Number 4 is that I have two gadgets that I believe have greatly affected my overall weight loss progress. One is a food scale; the other is my fitbit. Now I am not saying you cannot have tremendous success without these who-dadís, but I have personally found them to be irreplaceable, and I use each every, single day!
I bought my food scale from Target many years ago, but when I started this journey December 19th, 2012, I now use it very religiously. There are different ways you can use a scale, and now honestly, I have FINALLY gotten to a place where I can eyeball a normal portion or serving for the first time in my life! Now, I am not perfect at this, and I suppose I will have to keep my scale around for sometime because I do miss it with some servings. I just wasnít taught this stuff growing up, and well, with no limitations comes the world of food at my fingertips.
I remember being nine years old eating three, four even five snack cakes or candy bars in a row. Nobody told me it was wrong, so I just kept eating to my own destruction and demise! Sure, I could go back and blame mom and dad, but the truth of the matter is even if I did stay perpetually angry with them, not one ounce of fat is going to hightail it off of my body, so I might as well forgive them for ME, and keep it moving! Right?! Ok, so yeah, I use a food scale, I now know what a healthy amount of cheese looks like, as well as a healthy sized hamburger. Itís funny because on Fatherís Day as I was plucking what I thought to be 4 oz. of raw ground beef to cook, when I weighed it, it came in at 9! I was like dang it, lol! I was really hungry, but I had used up a lot of calories already that day, so I got it down to size. I then stuck a toothpick in my burger (I do this a lot when I am cooking meats) because I wanted to make sure I could find ďmineĒ amidst the ocean of burgers. Just a little tip if it helps :D
So yes, I wildly recommend a food scale, even over a fitbit because it is the single most important gadget I own, next to my measuring cups and teaspoons. I use them all, and I measure as many things as I need to, to make sure I stay on track, plus it TEACHES me what normal portions look like. Like I say I may always have to use this crutch, and Iíve accepted it. I look at it like any other illness I am trying to treat, without these tools, I will revert right back to my old ways, and well, I am sick and tired of those results, so I am taking my crutches and leaving, lol!
The fitbit, oh, the fitbit, I love this gadget! I also own a heart monitor, but I do not use that one so much. I purchased this in February, when I felt like I needed to add some cardio to keep my weight loss steady. This little delightful object of my affection means the world to me! I love it because it tracks how much I am moving around. They get more sophisticated than the one I own, but I think I picked this up at BestBuy for $60, itís the smallest model. I clip it on my bra (I actually never unclip it) and away I go. It gives you little faces to indicate how you are doing, plus itís a watch, which comes in handy because when I am working out, I do not like wearing my expensive jewelry especially my watch, ewwwwÖ. So yea, I love it. I aim for at least 5,000 steps a day. I used to aim for 10,000 looking at that as 100%, but itís just not realistic for me right now. I achieve 5,000 steps as a stay at home mom (no job) and twelve minutes of aerobic exercise with a DVD I use every day. Now, I do get ambitious and can run/jog up to two miles straight, which I love to do, but my standard is only 12 minutes. Sometimes I donít FEEL like running or doing anything more strenuous. Yes, I suppose I could push myself, and I have, but I find that when I push myself too hard, I injure myself then, I am back on the couch for three days recovering. Itís just not worth it to me!
The fitbit can attach right to sparkpeople.com website which is super cool because then it tracks all of your exercise for you. Donít have to do a thing, it is all automatic! I love that because the less tracking I have to do, the more freed up I am to do other things. However, like I mentioned in a previous blog, I do still paper track my meals. I may always have to track, and that is ok with me because I love the results I am getting! Sixty two pounds down in less than six months, yes, quite pleased! Ok, so yeah, those are the two main ones. I guess I could propose an honorable mention though, eh, lol? It would be my mp3 player, again I donít have anything fancy, just an el cheapo one because for me, I had an ipod, and it went ballistic after several months never to be able to be used again. That left a really bad taste in my mouth, so now I just save my money! I love my mp3, I use it when I tire of the aerobic instructorís voice over and over, lol, or when Iím running, walking, housekeeping, mowing the lawn, doing yard work, lol, you get the idea. I am quite certain my retired neighbors think Iím on drugs the way I dance out in the yard, hee, hee. JUST KIDDING, they know I love Jesus very much :D
Ok, that should do it for now. Hope those tips help, and please know that we are in this together! I love being a support and encouragement, but I get just as much if not more back from you all! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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