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3/4/09 3:25 A

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2/27/09 9:58 P

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Do not under estimate the stamina it takes to do what you have done so far. There is so much to learn yet a wealth of great tools to help you automate your personal program. I was just like you in the beginning, and I asked lots of questions and asked them here. You will find the answers are free flowing and very helpful.

I use the meal planner but I don't show any of the suggested meals and just do my own thing. Originally, I was trying to plan a week of meals in advance, but it was more work than I really needed. I now have a general idea of what I want on hand in the pantry and refrigerator and visit the Spark Recipes to get inspiration. I use the meal planner now to enter food usually at the end of the day because I am familiar with the amount of calories I consume throughout the day. I use it to track my water there too. I like the "add food to this meal" feature that I use in combination with the search and favorites feature. I even added my vitamins to the favorites list to make sure I'm getting credit for the full compliment of nutrition. There is also a very neat new report at the bottom of the meal planner page that you can run for any day that you want that breaks down your consumption into nutritional information. It is the the Nutritional Feedback report. Take a look.

Good luck with your goals, and I encourage you to stop by the Oregon Chat Thread to join in on the chatter.



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2/27/09 11:36 A

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WOW!!! emoticon I am in awe of you! I don't even know if I could manage to get motivated to walk that far...That gives me a goal to work towards that is for sure and for certain! Thank you for the inspiration!

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2/27/09 4:53 A

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Congrats on all the time and effort you are doing to get SP figured out! That's what I did when I started in June....I LIVED on my computer...so much to learn and Sooooo exciting!! I've lost 56 1/2 pounds and have made many friends here. I log on every day, walk at least 6 miles to a Leslie Sansone DVD and track my nutrition.

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2/26/09 1:07 P

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Thank you I am very excited this morning!

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2/26/09 1:55 A

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emoticon sounds like you are off to a great start. emoticon

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2/26/09 1:06 A

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Thank you for the input, I sat down this evening and I figured out that whole food tracker thing! I am very proud of myself. Now I am off to figure out what I am eating for lunch and dinner emoticon

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2/25/09 11:48 P

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LOL...nope not too helpful but at least directional...I am terrible with math so I see lots of phone calls to my husband.

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2/25/09 11:27 P

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Also, to answer about the food tracker. I started out using the meal plans and just subbing food I didn't like, well, I had so many subs it was easier to just do my own thing. I try to figure my food out first thing in the morning that way I know where istand before each meal.

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2/25/09 11:14 P

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Hi Designerdeal and welcome!

In answer to your question about the recipes and portion sizes....if they don't say "1 cup", etc., then you have to go from the "6 servings" and figure out what 1/6 of the recipe is....and of course it all depends on whether you slice it, or scoop it, or what!

Well that wasn't so helpful now, was it?!

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2/25/09 9:32 P

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Thank you Debbie, ok one more question, I have been printing off some recipes but none of them say what a serving size is for that recipe is there a formula to figure out what a serving size would be if that recipe says serves 6.

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2/25/09 9:14 P

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Designerdeal, I think you forgot to hit save changes box on the bottom. And to add your weight go to start on your page and down to weigh in and enter states and always check to amke sure you click "save changes"



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2/25/09 8:59 P

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Thanks everyone! Now I am trying to figure out a few things, I made my ticker banner thing but I am not seeing it, did I forget to click something? Oh and does anyone use the preplanned meals portion or do you use the recipes and do your own thing?

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2/25/09 7:14 P

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emoticon from another Tina!

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2/25/09 6:41 P

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Welcome, Tina. It's wonderful to have you with us.



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2/25/09 6:04 P

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Hi everyone, My name is Tina and I am from Hermiston Oregon. I am a mother of 3 kids, 3 horses, 9 dogs and 2 cats. You would think with all the chaos at our home I would stay busy enough to be small...but alas I seem to attact weight like bees to flowers. I want to make 2009 the turning year of my life and find the smaller me that my mind keeps dreaming about!

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