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10/22/12 8:51 P

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I tracked for awhile before ETL and quickly recognized that was getting way too many carobs and fat in my diet. At that time, I tracked all my foods. After ETL, I tracked for a very short period of time to make sure I was getting enough calories, protein, etc. etc. After a week or so, it was good so now I do not track any, nor do I count calories. I stay pretty strict with my ETL plan, and if I deviate, I just adjust the next day.

If I were you, I would try tracking everything so you can see where you are off course. If you track everything, you will also know if those things are falling in the 10% of the 90% plan.

At least that is my thinking.

Anyone else have any input?

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10/22/12 2:02 P

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I have not tracked food in quite a while frankly because it is time consuming and boring, not only on SP but in general.

Lately I've been toying with the idea of tracking only the things that are limited or that I shouldn't have eaten at all. That way I could track my unhealthy eating habits and trends without having to filter out all the good stuff.

Like maybe it was the day before my period and I ate too many salty foods, like a bag of chips or something.

It doesn't make sense to me to track 1/2 head of romaine, 1 celery stalk, 1 large carrot....right? We already know those things are healthy and good for us. Granted, unless you are tracking for something specific, of course.

Instead you could just track the 5 olives, 1/4 avocado, and the oil based dressing you had on your salad. You would just be tracking the things you need to watch.

Has anyone tried this with success? Any thoughts on this approach anyone?

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9/6/12 11:50 P

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I was thinking the same thing in regards to the Eat to Live plan. I think that logging meals, i.e. writing down what you eat in a journal probable would be fine if it helped to say "yes I did indeed eat 1 cup beans, 2 lbs veg, ect". but I don't think caolire counting and tracking in the traditional SP way is necessary

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9/1/12 9:44 P

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I have tracked using the SP tracker just to determine if in a normal day I'm eating sufficient calories and initially to see if I stayed within the weight watchers points program (I had been a WW for years). After a week of this, I figured out that my plan was good, so I discontinued tracking.

I do though keep what I eat in a little notebook that I carry with me. Since I am a big-time grazer (just like a cow), I need to be aware of what I am eating because my grazing can sure put unnecessary calories in my body. It is a habit I am working on and I really need to continue working on it as I have a long way to go of breaking the habit. Not overeating and eating when I'm only hungry are my next goals.


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Edited by: ALOHAJUNE at: 9/1/2012 (21:46)
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9/1/12 6:14 P

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I track and journal in a word document on my computer. I keep the document by month. I record my food, my weight, exercise, and any activities or feelings for the day. I find trying to track my food in SP to time consuming and difficult.

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9/1/12 5:30 P

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Yes, the calories were what I had to tweak when I started this time. I had too few, which I thought was good but when I researched it I learned different. So I worked a little bit to restructure and increase the calories. What a nice problem!


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9/1/12 4:50 P

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thanks- I like journaling in my diary so will continue to do that and I did try this plan before but I feel I am more ready now.... so I was not really new to tracking the food for it so I do have some things in my favorites-but what I found funny was everyday I was told I had had too much fiber and actually when I tracked vitamins it would tell me I was over the vitamin A- but I too was not bothered by it.
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I'm taking this next week to wean off all the off plan foods and I may spend some time tracking salads and smoothies so I can make it easier- I like to know I have eaten enough calories sometimes

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9/1/12 4:32 P

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I write down - in a notebook - what I eat but not in very much detail, every day. I also write down if I exercised and for how long. I also make concise notes of how I feel and what events take place in my life. (I simply draw a vertical line in the notebook, creating colums that way).
I do this to sort of keep an oversight of what I'm eating and if I happen to overeat I can see if it's linked to certain emotions or events.

I intend to now and then use a tracker (can't use the one on SP because I use the metric system and it's way too time-consuming, but fortunately there's one in my own language that I can use), just out of curiosity and to see what it says. It's very time consuming indeed and a bore, so I don't look forward to it and have been postponing it in the past three weeks.

Keep it simple.


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9/1/12 4:25 P

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I agree. There's no need to track for the purpose of determining if you are "on plan".

I am on the 6 week plan now and I track for the purpose of reviewing my diet, keeping it balanced, watching the trends and allowing me to feel good about my eating behavior. Bottom line - I'm a data monger and like to keep track of stuff.

I don't agonize over the tracking details.


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9/1/12 4:05 P

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First of all I apologize if this is already a topic somewhere here but I scanned and scanned and could not find. I know that tracking is highly encouraged for SP but I am thinking it is not really necessary if following the 6 week plan. Also it seems pretty time consuming to put all our foods in there!
Any thoughts?
Do you track foods?
Thanks-just planning ahead as I am starting the 6 week plan on Sept. 7

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