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HILLRUNNER's Photo HILLRUNNER SparkPoints: (103,532)
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7/7/11 5:41 P

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I track my calories and have done so for years. It helps to keep me accountable with not only what I eat (which is clean) but the true amount of nutrients my body is getting.

Mary ~~~Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must. Just NEVER give up.
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ENGLISHROSE's Photo ENGLISHROSE Posts: 216
6/19/11 3:57 A

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I don't track them and it was when I started to eat "clean"/well that I stopped obssessing about food and diet all the time. That has been such a relief that I would not want to go back to it.

In terms of portions I can feel when I feel full. For lunch and dinner I would go for a handful of brown rice, handful of protein and a handful of veg. Those are about the right portion sizes for me - what you can fit inside your fist.

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6/5/11 7:14 P

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Yes that what I been doing coming here to track at times and double checking my portions
I go away for a week at time here n there no access to a computer so I really need to make sure on what I am eating and how much ,for example I always eat seeds at my son BB game ,beach ,hiking etc and knew they had calories but never realize how much and combine it with few other foods was shock when I had over 2000 cal in 1 day,yikes!!!!!
so always learning and this site is perfect tool,

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AWOLF24's Photo AWOLF24 Posts: 6,215
6/2/11 9:10 A

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Thanks everyone! I've been doing the whole trying to eat healthy for long enough that I do have a good sense of what a portion should be, etc., but I do feel the need to be held accountable by tracking, especially with eating mostly "clean" these days which IS new for me, so I'm pretty sure I'll stick to it for the time being.

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ANNEMARGAR's Photo ANNEMARGAR Posts: 1,114
6/2/11 5:21 A

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I have been tracking calories for years. It really makes a difference for me when I know I will have to put down in my computer what it is that I am eating - somehow it really makes a difference.

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FLORSHA's Photo FLORSHA Posts: 1,540
6/2/11 5:04 A

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I've been on SP since beginning of 2007 and it only worked when I track my food. I've been on and off tracking and each time I don't track I put weight on - not that I don't know my portions and what I should eat but some of us need to be accountable - in some ways!
Maybe one day I will stop tracking, lol!

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SPARKLIT Posts: 555
6/2/11 3:38 A

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Tracking is a large part of the story of weight loss. It can be an eyeopener if you need to lose weight. Eating healthy is the other side of the same coin. You can eat healthy and track. I track as and when I feel the need.

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6/1/11 8:23 P

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I agree with Laura. Tracking gives you a sense of how a "plate" should look. I haven't tracked in a long time and I don't miss it. I felt, for me, that it was steering me towards the calorie thing and not so near the nutrition part of my diet. I lost weight for sure while tracking but I don't think I was being as healthy as I am now.

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ELLIE381's Photo ELLIE381 SparkPoints: (104,454)
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6/1/11 7:18 P

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I still like to track

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RHONDALYN10's Photo RHONDALYN10 Posts: 7,375
6/1/11 6:49 P

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I still track!

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FIT_ARTIST's Photo FIT_ARTIST SparkPoints: (112,597)
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6/1/11 6:13 P

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I think it's an excellent idea to track until you get the hang of what you should be eating. It's been three years for me. Time for me to "break free" so to speak. lol

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ELECTRALYTE's Photo ELECTRALYTE Posts: 10,207
6/1/11 6:02 P

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I track 'em!

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6/1/11 5:54 P

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I track my calories but I have a lot of weight to lose still. I think it is about what works for you best personally. I know that for me, tracking calories works very well with my bodybugg and makes me more conscious about the things I eat since I know I am going to have to look at it all on the screen later. Best of luck!

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SUNSHINE1197's Photo SUNSHINE1197 SparkPoints: (1,795)
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6/1/11 5:39 P

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Hi I am not really tracking them ,with my computer on/off from this weather for the past week I seem to lost the swing of calories check in,I am this being more focus what I am eating and when I am not to sure on my day I find I will set down and do it ,this helps me to see if what I did eat combine with other was a really good choice or not.
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FIT_ARTIST's Photo FIT_ARTIST SparkPoints: (112,597)
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6/1/11 5:10 P

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This is my first week not tracking calories. I've been Sparking for three years (or more) and this is my first time not tracking. I think it's going fairly well. My food/meal times are kind of fool proof right now. I eat till I'm full. I don't worry about portion control. I only eat 2 1/2 meals per day. So, as long as my meals are healthy (and grain free), I can't really go wrong.


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AWOLF24's Photo AWOLF24 Posts: 6,215
6/1/11 4:29 P

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I just started eating clean so I am learning more every day, still tinkering with what I'm eating, etc. Does everyone still track their calories or not? I am just to get a feel for where I'm at but I was just curious.

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Anne

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