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11/13/12 9:10 A

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Do you use the nutrition tracker for every meal, every day? only some days, some meals? Not at all?
I use the nutrition tracker about 95% of the time. I'm trying to lose weight and tracking calories is the best way to accomplish that.

Do you track your fitness?
Yes. This is a big reason I joined SP. I like to see how much exercise I'm doing.

Do you track your weight and measurements?
I didn't track my measurements at first and wish I did. It's a great way to stay motivated when the scale doesn't move. I've always tracked my weight, since my goal is weight loss.

Do you find the message boards helpful or not?
Sometimes. Mostly, I don't read them. I don't like how much time I COULD spend on SP. I like to limit my Sparktime to 1 hr a day.

Do articles, blogs, sparkpoints or groups help motivate you?
The first 6 mos or so, on this site, I was all about earning points and reading everything. SP has some great articles and blogs. The SparkTeams can be very helpful. Now, I pick and choose what I read and challenges I participate in to keep within that 1 hr per day goal.

"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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LTBLUEEYEZ's Photo LTBLUEEYEZ Posts: 62
11/12/12 11:02 P

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Do you use the nutrition tracker for every meal, every day? only some days, some meals? Not at all?
I use the nutrition tracker Mon - Fri pretty regularly, but I hardly do on the weekend.

Do you track your fitness?
Yes, always.

Do you track your weight and measurements?
Only if I've lost weight. Measurements, about once a month.

Do you find the message boards helpful or not?
Yes, the message boards are helpful if I have a question I would like answered, but I don't generally just browse them.

Do articles, blogs, sparkpoints or groups help motivate you?
I think I've finally found a group that will motivate me (like minded people in a group are dangerous that way). Again, if I have a question I want answered then I'll look for it in the articles. Sparkpoints... I get them when I get them, I don't go out of my way to get them.

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11/12/12 9:32 P

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Do you use the nutrition tracker for every meal, every day? Yes, I try. I'm usually successful but don't sweat it if I miss a day. And sometimes I plan in advance not to sweat it because I know it will be too difficult - when on travel, very busy with work, etc.

Do you track your fitness? Yes, same as nutrition.

Do you track your weight and measurements? Weight yes, inches sporadically.

Do you find the message boards helpful or not? Um...helped land me on this team!

Do articles, blogs, sparkpoints or groups help motivate you? sometimes I read a useful article but mostly it's familiar stuff, don't pay much attention to the spark points but use them to give goodies, having an active team helps me stay connected to the SP community


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FITTEREVERYDAY's Photo FITTEREVERYDAY SparkPoints: (10,377)
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11/12/12 6:38 P

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I love watching my fitness minutes ticker too....but it's ok because it does inspire me to exercise which tends to make me feel better all around.


~Kelly~

"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.



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11/12/12 6:21 P

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I track nutrition most days but don't have a fit if I miss some - I'm challenged to get enough protein so it helps remind me to have more. I'm mainly tracking though so I can get a better feel for what I can eat during maintenance.

Fitness tracker all the time - I love watching my monthly ticker (I know, such a sad life) and tend to tie rewards (mainly music) to hitting fitness goals - and I hang that fruit low so I get at least 4 or 5 songs a month ;-)

I do monthly measurements mainly to stop getting hung up on weight - wanted other metrics including how my clothes fit and how energetic I feel to track "progress."

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11/11/12 11:11 P

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I track food to watch for balance in my nutrients. I have to keep an eye on my sodium and potassium. I never really tracked exercise as closely, but now that my Fitbit links up, it happens automatically!

The past is history. The future is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why they call it the present.


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11/11/12 3:38 P

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I'm glad folks are liking this community by the way!


~Kelly~

"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.



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11/11/12 3:37 P

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LADYCJM

I also have the longevity genes! I care about my weight to some extent but I care more about being able to get around and be mentally and physically active for the rest of my days. I'm only twenty-nine so I have a while to go unless something drastic happens. I'm planning for a long life though.


~Kelly~

"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.



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11/11/12 3:33 P

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Do you use the nutrition tracker for every meal, every day? only some days, some meals? Not at all? - Not at all for me. I'm not really into the food restriction thing. I have my reasons :D
Do you track your fitness? YES. I love that feature and have gotten into habitual exercise.
Do you track your weight and measurements? Yes but I'm not consistent about it.
Do you find the message boards helpful or not? Sometimes. Most folks here aren't looking to be moderate, they're looking for a fast (temporary...at least in my opinion) fix. That's not for me.
Do articles, blogs, sparkpoints or groups help motivate you? Sometimes. What mostly motivates me is the fitness tracker! I also love the workout videos!


~Kelly~

"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.



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11/11/12 8:37 A

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I track my food everyday, I'm a numbers junky too & trying to get my cholesterol down, so this is actually the least stressful way for me. 99% of the time my days' food is planned the day before. I track my weight on a spreadsheet & my workouts in a notebook so I can take it anywhere with me.

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11/11/12 1:13 A

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I track my meals because I have a tendency to not enough some days and eat too much on other days. Interestingly, I was eating way too few carbs on all days. So it's helping me to balance things out.

I track my weight ad exercise because it feels good, lol!

As for the rest, it's sometimes interesting, sometimes stupid and occasionally I learn something.

My motivation is more internal so I don't need external stuff to keep me going. My family tends to live into their 90's and I would really like to be healthy when I'm that age.

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TOGEMON's Photo TOGEMON Posts: 244
11/10/12 2:24 P

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Right now I'm mostly using it to track nutrition. Since Monday, I've been tracking every meal, every day... I've found that the only way I can lose weight is to track everything, but that's just me!

I tracked fitness back when I was exercising... but uh, I slacked off on that. I'm going to start up again after the end of this semester (I'm a college professor).

I do track weight, trying to keep it to once a week. And I tracked measurements back when I was active on Spark the first time... going to start up again in a couple weeks.

As for the message boards, I only read the ones on my SparkTeams. They and team members' blogs help motivate me. And I spin for Spark Points every day and take polls because I like those... but I don't normally read articles or try to get every point I can each day.

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11/9/12 3:26 P

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I track everything every day. I am a total numbers/stats nerd, and I like to look back at averages, trends, etc. Also, since I'm still sorta figuring out maintenance, I like being able to look back to see my average intake. Like, after I started maintenance, I still lost 2 more pounds. I was able to go back and see what my average intake was over the previous 2 weeks, and see it was 1740. I had originally figured 1700-1750 to maintain, but seeing the average of 1740 leading to weight loss, let me know that I needed to eat more than 1740 to maintain. I also find the tracker useful for meal planning (my favorite hobby, I'm not even kidding), since I can add everything in ahead of time, to make sure I'm not planning 2 heavy meals in a row, or I can see if I'm lacking in protein in one day, so I can plan a meal that has more protein in it. I do not track things like restaurant meals, unless it's very easy to do (ie the restaurant provides the calorie info, or I can easily guess for a basic meal like chicken tenders and fries). I also will not track Thanksgiving dinner or meals eaten at someone else's house, unless, again, it's really easy to do because I know exactly what was in my meal. I don't track fitness since I don't work out. The fitness points I do have are from when I entered in "moving boxes" because I was curious.

I do track my weight also, mostly for my cute little farm ducky ticker :) Also the maintenance team I'm on is having a "best maintainer" challenge so I log my weight in there too. I don't do measurements only because I didn't do them when I started. I wish I did though, and photos too. When you look at yourself in the mirror every day it's hard to see the changes, but if I had measurements and photos, it's "proof" that I actually did it LOL

I do find the message boards helpful, to an extent. There's also a lot of sort of wrong/wacky info that gets put out there too, and I wish people would do searches to see if someone else has already asked the same question before they post it. I might scream if I see another "what are some good lunch ideas" post ;) j/k But, I like to be helpful to people and I feel like I can use what I've learned to help others, and they have been helpful most of the time when I've had a question about something (like how to get out of my plateau by increasing calories). I also wish people would read the actual question and the answers before they answer. I blame that on the default "show newest post on top" setting though... people don't think to scroll to the bottom to read the actual question, so they just go off the subject.

I rarely read the articles unless someone directly links to them in a post (like the thread here today). I get my sparkpoints but I don't really see the "point" of them. All but two of the teams I'm on are pretty much dead, so aside from the two that are active (the maintainers one and this one) I don't find them all that helpful.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 11/9/2012 (15:29)
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11/9/12 2:54 P

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I use the fitness tracker every day.

I record my weight once a week and my measurements once a month.

I don't care about sparkpoints. I never spin the wheel or try to collect them.

I don't use the nutrition tracker every day or for every meal. I use it occasionally.

I get scared by the general message boards. I often end up feeling worried about people or guilty that I'm going to eat something delicious without checking every label.

I find articles can be helpful. I read blogs occasionally.
I've joined a couple of groups but don't find most to be very active.

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11/9/12 2:43 P

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