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08-18-2011, 09:52 AM
are you "old school paper/pen" or "high tech gadget"?

Years ago when I first tried losing weight, I was old school paper and pen. Made up my own log sheets as a Word doc, printed them, and kept them in a 3 ring binder. I'd fill in with a pen every day.

I am fairly techy (but not SUPER techy), so recently I switched to tech logs. I used an app on my phone (with a bar code scanner, so cool) for logging food and another app for tracking workouts. I liked them because they were convenient, plus the food log automatically tracked calories and stuff (no more math for me!).

BUT I think it's time for me to go back to the old school way. My phone doesn't give me the ability to have it all in a page-in-a-glance format, which I really miss. Also, for some reason, it's easier for me to slack on tracking ("I'll just skip tracking today" type of mentality), whereas on paper I feel more accountable for some reason. Not sure why. (Though as a writer/editor by profession, I still feel more comfortable doing edits on hard copy. Maybe I am just an old school kind of girl.)

How about you? Paper or electronic log?

08-18-2011, 09:56 AM
I log all food and exercise in a journal- been at it for 23 weeks.

08-18-2011, 10:11 AM
I do both. I found the food/exercise tracker on my phone MyFitnessPal which links up with my computer so if I want to see past days I can look back and it's also printable. In my gym, I keep an exercise notebook. I track day, weight and what I've done. I also give a summary of why I missed a day or week previous and how I feel at that moment. That way on tough days I can go back and see how I was feeling. :)

08-18-2011, 10:25 AM
I am very old school--blank journal and pen. I write down everything I eat, any exercise for the day at the top, and weight at the top along with anything I should know looking back (ie lots of salt the day before, tired, TOM, etc.)

08-18-2011, 10:25 AM
I use myfitnesspal and I made a plain old excel spread sheet to record my exercise in daily.

Beach Patrol
08-18-2011, 10:31 AM
I do a food log on FitDay, but I keep my daily recorded weight in a small calender book at home so I can just see at a glance how my weight is fluctuating on a daily basis. (I don't always like to run-go-hop on the computer to see that.)

08-18-2011, 10:39 AM
When I log (which I need to be better at) I use the computer ot my ipod. I am not very good at logging maybe I will give paper a try,

08-18-2011, 10:40 AM
For years I was a pen & paper gal. It still always will be easy and convenient. I had shorthand for lots of things, and kept it by my side.

Since I have a phone that now supports the WW App I simply use that, as well as the website when I'm at my computer.

They both have their advantages and disadvantages, but currently since I always have my phone with me it's the most convenient.

08-18-2011, 10:40 AM
I used to be pen-and-paper. I'd find a pretty journal and fill it up with pages of food entries and Points counts when I did WW.

Nowadays, it's easier for me to use the computer. I have a copy of FitDay PC since I get irritated at the fitday website. I love all the little tools it includes, like projected weights and graphs and trend lines for nutrients...... It's nifty!

08-18-2011, 10:43 AM
I do it on a computer, and if I'm not on my computer, I email it to myself via blackberry. On weekends, for example, I track on my blackberry with a draft email, then send it to myself to input on my computer Monday morning.

08-18-2011, 10:57 AM
I'm at a computer all day, so I use spark people. I actually started using it because I was downloading random apps on my iPad and I liked that one the best, which is strange because I like the website probably the least next to the other options. I never got used to using any of them on my phone for some reason, and during that time I used a paper log- but I had to look up so many things anyway that I figured I could just use a computer based one.

I do keep an excel sheet of weekly weight, though.

08-18-2011, 11:22 AM
I do everything in Excel. That's how I started before I knew there were online calorie tracker programs. I tried to switch over once to one of the online ones, but it's really habit at this point to do everything in Excel and I'm most comfortable doing it there, and so I've just continued that way.

08-18-2011, 11:40 AM
I log both ways. I have a journal I keep with me at all times in my purse and log whenever possible. I also have electronic logs. I am on weight watchers and I have an app on my phone and iPad. Call me a nerd but I like doing both!

08-18-2011, 11:44 AM
I use good old Excel.

08-18-2011, 11:50 AM
When I first started, I used pen and paper. I use the Daily Plate mostly now. I have tried phone apps, but that just does not seem to work for me so when I travel, I still carry pen and paper. I did like this Little Black Book (http://www.amazon.com/Little-Black-Book-Daily-Diary%C2%AE/dp/B000IA24W4/ref=sr_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313678868&sr=1-17).

08-18-2011, 12:00 PM
I use my personal blog to record my food, and I use a calendar at my office to track exercise. (I actually have a detailed exercise plan on the blog, and if I meet my goal, I place an X over the date on my calendar. It's great for motivation to look up and see Holy crap, I've done so well this month! Look at all those Xs!)

08-18-2011, 12:09 PM
I'm definitely old school (paper and pen), lol. I used to keep a food journal but now what I eat is pretty much ingrained in my brain. I do however, keep a workout journal so I can chart my progress. I look over it periodically to see where I can make changes, improvements or if I just need a little motivation.

Jo Kittibuck
08-18-2011, 05:32 PM
I created a diary in Word, back when I first started this plan 2 1/2 years ago, and aside from the occasional lapse I write in it every day. Each entry has a header where I write in current weight, day's food and calories, exercise, chores, and so on.

I used to keep a more dedicated food summary in another file, but it got to be too much effort.

08-18-2011, 07:14 PM
I use an Excel spreadsheet. I have one tab that lists all kinds of food that I eat, separated by "Protein" "Vegetables" "Fruits" "Dairy" etc, and I have another tab that is my "Food Diary," so all I need to do is copy and past my nutrition facts into my food diary (I list what I ate, the serving size, calories, fat, carbs, and protein. I have a separate tab keeping track of my exercises and weight/bmi. At first it can be tedious to get all my nutrition facts entered into the spreadsheet, but since I'm a routine sort of girl, I don't have to add anything new very often. If you (or anyone) would like, I would not mind sending you the spreadsheet with all the nutrition facts in it! Just let me know :)

08-18-2011, 07:24 PM
I use MFP on my phone. I tried pen and paper the last time I tried logging and I couldn't even stick with it for a week. I've been using online sites (calorie count at first until they changed their mobile site and now mfp) for three months and I can count on one hand the number of times I've skipped a day. I wish I actually had the internet or a smartphone but this is working for me so far. Also I can do it in front of other people and they just think I'm texting someone.

08-18-2011, 07:29 PM
I use fatsecret.com to track all my calories. I don't track exercise currently though. I keep my food well under my BMR, and all activity (whether exercise or just regular activities) are just "bonus" for me.

08-18-2011, 08:12 PM
Pen & paper.

I do have a myfitnesspal that I consult for calorie counts from time to time, but to me, nothing beats the convenience of pen & paper. Never breaks and I can carry it anywhere.

08-18-2011, 10:04 PM
I do everything through mynetdiary.com. I can use it online, on my phone or my ipad. I can see everything I eat for the day, for the meal, for the week. I can add fitness, etc. I love it because I always have my phone with me so I never 'forget' to add something. I realized just today that I probably will do this for life because it really is eye opening to see how fast calories can add up if you indulge a little here and there.

one small bowl
08-19-2011, 04:19 PM
I like seeing different reports from the same data. I definitely prefer my own (not online site) nutritional software. Mine has a journal that I write in everyday and copy to my blog. I can print a daily report that has all my foods, numbers and the journal. Since I am on the computer way too much, it is easier than writing on paper and always hunting for my "book". Plus, I don't have to do any math, lol.