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When You Are Tired of Starting Over, Then Quit Stopping!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yes I got the message! I hate tracking food, but I really hate not losing weight. As much as I hate tracking meals, I need to keep doing it over and over. I know after a few weeks it will be easy to do and it won't seem like a big task.

Day 3 of my streak. I have set the bar low. Just track calories, I don't have to stay in my calorie range or pre-plan my meals, just consistently record what I eat. Yesterday I set up a food group 'egg mcmuffin sunwood' for the open faced scrambled egg muffin I created. I will post a picture and recipe for this delicious and easy to make hot breakfast.

I was at a Chinese seafood restaurant for lunch today and ordered light foods. I was mindful I would be recording it later. I made a group 'lunch - chinese' with rice, shrimp, ground pork, soy sauce and wonton wrappers for a total of 643 calories. My calorie range is 1,590 - 1,940, and I am at the low end of the range with my planned dinner.

It sucks to spend time tracking food, but it sucks even more to stay this big. When I go shopping for clothes it's such a chore. I get frustrated with the way the clothes look on me, and basically they all look the same, cloth draped over a large body. I want to look slimmer, I want to move easier and I want to be healthier. Tracking meals is a small price to pay for have a slim healthy body!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/22/2013 12:00PM

    I agree about tracking. It's lots of work but needed. It sounds like you are still eating very well.

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TANYA602 3/21/2013 8:25PM

    You've got the determination to make this work, and examining the many options is the best way to go at it. I know that if I wasn't tracking I would be right back where I was when I started SP. I make a game of it so that it isn't so much of a chore, and DH actually makes predictions about what goals I met, went over, or went under each day. We have to do what we have to do, and you will enjoy shopping for clothes soon!

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JAXMOMMY 3/21/2013 5:11PM

    I do love the groupings feature and often put stuff in that I eat at restaurants, even their salads. I guess tracking has become so routine that it doesn't bother me. My problem is picking the right foods! I want fattening foods! I love the quote in your title and read it last night, but was too tired to read the blog! I think the key is to just not quit doing it! Hope your health issues have improved!

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SRVFREAK176 3/21/2013 2:29PM

    you just made my day...that is how I feel , now I know I am not alone! Keep doing it for you!! PROUD OF YOU!! emoticon emoticon

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ANDYINBC 3/21/2013 12:00PM

    Are you using the spark app to track foo?. I find it so easy to record my food using he app rather than going to he full site.

You can do it!

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NEWCHINELO 3/21/2013 11:33AM

    Please try to be accustomed to tracking your food . . . it is my major tool for shifting the numbers on the scale downwards. just emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/21/2013 11:06AM

    It has become such a routine/habit for me that I don't mind it at all -- keeps me accountable to myself. Soon it will be for you too. emoticon

A saying I used to use a lot...."When you nibble, you got to scribble"... sure helped when I first started tracking.

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JSPIN74 3/21/2013 10:33AM

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FIT4MEIN2013 3/21/2013 10:28AM

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DONNABRIGHT 3/21/2013 9:01AM

    You have an awesome plan!
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LRSILVER 3/21/2013 7:12AM

    I agree with the quote, do not quit. Every little baby step and new habit brings you closer to success.
Keep pushing

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SEABREEZE64 3/21/2013 6:53AM

    I agree.

I so dislike tracking food.
But if I don't, my weight is all over the place.

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WATCHMEGO! 3/21/2013 6:09AM

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I read once, "I can either eat what I want or wear what I want, but I can't do both." I liked that and use it to remind me that if I don't want to go back to where I was (and I don't!) I MUST track everything every day. I also hate it but I'm not fond of fighting traffic to get to work, either. I just do it.

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READYBETTY 3/21/2013 6:03AM

    Calories consumed does make the biggest difference and tracking keeps us in the know. You can do it!

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 3/20/2013 11:46PM

    I agree, it is a pain. I can do it consistently for a while and then it seems like i get burnt out, recording the same thing all the time, or just recording at all. I have been doing it for a few weeks now and I plan to keep doing it. It's not always easy but I know you can do it. Creating groups is a big help too.

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FRUITYFUL 3/20/2013 11:43PM

    Yay for day #3! You're off to a great start. Pretty soon tracking will be second nature.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/20/2013 11:40PM

    Yepper! You're focused now. I love the title of your blog. That says it all. Looking forward to seeing the pic of Egg McMuffin Sunwood and even more so the recipe. Sounds great! emoticon
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DURANGOREDDOG 3/20/2013 11:32PM

    You are so right. Tracking is key for me. I have found that over time it gets easier and faster. emoticon

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EJOK170 3/20/2013 10:56PM

    Yep! Makes sense. You can do it. We all can do it. Time consuming-yep.
Valuable-yep. Tired of the big clothes-you're not kidding! Me too. emoticon



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LESLIELENORE 3/20/2013 10:12PM

    Pretty soon it will be a habit and it won't seem like such a chore!

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JUDIL62 3/20/2013 9:58PM

    Keep tracking, it works! You are smart to stat slow. I stopped tracking and gained back 20 lbs. I have come to the conclusion that I will track what I eat for the rest of my life if that's what it takes! We can do this....keep that streak alive!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/20/2013 9:47PM

    There are lots of things I don't like to do but just say "Oh well" and do them. I have lots of favorites, lots of groupings, but I clean them out every once in awhile because I tend to eat the same things over and over for awhile, and then move on to new faves.

I am proud of you for being on day 3! Pretty soon it will be day 13, then day 23, and then you'll probably just stop counting and it will be a habit.

You are worth the effort and the time!

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ANNIE1114 3/20/2013 9:28PM

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MERRYMARY42 3/20/2013 8:58PM

    Yes it is hard for me to track my food, well at least tho keep track of all of it, that is my problem, I think I am done for the day, and grab a string cheese or pop some corn, and then forget about adding it, or that small piece of candy, anyeay, my weight has been at a stalemate forever, hopefully this weekend, I can jumpstart it, that is the plan.
I do use the SPark Food Tracker, but it sounds like I could learn quite a bit, by checking out all the features.

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LJR4HEALTH 3/20/2013 8:52PM

    I think most of us hate tracking our foods but it does help You are on a streak with tracking emoticon

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DEBBY4576 3/20/2013 8:34PM

    Well, you sure seem to be trying hard. I loved the title of your blog. You are right you wouldn't have to start over if you didn't quit stopping!!! Great words to all of us. Each step is a success.

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CARRAND 3/20/2013 8:31PM

    Tracking is the key. I seem to automatically eat less when I know I am going to be tracking it.

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BRAVELUTE 3/20/2013 8:24PM

    I love the Groups feature. I also copy a whole meal to another day if I have leftovers worth saving for another day.

1 streamliner for the tracker is to put individual ingredients you are always using in your "throw together meals" in your favorites. (check the box to also put it in your favorites the first time you enter it in your tracker)

Then, when you want to track a meal you've put together, click on the favorites tab, and you can either scroll through the list clicking foods you ate. OR you can type a key word and everything in favorites with that word in it pops up for you to choose. Do that with everything in the meal, make sure it's going into the right meal for the day, and click "Add Selected Favorites to Tracker" button when you're done with the meal.

I do this for the whole day, just changing the meal before I cick the ADD button.

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HELEN_BRU 3/20/2013 7:45PM

    We all know what works and what is right for us. It's doing it that counts! emoticon

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CAROLJ35 3/20/2013 7:43PM

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Don't get discouraged! Keep pushing ahead!!!

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MYBULLDOGS 3/20/2013 7:26PM

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i have not gained a pound in over a year.

i gave up sugar and grain products and lost 44 pounds at age 61.

my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 by walking 15000 steps a day and has not gained a pound back either in over a year

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ROSAMARCELLE 3/20/2013 7:01PM

    Only emoticon easy steps at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 3/20/2013 6:57PM

    Good for you! You're totally right! Well done. As you say, it's difficult and time consuming, but it's worth it.

keep up the good work.

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TERESA159 3/20/2013 6:54PM

    Good for you! It really is the silly little things that make for success. I hate tracking too but I gotta do it.

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