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7/17/08 7:25 P

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I really need to get better at this too, I have a weight watcher book that helped with site measuring but I'm not sure what I did with the book.

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6/19/08 6:46 A

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Using measuring cups is a real eyeopener.
In the beginning, my visual measurements of what I thought was a 1/2 cup were totally off of the actual measurements. Using measuring cups and spoons is a reality check.

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6/18/08 10:42 P

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I also keep my scale on the counter (though don't have a digital one...cool!) I keep measuring cups and spoons in the drawer right beneath the scale - then it's all together and ready to use.

I also go back to measuring occasionally, just to check myself. In the beginning, I couldn't believe I was eating so much - sometimes double portion sizes. When I saw that, I fell in love with measuring ;)

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6/18/08 6:55 P

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You can usually eyeball portions pretty well with standard comparisons (e.g. 3oz meat = deck of cards, medium potato = computer mouse). The thing about salad is it has like 20 calories a cup so if you accidently have an extra half cup, it won't matter much (10 calories).

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6/18/08 3:38 P

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As time goes by your eyes to get better at measuring. But I still keep my amazing digital food scale on the counter - yes amazing. Got it as a gift this year and fell head over heels. I never thought I would be one to measure out my foods. It came from Bed, Bath & Beyond. It has a selection that allows to to weight the plate/bowl, then zero out the scale so your food starts at 0.00 oz. It makes it so easy.

Enough about the scale. Sorry - back to the measuring. I find from time to time I need to get back to measuring. It is amazing how the portion size grows on me.

Edited by: TEXGIRLY at: 6/18/2008 (21:54)
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6/18/08 8:46 A

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livinhealthy9 is right. It has to become a part of your daily life for quite some time, but then after a while eyeballing it becomes pretty natural although I do recommend the occasional measuring of most things even then because my serving of salad dressing gradually increases over time and I have to keep myself in check.

All this work and effort is a choice we make I have realized. I do not HAVE to do any of this, but the discomfort of measuring, weight and typing it in is easier than beating myself up all the time for how I feel and what I look like. It is going to be one way or the other with me and I know which is easier to live with . . . although not always fun. Fun comes by hanging out with the great people on Spark!

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6/17/08 8:21 P

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Hi SILLYSHALIE,
I know at first for me, it was a little time consuming to measure everything out. But, after a while I was able to judge by looking at the amount, how much I was using. I just kind of visualized the portions size. Some things I will probably always measure.
Plus, once I added things into my nutrition tracker and saved it to my favorites I just had add it to my daily meal planner.
Hope I helped a little bit.

Edited by: LIVINHEALTHY9 at: 6/17/2008 (20:20)
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6/17/08 2:39 P

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Hello,

I'm frustrated. How do you get in the habit of measuring your food? The last two nights I have had salads for dinner - nicely piled with veggies. I cut then put them on the salad. It's only after I eat that I realize I have no way to enter dinner into SparkPeople. As everyone keeps reminding me, it's a lifestyle change, but how do you get in the habit. Using the scale on each ingredient when I'm cooking just feels, well, wrong. It makes it a science project; not something to relax and enjoy. So how does everyone else deal with this? How did you get into the habit?

Thanks,
Shalie

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