I can't believe that it's been a week since I've posted! Between reading several books. Running the girls to swim practice. Swim meets. Tennis practice. And my addiction to Farmtown on Facebook. My poor blog has suffered.
But. Today is a day I must post. I so want to succeed on this weight loss journey. And I am hoping that this once a week check in with you will help me.
My goal for this past week was to actually measure what went on my plate. And I must admit that my eyes were opened. I KNEW that what I was putting on my plate was larger than what I counted. But by how much? Oh, wow!
I went to a Pampered Chef party about a year ago and bought these glass prep bowls.They come in a set of six. With lids. And are great when you are cooking - so that you can measure out all your ingredients ahead of time. And not let something boil over or scald because you forgot to get something out already.
But what I noticed is that they have measuring guidelines on the side of the bowl.
So I can fill up my bowl with grapes. Or strawberries. Or half of it with rice. Or whatever side we are having with dinner.
But where it is really eye opening for me was with cereal.
I know that our portion sizes keep growing. And that what is a small coke - used to be considered a large size.
I know that our dinner plates are growing. And one of the things that I have started doing is eating off of the "salad" plate.
But this is my favorite bowl. It's deep. It's great for chili. And soup. And cereal. (Man...that is a horrible picture.)
This is what my bowl looks like with an actual serving of cereal (1 cup).
Kinda empty. And lonely. Because if I filled my bowl with cereal...I'd be eating FOUR servings instead of one.
So, I moved my cereal into the smaller bowl. The ones I usually use for the kids. Perfect fit.
And all my measuring paid off. I lost 2.1 pounds this week. Bringing the grand total to 7.9 pounds!
Goal for the week:
To keep measuring. To be better about writing EVERYTHING down. And to exercise. Somehow. Something. At least once.
Go get yourself motivated by reading the other Trim the Fat posts at Angie's spot. Or join us...and link yourself up!
So...what about you? How do you deal with portion control? Do you trick your brain by using smaller plates? Or even ordering kids meals when you are out?