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Lost 6 Pounds in 4 Weeks! Nutrition Tracking Works!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I travel a lot and go off my diet, do not exercise enough and gain weight. However, I developed a lifestyle/habits that I can do at home or anywhere. My list of things I do everyday regardless of where I am. Daily - aim for 7,000 steps (Fitbit), walk minimum 10 minutes, use the nutrition tracker for all food and beverages, drink 8 glasses of water, no alcohol, use the plate model for meals and get enough fiber, sleep minimum 7 hours, Spark, find a gym and go a few times a week.

I have been in Las Vegas almost 4 weeks and Iíve lost 6 pounds. I got a short term YMCA membership. This week I lost 2.2 pounds which really gives me a boost and proves I can diet, exercise and lose weight when I stick to the list. I am aiming to hit 199 in the Spring Challenge.

Week 2 of the Spring 5% Challenge is Nutrition Tracking - love it or hate it, it works. I fought it for years, would only do it for the 5% Challenges. Guess what? I started tracking daily 2 months ago and I have been losing weight every week. I wasn't trying to stay in my calorie range, just tracking. Somehow my calorie intake became smaller and smaller. Now there are some days when I am actually under my daily minimum. How did that happen???

In the Winter Challenge I did a first and made up a one week menu in advance, bought the groceries and entered all of it in Spark. I am more impulsive than I thought as I changed the foods around, but by the end of the week I did eat it. I will try menu planning when I get home.

Nutrition Tracking Day 62
Walking Day 28
No alcohol 61/62

Spark is a great place to get the support you need for a successful lifestyle!

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ANNMACP0212 5/21/2013 10:56AM

    Congrats on awesome streaking and the weight loss! Thanks for the inspiration!

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KELLI9001 5/21/2013 8:22AM

    Great job, You inspire me to keep tracking. Sometimes it's such a pain to remember to track or remember what I ate that day. THANKS!

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SHARON10002 5/20/2013 10:32PM

    Congratulations! That is such good news! Tracking is important. I am so happy that you are seeing results. I know you have been working very hard! Hope things are going well in Vegas, and that you are having some fun!

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TWNOMWE 5/20/2013 12:28PM

    Tracking really works as it does show you where the calories and nutrients are coming from. I find that I am adjusting my food choices as the day go by. It is a lifestyle that one can go with any where.
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BRADMILL2922 5/20/2013 1:03AM

    Good for you! Looks like you are making some great progress with the program you have for yourself! Spark really is such a great place for us to have for us trying to reach our golas! I know I wouldn't know what to do without it!

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TANYA602 5/19/2013 6:40PM

    I hope your daughter is doing better! Congratulations on the weight loss! What a cool idea to join the Y, and good job with the meal-planning-in-advance!

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SPARKCHANTAL 5/19/2013 10:28AM

    kudos, wtg!

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STEVIEBEE569 5/19/2013 10:11AM

    Keep up the good work!

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SHARONSPARKLE 5/19/2013 9:50AM

    It's all about living a healthy lifestyle. Then the weight will come off. It seems to be working for you! Good luck on hitting Onederland with our 5% Challenge!

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ROSCOEKR 5/19/2013 9:39AM

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SLIMLEAF 5/19/2013 9:34AM

    Excellent! Well done!

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CARRAND 5/19/2013 9:21AM

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VONBLACKBIRD 5/19/2013 9:17AM

    wow that is terrific on the weight loss

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FLORIDASUN 5/19/2013 8:44AM

    Soooo awesome that you have a plan and you are working it! We are cheering you on our fav little bear... emoticon

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YB0511 5/19/2013 7:27AM

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WIO_ALISA 5/19/2013 12:11AM

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I can get breakfast in the tracker, but after that it's very hit or miss.
I'm committed to tracking this week for the Spirited Underdogs.

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DEEKELLYE 5/18/2013 11:53PM

    I am horrible at tracking. I decided to start writing stuff down in a notebook and then putting it on sparkpeople.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/18/2013 9:13PM

    It sounds like your changes have really benefited you. Congratulations on the weight loss!

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MT-MOONCHASER 5/18/2013 8:21PM

    I've been tracking fairly faithfully, but haven't had a scale for tracking the meat portions. I finally broke down and got a scale and I have put it to use, but not nearly as much as I should have. It's just another habit I need to get into.

I have been doing better this week on staying in my calorie range, the past few weeks have been WAAAAAY over, but with the exercise, I have been holding my own weightwise.

The weather is finally getting nice enough to get out in the yard and do some work there.

Congratulations on how well you are doing with the tracking.

And thanks for your comment on my last blog. I am trying to be kind to myself.

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LESLIELENORE 5/18/2013 8:17PM

    emoticon Way to go! Tracking definitely helps me.

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LYNCHD05 5/18/2013 7:58PM

    Way to,go,with the weight loss. And yes, tracking really does work.

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FLORNH 5/18/2013 7:56PM

    Awesome! Such dedication to keep up with goals while you are away!

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/18/2013 7:52PM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations! I find too that some days I am under even though I am stuffed, lots more vegetables. Keep it up!

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BARBIE176 5/18/2013 7:51PM

    emoticon Thank you for reiterating what I know is true about tracking.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 5/18/2013 7:50PM

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are an inspiration!!!!!!

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SETAGOAL1 5/18/2013 7:12PM

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CRUISEBOUND2014 5/18/2013 6:44PM

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I know it's not easy!

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MICKEYH 5/18/2013 6:11PM

    emoticon congratulations on your continual weight loss. WTG !! So proud of you and doing your streak for tracking foods and other stuff. You are doing great !! For me, sadly, after I hit a big number I am currently on plateau. I need to look over what I am doing and maybe need to switch things around... Thanks for your great encouragement.
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MAMABUGAZ 5/18/2013 6:01PM

    Good for you.
Yes; nutrition tracking, although it seems tedious at first, can become a habit that isn't so bad. It can "teach" you approximately how many calories are in a plate, so using the plate method, as you talked about, can also become effective.

I averaged a 4-6 pound loss every month, for about a year, until I met my goal. That's a good pace to lose.

~ Faith

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FRUITYFUL 5/18/2013 5:36PM

    I am so impressed with your streaks! I remember how hard it was for you to get back to tracking. It really is one of the keys on this program.

I love how you have a plan to stay on track that works whether you're at home or traveling. You are definitely set up for success. The way you have adjusted while you're in Vegas, with your routine and gym membership is great!

Keep up the GREAT work!



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OWL_20 5/18/2013 5:15PM

    I really love the tracker and use it every day. I need to be more diligent about what I'm putting into it, i.e. measure instead of eyeball, but I'm putting it down and it can be a real eye opener. Only lost .8 of a pound this week, but I think I was due for a slow week or maybe it was the few times I went over my counts (yikes). Great blog!

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MAMASUDS 5/18/2013 4:22PM

    Thanks for the encouragement. It has been about a year since I stopped tracking and consequently gained 8 pounds in that year. But this week, with the help of the challenge, I lost 2.5 lbs.
Our family is getting ready to hit the road for 9 weeks and weight gain is one of the things that I fear the most about the adventure. Thanks for giving me hope.
I will use your list as a springboard and plan to continue the weight loss.
Thank you.

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AMANDEES76 5/18/2013 4:17PM

    Amazing accomplishments!!! Congratulations. I know that I need to put as much focus on tracking as I do on the exercise. I tend to eat pretty healthy but get lazy since I cook and don't want to enter the recipes for tracking.

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LOSTMYMINDX2 5/18/2013 4:05PM

    that is amazing...congratulations!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon on losing.......and you are right....tracking is the Key.....followed by exercise!

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SCHNOOTIE 5/18/2013 2:39PM

    I have noticed the same exact thing when I start tracking. I do it just to record every morsel I eat, and somehow, as if by magic, it works and I consistently lose weight when I do. I actually downloaded the Spark App, so I can log everything on the run as well. I would recommend it to everyone!!!!



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