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6/24/20 1:32 P

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Summer time..gets hot...too much sun for me I get sick..

I do not eat as many calories spark says I should..
Tracker helps me realize calories, I used to think wrong..
I would not est..now I do..feel better and, spark has helped me...

Live life..eat right!

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
I live in El Paso, TX


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6/22/20 11:57 A

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6/20/20 9:59 A

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haven't been on here before, but just coming back to Sparkpeople, feel like this is where I should be.I recently gained back 5 lb.which I had lost when my husband was in hospital with virus. Now even though I feel I am not eating too much, must be. I am guilty of having 2 glasses of Chardonnay every night, which relaxes me with all this virus problem. I also had the virus, only a bit milder since I didn't end up in hospital. So maybe we can help each other, I know it says 135 weight, ( I think) but I am actually 140 now.
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PASSIONATETIGER's Photo PASSIONATETIGER SparkPoints: (137,888)
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6/18/20 5:31 P

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Have been on Sparks for years. It's hard to learn the calorie options and takes checking several ways but eventually I did learn how to utilize it. Takes patience and time to be sure. Work it. You are Worth It!!!

Dale
Care Enough About Yourself! Honor the Passionate Tiger in You
with Grace and Self Esteem. Refresh yourself with high personal
regard and live happy, joyous and free!

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6/18/20 1:47 P

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Couple thoughts about this. First, if my calorie totals fall off for two or three days running I don't sweat it too much. After all, I didn't get obese by under-eating. But if it goes much more than that I'll make sure to bring up the three to five day rolling average calorie total.

For some reason when I step up the exercise, my appetite temporary lessens. That happened this week. I'd been working with the dumbells and 7-day rolling average calories dropped to 1129. So I made andouille hash with a herb and vegetable egg scramble for breakfast this morning. It was good, and nutritious. The calorie total though, was 1024 for breakfast alone. A problem if I did it every day.

Second thought on the matter is that tracking the micronutrients is just as important to me as the macros, especially in a long term calorie deficit. The choice of database and the best record within it for the particular circumstance is important. Setting aside completely the question of the sometimes inaccurate user (member) entered items, I'm willing to accept some variance in calorie total in order to get a more complete micronutrient data set. FDA nutrition labels usually only include about 15 nutrients. I'm always looking for records that include 76 or so and those tend to be more generic entries from USDA, CNF (Canadian Nutrient File), or, my favorite; Nutrition Coordinating Center Food & Nutrient Database (NCCDB).

One last thing. If this post doesn't make sense to you, just ignore it. Maybe it will later; maybe not. Don't let it become a stumbling block though.

Edited to add:
I just realized I'm answering a question asked almost a year ago. Please be patient with me. I'm new here. emoticon

Edited by: SKILLETLICKER at: 6/18/2020 (13:55)
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1/12/20 2:28 A

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I understand completely. I am in the same boat except you exercise more than I do (so good for you there! I am on Medicare too. They will cover a dietician? My sleep is broken. Only 4-5 hours at a time...Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing :)

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8/2/19 9:57 A

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I am still struggling. I have been sparking for about a month now. My weight has been down and up and down again. I am exercising a minimum of 5 times a week, I am following the guidelines, I have very few "sweet cheats" anymore, but I cannot seem to lose the weight. I am considering going back to a lower carb diet. I lost my weight, felt great, kept it off and all my stats at my annual physical were great. Problem with low carbs is I love bread, pasta , rice and potatoes. It is hard to give them up again. But that may be my problem.

Meanwhile, I workout on the Universal machine and recline stationary bike three times a week, for an hour, line dance once a week, wii bowl once a week, and walk the dogs three or four times a week. Now that I am no longer working - as of Wednesday, July 31 - I will have more time to plan and prepare meals. Maybe I just need a new perspective.

God Bless all.

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7/17/19 9:26 P

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Thank you for your encouragement. I am doing better, and protein shakes do help. So does planning my meals more carefully.

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7/17/19 5:21 P

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I found that the Spark tracker is not accurate for nutrition tracking. I am on a special diet, low potassium and low phosphorus, when I tracked it would show that I was way under my limit, but my potassium was high when I went for blood work. What I found out is that when many people enter new foods into the data base they only enter fat and calories, entering 0 for everything else. My doctor has me using a different tracker that is accurate for everything, I found a big difference between the two. When the goal is weight loss the Spark Tracker is great, but for someone who needs to track nutrition if is not good.
I also work with a dietitian to help me with meal planning, Iím on Medicare so it is covered. My biggest problem is that I donít sleep at night, I get about 4-5 hours of broken sleep a night, so Iím tired all the time, eating 1200 calories a day, low carb, and gaining weight. It is discouraging.


The past should remain in the past or it will steal your future.

What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.
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7/17/19 1:41 P

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When I track my meals I don't all of the nutrients that I should. Maybe more fresh produce will help when I eat more fresh I get closer to my goal. Have you tried a protein shake? Those are loaded with nutrients. It's not easy at all.

Wishing you figure what works for you.

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7/13/19 10:03 A

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I am struggling with my meal planning and calorie or nutrition tracking. I do not seem to get enough calories or nutrients in, which tells me I am not eating the right kinds of foods. Some days I get close, but most of the time I struggle. Cooking is not one of my favorite things at the moment, and meal planning runs a close second. I need more structure. One of my problems is that there are times when my energy level is very, very low due to a rare, non-fatal blood cancer. I need to keep my nutrition up, and I need to lose my weight. I keep up my exercise most of the time, and I am faithful about logging my food, just not eating the right kind of food. Is there any help for me? I welcome any suggestions.

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