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CINDYRAMIE
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5/28/12 3:52 P

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Linsey: I love the idea of the 1 cup containers for the freezer. I already freeze some stuff, but I can think of other things to freeze too. Thanks.
I bought some steaks for the holiday and I cut them into 3 oz portions and put them in some marinade. Whatever doesn't get eaten will go into snack baggies and into the freezer. Mmmm.emoticon


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5/27/12 6:23 A

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Love all the great responses to this question! When I don't measure my cereal out, I KNOW I put way too much of it in the bowl. I can't just "eyeball" it to get the right amount. I have 2 extra sets of measuring cups....those cheap plastic sets that I got on sale...... The 3rd set is the one I use for baking. I also have more than one liquid measuring cup, as I have a dishwasher that doesn't get run everyday. I run the dishwasher every 2nd or 3rd day. SO, I have tried to make measuring my portions as convenient as possible. Also, if purchasing a snack food in 100-calorie pouches, for instance, is enough to keep you from eating a whole LARGE bag of chips/cookies/crackers....then it's worth buying it in the serving sized pouches. I also own small cup sized freezer containers that I can put servings of homemade soups in the freezer. I started doing that for chili, especially, but it works for all other leftovers as well. This means that when I make something for dinner that doesn't get eaten up the 2nd day for lunch???? I freeze the rest of it in serving portions! It means that we waste less food, and in my freezer are a variety of dinner entrees to warm up for lunch or dinner when we want a quick bite to eat.

Good going, everyone!

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CINDYRAMIE
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5/23/12 7:04 P

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I agree, Kathleen. Measuring foods is not just to be picky about how many calories here and there that you can cut. More than that, it is a lot about mindful eating. I noticed that I've added a bit more sugar or milk to my coffee. And when I cut it back, it doesn't really taste that much different.


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I'm not good at measuring my food and I think that was fine when I was younger and thinner, but now I need to make it a habit to measure and eat mindfully.


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5/21/12 11:52 P

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I measure my morning cereal, my evening milk, and weigh my bread (I make my own and the slices vary alot) but have gotten slack with the rest.


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CINDYRAMIE
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5/21/12 9:02 P

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emoticon job, everyone.
Looks like this is a great question of the week. I think I will leave my measuring cups/spoons out on the counter to remind me. I did have cereal and choc soy milk last night and I measured them (cause I don't eat that very often). Now it's time to measure out all the regular stuff I eat; just to make sure I'm eating the right amounts.


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I do everything but steps on the Fitness Page (cardio + miles walked + ST) + track my water + quick track fruits & veggies.

(I have yet to consistently hit the goal of 10 fruits/veggies every day, but last week I made it "9" on 3 days and "8" on 2, so I'm improving. Clearly a target to keep aiming at for me.)

Since I pretty much fix 2 meals for dinner, 1 for the family & 1 for me, measuring just seems too much of a hassle. -- I figure if I'm eating 1# of raw fruits/veggies & 1# cooked veggies every day (goal), I should be "on track" for losing what I need to lose!

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)





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5/21/12 1:20 P

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I'm getting better at tracking my food this time round, but since I still eat a lot of pre-packaged foods I don't measure too much. The last time I went to the store I bought pretzels and before I put them away I did count out 1-serving sizes into snack bags so I can just grab a bag when I want it. So I am getting there. When I do walk specially for exercise I do measure but it's usually because I'm doing it with a CD or doing sets for strength training.



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5/20/12 10:09 P

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I have long resisted measuring my food, but these ideas here seem very workable. emoticon

I'm off to the dollar store to get some cups and spoons!

"You cannot accept another with a hateful heart. You cannot hear the other with a closed mind. You cannot embrace with closed arms. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
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5/20/12 9:24 P

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I really like this goal. :-) There are times when I don't track my food, yet measure.

I have three sets of measuring cups and two sets of measuring spoons. I'm considering purchasing another set of each.

Edited by: ELISADENK at: 5/20/2012 (21:24)
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That's a good idea. Next time at the dollar store I'll look for a set of measuring cups to keep in my office.


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LNSYLVSDOGS
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I keep a couple extra sets of cheap plastic measuring cup sets in a convenient spot, just so I can measure my portions. However, when I got to my target weight...kept on measuring, etc....then lost a few extra pounds....I, then, got lazy about measuring my foods and recording it. I had actually lost 9 extra pounds, originally. I have since gained those 9 pounds back. I told myself to start tracking my foods again, but was being wishy washy about it. This last week, I started getting serious about the measuring and tracking again. All this time I had kept on with keeping track of my exercise minutes, but just got lazy about the food part. I really should know better. Plus, measuring the food really isn't that big of a deal. I figure we have to scoop our foods with some kind of utensil. Why not use a measuring cup? When there are cheap sets on sale (the kind that have a separate cup for 3/4 C, and 2/3 C, etc....) why not pick up a set or two?

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When I was actively losing weight I did measure, or estimate high. (if it was less than 1/4 c , I would round it up -- added calories I didn't eat to my nutrition page)

But now, I don't anymore, probably should, but to lazy. I do record my miles.


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CINDYRAMIE
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5/20/12 3:26 P

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I've been pretty good about logging my food. So I guess the next step is to be more accurate on measuring my food. I've gotten pretty lazy about that. Like the other day I had cottage cheese with bluberries, but I'm pretty sure I had more than half a cup of each. It seems daunting to measure everything, but I know I can do one thing at a time.


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ECONLADY
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5/20/12 3:13 P

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Measuring is important to controlling portion size. That ia where most of us blow it.


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LNSYLVSDOGS
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5/20/12 11:59 A

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This weekly question is, again, one of our team goals. It has to do with measuring something everyday....whether it is your foods or keeping track of your mileage for walks/runs/bike rides. Do you do this everyday, anyway? If you do, you can easily join our team goal (at the bottom of the team page)!

How do you feel about measuring? Do you do it? Or does it seem like too much to do?

~~Linsey~~
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