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.
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!