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2/4/14 6:08 A

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If I record what I eat, I have to face it.



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2/3/14 9:43 P

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I added to my goal board "was the old way really working?" Every time I find myself wanting to just be "free" and eat without recording, I ask myself, "is that what you REALLY want?" I KNOW how I feel at the end of the day when I record my food and I know how I feel when I don't. If I take the emotional weight out of it, it's just doing what feels good vs. doing what doesn't feel good. Whichever choice I make doesn't make me a good person (or a bad person), it's just about data and experience.

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2/3/14 2:44 P

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I am recording everything, even mindless eating.



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2/3/14 11:11 A

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Holding myself accountable



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2/3/14 9:13 A

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I need to stay consistent with food and exercise tracking. Sometimes, its such a chore to fire up the PC to get it done. Plus, with all the pop up ads on the site now, everything takes longer to load. So....at home, I can fire up the PC before I eat so I can track afterward. When I track my food, it makes me actually think about what I eat, how much I eat and if I am bored, upset, PMSing or really hungry. Most times, I find I am not really hungry!


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2/3/14 7:24 A

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I am not yet with the new one



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2/2/14 11:06 P

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The reason tracking works for me is that I am a very visual thinker. If I can see something I can understand it and relate to it. If I can't visualize it then it remains too abstract and becomes something that is less likely for me to be attentive to. I love being able to see my charts and reports and being able to see in a flash how much I have eaten and how much I have left.

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2/2/14 8:49 P

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I tracked for 4 days now and I can really see how the numbers are going to pan out. I'm feeling hopeful. I just created a written spreadsheet similar to what the other member mentioned below. I like the idea of making notes. I'm going to start doing that more often too.

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2/2/14 4:00 P

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I've been tracking everything for a while now - honestly! and it's helped me 'tweak' my diet, to see what balance of nutrients I'm getting from things I eat, how often I eat, when I eat etc - and I'm gradually stabilsing my eating. I definitely couldn't 'guestimate' accurately what I'm eating.

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2/1/14 10:51 P

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I track my food and exercise every day, it is keeping me honest. Tracking my food was eye opening, it is one more helpful tool towards my goal.

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2/1/14 9:46 P

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I stopped tracking after awhile. Once I had it in my head what I needed everyday it's become second nature. Also started learning to ask myself why I want to eat something. Am I really hungry or just bored

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2/1/14 9:39 P

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I track everything! Every stinking bite or sip. Even if I don't have a chance to do it daily, I will go back and log it...keeping a notepad on my cell or in my purse so I can just jot it down if I'm out.

Even the craziest night - holiday parties at other people's houses, I did my very best to track every bite. I realize that it might not be super accurate as I don't know how they make their dishes, or what exactly goes into it, but I gave it my best go.

I just look at it as honesty - I'm not fooling anyone, the only one I ever lied to was myself and I refuse to do that anymore. I am not worried about perfection, just to see it in black and white keeps it forefront in my mind.

Works for me!

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2/1/14 6:19 P

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My problem the last few days is that the tracker has completely quit working for me! I TRY to enter my meals, but it just doesn't work. I don't know if it is the tracker or my laptop, which is secondhand, and cranky on its best days!

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2/1/14 2:16 P

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I'll preface this by saying that I'm a numbers person and that BMR calculators tend to be pretty accurate for me, so this method may not appeal to you if either one of those things are not true for you.

I keep a spreadsheet of monthly weigh-ins; I weigh in on the first every month (or as close to that as I can, if I forget), because it tends to be a couple weeks away from regular hormonal fluctuations that might cause water retention. In maintenance mode, I can tell if things are going as they should if my weight stays pretty steady. I go through phases when I track my intake in maintenance just to keep me accountable and remind myself of proper portion sizes, and I go through other phases where I don't track my intake for quite a while; I find myself much more apt to maintain when I track honestly at least half of the time, simply because it encourages me not to over-indulge more often than I should.

If the weight creeps up or down by more than a few pounds, I start doing weekly weigh-ins and I am much more consistent of tracking my intake and exercise output daily via SP. I unhide the columns in my spreadsheet that show sedentary BMR, exercise output, daily intake, and daily deficit (with a cell that shows the weekly average). I use SP on the computer and the phone on my app for the tracking and totalling; I had the free one back in the day and then "splurged" when it went pay a while later. The tracking itself only takes a couple of minutes every day, a few seconds here and there, occasionally more if I have to enter a new recipe or do a search for something that I don't eat often.

At the end of the day I plug the input and output totals into the spreadsheet, and aim for an average deficit of around 500 calories until I'm back to my maintenance weight.

I also have a column for notes which sometimes helps make blips more easily explainable.

SP does the bulk of the tracking work, but the spreadsheet shows everything all on one page. Being able to see the average deficit change based on intake and output really motivates me to make small changes here and there.

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2/1/14 1:46 P

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Last week I realized I don't track on my "bad" days. I mean really do I need to write down "Fri nigh:t a bottle of wine, whatever I find from the fridge, plus a pint of ice cream"? I don't know how many calories that is... Alas, during that "treat night" after a long week of helping people, I probably add in all the calories I reduced during the week. If I'm cutting back about 300 cal to lose weight over 5 days and take in additional 1500 cal in one night of course I'm not going to lose weight. So last fri night, I didn't any wine which reduced my desire to have chocolate and low in behold I feel better this AM!

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2/1/14 9:57 A

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I also track all of my food...I stopped tracking for a few weeks and I stopped losing weight even though I was still exercising. Its the mindless snacking that gets me. If i am tracking what I eat, I am more thoughtful of what I am eating because I know I am going to have to remember to track it later.



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2/1/14 9:43 A

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I track all my food and it helps greatly. I don't over eat anymore and I am starting to eat healthier now.



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2/1/14 9:37 A

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I track all my food and it helps greatly. I don't over eat anymore and I am starting to eat healthier now.



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1/31/14 2:03 P

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I'm telling you .... I owe most if not all of my success in the past 3 1/2 months to tracking my every bite. Didn't exercise until early January and walked for a few weeks (but now have a lower back injury that is keeping me from working out like I would like). I just hit the "50" pound mark in my journey back to health!!!
That's what motivates me. I write everything down even if it is embarrassing.....keep yourself honest and you can do this!!

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1/31/14 1:34 P

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today --- I will and am going to track my food for today!

I look at Friday as my "restart" regroup -- my TOPS chapter meeting is Thursday. My goal is to print my Spark food log for each of the 7 days!

together we can do ... what we could never do alone.
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1/31/14 7:53 A

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I aim to track food daily, but notice if I have a really bad day I'm not so keen. The tracker can be a bit fiddly if you have big fingers. I really like the new recent button, makes it much quicker. Tracking really does help keel me on course.

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1/30/14 11:57 P

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When I found the site, my motivation was health. My BMI had reached "obese" and my back hurt. My cholesterol was high. I was thinking, "OK, this can NOT go on, I will do whatever it takes to get healthy and stay alive". Including tracking everything.

Currently, my BMI says "slightly overweight", my motivation is vanity. I am thinking, "I hate this belly and I want to get back in the jeans I was wearing a year ago." That keeps me doing it. Health-wise, I don't think my weight is a big deal now. It's too high, but not enough to motivate me to lose weight.

I don't know whether your motivation is health or vanity. As others have noted, your weight isn't unhealthy, and I can't imagine a doctor bringing it up as a problem. I'm guessing you're motivated by wanting to look great for your wedding. But I have been motivated by both health and vanity, so either can work.

Maybe you can come at it from the other end - you say it's always been difficult to track - maybe make it easy. The way I made it easy was simply to save my favorite foods in the nutrition tracker here so that I can type in a few letters to pull them up. Second, I mostly don't eat out, so that it's possible to count the calories. I eat a somewhat boring repetitive diet, consisting almost entirely of stuff I have entered in the nutrition tracker, including frozen lunches in the database, so the tracking is easy. This is facilitated by having a crappy social life (nobody dragging me out to eat) and technology (there's always a phone, tablet, and/or computer nearby).

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1/30/14 8:57 P

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You BET I am. Research shows it really does help with weight loss. emoticon

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1/30/14 4:41 P

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If I'm tracking but would be easier i could do it on my cell phone too.


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1/30/14 4:12 P

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I used to be motivated that even on vacation -- I found internet to log my food --- I've strayed and can't seem to be consistent with logging again.

I know that when I log (especially pre-plan) I do so much better.

if I fail to plan -- I plan to fail

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1/30/14 4:03 P

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There is a Sparkpeople app on line - you can put it on your phone and or computer. That way, you don't forget.

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1/30/14 3:42 P

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I track everything as soon as I get a chance because I will forget. On days when I am dining out, I look up the menu and make a selection before going so that I stay on track. It seems to work for me. I



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1/30/14 2:31 P

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If you plan ahead what you are going to eat, you can record it all at once. Then make sure you only eat what you have recorded. You know before you eat exactly what your calorie count will be!



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1/30/14 2:29 P

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I just bought a new phone SAMSUNG NOTE 3, and an app that came with it is called Shealth, it is great it tracks foods and exercise and even has a pedometer so that you can turn it on when leaving the house put it in your bag and it records all your steps. GREAT. So now I can record everything I eat and drink and how many steps I take whilst out.



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1/30/14 12:18 P

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What she (M. Sanital) said!!
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Took me about 3 years to lose and maintain over 120 pounds. Tracking is the key.

The only thing I would add to her regime:

* Keep notepads or a smart phone editor everywhere you are likely to eat.
* Decide what and how much you are going to eat first.
* Measure what you take.
* I strongly recommend a digital kitchen scale.
* Write it down.
* Track it.

Once you start to track, lots of good things will happen. You will start to be more selective about the foods you buy, and what has the biggest bang (most filling/satisfying) for the buck (calorie impact on your calorie budget)!

Why is this necessary?
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In all likelihood:

* You have bad eating habits which got you "here"!
* They were developed from early on. Remember "imprinting" from intro to psych?
* Changing them requires a major cognitive intervention effort, which entails time and attention.
* Tracking makes this easier, and once you commit to it -- painless.

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1/30/14 10:19 A

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You know if someone told me 3 years ago that I was going to be successful at weight loss due to my tracking of my food I would of said "yea right" but I was told by my doc 3 years ago to track.. and I like you was not motivated nor interested and did not see how that was going help in weight loss.. well hear it is 3 years later and 100lbs gone and I owe it to tracking, if I ate it or going to eat it I tracked it.. and I am not going to lie it is not easy its a chore.. but I use sparks and I make it a daily priority like brushing my teeth.. in the beginning I kept it simple, I wrote it down before I ate it even if you write it down on a sticky note.. then transfer to the tracker at night.. but there is something about it that helps.. it really does work..

Here is the thing try it for a week, use the spark tracker it is easy.. find a time that is not going to throw you off your schedule look at it this way if your on spark right now reading your messages and stuff you could of tracked your food. so when I sign on to spark daily I go right to tracker first thing..

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1/30/14 8:16 A

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It's really helpful to eat many of the same things every day, then when you get to the computer you can remember to record it all. I'm kind of a creature of habit and routine so I don't mind the same meals multiple times. Sometimes, too, when I know I'm going to have a busy day, I plan all of my meals ahead of time and record them in the morning. Then, if I didn't record it, I can't eat it. Establishing the habit is the most important, though. They say it takes three weeks to get a new habit ingrained. It's worth the effort. I wouldn't have lost 95 pounds or maintained without tracking calories.



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1/30/14 7:57 A

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I am in a funk. How on earth does one track everything they eat? I do not have a little gadget to carry around with me. Carrying a little notebook is almost impossible. I kno emoticon w I must be missing something...I feel so stupid, but is there a trick to this or a smart way to track that I am not aware of? Advice is appreciated..thanks

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I find that tracking keeps me more aware of what I put in my mouth and now I think twice before I eat anything. I have to track my sodium and was surprised at the amount of sodium in certain vegetables. Try and keep sodium to 1500 mg per day or less. I can tell if I've gone over as I can taste the salt in my mouth. I try and drink lots of water every day too.



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I have to track when I am trying to "eat all things in moderation." However, after over a decade of attempting to do that and failing repeatedly, I am doing the only thing that has truly worked for me: veganism a la Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman and regular exercise. I'm not tracking calories, I'm just eating huge amounts of produce and eliminating dairy, meat, and sugar. It is extreme, and I know it isn't for everyone, but "moderation" doesn't work for me. I am, however, logging all of my food in picture form at the end of each day on my sparkpeople blog. That helps me a lot.

That said, I have lost weight counting calories before and it does work, the only problem with it for me was that I had to do it every day, forever, and that wasn't working for me. The moment I stopped I started gaining. And not only does the way I'm committed to eating now allow me to lose weight without counting, I FEEL better as an almost-vegan (the plan allows for about 100 calories per day of nutrient-poor food, which I am not taking advantage of on a regular basis) than I feel eating any other way. Again, I know this wouldn't work for everyone, but it works for me and it makes me happy. :)

I lost 78 pounds with SparkPeople and I've gained most of it back because I didn't make a PERMANENT lifestyle change; I'm back because I know the support here is an essential component to success. I'm practicing the EAT TO LIVE lifestyle and feeling healthier and happier every single day.

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1/29/14 5:30 P

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Tracking is tedious, but it is the best way to get results. I have lots of calorie counts memorized from years of disordered eating, but I still find I am surprised at me percentages of fat and protein. Tracking is a great self-teaching tool for adapting and improving my nutrition.



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1/29/14 12:38 P

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I think my main issue most of the time is not knowing how to look things up for meals... but two things that have helped are 1) trying to find the overall recipe and entering into SparkRecipes for the calorie count and then figuring out the "portion size" and 2) making sure I save things as favorites. I want to be able to do things fast, and that's usually where I fall off the wagon. I agree that tracking is key for me... a little here, a little there all adds up, and before you know it I'm over my calorie limit for the day.



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1/29/14 11:28 A

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I don't track at all, and I am losing the pounds. I simply eat healthy, and exercise. I know what I put in my body, and to me if its healthy stuff, then I don't need to track. When I do treat my self to a great burger and something not so healthy , then I just push harder at the Gym. And then jump back on track, with the healthy stuff.. Good Luck

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1/29/14 11:01 A

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Bottom line.
If I'm not tracking.
I'm not loosing.
Everything that passes my lips has to be tracked. I don't care if it is one almond. TRACKING is the key. Even in the other weight program, TRACKING was the key. I lost a lot of weight. I stopped tracking and gained most of it back. There is this guy at church who is loosing weight. He needs to weigh less than I do now. I am ashamed of how much weight I have gained. I do not want him to pass me by. I am going to loose weight. TRACKING. TRACKING, TRACKING WILL DO THIS FOR ME. I don't care if I am cheating, I track. I want to see where my calories come from. There are so many reasons why I will loose this time.
The nurse at school is aware that I am doing this.
The church knows I am doing this.
And I want to be smaller by my birthday. June 24.
The charts say I am supposed to weigh 159. I look like a speed freak at that weight. I want to weigh 180 to 190. When I lost to 164 my daughter applauded me and was proud of me. She is awesomely beautiful. In every way. But when I started gaining my weight back she said she would like to see me at 180. I figure that if I give myself a little movement, range, I will stay at a healthier weight. That is where I will stop. I will track always from now on.



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1/29/14 9:19 A

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Honestly, I don't stay motivated. Sometimes I manage to keep the habit going, sometimes I don't. Lately I've been stalled on my weight loss and I know it's because I'm not tracking my food as closely as should. I want to switch up my diet a bit, but I know I shouldn't do that until I get better handle on my diet as it is. So I have to spend more time with the tracker and the recipe calculator.
There was an article on Spark that advocated taking a break from the meal tracker every now and then if it was feeling like too much of a chore. It's supposed to be a useful tool, not a barrier.



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I remember when a spark poll indicated the #1 reason to not snack was that it had to be typed in the Tracker!! In my weak moments, I remember that and it does keep me from just chowing down on everything and anything. Thus, yes the Tracker can be a pain, but it can serve as a limitation and that's a great thing!!



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1/28/14 10:09 P

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That's a great idea!



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1/28/14 9:37 P

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i still need to show a lot of determination in this department.

DEE
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1/28/14 9:36 P

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Tracking my food is really helping me to eliminate a lot of negative thinking! emoticon

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1/28/14 8:28 P

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I found out that I can use the absolute difficulty of tracking foods I don't know the calories of as motivation to avoid them. "How many calories are in papa murphy's stuffed chicken and bacon pizza? Oh, I don't know? Better not put that in my mouth then." Or "oh no, I didn't measure how much cheese I just threw on my eggs [hint:it's always too much XD], I'd better not do that again!" The stress of putting myself in that situation which chases me away from tracking my foods is so much worse than just not eating the bad things in the first place!



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1/28/14 7:11 P

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I love the food tracker. It helps keep you accountable and it helps you to pay attention to the items that have too many calories. I was surprised to find out that some of the foods I was eating all the time that I thought were alright were very high in calories. Some of the nutritional information on products is VERY misleading. The serving size may be less than a quarter of a cup with like 110 calories but you don't look at that you only see the low calories.



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1/28/14 12:40 P

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Tracking keeps me honest. I'd like to think that someday when I reach my goal I'll be able to ease up a bit on this obsessive tracking, but my history over the last years, since losing almost all the weight I need to lose, shows that I eat worse when I'm not tracking. Tracking takes the guesswork out of weight loss.

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1/28/14 12:24 P

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Hi, not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but I take a picture of my meals and save it to a folder. That way, if I forget to add to the Spark Tracker during the day, I can go back in the evening and add it. I only started doing this at the behest of my personal trainer who told me to take the picture and send it to him after he realized I had been cheating (myself). It works great for me.

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1/28/14 11:24 A

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Tracking my food keeps me honest and motivated



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1/28/14 11:20 A

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When you start to see some kind of payoff it will get easier. And when you get frustrated it is a bit of a motivator too. Since you are eating clean it probably doesn't make as much sense to you as those who lean towards eating less healthfully.

One way that I have learned to get excited about tracking is that I tend to eat late at night. I have tried a lot of things to get past this, but tracking has helped me to deal with it. I know how much "wiggle room" I have left at night. For example, yesterday I ate really well but still found myself way too low on calories for the day. This allowed me to treat myself to a little ice cream before bed without going over my calorie range for the day.

Good luck and enjoy the journey!




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