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M is for Measuring Mistakes

M is for Measuring Mistakes

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Katie Squires

    I had been measuring and counting most things…but I am giving the eye ball method a go while on “maintenance” and like you if I start to see a weight gain will go back to it for a bit. I am trying really hard to think and ask myself…AM I FULL…AM I HUNGRY…trying to really get to know my body.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I feel like maintenance mode should have the components of what worked in order to lose the weight, but I don’t think it needs to be as strict. I tend to eye-ball a lot now. I am a little more lax and so far have not seen a change on the scale, so that’s good. I think it’s great that you are listening to your body and trying to learn what it needs!

  2. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Lisa. Sooo true. Its funny how the scale refects the effort of weighing and measuring. If you measure, you are rewarded, if you eyeball servings, not so much. As always, thanks for all your great info and wisdom. Have a good week.

  3. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    I tend to be a little backwards – I measure out meat and fruit but tend not to measure the things that really add up the most – like spoons into the peanut butter jar, an extra this or an extra that. It’s amazing the steps you need to take when your body is used to large portions. Gotta fill up with less calorie-dense foods and go from there.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good point!!! Peanut butter is a huge culprit. Eye-balling peanut butter is always a fail and at least 2 servings!

  4. Karen@WaistingTime

    I don’t eat crackers much anymore but will count them out if I do. Most of my food I just estimate. BUT not nuts! I weigh them carefully t only have one serving.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good call, Karen! I forgot about nuts. Nuts add up FAST and those definitely should not be “eye-balled.” While they are healthy, and healthier than most “snacks” out there, they are definitely high in calories.

  5. Lisa

    I do my best when I measure, and I prefer to weigh my food on a digital scale. I don’t like measuring out mayo, peanut butter, jelly or honey. I’ve probably eaten countless extra calories by eyeballing those items.

    I like the Portion Distortion picture! It would be great to print it out placemat size and laminate it.

    What are you doing with the calories you aren’t spending on candy during the week? Not using them at all? Eating dessert? Eating a little more throughout the day? Having a healthy snack instead? Congrats on staying away from the candy in the print room!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yeah I don’t really measure condiments, but most condiments I use aren’t super high in calories.

      Great questions! I was going to address them in a post next week! But the quick version: I do still eat dessert, just at home, in moderation, and I count the calories.

  6. Jill

    I lost all of my weight measuring and counting. Now that I am trying to lose those last few pounds I am not measuring or counting as much. I really need to go back to it. I have portion distortion for sure!!!! I just get so lazy about it and as I am not at my rock bottom anymore- I have a hard time motivating myself. *sigh*

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Me too, Jill! I was much more into measuring when I was trying to lose. Maybe that’s the trick you need to go back to until you reach goal?

      1. Jill

        It is the trick. I just don’t like it and I am being a baby about it. I need to get over it and just do it!!! (you can picture me with me arms crossed, pouting and kicking if you want) 🙂

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Oh I know. I’ve thrown that same tantrum!!! 🙂

  7. Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic

    Yes, I definitely measure! This is so key. I prefer weighing because it’s easier and more accurate.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What kind of scale do you use? I have a super cheap, very small scale that weighs ounces or grams. I wish I had a digital scale.

  8. Dan @ Essentials of Nutrition

    Have you tried the eyeball comparison tips? Like, a serving of protein is the size or your palm or a serving of pasta is the size or your fist. I usually follow that thinking. Curiiously, I’ve never actually tested to see how accurately I eyeball it….

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes Dan! I think it works pretty well. I do the palm thing a lot. With pasta, it’s a lot harder to eye-ball. But I don’t really eat a lot of pasta much anymore.

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