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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I recently fell in love with my kitchen scale. OK, love/hate. I love that it tells me accurately how much I am eating. I hate that what I used to think was a single serving of cereal, now I know is actually 2 servings by weight!

It was very eye opening to weigh my food for the past few mornings. I wish more foods had weights on them in the Spark nutrition counter. For example, a "medium" baked potato is so confusing -- but if you had a weight in grams, I would know exactly how big that potato is supposed to be.

When I weighed my food, I learned that I'm probably WAY overeating, which would explain my plateau of the past few weeks. Sigh. I did lose 1.4 at my last weigh in, but it still feels like a plateau because I am still above my recent lowest weight. But I should still give myself credit for moving in the right direction!

In happier news, I just finished Couch 2 5k week 6 day 1 (8 min run, 3 min walk, 8 min run). It wasn't too bad, though I still need to be better about slowing down so that I can keep running without a break for longer periods of time. Oh, and I also need to be better about getting out of the house to RUN!

I was disappointed to find that the race I was planning to do, the Redondo Beach St. Patrick's Day 5k, is actually this weekend (March 3, 2 weeks early). I'm not going to be ready then, so I need to find another race in my local area -- hoping for something in early April. And then I guess I'll have to do a race every month or two just for motivation to keep on training. There are worse things than having a collection of race finisher T-shirts! Unfortunately I don't think 5ks give you medals the way marathons do.

Hope you all are having a great week -- we're over the hump now, and coasting toward the weekend!
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    I agree with you about the scale. I got one and I am thankful for it because it takes all the guesswork out of portion sizes. I just have to stop eating junk now!! emoticon
    1863 days ago
  • JENKOP11
    Now I have to go and buy one. But I love new high-techy things. Any recommendations on types?
    1871 days ago
    I love my food scale, too and have also been wishing that more foods on Sparkpeople were listed by weight. And I had the same revelation about my breakfast cereal! Portion measurements other than weight are so imprecise. Keep on weighing your food and I'm sure you'll do better. emoticon
    1877 days ago
    I actually kept mine at an arm's reach.
    1877 days ago
    I have taken out my food scale once again - and my measuring utensils. Accuracy is major part of this journey. I also have been surprised in the past of what I thought by eye balling portions - what a shocker !!
    In regards to the 5k - the T-shirts are a nice accomplishment due to the fact that most races are held to benefit something and the 5ks do give out medals to the top contenders in your age group - first, second and third . For me just be able to participate in the race makes me a winner. It took six surgeries for me me to walk again so speed is not my first goal to finish and be a part of something that is healthy is my medal - it all depends on how we look at a situation - Keep up the fantastic work - oh yeah - I have few miles before my next spark buddy visit - lol - thanks for the visit- Hugs K emoticon emoticon New Jean Size
    1878 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2013 2:44:06 PM
    You said it. That food scale is a REALITY CHECK for me. No more eyeballing portion sizes for me. I end up entering a lot of my own foods so I get the right weights.

    Congrats on losing a size in jeans. That is so great! I know the GAP and J CREW are both having sales! Have fun! emoticon
    1878 days ago
  • RX_2_RV
    The food scale is my friend...bathroom scale, not so much! emoticon
    I'm considering a monthly weigh in alternating every 2 weeks with taking my measurements so I stop driving myself nutty over this and just focus on the RESULTS.

    Have fun shopping for new jeans! How exciting! I'm still in the same size as when I started but they are loose/comfortable now instead of cutting off my circulation! LOL!
    1878 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    I so agree. I also wish more foods gave us exact wts.
    1878 days ago
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