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SWEET-SUE
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3/24/14 7:42 A

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It bothered me if I didn't tract every single calorie! So when I eat a pickle here, and a piece of cheese there, and a bite of my husbands ice cream...it was too hard to calculate so I didn't put them into my menu. Found a solution: I added in "Favorites" an item called "Miscellaneous Food" and listed it at 100 calories! Works for me. If I only ballpark about 50 calories, I just put in .5 servings.

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3/23/14 10:26 P

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Yessss. It drives me in-sahn when I can't track. Once when I hit a plateau I got very serious about calorie counting. It was the first time I had gone from eyeballing my portions to weighing and measuring every single thing that went in my mouth. It was so illuminating, my perception of portion size was extremely distorted. This was many long years ago so I'm better now at assessing accurately but I'm very comforted by tracking.

On the flip side, I recognize that a few calorically underestimated meals is not how I ended up gaining so much weight. It was consistently making the wrong choices over a very long period of time. Now I focus on making the best decisions most of the time. Tracking food and exercise in and of itself isn't actually *doing* anything - it's a tool, one of many, that helps me stay focused and making good decisions. That's the important part. :-)

Hope you had a fun and relaxing V Day and didn't let it make you too crazy.

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3/23/14 8:59 P

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I think the 80/20 rule may apply. If an obscene meal is unavoidable,I will enjoy it and track it best I can. I figure that as long as I go astray only occasionally my body will compensate and forgive eventually. We are what we do every day
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When I'm on a trip away from home,I just try to keep track in my head of what I eat and how much exercise and water I get. I also try to make sure I get my usual amount of sleep. It must work, because I don't usually gain any when I'm on a trip.

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No. I stick to portion sizes, know the kinds of foods I can eat, make a note of what snacks I've had and have a cup of tea and a piece of fruit if I feel hungry.

Usually I'm too busy to overeat if I'm not tracking anyway. I'm not as obsessed with food as I was. I eat to live not the other way around any more.

I track when I want to lose weight otherwise my weight is fairly stable now if I stick to those rules.

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I am about to take a two day trip to another city for work. While I will have internet access to track, it will be the fact that I have to eat out and cannot know exactly what is in my food or how it has been cooked that will concern me. I like to feel comfortable that I know what I am eating and that I am getting the correct nutrients. However I will make informed guesses. My motel will have a gym and a swimming pool, so I know that I can continue to exercise and I can also walk. These will be easy to track. So I suppose I could say it does bother me if I cannot track. Its what keeps me honest with myself and eating healthy. emoticon

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3/21/14 6:50 P

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I am definitely uncomfortable when I don't track.Tracking allows me to relax about what I am eating. I have this neurotic fear that every extra bite will cause me to blow up like a balloon. But when I actually calculate what I have eaten (and exercised), it usually turns out to be a non-issue....always less than the 3500 calories in a single pound. I have been maintaining for the past 1 1/2 years, but I am always on guard.

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3/21/14 4:58 P

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It bothers me some. I do not like eating out, so I usually do not have to worry about it. When it is a company or volunteer meal that I am not sure who made it, I get a little nervous. I just remind myself to eat slow and listen when my body is full.



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3/21/14 9:46 A

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I definitely am bothered when I can't track. It gives me a sense of panic that I'm out of control and don't know it. I've done it long enough that I have a pretty good idea when I'm approaching 'too much', but I'm still unpleasantly surprised sometimes. Those sauces and toppings and butter tend to sneak up on you!

Life is short. When we look back, are we going to regret missed picture opportunities or missed vacations or missed loves because we were too self conscious?


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I am definitely like that. It really bothers my daughter and husband when I insist on gathering as much info as possible. Eating out is a problem. While there are now some restaurants that have everything listed, it is frustrating when they only give protein, fat, and carbs. I know some people just use those three but I really want to know everything about what I eat. I am supposed to keep track of calcium and vitamin D. I also once tested low in potassium and so many products have it but don't have to list it. But even if I have to guess I will do that. emoticon



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3/20/14 9:12 A

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It is sometimes very difficult to track things you cook as you have to enter all the foods and decide how many portions there are. I don't think this is a very accurate measurement.



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3/19/14 10:39 A

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It does bother me not to be completely accurate. Wasting time with not the desired result bothers me. My perfectionism will be my downfall if I don't recognize that I will be so intent on exactness that I will throw up my hands in a week or two and stop the program. Sparkpeople has to fit into my lifrestyle and while wanting to do it right is a great asset, it can be my worst defect. I have quit this program several times before because it was taking up too much time in my mind. Hoping I don't do this again.



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3/18/14 5:23 P

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Oh yeah. especially when I'm on a vacation and the food is not on the usual listing or I don't have access to the internet.



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3/18/14 4:01 P

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yes! I do tend to get frustrated when I can't find EXACTLY what I'm looking for in the food log data base or online somewhere. Try hunting up the nutrition information for a piece of Senorita bread...I probably spent an hour looking for it when I finally threw up my hands and figured that it was pretty much the same as a glazed donut...or somewhere CLOSE to it. Then, I stepped away from the computer and thought "I just spent an HOUR looking for the exact calorie count of a pastry. I wonder what else I could/should have spent that hour on?"
Don't get me wrong, I still try to be as accurate as possible because I find that works best for me, but it messes with my head if I let it! Now, if I don't personally have the nutrition label or info right in front of me, I browse the food log for a few minutes and make and educated guess and just add it to my food log and MOVE ON! lol...

keep up the hard work but don't let it make you crazy!



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3/18/14 2:40 P

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I hate it when I do not track my intake. I do better when I track. Going out to eat is the worst when you are not tracking, there are hidden calories in things prepared by someone else.

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

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3/18/14 12:04 A

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It bothers me lots... I wasn't able to track since Thursday and I have been mentally adding up portions and calories. I went under one day and over another.

I still need this tool to keep track and make sure I am meeting my goals. In normal days, I usually enter dinner before I eat it so that I can stay in the lower range of my intake for the day. emoticon

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I usually have a rough estimate running in my head throughout the day, so I don't freak out if something unexpected comes up, but I have found that I stay on track much better when I record what I eat and how much I exercise. What I try to do when possible is to record what I'm going to eat before actually consuming it, especially when I plan it out so I get a bit of a treat at the end of the day.

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3/17/14 10:07 P

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I do much better when I track calories and activity. Anytime my ticker starts moving backward that is usually the reason. When I don't track activity I feel like I'm not getting credit for what I do, and when I don't track calories I end up overindulging and feeling guilty - which leads to more eating!

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3/17/14 9:35 P

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I'm an off and on type here too. In the beginning I tried so hard to track and write everything down. I've learned to better read my body and understand that I don't need to write it all down just pay close attention to what is going in my mouth. Without Spark that is a lesson I would have never learned.



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3/17/14 6:56 P

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There are a lot of calorie lists online, and all you have to do is copy/paste the list you want, onto something like Word, or wordpad, then print it out, and put it where you'll look at it most often.



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3/16/14 2:46 P

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The first year I was here it did bother me, but I stopped tracking about 9 months in. I've learned enough to be able to guesstimate how many calories are in most items. I did gain a little bit back and this year am trying a new thing, taking pictures of everything I eat until year 3.

All that said, I feel like I'm in control of food and it's not in control of me anymore, whether I track or not. Common sense is prevailing.

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it seems like if I write it down physically then I am more careful. it is too easy to ignore the tracker on spark. If I take the time to journal it I am more motivated to not go overboard. I am pretty good at tracking in my head, but again, I must write it down each time I eat something to really see results.

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I have been on Sparks since 2006, with many stops and starts in between. I used to think it was the end of the world when I didn't track, but now I track when I can, I am on the road going house to house visiting clients, teaching a few classes, getting to the gym and with the family when I can so I am not always on the computer. I do what I can. If I am going out to eat I try to put in what I think I will eat, that way I make better choices.

I love sparks people it's the best program I have ever found and the fact that it's free and works with my crazy life and dietary plan is a blessing.

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For me it's a MUST!

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Yes. It can be a problem. But I have a rule. If I can't track it, because I don't know the calories. Then I usually avoid it. I often bring my own food to event or check a restaurants website before going out. I plan my meal ahead of time. I usually keep healthy snacks with me. Snacks like protein drinks, bars, almonds, pistachios, or fruit. Pre-planning is the best advise I can offer and if you can't track it, don't eat it.

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It bothers me that I can't track exactly what I eat daily. I mean I know what I eat but I don't know how to measure the exact calories a day! I wish someone can help me on this because it is getting me frustrated when I try to put in my nutrition part!

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SPEAKING OF TRACKING ...DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A RETAIL STORE THAT SELLS THE SPARK ACTIVITY TRACKER? I WOULD LIKE TO PICK UP ONE THIS WEEKEND, SO I DONT HAVE TO WAIT TO ORDER IT ONLINE.


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YES! I FEEL LIKE I AM NOT IN CONTROL OF MY EATING! I TRY TO "GUESS"TIMATE AND KEEP A RUNNING TOTAL IN MY HEAD.

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3/14/14 10:29 A

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Absolutely!!! I feel like I'm over eating if I don't track it, even when I eat the same or similar items each day. Might have to bite the bullet and download the sparkpeople food tracker app :)



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Absolutely....makes me somewhat crazy!!! emoticon

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Yes. Also when I don't have time to use the recipe calculator to figure out a homemade item.



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3/13/14 9:33 P

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Happens to me ALL of the time...



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3/13/14 9:17 P

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Yes I agree! It's so frustrating when you don't know if you are to your limit yet but are still hungry!!



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drives me crazy esp if I'm debating whether or not to have something but don't want to exceed my limit and don't know how close I am.
and especially since the phone App for blackberry is useless!



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I signed up to this program haven't started yet. I am trying to absorb everything. I have downloaded the SPARK AMERICA app but no food tracker. Is there a free spark app that tracks ones daily food?

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No, I don't get too bummed about it, but I try not too miss too much either.



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3/12/14 4:45 P

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Well, what is frustrating is when you try to track something but are way off! Then gain weight....



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I try not to be too hard on myself. If I know I am going to eat a large meal from somewhere I generally assume it is a much higher calorie and fat content than I would normally prepare for myself. To sort of "counter attack" I eat a small breakfast and small lunch, sometimes just healthy snacks all day to hold me over so I have a little extra room and don't feel so guilty about indulging. Just remember, it's OK to reward yourself from time to time. You're only human and we only get to enjoy this life once, so take care of yourself and let go on occasion. :-D



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IF I DON'T TRACK, I EAT TOO MUCH. WHEN I CAN SEE THOSE TOTALS RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE, IT REALLY HELPS ME TO STAY ACCOUNTABLE.

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Yes, it bothers me when I can't track my nutrition. I try every day but there are always some days that I get busy or forget. I've let it really frustrate me before but now I just start over and work towards another, longer "streak." emoticon



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I live in Michigan, in the states. my tracker tracked my computer, clock, and radio when I was sleeping. I had to send it back. no little tracker is really going to motivate anyone. it's just like people that buy exercise equipment. the machines don't make you lose weight, you have to be very determined to stay with it,. many bail after the novelty wears off. I think if you just keep pushing either in your diet, and exercise you will hit your goal. it is nicer if you do some kind of exercise because your body does need it. if you move, you can move. As far as eating if you remember this simple thing it can help you. On your plate 1/3 should be protein, 1/3 grain, & 1/2 vegetables. Then include the oil ,fruit, and diary you need thru out the day, and 8-10 glasses of water.



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3/11/14 6:19 P

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Oh wow, that would be challenging, to be in another country
America has come a long way with having nutrition info available



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I have the same problem because I am living in Sweden
I used google translate to translate the phrase "nutritional information" and then googled each food I eat on a regular basis and put the info into my favorites.
It IS tedious but once it's done you can just click on favorites and it's all there.
So tedious, but worth it.



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I'm living in Germany now and most of the food isn't listed on the tracker! I tried adding a few items, but translation german to english is long and tedious. I just try to pick something as close as possible, and keep in mind that it'll be plus or minus some calories. emoticon



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Oh my yes it bothers me when I can't track the food I ate! I've only been with SP for a little over a month and I was very frustrated at first. But since then I've learned to track as closely as I can even if I have to make my recipe and put it in favorites. I don't eat out much and that has helped me a lot. Reading everyone's comments have also helped me. I'm determined to do this and I'm glad to have found this topic. Hello and thanks.


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Yes! That is why I tend to eat at home, where I can control and measure what goes into my food.

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Yes, it drives me around the tree when I can't track! I had family over yesterday and did not get a chance to log on before midnight and had an empty day and lost my streak! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, I am back on the road today so all is well.:)

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Yes, tracking calories IS kind of addicting, but I figure there are worse things to have be a habit.....

And yes, I've found that eating home made food away from home at someone else's house- or at restaurants with no info available- while that is hard to estimate- if I keep it to a couple times a week then it evens out.

If I did that every day- well that would be a problem. But most of the time, I can have a pretty close estimate.



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Tracking calories can be a bit addictive, especially when you first start this program. If you just eat out once in a while, just do the best that you can. Use the knowledge that you have learned thus far in this program to guesstimate serving sizing and call it good enough. Tomorrow is a new day, a fresh start.



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My state requires calories for chain restaurants, but there is nothing for private, local restaurants. I often look at the menu online and know my choices before I go, and then try to find something similar in the SP database. I've been maintaining for 5 years, so I weigh myself every morning and figure that is the real measure. Restaurant food can be salty, so my weight can be up for a day, but then it will drop down again.
Like you, I'd love it if I could find an accurate count, but if it isn't available, this is how I make do.


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Until I reach my short term goals it does bother me that I have to spend so much time tracking, but I know how important it is for me to learn to judge accurately what my body requires nutritionally and until I learn what and how much my body needs each day I'm being a consistent tracker. I am surprised how quickly calories were added to my daily limit. I guess when I get to the point where I have learned the correct foods and amounts I won't be as worried about putting everything in the tracker each day.
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I do get concerned when I am not able to count accurately. For instance, today I went out for pizza in an Italian restaurant I had one piece of New York style Pesto pizza..I know it has a lot of calories, but when I try to track what I think it might be, because I am not sure, I keep my calories under the minimum for the day thinking if I messed up on the tracking it won't matter. Then, when I am under my calories, my report is off...GEEEZZZ



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I rarely use the meal plans. I love being able to track what I do eat though.
Sometimes I'm shocked by how fast calories add up; other times I'm pleasantly surprised how many vegetables you can eat for minimal calories! :)
I might be wrong but it seems like the meal plans have little or no dessert? Maybe I'm just missing it but Iove my dessert in moderation! :)



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I find myself mentally tracking which I am very happy about. I like to use the meal plans to give me examples of what to eat. I do well most of the time but sometimes I don't have access to my computer so I track with the app. I have to alter things as necessary. Some days I do better than others but at least I am trying to keep track.



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i like tracking cause it helps me with binges or cravings. as i have to be accountable i wish that we could just type what we had as i dont measure because i have homecare make my foods



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I find it helps me to maintain. I do it whether or not I'm losing. That way it's a habit! :)



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I like to track while losing or from time to time to check myself exactly how much I'm eating. Often, it's just a habit, especially with the convenience of my Sparkpeople phone app.

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I plan my meal for the next day and I find I eat better if I try to stick to that plan, Some times at night I need to make adjustments. I use my favorite groupings that work for me so I just do it once and then I adjust if needed. I try to change my choices every day as not to get bored, I am recently retired and my husband loves to go out to eat so that has been my biggest challenge. I do need to track my food daily so I see what works for me and what doesn't.
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Sweetlilblueeyes,

I find myself doing the same thing--If I see I have extra calories, it's hard for me not to want to have a sweet treat at the end of the day and add something since I "can"

But that also goes back to the fact that I frequently eat just because I want to, not because I'm actually hungry. I'm trying to work on that though!





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Yes ! . I need to trk to keep myself accountable .. It's the high light of my day ..

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Yes, it bothers me initially when I'm trying to get back on track. However, I don't beat myself up about it if I miss a day. I try remind myself how much easier becoming healthier is these days with all the fancy technology we have now for tracking our nutrition and fitness activity. I'm just very thankful to live in a time & place where I have tools like Spark People available to me.

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I cook almost exclusively from scratch, so tracking for me is a major pain in the rear -I have to either create a new recipe every time I make dinner (since I rarely cook exactly the same way!), or I have to enter every single ingredient.

I stopped tracking every single meal every single day a while ago. I now track faithfully for a week once a month or so, whenever I feel like I'm getting off track, or I want to figure out why I'm so tired all the time (sometimes I'm not eating enough, or not eating a good balance of fat/protein/carbs), or want to make sure I'm getting enough of a particular nutrient (calcium is a big one for us ladies!). By the end of the week, I remember why I don't track every single meal every single day!

I don't have a smart phone, and although I'm a stay-at-home mom, I'm rarely actually at home during the day, so I usually do two tracking sessions - one in the morning to plan my meals, then one in the evening to record what I actually ate.

I never feel the need to "fill in" any uneaten calories at the end of the night just for the saking of "using them up". If I'm short, I ask myself if I'm hungry - if I am, I eat something. If I'm not, I think back over the last day or two - frequently, I'm "short" because I ate on the higher end or even over my "allowance" the previous day, and I'm simply not as hungry. Other days I did a much harder workout than I'd originally planned, so my food ended up not being enough (a 20-mile bike ride instead of 15, adding a strength-training session after a run that I hadn't planned for, etc.), and now I'm HUNGRY!

I guess the big thing is I worry less about the numbers and more about what my body is telling me combined with what I know I've done during the day and previous days.

Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.


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Has anyone had this experience? Sometimes I am tracking (which I try to do everyday, even if it's not so good) and in the evening I will see that I still have more calories to "spend." I might not be hungry, but since they are there....I find myself eating when I probably would not have done so if I didn't know I had calories left over. I know it's a range and I don't have to eat all of them, but something makes me use up almost all of my available calories. I am sure I would lose weight faster if I could get past this. I won't give up on tracking because for me it's very important. I guess I just need to think about it before I eat, and not just do it because my mind says to use up all of my calories. It's like a weird "clean your plate" syndrome.

One day at a time.

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ACHANSO
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I actually had an issue with this today- treats were served at a staff meeting and I actually was feeling kind of nervous that I couldn't track the calories and I had no idea how many calories were in the petit fours--but I actually asked where they came from, thankfully they were commercially prepared and the great thing was that the actual calories were LOWER than what I would have estimated :) This is why I prefer to be able to track- because sometimes my estimations are close but sometimes the reality is very surprising! :)



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Yes!! Where I work I have no access to the internet and am not allowed to have my smart phone with me, so I have to write down everything I eat then transfer it when I get home or get to my phone. Very inconvenient and doesn't always happen. Since the only goal I have yet to master is staying within my caloric limit, I am dependent on documenting what I eat....the good, the bad and the ugly :) It throws me off not being able to track...



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Thanks for reminding me that lifestyle is range-oriented, Sandrapski. Good helpful encouragement.

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It bothers me because I like to average my intake over a week's period and when I miss a day, I have to wait until seven days has passed to again have a week's worth of data.

When restaurants don't provide nutrition info, I just do my best to estimate based on similar food that I've eaten at other restaurants that do provide the numbers.

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I am not really bothered unless I really get off track with eating too-o-o much

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After six years of using SP, not so much. I use the tracker to remind me of balance, portion control, and awareness of out-of-control snacking. Having reached my goal weight several times I realized that maintenance is about a range, not an absolute number. Fitness ties into it as well. When I start to hit the upper part of the range (for me that's "ideal"+10), I start tracking again--it usually points out my snacking habits have drifted.

A week or two of tracking and it's like hitting "reset" as far as remembering appropriate portion sizes and just being more aware of what I'm eating.

That being said, for the first year or so I was pretty dedicated to tracking. When I didn't, I gained weight. It took a while to both really learn to gage portion sizes and remain mindful of everything I put in my mouth.

The other big lesson I learned was not to use one indulgent meal or even day to justify eating whatever sounded good because I'd "fallen off the wagon." I plan to live a long time and that type of guilt doesn't help, it just makes you give up. Now I just grin sheepishly grin and start again. What's the expression, something like "fall down nine times, get up ten."

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Yes, it bothers me. I'm trying really hard to succeed and I still measure my food (even after 5 1/2 yrs on SP). Other people eye-ball it, but I know it's easy to "accidentally" have more than I tracked. How do you think we get overweight in the first place? Portion distortion!

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Yes, it bothers me too....it's frustrating when restaurants don't have any information available whatsoever or aren't even willing to help you a little with brand names, etc.

I just do my best though- and try to track daily as much as I know and then for the few things I don't know-- I estimate as close as possible. Or, sometimes I try to find a comparable item at another restaurant and hope it's close.



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It drives me nutso! I feel as if I failed to stick to a program. However, I know that life often puts obstacles in the path of success so you just have to go with the flow. I find myself reviewing the previous day's entries to ensure that I have everything.

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Absolutely! I feel off kilter and not in control when I can't track. Thankfully, I track a day ahead so I always have my next days meals planned out. Works for me!

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I am one of those militant trackers. When I can't find the information on the label or online, I go nuts. With the specific problem of local restaurants, you would literally break it down ingredient by ingredient. I have a problem when I order from a major chain because the nutrition facts are based on the entire dish. I can't eat dairy. I live in Wisconsin where everything is hosed down with cheese and ordering something without cheese is fine but can't calculate what I just ate. In case you guessed, I don't eat out much. I've been at this since November and have eaten out 4 times - I used to eat out 4 times a day, no wonder I was up to 289 pounds at 5'6".



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It doesn't bother me as such, but it does feel better to consistently track than to try to keep a tally in my head.

"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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Yes it does but not as much as is used to. Now, I don't have to track every single day. I track at least 5 days and it doesn't bother me not tracking a couple of days, especially when I am eating pretty healthy all day. I know that I'm fine when I eat healthy most of the time. When I was focused more on calories, tracking was so crucial for me. I felt like I just had to do it. I've noticed that since I have focused more on what I eat vs. how much, tracking isn't as important. Eating lots of fruits and veggies, no sweets and unhealthy snacks, lean meats, etc.... I know I'm staying in range for the most part. At least the chances of going over are less.

I love the app. I prefer planning meals on my computer but I have the app on my phone and kindle to make changes and updates and stay on track.



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Do more of what makes you healthy

You can crumble or you can conquer

The only way to finish your workout is to start

Those who succeed are the ones who look in the mirror and see no change, but continue anyway knowing they'll get there in time


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I wish they had a way to track grams of sugar in the nutrient list.



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Yes it does! I have to stay consistent to be successful. If I miss a day or two I go downhill. The trophies don't matter too much to me, except that Perfect Attn, one. It irks me big time when most mths I get a Consistency instead. I log on EVERYDAY no matter what, but SP doesn't seem to recognize that. Don't know why.



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Yes, I am obsessed with tracking my food. Also obsessed with weighing my self, I do that every morning to make sure I'm staying on track, it really motivates me.

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I have been struggling today to get started on this website. It's not that the website is difficult, but there is a LOT of info and I want to track and finally reach some life/fitness goals. I have used this site and similar ones in the past so I know my old answer and my new.

Before, it would drive me nuts to not track. In the end, I let things discourage me and I lapsed into old behaviors. This time I am looking to change some things in my life for good. I know I can't always track. Sometimes I will have to draw on the knowledge that tracking has given me to make educated guesses and let that be good enough. None of us is perfect. None of us can ever be perfect. We can, however, be educated, forgiving of ourselves and dedicated to our life goals. If those things are true, we can reach whatever goals we set for ourselves.

I took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost


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It bothers me to not track. However, I recognize that strict tracking is not how most people live. I am trying to let the nights where I eat out or when some one else cooks for me not bother me too much. It's hard, but I think that part of a healthy lifestyle is flexibility. Many people enjoy pizza dinners or a night out once in a while and I know that I can have that too.



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There are many other websites available to log food. I always estimate calories, if a more accurate method is not practicable, and log it, sometimes a day or two later. Some idea of how much I have eaten is much better than none. Ten years ago I lost 100lbs logging calories only and that by hand on paper. Some of the references were from the internet but most were from books.



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Your post resonated with me. Thank you for sharing. Raising four children on my own taught me to take care of everyone else first and if any time was left over to tend to myself. Needless to say there wasn't too much left for me. It is harder to take care of myself now than if I had done so all along. Now, I am learning to walk and enjoy it, track everything (which holds us accountable) and enjoy all of it. I too find myself reaching for the computer every time I complete an activity or eat a meal. I love this site! Thanks again for sharing your story. It really helps to know others have been there and have enjoyed this journey.




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Yes! It drives me nuts if I eat out and can't find the exact nutrition info...I like to eat local instead of from big chains when I do go out, but if I dont track I always eat more than intended!



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YES!
Two completely different situations:
1. We went on a 14 day cruise - no reasonable priced internet for 14 days. And, of course, all the food you would care to eat, cooked by other people, no idea really on a lot of things what might be in it. I tried to log it all in a spreadsheet and I entered it later, but it was total guess work. I walked at least a mile in laps around the ship each day, so that was good, and LOTS of people were walking laps, and that felt good. Over the 14 days, I gained 2.5 pounds.
2. One Saturday morning, the Sparkpeople site was not available. PANIC. I have come to realize that I don't want to try to fix evening meals without having the count of calories left. And, I mean, I was worrying about finding a backup site fast. I depend on this site to keep me going. I am a bit concerned about that, because crutches don't help you run free.

I have learned to not torture myself for pizza at a retirement party, that's just dinner. Even though I can't guess how many calories etc it was. But I do go to the party and have a good time. And, it is easy for me to pass on the drinks.

I have learned that half of my pint sized dinner plate should be vegetables, even though they might be smothered in butter or oils. I go with the flow on that. (no torture required), the other half the protein and carbs, equally divided. Not bad for an old lady.

I have learned that walking really does count as exercise and I feel a lot better doing it every day. This was hard because I was a college athlete, and walking just didn't seem vigorous enough. Note to self: you needed to get over that much earlier in life, no torture required

And, Biggest lesson of all: I AM WORTH TAKING CARE OF. It was drilled into my head as a child, mothers come last. Don't judge a book by its cover. Neither of these helped my health, or my career. Yesterday, one of my managers at work came by to tell me how much better I was looking, and that he thought I was ready for new challenges. Wow, look what 40 pounds, earrings, a simple necklace, fingernail polish, and the pride I have in myself, can do.



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OH I HAVE to track !! it keeps me HONEST !!! otherwise, I'd EAT as I WISHED,, without anyone to look at it,, and helps me to make IMPROVEMENTS !! Such as now, I can see over the days,, if I am eating Freggies,, and how many when I look back over the tracker for a week or 2.

ALso has helped me GREATLY in seeing my exercise I've done,, and the water I've drank.

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Absolutely, not only does it bother me psychologically but if I have to go a long time without tracking, I tend to gain weight. My laptop died in late November and it took me more than a month to get it repaired. Writing it down works for a lot of people but I am much more consistent if I can do it online.

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3/1/14 12:18 A

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i feel you. it does bother me when restaurants don't make their nutrition information available, or when i can't figure out exactly what to put in for something i've eaten. but honestly, i'm trying to stop letting it bother me so much. i've been on SP for almost 2 years now, and sometimes it gets to the point where i obsess and stress out about calories and everything else. in an effort to foster a healthy and mindful relationship with food, i'm trying to learn to tell myself that the sky won't fall because i don't know the specs of the things i eat down to the last gram of fat. i shouldn't (and won't) fall apart because i can't track a particular meal/set of meals, because i can (should) still rely on hunger levels and other things to keep me on track. and even if everything goes to hell in a hand-basket for one day, it doesn't mean that i'll gain back everything that i've lost, and even if i do my identity is not tied to any of those numbers.

of course, i don't see it that optimistically ALL the time...but that is the goal.

Edited by: CALLME3NI at: 3/1/2014 (00:19)
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KILYGE70
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2/28/14 10:32 P

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Yes! The days I don't track often become binge days. I have had to go back and add all my food only to find my calories were WAY to high. I think tracking helps me to mentally plan for my daily food intake. If I track ahead and then hit a stressor, I look at how many extra calories I've burned or can burn. This usually helps me through the impulse to eat. I'm a person who loves structure:-)



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2/28/14 7:55 P

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Yes it would bother me if i do not track my food I eat, I have been tracking everyday since Jan 2014 when I begin this program to lose weight. I am looking for a spark friend to help me through my weight journey this year. I found out so far when I eat too many calories I try to do better next day of eating less, so this helps a lot in tracking. I also track my fitness too. if you like to be my friend u can go to my spark page and see who I am and just message me. Thank You
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