Monday, April 23, 2012

Do You Weigh? (giveaway)

UPDATE: 5/4/12 -- This giveaway is now closed.  The winning comment is #5, Kenley!  I will contact you, but if you miss it, please e-mail me.  Thanks to all who entered... more giveaways are on the way!

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I'm going to talk about weight here.

Of food.

I thought I'd spare you details of my not-so-great progress in my "equilibrium" (aka, to lose 10 lbs) goal.  I actually haven't used my scale in a couple of months, somewhat out of fear.  I'm pretty sure I've returned to my starting point from last November, not like I was having a huge loss, but it's hard for me to move anywhere in the downward trajectory. 

Some days, my clothes don't fit well... and then some days, they seem to just fine.  And when I went wedding dress shopping, I didn't really have issues with how I looked, so I'm not really inclined to check my (lack of) progress.

But it's less about appearance rather than how lackluster my runs and other fitness endeavors have been... how the VP in my department mentioned me in his health and fitness blog, yet here I am, walking during my short runs, begging "The Ukrainian" to turn around when we go on longer ones, and doing little more than workout videos as a stranger to the gym.  I haven't been the best role model, for sure.

I've fallen into some bad habits -- cereal for breakfast instead of oats, not taking my lunchtime walks, being a wimp during my runs, and eating haphazardly.  Sometimes, I'm not even sure how many servings of things I've eaten.  An ounce of cheese is often a serving, but how much is that?!

This Oxo Good Grips Food Scale is a kitchen tool that I never thought I'd use, but it is really good for things like moderating my portions.  Most of all, I don't have to glaze over whenever I see a recipe (like THIS soufflé) that calls for "oz" or "grams" of ingredients.  I sometimes make things that require a certain weight of ingredients (rather than volume, e.g., 1/2 cup), lest the balance between wet and dry is thrown off, and the final product is either too dry or too sticky.

Not anymore.

The bottom tray pulls out so you can put a bigger bowl on the scale and still see the measurement.  I sometimes just put stuff directly on top (and wipe it off afterward, of course!).


Want one?  I was sent a food scale just like this one to give away (U.S. residents only, sorry).  Requires two AAA batteries (not included).

To enter, leave a comment by the end of May 4 telling me how you do/would use a food scale.

Extra entries (+1 each)
- follow my blog (and comment)
- follow me on Twitter -- @nobel4lit (and comment)

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FTC Disclaimer: I was sent this scale to review for free from Oxo (as part of the Foodbuzz program) and was not otherwise compensated to provide a particular review or host a giveaway of the product.

27 comments:

Lizzy said...

Following your blog!

Lizzy said...

Following you on twitter @Drkharlequin

Taryn said...

I would totally use the scale to measure better portion sizes. Sometimes it is hard to tell how much I should actually be eating!

Taryn said...

Also...I follow your blog! :)

Kenley said...

I follow your blog and I follow you on twitter. I just last week started a diet and it requires that I know exactly how much stuff weighs. All this grams and stuff. Would be very nice to use as I try and get off 30 more pounds.

Stacey said...

I follow your blog and have always wanted a scale as I do not have a clue as to portion size which probably explains my extra 10 lbs.

Alex said...

I'm following your Twitter and I've got your blog in my Google reader (not sure if that counts?)

I would love a food scale to improve my vegan baking. I'm hoping to start a small business of delicoius, healthful vegan treats...but even if it doesn't come to fruition, I love sharing with friends and family who ask for "regular" cookies. A food scale would increase the consistency of my recipes and improve textures and moisture.

Also, measuring pasta is IMPOSSIBLE! Did you know the bag gives nutrition facts for 3/4 cup of dry pasta? Who cooks only 3/4 cup of pasta at a time??

cindylu said...

I have a food scale and use it to measure food occasionally. I had little idea of what 3 oz of chicken breast was and was surprised to see it was more than I thought. Anyway, my scale is tiny, so I'd use a knew one to measure all the food. Or something.

Jesse - Run To The Border said...

I follow your blog (although I usually use Google Reader on my phone to read blogs during my train commute, and I haven't figured out a good way to comment from my phone, but I do read your blog!)

I used a manual scale with a dial to measure out my food last year, so I could figure out how many calories I was eating. I'd like to do that again, but the manual scale was a b*tch. This looks much easier!

Clair said...

Oh man...I would make a gazillion European recipes that are measured with weights. (Which seems so much smarter...scoop right into the bowl!)

KLed said...

I would use the scale to help me with my weight loss goal. I am never 100 percent sure of what things weigh and this would be a huge help!

marina said...

The scale would be great to help me get into shape and loose weight as I train for my first 5K.., and hopefully more thereafter

Ashley Udoh said...

I've been trying to get my family into a healthier eating routine especially since high blood pressure and diabetes is a big problem in our family. Like you said when a recipe gives measurements in ounces or pounds I have to "guestimate" which isn't the best way to go. The scale wouldn't just be for me, but my entire family.

amandawk said...

I would use it to measure what I am eating. I'm trying to eat healthier.
amandarwest atgmaildotcom

amandawk said...

I follow on twitter @amandawk

Alicia Arnold said...

I bake daily (plus cook at least 1-2 meals a day)! I would use it for everything!

alicia.arnold@ymail.com

Alicia Arnold said...

I follow your blog

Alicia Arnold said...

twitter follower @aliciaarnold

Anonymous said...

i would use the scale to portion out food servings
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B. Wilson said...

I'd use a food scale to measure out snacks. I am the worst at giving myself more... Hah.

sandyandcosmo said...

I would use it to try some of those tricky European recipes that call for exact measurement of ingredients by weight!

B. Wilson said...

following your twitter brandylwilson

suburban prep said...

It would help in dividing out the fish or the meat for the ounces and weight. This way because it is less expensive to purchase in bulk then I can freeze thing individually.

SS said...

I'd use a food scale to be a better cook/baker. With it, i'd be able to weigh everything out instead of just measuring it.

~ Cee ~ said...

I'd use a scale in my quest to be healthier. While I tend to use measuring cups and spoons now, I feel that a scale would be far more accurate. Also, I have a number of recipes from a UK-published cookbook that I'd love to make, but don't want to work out all of the conversions beforehand. Thanks for this giveaway!
ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

~ Cee ~ said...

I follow on Twitter
@CeeVegNashville
ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Ashley said...

We weigh our protein and carb sources.

mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com