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Day 2 of Transition: measuring food

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tonight I ordered 2 and 4 oz measuring dishers. These are the really big ice cream scoops like they use for potatoes in school cafeterias. They even used them for spaghetti when I was a kid. In the last month I got a digital food scale finally. And I got a fitbit to celebrate reaching my goal weight (I got it a couple of weeks early).

Why, one might wonder, do I suddenly want to weigh and measure food when I have achieved my weight loss goal? This is a question that gets at the heart of one reason I suspect maintenance may be trickier than losing weight. Simply put, when I had a calorie deficit of 500/day, I could fudge a little. Heck, I could fudge a lot, and I did. (Not literally fudge.) But I had days when I entered something in the tracker and thought "oops, but I'm still within a calorie deficit, surely." That won't be the case, well, not as much. And I'm never really sure what breastfeeding uses up. (Put baby on digital scale and hit "Tare" before nursing, right?)

I don't weigh and measure all my food. The measuring allows me to still have starches, fatty proteins (like cheese and nuts), and treats. I'm not going to weigh vegetables or apples or lean protein. It lets me buy greek yogurt in quarts instead of the little cups. If I don't want to fuss with measuring, I can just stick to eyeballing whole foods that day. That way I have options, and I don't have to resent either the measuring or the whole foods. It's not a way of limiting what I eat, but of making more things available.
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    Its always good to have options and i'm so happy for you on reaching your goal weight. You can do it.
    2011 days ago
    I've been measuring ever since coming back to SP. I share that not to brag but to let you know, if you start guessing how much you've scooped out or the size of the pear before your actually to the measuring, you will find you get better and better at estimating, and you will start to trust yourself that you are really close in your estimates. I still check things once in a while. I know where a cup of water falls in my ice tea glasses. I started out with a half cup being very close to a whole cup. Now I can scoop out a half cup of yogurt exactly. I still am off with teaspoons/tablespoons of powders like cinnamon, or oils like olive oil. Doesn't matter too much with cinnamon, unless you put in TOO MUCH. But it does matter quite a lot with oil.

    As time goes by, you will come to trust your eyeballing.
    2012 days ago
    I remember during my weight-loss days my MIL declaring publicly in front of the rest of the family, "Poor Celia! She has to measure her food" and "Can you have this?" as she set each item out on the table. I'm sure she meant well, so I just gritted my teeth and continued to measure out my cereal, berries, etc.

    Today I still measure my food, because I don't trust myself to eyeball a half cup of cereal or a cup of pasta. Like you, I finally invested in a digital scale, so now I KNOW what a 6-oz sweet potato or 3 ounces of baby carrots should look like.

    Congrats on your success and happy maintaining!
    2012 days ago
    Reaching goal doesn't change our habits - it actually means (for me anyway) that we have to be even MORE diligent than we were before. Good for you. emoticon
    2013 days ago
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    I measure my food since I lose 20 lbs in 100 days (no more than this because I hit ideal weight) 5'4 and 115 lbs.

    Today I still measure my food. I do sunday food prep.
    My blog http://formetraining.blogspot.com/2
    2013 days ago
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