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12/31/12 7:55 P

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Sorry I can't give you much help, but I have been frustrated as well. The organization is just uncomfortable for some reason. It's taking me a long time to feel like I'm comprehending the layout of the site. I too have spent a lot of time on the site, but talking to people with the same issues as I have is worth the frustration. Hang in there. I've met some great people.

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1/3/11 11:37 P

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I, too, don't like the diets that plan meals for me. I'm sensitive to dairy and most diet meals seem to have yogurt or cheese in the recipes, or a lot of spicy foods. So I just eat what I prefer and track it.

Even if you can't look up the calories and nutrients, you'll still get an idea of what and how much you are eating, and then work from there. See where you can add veggies or maybe you'll see that you're having too much of something that you could cut back on. Log on here for some quick info or just a pat on the back for your good work!

Another thought... do you have a better cell signal than internet? There are Spark apps for Blackberry, Android, and (I think) iPhone that you can track your food and exercise with. But the main idea is that you track what you eat, either electronically or with a pen/pencil.


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1/1/11 11:38 P

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I found navigating the site hard at first also. There is a lot of very good information on this site but if your internet is lousy i would recommend blowing off the tracking on the internet but keep a journal instead. Read articles because they are full of great information and dont have as many pages so your internet may not frustrate you as much. I also worked out a base weekly menu plan from foods i like and printed this so i dont have to rely on the website. Please contact me if I can help you anymore.

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12/31/10 2:59 P

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12/31/10 10:33 A

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try the help button for questions. If it is not answered there you can send them your question. I don't like the meal plans either, I just turned mine off and entered what I eat. It takes a lot of time at first but add the food to your favorites and you won't have to look it up again

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12/31/10 9:34 A

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Don't let internet connectivity problems derail you from your plan! I know it gets frustrating, and I too sometimes have computer issues (operator error). The site is not difficult to navigate, but it does take time to get used to! I try not to get too hung up on computer issues and remind myself that it is a tool to help me keep myself on track. If I have difficulty recording exercise or food eaten, I simply write it down and I try not to let the computer frustration bog me down. Good luck and welcome to Spark! emoticon

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12/31/10 7:46 A

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I'm really new too and yes its a little undanting at first,but it will come. I'm not good enough yet to explain, but I pretty much hit anythinr at the top of the web sit first liktools and commuity to stsrt with then. When I got more comfortable then I started clicking on replys on subjects I found interesting.KEEP TRYING! YOU CAN DO IT! I promise if I can do it anyone can for real! I will try to help u all I can we can earn together. Just hit reply on my name box an wr can talk if u want. Ill be real busy today getting ready for new years party I'm doing today but I will rply tommorow. emoticon emoticon

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12/31/10 6:41 A

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emoticon go to the top of the page and you will see My tool check out the thing that are on that bar and so on...

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12/31/10 2:46 A

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Okay, today is only my second day and I'm already frustrated with the amount of time (4 hours) I've spent trying to figure out how to use this website. This is time I could have been exercising. I live in an isolated rural area and my satellite internet connection takes many seconds to "turn the page." I wanted to be able to track my nutrition, etc., but can't live with the diets that have been "designed for me." I'm sensitive to wheat and milk products, but that's all that seems to be designated for me. How do I get the website to design something with just lean meats, fruits, and vegetables--that doesn't take me hours to try to type in foods I can eat, then loses them? I wanted to track just 10 minutes a day of exercising, but it took me a half hour to find one spot for it. Then after I put in 10 minutes, it said my goal was 360 for the year and I only had 36 more to put in. This old math teacher knew there was something screwy about that! I'm reading the Spark book which convinced me to join up for the encouragement and support, but this website seems too cumbersome--and there's no way in my area to make it go any faster. Any help would be appreciated.

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