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Two of my latest discoveries

Monday, September 23, 2013

So my new weight loss plan has been partly helped by two new discoveries, which I will now share with each of you!

1) Buying a new car really helps with getting increased walking in.
Huh? Let me explain. So two and a half weeks ago, I finally bought a new car -- my first brand new car ever, it had 18 miles on the odometer when I got the keys. I needed a new car since my old one had too many miles on it. So preface here. I live in an apartment complex, without a dedicated parking space, and the parking spaces near my building are super skinny. So, after getting the new car, and not wanting to get it dinged or scraped up, I have been parking my car on the other side of the apartment complex from where my building actually is. So easily, adding about 200 steps each day going to and from the car in the morning and night. AND, at work, I try to park as far away as possible, to avoid the other cars and the same story at any stores that I stop at during the day. AND... you can do this withOUT having to get a new car. Yup. Amazing stuff eh?

2) My next discovery centers around using the digital food scale in my kitchen. I do try to measure everything, but sometimes measuring things like peanut butter, salad dressings or whipped cream cheese etc is tough, and half of the allotted tablespoon ends up stuck to the measuring spoon. So, this weekend it occurred to me that I could use my scale in a new way (weigh). lol.
So on my WW whipped cream cheese container, it lists the serving size as 2 tablespoons, and then lists (20 g). Aha! So I placed my bagel thin on a plate on the digital scale, zero'd the scale, took out a small knife-full of the whipped cream cheese, and spread it onto the bagel thin. And kept adding more until I reached the 20g weight on the scale. Ta-dah! Amazing!
Turns out this technique works great for salad dressings, peanut butter and a bunch of other things that are kindof messy to measure with utensils.

So those are just two of my latest discoveries helping me along with my fitness and weight loss goals.
Exciting stuff!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KMVBBAM 10/16/2013 9:22PM

    I love the digital scale idea, need to go and buy one. I too just got a new car and know what you mean about the dings and not parking in my normal spots.

Also, thanks for posting on my blog.

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FUNZ81 9/29/2013 1:50PM

    The new car comment is fantastic. I often use my scale in that way (weigh), but is isn't digital. I think I will look for one, thanks for the tip! emoticon

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    Good stuff

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JUMPINJULIE 9/25/2013 5:42PM

    Sounds great I do try to park further away when going to the store and stuff.

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/24/2013 9:31PM

    I LOVE the digital scale one ! How ingenious!! emoticon Now I need to buy myself a digital scale. emoticon

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KKKAREN 9/24/2013 8:31AM

    great tips!

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    Hmmmmm - clever..... and scary that I KNOW I wouldn't have had the commnon sense to figure that one out in my head.... (and I tell my kids they spend all thier common sense in the penny candy store... apparently so have I)
BUt I like the idea. We've got a manual one - we need to get a digital sometime- who knows - Christmas is coming.

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THINRONNA 9/24/2013 2:35AM

    Nice! And weighing is way more accurate than cups and tsp's anyway. Way to go!

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GOSPARK45 9/24/2013 2:05AM

    Great tip. Now I need a digital scale. lol.

Enjoy your new car. I had one once. It was great! No problems for a looong time.

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MOVEITMARY 9/23/2013 11:55PM

    OOOOH, good tip, we just got a digital scale.

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PMRUNNER 9/23/2013 10:18PM

    Too funny on the scale!

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IOWAEDUCATOR 9/23/2013 9:43PM

  Thanks for the suggestion with the food scale. I hadn't thought about doing that!

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RJSCHWEITZER 9/23/2013 7:53PM

    Great news for the car--a win!

While I use measuring scoops (especially for things like granola) I have never used a digital scale. Way to go!

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    Sounds very good about the car.

No one touches my digital scale....I have 2 backups, LOL. I also use a container on top of it.


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ICEDEMETER 9/23/2013 6:45PM

    Congrats on the new car (and on using it as an excuse for extra steps)!

I love using my scale that way. I've entered all of the foods that I use as grams, so I don't have to match the "serving size" on the container. I find that I usually use less than the "serving" size of mayo, for instance, so I can just put the weight that I actually used in the tracker and it does the calculations for everything. Much easier than trying to futz with a measuring spoon!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 9/23/2013 6:35PM

    Great idea for using the scale. I'm going to try it.

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JOANNKW 9/23/2013 5:57PM

    I never thought about using my scale that way. I always tare the container - never thought to do it with the food on it! I love it.

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