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Fitness Minutes: (120) Posts: 2,163 10/2/12 2:33 P
I just started maintenance and I still religiously track. I don't see stopping anytime soon, but if I'm on vacation or something, I might skip a day or two if I'm eating a lot of stuff that's difficult to track.
Fitness Minutes: (12,713) Posts: 4,104 10/2/12 10:58 A
I track if I want to get somewhere. If I want to gain or lose weight, I track. Otherwise, I just float around (somewhere between 170-180). I think a lot of my weight gain over the years was due to fast food and eating three meals a day. Now I usually eat 2 meals a day (skip breakfast) and largely avoid fast food. Couple that with my activity level and weight maintenance isn't too much trouble.
Ahh - thanks for the plate suggestion - I'll definitely try that when I'm away from home or unable to track (like on the cruise we'll be going on in February).
current weight: 1.1 over
Fitness Minutes: (87,571) Posts: 4,779 10/1/12 5:04 P
Yeah- That's not how the recipe planner worked for me.
Has anyone else found that when you manually enter in a food and it's macros, that you can't find it again? I'll enter in just what I titled it into the search, and get nuthin'. I have to go back to a day I had it and copy the meal to the current day. Seems an unnecessary step!
Fitness Minutes: (20,120) Posts: 554 10/1/12 4:58 P
BROOKLYN_BORN I tried using the recipe calculator before but I ended up adding the whole mix to my meal plan instead of one serving. Maybe I should revisit it and see if I can work out what I did wrong?!
POINDEXTRA I aim for the same macro nutrient percentages, when I haven't been able to track I tend to use the plate to gauge what I'm eating, half plate of veggies, quarter protein and quarter carbs usually works well enough for me to balance a meal and that's what I intend on doing more as I experiment with the whole not tracking thing. If it doesn't work out for me then I' prepared to go back to tracking all of the time and stick with it.
I'll second BIRDLSLAURIE's comment about enjoying the daily feedback. I'm currently working on improving the nutritional breakdown of my days - aiming for 50% carbs, and 25% each fat and protein, and the only way to do that is to track!
current weight: 1.1 over
Posts: 1,817 10/1/12 2:23 P
Zennith: You said that “I would like to make more interesting but healthy home cooked foods but I find I'm often put off right now because I have to track”
I’ve been using the recipe calculator to calculate the nutrition and track my home cooked foods. Once I have them entered, it’s as easy to track those as anything else in the database.
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210 Maintenance Weeks
Posts: 4,802 10/1/12 1:49 P
Maybe someday I won't feel a need to track, but I know myself too well--if I don't track it one way or another, I can quickly eat far too many calories for what my body burns in an average day. I do NOT want to do what I've done in the past: stop weighing myself and tracking, then put all the weight back on.
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71 Maintenance Weeks
Posts: 3,530 10/1/12 1:10 P
I really don't mind tracking and I like having that daily feedback since I track several nutrients in addition to calories.
current weight: 134.4
Posts: 10,207 10/1/12 1:02 P
When I don't track I get to my "scream weight" very quickly. Then I start tracking again. I really don't mind tracking, I have plenty of time on my hands. If I had a job and kids I imagine it would be a pain.
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139 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (87,571) Posts: 4,779 10/1/12 1:02 P
I think it has to do with how you best handle things as an individual. Personally, I have to track every day. When I don't, I see a gain. I will have a few indulgences, but I track those also. Unless I go completely off the rails (binging is still an issue for me sometimes- tends to be hormonal), in which case I just shrug my shoulders and move on to tracking the next meal.
I don't use the tracker here on Spark for much more than before and after workouts, since I feel those are the most important meals. On days I don't work out I'll track enough foods to earn Spark Points. Complete tracking is done on my Weight Watchers written tracker. It comes with me for trips so that I am always accountable.
For me, tracking is absolutely necessary. (However, I've had to prove that to myself!)
96 Maintenance Weeks
Posts: 9,655 10/1/12 8:56 A
I agree, POINDEXTRA. I have SparkFriends who have tried not tracking, and they've all gained weight back. And four days, a week, even two weeks, isn't enough time to judge whether a new routine is going to be effective. I've been struggling over a 5-lb gain which would have remained a mystery to me if I hadn't been consistently and rigorously tracking everything over the past 3 years. Skip days and the numbers become unreliable. I've missed perhaps a day or two over that time, because of vacations and lack of Internet access, but that's all. Plus, I just don't trust myself if I stop tracking. What isn't tracked doesn't really exist in my mind, which is very dangerous.
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current weight: 6.0 over
Posts: 217 10/1/12 6:15 A
Wow - I hope that one day I may be able to be like you two! For me (almost 10 years in to maintenance), I very easily put on weight if I don't track. I went through a period of not tracking on the weekends, and gained about 7 pounds, so back to tracking and weekly weigh-ins for me:). This just goes to show you that we are all different, and that we all need to find what works for us.
current weight: 1.1 over
Fitness Minutes: (20,120) Posts: 554 10/1/12 6:13 A
Thanks for the reply, I would like to make more interesting but healthy home cooked foods but I find I'm often put off right now because I have to track, I hope I can get to where you are with regards to tracking, it sounds like you are doing pretty well!
HI I have been tracking exercise only over the past few months. Eating remains stable at the moment for me and my weight has been stable. I weigh in weekly. However, if I gain any weight I plan to immediately begin food tracking again.
Food tracking is not easy for me. I tend to make everything from scratch and eat numerous veggies at one meal. Since my meals vary I haven't found an easier way to track.
We all are different and have to find what works for us individually. My downfall is usually when I stop tracking, however, over the past 6 months things have been ok by me. Best wishes to you!
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current weight: 1.5 over
Fitness Minutes: (20,120) Posts: 554 10/1/12 5:01 A
A Couple of weeks ago we had our first family holiday and I took the weekend off tracking because I had no access to the internet while we were away. I weigh in fortnightly and I still lost 1.4lbs over that 2 weeks despite the time off tracking. I made sure I ate my 5 a day, got in some good protein and calcium foods but other than that I enjoyed my food. I did indulge a few times too. So this weekend after realizing that I still got a loss with 4 days off tracking, I decided to have Saturday off, keeping to the same rules as before. I intended on having a treat of some sort too. I enjoyed it and got straight back to tracking on Sunday. Eventually I'd like to have more and more days off tracking but obviously without the treats, I'd like to be able to find a way to indulge once a week max, but eat on track without using the food tracker daily. Maybe I could track a couple of times a week just to help reign things in?
How do you do it in maintenance, do you still track all of the time or just sometimes? I'd like to hear stories of how you guys are working it.
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