why don't you log?
I don't log using MFP but with another calorie counting website/forum so I disabled the link. Not "hiding" anything from anyone and if I used the one here it would be public. Heck, I don't even know if it is or not on the other site.
My food log would not make sense to people, anyways, because what my real calorie range is and what the log is set at are two different things so it looks like I am over every day when in fact I am not if I am under 1,625 kcal.1
I know I would lie at least sometimes if it was public and I want to be honest with myself so I keep it private. I've been logging my food here for 5 years and for about 2 years my husband did too, and we shared our diaries with each other but just for the purpose of copying over meals we ate together and recipes. That was fine but even then I very occasionally found myself "lying" at times! So silly, I know...he would never judge me for that afternoon latte I may have had occasionally. It's just better for me to keep it private.4
I log but I don’t share. I don’t need/want to feel “accountable” to anyone else. This is my journey and since what I’m doing is working (lost 12kg and keeping it off) I’ll keep doing it this way.
I also don’t “friend” people who I don’t know in real life.
I don’t know if that makes me odd, a bit private or grumpy but that’s how it is.6
amusedmonkey Posts: 10,331 MemberMy diary is a mess that only makes sense to me. It would be useless to others. Sometimes I cook a multi serving something and log it all in one day. I have entries in multiple languages. I have many quick adds. I can log things to a meal that are actually snacks so things look like odd combinations. I log my cups of coffee as 1 gram of sugar each sometimes, so you would see random grams of sugar scattered around. I log salads that I didn't personally make as one kind of vegetable, so you would see random large quantities of vegetables without context. I sometimes carry a calorie bank in my diary so I use negative calorie entries. So on and so forth.
My diary is just too much of a mess to be useful to anyone but me. You'd think I have an eating disorder when I sometimes log 5000 calories one day (when I log a full batch of meals) and under 1000 for the next few days. I use an excel sheet to average my calories, so how true I am on my diary to the actual calories I'm eating on any particular day is not very important.
Funny how you don't long sometimes because you don't like numbers and I'm very sloppy because I really like numbers and keep a tally of them in my own not very neat way.
ETA and P.S: if you ask not be wood, some people will hit the woo button just because you mentioned it. Don't take it to heart. I personally think your post is not woo worthy.10
I keep it private, because I am a fairly private person. But if I actually don't log it's because I'm either not positive how to log it, or I know I'm so far over, theres no point in adding them separately. I Just count them as "1200+crap) snd move in with my life.3
I log always and have done for over 4 years
My diary is only open to friends and really I don't take notie of anyone else's diary, and am not interested in opinions For friends it is open if they wish to have a look or inspiration0
I think the default is set to private. I don't track calories here so no point to unlocking it.0
Mine is open to friends. I've been logging everyday for 4+ years. I had someone write on my wall a couple of days ago about the 12 grams of Lucky Charms cereal I logged so I know people are lurking in there. Kinda creepy to me, but I don't care.
I'm okay with it open for those I am familiar, not much with those I am not. If I were to need advice on the forums, I would make it public so people can help me with it.3
Because I've been using a paper diary for literally decades and find it easier to continue to do that than to enter everything into MFP (I tried it in the beginning and paper logging is just faster for me).3
I skip logging when I eat out. I just figure it isn’t worth the stress. I’m still losing even without logging the rare day I eat out all day.1
its no ones business what i eat why would it be....? Also why would i be shy to admit to eating things i "shouldnt have" to a bunch of internet people? I love you guys but you hold no power to make me ashamed of myself lol12
I'm approaching maintenance so I'm trying to wean myself off logging somewhat. If I'm still losing I will be a bit more relaxed and only log the things that I can easily measure which is pretty much all my breakfasts and most of my lunches. If my boyfriend is cooking or we're eating out I won't log and I also don't log beer as it varies so much by brand and most aren't on the database. I still log wine and spirits as these are less variable.
If I find that I'm starting to gain (I weigh myself daily) I tighten up and start logging the things that I was letting slip before until I am losing again.
My diary is public in case I need to ask a question on the message boards but I don't often get comments about it and I never read my friends' diaries. I don't really see the point.0
i understand why people don't log (and/or) make their diaries private - but at the same time, you have multiple people daily posting threads about their inability to lose weight and not logging/private diary - makes it hard for anyone to help them identify issues - so its kind of a double edged sword6
I think my diary is public. I don't care if people look or not.
My food diary is a tool for me though not some kind of proof I am eating right or the best dieter. I have been logging for a couple of years. I use my logging to help me make choices.1
As a newbie, for me, it's helpful to view someone's food diary who has similar goals / calorie intake, and who has been successful in fulfilling those goals. If you lost 50 pounds and have kept it off, AND you've kept an accurate count of your calories, I would love to see your diary because I could probably learn a lot from you--the good, bad, and ugly.
Commenting on someone's food diary to criticize never even occurred to me, and I'm shocked to hear that people actually do that. Kind of boggles my mind.5
JaydedMiss wrote: »its no ones business what i eat why would it be....? Also why would i be shy to admit to eating things i "shouldnt have" to a bunch of internet people? I love you guys but you hold no power to make me ashamed of myself lol
This is true but I also don't go out of my way to be hassled.4
I log everything. My diary is private because that is the default setting and I haven't needed to unlock it for feedback yet.3
JerSchmare wrote: »I share with friends only. But, the idea of looking at someone’s diary is stupid. I don’t know why people do that. I have heard all the reasons. But, it is stupid, as far as I’m concerned. Why does one person concern their self with what someone else is eating? I don’t get it.
Yeah, this. I’ve never looked at someone else’s diary, and I have no desire to. I can’t think of any reason why anyone would want to look at what I’ve eaten today (let alone a random stranger online). Even friends. Why the *kitten* would they want to see what I’ve eaten?1
JeromeBarry1 Posts: 10,182 MemberOver the past several months I gained weight by eating too much. I know I ate too much. I ate so much as to make measuring and recording what I ate onerous. Those events are memorialized by my diary having a recorded breakfast, maybe a recorded lunch, and then nothing else. My logging goal is to remember to log my foods. If I can remember to log my dinner and my snacks, I can usually stay within my budget. I have several cardio exercise machines in my house I can use briefly those evenings when my food diary gets red.6
crabbybrianna wrote: »JerSchmare wrote: »I share with friends only. But, the idea of looking at someone’s diary is stupid. I don’t know why people do that. I have heard all the reasons. But, it is stupid, as far as I’m concerned. Why does one person concern their self with what someone else is eating? I don’t get it.
Yeah, this. I’ve never looked at someone else’s diary, and I have no desire to. I can’t think of any reason why anyone would want to look at what I’ve eaten today (let alone a random stranger online). Even friends. Why the *kitten* would they want to see what I’ve eaten?
People have friended me to see mine, in order to see what a li'l ol' lady long-term vegetarian eats to get solid protein every day. Occasionally, someone will ask "what do you put ingredient X in?" or "I'd like to try food Y: how do you cook it?" or some such thing.
It's a social site where one of the foci is eating. Why wouldn't people look at others' diaries? (Shrug.)9
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