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Portions and ounces.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I finally bought myself a very nice electronic scale. It has actually helped me understand several key things about ounces. It's easy to measure -cups, tsps, tbsps, etc for portions, but when something gives its calorie count in ounces, I was lost.

Chicken it was easy, 1 small chicken breast, but come to steak - what does 4 ounces of steak look like exactly. Well last night we did our shopping trip and bought our stables. Came home and started dividing like I normally do for dinners to freeze, but this time I brought out the scale. Turns out 1 steak in the past which would be for one person, actually was for 2. So all of a sudden we doubled the number of meals we had.

Nice part about this is I got my husband to realize that he has some very bad eating habits and have him learning portions, and what he's drinking away in calories each day. He's gained 50 lbs since I met him, but he was about 20 lbs under weight. While he's not going to be as controlled as I am, he will be eating what I make for dinner in the right size portions now.

  
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MT-MOONCHASER 5/27/2013 1:42PM

    I'm catching up on your past blogs and have a comment to make on this one. Did you realize that the weights given for meat portions are the cooked weight? Normally to get a 3 oz. portion, the raw meat will be at or close to 4 oz.

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FLAMENM 4/2/2013 9:44PM

    Portion size is such an ey opener. And then when yu start comparing the serving size on packages to what aportion size, your eyes open even bigger.

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MALAMI518 4/2/2013 7:58PM

    I want a new, digital scale. I have an old dial one that is hard to read accurately. They really do help with portions.

Saving money by reducing portions is a great "side effect" to eat more healthy-sized portions.

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BARBARASDIET 4/2/2013 6:10PM

    Nice! My son has a digital scale and I keep trying to remember to borrow it sometime.

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NEW-PAMELA-BERG 4/2/2013 5:52PM

    I discovered the same thing! I was shocked at how much we as a family have been over eating for years. I also took the "meatless Monday" pledge (saw it on an article here a while back). It's amazing how much money you can save by eating properly. Best wishes, Pamela

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Easter - Many things changing

Sunday, March 31, 2013

This is the first Easter I didn't make Easter baskets for the kids filled with candy and the grandkids are off in Oregon.

This year - all my biological children have left the nest and two of them moved 2 states away. The house is empty. My heart is sad and heavy. But at least I am grateful I don't have and won't be - the eat because I am depressed problem. Nope, my way of dealing with the saddness and depression is to sort something (movies, books, recipes, music, beads, ....clothes.... ) Something. Haven't quite figured out which will win so far, since I have music, beads and my clothing sorting piles started.

Dan and I realized that Sunday breakfast is special and worth the extra calories. Even making the waffles from skim milk, unsalted butter, removing the salt, having real maple syrup, it still is a pretty penny of a cost for calories. But given that normally Sunday is two meal day with snack, we've decided to not touch it and keep it. So Sunday Breakfast/Brunch is special calorie event.

We've decided that Friday night Date night is also special calorie event. Makes it a bit easier to handle.

The small ball, the hand weights and the meditation/relaxation music came in last night. Going to try those out today.

  
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LAOIGHSE 4/2/2013 5:35PM

    I agree that some meals are worth ring fencing. I love your idea of Sunday mornings and Friday nights. One thing I've realised about our cooked breakfasts at the weekend is that the portions can be diminished and I still feel well fed and treated.

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NANCYPAT1 3/31/2013 7:15PM

    That sounds like a fantastic and realistic plan. Happy Easter.

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SUGARSMOM2 3/31/2013 6:31PM

  yes things change when the nest starts to empty . You feel like a boat without a rudder . or a window with no curtain.

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GAILRUU 3/31/2013 6:26PM

    My husband and I spent the day at home. I did make a small ham, scalloped potatoes and squash with a pumpkin pie for dessert. It was not too bad a far as calories since I took small portions and had a very light lunch.
I miss having kids around for holidays.

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Friday - Day Two of PTO - part 2 - Lunch/Snack

Friday, March 29, 2013

Trying to get the right mix of protein for me so my blood sugar stays constant and having to put carbs into the mix is a bit of a challenge. Portions it is clear have been my setback and 'hidden gems' like the costco croissant for breakfast. Before I was more veggy/protein/fruit with a touch of carbs. Now with this I have to have carbs at every meal is just not working. So I called up the nutritionist and asked her about resetting back to the previous method but cutting portions or specific content.

Her comment, its the exercise you need to make work. (And then she asked why was I doing this, and I proceeded to tell her about Sparks). She rather I exercise and get that going and yes pay attention to portions, but the calorie counting stuff is going to backfire on me.

My AC is because I am not exercising. My body has become insulin resistant...

Anyway, I am going to re-think how to track food on spark but not let it drive but use the tracking for exercise.

  
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BJUMPINGFORJOY 3/29/2013 10:22PM

    That what we have to do is find out what works for us and then work on the goal.

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Friday - Day Two - part 1 - Breakfast

Friday, March 29, 2013

I used to have a routine about 4 years ago, that I guess was the most healthiest combo I could get for my needs. Somehow I sorta mutated it. As I have been actively managing my food through the Nutrition page, I realized - add 230 calories onto that for 4 years, IT ADDS up.

Sigh... Just changing to the Costco Croissant added 200 more calories each day.

Going back to one of three of my basics I developed when I was doing Weight Watchers Points.

2 eggs
1 mini bagel (or Thomas's thin bagel)
2 oz of Lox
2 tbs of Smoked cream cheese

I'm just going to have to reduce my snack fat since this breakfast puts me over by 10 grams for breakfast.

  
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CATHWREN 3/29/2013 3:43PM

    That Costco croissant has more calories than your healthy breakfast which offers more food. That's the problem with the "quick" options. My weakness is a donut for breakfast that has almost as many calories as my diet lunch but no where near as much food.

I think you are wise to go back to your WW breakfast. It looks pretty good and I may try it myself; I like the thin bagels better anyway.

Good luck!

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Day one - reflection and re-attuning

Friday, March 29, 2013

Drag out the books, the paper, my music, off to the craft room I go. I spent a good deal of my day in there -re-centering myself.

I started on my collage, gathered up the fortune cookie papers I have been keeping, pulled out the old stack of beautiful cards and started working on the Affirmation Deck, and the Acknowledgement deck. Plus the Good Dog Deck. I also pulled out the digital picture screen I bought two years back and started loading it up with the pics I have been downloading from sites with sayings, serene places, things that make me smile, and started loading that up.

And then music - tackled the hard drive, Itunes and started getting my new Ipod play lists together and importing more music into the library.

My food intake today was okay. Snack managed to burn my cheese on my 8 chips sigh...made my little chips/cheese/salsa snack not so tasty. Started entering into the recipe book more recipes.

Had 4 issues today of inability to stay away from work email. At least I didn't respond. I don't know really what it is I am looking for when I log in, but I know I wasn't finding it it, and just left again.

Only 1 call from work today - Neal, I took, he didn't remember I was on PTO.

Made a new necklace/bracelet/earring set which really looks awesome. I have another three ideas started, one that really is going to look amazing once it is finish. Will be putting them all up on Etsy on Monday

Just re-centering at least - I feel less stressed out tonight.

  


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