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GRAMMYX7
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5/26/14 9:55 A

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I am more accountable to myself when I track my food. I still need to get better at portion control, weighing and measuring rather than second guessing what I ate, but with time and motivation I will get there. I am always open for any tips and advice.

Only I can make it happen
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LADYPHANTOM
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5/25/14 5:15 P

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Based upon my own experience, I know I MUST track. I have success losing weight when I consistently track with Sparkpeople or Weight Watchers. But the minute I quit tracking, I start gaining. But that is just my experience. I need tracking to keep me accountable and to keep me aware of what I eat.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord.
ROMANS 8:28



LETS GO BLUES!!!



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5/25/14 3:07 P

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I think tracking my food intake is the key component to my recent weight loss. I had a variety of other things I was doing as well, but knowing what I was eating and how much made me more aware of the healthy food choices that I was making. I could look back and see if I was eating my veggies and fruit each day, getting adequate protein and staying within the fat, carb and calories limits. I also have goal not to eat 3 hours before bedtime, and limit carbonated drinks (even diet)



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I will say that I went thru WW the first time not tracking, lost a lot of weight, got overconfident and put all of it back on. I am now commiting to going to WW each week to weigh in. I also have to commit to not buying very many things with an elastic waist- if you're not tracking and wearing elastic=recipe for disaster. I am thinking of a FitBit, but I think that material they are made of would irritate my skin.

LET'S DO THIS!


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5/23/14 10:17 P

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I'm on Day 2 of tracking - this time around on my looong journey. It only takes a few minutes and yet, I have stopped doing it so quickly in the past. I hope to consistently (daily) track every meal, every minute of exercise and water intake - even when I have a day or two that shows I overindulged in food or didn't move enough.

"What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it."

"The part can never be well unless the whole is well."


"Don't try to lose weight. Take delight in gaining fitness."


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5/23/14 9:52 P

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I need to track but miis the food quick track.



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MADAMES
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5/23/14 9:18 P

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Tracking is essential!

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BELDAME
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5/23/14 11:58 A

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Not tracking is not an option for me, unless I want to gain weight.

"Contrariwise," continued Tweedldee, "if it was so it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."


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When i tried intuitive eating without tracking last year, after reaching my goal weight and going below it, the weight started coming back on. So now I intuitve eat, but track it, when i have some idea of the cals involved. I am about 1/2 kilo above goal, after putting on I 1/2 kilos during a very high calorie month, with a wedding, Easter with lots of celebrations, my birthday, and my sister visiting, and cooking, for 2 weeks. In the 10 days since then, i have shed a kilo. Tracking, even when very approximate, helped me limit the amount I put on during that month. I dont enjoy tracking, but I enjoy the consequences of not tracking even less! But I am not legalistic about it! This works for me



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I joined Spark last summer in July and I've tracked every bit of food since that first day. I've worn my fitbit every single day as well. I've learned alot and it is my lifestyle now and I don't mind it at all. I've lost almost 49 pounds and haven't gained a single pound since I started.It takes me 2 minutes to enter my food. The time and small effort is worth my sanity.



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I've had much success without tracking (losing weight and inches) and tracking. I always track in my head, with clean eating it's easier to track. Wanting to lose the last 20lbs I have decided to go back to the drawing board and track.



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5/22/14 2:57 P

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I track during the week, but not on the weekends. I know that tracking during the week helps me to make better choices regarding what I eat, when, and how much. But on the weekends, the last thing I want to do is track anything!

"To swear off mistakes is very easy, all you have to do is swear off having ideas" - Leo Burnett



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5/22/14 1:53 P

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Tracking keeps me accountable to myself...I am taking this thing one day at a time...and not beating myself up about anything. Tracking also allows me to be able to notice certain trends in my eating habits...

One Day At A Time


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5/22/14 10:19 A

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I actually joined SP when I was close to my goal weight and needed help in transitioning from a diet mentality to a lifestyle one. The feedback I get from the nutrition trackers has helped me to wean off of processed foods and have a cleaner balanced meals. Its been more than 5 years and although my weight has fluctuated +/- 20 lbs, I've never gone back to my highest starting weight which was an additional 30 lbs (-50).

I used to think that tracking was a tedious chore but realized that I wasted more time on other things online that didn't provide beneficial results. So it wouldn't hurt to try to make this a habit just like any other (i.e grooming habits, house cleaning).



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5/22/14 8:04 A

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I went on a trip for a week and gained three pounds. Sure that is not a lot. One time I started gaining back weight because I stopped tracking. I kept telling myself. Oh three pounds here and three pounds there, that is not a lot. Then before I knew it I had gained back all my weight and then some. Tracking keeps me accountable. It gives me boundaries.

I would like to get to a point where I don't have to track, but I don't see that happening any time in the near future.

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

Even though I have reached goal. I still don't know everything about weight loss.

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Tracking makes everything ten times easier because you are making yourself more accountable for what you eat. It is very easy to overeat especially since the amount of food we eat has increased. I'm a firm believer that if you track successfully in the beginning, you will become more aware of your eating habits and you might not have to track as much.



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HEALTHYJO77
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5/21/14 9:33 P

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I've done it both ways, tracking and not tracking and I have to say that tracking is key to any success I have achieved. It just makes sense to me.



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Not for me.



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MOTHERBOARDER
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NEVER



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KST1969
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I am beginning to realize that I'm much more successful if I track.

Kelly Thomas - Klamath Falls, Oregon
We can do anything that we set our minds to. :)
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Goal 11/25/2014 255 pounds....
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UKNOWITNOW
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I know that the only way for me to be successful is tracking

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


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ANTIGONAKI
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It can happen if you eat mindfully... no tv, computer, reading etc while you eat.... you still have to measure out your portions.



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MARION-S
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5/20/14 7:15 A

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It's the only thing that works for me. No tracking = no loss

Marion - New Jersey
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TEXASWILLIE
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5/19/14 9:24 P

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Honestly, tracking is time consuming and inconvenient. However, the only time I have had real success with weight loss is when I have been actively involved of every aspect of my life.

By that I mean, consciously aware of what I am eating, what I am doing (from a lifestyle perspective). Tracking helps me to do that.

In the past year and a half I have gone from 242 lbs down to a low of 184 lbs, then a little increase to 197. I have gone from a sedentary lifestyle to VERY active and work out at the Y at least 3 times a week, usually more than that though.

At 66 years of age, I am in the best shape I have ever been......I mean that . Even when I was on the swim team in high school, I wasn't in this good of shape!



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ZIGGYSTARSHAY
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This is my fourth go with Spark, and this time I am not tracking. I truly want this to be a lifestyle change, and I feel the tracking aspect weighed me down in the 'realistic' aspect. I know it's a very useful tool, and for a novice, I do highly recommend it. But I did not want to rely on the tracker forever, and panic every time I couldn't track accurately and completely. I feel very much in control of my eating habits without it, to be perfectly honest!



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Tracking keeps me mindful of what I am eating, and forces me to actively choose foods. I have over 40 years of mindless eating to overcome, I figure I'll need to track my food for the next 40 years (if I'm so fortunate.)

Whenever possible, I enter the foods I'll be eating before I eat them. This allows me to adjust serving sizes and types of food before I eat so I can meet my goals. Of course, some days I eat better than others, but I am committed to honestly track what I eat.

Committed to Healthy Living, not perfection, one day at a time.


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I was losing weight before joining Spark without tracking. However, I have discovered that I'm losing weight faster now that I am tracking. It helps me to be able to see exactly what I'm putting into my body.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were going to live forever.

It is health that is real wealth, not pieces of gold and silver.


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5/18/14 5:53 P

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I would be the size of a house lol

Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life So I Got To Make It Count


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I hope that is possible, great question!!!



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No tracking?? For me it would be a huge mistake!

Hula Down The Pounds


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Personally, I have never had consistent -- i.e., lasting -- success without tracking. And since tracking is working for me now, I have no desire to mess with that. I plan to continue tracking even when I reach maintenance. It's the only way for me to really be sure that I'm doing what I need to do.

My Streaks :)

-Pescatarian since 10/18/2007

-Nonsmoker & Nondrinker since 9/8/2012

-Maintaining a 10% weight loss since 7/13/2014



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LYNNIE122484
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For me.. If I want to lose weight I have to track.. It's the only thing that works for me.. To know everything I'm putting in my mouth. If I don't track I just eat whatever... It helps me eat better because I don't want to write down that I had pizza or anything bad. Plus, I know exactly what I'm eating. I know, I can have this and clean my plate and not feel bad.. It helps me make healthy choices.

"If your tired of starting over, stop giving up."

" DOn't quIT"

"Just start moving!"

"Most of the shadows in this life are caused by standing in our own sunshine."
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without tracking I take off 5 lbs and gain back on week-ends. With it I am a little better



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Tracking religiously helped me lose 50 pounds. I thought I didn't need it anymore and left SP. Over a couple of years I became less and less aware (mostly psychologically) of what I was putting in my mouth and started putting weight back on. Sooooooo, I'm back and tracking again. I missed my first day of complete tracking yesterday (been back almost 4 weeks now) but know I can't do that very often. That is just my own personal need. By looking at the numbers it keeps me accountable - to ME!

***Robin***

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Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start.

Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

If you can dream it you can achieve it.


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MOABRIDER
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There are so many ways on this site to become disciplined (which I have a difficult time with). Tracking at lease ONE behavior each day works for me.....I at least login .....which leads me to do other healthy things on this site!
GOOD LUCK TO YOU!



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I don't use the tracker on here and in fact wrote a blog post about it if you want to check it out. I don't really track food per se, but instead I eat the same macros at each meal from day to day. Since I've experience great success, my answer would be yes.

Jennifer
Married to my soul mate, mom of 3, Type 1 diabetic for 38 years, highest weight ever 180 lbs. Current weight 137. 1 more pound to go before I reach a healthy BMI!


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You might do a web search for the simply filling plan. Good Luck


Long term goal is 140lbs
"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
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That's a great idea, ALLTHEBEST4ME, I think I'm going to try that! emoticon



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I love the Nutrition Tracker because it allows me to plan my meals for tomorrow, rather than tracking what I've eaten today. I buy all manner of lovely produce, lean meats, all the good stuff, and then forget it's in the fridge. By using my Tracker set a day ahead, I go thru the fridge and the pantry, see what I have, and plan meals around it, all while staying in my calorie range (which is very limited at the moment). I can also input the ingredients from a recipe and determine if I need to make any substitutions. Say, the recipe calls for 4 tablespoons of cream cheese for 4 servings. I input 1 tablespoon of cream cheese and see where my calorie count is -- I may (or may not!) have to cut down the amount in the recipe. I thought, at first, that it would be too time-consuming, but I've found that it's not too much so, and that the weight I've lost has made the time worth my time! It also makes meal prep simple: I know what to lay out for breakfast so the process goes faster, and I prep lunch so I just have to toss it all in my lunch kit and head to work, and in the morning, it reminds me to defrost anything for supper. I don't track exercise (and I keep forgetting to track water) but I definitely track what I eat.



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I've been following the Zone Diet and lifestyle for many years. I lost 100 pounds over the first two years and I have maintained the loss ever since, all without tracking. Best of all is the huge change it has made in my level of a wellness. With the Zone you take it meal by meal, snack by snack. Each meal and snack contains lean protein, plus a moderate amounts of carbohydrate and heart healthy fat. The Zone is easy, it works great and you feel great!


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I have always hated tracking my food; but it is essential for me now to succeed. I use it like a checkbook, low balance, take care, no backup. emoticon

I found today I have to track my exercise too; it gives me a goal to meet, steps, minutes. I realized a few minutes ago, if I didn't track my exercise, I would be much less likely to exercise. emoticon

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Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."


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For me the tracking is absolutely necessary.

If I keep track of my food intake and I'm successful.

If I don't I'm not.





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RENATARUNS--Since you pulled my response, this is directly to you. You are speaking from a vantage point of someone who is in maintenance & has been for a minute now. I'm giving my point of view of someone who is finally dedicated to getting this weight off after many years & attempts. So for me, I'm still finding my way & the tracker is mandatory at this point in time for me. Once I make it to maintenance, I'm sure my viewpoint will change.

Edited by: CARLATAM at: 5/13/2014 (13:54)
Carla

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Track for sure! I lost 4 pounds since the 4th! I know I wouldn't have lost anything if I had not kept track of every morsel!



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I've had success both tracking, and "not" tracking. It's not that I binge and ignore it... I am just conscious of my hunger and my meals. Whether I am mentally tracking, or eating to a meal plan, it is nice to not feel tied to the tracker once in a while.

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To me, getting away from daily tracking will be a goal of mine during maintenance. I am not there yet and daily tracking helps me stay focused on goals. More power to those who can achieve success without it...I don't have that talent yet.



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Thanks for your insights, Renata. I am getting myself back on track, and even being "conscious" right now is helping me. It's nice to see the weight come off in the last few days simply by doing that...

Mary

PS To my old SP friends - It's been a very rough journey... My beloved, healthy, athletic, tall, dark and handsome husband died in August 2012 from a very aggressive cancer... In the many months caring for him I was stressed and didn't "care" anymore, and put back on 30 pounds I had just finished losing... And then I gained even more...

A short, but very sweet, video tribute to this beautiful man:
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"No such thing unless the diet is clean 100% of the time every day all day. No one is perfect which goes back to no such thing."

This is not true; my diet is in no way perfect by anyone's standards, not even mine. However, I do notice that I eat a lot cleanER than a lot of people who do rely on tracking to keep them on course; if a typical day of mine has 200 calories' worth of assorted non-meal, non-healthy snack junk in it (on a 2000 calorie-ish maintenance "plan"), then that's a lot. When I was losing it was more like 100. Desserts and eating out are rare for me. I think that makes maintaining a weight for extended periods of time without tracking much, much more likely to succeed -- when you can live that way and be content with it.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 5/9/2014 (16:15)
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not very much for me.



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I just started tracking because I wasn't having any luck. I would eat something with a lot of calories and think I blew it for the day and so would just eat whatever I wanted the rest of the day. Since I started tracking, I've found that what I eat that I think blows things actually doesn't and so no more excuse for eating bad the rest of the day.



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JUSTEATREALFOOD
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5/9/14 8:52 A

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It's totally possible.

I eat pretty clean but not perfect. I can maintain without tracking and even treating myself a bit.

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I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free. And it's changed my life!

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Keeping my blood sugar levels low on my high fat/ low carb/ moderate protein diet.


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CARLATAM
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5/9/14 8:33 A

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No such thing unless the diet is clean 100% of the time every day all day. No one is perfect which goes back to no such thing.

Carla

Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't.


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TIME-4-TINA
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5/9/14 7:07 A

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Success without tracking? Now way!

You are what you repeatedly do.

Someone who is busier than you is working out right now.


HADAMIREYA
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tracking helped me see that i'm under eating proteins, I thought I was balancing well and I was mmissing to add a couple more portions I day and I feel better, I started feeling a little lazy due to lack of balance, focusing too much on veggies



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TINIERTINA
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Tracking gross carb grams in your head (along with calorie count) is still tracking, by your estimation, RAYLIN; it just doesn't FEEL like tracking because it has been internalized ... once you have all diagnostic tools at your finger tips, it is your decision whether to write it down, key it in, voice-record it in, and/or share it online ... or not!


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the Diabetic Exchange System is still tracking.

the Richard Simmons Dial A Meal is still tracking.

I cannot control my weight or my eating without tracking, regardless of how I am tracking, but I do calorie counting.

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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SUSAN727
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I do much better when I track.

Susan

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I stopped tracking for a little while and seemed to do just fine. After using the tracker for over two years, I had learned enough to gauge what I was eating and keep it within the limits. I did pick tracking back up this week because I'm starting a high protein diet as part of a strength training plan. Always helpful to come back!



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I do track my exercise and food. I lost the weight tracking, kept it off for a year tracking, quit tracking for about 6 months and kept it off but found that I was not as thoughtful about what I was eating and my exercising when I didn't track so I started tracking again. When I track I tend to make better and healthier choices-I typically know the calorie count of what I'm eating but when I track and think about it I'm less likely to spend 200 calories eating 3 dark chocolate peanut butter cups and more likely to eat a banana and a 1 peanut butter cup. Keeps me more conscious of what I'm doing.



GRIZ1GIRL
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I always track my exercise minutes everyday--it makes me feel good to see how many minutes I work out every year. :)

I rarely track foods though--I've been doing this for SO long--8+ years! I know what I need to eat & not eat. I know how much is too much or not enough.

But when it comes to really learning the truth about your eating habits & being accountable--NOTHING beats the SP trackers! Using them when I first started my Get Healthy journey was very helpful!

It Is What It Is.... :)


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The first time I lost weight, I stopped tracking once I hit goal. I was in a new relationship and finishing up school and figured I didn't need to. Lo and behold, I gained it all back and then some. Tracking keeps me accountable.

"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."
- Helen Keller


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CAROLINEINCITY
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I think some sort of tracking is necessary for most people who have a longer journey ahead and are trying to lose significant amounts of weight. I've been up and down on my weight over the years and I have observed that I am only successful when there is some sort of tracking used. HOWEVER - spending up to an hour a day looking up food and calculating calories/fat/protein/carbs, plus the time spent trying to find a similar item on the list, changing out items, or making your own entries on a tracker can feel...well, obsessive and counterproductive. It's more difficult to keep up with, and that much easier to stop doing as a result.

I used to have a LOT of success before these systems existed, just jotting down what I wanted to eat that day (or the next day) on a note pad, with or without measurements, using light recipes, and just sort of sticking to it. I find that method helpful for planning and groceries as well, and I can just throw it away afterward. Doesn't have to be a big issue but this sort of light tracking has a big impact.



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i agree if i didnt track i would probably go back to overeating.

keep on trucking


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Jillian Michaels was once asked if she still logged her food and she said - EVERYDAY - I have seen what happens when I don't track so I will not be making that mistake again.



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Agree with this post DAWNH504



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For me not tracking is not an option. If I don't track, I don't lose. Plus, the act of tracking will sometime put the brakes on eating something I really don't need or want.

Tracking is key in my WL journey.

"NOTHING changes if nothing changes" Remember, while looking forward to reaching your destination you need to enjoy the journey.

With God, all things are possible.

PamB


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KATELAU1
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I have learned the hard way that guessing will only move the scale in the wrong direction.



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I for one have no success without tracking.

I hope the kids learn as much from me as I do them.


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ALMISSE
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Some people need it, some don't. I do much better when I do track, especially since I can overestimate too much and end up under eating easily. I also do better when I can properly measure things instead of eyeballing it for the same reason. Then there's thinks I just don't realize is as many calories as it is. Even if that's not the problem, another is discipline. Tracking accurately keeps me accountable so I avoid overdoing certain foods, or snacking too much throughout the day.
If you can have a healthy diet and lifestyle without tracking, that's great. I'm better off tracking myself, but we all need to find what works best for us if we wish to succeed in making this a change for life.

Edited by: ALMISSE at: 5/5/2014 (15:39)
Highest: 178lbs Current: 128lbs
Goal: Maintaining & Toning.
"Don't look for an excuse, look for a way to get it done."


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I agree, DawnH504, with all of your reasons. Without tracking, I kid myself about the amount I'm eating and the choices I'm making.



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I definitely think that tracking isn't essential to weight loss. A focus on sugar intake and proper research on the damaging effects of sugar on behavior and metabolism is in order.

The wonders of our reality often exceed the limitations of our imagination.


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