If you bite it, you write it! So simple. More important than staying within calorie range. Log everything you eat. Eventually you will start staying within the recommended range and you will lose weight.
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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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