January 11, 2010

Fresh Start: New Year, New Decade

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A few weeks ago I was browsing through the comments section of this blog, as I often do- I love clicking on the blog links and taking a peek- reading your posts, sharing in your stories and getting to know you a little better! :) I came across something on New Year’s Resolutions that I’ve been thinking about ever since- and I wanted to share it here. This is from Sarah at The Strength of Faith:

I work with a girl who absolutely loves Mondays. LOVES them. She says they give her a fresh start. Mondays that start a new month are even better. We were both at work yesterday and were thinking about coming into work next week. Not only will we be coming in on a Monday, but it will be Monday, January 4, 2010. We will be starting a new WEEK, MONTH, YEAR and DECADE. I think this is the perfect opportunity to start fresh; to make one attainable resolution (read: ONE and ATTAINABLE) and to focus on how that one resolution can feed into the other parts of your life.

New year, new decade. A fresh start. I love that!

After posting about my weight loss story last November, I heard from many of you how you wanted to try it- after the holidays, of course! A fresh start in the new year. I have even heard from a couple of you how the first week went- someone lost 3 lbs! Success! :)

I love getting those emails- hearing your success stories, sharing tips, answering any questions I can, hopefully helping out a little! :) I noticed a lot of you had the same questions (and I was beginning to sound like a broken record! :)) – so I thought I’d share a few of those answers here, in case anyone else was wondering! :)

The Most Frequently Asked Question: What do you snack on during the day?

Grapes – they’re Kevin’s absolute favorite. I learned this trick from his mom and aunt- they keep a bowl of fresh grapes out on the counter almost all the time. Whenever you walk through the kitchen, you grab a couple of grapes. It helps keep you feeling full, you’re not looking for other (possibly unhealthier) stuff to snack on, and they’re just plain easy and fun to munch on. :)

Frozen blueberries – a 1/2 cup of these with just a little spoon of cool whip… YUM! A great late-night, low calorie sweet treat.

Clementines – my new obsession. They’re like tangerines, but smaller and sweeter. And super easy to peel- it practically just falls right off. And best of all- no seeds! You can just pop a slice in one after the other. And apparently they have amazing healing powers- I was getting a sore throat right after Christmas, and I was crushed- a sore throat for me is *always* the first sign of a cold. But I ate three clementines that night and the next morning the sore throat was completely gone- and I never came down with a cold. Coincidence? Who knows?? :)

Bananas/fruit – Filling. Low cal. My mid-morning snack of choice.

Granola bars/yogurt – I love granola bars and yogurt, but they’re just not all that filling for me. I eat one and 30 mins later I’m hungry again. lol. I eat these as an afternoon snack when I just need something light to tide me over until dinner.

Popcorn – I was never a huge popcorn person before, but now I love it. It’s definitely my favorite late night snack. My favorite is Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter- let me tell you, it tastes *way* better than any popcorn I’ve ever gotten at the movie theatre! :) It’s so buttery you don’t need to add extra butter- and at only 70 calories in 2 cups of popcorn- it’s way, way better for you too! :) When I’m in the mood for something sweet, I reach for kettle corn- sweet and salty. :D Yum.

My Best Tip: Don’t skip breakfast!

I had to really work on Kevin about this one- he was never a huge breakfast person and had every excuse out there! :) “But I’m just not hungry in the mornings”, “I don’t have time to eat before work”, “But eating first thing in the morning just makes me feel hungrier during the day!” (Huh??) But studies show that, even if you eat the same number of calories, you burn more calories if you spread them out over the day, rather than eating them all in one or two meals. So now Kevin eats oatmeal in the morning before work and has a granola bar for a mid morning snack. Starting your day with whole grains and spreading your calories out over the whole day helps keep you feeling fuller longer and keeps your metabolism boosted. (Note: I am so not even close to being an expert in this area- I’m just repeating things I’ve heard that have been true in my experience! :))


A Little Help: from EatSmart

I had this food scale on my Christmas wish list- not just for calorie counting purposes- but also for baking and other recipes that measure ingredients by weight. Imagine my shock when a few weeks before Christmas, EatSmart contacted me and offered to send me the exact scale on my wishlist! :) I have used this little thing almost every day since getting it in the mail- it pretty much lives on my counter! Definitely my favorite thing about it is how small and lightweight it is- it hardly takes up any room. Which makes it perfect for leaving out on the counter, or storing easily in any cabinet, drawer, or small space if company’s coming over. ;)

The most useful feature is the scale’s tare (zero) function- you just put a bowl or plate on the scale, turn it on, and it eliminates or “zeros out” the weight of the plate- so you can load it up with whatever you’re weighing. Then if you want, you can zero it out again and add more! :) It’s great for snacks- that way I don’t have to dirty up a measuring cup or something- just the bowl I’m eating out of. The digital display is big and easy to read- even if there’s a large plate of food on the scale- and it’s definitely an upgrade from the old-fashioned analog scale I was using! :) I mostly weight things in ounces and lbs, but you can also weight in grams and kilograms- which will come in handy with a few baking recipes I have.

Kevin loves it because it weighs items up to 11 lbs- made shipping all our Christmas packages a snap! :)

Not only did EatSmart offer to send me one to try out- they sent one to give away! :) It comes in 5 different colors- and you get to pick! :)

We have a winner!!! :)

Congratulations to #126 Teale! :)


Congrats, Teale!! And War Eagle!! :)

To Enter the Giveaway…

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post! :) If you have a blog journaling your weight loss, and feel comfortable leaving a link to it in the comments, I’d love to check it out! :) If you have a recipe you know will use this scale for, LEAVE IT!! :) I want to try it too!! :D If this was your first Monday to weigh in, and you had success, I’d love to hear about it! :) And if you made any new year’s resolutions, I’d love to hear them too. :)

The Deadline…

The contest will run until Wednesday, January 13 at noon CST. The winner of this giveaway will receive one EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale™ in the color of your choice! :) The winner will be chosen by his or her comment number (using Random.org’s number generator) and announced on this post on Wednesday. Check back to see if you’re the winner!! :)


By the way, what was my New Year’s Resolution? For a fresh start, this new year, the new decade?

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you- not because they are nice, but because you are.
Author Unknown

Boy, have I already blown that one. A couple of times! And it’s only the 11th. :P But today’s a new day- a new week, even. A fresh start.

Here we go!

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Steph January 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I love reading your blog and would LOVE winning the scale! My doctor recently told me to “get taller, or lose weight”. LOL I am 4’10 and – well – sorry I just can’t mention the weight – but suffice it to say its too much for my little frame! Thanks for the great giveaway and for having such a fun blog to read!

Linda January 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I love your snack tips and ideas. Never thought to leave grapes out to snack on like that. Super idea and something I am going to try. My resolution this year was to be kinder to myself. I always put everyone else at the top of the list and get upset because I feel left out so now one day a week I am doing things I want to do above what everyone else wants. And it is amazing how much better I feel about myself and energized I am to do for others too.

Elizabeth January 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm

That is such a nifty gadget! I’m sure that would come in such handy for baking. I love clementines, they’re such a great snack.

snarflemarfle January 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Great tips! Now I want some grapes!

(and technically, I think the new decade starts next year…but whatever works!)

Sarai January 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Oooooh, I love a good giveaway, and this one is goooood! I just started Weight Watchers for the 2nd time today. My first go round, I lost 30 pounds in about 7 months…and gained 25 of them back over the course of 2 years. Ugh. But, like you said, it’s a new day! Here’s to losing those 25 pounds (again) and maybe even a few more!!

terri in tx January 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I love that new thought~ each Mon. is a new day, a new start!

My goal this 2010 is to keep things picked up and plan/fix more meals at home. I seem to get busy during the day doing errands and then not in the mood to figure out dinner… This gives me the readiness for a new day and a new start!

Lydia January 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

LOVE that scale! And, love your ideas for snacking and weight loss. I’m beginning my own journey this year too!

Arena January 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Oh my gosh, what a great giveaway! Your story is so inspiring. I am really glad to hear your snack tips. I have such a hard time because I am a traveling sales rep — I hardly have time to eat lunch, let alone breakfast! Your snack suggestions are great because I can take them in the car!

My blog isn’t about losing weight or anything, but I just started it last month and I think I’ve come a long way. Your blog and tutorials have been a big help!


Thanks again!

Kerry January 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

You are such an inspiration. I think I’m going to look for some clementines…I have a Disney trip planned in 3 weeks and the extra Vitamin C will probably come in handy! I’ve never had one and I LOVE anything fruity!

Vicki M January 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Oh, I’ve been looking for a good reliable digital scale!

Jackie January 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

What a FUN kitchen gadget!! I can only imagine how many times it would come in handy…I would love to win it! :)

Demetria January 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Amanda…thanks so much for the great snack ideas… I haven’t had a clementine… I’m gonna have to check the grocery store for that one.

Thanks for the chance for the scale…


alyssa January 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Boy, did I need a pep talk today, good timing Amanda! I “fell off the wagon” a bit after eating 2 slices of pizza, did soo good all day too…oh well, new start tomorrow and that scale would be a great help! We do share our love of clementines, totally addicted, started when i was pregnant and my husband had to buy them by the box full!

Angela January 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I want it!!!

Denise January 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I have been wanting one of those

Natalie January 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Oooooh, that scale is awesome! The “zero” feature is genius. One of my resolutions is to track all of my calories and this scale would come in super helpful!

What a great tip to keep grapes on the kitchen counter! I just added them to my shopping list for next week, thanks!!!

By the way, have you ever tried frozen grapes? Just throw a bunch in the freezer and they make a great snack. Even better in the summer!

Ashlee January 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm

This would be awesome!! I’m a HUGE Alton Brown fan and he ALWAYS uses a scale to measure ingredients–I would definitely make a lot more of his stuff if I had this! I wish it came in PINK! :) PS: I love the new outlook on Mondays… I always dread them and complain about the weekend going by too fast, but if I had this outlook my Mondays (and life!) would be so much better! Actually… I just bought a mirror at Goodwill that I plan on painting with Chalkboard paint and making it into a cool “quote board” of sorts–I think my first one will be reminding me that Mondays are a fresh start. Awesome. :) Love your resolution, too. Already put it up as my Facebook status to share it with the world. :) Love it.

Debbie January 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I loved your first weight loss post, and saved it to Evernote for frequent reference.
Thanks for this new post! You look fabulous! Kevin too!! LOL! And your dogs are adorable! I also agree that Clementines are delicious!! Please keep us posted on any new weight loss revelations. Btw… love your fonts too… have them all! :)

Kelly January 11, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Congrats on your weight loss. This is so very nice of you to do a give-a-way. Have a GREAT new year…and a healthy one!!

Is there a recipe for the candies pecans? They look divine!!

Candice S. in Colorado January 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Amanda! You really and truly inspire me! I was not going to make any “resolutions” this year, however, after reading your weight loss success story, I had to jump on the bandwagon. I am 36, currently unemployed, and have gained a lot of weight over the past 6 months due to depression and having too much time on my hands! Before my job loss in was in a size 6 (which fit nice and lose) and after time started passing by, I knew I was gaining weight, I just didn’t know how much. I didn’t even want to know!

Long story short, I got out a journal and docmented all of the things in my life that I absolutely LOVE and then jotted down all of the things that I didn’t love so much. The common theme among the things I didn’t like all had to do with health, weight, and excersise. It’s amazing how these three things can affect you so negatively in profound way if you’re not taking care of yourself.

My plan:
1) Eliminate Soda completely! I was drinking way too much, so much that I don’t even dare say just HOW much!!
2) Excersise every single day! Even if it’s just a brisk walk or riding my stationary bike…the goal is to be mobile!
3) Change my eating habits 100%!!! I would go days without eating anything and then when I did eat, it wasn’t anything healthy.

If I adhere to these three things, I am quite certain I’ll be back into a size 6 by summer! It’s only be 10 days (I started on Jan 2) and I can already feel a huge difference. Eating properly has helped me not feel tired ALL the time! This giveaway you’re doing is so crazy because I was literally just on a website trying to build a “meal chart” and so many of the items they had listed needed to be weighed, and well, being unemployed I knew I wasn’t going to be running out and buying a food scale anytime soon, so I found your post to be quite ironic!

Thanks for all you do! You have no idea how many lives you touch. You are a gem!


Candice in Colorado

Tina Marie Brown January 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I just started a new way of eating—I am not calling it a diet—I have let my weight get the best of me and now I have about 110 pounds to lose…it worries me that I will not be able to do it but I am determined this time. I love your blog and I would love to win the scale. Thank you for the giveaway.

Amber Flowers January 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Dude! That scale sounds SOOO handy! Now I want one :)

Rebecca January 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm

That scale looks awesome!

I would love to see more blog or photography tutorials. Please!?!

Kim January 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Loved your weight loss story – I am going to try drinking only water this year. It should make a huge difference because I am a soft drink addict! Hope I win the scale, I can incorporate it into my hebits too.

Kerri January 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm

First let me say that I just love your blog :) I have a 4 1/2 year old Boston Terrier and I love seeing the pictures of yours! I have not actually made a resolution to lose weight or anything, but I am definitely trying to eat better this year. I still have about 30 pounds of baby weight from my 3-year old daughter that I REALLY need to lose! Going on a cruise in October, and I want to be in better shape! I was thinking to myself just the other day that it sure would be useful to have a little scale to measure my food more easily!

Jessi January 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

This year I decided to make it a goal to give people the benefit of the doubt. I have caught myself on numerous occasions judging people harshly and I don’t even realize it! So, I am now working on making an effort to keeping everyone on even ground. So far, so good!

Paz January 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

hey amanda!
I’m a HUGE FAN!I love your recipes, your awesome pictures… and best of all the cutest scrap fonts and freebie kits!!!!!!!!!!!!
I CAN’T wait for you to post a NEW ONE!! =) PLEASE?!

Kelley January 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

This looks like a great scale! I have one, but it only weighs up to 5lbs. I like using it for cooking, but my husband even uses it for measuring out coffee grounds for the french press! My goal is to finish my already started projects before starting any new ones…it is so hard…but so far so good :)

michelle January 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I definitely need all the help I can get as my resolution for 2010 was to drop some weight as well.

tina January 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm

i have always wanted a food scale!!

Brianna January 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I would love, love, love a kitchen scale! I’m in culinary school right now and all of my baking recipes are measured by weight; having a scale would make my delicious baked goods better (measuring by volume instead of weight turns out a completely different product). Thanks for the weight loss posts, they’re definitely some great motivation for me because I’m about to embark on the path to my own weight loss goal.

Karen B. January 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I’ve enjoyed reading your story and it has inspired me. For now portion control is attainable and that is my goal. I’ve done weight watchers and it worked so I know what to do…I just have to do it. Thanks for listing your snacks…that’s my weakness!

Linda January 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I started a Wii exercise and calorie counting diet on Jan 1, and the EatSmart scale would be such a help to keep track of the calories. Thanks for letting us know about it!

Melissa Reuss January 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Great giveaway! Thanks for offering it. Eating healthy is on my list of things to change in my life. I am good about many things, but fail miserably on others. Maybe this scale will help. Thanks!

Mandy January 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

What a cool little scale! I would love to win. That’s a really cute penguin bowl too.

Cary January 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Okay Amanda, I REALLY need that scale! I have gained 30 pounds since quitting smoking (will be 2 years 1/14/10) and I have got to lose some of this flab!!!!
Win or not, I love you blog and WAR EAGLE!!

Stephanie January 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I too would love that scale!
A really good popcorn is the PopSecret HomeStyle…. 35 cals a cup and it taste like homemade!
I love your blog :)

Janice January 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I have been wanting a scale for a while now!! I am trying to lose weight for my best friend’s wedding in April. This scale would really help!

Alecia January 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

This is a great giveaway! It comes at a perfect time, too–with many of us including weight loss goals in our New Year’s Resolutions. As a college student, I tend to “graze” during the day and eat whatever is fast and at hand. This scale would make it easier to measure out food to make my meals healthier! Thank you!

gail January 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm

The scale would be handy when we are trying to maintain portions control;
The scale would be handy for measuring ingredients for baking;
The scale would be handy when I need to see how much yarn I have used for a knitting project;
The scale would be handy for weighing letters, cards and pkgs before going to the post office.

This scale would be handy! I hope I win!
Thanks for the chance to win one! Is there a stainless steel one?

Angela January 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm

This would be so handy to keep around in my kitchen!

Kelly Weekes January 11, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I have loved following your blog and I really enjoyed your weight loss stories. I lost about 35 pounds a few years ago and I know how hard it can be and what a huge accomplishment it is.

Also, thank for the great fonts and wonderful photography tips.


Abby January 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I love your blog! I didn’t make any New Years Resolutions this year, but this is a big year for me! I’m turning 30, so I decided to run my very first Iron Girl Triathlon! I love using Spark People to track my food & the scale would definitely come in handy!

Paula Alexander January 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Love the new week, new year, new decade Monday!

Alex M January 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I’m attempting to eat better and a scale would help with certain recipes and guidelines

Tammy January 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

A scale is a must…count me in! I didn’t lose any weight after last week counting WW points. I didn’t give up but it was a bit disappointing. Have you tried the Fiber One Chocolate and Oats Bars? They are 140 calories but 7 grams of fiber so they fill you up and the best part…they taste like a candy bar.

I have been faithful about breakfast. (My hubby says the exact same thing as Kevin)…I tried the egg beaters the other day…they were eggcellent (tee hee). They are only 30 calories per egg but I am getting the protein I need.

Have a great day Amanda!

Carol January 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Hi, I would love to have one of those scales. It looks really neat! And, after losing 42 pounds two years ago, I have managed to put 15 back on; so I have seriously started on my diet again so that I can fit into my clothes this spring and summer. It’s amazing how easy and quickly it piles back on if you aren’t careful. Of course, I’m a lot older than you, Amanda, so it definitely won’t be as hard for you to keep it off. :0)

peamissy January 11, 2010 at 8:19 pm

What an amazing giveaway! I’d love a chance to win a scale like that. I also appreciate your tips about your own personal (and Kevin’s too) weight loss. You both look great!

Wendi January 11, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Thanks for the encouraging post! I’m hoping this is a healthier year for me and my family!

catherine s. January 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I’m so glad I kept scrolling – you had me at the scale! I was on my way to check out one to buy…great idea to keep it out on the counter top all the time.

My resolution for the new year is to give up soda…it’s a killer on my mid-section and when I wasn’t drinking it, I felt so much better. It’s just so easy to grab one from the fridge and even more of a challenge when the other half (the hubs) brings it home from the grocery store as a necessity. Ugh. My self control and discipline need to kick in and this little scale would be a FANTABULOUS distraction.

Great job on the weight loss – you’re a true inspiration for the rest of us!

catherine s.

di basnett January 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I love reading your awesome blog. And you (and Kevin) have been an inspiration in the weightloss area. Those scales are perfect! I’d love to win them. Thanks for the chance.

Jennie Larsen January 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I totally need to win this, i am starting HCG soon and its very strict on ounces, and such.. I WOULD LOVE THIS, AS MY BIG but needs to fit into skinny jeans soon. COUNT ME IN THE DRAWING!

Gretchen January 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm

LOVE your story – truly inspiring! I set intentions this year instead of resolutions. I am commiting to 8 hours of sleep every night, seeing the best in others and not being so judgemental (of myself too), I commit to practicing martial arts at least twice a week. drinking more water, not eating 2 hours before bed, and telling my inner critic to take a vacation.

Cheryl January 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Great post – I love reading your blog.

I started watching what I was eating (note, I did not say “diet”) and actually lost 8 pounds through the holidays. I did not increase my exercise routine and actually missed a couple of classes because of parties or other things. I hope to continue watching what I eat through the new year. When I saw watching, I mean making a conscious decision about what is going in my mouth. Do I really want it? Am I full and eating out of habit? Am I eating because of stress? Do I want my calories in a glass of wine or maybe a dessert? I am trying to take the “auto-pilot” function off my eating and just be aware. It looks like it is working so far.

I would love the opportunity to win this scale. I do a lot of cooking and haven’t bought on yet. I just skip the recipes that call out the ingredients in weights.

Happy New Year! I wish you continued success on your health plan.

Sherry January 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm

True inspiration. I always like reading your tips.

Nikki January 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Gotta love a giveaway!! I have always wanted one of these little gadgets!! I think it would definitely help me with my weight loss!!!
Thanks for the opportunity to win it!!!

Candace Mitchell January 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Hi Amanda! You inspire me so much with your weight loss! I would love to have one of those little scales, mainly because I have problems with portion control, and a lot of times, I may eat more than a serving, just because I don’t realize how much a serving is! I think that would definitely help. I’m definitely trying to get fit this year. I joined a gym and am trying my best! :)

Amanda in Mississippi January 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm

My resolution last year was to give up carbonated beverages. I went from one or two a day…to none! (Cold turkey, eek!) I can’t say that I didn’t have a single one all year, but I can say with certainty that I had no more than five all year. At the same time I gave up traditional iced tea. I know you’re thinking, what does she drink? Alot of water, and my new obsession, herbal iced tea. My husband says I should buy stock in Celestial Seasonings! I think I have ten or twelve boxes, all different kinds, I make it 2 qts. at a time so I can have something new every few days. I put very little sugar in it, sometimes less than 1/3 cup. My favorites are Lemon Zinger, Tangerine-Orange (not the spice), Peppermint and Raspberry Zinger. By doing this I’ve cut TONS of sugar out of my diet and almost all of the caffeine!

Thanks for the reminder about grapes for snacks. I love them! Almonds are another very good snack.

Shelley January 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I would love a chance to win a GOOD scale! Thanks!

Paige Faulkner January 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I love reading your blog and have been trying some of your weight loss tips. I am not journaling or blogging my weight loss journey, but I did post my resolutions and bought a new scale to help me out. You can see that post here: http://paigefaulkner.blogspot.com/2009/12/makin-friends-monday-new-years.html

Thanks for the chance to win the scale! I could really use that.

epfaulkner at gmail dot com

Twitter: EPFaulkner

Lisa House January 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

That is a great scale! I am making a weightloss resolution this year and this would be a great help in the kitchen.
I love your blog Amanda. Keep up the great work!

Gail January 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

You are always so positive and helpful. Love your recipes, photos and words of inspiration. Now, I’m looking forward to that “fresh start of a new day, week, month, year, decade and, most of all, life being a smaller person by the end of the year. Thanks for the supportive words.

Judi V January 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

OMG I would so Love to win this – I just met with a nutritionist at work – I’m determined to get this 40 lbs off – and for good!!! Her suggestion was one of these scales or another (which I won’t name here) – this would so help me out immensely as I journey through the weight loss maze!

Andrea T. January 11, 2010 at 8:37 pm

That scale looks great! Weight is something I struggle with. I am loving stories, inspiration and tips. Thanks!

Abby January 11, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I love reading your blog and after your weight loss success story I’m giving it a try. I really want to loose weight and get fit and I find your plan easy to follow. Losing weight is my resolution and I’m excited for it to begin!

Sherri Cunningham January 11, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I spent most of my weekend walking around your blog reading up on everything. I had a friend send me over here because you had cute fonts and I learned SO much more :) I decided yesterday that I was going to start counting calories, I usually count points but WW isn’t free online and this counting calorie thing seems to be quite easy to punch in my stuff and I should get the same effect. My New Year’s resolution is to learn how to deal with stress better in my life. I’m a 6th grade special ed. teacher with 22 kids that range from one end of the spectrum to the other. It has been a challenge and quite stressful. I deal with stress in the form of food and well… I just can’t do that anymore! I’ve joined the gym and do aerobics and Tai Chi and wow that class helps me tremendously! Anywho! I’m glad I came upon your blog and I plan to visit quite often. You’ve inspired me!!!! Thank you!!!!

Sherri :)

Heather S January 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm

It’s almost like you read my mind!! Starting this new diet, I’m in DIRE need of a scale. I’ve never had one before, and this one looked PERFECT!! I love the fact it’s so small and will easily store. Many times I’ve had to guess and estimate!! Not with this little gem! NO MORE!! I would love to have one. Random.Org, pick MY Number!!

juls January 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I definitely could have used this scale at Christmas time. As Ashlee mentioned above Alton Brown does use the weight system in in cooking and i wanted to make his macaroons but didn’t have a scale. Here’s the recipe:


P.S. putting the grapes in the freezer during the hot months is a great way to eat healthy and cool down.

Chrissy January 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

The perfect kitchen gadget for anyone trying to be more healthful!

jen@odbt January 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Thanks for all the snack ideas. I love the idea of leaving out a bowl of grapes and I’m a big fan of clementines too. I would love to win this scale as it would help me in my portion control. Having 3 kids I’m always finishing up their plates/meals. Something about cleaning your plate…

Lisa H. January 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm

What a nice scale–would love to win. First time poster here–just found you yesterday!

Jen January 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Wow, I recently found your blog and have loved going through and reading all the older stuff. I am inspired by your weight loss story. I am on a mission to lose weight. I do blog just not bout my weight loss. Thanks for the giveaway.

LouAnn January 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Wow, would love this scale! I’m a Weight Watchers lifetime member, but …. I do go up & down with it. When I’m on it, I measure everything – so this scale would be awesome!

Robin G January 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I found your blog at the end of November and read your weight loss story and was very motivated to start one of my own. I had tried Nutrisystem and it worked but it was just too expensive to maintain for any length of time. I need to loose abot 70 pounds because of my health problems ( high blood pressure). So I went to my doctor with your story and she said it was the perfect way for me to start. This morning was my first weight check and I had lost 5 pounds. I could have just cried. I realize from talking to my doctor that each week will probably only be 1 and a half pound to two a week after this first week but just to know that it is working without having to cook extra meals for me besides what I cook for the family is wonderful. Thank you for your inspiration to get me started. Hopefully, a year from now I will be almost to my goal. And the snack tips above are fantastic. My sister had just told me this weekend to try tangerines! LOL! My 14 year old daughter is cheering me on!

Thanks again!


Candy January 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Our family is working to make smarter choices this year. That scale is awesome… I think even my 10 year old would have fun with that! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Marty January 11, 2010 at 8:49 pm

The scale looks great..so versatile and I just love it’s compact size. Your forum is great….always positive, always instructive..and always just plain fun! :-)

Clare January 11, 2010 at 8:49 pm

This scale would be great to determine portion sizes – thanks.

Lori C January 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

What a fantastic giveaway! This would be perfect for my new kitchen… and it would certainly help with my much-needed weight loss program. Thanks so much for being a great inspiration… I love reading your blog!

Monica Bane January 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I have a resolution of really taking my eating and exercising habits seriously and committing to them. Not only to loose a few pounds but just to be healthier. So, a really nice scale would help me out with this!

Kasie January 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I’ve always considered myself a pretty healthy eater……but I’M LAZY. I have a few stubborn pounds on me that refuse to come off. I’ve tried workout videos and randomly going to the gym, but nothing worked. About 2 months ago, some of my friends signed up for a 5k. I have no idea what possessed me to sign up, but I did. I’ll be running/walking my first 5k this Sunday. Wish me luck :)

Christy January 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I really enjoy reading your blogs and the tips/ideas you give for just about anything. You rock! I wish that I had an ounce of the creativity you have. :) My NYR is to loose weight and make changes in my food/exercise habits that will last a lifetime – so not a diet. :)

Megan January 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm

What a super giveaway! So many resolutions for the new year are to lose weight or eat better. Although I dont like the word *resolution*, for my health and my families, my goals are to eat (and feed them!) in a much healthier way. The husband is working on a “biggest loser” contest at work to lose the few extra hes carrying. We have a perfectly fine analog scale- but WOW! this one is AWESOME! Thanks for the great give-away and the great blog!

Carri January 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I really need to start getting healthy! It’s a journey I haven’t had the motivation for quite yet. Your blog inspires me to start today, afterall…it is monday(:I would love one of these to help me begin a healthier me(:

Julie January 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I would love to win the scale! I have diabetes and need to lose about 30 lbs. I have been struggling for about a yr. now. It is hard work. Weighing my meals would make it so much easier. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks!!

Judy January 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

The pecans look yummy! :) I want the scales! :)

slcbby January 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm

That is a great little scale! I am working on my weight loss – making better choices, trying to be positive about changing my way of eating, trying not to feel bad when I make mistakes. It certainly is a process!

Kelly January 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm

That would come in so handy! Neat!

Andrea H. January 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Amanda, your snack ideas are absolutely fabulous! There are so many options out there, that often its scary going to the grocery store. I seem to always be venturing to the pantry for snacks and end up eating junk I know I shouldn’t, but the temptation is there.

I really need to find my motivation to get started with my healthier eating habits and exercise. You would think that cute clothes in my closet that I can’t fit into would be incentive enough! I’ll admit, I’m lazy and just can’t get myself into the mindset. Do you have any advice in how you got started? It’s pretty easy to fall off the bandwagon, but picking yourself up and moving forward is the harder part.

Thanks for all of your wonderful posts. I get excited when I get an new email from you. Happy New Year and please, keep up with your postings.

Natasha January 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I love your blog! You weight loss post inspired to quit drinking Diet Coke as my resolution! So far so good! I loved your resolution and think I will post in my office. I often have to talk to rude people everyday and this will help me to have a better attidude when it’s time to go home!

Thanks for all you do!


katie m January 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Thanks for all the tips! I love the Monday thing… :)

Jewelle January 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm

So I haven’t really dedicated myself to the diet you laid out, but I did find it useful. I’ve tried sticking to a calorie count and it has helped me lose weight a little. I would love this scale to weigh my food though! Thanks for the opportunity

Jana January 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I love your tip of leaving grapes out. They are one of my faves, so I’ll have to try that! I really like the *idea* of losing weight, but I haven’t had the motivation to do so. Sometimes something as simple as a new toy (i.e. that scale!) is enough to spur someone on–thanks for the giveaway!

wendy January 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I’ve been wanting a nice scale for soooooooo long. I would love to win one! You look great :)

Lisa J January 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Hi Amanda! Thanks for all the great information, I think there are a ton of us trying to get on track and winning this scale would be a great tool for success! I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping I will be the lucky one!


Lisa J.

jae January 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I would love to be able to replace my “antique” food scale with a cool new digital one.

Jessica January 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Clementines…oh, Clementines! My Dearest is loving those, as well! Ever since his parents bought them about a month ago, he’s been addicted. I most of all wish that I could find some recipes to use them in. I hate that we always have to eat Clementines the same way…even though they are DELICIOUS!

Rita January 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I want to leave a comment, but don’t worry about picking me for the giveaway. As a matter of fact, if by some really random coincidence you do pick my name, please give the scale to another lucky person. I realized while reading the post, that I have a postal scale that sounds, looks, and works exactly like the one you described. I never thought to use it in the kitchen so I’m going to give it a try the next time I have some recipe where I need to weigh something.

I love your blog and was inspired to update the look of my own blog. I just purchase one of Kristina Proffitt’s new blog templates and she is working on it today. Can’t wait for the cute new look.

Anyway, while I was browsing your blog, I looked at the pictures of the various rooms in your house. You’ve done a great job and it looks really cozy…I’m even thinking of trying to make the crate covers for our dog crate! Here’s my question…in the laundry room you mention that you use cascade in the wash. What is that all about?? I’m always looking for ways to get my whites whiter.

Thanks for all that you share!

Melinda January 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I would love to lose just a little and really wanted to start working out at night but after chasing a 15 month old around all day – I am pooped! ha ha

Joy January 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm

You actually inspired my new diet with your post, but we did start in December. We’ve gotten a little better each week and we’re eating really well now. The remaining challenge is getting the exercise added back into our daily habits. Thanks for being inspiring in lots of ways! I’m adding this scale to my wish list. I want one!

Kristi January 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I got so inspired by your weight loss blog, and then lost all motivation during the holidays! :) So, I love the idea of this being a good time for a fresh start. I’m feeling ready to make another attempt at weight loss, and would love to win the scale to help me out!! Even if I don’t win, I’m still feeling inspired again, so thank you for that!

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