Back to Basics: Measuring & Water Guzzling :)

I'm a boring breakfast person 90 percent of the time because I tend to eat what I know is 1) good for me 2) works in my daily calories and fat gram plan and 3) is EASY!  So... voila... this morning I actually measured out my 2/3 cup of fat free Vanilla yogurt (I like Dannons Light & Fit), 10 fresh raspberries, and 1/4 cup of Kashi's GoLean Crunch.  And, since I was working from home today, I mixed and ate it right from the measuring cup! *grin*

Food scales don't need to be expensive. But they ARE important!  I've had my handy little food scale that cost less than $10 for a couple of years and it works wonderfully!  It has a 'zero out' button that allows me to put a bowl on the scale, hit the 'zero out' and then add the food so I don't have to worry about subtracting the bowl's weight from the total.  Who needs to be doing math more than counting calories? lol   An example of how I use it was for today's soup & sandwich lunch... I measured out 2.5 oz of lean ham to add to my 100 calorie Flatout Bread Rosemary & Olive Oil Foldit.  Have you tried these yet? Oh good heavens they are 100 calories of delicious!  I'm going to try to get the company to send us some coupons to giveaway! ;) 

I've been running up and down my stairs today at home doing the 100 oz of water. I'm usually at the office and the ladies room is right down the hall!  For me, I use the half your body weight rule when drinking water.  So if you weight 220 lbs., try to get in 110 oz of water.  That's a lot of water and you're going to be seeing your ladies room often, but it is worth it. If you weigh 110 lbs, though, you should aim for 64 oz daily, that's the standard.

Also, take a close look at your water bottles and take the time to measure your different sizes of water glasses.  I thought, for the longest time, that the glass in this photo held 1/2 cup of water.  It holds 8 oz. A full cup.  Whoops.  And the water bottle in my photo when filled to the top is 32 oz even though the measurement on the side shows 24 ounces of water.  So know your 'vessels'! :)  Also, I keep my Brita water bottle filled and on the counter rather than in the frig.  Makes it easier to grab and a great visual reminder to Drink Up! :)

Not too late to join the March Back to Basic Challenge, friends... just let me know if you're "in"! Thanks for everyone joining through comments and on Twitter and Facebook! : )

Here's to our health!
Jan / HealthyLoserGal 


Suz and Allan March 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM  

I went back to tracking everything in my WW app on Valentine's and so far so good. Hope March is a great month for you!

HealthyLoserGal March 3, 2012 at 8:46 PM  

I've heard good things about the WW app and how easy it is to use! Good for you for 2+ weeks of doing great...keep up the great work! :)

Heather Truckenmiller March 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM  

I love My Fitness Pal for tracking-

The friends feature is probably my favorite thing - it is one more layer of accountability. The friends feature works like a very, very simplified facebook... with a news feed showing me latest activity (work outs, whether or not the food diary was completed that day, weigh ins...) and the "profiles" shows how much each friend has lost, beside their name and photo. You can post statuses, and send messages too.

AND it tracks my calories, nutrition, work outs, and posts to facebook and twitter. I love it. The web version has more features, I recommend setting it up on the web, but then I use the app on my phone for day to day use.

LDR March 12, 2012 at 6:21 AM  

I'm on WW and have the yogurt parfait almost daily...sometimes with the Kashi...sometimes without (if I have my oatmeal early morning!). 5 points with the Kashi.