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NASFKAB
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important to record food



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Admit that recording food am eating is the way to really keep on track
Do keep a written record but have yet to use the SP tracker
Know that many times portions are larger and calories do count up
One day at a time



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3/17/14 9:55 A

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I love the phone app for on the go tracking......and overall i like tracking because it lets me know how I'm doing. I can't trust my stomach or my mind--so I count on the numbers!



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Its easy to record food because I have groupings, recent foods and favourites so its easy to input. Its just a regular task in my day so I don't consider it a hard thing to do~

"If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay."

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Tracking has been great I would not change it for nothing because it helps me know what I am doing and how much I am eating(calories) . Tonight I did really bad I thought it would not be that bad because I had not eaten large portions of some seafood, but it was fried so boy was I wrong. I have not been eating fried food at all so now not only did I eat too many calories in one meal but now my stomach is really upset from all the grease. Well live and learn.



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Tracking really does help keep a person on track.....with smart phones now it makes it really easy to track. I am just getting started back up again.....my thought this time around is if I bite it I write it. And I am going to do it right away verses wait till later on....it also is a reminder of what you have already ate and how many calories you have left........

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It's easy for me to stay motivated to track because when I don't I tend not to eat enough calories, which leaves me feeling pretty horrible pretty quickly and also causes my health/weight/fitness goals to stall.



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I just incorporate it to my everyday things to do. I put in what I plan to eat the entire day and then add and subtract as I go. Most of the time, I don't eat everything I put in, but I put in the bad days as well as the good days. The motivation that I get is the progress I have made and continue to make.



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In the past, I have found that the biggest mental hurdle to tracking is not wanting to be accountable. I will track when I am "good", and not want to track if I fall off or binge. But, sometimes like other things (exercise) when we least feel like doing it, is when we most need it... I have found that making myself be accountable for my "slips" is cathartic and helps me look at my actions from a more rational, problem-solving standpoint, rather than falling into an negative emotional cycle. Also, my best advice about tracking, is to keep trying until it "sticks". Good luck to you all!



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I use a kitchen scale religiously. I adore it. When I'm making my salad for lunch, I'll just use my laptop, tablet, or cell phone (whatever is handy) to go ahead and track. I LOVE tracking.... it makes me feel like I know what is going into my body.

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HOW do you do it? I just CANNOT get myself to do that...



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I am good at it. I track everything. Every thing.

I make this looks good!


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I honestly have tried to track my food intake so many times. I've been successful at times, and other tries have not been so successful. The thing is, my mom always makes delicious Serbian cuisines that I can't resist, but I also don't know the calories for! It is so frustrating. I was actually going to post the same question, because I am trying to get myself to start tracking again... But... how long should I do it for? I was thinking those two weeks of the Fast Break stage, but... Is that really going to be beneficial in the long run?



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I struggle with logging my foods in days when I am sooo busy and don't have time to log, or I eat out and then can't find the info I need to log it. I need to get better with finding a way more regularly because I know from experience that it works better for me when I do.



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I need to get the App. I do good all day recording food until the end of the day.

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I used to find it really annoying, having to remember everything I eat in order to track it later. Now I use the app and just add it right away, so it seems less time consuming. Also I track food before I eat it, that way I see right away if I was making a bad choice and exactly how it affects my goal. That way I can switch to another option if I realize I wasn´t making a smart choice.



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I find that I am far from perfect when it comes to logging my food intake daily and I really try to do the best I can, but I get frustrated with myself when wayyy too often I eat something or eat out and have no idea how to count what I ate and just forget it for the day. Then I have no idea how I did overall and usually, I have gone over. I manage to be good with tracking for 4 days or so after that and then find myself slacking off again. GRRRRR



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2/13/14 1:13 A

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Even when what I've eaten is "impossible" to track, I still try. Even when my estimates are wrong, at least I'm still being accountable and that's the important thing.

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RICHERYL
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I hate it when I don't take the time to track my food intake for the day because I have no idea where I am for the day in my calorie/sodium/carbs, etc range.



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Tracking has been the most useful tool of ALL that I have used on my weight loss journey. I have tracked 99% of the days for 2 years, 7 months.





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This is what is currently helping me: make spark people the homepage on your computer or device so it is the first thing that comes up when you turn it on. Put post it notes on the bathroom mirror reminding me to chart my intake for the day.


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I too need to track my food, I always eat more if I am not tracking. I like to plan in advance what I will eat so I know where my calorie count is throughout the day. This is my biggest motivation.

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I know when I don't "track" my food I tend to eat way more than I should. My biggest issue is on the weekends when I am not around my computer but I downloaded the app for my iphone and that helps a lot. Just got to remember to do it before I eat otherwise I won't remember until 3am when I am laying in bed.



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Had a tough time with going out to celebrate a friend birthday yesterday, but made my best guesses from the menu before we went and then edited to my best ability when I got home. May have been a little plus or minus, but not as bad as I could have been.

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin



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I heart this quote and will use it to spur me on

If you change nothing, nothing will change.


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There's a saying that my body tracks what I eat whether I write it down or not. How very true - that's why I track - so I'm not shocked when I get on the scales.

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If I don't record my food for a few days, I gain weight. That's all the motivation I need! I have a tendency toward portion distortion, so I do much better if I measure everything out and write everything down.

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after years of sparking I still cant get to this very well. I think it is easier to log in writing on paper and then transfer it later to my sparky page. I guess I log in my head, but you have to really be precise if you want to lose weight.

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Recorded every bite today except one tootsie pop mini. Still didn't get enough water. It is difficult when it odd this cold to say the least. I did stay in range though and am off to bed too get a good night's rest and do it again tomorrow.

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin



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EVERY TIME I "forget" to log in my foods I leave a bigger opportunity to overeat. emoticon S c a r r y....



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I track so that I can make healthy choices and stay the course.



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I know that if I track every morsel I eat then I will lose weight. Plus it takes away the anxiety of not knowing where I am at in my calorie count. The mobile app from SparkPeople really helps me too as I can track anytime and anywhere other than home.



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I like the idea of tracking throughout the day and it helps me decide ahead of time what to eat for my next meal or snack and to see what nutrients I'm deficient in. It's good to see what nutrients are in what foods and when I'm eating foods full of empty calories.



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When I track, I loose. When I don't, I gain.
I've been tracking at the end of the day to do it once.
However, I like the idea of tracking breakfast and lunch, and then forecasting dinner & snacks
to see where I'm at and what I need to adjust to lifestyle eating.
I'm hoping to make this a lifestyle change and not a once and regain.
Since tracking, portions are better, also seeing that I mindless eat breakfast and read the newspaper and prep/eat at dinner. Two lifestyle changes I need to make.



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I find using the tracker to help a lot. I log everything I eat even green veggies (lettuce, cucumbers, celery). It really helps to see exactly what I'm eating and since I started writing down everything my weight has come down more. It's definitely a bit of a hassle to write everything down but it is worth it.

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I can't prepare that far in advance. I like to make it a rule to track BEFORE the food goes in my mouth.

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin



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I usually track my food for the following day the night before. That way I'm prepared for the late morning and mid afternoon snack attacks and can resist the unhealthy foods in the office.

When I stop tracking I stop paying close attention to portion sizes and what I'm eating.

~*Cely* (UK)"A little more persistence, a little more effort and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success."
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For me, the food tracker is a great source of behavioural momentum. If I track everything honestly it allows me to see when and where I'm overeating, and watching those numbers come down to where they should be over time is SO motivating! That's also why I love the 'see feedback' option after everything is tracked.

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
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One of the great things about tracking all I eat, for me, is how flexible it makes the "diet." I can have whatever I want, as long as I write it down and acknowledge it. And of course, count it's calories. No more following strict menus. Just eat what you want, until you have reached your calorie limit. And the food tracker tells you how you are doing on the nutrient side. It allows you to make your eating very real world.
And I find tracking on Sparkpeople to be so easy! Their food database is so huge, you can find almost anything. And as MARTHA324 noted, you can record on your computer and on your phone when you are out and about.
Tracking is a very powerful weight loss tool. The best one, I think.

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Over the years I've learned that when I stop tracking what I eat I stop paying attention to what I eat. I have been maintaining my 70 pound weight loss since April of last year and with the app on my phone and on my computer it is not only easy but not second nature.
I like to add my snacks and lunch in the morning and dinner if I know if so it's all planned out. Doesn't mean I wouldn't change anything, but this way it helps me focus.

BTW, it sounds as if you have very little weight to lose and 5 pounds in one week is pretty aggressive. Someone suggested you start by tracking and that's a good idea as it will let you see patterns and help you to think about changes you'd like to make. And look at this as a lifestyle change not something that you'll do temporarily.



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When I find a good recipe on Spark, I immediately add it to my planner, and use it on that day listed.



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that is different

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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What a great idea! I take pictures of the food I serve my guests, but I never thought of recording my own meals with my camera! Thanks!



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I track my food intake, but not on the computer. I'm a little bit old school. I use a pen and paper. As long as I can see it in black and white I know what I need to do.



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It is a great tool to keep track of what I eat. I usually get on the computer in the evening to record. t I try to keep a note in my pocket during the day to make notes on.



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Keep up the great job.

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Thanks for the reminder......tracking is, and always has been key. When I track before putting the food in my mouth, I succeed. When I don't, well.....I don't and it shows. BACK TO BASICS!


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"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin



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Good for you. I have tracked food and exercise everyday for 31 days and it is making me very aware of what I eat. I have lost 5 pounds since the last week of Dec. emoticon

My new motto: Tired of starting over? Stop quitting!


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I have been slowly gaining for the past two years. During those same two years i did establish a healthy and nourishing habit of playing the guitar almost every day. This is how i finally taught myself guitar. if i could do that, i can certainly lose these 20 pounds!
i made an unwavering commitment to daily practice for the first 6 months. and that made the different.
i commit to tracking my food every day.





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Tracking my food is probably the only way that I can stay on track.........If I am not tracking it is because I am not following a healthy eating plan! I try to track as soon as my meal ends that way I don't forget to do it later! emoticon

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To donna046: Thanks for sharing this. It is sooo true, I was at goal and thought I could stop and I would somehow magically stay there!! Not so, I am back to tracking everything now and I just have to work hard again to get back to where I was.
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I gained 20 lbs this past year by just not tracking my food and excersise. It keeps me on track.



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Just doing my best.
I should get a scale



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I am the same, I record everything. Yesterday after shoveling snow, I ate2 bags of chips. Overall, was not bad as I thought. Never the less, I had some guilt.

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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A digital scale helps, and I like seeing my sparkpoints go up when I track!

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DONNA046
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Tracking keeps me honest. If I go over today, I know what I have to do tomorrow to adjust - or adjust in the afternoon for a morning that went over. Or under. This also allows more flexibility, so it is harder to feel deprived. I am being medically guided, and I have no strict calorie limit, just a target range - the idea for me is to move toward specific foods and nutrient amounts. Tracking is the only thing that made this work - when I could look at what I was actually doing against the target ranges. When I track, I feel that I have been honest, and will make adjustments in what I eat to make my eating work for me. I think it may be necessary to keep it up, even after I reach my goal weight.

One day at a time; slow and steady. I just wish I were more steady and that the weight did not come off so slowly!!


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2/4/14 2:55 P

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For me it is basic. When I track my foods I'm motivated. I drink more water, I think more about exercise and I feel successful. When I don't track my foods the rest seems to be left behind as well. I don't always keep to my calorie count, but when I'm tracking I know how to make the proper adjustments to compensate.

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~Margaret Thatcher


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Since I have made a commitment to record everything I put in my mouth I have not given in to temptation but one time. Then I got right back on my plan. Even that one divergence did not cause my calories to go over my total allowed for the day.

My new motto: Tired of starting over? Stop quitting!


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I feel much better when I think I have overindulged and record it on the tracker, and to find out that I did not do as bad as I thought it was.



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TIMEHASCOME56
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"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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Sometimes when I "cheat" and still record, I find that the damage was not as bad as I thought.

sanell from Ohio
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Thank you everyone for your comments! They are very helpful. emoticon

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CBF: All the scale tells me is: FAT
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Mini Goal 1: Stop eating after 7 pm
Mini Goal 2: Lose 5 pounds by 2/15/2014
MIni Goal 3: Lose 10 pounds by 3/15/2014
Mini Goal 4: Firm up


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Yes when I log in my food it does holding myself accountable for my actions

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tracking keeps my nutrition and calories in check - I'm a hot-mess without it!



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I would like to share what the SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker IS and what it IS NOT for me:

It IS NOT a confessional or a jury. It does not assign me penance for eating or punishment for indulging. The food journal doesn't care what I ate or didn't eat.
It IS NOT going to get angry, or sad, or abandon me if I have an off-day like my motivation does when I judge myself harshly.

It IS going to offer areas where I can improve my choices. It IS going to help me understand portion control and food combinations. It IS going to help me find the right balance of foods for the optimal calorie differential for my goals.

It IS a safe place, and it IS where all I have to do is track my food to WIN.



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MARTHA324
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Over many years I've learned and accepted that for me to lose and maintain a weight loss I need to track what I eat. It keeps me focused on eating right and if I overeat I can see it and get back on track.
The on line and mobile apps make this very easy to do. Now it is just second nature to me to enter my food either when I eat it or in the morning when I know what I'm going to have for the day.



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I haven't tried the app on my new phone. It was pretty slow on my old phone. Thankfully, recording my food consumption on Spark People has become a good habit.



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RLKADEL
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There is a spark people app for your phone. I use it and it works great. Much easier to track! Good luck!

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Tracking has proven to be the most important aspect of this lifestyle change for me.
(Besides the obvious mental changes that underpin the whole thing.)

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

~ Earl Nightingale


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emoticon I usually print my menus from SP and hang them on the refrigerator. When I can't get to a computer, I check off the foods I eat right on that sheet. It keeps me on track.
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Walk and run to the best you you can be.


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tracking everything I eat keeps me accountable



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If I don't record it, I over eat and then I don't lose.



 
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