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8/2/19 9:57 A

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I am still struggling. I have been sparking for about a month now. My weight has been down and up and down again. I am exercising a minimum of 5 times a week, I am following the guidelines, I have very few "sweet cheats" anymore, but I cannot seem to lose the weight. I am considering going back to a lower carb diet. I lost my weight, felt great, kept it off and all my stats at my annual physical were great. Problem with low carbs is I love bread, pasta , rice and potatoes. It is hard to give them up again. But that may be my problem.

Meanwhile, I workout on the Universal machine and recline stationary bike three times a week, for an hour, line dance once a week, wii bowl once a week, and walk the dogs three or four times a week. Now that I am no longer working - as of Wednesday, July 31 - I will have more time to plan and prepare meals. Maybe I just need a new perspective.

God Bless all.

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7/17/19 9:26 P

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Thank you for your encouragement. I am doing better, and protein shakes do help. So does planning my meals more carefully.

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7/17/19 5:21 P

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I found that the Spark tracker is not accurate for nutrition tracking. I am on a special diet, low potassium and low phosphorus, when I tracked it would show that I was way under my limit, but my potassium was high when I went for blood work. What I found out is that when many people enter new foods into the data base they only enter fat and calories, entering 0 for everything else. My doctor has me using a different tracker that is accurate for everything, I found a big difference between the two. When the goal is weight loss the Spark Tracker is great, but for someone who needs to track nutrition if is not good.
I also work with a dietitian to help me with meal planning, Iím on Medicare so it is covered. My biggest problem is that I donít sleep at night, I get about 4-5 hours of broken sleep a night, so Iím tired all the time, eating 1200 calories a day, low carb, and gaining weight. It is discouraging.


The past should remain in the past or it will steal your future.

What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.
Maya Angelou


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7/17/19 1:41 P

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When I track my meals I don't all of the nutrients that I should. Maybe more fresh produce will help when I eat more fresh I get closer to my goal. Have you tried a protein shake? Those are loaded with nutrients. It's not easy at all.

Wishing you figure what works for you.

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7/13/19 10:03 A

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I am struggling with my meal planning and calorie or nutrition tracking. I do not seem to get enough calories or nutrients in, which tells me I am not eating the right kinds of foods. Some days I get close, but most of the time I struggle. Cooking is not one of my favorite things at the moment, and meal planning runs a close second. I need more structure. One of my problems is that there are times when my energy level is very, very low due to a rare, non-fatal blood cancer. I need to keep my nutrition up, and I need to lose my weight. I keep up my exercise most of the time, and I am faithful about logging my food, just not eating the right kind of food. Is there any help for me? I welcome any suggestions.

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