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10/30/19 10:35 P



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@APPYMAMA22 - I live in NZ and a lot of our foods aren't on the SP Nutrition Tracker. I have entered a lot of what I have manually. The thing is, once you have done that and saved it to your favourites it is there for good, until you want to remove it. I eat a lot of different items in a day. It takes me much less than 10 minutes to enter all my food. Some of my foods I bulk cook and save them to my groupings, so it makes it a doddle. Right from word get-go I have weighed all of my food and tracked - and that is over a few years, and I still do it even tho' I reached my goal a few years ago. It is a sure-fire way to keep my mind on maintaining and not guessing, only to find less wise choices have crept into my normal diet, as well as the portions having slightly crept up which means that so too has my weight.

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10/30/19 7:53 P

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I have kind of a love-hate relationships with tracking. I can get obsessive. And this database, quite frankly, is pretty useless to me. I tend to have to enter a lot of what I eat as a new item. And look stuff up on other calorie counters out there. Also recipes. I'm a foodie and I love to cook at home, so to get a sense of what the nutritional values are, it's a bit of a slog. Also the exercise tracker. Ugh.

I stick around b/c I like the general vibe and the content is super helpful. And now, after 6 months, I have a lot recorded, which makes the idea of going to another site a tad daunting.

Anyway, when I first got here I was religious about tracking and I drove myself crazy. But the pounds came off. Then later in the summer I started slacking off on the tracking. You know, not tracking for days at a time, or tracking one or two meals and then assuming I knew what the rest was. Etc.

The weight started not moving. Which in a way was fine. I'm not in a hurry. I'd rather keep the weight off and get to my goal slowly than take it off quickly and put it back on again (my life story).

But then I started really not tracking at all. And upping my eating a bit (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on home-made multi-grain bread with glasses of milk oh yum comfort food) and just figuring "it's okay. it's in range."

Well, of course, it wasn't. A few weeks ago I got back on the scale and it registered four pounds up,

So this time I took it a slice at a time. I made the commitment to track for one week. And not to agonize about absolute perfection (which is what threw me off in the first place). I took the position: Good enough is good enough.

And I went back to clean eating. Within a few days 2 lbs of water weight came off. I've been tracking two weeks in a row now (committing a week at a time) and the other two pounds have come off. Today I weighed in and it's gone a touch lower.

So I'm on the right trajectory, and I've found my "edge" as we say in yin yoga.

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10/24/19 8:20 P

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I came here looking for perfection.

I wanted to track micros. I found it, with the exceptions of heat, reheat, home can, etc.

It’s a rabbit hole if you want to know the truth.

There is no bad food, only bad cooks.
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10/24/19 12:34 P

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We have to accept a "close enough" mentality because the items in the tracker rarely match the calories on the same package that I am holding in my hand, so the calories don't match. I also find that even if they do match, the calories are if you eat every part of the meal. For example...if I track a Healthy Choice meal that someone else put in the tracker and I don't eat an item in it (like the squash) the calories are going to off. As long as you are losing weight, the calorie count does not have to be exact. The important point is that you are learning what food are high and low in calories to make lifelong changes in your diet and learn how to get "closer" to your actual intake than in the past. I have learned SO MUCH through using the Spark trackers!



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10/24/19 8:33 A

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I think that it's the obsessing that turns an otherwise healthy behavior into an unhealthy one.

Did you know that food labels can be up to 20% off of the actual calories/macros? They're allowed to round....so even if you're tracking everything to the T, you still might not be eating exactly what you think you are.



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10/24/19 4:45 A

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I find that I will "obsess" over something to an unnecessary extent when I am avoiding another situation in my life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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10/24/19 1:57 A



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I wonder if the 'perfectionism' is in fact an 'obsessive personality trait' - (different to OCD.) I have the obsessive personality trait. It's good that you have recognized that it can cause problems and are learning to let go of some of the obsessions.

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10/23/19 11:35 P

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It is my nature to be a perfectionist, and in the past I've ended up turning tracking into such a chore that I kind of hated it. It is *very* useful to track things and get an accurate read on what I was doing, and it still is...but I've learned that it is okay to be "close enough" and keep myself engaged in the process rather than checking out through stress. I'll tighten things up as I go along, but as I'm getting back into the habit of tracking it is way easier to allow myself to be slightly wrong. I used to literally feel like I had to enter all information myself and weigh everything exactly, so that the whole thing would be *perfect*. Now, I'm trusting that you folks have probably written something close to correct and that I can probably eyeball things fairly well. This is actually hard for me to do, but it has felt healthy.

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