they asked me to try to help their husbands. Both of them are facing surgeries for problems caused by excess weight and are unable to do most cardio exercises. Naturally I shared my journey with SP, answered lots of questions and provided encouragement and info. I will continue to offer support and encouragement as well as my example...the rest is in their hands.

As I reflected on the weekend, I felt like I had been visited by the ghost of myself past and future. Both my younger and older friends are very intelligent, successful, fun loving family man and great husbands/fathers/grandfathers. I could easily relate to their pain in not being able to dance with their wives as that was me not long ago and it would be me in the future had I not found SP and committed to change my lifestyle.

I added their pictures to my motivation/vision wall. I'm a very lucky man.

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TRULYVISIBLE 1/5/2012 3:05PM

  Glad you are leading by example. Keep enjoying your health and good times and maybe your friends will see the benefits of weight loss through you.

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DARKTHOR 1/3/2012 10:26PM

    When the days come when you just want to 'go off plan' for a meal or two, a vacation or whatever, please remember this. You are full of life and having a blast, living life like it is meant to be lived. You deserve this and your wife deserves for this in her life partner. Stay committed and keep making good things happen.

I hope your friends will see you as an example and make changes, because they deserve it too.

Have a great 2012!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/3/2012 1:36PM

    there's an old saying...there is none so blind as he who will not see....
We have all seen a friend make a great change but not changed ourselves but then one day we get our own epiphany. I'm so glad you were able to share with your friends the reason for your successful weight loss but until they DO it your wife will be the "dancing queen".
Congratulations again on such a great loss and the motivation to continue

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-POOKIE- 1/3/2012 5:32AM


This kind of thing can be sobering.

You are a lucky man to have been able to find the will to change yourself. Your health has improved so so much, its amazing.

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