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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Everytime I've lost weight it's been because I wasn't trying. When I use the tracker I freak out and start over eating. I don' understand. I weigh about 135 pounds right now, only 15 pounds to go til my target weight, but at the rate I'm going it'll be another four years till I steadily get there myself.

I get too frustrated :( I'm gonna go to the gym tomorrow. I love going to the gym. The problem is with my food. If I say I'm gonna watch what I eat or even track what I eat I over eat. I don't know what to do.
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    If tracking sucks for you, don't do it. Seriously. There are no Spark Police who will run you down for not tracking. At least, they haven't run me down yet.

    For me, the tracker makes me think of food in a negative light. It reduces it to numbers, and when I don't meet the right numbers, I freak out too. I'd rather ignore it and eat what I know is nourishing and delicious, and eat as much as I need to be content than take time I could use more constructively to do something that puts me worse off.
    1777 days ago
    Could it be that when you are tracking everything it makes you think far more about food than you normally do and that's why you eat more?

    Is it that you eat more food, or is it that you choose worse food, ie higher in fat, or processed stuff, or lots of carbs?

    Do you track your food before you eat it or afterwards? What I found really helpful is to use the tracker to find out the nutritional content of food in advance of eating it, so that I can spread the calories out evenly over the day, make sure I don't go over the fat limit (that's my weakness) or under the protein limit (plenty of protein at every meal and snack keeps me full for longer).

    Oh, also, I don't look at recipes and do my planning when I'm hungry - that's disastrous! Like being at the supermarket shopping for food, always do it after you've eaten something!

    Hope some of that helps.

    Also, well done for keeping going at the exercise and for the progress so far, don't lose sight of the fact that you are getting lots of stuff right or you wouldn't have made so much progress already.

    1781 days ago
    Spark People is there for you to use however you like. Please give yourself a break and only use what works. Just because others use something like the tracker and it works for them, doesn't mean it is for you. I re-do some goals every Sunday, set new ones, leave teams, join teams--whatever works for me. Go for it! You have good ideas. emoticon
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    1781 days ago
    Just relax !
    I hope that your unwanted pounds will just " fall off " !
    emoticon on your 135 pounds !
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    1781 days ago
    Don't think about tracking. Take whatever you eat and reduce it by 10%, and up your exercise by 5%, that will solve the problem. Tracking is only a tool, if it doesn't work for you, then don't use it. The trouble with the one size fits all approach, is that it oftan doesn't.
    1782 days ago
    Honestly...the first time I did this in 2010, I didn't track calories at all. I made sure to watch portion sizes and changed my diet to generally healthier foods and got within 3 pounds of my first goal weight, which was 125 at the time. I also exercised regularly, cardio as well as strength. I think this combination is what got me to lose weight.
    1782 days ago
    Problem isn't with SP--it is yours. It is an odd one, that you overeat when you pay attention to what you eat...

    1782 days ago
    I have the same problem: if I try to overcomplicate it, I get lost and frustrated and can't do anything. People may rave about Sparks' nutrition tracker, but it tells me way more than I need to know. I'm with you.
    1782 days ago
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