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Pointers on Tracking Food on Spark?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I have a new Spark friend who asked me about tracking food on Spark. I took some photos with my iPad of how to search for a food you have eaten that is not already in your Favorites and then how to put it in your Favorites. I have learned that the speedier way of tracking food is to have those frequently eaten foods in your Favorites.

In the above photo, I wanted to find the calories in sautéed yellow squash, so under search I typed in yellow squash and hit search.

Click on the grayish/white box that says CLICK HERE...
Next click on the food selection that best describes your food. For me, it was Sautéed yellow squash, zucchini and onions.

Now I had to change the serving size to .5 cup.

And since this is a vegetable I frequently enjoy, I clicked the box that said "Add to Favorites."

Now even though it took more time to search for my yellow squash, the next time it will be super quick. I'll just select "Favorites" and type in key words like "yellow squash." Then I will see "Sautéed yellow squash, zucchini and onions" appear. I just click the box which shows a check mark and then I scroll down and click "add selected favorites to tracker."
AND you can select many foods from your favorites in succession and you only need to click the "Add selected favorites..." one time for all foods chosen.

Are there other shortcuts out there to speed up tracking food on Spark? I'd love to hear. emoticon

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GINGERK62 9/2/2014 9:12PM

    Thanks for the tips...that is pretty much what I am doing so I guess it is just not as extensive a database as Fitness Pal.

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LJCANNON 9/2/2014 8:48PM

    emoticon Since I go out to eat Often, I group all the Foods in a particular Restaurant Meal -- say, Logan's Southwest Tilapia or Cajun Catfish at The Big Easy -- along with whatever I drink and make it a "Meal" The first time you do it, it Can Take Forever to get the meal in there. After that you just have to go to "Meals" and click on "Logan's Southwest Tilapia" It instantly puts the entire meal up on your Tracker. If I do get a different Appetizer (seldom happens) or if I have s different drink (does happen sometimes) it only takes a moment to Add, Delete, or Change that Item.

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BHENDRICK2 9/2/2014 6:01PM

    i love faves as well because my diet is pretty basic i am ok eating the same meal a few times in a row

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NELLIEC 9/2/2014 4:55PM

    Yep, I mostly use favorites also!

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MSHEL7 9/2/2014 4:50PM

    I love the favorites too, almost all of my tracking is done from favorites now.

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I got a very BAD case of...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I really wanted some cereal today for a midday snack. So I measured 1 serving of Frosted Mini Wheats which is 3/4 cup. Here's what I got.

SHOCKER! I am sure I easily do double that, but only track it on Spark as 1 serving. Cereal as well as popcorn are 2 of my "Lucy Goosy" foods when it comes to portion.


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    That's one of my pre-SP favs. I was shocked too when I started measuring. Good job on measuring!

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NELLIEC 8/29/2014 3:11PM

    The mini-wheats I eat come with some kind of fruit in the center, and the box says 1 serving is 25 biscuits.

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GINGERK62 8/28/2014 6:37PM

    Yep, I premeasure into a small plastic container in advance and eat it dry as a snack. Cereal, even the good kind, is not much of a calorie bargain, imho. What is your favorite cereal? I love Cinnamon Toast Crunch...miss it these days! emoticon I have taken to thinking of my snack foods in terms of how long will I have to be on the treadmill to burn off those calories! emoticon

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    I am doing the same..... You are not alone!

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MRSP90X 8/28/2014 5:51PM

    Not enough to feed a fly. Doesn't even look nutritious.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 8/28/2014 5:09PM

    That is really a small serving I know I eat more then that when I eat cereal. I love popcorn too and get the mini 100 calorie bags and just pop one a day for my afternoon snack, almost time for it now emoticon

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MSHEL7 8/28/2014 5:02PM

    That is a great idea. I know for fact that my morning cereal was about 3xs that, unbelievable. I'm going to have to really start watching it and not watching it grow, watching it hit my plate or bowl in the right amount. Thanks.

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SUE5007 8/28/2014 4:51PM

    Yeah, I am always surprised by how much 1 serving of cereal is...3/4 of a cup is toddler size! Try smaller bowls!

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AJB121299 8/28/2014 4:35PM

    go with a rice krispies

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GERRYH2 8/28/2014 4:22PM

    Ha! That's sort of funny. Just goes to show that all cereal is not alike. I like Kashi Go-Lean cereal. You get a very good amount in a cup with lots of protein.

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Just Peachy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yesterday evening I was making choices about what I wanted to eat keeping in mind my calories remaining. For me, I prepare dinner at lunch and then eat lighter later in the evening. Most of the time, this works. However, I have to stay on top of my tracking throughout the day, to know how much I can eat.

I had become "Lucy Goosy" with certain foods. Popcorn is one of those foods. So, I found out specifically how many calories are in 1 cup of popcorn popped in oil. FYI it's 55 calories per cup. So, I ate 3 cups of popcorn with 1 ounce of cheese melted on top. I also had 1 fresh local peach cut up with exactly 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream. YUM YUM! It was exactly what I wanted to eat, but by measuring portions I stayed within my daily calorie range. I can't get over how great it feels to be in control of what and how much food is going into my body.


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    There's just something about a fresh peach, a perfectly ripe one. They can't be beat.

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PLMITCH 8/27/2014 3:02PM

    And the peaches right now are SOOOO good!

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GOLFGMA 8/27/2014 1:33PM

    Bet you met your fruit and fiber goals for the day! emoticon

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GINGERK62 8/27/2014 1:25PM

    Ah popcorn, my personal nemesis! I admit fudging the measurements. emoticon One of the best purchases I made last year was my popcorn popper...less grease and fewer unpopped kernels than the microwave popcorn. emoticon I am inspired to try to do better with measuring it after it is popped and leaving off the melted butter.

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MSHEL7 8/27/2014 1:10PM

    Sounds wonderful, I love snacks like those. You're doing great with the measuring and tracking.

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    Love the salty & sweet combo! Sounds like a great snack (might have to steal that idea, got a lot of peaches in our farmshare this week). emoticon

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JUNA89 8/27/2014 10:49AM

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KATIBUG49 8/27/2014 10:45AM

    Great job! Love your determination! emoticon

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Hello, Mr. Carrot!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Yesterday, was my official "I'm back in the saddle and riding into the sunset" day. All went well until the evening....around 7pm. I really wanted some popcorn with a slice of cheese melted on top. I looked at my tracker and realized I did not have enough calories left.

Then.... emoticon ......I could have some raw carrots! And I did which kept me easily within my Spark calorie range. emoticon

I am writing this at the beginning of Day 2 and the hardest hurdle is seeing that I am starting over completely. But I got encouragement from this:

"Do not despise these small beginnings, for The Lord rejoices to see the work begin..." Zechariah 4:10

I also want to share in print my first goal with weight loss which is to Lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. Hitting this number on the scale will give me a big boost of encouragement and determination to set and reach my next goal. So, in 10 weeks November 1st, I will weigh 229lbs on my scale! emoticon

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DETERMINEDDE 8/26/2014 5:34PM

    Great choice on those carrots! Way to go!! emoticon

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    Carrots and hummus are our fav.

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PATTYGIVENS 8/26/2014 10:04AM

  Great goal .... yummie carrots

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MSHEL7 8/26/2014 9:45AM

    Great goal!! I love the verse, thank you so much for sharing that one.

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CHARITYAK 8/26/2014 9:30AM

    Best wishes on your goal work! And great job with the calorie control! emoticon

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Help Me

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do you ever feel like a "broken record"?! This summer has actually been filled with wonderful memories and special events. Unfortunately, I have completely ignored my good,healthy habits and the weight that I lost climbed back on with a few extra pounds as well. I have been so convicted about my poor health choices. Today, I gave my Spark Page a Fall Face Lift and I am RE-FOCUSSED in my words about beginning again today. NOW I need my actions to line up with my words.
I do want to be all that God created me to be. I know that because of Jesus, I have what it takes to walk in freedom and victory. "Help me, Father God!" And also, please help me dear Sparkers to take this journey one day at a time. Before I know it, I will be standing on the top of the mountain looking out at the breath-taking view.

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    So glad to see you are committed to being healthy! Missed your posts. GLAD you're back!

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LJCANNON 8/25/2014 2:43PM

    emoticon Loved the Page-Lift!!
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AVANELL 8/25/2014 1:25PM

    emoticon Just take it one day at a time. Focus on today and then tomorrow do that all over again!


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MSHEL7 8/25/2014 11:41AM

    I know you can do it, keep the faith and keep working, it will all come together.

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GEMINICHIK 8/25/2014 10:33AM

    Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." ~ Matthew 19:26
Best of luck

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GINGERK62 8/25/2014 10:03AM

    Loved your entry...remember God is a God of do-overs so hang in there! Blessing to you!

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