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I'm Curious....

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I spark stalk fitness and nutrition trackers. Do you?

I like to see what people eat, and how they exercise. I have gotten several new ideas for meals by stalking trackers. I have seen people who work out with intensity, and others not so much. I know everyone's journey is different. We start in different places, our roads are different, and we won't end up in the same place. I still can't help but compare my trackers to others. I can't run because of my knees, but I do have a heart rate monitor to track my calories. I try to really push myself most of the time because I know that my calorie burn is directly related to how hard I work. Some days I feel like I am dying, and my HR is 65%. Other times I am pumping along at 80% thinking it feels pretty good.

I'm just getting back into this thing again after dropping off the radar for a while. I need to go back and stalk my own trackers and find some of my favorite meals to recreate. Chances are, if you have chosen to share your trackers, I will be stalking yours, as well!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BISCO_ 9/29/2012 12:23AM

    LOL... I do the same. I am encouraged by seeing what others do!

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ROBYN168 9/21/2012 4:27PM

    I never would have thought of that - food for thought....

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LISAINMS 9/19/2012 2:43PM

    Well I certainly haven't given you much stalk-worthy info lately since I haven't been tracking my food. I've been doing it so long that it was really weird for a few weeks to not track every bite. Hi, my name is Lisa and I'm a Trackaholic. I'm fighting the compulsive urge to track.

As far as stalking other people.. it was usually when I read a blog that said "oh woe is me", then I would check their tracker and be annoyed that they felt they should be losing when they ate nothing but crap and their fitness time included minutes spent shopping at Walmart. Some people I actually could get them something to consider changing to help their progress. But because I already eat a very clean diet, I rarely found anything helpful from reading another tracker. Occasionally I would see a food listed that I hadn't had in awhile and that would prompt me to put it on the list.

I have always felt that tracking was important to weight loss success and keeping the tracker public kept me accountable. I know it helped others to see the foods that I eat. I stopped tracking because I focused too much on the numbers and it was to my detriment. Some days I need to eat more and not obsess so much about ranges. I have only tracked my food sporadically when it is pre-race or post to be sure I get the right nutrition. I'll make an effort to track food a few times a week just to entertain you!

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MYLADY4 9/19/2012 9:50AM

    Oh, I used to have mine open and I admit, I would check on other peoples too. Especially when the said that they were having a hard time losing weight but saw that they were still eating junk. DUH!!!!!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/19/2012 8:55AM

    Oh, that's interesting. I never thought of that.... I think I've blocked mine or something.... Um, just never really think of it.

Carry on, Ms. Fabulous...


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KANSASROSE67 9/18/2012 6:32PM

    I made mine public about halfway through to make me accountable...but I never knew if anyone looked at them! Now that I know there ARE tracker stalkers it might motivate me even more!!! No one should look at mine this month or they might wonder how I ever lost weight!


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JSKIPPY11 9/18/2012 5:52PM

    Ok.. Tell me where to go to do this?? I don't know if I knew you could even do this

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FEB_SHOWERS16 9/18/2012 4:24PM

    I don't know where I would be today if it weren't for the trackers and for those who chose to make them public. I'm incredibly thankful for this. At this point in my journey, it is advised that I stop putting as much effort into tracking my calories but I found it so incredibly helpful when I first started, that I would love to be any kind of help (in whatever way possible) to others who are just starting. The way I ate when I was morbidly obese was terrible. It is through Spark trackers, among other things, that I learned that not only was it possible to eat healthy, but that it is also ok to indulge and have treats! Some of the most avid Sparkers still tracked the "bad" foods which ultimately led to a desire to achieve balance. Once I found out I didn't have to eat perfectly 100% of the time, it really helped me to put things in perspective.
So yes... I stalk trackers also, even after lo these many years on Spark! And I'm not always accurate... for instance, I usually can't bring myself to track binges. But for the most part, if I eat it... it gets logged

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/18/2012 3:32PM

    LOL - I never made mine public. I occasionally look at trackers out of curiosity, but haven't in a while.

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PINKBEANBOO 9/18/2012 3:25PM

    It has been awhile since I checked other's trackers....but know you've got me curious so I'll probably visit some.
Sorry if you tried to stalk my food tracker & didn't find anything. Yesterday was the first day in ages that I tracked!

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EWL978 9/18/2012 2:32PM

    Guess that's what I'm doing here!! emoticon

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