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Confessions of a Former Weight Loss Counselor #4

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Number 4 is that I have two gadgets that I believe have greatly affected my overall weight loss progress. One is a food scale; the other is my fitbit. Now I am not saying you cannot have tremendous success without these who-dad’s, but I have personally found them to be irreplaceable, and I use each every, single day!

I bought my food scale from Target many years ago, but when I started this journey December 19th, 2012, I now use it very religiously. There are different ways you can use a scale, and now honestly, I have FINALLY gotten to a place where I can eyeball a normal portion or serving for the first time in my life! Now, I am not perfect at this, and I suppose I will have to keep my scale around for sometime because I do miss it with some servings. I just wasn’t taught this stuff growing up, and well, with no limitations comes the world of food at my fingertips.

I remember being nine years old eating three, four even five snack cakes or candy bars in a row. Nobody told me it was wrong, so I just kept eating to my own destruction and demise! Sure, I could go back and blame mom and dad, but the truth of the matter is even if I did stay perpetually angry with them, not one ounce of fat is going to hightail it off of my body, so I might as well forgive them for ME, and keep it moving! Right?! Ok, so yeah, I use a food scale, I now know what a healthy amount of cheese looks like, as well as a healthy sized hamburger. It’s funny because on Father’s Day as I was plucking what I thought to be 4 oz. of raw ground beef to cook, when I weighed it, it came in at 9! I was like dang it, lol! I was really hungry, but I had used up a lot of calories already that day, so I got it down to size. I then stuck a toothpick in my burger (I do this a lot when I am cooking meats) because I wanted to make sure I could find “mine” amidst the ocean of burgers. Just a little tip if it helps :D

So yes, I wildly recommend a food scale, even over a fitbit because it is the single most important gadget I own, next to my measuring cups and teaspoons. I use them all, and I measure as many things as I need to, to make sure I stay on track, plus it TEACHES me what normal portions look like. Like I say I may always have to use this crutch, and I’ve accepted it. I look at it like any other illness I am trying to treat, without these tools, I will revert right back to my old ways, and well, I am sick and tired of those results, so I am taking my crutches and leaving, lol!

The fitbit, oh, the fitbit, I love this gadget! I also own a heart monitor, but I do not use that one so much. I purchased this in February, when I felt like I needed to add some cardio to keep my weight loss steady. This little delightful object of my affection means the world to me! I love it because it tracks how much I am moving around. They get more sophisticated than the one I own, but I think I picked this up at BestBuy for $60, it’s the smallest model. I clip it on my bra (I actually never unclip it) and away I go. It gives you little faces to indicate how you are doing, plus it’s a watch, which comes in handy because when I am working out, I do not like wearing my expensive jewelry especially my watch, ewwww…. So yea, I love it. I aim for at least 5,000 steps a day. I used to aim for 10,000 looking at that as 100%, but it’s just not realistic for me right now. I achieve 5,000 steps as a stay at home mom (no job) and twelve minutes of aerobic exercise with a DVD I use every day. Now, I do get ambitious and can run/jog up to two miles straight, which I love to do, but my standard is only 12 minutes. Sometimes I don’t FEEL like running or doing anything more strenuous. Yes, I suppose I could push myself, and I have, but I find that when I push myself too hard, I injure myself then, I am back on the couch for three days recovering. It’s just not worth it to me!

The fitbit can attach right to website which is super cool because then it tracks all of your exercise for you. Don’t have to do a thing, it is all automatic! I love that because the less tracking I have to do, the more freed up I am to do other things. However, like I mentioned in a previous blog, I do still paper track my meals. I may always have to track, and that is ok with me because I love the results I am getting! Sixty two pounds down in less than six months, yes, quite pleased! Ok, so yeah, those are the two main ones. I guess I could propose an honorable mention though, eh, lol? It would be my mp3 player, again I don’t have anything fancy, just an el cheapo one because for me, I had an ipod, and it went ballistic after several months never to be able to be used again. That left a really bad taste in my mouth, so now I just save my money! I love my mp3, I use it when I tire of the aerobic instructor’s voice over and over, lol, or when I’m running, walking, housekeeping, mowing the lawn, doing yard work, lol, you get the idea. I am quite certain my retired neighbors think I’m on drugs the way I dance out in the yard, hee, hee. JUST KIDDING, they know I love Jesus very much :D

Ok, that should do it for now. Hope those tips help, and please know that we are in this together! I love being a support and encouragement, but I get just as much if not more back from you all! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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    Great job!! : ) gonna have to go back & read blogs more closely. Seem to learn new stuff all time.
    1800 days ago
    You are awesome! I had a scale and it was broken by my inquisitive son. I am hoping to buy another one this summer when my "splurge" check comes in. Keep going strong! You are very inspirational and I am very impressed by you!
    1802 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you are doing great! emoticon
    1802 days ago
    Tools are so necessary in accomplishing our goals!
    1802 days ago
    Great advice about the scales. I know lots of people who have fitbits and all love theirs. For me, I think the scales is what I need. I find I'm UNDER estimating things. Like this morning I was sure the glass I used for breakfast was a 12 oz. glass. That's how I've been logging it. Till his lordship said this morning, nope, not that much. Measured it. turned out it was only 8 oz. So I KNOW I do that with other food, too. Gotta get me a scales!
    1802 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    Funny you should mention the food scale and the measuring spoons and cups. I do have a digital food scale, and have not used it the way you are. Although, right now I am finally seeing progress as I am eyeballing portions. I will probably use it when I am slowing down on progress. I do use the cups and spoons though.

    The fitbit is not something that has interested me, yet at least. I do a lot of kettlebell work, and I am mainly staying in one place, so that kinda defeats the purpose. I train for strength and conditioning, not cardio really.
    1802 days ago
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