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 Post subject: Spark People?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:30 pm 
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Is anyone a member of this site? I've ended up here quite a few times as a result of a google search for something vegan. I decided to join in hopes that it will be a good motivation tool to get back on the fitness track.

If you are on the site ,find me, my username is the same as it is here!

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:46 pm 
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I am, although I am not actively tracking my food and fitness at the moment. But when I was it really helped me stay on track. There are vegan groups and lots of recipes. Just when you are tracking your food, don't let the website give you meal plans. They aren't geared for us. You will have to manually enter all of your food. It can be a pain at first, but if you eat the same things all of the time (like I do) then it gets much easier.

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:16 pm 
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I've done SparkPeople for years. It's a great tool. Like GraciaKai said, you have to input your own food (although there are a LOT of vegan things on there, in the searches that other members have imported) because they don't really have vegan-friendly meal plans. I wear a heart rate monitor, so I always manually enter my fitness information. They have a place where you can create strength training exercises and save a certain workout and then it will save all of those strength exercises, so if you do a bunch of things one day and different things the next, you can plan them out and not have to enter every single exercise every time.

The iPod/Phone app for it is really good, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:11 am 
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VeganFoodRocks wrote:
Is anyone a member of this site? I've ended up here quite a few times as a result of a google search for something vegan. I decided to join in hopes that it will be a good motivation tool to get back on the fitness track.

If you are on the site ,find me, my username is the same as it is here!

I couldn't find you. :( I'm stmml02.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:52 am 
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i use this, but i kinda hate it. it's so cluttered and busy.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:54 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:59 am 
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I'm a member, but I got tired of the calorie counting and food-tracking so I'm never on anymore.

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:23 am 
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I do, I like the vegan sparkteams, although some aren't that busy.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
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I use it to track calories, I haven't been for a while but need to get back into it as I've got some more weight to lose.

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:38 pm 
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I was using it and it helpped me a TON...but it was also such a pain to add home cooked things all the time that sometimes I'd blow it off and it would throw off my daily counts...

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:50 pm 
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It is time for ke to start using this site again. I gained 10 pounds since October. New year, time to get back to it!

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:17 am 
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I used it for a long time and got nowhere. I switched to My Fitness Pal when I learned someone I know who uses it lost a bunch of weight. I felt inspired. I switched. It's mostly better but I'd already added a LOT to SparkPeople.

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:57 am 
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SP worked really well for me in addition to exercise. I lost 70 pounds while using it. In the past year that I have not used it and stopped exercising on a regular basis I gained back 20 of those pounds.

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:24 am 
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It really worked well for until we went on vacation, and we ate out a lot. I feel like if you cook from scratch you can put in the ingredients/recipe and end up with an accurate calorie count, and if you eat at chain restaurants or eat processed food at home, the calorie counts in the system are also accurate, but if you eat in a non-chain restaurant, you have no really view of what goes into your food.

I eat a simple tofu scramble at Rutherford Pancake House, but I know it is made with more oil than any I would make at home (and is so delicious as a result). A large portion of the calories is in that additional oil but I can't tell if its an extra teaspoon or 1/4 cup....

I'm going back on it, in part because I intend to limit my eating out and I need to lose weight to manage my PCOS and not slide into diabetes.

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:15 pm 
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I signed up yesterday, I've pretty much only been eating food from AFR so hopefully the info I've been inputting'll be helpful for other vegans too!

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:00 pm 
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I used it for a while but when I began dreading making something not already entered in my own calorie counts I kinda drifted off. Just from when I did use it I gained a much better sense of about how much I acutally needed through the day, so all was not lost. I'm back on p90x, so if I don't start seeing some sort of change in the first week or two I'll probably go back. Plus, I think I ate too little yesterday because the food in Appetite for Reduction is so filling but so low calorie that I may need to recalibrate my mental picture of how much a day's food should be. I do have some calorie counts in for some viva vegan recipes, and a few v'con ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:17 pm 
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I just signed up for the PPK Spark page. Trying to find all of you...

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:19 pm 
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What do you guys do if you don't know how to work out what was in a meal? I'm going out for lunch tomorrow (which shouldn't be too hard to work out because it's a raw place) but I'm going to a pot luck on Saturday & have no idea how I'll be able to work it out!

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:31 pm 
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I signed up a few years ago and somehow drifted off of it, but I've gone back to it just recently because I really need to put effort into losing weight. I'm in the PPK group. It's been a bit amazing to see how my food adds up - I always thought I was a really healthy eater, but clearly I was mistaken, and that would be why I have weight issues! ha ha. I feel like I'm eating just about the healthiest possible, and managing to fit it in to my daily allowances, but not with any 'naughty' treats at all. I think seeing it spelled out for me helps.

I've spent ages inputting ingredients into it - could you believe I had trouble finding nutritional info for boiled potatoes anywhere on the net, let alone on SP?!! But we tend to have last night's dinner as our lunches, so I can just copy it across easily.

I do agree that it looks really busy and complicated, but I am getting used to it, and quite like reading the articles. It's a bit like a cluttered magazine... but I love magazines. :)

Edited to add: I'm not using the fitness programs on it - I'm just using the Wii Fit for now, while I improve my fitness. I'm going to start wearing a pedometer too.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:34 pm 
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What do you guys do if you don't know how to work out what was in a meal? I'm going out for lunch tomorrow (which shouldn't be too hard to work out because it's a raw place) but I'm going to a pot luck on Saturday & have no idea how I'll be able to work it out!


I really don't know... I would either try guessing, or picking the nearest options out of the lists, but I would probably think of it as a non-accurate day anyway. If you just try to eat the healthiest way you can at the pot-luck, try thing that you want to try but just have a small amount, hopefully it won't break your healthy eating! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:48 am 
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Hey there,
I just joined sparkpeople, my name is "buffvegan" - be my friend! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:25 pm 
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I love sparkpeople. I never track my food on there as I prefer the notebook I carry around with me, but I will track my exercise (when I do actually exercise). I like reading the articles and getting spark points. I also like the blog feature and getting awards when I lose weight.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
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jojo wrote:
What do you guys do if you don't know how to work out what was in a meal? I'm going out for lunch tomorrow (which shouldn't be too hard to work out because it's a raw place) but I'm going to a pot luck on Saturday & have no idea how I'll be able to work it out!


I really don't know... I would either try guessing, or picking the nearest options out of the lists, but I would probably think of it as a non-accurate day anyway. If you just try to eat the healthiest way you can at the pot-luck, try thing that you want to try but just have a small amount, hopefully it won't break your healthy eating! :)


I just ended up guessing but I did manage to just have one plate of food & not go back for seconds (or thirds!) I think it might've been a different story if it'd been a PPK potluck rather than an omni potluck!

I've discovered nutritiondata.com where you can work out the calories in your recipes which is definitely going to help me when I'm cooking from books other than AFR.

I'm jojohux on Spark People.

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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:55 pm 
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I joined! I'm VeganPi on there. I joined the PPK team as well. I'm not sure how to find other people on there to friend yet, but if I figure it out, I'll friend y'all.


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 Post subject: Re: Spark People?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:44 pm 
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I just joined the site, my username is tribalveg. :D


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