Saturday, July 25, 2009

New Toy!

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!
A bit too much!

Just about right!

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!


  1. Hi--Love your blog and congrats on your weight loss. You're truly and inspiration...As for the food scale, I really need to get one too. And you're so right, especially about the pastas and meats.

  2. A food scale is a good idea... I have looked at them several times but I have always thought it would end up in THAT cabinet. Do you know the one I'm talking about? The cabinet of appliances I thought I would use forever (yeah right) bread maker, waffle iron, yogurt maker etc.

    But guessing how much pasta I'm eating is probably dangerous. I may invest in one. :-)

  3. I was wondering how your recovery was going! Good to know you're starting up exercise again!

    I love your scale. I couldn't live without mine, I use it all the time.

  4. I think the scale is a great idea. When I teach my weight loss class I always tell people to make friends with their measuring cups, spoons and kitchen scales!

    I found a really nice one at a yard sale for just a couple of dollars!

  5. Sounds like things are humming right along for you. Glad things are going smoothly post-op.

    Fun little scale. now you can see how good an eye you have!

    thanks for your encouraging comments. I look forward to them.

  6. Cool blog! Nice your weighing your food intake! I do that one too and it really works. Cheers

  7. I'm glad you are feeling like exercising again. And yes, adult-onset athletics is a wonderful and amazing thing. Years ago I couldn't have imagined that I would WANT (most days) to get up off the couch and get some exercise. Or that I would miss it if I didn't. That and the fact that I now LOVE vegetables. This is a wondrous turnout for me.

    Again, glad you are healing well. Don't overdo it - you've got plenty of time to get back to your routine.

  8. I'm so excited for you as I read those last few lines, that you look fwd to getting your routine back.

    Way to go!

    You certainly have new habits, and not just a phase. Lifestyle, baby!


  9. Hey, good work! I keep reading how hard it is to guess accurately!

    For my birthday, my husband got me a Gowear Fit armband-- one of those doohickeys that counts your calories expended during the course of the day. Toys rock!

    Am I Really That Fat?

  10. Glad you are healing well!

    I love my food scale. I have even gotten so dorky as to weigh everything in grams LOL!

  11. My scale was my first and best tool on this journey...when I hadn't turned it on in 3 weeks, I knew I was falling down the it has been back in business this week!

    I am so glad you are feeling better!

  12. I heart my food scale. It's a must for baking, because most dry ingredients are best measured by weight and not volume.

    And good to read that you are recovering well!

  13. I'm glad to hear you are recovering so quick, but I'm definitely not suprised!

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    and as promised here I am to cheer you on in the workout today----and to reminded you to go sloooooow.

    that it is a marathon not a sprint :)

    all those trite but true sayings.

  16. OMG, I would be lost without my food scale! I weigh everything, which you know helps me with my insulin intake.

    It's also helpful because even like packages of hamburger buns or bagels - I've had some say a serving size is 2 ounces, and one might weigh in at 3.5 ounces! Those calories add up!

    Congrats on getting the bike ride in! :D

  17. That is one really good-looking pork chop - can you post or send the recipe?

  18. My scale was a definite eye opener for me, I was eating MUCH more than single serving sizes! I think my portion control has been a HUGE part of my weight loss.

  19. I've got the same food scale - it's been invaluable, and I'll second the request for the pork-chop recipe!


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