Portion Check!

Isn’t there just something about a rainy Saturday morning that makes you want to lounge around in bed all day?  As I began to stir this morning, I listened to the delicate rain drops, did a little stretch, and noticed that my alarm clock only read 7:01 AM!! AHHH!

Why can’t I sleep in?? I feel cursed. I did FORCE myself to continue sleeping in one of those “conscious but unconscious” states, but it never lasts long. I always feel resentment when I glance over at Brandon who is still sleeping so peacefully. My anger builds because I just don’t understand why I can’t sleep more too!

Trying to lay in bed longer starts to work, but it seems that just as I begin to fall back in to another REM cycle, my tummy starts requesting breakfast. Go figure. As a male, Brandon says I should just ignore it and roll over. OH, come on… that starving feeling is hardly something I, as a female, can ignore. Please tell me my fellow females can relate!??

After much tossing and turning, I finally caved and poured myself a bowl of Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Raisin Granola. I start to get excited as I get closer to taking the first bite. With a satisfied smirk, I conclude that breakfast is WAY better than getting a few extra Zzzzz and get over my resentment. MMMmmmmMMMMmm.

This particular granola has only 3 grams of fiber per serving, and that’s NOT how you pick a healthy cereal!! BUT, it was on sale for $2.99 as opposed to Kashi Mountain Medley, which was $5.29 a box. I need to be a savvy shopper just as much as I need to be healthy.

So on to the point of this post. As I was fixing my cereal this morning, I decided I should point out that I always measure my portions. This is one of my best tips for how to lose weight or just maintain your weight.

As most of you have learned from my old blog, I quit my usual exercise routine due to some back problems. I think it’s been about 5 weeks now. While exercise is one of the best ways to keep your weight in check, when it is taken out of the equation, you have to be slightly more conscious of eating sensibly. Hence, I have been making an extra effort to keep portions in check. One of the things I have never stopped doing is utilizing my trusty measuring cups! With all the different sizes for cups, bowls, plates, etc…it can be very challenging to “eyeball” portions, even for those in the nutritional field. With that said, I will be the first to admit that I need my measuring cups to help me eat the right portion per the nutrition facts panel. I’m not very good at “eye balling.”

How do you keep your portions in check?????

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