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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm struggling right now with consistency in tracking my food. I'll get one or two meals in and then forget the last one. Or, I forget to transcribe my hand-written notes. Or, I'll try tracking EVERYTHING in the morning based off of my planned menu but then forget if I change the plan halfway through the day. It's getting rediculous! I'm just incredibly busy and sitting down to track several times a day isn't always feesible.

My diet itself is pretty rock solid, and I'm pretty sure that I've entirely nixxed the drive-through and soda habits. I still cook everything we eat, all meals, every day but getting it from my recipe books into my computer seems to be a major struggle.

I WANT to win this battle! I get the best results when I track. Even if my exercise is spotty, if I'm tracking and cooking I'll still lose weight. Certainly not as fast as having the full package, but measurably more than when I don't track.

I'm looking for something realtively easy that doesn't force me to put the whole day on pause or remember to return to my computer over and over again through-out the day.

Any suggestion for a Mom of three on the run all day?
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    I agree with Malian1. Use a notebook. It's better than feeling frustrated.
    1915 days ago
    I don't have much advise 'cause I live on the computer. I do however think tracking is essential, otherwise you are guessing at the calorie count.

    When you search for food that you usually use, click the little box to add it to your favourites. Use your 'favourites' to add food items to the tracker. You can search one item, click the amounts, then search for a 2nd item right away (don't add it to the tracker yet) When you have all the items selected, . . then click add to tracker. It saves a few steps and you don't have to search those huge lists.
    Also, use the 'grouping box' for mixed things. I added a grouping for 1/2 cup oatmeal + 1/2 Tbsp ground flax + 1/2 Tbsp ground chia. I just add one item (the grouping) and all the components are added at once. Saves a bit of time

    1919 days ago
    I agree with using the app if you have it. Also, you can try keeping a small notebook handy. Even if you are tracking it on paper, your brain sees it and it helps to motivate you. You can always add to SP at the end of the week. You CAN do it!
    1919 days ago
    Got a SmartPhone? The Spark App is super-convenient, and even on the run, you can track throughout the day!

    (Not to be an SP shill or anything... emoticon )
    1920 days ago
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