adoptspring's Journal, 21 June 2018

Another "opinion poll" type question,.....When and how do you log your activity here on FS ? I notice some people log EVERY SINGLE THING, so that the entire 24hrs is accounted for. Whereas, others only log workouts, and some do not log at all. I am trying to figure out a way to utilize this feature to my benefit, but I am not sure how. It doesn't seem to have the same motivating effect on me as the food logging does. Do any of you really consider, at the end of the day/week, what your calorie deficit was?

Diet Calendar Entries for 21 June 2018:
873 kcal Fat: 40.02g | Prot: 63.34g | Carb: 68.35g.   Breakfast: Kroger Lowfat Cottage Cheese, Strawberries. Lunch: Kroger Tuna in Water, Kraft Miracle Whip Light Dressing, Kroger Romaine Hearts, Avocado. Dinner: Taylor Farms Sriracha Ranch Chopped Salad, Lean Cuisine Comfort Roasted Turkey & Vegetables, Sweet Onions, Mushrooms. more...
2637 kcal Activities & Exercise: Bicycling (slow) - 11/mph - 30 minutes, Resting - 15 hours and 30 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...

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if you don't log your food you really don't have any way to know how many calories you have eaten in a day. guessing portion sizes is vastly inaccurate. the site shows a list view of all your calories and your excersize and the difference so you don't have to do all the adding and subtracting. I don't know what kind of diet you are using to know if macro's are important a lot of us do need to keep those at certain levels and balance. I plan what I eat during the daytime by setting up my dinner, if it is a high calorie meal then I eat lesser calorie foods during the day. It is a helpmate I struggled for months dieting the keto diet bouncing up and down in my weight. I thought my food portions were much different than I estimated. since I did a bit more research and took advantage of the tools here to figure out calorie needs and my macro's for my diet, things totally changed. I have lost 15 pounds in a month.  
21 Jun 18 by member: baskington
I think you may have misread my post. I am completely dedicated to FOOD logging. I understand all reasons to do it, and all its benefits, and I find it very motivating. I find myself not using the ACTIVITY logging feature much.  
21 Jun 18 by member: adoptspring
When my fitbit is working, I log what the total is from the day before. Takes up all 24 hours. Currently I am guessing based on past calorie counts for similar activities - I have a few things that I do consistently. I do use it to track my deficit, and I consider it carefully because I am eating according to calorie in-calorie out and it works pretty much 100% for me. The estimate that Fatsecret gives is not accurate for me so I do use the fitbit numbers. 
21 Jun 18 by member: abbadabba
I found the activity log here difficult. I only log food  
21 Jun 18 by member: wholefoodnut
i am 80% good on logging my food. Meaning i don't always sit down on weekends and even touch my phone or computer - which is a good thing for me in my opinion. i wear my apple watch religiously and it updates the activity for me automatically. i'm good about turning on the activity tracker in the pool, but sometimes i forget to turn it on when I'm trying to get three large dogs out the door and down the stairs for a walk. i LOVE the rings that remind me to move more each morning and in the evening if i haven't closed all three. all that links to FS for me automatically.  
21 Jun 18 by member: Katsolo
yes I did sorry about that. I set mine at sedentary and log my true exercise only. I have a general lack of muscle tone and while I am pretty active during the daytime, run a fish farm and on my feet a lot, it is basically already included in that setting. and yes for the same reason on food logging it will give you a general idea of your caloric differences. If I want to lose 2 pounds a week verus one pound a week I have to vastly increase my exercise or basically not eat. this helps me with my food logging to stay within my goals. some people who are more athletic will pick a higher setting like litely active and then add their serious exercise.  
21 Jun 18 by member: baskington
I personally find logging as much as possible helps me to realise exactly what I am eating vs the exercise for the day. Since starting with the app I have gone from a 120% average calorie intake to about 105% I believed I was eating responsibly (mostly) up until I used the app to count the calories. Before being on here I was trying to do LCHF and I really struggled with cheating, with the app I now follow the CICO ideal more closely. I also felt horribly guilty any time I cheated and would then go on a binge. So now I can factor in the little treats and I no longer feel guilty and so do not binge. I also use it to fuel my motivation for extra exercise, for instance I knew we were having a BBQ and what I wanted to eat so beforehand I went for a 3 hour bike ride so I could "afford" to eat said BBQ. This month I hope will be my first month where, on average, I will have achieved more calories burnt than eaten; I have been on here since late March '18. On the downside; I drive my boyfriend crazy weighing things all the time and I will admit it makes cooking and eating a bit of a pain. I don't weigh things like spices and garlic. I do a lot of batch cooking and again that can be a bit awkward as I never follow an exact recipe and so inputting things into the cookbook part of the app isn't much help. I also get a bit annoyed with restaurants that don't upload their nutritional data even though it is not a requirement by law yet. I am also aware that I bore people talking about my calories and when I have to make up my mind about whether something is worth "spending" the calories on. I am trying not to be obsessed with it. TLDR: I record 95% of what I eat, it helps me figure out what I can have without feeling guilty or binging. It can be a bit of a pain when eating out and when you home cook a lot. I know I irritate people banging on about calories and when I weigh things. Hope this helps your decision :)  
21 Jun 18 by member: sleeposaurus
Eat a meal, log it. Simple 
21 Jun 18 by member: TheBritishAreComing
I don't use the exercise logging portion - yet. I might later. Right now I just use the app to plan my menu so I know what I can eat for the day and stay below my chosen level of calories. 
21 Jun 18 by member: LZenn
I consider everything 
21 Jun 18 by member: DEADPOOL12345
I consider my calorie deficit. I log almost everything I do so that I can see what the deficit is each day: my goal is at least a 500 calorie deficit every day so I can actually "see" that I'm doing what I need to do to lose weight. If I can rack up a few calories for playing video games on my computer, I'm on it! 
21 Jun 18 by member: SoCalPam
Consider everything, but make sure u understand that ur nutrition will dictate whether you lose or gain body fat. Weights will make sure u don’t lose and even build muscle. And cardio is a waste of time. 
21 Jun 18 by member: rosio19
Just kidding cardio is ok, but weights are 100 times better 
21 Jun 18 by member: rosio19
What I do is log the big things like weight training and cardio then log in the rest of my 24 hours with sleep and sitting. I was super diligent about logging both food and activity in April and my deficit for the month very closely matched my weight loss. 
21 Jun 18 by member: Glantzkar
I log the big items - work, standing, walking and my work outs. Yard work on the weekends - that kind of stuff. I use this as a guide to help me see where I am at with my intake vs output. This isn't a super accurate program so I keep that in mind. It really just helps me pay attention for planning meals and making sure I don't go over on my targets.  
21 Jun 18 by member: tahoebrun
I connect my fitbit watch to my app on the phone and it tracks it all. When I was logging my own, I felt like it was WAY too much, but I listed everything I did, including sleep. I averaged over 5000cals a day burned, now, I average around 2600 give or take.  
21 Jun 18 by member: Klynn82
I log all my foods here and let my iPhone/watch share my health app with FS. I’m not “anal” about what exercise I get but do strive to hit a minimal # of steps per day. I mostly need to be accountable to myself of what goes into my mouth 👄 and that what makes FS so great.  
21 Jun 18 by member: Chow moore
I log everything daily at random time, sometimes after I eat or at the end of the day before sleep, I log my foods and my excercises, even small activities that add burned calories. If I forgot to log in the same day, I log everything the next day, yes I still can remember what I do and what I eat around 24 hrs, if it longer than that I let it go blank and start again to do it daily again for another day. I think it really important to me to do so, I can make sure at least I am in calories defisit. Good luck for the poll :) 
21 Jun 18 by member: jannahkha
I'll have to try to link the fitbit with iphone then fs wasn't aware that would work  
21 Jun 18 by member: wholefoodnut
I log all food. Link to Fitbit for all exercise. 
21 Jun 18 by member: Draglist


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