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MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (228,267)
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3/2/13 4:40 A

If its before midnight, it goes on the day it still is, after midnight, it is part of the next day's breakfast. I often have a small bowl of cereal when I am up during the night. It is not additional food; it is part of my calorie and nutrient allocation for the relevant day. Exercise is logged in for the day on which it actually takes place.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (359,002)
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3/2/13 4:11 A

I just carry on as normal. Our problem is when the clock go back and the time is an hour out for a week or two

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3/2/13 2:49 A

I keep weird hours, so I'm in the sleep to sleep category when logging (I log via bodymedia, rather than sparkpeople).

I don't think it really matters as long as you are consistent, so I'd say do whatever works best for you.

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3/1/13 10:57 A

After midnight = next day. One a few occasions, this strategy has sabotaged next day even before I wake.

UNOFANT Posts: 11
3/1/13 10:50 A

I'm feeling the love. thank you. Yes...I'm going to go with the midnight cut-off and log my meals from midnight to breakfast under 'Pre Breakfast' category. It def makes me eat less for breakfast thats for sure!

TANGOKATE Posts: 662
2/28/13 7:30 P

Me too. Midnight is the cutoff.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,532
2/28/13 7:10 P

I use midnight as the cutoff. Anything I eat after midnight will go on tomorrows tracker.

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (137,945)
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2/28/13 6:53 P

I believe everything after midnight is considered the next day.

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
2/28/13 4:23 P

If it's 12:30am, that's the next day unless you want to count it some other way than time. emoticon

UNOFANT Posts: 11
2/28/13 3:38 P

Yeah Julie..that was my thought process behind it. I think I'm going to first start out not planning on eating that late..but in the event the old Chris returns (hungry)...I'm going to track it on the new day under my new 'Pre Breakfast' category! Oh..and you have a new Pin follower!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/28/13 1:35 P

I go from "sleep to sleep". So like today, the 28th, if I go to bed at 2am (technically on the 1st), anything I eat or do before 2am will go on today's tracker.

But really it's just what works for you, and as long as you do it consistently.

CARTOON3 SparkPoints: (36,248)
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2/28/13 1:31 P

I use 1200 midnight as the cut off.

UNOFANT Posts: 11
2/28/13 11:50 A

For anyone interested, I created a new meal category 'Pre Breakfast' so that anything between midnight - breakfast can easily tracked in the new day, without having to be categorized as a snack or breakfast entry. I'll see how it works, but on paper (web page) it looks pretty fantastic!

UNOFANT Posts: 11
2/28/13 11:28 A

Very good advice and respective!!! I do thin kover time I will let SP work for me, and not me working so hard at the start for SP!! I can say it is shaping my mind first..hoepfully the abs will follow! Thx!

UNOFANT Posts: 11
2/28/13 11:25 A

Thanks for responding. I thought the same long as I am consistent with however I do it..but I likely would somehow get inconsistent over time! I'ma stick with a midnight cutoff (Hopefully that will include any food intake as well)! Thx x2

UNOFANT Posts: 11
2/28/13 11:23 A

TY for the input. I think I am going to go with a midnight least that way it will make me feel guilty as hell if i have to add anything at that ungodly hour! TY

YOUGOLALA SparkPoints: (5,746)
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2/28/13 10:52 A

I personally use 12 midnight as the cutoff since Spark resets the wheel and all your info for a day at 12. So if I eat before 12, I include it on the previous day, and after, to the new day.

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (199,149)
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2/28/13 10:50 A

I think that's totally up to you--do you consider your midnight meals & exercise to be part of today, or tomorrow? Pick a day & track it! As long as you're consistent, and do the same thing every time, it'll stay evened out.

Good luck!

JHAACK39 SparkPoints: (12,343)
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2/28/13 10:49 A

I kind of had the same problem with "when the week" began. My "week" begins/ends at a different time in my head than it does on SP. At least, it did. Now I have "two" weeks. The SP week, though, is just a chunk of time not a period of "calendar" time.

I would say, in terms of when to report (today vs. tomorrow), just pick a standard and go with that. If you're really into the accurate tracking just pick one and go with it and be consistant.

Or not? Nobody dies (or judges!) if you hit the 'back' button and put in on "yesterday's" or if you just toss it in to "todays" when you log it at half past midnight. Think in terms of 'weekly' instead of 'daily'. Or even 'monthly' if you want. And again, it doesn't even have to be a calendar measure. Just a container of time.

The other thing you can do is log ahead of time. That's a bit of advice I give out to people just getting on the path like me when I started, with a lot to learn and lose. I made much better choices and stayed on track better when I logged (particularly) nutrition prior to eating it. Or even better, prior to deciding what I'm going to eat. Not always easy, but another way to make a consistant choice on where/when to log.

Early in my process as I was learning to live like a "normal' person I had to be very specific and detailed about logging. And study it. See what worked. What didn't and adjust from there. Now that habits are in place, accuracy isn't as much of a requirement for me.

Edited by: JHAACK39 at: 2/28/2013 (10:51)
UNOFANT Posts: 11
2/28/13 10:31 A

Hello Folks...I'm a newbie to the site and I have a question about tracking late night snacks and exercise. If I eat a cup of popcorn at 12:30AM (I'm a night owl) I record that for the previous day or the new day?..are there I go to sleep and wake up past 12 then I record it on the new day...vs. If I never went to sleep and midnight snuck by prior to me giving in to my craving?

The second part would be exercising at night..For example,me and some of my friends play basketball at midnight on occasion at a local 24/7 gym (XSPORT). Last night I went early...10:30, and worked out for an hour and the basketball leaked over into the next day (post midnight)...just looking for some clarification as I don't want my data collection to be done incorrectly.

I suppose since I'm already creating this post I will add another there any way to make the reporting include nutrition, exercise, and water intake??

Thank you for any replies you have.

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