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This Works for Me!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

The more I use the SPARK food tracker, the more I learn. Just when I think I have it all figured out, I find something new. Recently, I was checking through the message boards to see what ideas SPARKERS had for using the food tracker, and I found one suggestion for dealing with meals out. One SPARKER said that she made a grouping for a basic restaurant meal, and that is what she entered whenever she went out. A big AHA moment for me!

I love the grouping option. I have inputted several meals that I most frequently use, and I have found that helps simplify the process of tracking. It never occurred to me to do a dinner out option. I either go to the bother of entering in my tracker what I plan to order, or I promise myself I will enter it later. Most times, I go for the “enter later” option. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. Mostly, it doesn’t.

When I go out, I pretty much stick to the same restaurants, and I know what is on their basic menus. My intent is to always try to go with a salad, dressing on the side, a fish entrée, and steamed vegetables. If this is truly something I want to commit to, nothing says that better that putting that information in a Restaurant Dinner grouping.

Since I was going out tonight for dinner and a play with friends, I decided this was a good time to try out that suggestion. So, I put the basic information for a restaurant dinner in an official grouping. Then I just tapped it and entered it on my tracker today. There is just something about it being there in writing that makes it easier to keep in the forefront of my mind as I am ordering. When I opened the menu tonight, it was so much easier to stick to my plan.

Such a simple thing to do, but so powerful.
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