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I fill in what I've eaten on my nutrition planner right after I eat lunch. I've found that this way, I can keep a close eye on the nutrition values and plan accordingly for my evening meal.
I tried Spark People years ago, but found the site overwhelming. But now I have discovered SparkCoach, which keeps me motivated and really helps me experience all the cool things to help me live healthy. I strongly recommend trying the free 7 day trial to see what I mean. You'll be hooked, like I am!
I search out Spark Recipes for my menu to find recipes that will interest my family while providing me with the healthier food options but more motivating to me it speeds up my tracking time and let's me plan ahead how much I can eat during the day.
If you don't measure and don't track, you really have no idea whether or not you are following your program. So often people complain that 'they are doing everything right, but not losing' only to find that they don't measure OR track!
I love going through the list of possible SparkPoints and completing as many as possible. It motivates me and keeps me on track at the same time. I have fun earning points to send SparkGoodies to others and it reminds me to track my food, exercise, and to check out various aspects of the site.
I have also found listening to the Spark Radio (podcast) which I have download all available on my I pod (via I Tunes) in the morning in addition to logging onto the website is a great way for setting the tone of my day.
Using the tools that SP has to offer has made me KNOW I will succeed this time. I didn't realize how much I could actually eat when I pay attention to the nutrient labels and document my intake. I would litterly starve myself until I hit my goal. Then I would just go back to eating whatever and then wham, I was right back to where I started plus 10 lbs. I didn't change my lifestyle which would set me up for future failures. I'm eating better now, while loosing weight. USE THEM!