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Old 04-08-2008, 11:18 AM   #16  
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Since January 3rd, 2008 I have logged every single thing I have eaten, every day, without fail on FitDay. It truly has not gotten old for me at all. With the way I do it, it's not time consuming in the least- I take about 5 minutes in the morning, or the night before, and plan out everything I'm going to eat for the next day. I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life.

Maybe you should consider using a website like FitDay or The Daily Plate before you decide you don't want to do it anymore?
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:28 AM   #17  
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I use thedailyplate.com and I've found it to be tedious but I know that I have to be accountable to something or someone! I have in the past week not posted any calories however felt like I needed to......I feel that if I'm not accountable for my calories it would be easier to eat more of even a good choice item then I should! It also helps me keep tabs on my weight loss......if I lose only 1lb in a week I review my eating for that past week and see where I usually ate my maximum calories with no extra exercise....if I eat my maximum calories and do the extra exercise I tend to lose more.....so this helps me keep that in check.

I feel eventually I can step away from recording my calories but for me right now I need the discipline. I know right now even I can plan my food and keep it within my calories for the day because of the routine of menus I do.....however its those days I have that "snacking" urge that I need to know my calories.....so if I'm under I know its ok to snack a little higher for instance or if I'm low I need to increase my water & exercise so that my snacking wont hinder my weight loss.

Since I want this to be a lifestyle change rather than a diet I don't want to get into the habit of exercise burning my calories so that I can eat more......I want to be able to eat and enjoy what I eat with no worries of excessive eating. My goal is to exercise 3 times a week for now.....and on weeks that I may have special meals or functions with food.......I usually will exercise an extra time to counter balance the effects of poor choices ......I've stayed within my calorie intake except for once since Feb 4th, and I don't think that I could of done this without posting everything I ate daily.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:42 AM   #18  
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Lightbulb Sounds like the consensus is.... Yes I Do!

One thing that helps me is that I make up a "shell" or "template" on my computer for a basis week. It takes about 15-30 minutes depending on how many interruptions I have in the background. Then I save them on my computer. I just change the week and date each new week. I have saved every food diary since I began posting on here last September.

I check online with both dailyplate and here for the calories or on the package if it differs (it does sometime) then I write down the calories (but you could do this with points or whatever too). I have a tendency to go in streaks where I like to eat the same foods over and over and over. On those meals, I just copy and paste those meals so the work has already been done.

Once you figure out a "system" that works for you, you would be surprised how quickly you can do it.

I agree with everyone else. I consider this to be one of my most important weight lose tools that I use. And, yes, everything gets written down. I want to know what I eat. And, yes, it does show up on the scale.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:46 AM   #19  
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At the moment I am not tracking what I eat at all--but while I was actively losing, I did it very consistently. I use FitDay, the downloaded version. I don't have a dietitian to work with, so I had to look after my own calories and nutrients, and FitDay was the easiest way.

I'm not doing it now because after all these months, I found that my food choices were going to be what they were, regardless of whether I tracked what I ate. But, I'm not losing now, either.

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Old 04-08-2008, 12:11 PM   #20  
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I've journaled my food in Fitday PC for about 2 and 1/2 years. For the last 6 - 8 months, I've been doing it only at night for the day that is ending. Probably not the best decision, because at that point, I'm really only doing it to see whether I can have that before bedtime fudgesicle or not. Frankly, I know that I'm not planning out my meals well enough, but I'm like Jayell in that my food choices are going to be what they are right now. Like Jayell, I'm not losing now either. Coincidence? - No but that's another thread.

I will continue with Fitday though, because it keeps me accountable. Even knowing the calorie counts of the foods that I frequently eat isn't enough. If I don't journal it, I'm far too apt to go overboard on my food. I have experimented with giving myself breaks from fitday enough to know that I'm not ready to stop and may not ever be ready.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:15 PM   #21  
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Yes, it's not always pretty I may have skipped a day or two in the past year, but it keeps me accountable and keeps me honest about the deficit I create everyday. I track online.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:29 PM   #22  
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I "write" mine on Fitday, almost every day. I usually take a break on weekends, unless I am deviating a lot from what I know is my good, healthy eating plan...then I'll track it to remind myself what a little bit off plan can do to my totals.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:37 PM   #23  
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I "write" mine on Fitday, almost every day. I usually take a break on weekends, unless I am deviating a lot from what I know is my good, healthy eating plan...then I'll track it to remind myself what a little bit off plan can do to my totals.
Same here, except sub Daily Plate. I used to use spark-people, but found that Daily Plate works well for me since it lists lots of brand names and restaurants.

I find that if I don't journal my food I get off track. I tend to eat fairly well normally, but I eat more than I should if I don't keep track of it. I don't gain, but I don't lose either.

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Old 04-08-2008, 01:00 PM   #24  
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I count and keep track of food, exercise and weigh almost daily... It just keeps me on track because when I don't keep tabs on myself I inevitably gain ...

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Old 04-08-2008, 02:51 PM   #25  
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I'm not as good about it as I should be, but it is my goal to write down everything, and as I get better with it, I think my weight loss will be more consistent.

I'm using an exchange system, and one thing I did recently when I wanted to get away from journaling was to print and use exchange cards I found on the TOPS website (like the old Richard Simmon's deal-a-meal cards). It forced me to stick to the cards (my exchange plan) so I knew my calorie count was not exceeding my 1800 calories. It was a nice "vacation," from journaling but I quickly became "homesick" for the journal, because of the limits of the cards. A compromise that I made for myself was to create and print journal pages that had little boxes for each exchange. I check off the boxes as I eat throughout the day. I also write down what I ate. There are occasionally days when I check the boxes, but don't write down the specific foods, but these are more and more rare, because I find that writing down what I ate, I can look back and see if I'm shorting myself of certain nutrients (are all of my veggies and fruits varied in colors, am I eating citrus fruits...) or even just look back and see my strengths, weaknesses, and progress.

One thing that REALLY helped me was to alter my way of looking at the journal. Rather than looking at it as an unpleasant chore that I was forcing myself to do, I looked at it as a tool to learn about myself and make better choices, and even sometimes a fun game or contest with myself. For example, setting aside a small reward for journaling 7 days in a row.

A lot of that was inspired by various TOPS leaders I have had in the past (TOPS, taking off pounds sensibly, is a non-profit weight loss group about 1/10 the cost of Weight Watchers. Many groups run games and contests for it's members to make losing weight more interesting and fun). One leader used to ask everyone to bring in food journal pages, or copies of them (one day per page). You'd sign your name to each page, fold it up and put it in a basket. The leader would draw one out of the basket, and the person would win a prize (so the more days you journaled during the week, the greater your chance of winning).

For someone with a short attention span like myself, I have to make dieting fun or I get very bored and drop out. I never realized though how fun weight loss can be if you look at it that way.
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