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AKASHA66
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7/14/08 3:57 A

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I'm convinced tracking food and exercise religiously, even if time consuming, is the only reason I have lost as well as I have. And tracking also lets me know about proportions of carbs vs protein, etc and if I get enough fiber...in the beginning, I just tracked and didn't worry too much about going under or over carbs, etc. Now I try to get as close as possible, especially with fat and fiber. Not enough fat=not good, same for fiber.

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BYTE4D45
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7/13/08 10:13 P

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that looks good.

i know i need more fruit/vegetables. our budget is kinda tight right now until the 20th. i promise to get some more. also, our garden just started sprouting cukes. so i am looking forwrd to those!

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.


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HHHBYE
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7/13/08 10:07 P

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Btw, I see you`re tracking your food :) Keep it up! :D

Need to see more fruits and veggies in that... try this recipe for a sweet treat that`s not bad for u

recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
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HHHBYE
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7/13/08 10:01 P

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hahaha... yeah... the good ones always are!

If you *think* you can do something, or that you cannot, either way, *you are right*


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BYTE4D45
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7/13/08 9:56 P

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its a secret.

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.


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HHHBYE
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7/13/08 9:28 P

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Hahaha... what are you smoking?

:p

If you *think* you can do something, or that you cannot, either way, *you are right*


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BYTE4D45
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7/13/08 10:27 A

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HiHi said:

Well you can always carry that banana or cereal bar with you out the door!

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Not when you have a giant pet gorilla guarding the banana or the cereal bar is too wide to fit through the door frame.

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.


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7/13/08 9:47 A

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I have noticed that I have to track my food intake, other wise, I go nowhere. Seems like after so long, I would get it, but nope, I just do it, hoping to reach that goal one day.

Tracking has made my weight loss stay consistant!

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

~Sarah~




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HHHBYE
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7/11/08 9:40 P

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Well you can always carry that banana or cereal bar with you out the door!

If you *think* you can do something, or that you cannot, either way, *you are right*


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7/11/08 2:42 P

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Something is better than nothing...but it can be improved on.

~MT~
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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne


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I was wondering about that too. Sometimes I'm running out the door to catch the train, but didn't know if a glass of OJ was enough to start my metab running. Anyone know?

But yeah, if I take some time to eat a high fiber cereal with bananas or something, that would be awesome.

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" - Will Rogers

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BYTE4D45
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7/11/08 1:07 P

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OK calorie tracking buddy LIFEANDALL. You snagged me back into one of my biggest deficiencies. BTW, I sometimes don't eat breakfast. Sue me. I know i should. But I just don't always feel like eating it. I will try to, because i know it jumpstarts my metab and will help keep me from snacking. But so when you checjk my page, NOT EATEN will be the food i eat when i dont eat. lmao

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.


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STINGO
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7/9/08 12:57 P

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I've gotten back to tracking, because I'd been in the 230's for about a year and a half. It certainly helps to have this data when you start asking the question "Why am I not losing weight?" - if you're tracking accurately, you'll know.


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CIRRATX
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7/9/08 10:56 A

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I tend to track my food when I am at work. When I'm off I don't do it but I try and keep track and put it in for the weekend when I get back to work.

This week it won't happen though...we had a shutdown and I have been off since the 3rd and it is just too many days to remember. On top of that I really didn't watch what I was eating much since this was probably my "vacation"! lol

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The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. - Maya Angelou

It is forbidden to decry other sects; the true believer gives honour to whatever in them is worthy of honour. - Asoka

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GOOLIE
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7/6/08 5:50 P

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I usually track everything. If I don't it is because I am not doing what I should be doing and need to get back on track.


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HHHBYE
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7/5/08 9:27 P

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I tracked my food religiously for a really long time!

But you reach a point when you already know what you`re getting at, so you can start to guesstimate it instead of recording it.

I have managed to stay on top of it by continuing to track my workouts and my bkfast and water, but this is also because I`m only maintaining now.

When I was in losing mode, I would usually stop tracking if I overate or on a big holiday, when finding the foods in the tracker becomes harder, and guessing the portions is tiring. The trick is to get back to it. Maybe miss a day or two but then start it again. Having a set breakfast helps speed things up too.



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JUNICA
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7/5/08 4:55 P

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I track all the time. It's more convient for me, since I stay at home. I'm frustrated since a number of the things I eat I can't find on the search, but I have manually added (and favorited) the things I eat regularly. I even make sure to input the ones so that I'm sure the count is right. I have found ones that are "close" that end up being way off on calories etc.

I've been learning how to share the ones that I have put in and give them good names etc. http://www.thedailyplate.com/ is a place i've found nutrition information for things that are from resturaunts. I might start chooseing where I go out to eat or what i get from there based off of what I can find for the nutrtion to make it easier. lol

I have found that I am a ton more consious of what I'm eatting and how much becuase of the tracking. And I have found myself eatting half the items cause it feels good to go in and put .5 of a serving instead of the whole thing.

Junica~

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BUTTERFLY_MT
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7/5/08 12:55 P

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I track everything, but I usually do it at the end of the day after I've ate all my meals. I usually go over, as of lately. I do have to track my food, though, or I don't make the ranges and I don't lose weight. I also don't lose the weight when going over my ranges either (actually went up 2 lbs. this week, but it WILL come off this next week!).

But yeah, definitely agree with if you don't track it you won't lose the weight.

~MT~
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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne


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FEMFATAL
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7/5/08 12:09 P

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I used to track food daily after I joined Spar people a year ago. After tracking for 3 months religiously, I stopped doing it, and little by little I stopped doing other necessary stuff to lose weight. So, now when I am back on Spark pages with my weight to lose as well, I am trying hard to stay on the right track, including tracking my food. It's not always easy for me, because I live in Europe, and never heard of most of food on the food tracker. I always need to find something close enough to food I actually ate, or just custom add my food, both more time consuming. But I am getting quit alot out of food tracker. Only 1 thing, which confuse me, is that daily report always tell me I eat too much fats, and I can't figure out how so, because I almost never eat butter, and use as little fats a possible in making food. It's a mystery for me.

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7/5/08 11:30 A

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I track everything now. I'm kinda scared to stop tracking for the exact reason's you spoke of...noticing when not tracking that weight doesn't seem to go away as much lol.

I love getting Spark points so that helps me track too~you get 5 points for tracking every day lol. I also find that if I have to write it down/track it somewhere then I am more apt to choose better foods. The last thing I want to do is look over the last week and see stuff I knew better then to choose. I have manually entered a lot of the things I eat too so they went into my Favorites. So the bag of mini cheetos I love to indulge in every other day is already on my *list* of foods I can work into my daily entries hehe. Having to manually enter some of the foods I eat has also made me even more aware of what I am eating and if it is something I really think is worth it next time.
I don't make anything *bad* food but there are some things that I just don't think are worth it right now. Like macaroni and cheese. I don't even have it in the house, I don't want to sit and enter it into the tracker because I already have a pretty good idea of just what it will look like LOL. When I lose the weight I want to lose I am now fully convinced that Macaroni and Cheese will STILL be around. I swear to you, I used to think OMG I have to eat this Taco bell NOW....as if Taco Bell was going to not be around 100 pounds down the road right? LOL In my whole time I have been on this journey this year I have entered one Taco Bell item. A Fresca Fiesta Chicken Burrito. WOW! While it was well within my daily allowance I just don't see it as something I want to have often. I had to manually enter it in the tracker and just seeing the fat and sodium alone was enough to make me think soft chicken fresca the next time hehe.

Wow...I kinda just rambled away there. Not sure if any of that is what you were looking to read about but I do religiously track everything I eat. =o)



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I was wondering who here tracks their food religiously? If so, are you losing weight or staying at your goal?

I noticed that when I first started Spark that I would track everything for the first few weeks. I lost a good chunk every week. I stopped doing it so religiously around Thanksgiving and haven't been as consistent since. AND I've noticed my weight loss hasn't been as consistent either.

Does anyone have any pointers or motivators to keep them tracking?

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" - Will Rogers

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