Well, after more than a year of dieting, I finally have a food scale - thanks, Mom! This is the last item in my "healthy kitchen arsenal" - I have two sets of measuring cups and a cool magnetic set of measuring spoons, along with a couple of extra tablespoons, but I never got around to buying a scale. I like this one - you can put a plate or bowl on it, press the "tare" button, and it resets to zero so when you add your food item it gives you a true measurement. Plus it's pretty small so it was easy to find a place for it in my kitchen cabinet - I don't like a lot of things on my counters when I'm not using them.
In the past, I have tried to estimate a portion of meat by visualizing the "deck of cards" image, but I always wondered how close I actually was. Tonight, after we grilled pork chops I weighed one - it was 6.6 oz. Then I sliced some off, trying to get to 4 oz. and came close - it was 4.4 oz. Not too bad for my first time!
I think this will really come in handy with meats, pasta, potatoes and cheese. For example, I have a great Cooking Light bowtie pasta recipe that calls for 6 oz. of dried pasta - and the package I bought had 16 oz. - hard to measure accurately, because the amount I needed was less than half. At this point in my diet, I'm eating small portions of whole wheat pasta or red potatoes on occasion, but I am still pretty cautious about portion size - moreso than with fruit and veggies, which I eat as much as I want.
This is something I probably should have had a long time ago, and would recommend that anyone who is serious about watching their calories get one. This particular scale was $24.95 from Amazon - not cheap, but I think definitely worth it!
And in other news, I rode my bike tonight for the first time since my surgery! I started out slow, but everything felt good so I ended up riding for four miles - not bad for someone who hasn't exercised in nearly two weeks! I will go back to my workout on Monday, and believe me, I can't wait! Yes, I will be careful in what I do...but really? I just want to get back into my routine. So any exercise is better than no exercise, and no, I can't believe I just typed that! Oh how I've changed in the past year!