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More on Measurement

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I've been managing my nutrition for 88 week. Through the first 30 weeks and 65 pounds of loss, I did a lot of guesstimation along the lines of the following excellent SP article -- www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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However, then calorie allowances began to shrink much faster, and I found I needed to weigh or measure the volume of everything I consumed, as well as my own weight, and my exercise output.

I told Beth the only thing I wanted for my birthday was an accurate kitchen scale that measured in grams and ounces and that automatically subtracted tare weight.

That little gem is the best purchase we've ever made.

This morning I weighed in at a weight that, Beth, my wife of 43 years has never before seen me at.

That scale is one of a handful of tools that have not only made over 100 pounds of weight loss possible -- but relatively comfortable.

Five factors in establishing fitness: plan, execute, *MEASURE*, record, adjust.

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  • WESTERNSAGE
    You're right about measuring - it's crucial. Even after you think you have a pretty good handle on guesstimating you can still start to slip - and slip - and slip . . . I have used a scale for years, off and on.

    As for Popeye's comments, just remember when gasoline was 25 cents a gallon the mnimum hourly wage was less than $1.40, you could buy a small house for$13,000 and a big car with a V-8 engine ran about $2,500.

    But a kitchen scale is still relatively inexpensive and worth its weight in gold when it comes to tracking quantities of food.
    1323 days ago
  • PAMBWS
    I use my scale & my measuring cups all the time...otherwise I tend to over-guesstimate.
    1323 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    I just might have to go buy one!

    And Popeye I see having another dinosaur man on the threads has bought you out of your cave....... Boppy_ be VERY careful ...... don't let that sweet exterior fool you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1323 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2013 8:34:47 AM
  • YIGOBUTTERFLY
    I got one of those and I do use it.

    Jane
    1323 days ago
  • POPEYETHETURTLE
    Without a scale, tracking your food intake can be more than a bit anxiety making.

    As a help, I offer this bit of information. Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a nuclear physicist. The idea of playing with the basic particles that made up the universe just sounded COOL! Unfortunately, I ran into Differential Equations (sometimes called Diffy Q's). Every other mathematical Language was easy - basic math, the concept of 0 (zero), Algebra, sets, Geometry, Trig, College Algebra, no problem. From being a math tutor, I needed to pay a math tutor to help Me get through Diffy Q's. You must remember that this was back in the early years of the middle of last century - gas was a quarter per gallon, unless there was a gas war then it dropped to as low as 18 cents a gallon. For $5 I could fill my car up with gas, have the tires, oil and transmission fluids checked, the windows cleaned, go to the drive-in movies, buy whatever snacks my girlfriend wanted and Still have change in my pocket.

    In that era, I paid a total of $150 to pull a C- (minus). Twice what the credit hours cost! I changed to a liberal arts major with a concentration in History the very next semester.

    Anyway, that piece of information I was going to share? Spark allows only 2 significant numbers past the decimal point, therefore:

    One (1) ounce = 28.35 grams. That 100 gram mark you see so plainly on the scale, that is actually 3.5273368....., or 3.53 ounces.

    Listen to Lee - he's right. I even have a second scale in our "Go Box". If we decide to hit the road for a while, the "Go Box" is the first thing ready to put into the car.

    That's how important I think a dual scale is.
    1323 days ago
  • MOTLORAC
    Congrats and thanks for the info on a scale, need one for my wife and I.
    1323 days ago
  • TLG71567
    Congratulations! I need one of those.
    1323 days ago
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