One Foot in Front of the Other

Some days it’s a struggle to get out of bed and spring into action.

Ok some weeks.  Or some seasons.

Take me for example.   For the past few mornings I’ve found myself wanting to curl up under the covers and hit snooze until my alarm loses its will to go on.  I think I’m mourning the end of summer, even though the weather hasn’t changed yet.  There’s something about the end of August that just symbolizes the retirement of my happy-go-lucky, flip flop wearing, beach-going self.

Oh, summer, you were good to me.

Moving on.

So what’s a girl to do when she feels her motivation flagging?

My M.O. is pretty simple, actually.

Just put one foot in front of the other.

Whenever I overthink (or think at all) about something I don’t want to do, I inevitably don’t do it.  Usually I’m all about being consciously thoughtful, but that really doesn’t work with the things that I know I should do (or straight up have to do) that I’m having a tough time executing.

So when my alarm goes off in the morning I try not to think about the sleep I could get if I skipped a 45 minute workout.  I just put my feet on the ground and trudge to the bathroom to brush my teeth.

When I’m out on the running path shooting for a sub 30 minute 5K I try not to think about the discomfort I’m feeling.   I (literally) just put one foot in front of the other.

After a long day of work and all I want is nutritionally void comfort food I just get the veggies out of the fridge and start chopping.  Knife stroke after knife stroke.

This one might be the best.  Because at the end of the day when you make yourself a heapin’ plate o’ veggies, things have a way of feeling just a little bit…better.

As much as I love a good plate of fries or chicken wings (and I definitely enjoy those, too), it’s the healthy food that I cook myself that motivates me to keep the other parts of my life on track.

So tonight I roasted up some sweet potato and broccoli (my vegetable homies) and rice with caramelized onion, sundried tomatoes and a bit of basil pesto.

Now, granted this is an entirely vegetarian meal and I felt pretty good about eating a plate piled high of it, but sometimes it helps to keep my portion sizes in check.

Lucky for me, the nice people at Eat Smart products sent me their Precision Pro kitchen scale to test out.

**full disclosure:  this product was given to me gratuit (ie, fo’ free) but my opinions are entirely my own**

I’m pretty horrible at gauging how much a serving of grains or pasta is.  Or bread.  Or chips.  Really, any carb.  I like carbs, what can I say?  My delusional self would like to believe that 5 cups of tortilla chips is a serving.  But, sadly, this isn’t the case.

So I thought I’d try out the scale to measure my rice.  For reference, this is the size of the plate:

Next to my tiny elf hand.  This measured to about 80 grams (the scale also converts to kilograms, ounces and pounds), which is a little more than a 1/3 of a cup.  Since 1/2 cup of grains is a serving, I was actually under a serving size!  I was shocked and proud of myself!

The scale is really easy to use.  It has an on/off switch, and you can tare the scale with one button (so that you could put a plate on the scale, hit “tare” and then weigh your food on the plate instead of directly on the scale), and it’s easy to switch between measurement units.  It also comes with a cool booklet that converts your portion into calories, so it’s great if you’re into calorie counting.

The size of the scale is pretty small, so it’ll be easy to find it a home in my kitchen.  I think it would also be really handy for measuring meats and fish.

The scale doesn’t do any magic tricks and it probably won’t do your dishes for you, but it’s a cool little product to have around for when you need some help staying on track.

Here’s the cool part:

Leave me a comment telling me how you stay on track with your nutrtion/fitness/work goals when you feel your motivation drooping and I’ll get your your own Eat Smart kitchen scale!

I’ll announce the winner (chosen at random) later in the week!

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11 thoughts on “One Foot in Front of the Other

  1. I really can’t believe it’s September. It’s unbelieveable how quickly this summer has gone. 😦

    I know a lot of people use those scales. I think they’d be fun to try- because I’m a girl who just kind of eyeballs it, too…

  2. Seriously sometimes it’s just about doin’ tha damn thang!! 🙂
    your dinner looks icredible- and yep a heaping pile of veggies can be just amazing.

  3. I found your blog recently and am really enjoying it. I’ve always wanted to try one of the food scales.

    My biggest trick for staying on track or getting back on track with nutrition is writing everything down. Its really just a way to hold myself accountable.

  4. Oh how I would love a food scale like that one! when i lose motivation I re-focus on writing down what I eat. This allows me to make sure that I’m getting in some good veggies and keeps me from mindlessly munching!

  5. when I get off track or if I have an unusually busy week ahead, I SCHEDULE my workouts. It totally works! 🙂

    Food diaries have worked for me in the past. 🙂

  6. Measuring cups…I could eat a whole box of cereal in a sitting (and have), but when I measure out a serving I really see what I should eat. This also teaches me that I would rather have a satisfying bowl of oatmeal for 200 cals than a little handful of cereal and splash of milk.

  7. This week it has been so hard to get up with the weather, especially today and tomorrow is going to be the same. Rain makes it so nice to sleep. I live out in the burbs of chicago.
    When it comes to staying on track or getting focused I schedule everything and I mean everything. I color code my schedule(little ocd goin on). When it comes to food I just remeber not to punish myself and just plan out meals a week at a time.

  8. To get back on track with nutrition, I usually will just go and buy a lot of fruit and veggies at the grocery store. And because I don’t want to waste my money, I’m gonna have to eat them! Plus, I won’t get any sweets or anything. And I usually will stray away from going out to dinner. If I eliminate sweets from my diet then I find that that REALLY helps, hehe. I’m just addicted to sweets 🙂
    Your vegetarian meal looks delicious by the way! Yumm for the rice with pesto and caramelized onions!

  9. I think a scale would help me portion out certain foods–things that are not so easy to shove in a measuring cup 🙂
    I tend to use measuring tools to keep things in check, along with writing down my daily eats.

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