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    HEIDISHOPE   68,889
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Food Tracker

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I have a love/hate relationship with the Food Tracker.

I dislike how much time it takes to find what I ate; there are just too many options, too many different ways to fix the same dish, too many full fat/low fat/non-fat options, too many flavor options, etc. to have to sort through.

I dislike how others have entered foods but entered data incorrectly--important data like calories and fat grams.

I dislike having to enter my ingredients TWICE to use SparkRecipes to save our family's most used recipes.

I dislike having to figure out if what I ate was in grams, oz, cups, Tablespoons, etc. to pick which amount I ate. Who measures a teaspoon of an herb by oz???? Those options drive me nuts!

I dislike how some foods don't give you the option to pick the amount you ate. So I have to keep scrolling or enter another item into the database, bogging it down even further for everyone else.

I dislike how hard it is to change a few ingredients in someone else's shared recipe to omit things we don't like/eat and get accurate calories, etc without my computer going nuts.


I love how it helps me eat correct portions

I love how it helps me to eat well-balanced meals

I love how it keeps me accountable and helps me plan my snacks appropriately.

I love how it keeps me from grazing or sneaking treats

Afterall, since tracking is so hard and time consuming....why would I want to have to spend even more time searching and searching and searching for what I just ate???????

Looking back, when I don't track...I hit plateaus and then gain. When I track, I maintain or lose.

So, tracking is going to have to be a part of my journey whether I enjoy it or not. So, I might as well figure out how to change my bad attitude about it. emoticon

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
VKKESU 12/6/2013 11:37PM

    I have 90% of my foods in favorites also. Makes it so much easier and saves time. Amazing how some foods seem to be way off , but I think the foods themselves have probably changed through the years and the original tracker may of had it correct when it was originally entered.

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CERIUSLY 10/26/2013 7:07AM

    Great Blog and great comments! I like H9LIPPY's idea too, and I think I am going to use it starting now. emoticon that way I will be ready for the next time that tracker tries to steal my time.

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NEWCHINELO 10/25/2013 4:19PM


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SPARKLINGHOPE 10/25/2013 11:35AM

    Truth! :)

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MARYANNGI 10/25/2013 11:13AM

    Boy did you hit the nail on the head when it comes to the tracker. Although I would have to say the same about the Fitness Tracker. GRRRRRR Either too many options or not the one I need.

Love H9LIPPY's idea. I do something similar and I have also put all my family recipes into my recipe box. Took a while but it was worth it. And I NEVER trust another SM's info. Like you I think they always seem to miss something.

I know that the pros out weigh the cons and it's just something we will have to live with. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/24/2013 8:57PM

    Like so many things, can't live with it, can't live without it! Tracking sure keeps me honest!


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SARAHTAIT 10/24/2013 5:01PM

    it is a lot of work to track your food...but it helps us learn how to eat better. I'm with is worth the time and trouble!!!

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KKKAREN 10/24/2013 2:27PM

    It really helps if you build up your favorites, then it's in there right and how you want it. I couldn't live without it now.

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H9LIPPY 10/24/2013 1:50PM

    One day I just sat down and logged every little thing I had in my house into my favorites. Now when I go shopping if I bring something new into the house I log it before I put it away. It can be a bit time comsuming but I like using it that way, with my favorites. This way I know for sure it's right and usually all my main basic items are in there, click on the fav tab and type in some type of a key word and bam there it is.

But I do agree there are items that I don't have or haven't placed personal on my list, like say skinless, boneless chicken. Yep it's on the list, but like you said now I have to figure out was is oz, grams, and are their weights un cooked or cooked????

I guess if that's the only bad thing about this site we can deal with it lol.


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VK2ZT14 10/24/2013 1:41PM

    I hear ya, heidishope. i feel the same exact way. LOL

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