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Go weigh your food!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I recently fell in love with my kitchen scale. OK, love/hate. I love that it tells me accurately how much I am eating. I hate that what I used to think was a single serving of cereal, now I know is actually 2 servings by weight!

It was very eye opening to weigh my food for the past few mornings. I wish more foods had weights on them in the Spark nutrition counter. For example, a "medium" baked potato is so confusing -- but if you had a weight in grams, I would know exactly how big that potato is supposed to be.

When I weighed my food, I learned that I'm probably WAY overeating, which would explain my plateau of the past few weeks. Sigh. I did lose 1.4 at my last weigh in, but it still feels like a plateau because I am still above my recent lowest weight. But I should still give myself credit for moving in the right direction!

In happier news, I just finished Couch 2 5k week 6 day 1 (8 min run, 3 min walk, 8 min run). It wasn't too bad, though I still need to be better about slowing down so that I can keep running without a break for longer periods of time. Oh, and I also need to be better about getting out of the house to RUN!

I was disappointed to find that the race I was planning to do, the Redondo Beach St. Patrick's Day 5k, is actually this weekend (March 3, 2 weeks early). I'm not going to be ready then, so I need to find another race in my local area -- hoping for something in early April. And then I guess I'll have to do a race every month or two just for motivation to keep on training. There are worse things than having a collection of race finisher T-shirts! Unfortunately I don't think 5ks give you medals the way marathons do.

Hope you all are having a great week -- we're over the hump now, and coasting toward the weekend!
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GZELLEFRO 3/14/2013 11:05PM

    I agree with you about the scale. I got one and I am thankful for it because it takes all the guesswork out of portion sizes. I just have to stop eating junk now!! emoticon

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JENKOP11 3/7/2013 11:51AM

    Now I have to go and buy one. But I love new high-techy things. Any recommendations on types?

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CAMETHYSTE 3/1/2013 3:32AM

    I love my food scale, too and have also been wishing that more foods on Sparkpeople were listed by weight. And I had the same revelation about my breakfast cereal! Portion measurements other than weight are so imprecise. Keep on weighing your food and I'm sure you'll do better. emoticon

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AEGISHOT 2/28/2013 4:24PM

    I actually kept mine at an arm's reach.

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RACEWELLWON 2/28/2013 2:41PM

    I have taken out my food scale once again - and my measuring utensils. Accuracy is major part of this journey. I also have been surprised in the past of what I thought by eye balling portions - what a shocker !!
In regards to the 5k - the T-shirts are a nice accomplishment due to the fact that most races are held to benefit something and the 5ks do give out medals to the top contenders in your age group - first, second and third . For me just be able to participate in the race makes me a winner. It took six surgeries for me me to walk again so speed is not my first goal to finish and be a part of something that is healthy is my medal - it all depends on how we look at a situation - Keep up the fantastic work - oh yeah - I have few miles before my next spark buddy visit - lol - thanks for the visit- Hugs K emoticon emoticon New Jean Size

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PRACTICINGPEACE 2/28/2013 2:16PM

    You said it. That food scale is a REALITY CHECK for me. No more eyeballing portion sizes for me. I end up entering a lot of my own foods so I get the right weights.

Congrats on losing a size in jeans. That is so great! I know the GAP and J CREW are both having sales! Have fun! emoticon

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RX_2_RV 2/28/2013 1:14PM

    The food scale is my friend...bathroom scale, not so much! emoticon
I'm considering a monthly weigh in alternating every 2 weeks with taking my measurements so I stop driving myself nutty over this and just focus on the RESULTS.

Have fun shopping for new jeans! How exciting! I'm still in the same size as when I started but they are loose/comfortable now instead of cutting off my circulation! LOL!

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LHLADY517 2/27/2013 9:59PM

    I so agree. I also wish more foods gave us exact wts.

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