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11/17/19 11:30 P

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Religiously. For me, the fluid intake is more important than the food, though I do make choices based on nutritional content.

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11/16/19 9:55 A

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AB-SO-LUTELY!!

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11/9/19 9:28 A

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I track everyday. It holds me accountable to myself and I make better choices since I know I will track.
I often enter what I am planning to eat...before I eat it. That helps me verify that I am staying in the calorie and nutrient range that I want to meet. It allows me to make a change in what I eat...before I have eaten it.


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I will be a Renegade against excuses in order to achieve weight loss during this BLC. Like the Spark People quote – Saying “I am too busy” is just the grown up version of “My dog ate my homework”. No excuses, just do it anyway.

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Yes. I have to or else I would go way over on calories.

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11/7/19 3:36 A

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I track every day, but the old fashioned way in a physical notebook/journal. That way I can write down exactly what I'm eating and even things I may have tweeked to my liking. That way I can look through the past weeks and months to see what I was eating and I can keep the info indefinitely. I won't have to worry about losing the info if I lose my account or if the app changes or anything. Since I track that way, tracking here would be tracking twice, which is too much work. Plus I like to plan out what I will eat ahead of time, like for the next few days and add up the calories for that day, then when my schedule is busy and I don't know what I should eat for dinner or lunch that day or how the calorie count will add up, I just look in my book to see what I already planned and counted for that day and I know to eat that. :) I decide ahead of time what I will eat for each meal each day, otherwise, if I count calories as I go, I will end up having to eat just a piece of string cheese for dinner to fit my calorie allotment for the day. LOL

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10/28/19 10:29 P

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OH YEA ! EVERYDAY. RARELY MISS

As long as we keep trying, theres always hope !


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“Absolutely! In previous weight loss attempts, I've always lost at least a hundred pounds using the spark people tracker and exercise. It's when I would stop tracking and weighing myself on a weekly basis that I would fall off because all accountability went out the window and I'd end up gaining it all back plus some. So now I realize after reaching my goal, I'll need the tracker still to maintain. So far I'm down 93lbs. It may seem like a lot of work, but it's better than the alternative, which was almost death this past summer.”

Fantastic testimonial.

Many account the Spark method to SAD. NOT!



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10/28/19 9:59 A

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Absolutely! In previous weight loss attempts, I've always lost at least a hundred pounds using the spark people tracker and exercise. It's when I would stop tracking and weighing myself on a weekly basis that I would fall off because all accountability went out the window and I'd end up gaining it all back plus some. So now I realize after reaching my goal, I'll need the tracker still to maintain. So far I'm down 93lbs. It may seem like a lot of work, but it's better than the alternative, which was almost death this past summer.



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10/27/19 10:54 P

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“Please don't belittle others by saying it's "only as serious as they make it" when you don't know the circumstances of the other person. You have no idea what they have gone through or how much effort they have put into trying to learn.”

Yes, yes I do. Not only for me, but many family and friends.

Do not belittle the power of knowledge.

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The learning curve is a bit steep, but not impossible.

I came here to track micros, for backpacking meals, after I had developed my own spreadsheets ( much, much, more difficult, but I treasure them ).

It’s only as serious as you make it.

There is no bad food, only bad cooks.
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YOU can do it.
You CAN do it.
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You can do IT.
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10/27/19 4:38 A

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10/26/19 7:48 P

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yes and I print out the chart so I can look for patterns

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yes

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10/22/19 10:10 A

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yes

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Every day!

Fail To Plan, Plan to Fail.


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10/18/19 9:32 A

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10/18/19 7:14 A

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10/15/19 2:14 P

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I have to. Ten years ago I lost 70 pounds with the Spark tracker. I thought I had the hang of it so stopped doing it. Since then, I gained 50 pounds back. So I think I will always track.


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10/14/19 8:15 A

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I track daily. It has held myself accountable for what I am eating. Helps me recognize poor food choices and good food choices. I often put foods in the tracker before I put them in my mouth so I can change my mind if they are taking me outside my calorie/macro nutrient ranges.
It has helped me lose 36 lbs so far this year.
Studies have shown food tracking is the #1 success factor for losing weight. I believe it. emoticon

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I will be a Renegade against excuses in order to achieve weight loss during this BLC. Like the Spark People quote – Saying “I am too busy” is just the grown up version of “My dog ate my homework”. No excuses, just do it anyway.

Never Give Up, Persevere. Love myself like I love others.


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10/7/19 8:17 A

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Hardly ever. It makes me obsess over everything I eat.
Besides, most of my meals are home cooked (I don't use recipes) and I cannot be bothered weighing everything then trying to figure out how much I've eaten.



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10/6/19 10:10 A

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yes, it keeps me honest with myself

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Yes, it helps me keep an eye on what and how much I am eating. I don't obsess but it helps me stay honest with myself. When I see how much I have eaten it signals that I am eating for reasons other than hunger. Just an extra reminder but there are days where I am too busy to log but it helps my awareness so find it useful.

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I do. It helps me stay honest about what I am eating.

I don't stress too much I about calorie ranges or various nutrient levels as such as I know I am eating sensibly for the most part and it all evens out over a week.I

I know without this accountability it can be very easy for portion sizes and extra treats to creep up and get out of control.

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Not right now but do the page daily

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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.


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Yes, I track everything on Spark!

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Yes. The nutrition tracker is one of my #1 tools.

Being positive is a choice. My Mantra: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." Each morning seek the positive and you will have a good day. Always remember, “Your only competition is YOU.”

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9/19/19 1:03 A

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I do WW's and track on that website. Sometimes I will track on SP too.



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ASOLUTELY!

This time is THE time!


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YES, EVERY DAY



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Yes - every day

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yes. Almost every day. Every time I stop I gain weight.



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Yes; food every day, and exercise when I do it.

Edited by: ALUKOWSKY at: 9/9/2019 (13:01)
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yes, I do but sometimes when we are traveling in our MH I don't track as it's too much guessing when I am eating in a restaurant.



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absolutely

Know that I am not anyone else's perception. I am simply *ME*


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definitely



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I used to track on here but now I use a different tracker. I track everything though. The way I get myself to track everything is to plan my whole day (calorie-wise) first thing in the morning and then track it immediately. That way I don't have to do it later in the day unless I decide to make a last-minute change which sometimes does happen.

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I manage track breakfast, but the rest of the day often doesn't get entered.
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Yes, every day

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I have started tracking on myfitnesspal, I use this site for more knowledge and spark teams.

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I track everyday with myfitnesspal. It’s more user friendly imo.



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Sometimes. I do WW so I track on their website.



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Absolutely!!!How can you lose if you don't???



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P.S. There are videos on Spark that you can watch on how to use the Nutrition Tracker. It will show you shortcuts.

Good luck!!



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I was a WW girl (lifetime member) for many years. Came to Spark in 2005.

Do I use the nutrition tracker? Yes, yes, yes!! I learn so much from tracking what I eat. It can be cumbersome to start with, but you can use "Favorites" and "Groupings" and it becomes much easier.

In addition to the typical fat/carbs/protein breakdowns, via the Nutrition Tracker, I can add other nutrients to track. So I now track lots of vitamins and minerals also (potassium, sodium, Vitamin C, Calcium).

The nutritional tracker is one of the most important parts of Spark. Hope you can find your way through it ... I promise it gets easier if you incorporate Favorites and Groupings!!

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Yes

Don't sweat the small stuff!


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Not always, but I have been lately. I really need to get down to the nitty gritty of what is happening in my diet. I know I am over-eating, but I had to figure out where an what I could cut, while trying to do things in a healthier way.



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all the time

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I do. I have to see my calorie intake to stay on track.

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Yeah I track everything. Otherwise I have no idea whether I'm eating too little or too much.

I used to eat barely anything, so why was I gaining so much weight so quickly? Ack, help!

But now I can see that practically starving myself and then grabbing granola bars and ramen was sending me way over on the calorie allotment for the day! Not to mention sodium. And lots of missing nutrients. Who knew?

So I'm really grateful to this tracking website so far... MUCH healthier choices. MUCH better eating plan, even though sometimes weird, still better than what I was doing before. :) Plus all the gentle nudging to drink water and get moving. Hoo-ya!



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I've tried on and off for a few years. However, I find it hard to keep up because it's time consuming. Whenever I do it right, it is beneficial.

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I track daily. I love the nutrition tracker. Since I have been here over 3 years most of my favorite foods are entered so I can just type in a couple of letters and most of the input is quick. It keeps me honest and I can call up my daily menu plan for quick reference.

Being positive is a choice. My Mantra: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." Each morning seek the positive and you will have a good day. Always remember, “Your only competition is YOU.”

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Stop focusing on how much you hate doing something (fun fact:this does the opposite of increasing your enjoyment of the task) and focus on the benefits. Tracking gives you the best way to pinpoint where you are having issues. It lets you look at each food item, meal and day and compare it to where you want it to be to make the tweaks that are the easiest and have the greatest impact. Cutting out soda might be great overall advice, unless you only have one 12 oz can a week. If you feel you are high on carbs, do look into that. Why are you high on carbs? Are you eating ten fruits and vegetables a day or are you heading in to Dunkin' Donuts? Are you getting enough fiber? How much meat are you eating? Non-meat sources of protein tend to be carbs as well, which means that people who eat (or lean heavily towards) veg based diets tend to be in the 50%+ range for carbs, which on the lowest end of the ranges is 600 calories from carbs, which is 150 grams of carbs. Eat over 2000 calories a day and you can be at 300+ g of carbs a day. Carbs are not evil unless you think fruits and vegetables are evil. That being said, carbs also cover a lot of junk food, so do be aware of the choices that you are making.

Start thinking of tracking as the best way to tweak your recipes to fit into your ranges. When you see your whole day together you can see that two 300 calorie cookies took up almost half your calories for the day. For 300 calories you could have oatmeal with fruit and nuts or yogurt with granola and fruit and actually get some nutritional bang for your calorie buck. You can see that a cup of pasta with a half cup of vegetables can be flipped to be a half cup of pasta with a cup of vegetables, same sauce, can cut around 70 calories out of a meal. You can figure out that certain favorite breakfasts are higher calorie than others, so you know to work in the lower calorie ones more frequently. You can learn and educate yourself about your choices, which empowers you to make the easiest choices rather than fixing a lot of problems that you do not actually have. It lets you focus your energies for the greatest impact on your life and diet.

Try using more positive language when you think about tracking and it will be at least a little bit better. I am not saying to wake up every day and write a sentence about how much you love tracking, but emphasize the good and the benefits of tracking and leave the hating at the door.

Edited by: NIRERIN at: 7/20/2019 (08:06)
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7/20/19 7:21 A

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I try to track every day, but often skip, then jump back on the wagon quickly. Time consuming, but I need it.

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SPARKLIE-DAY Posts: 98
7/13/19 5:06 P

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I just came back to Spark and I am tracking my food diligently. I hate tracking, but the research shows that people who track are more successful. I tend to engage in a lot of magical thinking around food--the street name for that is dishonesty or denial. Grabbing things that are set out at work, not being careful about portion sizes, doing a lot of stress eating. And then wondering why I feel yucky and I'm not losing weight. Since I started back on the tracker, I have been amazed. I've been hungry, but I think that's just adjusting to the reduction in calories. I have been much more mindful of my choices and I realize how much "invisible eating" I was doing before (although it wasn't invisible on my body, LOL). When I get hungry, I remember one of my mom's favorite expressions . . . "No one ever starved between breakfast and lunch!"

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7/13/19 9:52 A

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I track intermittently, but find I do the best, when I am tracking. I track at least a week out, and when I wake up in the morning, I click on, and see what I am eating, and cook those meals, before I make breakfast, so it's done. That way, I am not thinking about what to eat at 6 a.m.



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7/3/19 9:25 A

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I track every day on myfitnesspal.com. Had been using that for well over a year when I joined Spark and it was working so didn't want to change. I don't find their community feature anywhere near as positive as Spark. this is where I'm active on the boards, teams and reading articles.

Even though I'm at maintenance I still track everything (it works!) and after all this time it is pretty much second nature and so many foods are saved that it takes almost no time.

Edited by: MARTHA324 at: 7/3/2019 (09:26)
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7/2/19 2:18 P

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400 days today. It is the main thing I do consistently.

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When I started out with Sparkpeople I used it daily when making changes and learning about a whole foods plant based diet. Very eye-opening where I was eating excess calories and fat. Lots of little tweaks made a huge difference.

Now that I've learned what works, I still use the nutrition tracker but only enter food items if I'm comparing or not sure of the nutrients.

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I don't track here (but I do track every day) - for me, compared to other places that offer tracking what sets SP apart is the community. This is the only place I feel comfortable being active on the blogs, teams, message boards etc. and that makes a huge difference as it keeps me motivated.

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I do track on SP. I have tried several other healthy living apps. Honestly, I thinnk the SP tracker is the most comprehensive and easiest to use. Part of that is due to the fact that I have been using it for over 10 years.

And yes, tracking sucks. There are periods of time when I am more consistent with it. But, as you work to building the habit, it does get easier.

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Yes I do track on Spark , I just need to get back to it.



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6/30/19 8:12 P

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"And - how do you get yourself to track every day even when you don't feel like it?"
The same way you do other unpleasant chores (like scrub the toilet, etc)... you just do it.
It is to your benefit to track. Otherwise you have no idea how much you are eating.

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398 Days and counting. Today is my monthly measure and weigh day. Since May 31st I am down 5 pounds and 2 inches. Total loss since May 2018, 21 (official) pounds and 18 total inches.

Literally the ONLY rule I have is CHART EVERY SINGLE BITE, SIP and TASTE!

I am practicing intuitive eating and sometimes that means (like this week) that I'm indulging some emotional comfort eating but keep track has kept that sane and let me get ready to jump back into better habits today after giving myself a couple of days to be really bummed out by some recent circumstances. My "binges" are shorter and often stay within my calorie allowances even if the foods themselves are not the healthiest options. This is not a diet. This is how I live my life.

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I do track here every day. Never done point systems before and Spark seems to offer very similar features to other sites that offer this service such as My Fitness Pal, etc. Breakfast and lunch are typically pretty easy but I tend to make a dinner recipe, which then means use of the recipe calculator, weighing the total and trying to guess at # of portions. I find this piece tiresome - there are some recipes that I make again, but most of the time I'm winging it based on what I have in the house. I'm not sure there's a different way for something with many ingredients, so I deal with it.

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Confession: I hate tracking my food. I come on here to read articles, spin the wheel, keep up with my friends and others, and yet I do not take advantage of the great (free) features this site offers. What the heck is up with that?! I think part of it is I have done WW on and off for years and am so used to tracking "points" rather than calories that it just looks different and my brain is automatically thinking "Yeah, but how many points was that 300 calorie cookie?"

Spark is awesome as it gives you nutritional breakdown so you can see not only the calories but how much protein, fat, sugar, etc. you are eating so you are better able to figure out where you might need to make changes. I did try to track on Spark awhile back, saw I was overloading on carbs every single day, then for whatever reason stopped tracking - oh yeah, I hate doing it, how could I forget?

Anyway, I was curious if you are using the tracker here on the site or if you are using other methods (and if so, why). And - how do you get yourself to track every day even when you don't feel like it?

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