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Your personal SparkSummary Calendar

I use the SparkSummary Calendar found in My Trackers; Reports; Weights and Other Reports; My SparkSummary Calendar to notice trends in eating and exercise. If I don't lose as much as I think I should I look at my patterns to determine how I can adjust for even more success! emoticon

- Submitted by FEADHEAD 1/1/2014 in Using SparkPeople | 1 Comment
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Click a Pic!!

To help me track foods that I don't have time or can't do immediately, I take a quick picture of the items or ingredients as a reminder for when I sit down to actually track my foods.

- Submitted by KIM22211 9/6/2013 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Tracking Nutrition - The Key to Success

In the beginning tracking on SP taught me how to eat the right amount of calories by making choices of what to eat. Later I learned to also keep in ranges (all at the same time) for protein, carbs, fat, and fiber. Once I found how to eat and get proper nutrition, I was not hungry and feeling deprived, then everything else fell into line.

If you can commit to do one thing without fail, I encourage you to make it this one!

- Submitted by GEMLADYONE 8/17/2013 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Tracking exercise without a computer

Sometimes a computer or internet is readily available. Create your routine and print out a checklist. Once printed laminate the paper to keep it fresh looking. Now you can use an erasable marker to check off your exercises during the day to add later. Great for when your on the go!

- Submitted by RAGINGCOW 6/19/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Read even the Healthy Food ingredient lists, SNEAKY Food industry!

Be sure to read all packaged food labels. The food industry is sneaky with the chemicals and word replacements. Soy and sugar replacements seem to be in everything!

Even the healthiest “packaged” foods can shock you. READ every label. The food industry can be SNEAKY!!

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- Submitted by MIPALADY23 4/26/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Read even the Healthy Food ingredient lists, SNEAKY Food industry!

Be sure to read all packaged food labels. The food industry is sneaky with the chemicals and word replacements. Soy and sugar replacements seem to be in everything!

Even the healthiest “packaged” foods can shock you. READ every label. The food industry can be SNEAKY!!

http://www.s
parkpeople.com/mypage_pu
blic_journal_individual.
asp?blog_id=5336039
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br>See what i mean in my blog!! Green Tea Antioxidant Natural but it has "STEVIA" in it! Unacceptable.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 4/26/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Tracking is imperative!

If you don't measure and don't track, you really have no idea whether or not you are following your program. So often people complain that 'they are doing everything right, but not losing' only to find that they don't measure OR track!

- Submitted by FIT4MEIN2013 2/10/2013 in Using SparkPeople | 5 Comments
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Ready Lunches

Use reusable, 3 compartment lunch containers to pre-make a weeks worth of lunches. First develop your lunch menus and shop for ingredients. Then, weigh, measure and calculate for the entire meal, filling compartments as you go. When finished, put the name and calorie count on a blank address label on the top. Write down the contents so you can repeat these meals and save in a binder. I try to keep my calorie count between 350 and 400 for this meal, focusing on high protein and lots of fiber.

- Submitted by KSWEEMS1 2/4/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Track EVERYTHING!

Even if it's just a bite or a taste, track everything that goes into your mouth. Better decisions come from accurate information. If you know what you're actually eating, you can evaluate it realistically and make necessary changes.

- Submitted by LAHUDSONCHEF 1/30/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Track Before Eating

As I pack my breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the day I record them all in my food diary. That way I don't have to worry about tracking during the day and can leave my journal at home. If I don't eat something I packed, I cross it off later on. If I eat something different I jot it on a post-it and stick it in my pocket so I don't forget to record it. Then I only need to track dinner at night and add up my daily totals. I find this to be a great time saver. emoticon

- Submitted by SEAGLASS1215 1/26/2013 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Vision Board & GOALS

I "vision collaged" my back of the door mirror, this way I "SEE" it all the time!!! Everyday, sometimes several times a day! Foods, Exercises, Physically fit bodies, places I want to go and things I want to do!! Anything that is something to strive for or look forward to I put it on the edge of that mirror. SO when I do that one last check in the mirror before I sweep out the door I know what I want in LIFE!!! EVerything I want to live for is there: Prayer, Familiy, Friends.Healthy Lifestyle!

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 1/8/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Don't Be Afraid to Enter Everything

Enter everything you eat honestly and fully. Don't be afraid to see how many calories you ate or how many grams of fat there were when you make a not-great food choice. Many times, I'm pleasantly surprised to see that what I ate wasn't really that bad and that I'm still on track. Often one poor food choice isn't as devastating as you might think - and knowing you have been honest with yourself makes staying positive and on program much easier!

- Submitted by PERIDRAGON 11/4/2012 in Staying Positive | 2 Comments
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Healthier Eating One Small Change at a Time

When I started out, I probably wasn't regularly getting enough servings of vegetables and fruit. I was going over on sodium fairly often. I was eating out a lot more. But I didn't try to go from so-so eating to perfect healthy eating in one step. Instead, I started tracking and focused on just one adjustment. First it was getting enough of carbs-fat-protein. Not the right balance necessarily, just enough. As I swapped in foods to get that balance right, I naturally ate better.

- Submitted by BLUE42DOWN 11/4/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Drink a smoothie every morning

I drink a veg/fruit smoothie every morning and track/measure everything I eat.

- Submitted by HANDS_UP 9/29/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Posting for tomorrow today

On those rare occasions that I just can't stay within my daily calories, I will post the excess calories as part of my meals for the next day. I eat carefully that next day packing the most nutrition into few calories. This keeps me on target for my goals without depleting my body of the fuel it needs.

- Submitted by MRSTAZMAYO 9/3/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Off the couch, on the floor..

Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 9/2/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Goal Setting for motivation, planning, actions & SUCCESS!

Set Monthly goals in Micro, Mini, Medium & Major. Blog these at the end of the month for the following month then adjust "other goals" for tracking, accountability & celebrating!! If you are a list person, this works!! Spark Streaks can be set to support each months goals. Micro & Mini goals tend to be the building blocks to medium/major goals. This way you don't get over whelmed or miss steps. You set up your training and prep. My monthly blogs are helping me!! Check them out!

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 8/30/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Log your meals BEFORE you eat them

When you are planning your next meal, try logging it first. It will let you see exactly how many calories and nutrients you are about to eat, and how it will impact your ability to reach your goals for that day. If you don't like what you see, you still have time to adjust!

- Submitted by SARAH06810 8/22/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Track my Food One Day beforehand

I find that if I pack my food on the night before I get to work and track my food that night as well, that I am less likely to go over my calories for the day.

I think it helps my mind see the things that I can eat throughout the day and takes the guessing game out of, "What am I going to eat...".

When I don't plan beforehand, I am also less likely to track my food - which often leads me to overeat.

- Submitted by DIKKA5 7/5/2012 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Make Tracking Your Food Easier

Keep a binder with blank paper in an easily accessed place in your kitchen, such as a cupboard. Pull it out any time you prepare anything and jot down what it is and how much of it you're using. Pull out the page and set it by your computer or phone so you remember to enter it later.

- Submitted by JSLATE2K 6/3/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Just walk or 10 minutes...

Seriously this works every time. If I just don't feel like hitting the GYM I tell myself, "I'm just going to walk or do 10 minutes". Toss on your work out clothes and shoes & go out the door. I hit the gym and I am always excited that I pull through and do an amazing workout/run. I am NEVER beating myself up for going only if I don't at all!

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 6/1/2012 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Tracking Daily Water Intake

Use a flexible ring to keep track of your glasses of water each day. Start on your pinkie finger and move the ring over one finger each time you get a glass of h2o. Helps you keep track and motivates you to get your fluids in!

- Submitted by DANCINGMOOGLE 4/12/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Review and Tweak the Plan~

Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 2/16/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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Review and Tweak the Plan~

Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 2/16/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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Pre-Planning/Pr
e-Logging

I find that planning my workouts ahead of time, just like pre-planning meals for the day or week, helps me to stick to it. Enter your workout plans into the Fitness Tracker at the beginning of each week or in the early morning hours of each day! You can easily remind yourself about your exercise commitment by just visiting the Tracker page. This hint is especially helpful during challenges where your exercise routines might change significantly from your norm! emoticon

- Submitted by JENNYR0506 1/4/2012 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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