Thanks, WitchyWoman45. Those are good tips. I've tried doing just that and sometimes find what I'm looking for. Other times, I can't find a match, even in what other members have entered, so I've just added my own item to the data base and to my favorite list for easy reference.
Welcome EILCAH. I know what you mean about the nutrition tracker food lists. What I have learned though is that it's all in the search term(s). Often I can't find something common that should be in the list and I realized quicky that it was due to the search I asked it to do. Most times if I just change my term from singular to plural or vice versa, the item shows up. For example, mandarin orange, type it in that way and two entrees come up in the list, type it mandarin oranges and several other options appear including the fruit. Also try using the controls like "all words" and "none" at the bottom of the screens for a larger variety of possibilities. Good luck!
Edited by: WITCHYWOMAN45 at: 9/5/2011 (18:23)
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Hello, everyone. My name is Eileen. I've been using SparkPeople at the recommendation of a friend (CEEBEE33) for a couple of weeks now and thought I would take the plunge and introduce myself.
My goals: improve my cardiovascular fitness, be more conscious of what I'm eating and, with a little luck, take off those pesky 8 pounds that never seem to want to go away. I'm not much of a writer, so I don't plan to blog, but I may dabble in the message boards. Here are my thoughts so far:
1. I love the exercise demos and mapping function in the Fitness tracker section, though I'm not quite clear on why the exercise tracker doesn't give you a way to include calories burned through strength training.
2. I've found the "official" food lists in the Nutrition tracker pretty limited. I'd glad that other members have entered their own.
3. Weight loss has without a doubt gotten harder as I've gotten older. It takes a lot more to get my metabolism revved up and more consistent activity to keep it there.
4. Right now my immediate motivation is getting back to my fighting weight so I can fit comfortably into the really nice designer jeans I splurged on a few years ago by November when I have to put in an appearance at a family wedding in Houston. Yeah, it's a shallow goal, but it's a tangible one that helps keep me on track.
5. Modifying your diet is a lot harder when you work full time and have to consider the likes and dislikes of other family members.
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