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Why I continue to use the Nutrition Tracker

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I continue to use the Nutrition Tracker daily because this way I know I am on track no matter what the scale says.

Sometimes I find I am short on my calories and need to eat more to stay on track.

Sometimes I must readjust my day when a meal costs more calories than I have to spend.

There are too many reasons why the scale will fluctuate - by tracking I can remove the obvious and deal with the impossible emoticon
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/19/2009 7:57AM

    I couldn't agree with you more. That's why I recommend to all newbies to use the food tracker. It's an invaluable tool and has helped me get to where I am today.


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LINDA! 10/18/2009 10:22PM

    I agree. No matter what I eat...I like to use the food tracker.

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JIM*S_QUEENIE 10/18/2009 10:14PM

    Dear Linda,
You are truly correct in all that you stated above about the nutrition tracker.
I did much better when I used it and I need to get back and do it again-------it just took so much more of my time and my DH thinks I am on here too much as it is!! Balance. I need to write shorter messages to people and to stop reading so many SparkPages!! They become chapters in a novel and I am interested in the lives here.
I better start paying attention to my own right now and get back in the reason I joined Spark----to get myself healthy, too.

Thanks for reminding me of what I need to do.

Peace and blessings,

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/17/2009 8:26PM

    Linda, you make such a good argument. I always say I don't have time to track but you and I have the same 24 hrs a day. If you and so many good losers track and find success, I think I need to make time for this. I will begin tomorrow.

Monday is weighin day and because I ahven't tracked, I have no idea what to expect. Track I will,


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MEADSBAY 10/17/2009 2:55PM

    I have learned so much from you, my friend,
and number one is

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MRS.DOYLE 10/17/2009 2:18PM

    Great minds think alike. I have just blogged about food tracking as well. Great, isn't it?

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MARTY19 10/17/2009 1:26PM

    While I don't feel the scale is my friend, I still use. it. I love the nutrition tracker because I am more accountable for my eating. I cannot imagine not doing it.


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FINDINGREALME 10/17/2009 1:07PM

    It is too easy to forget about that handful of this or nibble of that if we don't track!

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 10/17/2009 11:43AM

    I am a HUGE fan of tracking! It has been the key for me to reach my goals.
It is also now invaluable in tracking all of my nutritional intake. I never realized, for example, that my potassium intake was low until I started tracking it. It was easy to add some cantaloupe, sweet potato, etc. to bring it up to recommended levels but I never would know without the tracking.

When I do not have computer access I have to guess at portion size and nutrient composition but I am testing myself when at home and have gotten pretty good at it. I always know that when I return to my computer I can fine tune everything again!

Great Blog!

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/17/2009 9:19AM

    You were always the biggest advocate of tracking, as in "if you bite it, write it!". So I understand why you continue to use the trackers. I would be very surprised if you said that you don't feel you need to do this anymore.

I agree, it can be a pain at times, but it is certainly necessary (this is coming from someone who has slacked off on this LOL). Also, if you track your information, you can always come back to analyze it if necessary. It is all too easy to get lax and gain back the weight.

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GOIN4GR8 10/17/2009 8:20AM

    You're so right. When I track and know I've stayed within my ranges, I don't beat myself up if I don't lose, whereas I'm prone to doing that (beating myself up and feeling "bad") if I had NOT tracked.

Plus if you keep tracking and hit a plateau, you have something to tweak, whereas if you don't, you have nothing to work from.

Thanks for your wisdom. :-)

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_VALEO_ 10/17/2009 8:08AM

    My food tracking has been hectic the last couple of months, and I couldn't weigh myself nor my food: I ended up with some extra pounds.
Been back to strict tracking (I always eyeball it to see if I'm good at guessing -I notice that I'm rarely right so the only way I know is weighing my food on my scale to stay on track.), and I've begun to lose again.

You're so right to keep on tracking your food to stay accountable.

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MSLZZY 10/17/2009 7:52AM

    I feel like I've missed a lot if I don't track daily. It keeps me accountable. If I go over occasionally, I know that the next day I have to get back on track!

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MESSENE 10/17/2009 7:43AM

    A few Triscuits will add those extra calories, plus there good in fiber. Tracking food will be most likely what I'll do, later on as well. You look great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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