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8/16/08 11:38 P

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If the daily weighing makes you crazy, then it's a good idea to cut back to once a week. I had to do that for a while too.

Since I started using the igoogle 15 I haven't been so anxious about the fluctuations, even when I was above my range, the gadget showed on average I was still in the range, so I was concerned, but not crazy. I don't know if that makes sense, but a few days of really cutting out the "treats" worked, and I'm back down at the bottom of my range.

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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Doing good today. Down to 137.4. My new challenge is just weighing myself once a week. Doctor has requested this.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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8/6/08 6:17 A

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I'm down 1 pound, using my nutrition tracker, and keeping focused.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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8/5/08 10:34 P

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I found it especially hard to stay in my range when my stress level went up. I hope your stress levels out soon, but in the meantime, do what you have to do to take care of yourself. And don't be too hard on yourself either. We all have had to learn things during this process, and that's where you are now.

Sending good thoughts your way!

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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I went to igoogle15 yesterday. Also back to doing nutrition tracker. There's much stress going on now and I think this is the biggest factor.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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8/3/08 1:27 P

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I went back to tracking when I needed to, especially at the start of trying not to track. It's better to get early control, and maybe to see what is causing the slip, if there is a cause.

The other thing that for me takes the sting out of my monthly weight fluctuations is tracking my daily weight on the igoogle 15. It keeps a running graph of your daily weight, and over a 2 week period shows your "actual" weight as opposed to that one daily measurement. Since weight can fluctuate on a fairly conistent basis, this lets me relax a bit when the number is up, because I can see that on a whole, I'm actually maintaing really well. I have seen a weekly curve in the graph, it goes up in a bell curve then back down, on a pretty consistent basis. I can't really explain it, as I do eat and workout fairly consistentely, I think it's just my body's pattern.

If you think it would help, try it out.

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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8/3/08 6:32 A

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137.8 and not happy. Watching what I eat. Guess I have to go back to my nutrition tracker. I was just getting used to not counting calories. Any advice?

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8/2/08 4:03 P

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I've only been on maintenance one week and am still tracking everything. I've considered an alternate, tho, to save time and effort.

I made up a card deck, one card for each item I normally eat. The card has the item name and number of calories. Some cards can just be generic (vegetable 30 calories, fruit 100 calories, 3-oz chicken or fish 100 calories, etc.).

As I consume items during the day, I will stack up the associated cards, which can be easily counted.

Could also plan the day ahead of time, making a deck of just what I want to eat; when the deck's gone, I'm done eating. This could ensure I eat all the right categories of food, too.

Just a thought.....
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8/2/08 2:30 P

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I still weigh and measure my foods. Some foods like veggies I just take a little. I am at 137 which I'm not happy about and I'm kicking up my exercise. I do have a little stress going on in my life. Part of it will be taken care of by next week but feel this is affecting my weight in some way. I'd love to try Yoga. Saw that on FitTV. I refuse to go back to how I was as I'm just starting to become comfortable with not counting calories and stopping when I'm full.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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8/2/08 12:44 P

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At the risk of repeating myself, it really depends on your personal style, and how you want to live your live going forward as a healthy person. A lot of folks on this team prefer to continue tracking and counting in whatever form they did to lose weight, be that the spark nutrition tracker, or weight watcher points. If you enjoy that process and it works for you, them more power to you! You have made it, and will definitely be successful with that approach.

For me personally, I found it a drag to count every morsel, and too time consuming to track everything. So I tried different varaitions on not tracking, measuring at all, to writing everything down, to just tracking some things and not others.

My current routine is working well for me, I'm maintaining my 5 lb range (130-135) for several months now (I think since at least last Oct) without counting calories. I track my fruits and veggies in the quick tracker, and I do log my exercise minutes, because I'm interested in my fitness progress. I do measure some foods, mostly whole grains and dairy, and eyeball others, like proteins and fruits/veggies. This is what works for me.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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8/1/08 6:52 P

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I still weigh and measure my food. I had a Lean Cuisine for dinner last night and a few of hubby's fries from B.K. Sodium played big time with my weight today. It's hard to learn to do it without counting calories but have learned it can be down as I have seen the scale go down.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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8/1/08 9:07 A

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I'm nearly at my goal,(down almost 65 lbs. from my high weight) but I'm afraid to stop tracking, measuring and counting everything I eat. I've lost (and regained) too many times in the past. This time, with SparkPeople, I realize I still need help to not only eat the correct number of calories (neither too many nor too few), but also to balance my nutrients better. The tracker has been my salvation - I am eating better than at any time of my life(I'm 53 now), but I wonder how well I can do without it. Like you, I'm afraid to fall back into old habits and I don't ever want to go back there. I want to be a healthy grandma one day.

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I was doing good yesterday. 135.6 but had a sandwich from the diner last night. Not only made me gain back the 4 ounces I lost but sat like a rock all night in my stomach.

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It's working!!! emoticon . I'm only writing down what I eat, take just a little, and stop when full. 136.2 today

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Today I only wrote down what I ate on a piece of paper. I'm getting better at this and now will take a portion of my loose leaf and write down what I ate. Then at the end of the week I'll see how I'm doing. I still weigh myself everyday but just post that once a week on each team and different days. Soon I should be able to do this without writing down everything.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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7/27/08 4:02 P

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Hey Lindaanne, no problem! That is one thing I love about this site, we can give and get support from people who have been where we are!

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"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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7/27/08 2:35 P

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Thanks KAYOTIC! This is sure a big step for me and a big help.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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7/27/08 1:48 P

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That's what I do, and it's been working pretty well. I find when I've gained, it's because I didn't do what I know I should, watch the portions! I was up a couple of pounds from the almond debacle, but I'm back down today, so no permanant harm done. I think part of the trick is not giving up when those things happen and to get back on the portion control wagon.

And my boyfriend is happier now that I'm not so crazy about every morsel that goes into my mouth.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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7/27/08 1:38 P

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Even with the pizza mess up I am enjoying not counting the calories. Hubby appreciates this big time. I always asked him not to throw a box or package out due to calories on them. Now I'm working on just taking 1 slice of something or a spoon and that's it.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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7/26/08 1:00 P

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137.8 today. Found out how many calories those slices of pizza were. 480 a slice. Oh my gosh!!!! I do good with paper and pencil. Was using my food tracker but 3/4 of the time forgot to put my food there.

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7/25/08 8:53 P

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Well, I'm back to tracking on Spark. I have access to computers most days and can track. I don't do well with paper and pencil and I need the accountability. Also, I need to lose what I've gained.
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Saw 137.6 this morning and started to panic. First thought was to go back and count calories. Then came "No. You can lose this weigh with no problem."
Solution=More exercise!!

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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7/25/08 9:19 A

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That happens, I had way too many almonds yesterday, and no workout! Am up this morning, but it was just one night of bad eating, so I'll get back on the wagon today, and hit the gym!

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

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Just a tiny setback due to pretzels. I can recover from that. Otherwise I'm doing good with not counting calories.

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Yesterday was the first day without counting calories. Felt good. Still kept track on paper of what I ate. Today weighed myself. Down to 136.6
Today is day two of not counting calories. So far so good.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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7/22/08 10:16 P

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I'm rooting for you Linda! Keep me posted on how it's working out for you.

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I have written down on paper what I am eating. Nervous about this but at the same time excited to see what happens.

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7/21/08 4:35 P

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I'm going to back off from the counting calories. I eat pretty healthfully, and my calories tend to be pretty low. But, I've noticed recently that I tend to justify more snacking since I know my calories are low. I've gained weight, so I'm going to eat my plan and watch my portions and amounts. Not be so focused on the calories and see if I do a better job of staying on track with fewer cheats.
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I'm going to give this a try starting tomorrow. Just have 3 meals and only a little of everything. Looking forward to doing this and also anxious and nervous.

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OK, this week I'm trying it witout counting calories. Let's see how it looks on saturday!

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Welcome to the club! I feel like I'm constantly changing things, learning something new, all in the name of figuring out what will work or not work for me!

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Thank you. I'm slowly learning and teaching myself what you have told me. I'm a work in progress.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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I don't even know if you need to put down the calories, I think the recent studies say just knowing you are going to write down every morsel you put in your mouth makes you more accountable, and less likely to mindlessly snack. If it's more comfortable as a stepping stone, then put in the cal's at first. Move to avereaging the meal/snack calories, and eventually you should be able to just keep track of the food w/o the cal's if that's the way you want to go.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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What I could do is to take some looseleaf paper. Write down what I ate and calories and post it in my journal here on SP.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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Sparkcat, it looks like we have had a similar "ah-ha" moment!! I cut out sugar (mostly-it's everywhere!!) and flour too, and it does indeed make a difference!! I stick to a low sugar, high fiber diet that consists mostly of cereal, lean meats, fruit, and veggies. It's divine!!! I feel like I can eat whatever, whenever :) If I eat 2200 calories, nothing happens. If I eat 3000 calories, nothing happens ha ha. It's like the healthy food just can't stick! I also exercise every day. It's cool to see that it works for other people too!

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What about keeping a food journal instead of tracking? you would be accountable to write down what you eat, and if you can mentally calculate the calories, go for it, but it may be a step to not entering food in the tracker if you think you eventually want to go that way.

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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I was almost ready to do this but after messing up these past two days I'm scared to. Counting calories to me is like a crutch in one way but in another way keeps me aware of what I'm putting in my mouth. Would love to take just a spoonful and then stop or just 1 cookie and stop.

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It can be scary to stop tracking, and lots of maintainers continue to track always as well, but for me it was too time consuming, and I was able to stop tracking and be successful at it. I did hit a few bumps in the road, so it's nice to know the tracker is there when I need it, but so far, I've been not tracking for months now, and been staying w/in my goal weight range. So, while there is no need not to track, it can be done.

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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i haven't met my goal yet, only about 11 more to go and i honestly don't think i EVER want to stop counting calories. i have a food / exercise journal at home and when i have free time at work i also log everything into SP - i need to be able to see exactly what i am putting into my body. i'm afraid if i don't write it down everyday i will fall back into my old habits so its definitely worth the few minutes i spend a day.

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I think that sounds right. I don't enter my food into the tracker, or count calories, but I still measure portions, and try to control that aspect of my eating. I'm also trying to eat whole, clean, healthy food for the most part, so the jello and pudding aren't part of my diet, but I don't think small amounts of anything is going to ruin your diet. When I was eating pudding, I would get those limited servings and just have the small cup as a serving. I do the same thing now when I want a treat, I try to find things in limited serving sizes and have just a serving.

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I'd like to go back to trying this again. If I just have a little of everything, just measure my milk when I have instant breakfast, and have a couple of spoonfuls of jell-o or pudding I should be okay. Any comments or suggestions will greatly be appreciated.

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There was a lady in our Shop Rite about 2 yrs ago. She saw me looking at low cal juices and she told me she did a search on her computer about the sugars in sugar free foods. She told me I'd be better off with the regular juices, jell-o's and puddings and just have a little.

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I agree with sarbah, distractions work the best for me.
If I notice I have that feeling for a couple of days, I take a look at what I've been eating (or not) because sometimes if you are missing something, your body will crave it. That sometimes causes that feeling of needing to eat even though you aren't hungry.
Or conversely - if you have been having too much sugar, your body will crave it and cause you to want to eat.
And fake sugar is even worse! Since your body thinks it is getting something sweet, it "waits" for the sugar to kick in and when it doesn't, it rebells and make you crave junk food even more.

Just some ideas. Hope they help!

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I think SparkPeople suggests distractions. Take a walk. Eat a sugar free mint. Drink some water. Get your hands dirty... just try to distract yourself. It's helpful! I knit and cross-stitch and those keep my hands and mind distracted!

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I have a question that I hope you can answer. There are times when I have had a meal, don't want food, but want to eat. How can I not eat when I am not really hungry or want anything to eat?

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I was doing good but due to women's breakfast on Saturday, birthday yesterday, and more goodies today, have been trying to stay within calorie range. Learning to eat just a little at each meal plus a snack or two is going to take me awhile to get used to but I'll get there.

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I was browsing the threads since I'm new here and I can totally relate about the obsession with counting. I'm in a few challenges that require a count but I'm thinking that after that I will ease up on the counting for awhile.
I don't usually weigh every day but I also relate with those that do. For me though, I discovered a cycle related to TOM that I gain 2 or 3 lbs that lasts about 2 weeks befor TOM, and then I go back down for 2 weeks. It used to be nerve wracking since I didn't know why but now that I eat healthy(mostly) it doesn't freak me out.

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So far, so good and today is day #2

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Kudos to all of you for trying something new! and you can always go back if you find it isn't working for you. It can be really hard to try those things, but you may find some peace, or just something about yourself, that you can manage with and without the tools. The work we do with the tools does allow us to take some time off from them as well.

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Today is day 1 of not using the nutrition tracker. I did check out 3 foods and just added but am writing down what I ate. Total for today is 1,244. I'm good with that and will post in my blog later my meals.

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I stopped counting calories about 3 weeks ago. I want to be able to maintain without that crutch. I still weigh every day though.

I have seen the scale go up 1 pound. If it goes up 1 more, I'm going back to counting calories for a few weeks.

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Good luck :)

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You can do it!

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I'm going to go the next 5 days without looking at the scale. It's time to get in tune with my body and really listen to it. I haven't done that in a long time.




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I do the weight watchers flex plan. I like keeping track of my points and writing it down. It is a visual that I can look at and use it as a guide to make sure I eat properly and exercise. hugs betty.

 
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I weigh every day too. I had a problem with it at one time, but now I don't let the number make or break my day, it's just a tracking devise so I know how I'm doing with my eating and exercise. I can tell when I start letting my eating go that my weight goes up, and I need to get back to my good habits.

The thing about counting is if it works for you, keep doing it. If you find it's draining you, becoming a chore, or not helping then try giving it up. You can always go back if you can't work it out without the tracking.

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Okay, I am willing to learn to stop counting calories, just put a little on my plate, just have 1 cookie, but will need help from all of you here.

HIMEKO, I weigh everyday too.

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I was obsessed with counting calories...
I used to weight and track every piece of food.
When I stopped doing it I felt so free - it was like breaking up from jail...
Now I've got to overcome checking my weight every day emoticon

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I noticed that I am getting more obessed with counting calories too. I am wondering if this has any effect on my weight progress

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I keep a food journal and also an exercise journal.

I do find, however, that when counting calories it can become an obsession.

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I started out counting points on WW...after I made my goal weight I started on SP and counted calories for a good while to see how they matched up with WW, and to track nutrition. I made some changes to my eating and activity to improve the nutrition and get healthier and ended up losing a few extra pounds. I stopped counting 5 months ago and now track only water and fruit/veggies like Kay. I know what 'full' feels like, I know proper portions and balance and work hard to practice making good choices and being mindful. I strive for 90/10...90% of the time I do what I know I should and the other 10% maybe not so much. But, I'm finding it works as long as I keep focused...so I still Spark daily, still plan meals in advance as much as possible and still track in my head somewhat.

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This has been interesting reading what everyone put here. I am newly on maintenance and have been trying to figure out if I should be tracking or not. I know what I should/should not eat -- and I think that minor indulgences are okay as long as they are not abused and consumed all the time. It is amazing for me to be saying this "binge queen" that I used to be. I never thought I would reach the point to where I could sit and eat one piece of pizza and feel happy with that -- I used to sit and gorge myself on 3 - 4 pieces. Same with cookies, chips etc. Now, I can honestly have the serving size and feel completely happy with that. It is amazing what happens when the new lifestyle and changes take over. I am so happy to finally be here and have the support of you all who have been doing this for awhile and know what works and doesn't!

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I've lost before, stopped counting, and yo-yoed, so I'm stuck with logging my food for life. But there are other benefits from it. I can track my protein and fiber intake, which helps me to avoid hunger. And I can track my saturated fat and cholesterol to help keep that under control.

And while I take a multivitamin, it's nice to know that all of my vitamin and mineral RDA's are being met by my diet.

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I am trying to learn to just have a little and stop. Drinking water helps and I'm back to drinking my black coffee so the weight I gained last week into Monday has dropped.

I started 3/6/07 at 149. I have lost almost 22 pounds.

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I am a habitual list maker : ) sooooo counting calories is actually fun for me (ok so I admit I am weird!) What I like best is planning my day for about 10 min in the morning and making selections so the "numbers" work out in a balanced way......lately tho, it has become almost intuitive and requires very little planning.....hmmmmmm maybe that is the point?
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My situation was very similar to Kayotic here. Once I reached my goal weight range I started to back off tracking so religiously as I found that it would consume my day quickly. I found myself getting too distracted at work and at home. Letting go of tracking calories that closely made me very nervous - but I had also been at a plateau (or very very slow decline) for about a month and a half. I battled through not tracking every little thing every day or planning my whole day's food intake for about a month. I found myself gravitating back towards it every once in a while to get reminders on good eating habits and to reassure myself that I was on track. Plus I was still keeping an average tally in my head every day.
Recently I went on a cruise for 5 days, I attempted to try and keep a tally in my head but found myself really just enjoying myself and eating what I wanted, still maintaining good choices but allowing myself to eat more than usual. I also still excerised everyday on the cruise and came back in line with where I was when I left (baring in mind that I usually fluctuate between 122-124 pounds anyway).
Now my goal is to trim off some additional belly weight and the last 2 pounds, so I'm getting more brave and trimming down on both my calories and my exercise. Because of this I started loosly tracking again. So will I ever stock counting calories - probably not, at least not in my head - but I'm getting more flexible with it.

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I actually would love to do this. At one time I had breakfast, lunch, dinner and didn't count calories. Exercised twice a day. This was before I learned to love water and I did lose weight but then I was in my 20's. I'd love to get up, have a small glass of juice, a little cereal with a little milk. Then have something for lunch and something for dinner.

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For me counting exercise is way more critical than counting calories to maintain my loss.

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fruits and vegetable....5 is fine..9 is devine! It took me over 6 months to settle with a lifestyle diet (meat, fruits, and vegetables ..no counting) that worked EVERY WEEK. Once i got serious ( i had started going to the gym 5 days a week), the weight came off EVERY WEEK with no plateaus. The days i kept off flour and sugar, the weight dropped like a rock, when i didn't, it stayed. It was my "ah-ha" moment that has worked for almost a year. Once you find out what works, and you are willing to keep it up...your life really and truely changes!FIND YOUR ah-ha MOMENT!


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I keep a food diary, but I also find counting calories to be helpful. A few years ago I lost a large amount of weight without counting calories, then I found myself slipping back into some of my old eating habits. That's when I joined SP and started counting calories. I may not always need to do this, but right now it keeps me from going too far off track.

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Sometimes I write down what I ate on paper and either look at the package for calories or see if it's in the nutritional database here. I do get a checkup everyother week here on SP and at the end it tells me just to use the nutrition tracker 1-2 times a week. I'm either scared I'll fail and gain way too much or chicken.

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I'm counting fruits and veggie servings, but really just for the points, and to make sure I get at least 5 a day. I'm also counting water intake, but I like to drink water, so that's not typically a problem, unless I get really busy, and forget to drink.

As far a being afraid to stop counting, it's a personal choice. I stopped tracking because it was taking so much time, and once I stopped I really got this sense of freedom. But the downside is when I got into a stressful situation at work, I started letting my diet go, and crept back up the scale some. I finally realized it was not working and started tracking again for a short time, mostly to remind myself how to eat healthfully. Now I'm off tracking again, and I've been able to maintain, mostly near the lower end of my range for the last 3-4 months. I think the big change for me was realizing that even though I'm not entering the food into a nutrition tracker, I still have to eat the way I did when I was.

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I can't make myself "count" anything, or staying strictly on someone elses menues. My whole weight plan is to eat healthier. Meat, fruit, and vegetables. When i stay with this plan ( and exercise 1 hr a day), the weight comes off 1 to 2 pounds a week with no plateaus. I keep on the plan 5 days a week. NOw that i am maintaining...4 days a week. I pop a meat into the oven, and steam vegetables...and our meals are ready. I snack on cheese, fruits, yogart. Makes the shopping list so simple. I believe that this way is cheaper too, no such thing as dieting "costs" more. A real lifestyle that i can live with. I call it my "simple simple diet"! (kiss...keep it simple silly).


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I would love to try this but am nervous about the scale going back up.

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Counting calories can be a great tool to find out how much you're really eating and where your pitfalls are. But it's definitely not necessary once you learn how to eat and solve the problems that lead to overeating.

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From The Net:

If counting calories is driving you batty, and you still haven't seen the scale budge, it's time to stop. A recent survey conducted by the American Dietetic Association found that people who reported using eating as a coping mechanism (over- or under-eating to alleviate or reduce stress) were far more likely to conquer their weight battles when they took a behavioral approach that examined the role food plays in their life rather than a calorie-counting one.
Keeping a food journal, examining your eating patterns for triggers, and substituting healthier options for your junk-food favorites are just a few examples of such changes.

The group is recommending health professionals, trainers, and other diet and fitness professionals also heed the possibility that providing guidance on cutting calories, along with information on changing eating patterns, can help increase the odds of success.

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