Thursday, July 2, 2009

Trim the Fat Thursday

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?

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Jane In The Jungle said...

I do the smaller plate also.....but then have to resist seconds!!
Great job Kat!

Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...

Congratulations! I agree that measuring is a great way to keep track and to get an idea of what you're actually eating. Good luck with the rest of the week!

Jen said...

it is really eye opening, you are so right.

thatgirlblogs said...

I'm with you!

Swirl Girl said...

Good for you !!

CaraBee said...

Portion control. Ah, the bane of my existence. I am doing better, although still no where near where I should be. Whenever I measure stuff out, I'm like there is NO WAY that measly amount is a serving. Double it, NO, trip it!

Way to go on 2.1 pounds!!

Brandy said...


I'll have to start working on portions in the next couple of weeks.

Cereal is one of my worst areas, but I've been bringing a 2 cup size bowl to work and using it as a guide. That's not to say it doesn't get filled up sometimes but at least I know what I'm eating. (BTW, my teen eats out of a regular size bowl while we were using the much larger bowls at home too.)

And I have those bowls. I've never used them, but I have them so now I know what to use when I'm ready.

Elena said...

Good job!!! I thought about you all week and your WW-ing. Although, I still couldn't quite make myself do it.

I try to make myself just eat my kids' fries instead of ordering a large fry for myslef, but suddenly they've discovered how good fries are and want to eat them themselves. What's a girl to do? I've gotta have my fries! :)

Keep up the good work Kat. You can do it!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Kat! Keep it up!

Shannon said...

Yay you! 2.1 lbs is great!

It really is amazing to see what constitutes as a "portion"! Like Brandy, I'll work on that in the next coming weeks.

I do sometimes use salad plates for my dinner!

Finding Normal said...

I use a salad plate, too. I put the food on my plate, then go sit down, instead of having platters in front of me to keep nibbling from. That's about it. Good job this week!

LadyStyx said...

I use the smaller salad plates too, UNLESS I'm eating a mostly veggie meal. The bigger bowl there would be awesome for salads. Just use the spritzer dressings, use less cheese (and keep it fat-free or lo-fat), and get the fat-free croutons.

Susie said...

Great job on the weight loss!!

I love those Pampered Chef bowls!! They rock!!

Michelle said...

Wow, Kat, nicely done! That's hugely impressive. And it's amazing how quickly those portions grow when we aren't keeping an eye on them. I am a big fan of using small bowls and plates (as in the kids' ones from IKEA) and tiny spoons. Great job!

Lula! said...

I know.

Scott and I maintain that our issue is not with WHAT we eat, because for the most part, we eat very healthy. But we eat too much of the healthy. I admit it.

Maybe I should start measuring, too.


Rachael said...

The cereal thing totally got me too the first time I measured it! It's just another case of 'servings' being not really related to how much people eat, and the fact that we all eat too much. You are doing great!

Angie's Spot said...

Wow, GREAT results!!! I know you've got to be really psyched that the hardwork paid off. I switched from the dinner to salad plates last year and it definitely made a difference in my portion sizes. My problem now is just eating the wrong stuff altogether. I would much rather have a bowl of ice cream that a handful of carrots. Sigh.

texcindy said...

Yay you! I'm thinking of starting over Monday. good plan using the PC prep bowls. I remember when you had that show!

Firefly Mom said...

First off - congrats on the weightloss! Portion control is my biggest downfall as well. That, and the whole hating to work out thing ;) Maybe I should start posting about it, too, and that might be the motivation I need to kick it into high gear!

Scary Mommy said...

That's awesome!!! I really ought to get on board, I'm such a mess these days. I just can't seem to find the motivation. Or put down the chocolate.

jennifersusan said...

Yay! Isn't it nice to actually make some sort of progress? I would be over the moon to have lost that much. I've got a friend who measures everything she eats so she knows how many calories she's got to burn. She's been doing great, and says that measuring her food is the best thing she's ever done. I'm rooting for you!

Carrie said...

It's funny because before I started WW, I didn't think I ate too much and I thought I didn't eat unhealthy.

What a shock! I was wrong on both accounts. Too much fat, too many snacks, too many indulgences, and too large of portions.

Measuring is so important! I never thought I'd like having a food scale, but I like it quite a bit. It's a great tool!

Keep it up! I can't believe you lost two pounds in one week! I'm so jealous!

Claremont First Ward said...

Way to go!

I lost 30 lbs. over the course of a year in 2008. I was amazed how much I was consuming without realizing it. I certainly don't look at food the same anymore.......and I definitely had to exercise portion control. :)