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BASKETLADY13 Posts: 301
12/1/12 10:26 A

There are so many places now that have wi-fi that you don't even have to go inside. You can sit out in the McDonald's parking lot and use theirs from inside your nice, warm car. Just a suggestion if the library thing doesn't pan out.

BERKANA_T Posts: 138
11/30/12 1:42 P

...crosses fingers...

Sounds like you have a plan in place. Let us know how it goes!

BLBST36 Posts: 351
11/30/12 12:46 P

I can go to the library, but their stuff is so restricted. They restricted my wordpress site and instead of telling me that I wasn't allowed to access it, it threw up weird errors all over.

Plus, being in my crotchety 30's, I hate the library because no one can be quiet :( There are other places with wifi, but you usually have to buy something to be able to sit there. I plan on doing that sometimes, but I can't do it every night and every weekend.

I just bought an 8 pack of notebooks to help. I also wrote down the information on recipes I know I will be eating this weekend. I also wrote down all my ranges, so I think I am off to a good start right now.

We will see how it goes this weekend. Cross your fingers!!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
11/28/12 5:10 P

a notebook, and a calorie counter book (perhaps even borrow it from the library, at which time you could visit SP and enter your amounts, as well, if you wished)

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/28/12 10:05 A

can't you go to the library or somewhere they have WIFI?

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,152)
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11/28/12 5:09 A

I would go by portion sizes. Most people eat the same foods at the same portions in any given meal of the day. As long as you repeat meals at the same portions as those of a day you know you were in caloric deficiency, you must be in caloric deficiency.

BLBST36 Posts: 351
11/27/12 1:36 P

I do not have a smart phone unfortunately. My weekends are usually the up in the air days to relieve some of the restrictions and monotony of the work week. Guess that will have to change for a bit.

I love mini notebooks, so I definitely have those. I even splurge on the leather-bound ones so I feel artsy when I am writing things down - lol

I was trying to eat healthy before and gained like 10 pounds (well, I think some is retention because of the timing :| ), so I don't know if that is an option for me without tracking.

I will look into calorie books at the library - I didn't think of that.

I also like the idea of challenging myself. I think that might put some life back into my journey

These are some GREAT suggestions - thank you so much! I would have never looked at it in these ways

Also, I just want to clarify - When I said I wasn't worried about writing things down, I meant because I am good at that :) I write everything that goes in my mouth.

APPRIL Posts: 2,239
11/27/12 1:01 P

Check your local library for a food calories book.

BERKANA_T Posts: 138
11/27/12 12:10 P

Do you have any staples/comfort meals that you eat often? For those, you could track them now, in advance and make note of how many calories. For example, I have more or less the same breakfast every day. I change it up a little bit, but if I put the breakfast I had today in for the next four months, I'd still be pretty close to my average breakfast calory consumption.

Do you have a smart phone? Spark has a good app that will let you track exercise and meals on your phone, although it's a bit more cumbersome than the website. You can even scan in barcodes on food items, although I've found that that works best for American products, packaged in the States.

For the next couple of months, you could also switch your focus from counting calories to general healthy eating. This is what I focus on. If you've been logging for a while now, you should have a good idea what serving sizes are. You should know what foods are healthy and which to avoid or restrict. You know how to read labels and that certain restaurant meals are going to hit your calorie count in a bad way. The same tools you use to track the calories still apply, even if you don't have easy access to the tracker.

Challenge yourself. You said you're not worried about writing everything down, so every weekend, find a way to get online, enter all your meals for the week, and see how well you did at staying within your calorie range. If you did, then celebrate. If you didn't, make adjustments the following week.

Just don't give up. When you do find chances to get online, we'll all be here to encourage and support you!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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11/27/12 11:45 A

For the first 6ish months of my weight loss journey, before I joined SP, I tracked everything on paper. Usually it was a messy collection of post-it notes :) But, I would recommend a notebook. I tended to eat a lot of the same things, with dinner being my only variation, so it was easy to figure out how many calories I could have for dinner, since my breakfast lunch and snacks were the same almost every day. Can you try eating a lot of the same things so you really only have to worry about one meal a day being different? Also one advantage you have is you already know what your calorie range is, I didn't have that and was just guessing as to where I should be.

The other option is to plan everything ahead in your tracker, on weekends when you have access. Write it all down first, then enter it when you get the access on the weekends.

Also, do you have a smartphone? You can download the Sparkpeople app and track that way. That's what I do when I'm out of town without a computer. It's a little cumbersome and time consuming but it works.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 11/27/2012 (11:46)
BLBST36 Posts: 351
11/27/12 11:30 A

I recently lost my internet access at home and will not be able to get it until at least January. This leaves me with 1.5 months where I will have spotty access on the weekends for tracking online. I am not worried about writing everything, that's pretty easy, but I don't know how to stay in my calories. Even at night is worrisome for me. Last time I didn't have access, it was so hard for me and I just threw up my hands. I am trying to come back from the last quitting I did.

Any tips on how to keep in my calories on track with no internet?

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