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Tracking what I eat for every meal and snack is essential for
This is a perfect tool to keep track of your food, water, fitness, etc. I can add in what I'm eating, before I put one bite in my mouth, my workout after I'm finished, each ounce of H20 downed, etc. It keeps me from missing a beat :)
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I put my daily task list in the other goals feature of sparkpeople. This way, I am able to check them off as I go. It helps keep me motivated to see how much I get accomplished. And I get sparkpoints for scrubbing the toilet
I love the Stay On Track Calendar. It gives me a monthly view that not only shows me days I've forgotten to track, but also helps me identify problems - like, if I'm eating too much, or not exercising enough on the weekends!
When I'm not seeing the results I want on the scale, I depend on the points I get to make me feel like I've accomplished something! Maybe I didn't lose a pound, but by trying to get as many points as possible I know I'm doing something right. Plus, trophies!
The anonymity of SparkPeople has freed me to identify deep issues that were obstacles to getting healthy. As I read stories of members, I frequently find a link to myself. It is through my responses to these members through blog postings that I have found the freedom to explore my own issues.