Friday, June 15, 2012
Must Start Measuring
I really don't want to, but I need to start measuring. I see measuring as being too strict with how much one eats. It seems so restrictive. However, it has been important to me to eat healthy food and small portions to lose weight.
On the flip side, I've not been real strict with measuring or calling my lifestyle change a "diet." In my past a "diet" always equaled failure within a few months. This time around I decided it would be a lifestyle change and I wouldn't go overboard with "diet" rules like measuring out food. I did mention smaller portions and that has been important in my weight loss. I've also been practicing leaving behind some food on my plate. No more happy plates for me :)
But... I have noticed some splurges need to be cut back through measuring. For example: what is a serving of fat free sorbet? Oh, it is fat free so I'll take a bowl! Sadly enough a bowl is three servings. My major realization this week was with the cream I put in my coffee. I'm a weird nighttime coffee drinker. No, it doesn't keep me up. And I like a little coffee with my cream. So I said aloud to my mom, I wonder if I'm using the 1T that is a serving. 1T is 35 calories and 3g of fat. Oh, I'm certain I just put in a tablespoon. The more I thought about it the more certain I was that a measurement was needed. So I decided to have a second cup of coffee and this time measure out 1T of cream. Well, I was using way more than 1T. It was more like 2T and that amount of fat really adds up with two cups of coffee. I need to be more mindful of measurements. My new goal is to work on serving size/measurements during my summer break. Then if I get to where I can eyeball the servings, the measuring cups can go back in the cupboard.