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6/1/14 8:15 P

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I am horrible at tracking food. I start to do it but have problems finding the items I need and give up.



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6/1/14 1:36 A

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I was in that mode for a long time. Once I started tracking again I became much more aware of what was wrong!

If the journey was easy I wouldn't appreciate the benefits I reap.

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5/31/14 11:32 A

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I just cannot seem to get myself up to tracking what I eat. That is my biggest problem. Can someone help me to get on the right track to do this. Please respond to my Sparkmail. Thanks.

Diane from NC

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5/29/14 6:01 P

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yes, try to keep a log and record as memory does not work, have trouble finding variations

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5/29/14 5:57 P

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It used to, back when I used spark for the first time in 2010, dropping 55 pounds in 6 months.

These days, though...not especially. I find that I become too anal retentive about it, and that in turn causes me to be fearful of eating anything.

Sometimes I will track and sometimes...not really.

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5/28/14 9:43 P

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I track everything... salt and pepper.

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5/28/14 9:23 P

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Without the food tracking, I would NOT be losing weight. emoticon

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5/28/14 6:36 P

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This go around with SP, I have not tracked my food. Exercise, yes. Food tracking became so consuming and all encompassing that it really took a toll, and I became slightly insane about it. If I want this to be my life, for real, then I should be able to do it without having to monitor every thing that goes into my mouth. I not only enjoy healthy food, but I enjoy eating out and sweets - and I indulge in these things fairly regularly. I feel I am at a very balanced place this time, and do not feel deprived or that I'm missing out on anything. I'm finally on the right track!



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5/27/14 6:31 P

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It bothers me sometimes when I can't track because even though I may eat the wrong thing or go over, I need that information listed so when I go back and look over my log I can make adjustments and/or find out what my trigger was emoticon



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5/27/14 2:34 P

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Not was much as it use to. I was tracking; then life got more complicated so I do the best I can to stay on task. I had to adjust my viewpoint not to make myself crazy. Give it best to keep it going because healthy lifestyle is the main goal.

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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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3/22/14 5:28 P

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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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3/22/14 6:52 A

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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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3/22/14 1:00 A

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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!

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3/20/14 11:10 P

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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.

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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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3/17/14 11:03 P

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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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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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3/15/14 11:52 A

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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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3/15/14 10:40 A

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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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3/14/14 11:16 P

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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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3/14/14 6:17 P

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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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3/13/14 11:05 P

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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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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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3/13/14 2:44 A

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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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3/12/14 7:25 P

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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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3/11/14 9:05 P

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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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