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4/26/13 8:11 P

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Before the internet I would write down what I ate and its calorie count. It worked to be accountable to your self. I lost weight and it works using the tracker on the internet. It always worked. Best wishes, Linda from bean town

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4/26/13 6:16 P

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I tried not tracking calories and I gained 10 lbs back. I now track daily. I need to have the accountability that tracking gives me! Maybe someday I won't have to, but I've worked too hard to "go back" now!

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4/26/13 5:30 P

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I've been reading the comments here, (AND LOVE "EM!)
and it appears -- like with everything else -- there is no 'one size fits all' solution.
Ya gotta do what works for you.
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Thank you all for sharing . . . it is such an encouragement for those of us beginners.
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4/26/13 2:32 P

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I do it more as planning than tracking. I lay out in advance what I will be eating that day, then check it off as I go. I usually plan 3-4 days in advance and plan my shopping accordingly. That way I also know to soak beans or pull something from the freezer or whatever, reading each recipe carefully in advance so I don't get to step 6 which says "simmer for 3 hours" and be surprised. If I am walking through the grocery store and see something that just grabs me, I jot it down and plan it in for next time. I go through my planner like some people study their Bible. It is what keeps me excited about what I will be eating next. I never feel deprived because I can have just about anything if I plan it in advance and make it myself.

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4/26/13 1:41 P

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I would guess you can either pick either how much you eat or what you eat. The research shows that most successful maintainers employ some kind of dietary vigilance. But the reason I'm on this team is because I have 41 years of business as usual and one year of eating appropriately. Technically, I have a year of losing and 19 weeks of eating appropriately. It's not that I don't trust myself, I just know myself.

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4/26/13 10:09 A

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Maintaining without having to track is also a goal for me. I tried it right after hitting goal weight and gained back several pounds, so I track again. Apparently, I still need to hold myself accountable on portion control!

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4/26/13 7:35 A

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I also don't eat between meals. Then, I started tracking because I was eating too little, not because I was eating too much. I still find that when I'm busy I don't feel like eating. Sometimes, it feels like I eat out of habit, not because I want to eat. Then, I can ignore my hunger pains for hours if I don't feel like eating.

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4/26/13 7:01 A

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I guess a lot of people don't snack. I've just stopped b/c I found it nearly impossible to maintain while eating all those calories.

I've been in "maintenance mode" for 21 weeks now and yes, I still try to use the tracker every day. I don't ever want to go back to where I was.

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4/25/13 11:28 P

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I'm still tracking, for the most part. I haven't been maintaining that long, just a few months. But one thing I do is give myself more leeway on certain days. Like, we do a lot of social activities out of the house on weekends like going out with friends, going to sporting events etc. So for those days/meals, I don't track. It was stressing me out and I wasn't enjoying myself as much. I've learned I can just eat what I want and have a few beers at those events without gaining anything.

I'm not sure I'll ever be able to step away from it altogether... I'm too "anal" for that. Plus, I like tracking, I think it's fun. I do it a week ahead of time so it takes no time at all, and it also helps me with my meal planning.

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4/25/13 8:03 P

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I try to track my food. I also track my exercise. Linda from bean town

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4/25/13 1:56 P

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Hi. I track my food everyday.

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4/25/13 8:10 A

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Oolala, I don't eat between meals, either, and I never considered that was why tracking and planning was so easy. Since everything is planned in advance (to be sure I actually have what I want) I don't think about it much beyond the planning.

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4/25/13 7:26 A

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I don't track my foods to count calories; I allow them to vary greatly. I track for variety. I plan to start an elimination diet in a day or two to find out the triggers for my IBS. I tired of the gas, bloating and diarrhea.

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4/25/13 1:35 A

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I track what I eat every now and then. While I was losing my motto was "Don't try something that you won't be able to keep forever." I won't be able to work out six days a week for two hours every day and I don't think it will be possible for me to count calories throughout my entire life! Chances are that I would get obsessed over it and the results wouldn't be good. So, whenever I feel I've overdone it a bit with food or whenever the scale seems to have taken the wrong road, I go back to basics. Tracking for a few days helps my eating mentality switch to "healthy".
In short, I believe each one of us should do what seems appropriate for their unique character and lifestyle. Weight loss is not an one-size-fits-all subject and neither is maintenance.

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4/25/13 12:31 A

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I like to have as many aspects of my life be as natural as possible. Part of that is to let my eating be regulated by my appetite while only avoiding foods that I don't believe to be natural ( highly processed foods, non-organic foods, factory-farmed animal foods, modern versions of grains etc.) or that my body does not tolerate well. It took a while to get there and learn to completely avoid foods that are addictive for me but now I can trust my body without counting, measuring or weighing, very liberating from my experience. The same is true for exercise. I exercise because I love it.
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4/24/13 11:28 P

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I haven't calorie counted for three years during which time I've lost each year. I call myself in maintenance because I've been using the same basic plan the whole time. The plan is just the way I live now. My appetite has changed and less food is just better. I keep track more of my appetite and satiety. I try to be very honest with myself about whether I'm overeating. I also don't snack during the week, which makes it easier not tracking. I don't have to worry about the calories of random choices of food because I don't eat randomly, except on weekends. I don't know the exact choices I will eat at each meal, but I do tend to eat the same combinations of protein, carb and fat, with plenty of freggies at lunch and dinner. I also don't eat sweets during the week. I overdid it on weekends a lot at first but now that's the exception. It's worked our very well for me.

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4/24/13 10:18 P

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Yes, I continue to record my intake daily. I think it is important to continue to keep track of what I am eating.

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4/24/13 7:29 P

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Interesting. I've never heard of the "exchange" thing before.

I've definitely focused this time on building habits that are susatinable for the long run. I'm not working out 3 hours a day six days a week (been there, done that) just to back-slide because nobody can keep that up forever! And I've found that this weight is where my body wants to be, with moderate exercise and mostly healthy eating. I was not made to be a size two, but I can rock a size eight!

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4/24/13 6:26 P

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I am fairly new to maintenance (just under 6 months) and believe I will always need to track my intake, at least to some degree.

If you have maintained for 2 years by periodically checking your eating habits and food intake, you may be OK---as long as your ARE doing just that. However, if those pants get tight it may be time to get on the wagon for a while again. The trouble starts when you quit checking yourself at all and not being aware of what or how much you are eating or doing physically.

A lot of 'naturally' thin people gain weight (I think) because as they get older or sick or injured, etc. they slow down and their activity level (calorie burn) decreases, they start gaining even when they eat what they always ate. Although I am not a natural this happened to me on a prior weight loss--I got sick and quit exercising and lost my motivation to watch what I ate and the weight came back fast.

Bottom line, IMHO, is to do what works for you. But, resolve to keep it working. I DO count calories (I never joined WW or any other program that developed their own system--preferring to use actual calories). But, I really like Nell's approach by being continually aware, but not necessarily allowing obsessiveness take over. It is a fine line for many of us.





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4/24/13 5:36 P

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I've been with SparkPeople for over 4 years now and know myself well enough to know that I can never stop tracking. Some SparkFriends have tried it, without success, and I know that I really need the accountability. In addition, it's very valuable, if you experience an "unexplained" weight gain, to be able to go back and scrutinize years' worth of data--which I've done more than once!

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4/24/13 3:37 P

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I lost my weight on Weight Watchers, so I counted "points" instead of calories. I would totally love to be able to not track, but every time I've tried, the weight started to slowly come back on. I'm 56 and it's a lot harder to take it off, so I don't want to go there!

I know some on maintenance that do the Simply Filling Technique on WW and are successful. I've never been able to make it work for me.

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4/24/13 3:34 P

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I didn't count calories while losing so don't do it now. I count exchanges, and yes, continue to do so even after all my years at goal. I figure whatever worked to give me the control to lose will give me the control to maintain. Exchanges are so easy that it just isn't a problem. They are a second language by now.

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4/24/13 3:02 P

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Hello all! I just the joined the team, and I've been reading through the posts. It seems like many/most people continue to track their food and count calories even in maintenance. I'm just curious if anyone has taken what they've learned tracking and counting and been able to control their eating independently?

A little about me: I've always been a bit chunky on top of a muscular/athletic frame. Two years ago I lost 25 lbs of baby weight with SparkPeople. I learned a ton about food by weighing, tracking and counting calories, but I became a little obsessive and had to take a step back. I've been able to maintain the weightloss for the most part, with some fluctuation. I'm now a couple pounds lighter and at a comfortable weight for me. Every once in a while I will track my eating for a day or two just to make sure I'm on point, or I will use the the tracker to check calorie counts before deciding whether or not to indulge in a particular food.

I guess I would just like to hear from anyone who has been able to step away from the calorie counting, since that is my end-goal. Or on the flip-side, I'd like to hear why you feel you're better off tracking for the long-haul.

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