Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Gadget Love/Gadget Hate: Scales

These are my favorite scales.  I still use the antique one when I am processing tomatoes from the garden.  It's a little off, but I'm not going for precision when I use the old one.

Michael Ruhlman, and his book Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, convinced me that I needed to get a digital scale.  It's helped me produce some pretty awesome loaves of bread this winter. Weighing, instead of measuring, especially flour, really does make a difference in the final product.

It's been a long, snowy winter.  There's been a lot of activity in my kitchen, some of it documented here.  There's been some great restaurant meals, notably the chef's table tasting menu at Crop Bistro.  

But there must be something wrong my my washing machine and dryer, because my clothes are shrinking.

Which brings me to the scale I hate - the one gathering dust on the bathroom floor.  I ignored it for months.  I've worked up a good sweat at the gym most days, and played the mind game that many fall for it, that I was at least breaking even.  I'm not.  Clearly input has exceeded output.  

It wouldn't be so bad, the five pounds gained since fall, but they've joined forces with the five pounds from last winter.  The resulting family reunion isn't pretty.  Adding insult to injury is the undeniable fact, that like some blubbery teutonic shift, the weight that has been here all along has settled in new and more uncomfortable places.  Ahh, the joys of aging and perimenopause: twice the PMS and cravings, double the bloating, with an occasional bought of unexpected fire.  

I tried denial.  That didn't really work.  I tried a few halfhearted attempts at restarting Weight Watchers.  That didn't work.  I contemplated accepting my fluffy fate.  My blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar are good.  I exercise regularly.  

I lost over 20 pounds on Weight Watchers ten years ago and achieved 'lifetime' member status by attending meetings.  I started exercising for the first time in my life then, and I have maintained that habit ever since.  I still follow many of the principles taught by WW, where fiber,and fruits and veggies are your best friends.  I always liked that the plan allows you to really eat anything you want, in moderation.  The eliminate entire food groups and all or nothing approach never works for me.  

The one approach I can't go along with this time is the 'skinny girl' approach to substituting highly processed 'treats' with questionable ingredients for the sake of saving calories and points.  

True story - I recently received a coupon for a free six pack of Fiber One Yogurt.  When I looked at the ingredient list, I probably audibly gasped right in the dairy aisle.  Sure, low calories, thanks to the aspartame and other yuck.  I left the coupon for someone willing to go there.  I'm just not there anymore.  I got fat the old fashioned way; I'll lose weight the same way.  

I'll caveat and say that I suppose if I had more than 10-15 pounds to lose, I'd be tempted, but I really think it's important to learn how to eat real food and deal with the consequences.  Butter and I haven't gotten divorced, we're just temporarily not seeing each other. I'm sure bread and cheese are going to miss me for awhile, but we'll be reunited eventually.  

If you are on Weight Watchers and want to swap some recipes or tips, please feel free to hop over to my Dine-In Diva Personal Chef Service Facebook fan page.  On the discussions tab I've started a topic for Weight Watchers. 

Here's to loving all of the scales in the house by summer!

1 comment:

  1. Great post!

    Don't worry about butter, cheese and bread -- they'll welcome you back with open arms, when you're ready.

    I'm also with you on not going into the realm of the fake foods like the 100 calorie snack packs and Fiber One stuff. All natural is better by far.

    (cue music: You're gonna make it after all... (throw beret in the cold Ohio air).)


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