I record every morsel of food I put into my mouth on my SP nutrition record. Before SP, I tended to over- and under-estimate what I'd eaten. Being able to see everything in concrete terms allows me to accurately assess how I've done for the day. Quite often, the "damage" is not nearly what I'd estimated it to be! I'm learning to make more rational decisions with food, just by writing them down!
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I joined SparkPeople in 09, but found it a bit much to write all the food information down to enter into the nutrition tracker - so I quickly stopped using it.
This time, I added the SparkPeople app to my iPhone and I can track my foods/drinks, exercise, water and other goals no matter where I am! No writting them down, no forgetting- it's very simple! And...I am losing weight MUCH more consistently!!
I added the app on my iPhone- so any "i" products can be used, I am not positive if other cell companies/phone models have the option, but it's worth looking in to!
One way to help avoid being discouraged when you slide off course a bit, is to write yourself a healthy lifestyle resume! What skills have you developed (making a well developed workout routine, making solid meal plans, etc), what are some of your past successes (lost 15 lbs, ran a 5k, motivated a friend to exercise), and what new skills do you hope to develop. Even if you aren't quite on track, you are still developing the skills that you need to get there!
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