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8/6/16 3:24 P

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Much like what TALLYFL and SPARKL3SUSAN say, I don't really track food on Spark. I've counted calories since I was 14 years old, and I could glance at most meals and tell you what the calorie count is by now. I think it's useful for someone with less history of doing so. I did laugh when I read TALLYFLs comment "I believe it is far too easy as it is to get so deep into the numbers that you can spend more time trying to determine how you are doing and how to do better - instead of actually DOING! "

Because that was ME! I would spend so much time number crunching, because I'm a data-freak, number nerd, pencil pusher, planning princess, you probably have another name for it, but I'm it. So it's actually like an addiction, almost, and I'm better off reminding myself to just get out and DO the stuff rather than plan it and analyze it.

So, I laughed b/c when I saw the "more data" feature, my insides did an excited little tumble. But then my lessons-learned part of my brain overruled and said, "ok, girlie, you know you're addicted to numbers and planning, and that you've largely gotten away from it. Do you really need to go back to that?" And my answer was no, not really.

I think I will not do the premium at this time. I need to spend my time planning my son's education, not crunching fitness numbers over and over again in an effort to try to convert my body to a set of numbers.

But, anyone who does get it, let us know if there's some hidden benefit, something we can't live without!

Get it or not, let's all enjoy our journey!

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8/5/16 12:05 P

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For me, using the food tracker that adds up calories as you go (when you use it) is good information to have as you either plan your day or as you track as you eat throughout the day. But like TALLYFL said, it is a pain. I'm a bit OCD and when I did use the tracker, I would compare calories, sodium, everything of ALL of the foods that I ate and make changes so everything would be correct to the exact number. I did that because I noticed that many of the things in there are incorrect since prepared foods change up their formulations often and it throws everything off. I agree that is it's not correct, what's the point? (But I'm an "all or nothing" kind of gal who thinks in terms like that. It either has to be exactly correct or I don't use it. All or nothing, right or wrong, black and white...no gray areas or wiggle room. It's something I'm working on.)

So maybe one way to track is simply the paper/pencil method. Sure, it doesn't calculate calories, but seeing everything on paper (if you're honest) can be eye-opening at times. Things can be estimated, like 2 plops of a large spoon might be a half cup or full cup, depending on what it is. (Believe it or not, I CAN guesstimate!) Just use the information like a general measuring stick, if you will, to see what might need to be tweaked if you find that you're gaining weight or retaining water. Things like that. And if you know that you have to write everything down, you may be more likely to reach for the carrot sticks than the bag of potato chips.

Yep, I am guilty of not tracking my food at all. I should at least try it for a day, though.

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8/3/16 3:12 P

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Elona, I don't track my food. I tried to when I first started this site but 80%+ of what we it is cooked from scratch. I soon discovered that trying to measure or weight the ingredients, track them down on the food tracker to gat the data, etc. for every meal took more time that actually cooking and eating! At least it felt like it.

I could have taken shortcuts buy estimating or simply accepting the closest food item that the preset tracker could find but then, to me what was the point. If calories, nutrition content aren't accurate then just what is it I am measuring and why.

So, no, detailed tracking is not a benefit for this particular number cruncher. I definitely have better ways to be spending my time - including moving more!

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8/3/16 11:19 A

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I don't think I'll be trying the Premium version, although I'd love to know how others get on with it. I did try Spark Coach a year or two ago, but I didn't find it particularly inspiring and they say the coaching element is really just Spark Coach rebranded. I'm not sure I have specific enough problems to need the option to email my questions in once a week. I tend to browse the articles on SP and pick up what I need in the way of information. Sometimes I'll do an SP search for a specific topic, like protein or strength training if I'm trying to put my plans together. I could easily get caught up in the details of extra data that's for sure - I'm a numbers nerd!! But I'm trying to spend LESS time on that so I do NOT need that temptation!
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How great that they are offering this option though. I'm sure for some people it would be well worth it. The lifetime payment seems remarkably good value too, compared to the monthly one.

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8/2/16 11:10 P

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Tally,

I agree on everything you have said.except the detailed tracking.. Maybe it will be useful. It's a long shot, but maybe the data driven tracking might motivate me to track my food. I don't have a problem tracking exercises, but food that's another thing entirely. I am going to try it for a month an see how it is. I am a little disappointed it wasn't something more, but what I don't know. Lol. SparkPeople is pretty complete sans the advertisements. Since I have Chrome and use Adblocker Plus I don't have a problem with ads.

I'll keep you posted about the tracking as it seems like it's the only real difference from the old Spark Coach.

Did they do away with Spark Coach?

Premium is a glorified Spark Coach. Lol

Thanks for posting

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8/2/16 1:53 P

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Well, I finally tracked down the Spark Premium blog. Am I impressed?

1) No Ads - I don't think that's a surprise. Like everything else in America, the Spark world seems to be divided between "members" who live by the motto "but it's FREE!" and those who are swearing "I'd be willing to pay to forego the ads!". I guess Spark wants to try to please everyone. Do you know how that adage reads out?

2) Smart Start Program - same old Spark Coach. I personally didn't think it was worth paying for the first time around but that's just me.

3) E-mail a coach - another feature I would never use

4) Advanced reports - ah, yes, more data to wade through for the number nerds. To be honest, as a lifetime number cruncher, I believe it is far too easy as it is to get so deep into the numbers that you can spend more time trying to determine how you are doing and how to do better - instead of actually DOING! Get off your backside and move - the rest will follow.

5) Secrets of Success e-book - again nothing new, just consolidated into your own personal little collection of tidbits

Am I impressed? Not enough to subscribe. It might help them "keep the lights on" but I think they already get plenty from their "site sponsors" to accomplish that!

Edited by: I_CHOOSE at: 8/2/2016 (14:50)
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It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. -Ansel Adams, photographer (20 Feb 1902-1984)



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8/2/16 12:52 P

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I just read the blog on it. So it's $4.99/mo. (forever, as long as you want to go month to month?) or a one-time payment (forever!) of $29.99? Why would anyone want to go month to month???

I doubt that I'll sign up for Premium. I can ignore the annoying ads, and the perks they mentioned aren't all that important to me. Maybe a personal email once a week would be beneficial, but it's not worth $29.99 to me.

What does everyone else think about it?

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8/2/16 1:55 A

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Thanks for keeping us up to date on this.

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8/1/16 9:11 P

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Omg!

I was wondering when it was launching. I hope it's true they are leaving Spark People untouched. I am very curious about Premium. Let's pray it doesn't cost a fortune. Who knows, maybe it's nothing I want or need. Lol.

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We shall see what we shall see. Lol.

Thanks so much for the heads up!

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8/1/16 9:08 P

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Thanks for letting us know to look out for a new feature.

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8/1/16 5:58 P

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I'm guessing it's nothing you will care a whit about! I'm even guessing most of us will just shrug and ignore it...but I could be wrong!

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Compassion is not weakness and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. -Hubert Humphrey, US Vice President (27 May 1911-1978)

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. -Ansel Adams, photographer (20 Feb 1902-1984)



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8/1/16 5:26 P

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Why do these big updates happen when I'm trying to spend less time here? I guess I'll catch up when I get back.

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8/1/16 4:35 P

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to give you a heads up that we have a new feature, SparkPeople Premium, launching tomorrow! This new option will change nothing about the current site, which will continue to remain completely free. It's just an additional option for those of you looking for more from your SparkPeople experience.

Look for a new blog to be posted tomorrow with all of the details.

Thanks!

Coach Jen

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In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take. -Adlai Stevenson, statesman (5 Feb 1900-1965)

Compassion is not weakness and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. -Hubert Humphrey, US Vice President (27 May 1911-1978)

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. -Ansel Adams, photographer (20 Feb 1902-1984)



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