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Fitness Minutes: (51,946) Posts: 4,997 8/24/12 9:41 A
I do, and will continue to, track. two weeks vacation starting tomorrow. I have a pad to write my food down on to help keep me accountable. Tracking is a must for me. Pat
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Fitness Minutes: (92,127) Posts: 4,989 8/24/12 9:41 A
Wow! So much great input and many wonderful and observations. I find myself wishing Spark had a "like" button on comments.
Seems I am in the majority with tracking, if the postings here are any indication. One of the people who criticized me was actually someone who had lost weight and is now coaching others on how to lose. So it made me pause and wonder if what I was doing wasn't the best thing for me.
All I know is that when I stop tracking, I gain. Maybe it keeps me in perpetual weight loss mode, I dunno. I'd rather be there, though, than gaining. Which seems to be the only alternative.
I still track my food and exercise daily! I need the accountability so I don't "forget" how many calories are in that food that I'm about, or already have, put in my mouth! Otherwise, the scale starts creeping up.
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Posts: 312 8/24/12 7:35 A
I've been maintaining for 2 years now, and I track *sometimes*. I went a long time without tracking and did pretty well, but then gained 10 pounds. I had to track again for a little while to get it back off. Right now, my weight is up about 10 pounds over my maintenance range, so I'm back to tracking. I really hope that someday I will be able to quit tracking forever, but I'm a binge eater, and the tracking helps me stay, well, on track ;)
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I continue to log my food daily as long as I have access to a laptop as I'm not that intuitive about calories, etc. I rely on it as it allows me to make daily adjustments to stay within range. I tend to use it as a discipline which I still find I need since I've only been in maintenance mode for five months.
Posts: 12,382 8/23/12 10:43 P
I've tracked my food intermittently, but recently stopped because it was making me crazy...and I didn't like that! (plus I felt like it took too much time....)
My workout I do track, I have a Polar HRM w/ a GPS that tracks a lot if info, so I enjoy seeing the workout intensity, and the minutes and miles add up. Since this doesn't make me crazy I'll keep doing it.
I do use the quick tracker for freggies and water, that works well enough for me, since I have a fairly clean diet, and am staying very stable in my weight these days. I figure I can get back to it if I need to at any time.
I would never presume my program is the only one that works, so I don't really get the "judgement" of tracking, what works for you is what works for you, just like what works for me is what works for me. The tools are there if we need them, and we don't have to use them if we don't need them.
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current weight: 6.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (66,009) Posts: 9,742 8/23/12 9:48 P
I'm another food tracking person. I have to track everything I eat. Some days, I need the tracker to remind me to quit even when I feel like eating more. Other days, I need it to remind me to eat more even when I'm not particularly craving food.
I log exercises in the fitness tracker, but for me that's a motivational game to get myself to do them. I don't log everything, and I'm not terribly consistent with logging exercise. I am very consistent with logging food, and I weigh myself every day.
I watch the weight trends, and try to make it move sideways. I've been doing pretty well with that for almost five months, with four months of slow loss before that. The trick is, when the weight moves in one direction I need to change my calorie allowance in the other direction. I happen to end up with a quite generous calorie allowance to maintain, but it's not a *constant* calorie allowance. I've moved it around from a low range of 2200-2550 caloires per day, to a high range of 2900-3250 calories per day. The changes are either reactive, in response to undesired weight changes; or proactive, in recognition of changing activity levels.
Here's the deal for me: I am not an intuitive eater. I need to track to know what I'm eating. II need to know what I'm eating in order to make adjustments to what I eat. I need to make adjustments to what I eat because maintenance, like life, is not a steady state.
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Max Lifetime Weight, 221 SP Start Weight, 196.6 Initial SP Goal, 175 Current Goal on Ticker, 162
current weight: 0.0 under
Fitness Minutes: (92,127) Posts: 4,989 8/23/12 1:56 P
I only log my before and after workout foods here on Spark, usually. It's what people ask me about the most. I log exercise both here on Spark and in my WW journal. I want to make sure I eat the activity points!
Fitness Minutes: (46,183) Posts: 4,675 8/23/12 1:31 P
I have been maintaining since 02/16/12 with logging food and exercise also. Our power was off 8 days in July so I wrote down my info. It just didn't feel right for me not to keep track. I've lost weight twice before, and when I stop being aware it sneaks back on me. I don't want to go that route again!
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 2,893 8/23/12 7:13 A
I have been maintaining for well over a year and still log my food every single day.
Tracking is an essential part of my maintenance plan. I seem unable to "wing it". My brain always convinces me I've eaten less than I really have unless I write it down.
current weight: 127.0
Fitness Minutes: (80,430) Posts: 2,885 8/23/12 1:05 A
i reached the top end of my range in june, and the bottom end earlier this month - and i track both food and fitness. i've also lost and gained six times previously in my life, mostly in the past 15 years, but never tracked food before. weighing myself and tracking miles, walking or running, has always been a sign of losing weight; stopping means gaining. this was the first time i ever tracked food and the fastest i've ever lost - and the lowest weight i've achieved in about 30 years.
and yes - i still track both food and fitness, because i have a feeling that if i stopped, it would be just like in the past - not tracking the miles, or weighing myself daily, meant i was gaining. and that is not going to happen. i may be a little more relaxed in my food tracking - as long as i have a good idea that i am at the bottom end of my range i can allow myself a few treats, or at the top end and i won't. but i do not intend to stop tracking food or miles anytime soon, if at all.
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SW march 25: 123 GOAL met may 15: 111.0 GOAL met june 11: 108 GOAL met august 13, 2012: 103 maintenance goal: 105
current weight: 0.0 under
Fitness Minutes: (97,105) Posts: 6,663 8/22/12 11:57 P
I absolutely will not give up tracking my food and fitness. I also weigh and measure everything I eat, no guesstimating for me! This helps in so many ways. I track each meal or snack after I eat it, and can get an idea immediately how many calories left I can consume in the day. This is great because I know if I can have an extra snack or need to cut back. My sister stopped tracking even before she lost all the weight and has been doing a fair job keeping it off as she is good at portion control and avoiding any junk. But I worked too hard to just leave things to chance. Its so very easy to go over on calories, doesn't take much! I also enjoy juggling my foods to see what I can fit in in a day! Happy Tracking!!
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Fitness Minutes: (28,165) Posts: 4,284 8/22/12 11:05 P
I am faithfully tracking again. Not as diligent about tracking everything BEFORE I eat it, but soon afterwards, even to the point of writing it down on paper or sticking a wrapper etc in my pocket. I am also faithful about logging my fitness, but this is only after regaining 15 of the 45 pounds that I originally lost. Quite a wake-up call!
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current weight: 6.8 over
Posts: 2,576 8/22/12 10:09 P
I still track everything I eat, too. I am much less consistent logging exercise. There are times that i don't feel like I have time to track at all. Last year, when I was incredibly stressed and busy, I stopped, but that was also when I put some weight back on. I didn't have my Android phone then either, so now I do have the Spark app. Makes it much easier to keep up with!
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current weight: 154.6
Posts: 10,050 8/22/12 9:38 P
I log my food daily
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Posts: 5,859 8/22/12 7:53 P
No problem! I just thought you might like to see the responses over there, too.
And anyway, yes, I track everything I eat.
Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 8/22/2012 (19:54)
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I don't log/track anything unless I'm preparing for a half-marathon in which case I log the miles I run every day. I may try some endurance swimming in the future and would log distances for that as well in preparation for a competition. Birgit
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Posts: 5,377 8/22/12 6:59 P
I'm still logging every day. I gave it up for a while, but I gained again, so I'm back to tracking.
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Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 4,051 8/22/12 4:44 P
I track as well. If I get too slapdash about it or stop the weight starts creeping up again.
I do! That was the best tool for me in losing weight and keeping it off.
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Posts: 4,827 8/22/12 1:07 P
I'm another food tracker, and I have a BodyMedia Fit device as well. I've lost weight before and gained it all back in part because I stopped tracking my food and weighing myself regularly, thinking that I had it under control. I will continue tracking my food as long as I need to for keeping the weight off; we all have to find what works for us. Tracking keeps me aware of what I'm doing, and I'm one who needs that--mindless eating is simply too easy for me to slip back into without it.
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Fitness Minutes: (48,644) Posts: 796 8/22/12 12:36 P
I log my food every single day even holidays, even Christmas I log when I am eating lightly. I log when I am overeating. And for the first time in my life, I am successful in maintenance.
I agree with Laurie. It keeps on me track. It keeps me mindful and focused on what I am eating. I also treasure the nutrition info. After over three years on Spark, it is really easy. There few meals or foods, that I have not eaten before. I may spend on average 10 minutes each to change my life for ever. Awesome trade off
Do what feels right for you; what keeps you in successful maintenance. Others can do theirs.
Edited by: ROSEWAND at: 8/22/2012 (12:37)
Lost sixty pounds. Have been in maintenance for three years and seven months.
Goal weight 126
current weight: 1.6 over
Posts: 6,442 8/22/12 12:20 P
I really struggle with tracking the food - sometimes I just don't have the time or the patience. Lately, I have been struggling with exercise so maybe if I focus on tracking food, exercise wouldn't seem like such a big deal...
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current weight: 203.0
Posts: 5,859 8/22/12 12:02 P
You are very much not alone in tracking your food.
Fitness Minutes: (95,208) Posts: 21,335 8/22/12 10:36 A
I am 2 1/2 years into successful maintenance (for the first time ever in my 53 years in this earth) and I log every day on Spark. It's part of me and feels right. It keeps me in check as I figure I am still in the learning process of maintaining. If it's not broke..don't fix it!
Fitness Minutes: (60,627) Posts: 2,135 8/22/12 10:20 A
I don't see anything wrong with logging in maintenance. The food tracker is an awesome tool. The goal is to stay there by all possible means. Personally, I don't log my food any more and I've been doing quite well but will start logging right away when I see an upward trend.
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current weight: -1.6 under
Posts: 1,076 8/22/12 10:12 A
I also still log most days, though I'm easier on myself on those days when I don't. I really think that the food log was/is the single most effective tool for weight loss/maintenance that I have.
current weight: 124.4
Fitness Minutes: (82,266) Posts: 11,130 8/22/12 8:31 A
Like Tina, I'm not an intuitive eater, and I just hit the 3-month mark in maintenance. And I AM in maintenance. I don't accept someone else's restrictive definition.
I look back on the last 18 months (15 for weight loss, 3 for maintenance) as a good start at retooling my mind to drop decades of bad eating habits. As Tina said, food tracking is a tool, and it is like conscience nagging me to stop if I reach my calorie limit. I also continue to log exercise, because I get motivation from seeing the numbers. When I don't log, it's easy to let one day pass with no exercise, then another, then another.
Celia Maintaining since May 19, 2012
current weight: 3.0 over
Posts: 1,294 8/22/12 8:30 A
I do! I have a fitbit that's synced to My Fitness Pal which is where I log my food.
Melissa, from Texas
current weight: 147.3
Fitness Minutes: (45,429) Posts: 3,553 8/22/12 8:14 A
I'm not even six months into maintenance yet, so I'm still a relative newbie in a lot of ways, but I still track my food and exercise every day, about 95% of the time. I've lost and regained significant amounts of weight six times in my life and I never tracked in such detail before. I'm not an intuitive eater and have problems stopping when I should be satisifed with what I've eaten. When I track, I know I can eat until I've reached my daily limit then I have to tap the brakes. That actually gives me tremendous peace of mind in spite of the extra effort I have to make. Weighing, measuring and tracking keep me honest and when I don't track, I gain weight, so it's a tool I intend to keep. If that doesn't make me a 'real maintainer' I don't care. It works for me like nothing else has in the past, so I'm going to keep on doing it!
Edited by: TINAJANE76 at: 8/22/2012 (08:18)
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.
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current weight: -1.0 under
Fitness Minutes: (92,127) Posts: 4,989 8/22/12 8:03 A
Aha! So I am not alone!
Similarly, I log my exercise points (conservatively) in my Weight Watchers log and make sure to eat them every week.
I do log daily, and wear a body media fit device. It helps me figure out how much I need to ADD to my ranges based on athletic training. I think it's a tool... and one that I personally will need to maintain, probably for the rest of my life... maybe not every day (because some days are just on auto pilot) but regularly.
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Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010
current weight: -4.4 under
Fitness Minutes: (92,127) Posts: 4,989 8/22/12 7:54 A
I've met others at maintenance that have been critical of me for still logging my food on a daily basis. They seem to think that I should be able to hold my weight without being accountable for what I eat in written form anymore, and if I don't I am somehow not REALLY in maintenance- more like a suspended state of weight loss. So I tried immolating them, not writing down what I eat, and trusting what I know (quite a lot, actually) about the body's dietary needs. It didn't work so hot- I started to gain again.
I've accepted the fact that I will be logging my foods for a while still, if not forever. But I am curious- How many other maintainers here on the board log their foods routinely? Am I that much of an oddity?
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