A little over a year ago, the seeds were planted for a couple of major lifestyle changes. I started slow but on March 19, 2013 when my blood pressure reached 181/104 I sprung into immediate action. One of my lifestyle changes was to get fit and with that came a few dietary changes. Now, I am one of those who a) doesn't believe in dieting and b) have never had a need to diet. I've always hovered within the normal weight range simply cutting back on portion size and increasing activity if my jeans felt a bit tight. That's it and by all accounts our diet that relies heavily on home cooked from scratch and avoiding a lot of food additives is healthier than some but there is always room for improvement. I started with small changes, putting one step in front of the other, dealing with the little setbacks. In October of 2013 while at our vacation home, I had a bad reaction to MSM, a dietary supplement I was having excellent results from. The weight gain put me right at the upper limit of my normal! I stopped the MSM and during the three weeks home before returning to Florida, I joined My Fitness Pal (November 2013) to aid me in my journey towards personal fitness for mind, body, soul.
I am using a flexible eating plan called IIFYM (if it fits your macros). The macros are fat, proteins, and carbs. I track fibre aiming for at least 25 g of fibre daily and sodium. My daily calorie goal is 1,200 without exercise which creates a 330 cal deficit. My daily macro goals are 30% fat, 20% proteins, and 50% carbohydrates. Calories burned via exercise are added back in and are meant to be consumed. IIFYM means absolutely no food is off limits. I could eat 1,200 cal worth of jelly beans in a day and still lose weight BUT jelly beans would only give my carbs not fat or protein so in that quantity they do not fit my macros although a couple would fit. If I burn enough calories to eat a bowl of ice cream and it fits my macros, then no problem. Basically, if I burn 500 calories in exercise then my total daily goal becomes 1,700 cal with the macros adjusted to values that reflect that change. IIFYM actually encourages you to make healthy food choices so it becomes a lifestyle change as opposed to simply going on a diet.
I have two kitchen scales. Both weigh in metric and Imperial. The larger scale weights up to 3 kg. It is suitable for weighing larger amounts of foods in 10 g increments. I have used this scale for a number of years in home canning and soaping. Home canning recipes are often given in pounds or kilograms of fruit or vegetable, weight or cups of prepared fruit or vegetable, or volume measurements (eg. cups, tablespoons). Most of my specialty home canning recipes like salsa are in weight measures because it means I can accurately reproduce that recipe exactly the same each time I make it. The smaller glass digital scale is The Biggest Loser by Taylor. It weighs up to 5 kg. This scale is suitable for weighing larger weights as well as smaller amounts in 1 g increments. I use it for weighing foods and ingredients for my homemade lotions and toiletries.