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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Angie January 12, 2010 at 9:47 am

I just love your site. so much information!! Just love it! I would love to have one of these scales, what an awesome giveaway!!

Rachel E. January 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

I love the thought of it being a new decade along with a new year. This year is gonna be my year. So far I have been working on portion control. And so far so good!! I am down about 7lbs. http://www.caloriecounter.about.com has been a really big help. I am able to see exactly how much I am eating and it has helped me keep track better. Happy New Year!!!

Tania January 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

Love the snack ideas and reminders about grapes

Julie Doddridge January 12, 2010 at 9:53 am

I just started weight watchers and a scale would be perfect so I can actually see what a serving size is.

Andrea January 12, 2010 at 9:54 am

I love your insight and first hand information about your weight loss. I was always one of those people who really didn’t consume all that many calories or eat an unhealthy diet – I just couldn’t lose weight. I wasn’t really overweight I just wasn’t able to lose the little bit that I wanted to. I started following an eating lifestyle similar to yours and voila…I lost those few pounds and never felt better! Thanks for sharing so others can benefit!

Pam January 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

I am trying to lose some weight, too! Thank you for your tips! I already do the grape/ fruit thing especially as everyone is coming in hungry at night (waiting on dinner) and on the weekends when we are all at home. Blueberries are a “super food”. Put them in yogurt (Yoplait light) oatmeal (Quaker Weight Control;you get a huge bowl) and my favorite Kashi cereal (almond flax). I would love to have a scale to weigh portions and that one is very cute!

Laurel January 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

That scale would be so great. Fingers crossed!

My resolution is in full swing. I have been a nail biter for as long as I can remember (I’m 28) and I have now gone 12 days without biting! Just 353 days to go.

michelle January 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

I would love the scale. I also have seen many recipes that measure by weight. It is a new concept for me.

You look great and your success inspires me!

Dawn in HSV January 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

Love your website! Thanks for the snack tips… I’ve always been a “grape” fan. That scale looks great… I have a small one for shipping small packages, but the one you listed has some great features that I could really use. My resolutions for the year… many, but mainly getting my health and stamina back. The past few years have not been kind to my body, but I’m taking back control. Thanks for the nudge!

Jennifer January 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

I love your blog & I would absolutely love to win this!!!

Julie January 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

Great post! :) Although I’m not looking to lose weight, I’m looking to eat healthier, feel healthier and looking for more of that energy my 5 year old son has :) So I really appreciate the snack ideas and you sharing your story! :) I love your blog!

Sarah January 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

I’m glad you were struck by what I said – my husband and I are trying to take seriously the opportunity that we’ve been given with this new year. We were visiting my inlaws this past weekend and my MIL told me that she had no idea how to cook when they got married – and now my husband practically drools over her food. So I have hope that I will learn and we will be healthy!!

I love your story – it seems like not just a change in eating but a lifestyle change as well.

Rebecca January 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

Ooooo those scales are perfect! One of my resolutions this year is to lose weight… as scrapped on my blog using your Fall Freebie (thanks)… http://tillyandjas.blogspot.com/2010/01/happy-new-year.html … and in the first week I lost 2 1/2lbs… here’s hoping it’s stayed off this week!

Niki January 12, 2010 at 10:06 am

I do not have a blog or website to journal my story, but I did start on January 2. (I had to postpone until then because I couldn’t break away from the supersition, er, um, I mean tradition of eating pork, black eyed peas, collards, cornbread, and root beer floats on the 1st – plus I had a killer migraine.) I asked Santa for a cycling bike for Christmas and I already owned a 14 year old treadmill. The first week I lost 2.5 pounds. Second week I have lost 1. Which makes me wonder…. you spoke about having a splurge day every so often to jolt your system… how often do you do that?

I started off buying a variety of frozen diet microwavable lunches for their convenience. The Weight Watchers brands were disgusting, but the Lean Cuisines and Healthy Choices tasted actually pretty good – albeit there wasn’t enough food in them to satisfy a 2 year old! Atleast, that’s how I felt the first couple of days. Soon enough, though, my body adjusted and the meals were the right amount to get me to my next meal. Let me clarify – the WW meals I tried were bad, but the ice cream was pretty good! I didn’t kill myself exercising. I started out walking 1 mile and doing this 20 minute program on the bike.

Second week, I was up to 2 miles and a 40 minute bike program. Also, after realizing that I’ve lost weight and haven’t been sick (as I have been with other diets I’ve tried), I would want more variety than the frozen meals, I spent a lot of time at the grocery store “smartening up”. I found these great sandwich buns that could be used for burgers too for only 100 cals per bun, sandwich wraps that were low in cals, etc. I’m having all kinds of new ideas of meals that are lower in cals, like using the wraps with a few bits of chicken and a bunch of lettuce, carrots shreds, and Asian dressing (kind of like Applebee’s Asian Wrap, but with less calories). I have been transferring my recipes on the converter you mentioned which works great – except for items that I can’t figure out the servings until we’re serving – like soups, which we are eating a lot of with this cold weather. So instead of sitting out 8 bowls and trying to spoon equal portions in it to find that the bowls were low then redistributing them into 6 bowls, etc…. I could do the entire recipe, WEIGH it, then convert it easily enough. Wouldn’t that be great? Plus, the scale would help with other foods too. I think the scale would be awesome!

Thanks for the inspiration, motivation, and the great freebies!

Morgan Johnson January 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

I love this scale! It’s secretly been on my wish list for a long time!
Congrats on your recent healthy lifestyle success!!

Misty January 12, 2010 at 10:10 am

Always love little tricks to help stay on track! Love following your blog, always makes me smile!

Michele January 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

I’d love to win this scale! I was drawn to your blog because of your Boston terriers. Our Boston terrier Lulu is our baby, and I can tell that you are a great furmom as well! :)

Mary January 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

Would love to win the scale too. Love reading all of the comments. I have lost 16 lbs. since DECEMBER 1 and I went to three parties. I love your idea of the grapes – will get some next time we go shopping (a week from now!! I live in the country and only go shopping once a week) This is what I do

1. Pray in the morning for help to eat and drink correctly. At night, I thank God for being with me during the day.
2. drink 1 TBL apple cider vinegar in 8 ozs of water 30 minutes before each meal. I have GERD and acid reflex and this helps my stomach. I am off of my Nexium instead of asking the doctor for a stronger dose. This seems to fill my stomach and I don’t eat as much at each meal
3. Try to eat 3/4 Vegetables and fruit to 1/4 protein or carbs. Have never eaten so many Vegetables in my life. I also do food combining so I don’t eat carbs with proteins. Can’t tell you how much better I feel.
4. Take small bits and put my fork down after each bite.
5. Don’t eat after 8:00 p.m.
6. Some kind of exercise everyday.
7. Set realistic goals. I set goals of 5 lbs rather than the 40 lbs that I need to lose.

Berta January 12, 2010 at 10:16 am

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this scale. I was thinking about researching out a good one to buy and ‘vaaawalllah’ there it is! I’ve made some commitments to myself and refining my eating habits was one of them. I love the thought of a NEW START – I’ve come to New Years many times thinking, “Why try, everyone breaks resolutions anyway!” But, I love the NEW START philosophy. It’s going to help me! Thanks for your help and congrats on finishing your goal.

karen siebanoller January 12, 2010 at 10:16 am

Oh, to win the scale! I need that scale! I recently relocated from chicago to houston and since i dont have friends i use food to comfort me. i first noticed my double chin would lay on my neck when i laid down and that for me was the first motivation to loose weight. congrats on your weight loss and you chin looks fabulous!! my goal to to have one chin again :o)

Emily January 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

Wow, so cool! I could really use that scale, thanks for sharing your inspiring story!

ElleBee January 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

How cool! I need a good food scale and love the fact that this one “zeroes out” the container on its own. I’ve got a whole list of New Year’s Goals and eating more homemade (and consequently healthier) meals is on the list!

kelly January 12, 2010 at 10:21 am

thanks for the great snack ideas…I am a big fan of a tootise pop if I need something sweet!

Jennifer in Idaho January 12, 2010 at 10:23 am

Thank you so much for your blog. I recently discovered it when a friend referred me. We recently started a group on Facebook, called TwentyTen Bandwagon. She posted a link for inspiration. I love it, and I love you! (ok, not in a creepy way) Of course I am inspired by your weight loss story, but I also love your Bostons (I also have 2!) and I am inpired by your photography. My sister is quite accomplished, and I called her right up to help me buy a camera! I showed her your pool pics of the babies swimming! I love them! I havent made the plunge and bought one yet, but I will!

I lost 4.5 pounds on my first week back “on the wagon”! And I am taking up running….ugh. Not loving it yet, but they say I will!

I dont have a proper “blog”, but you can look up my group on FB(I havent learned how to post links to it, sorry)or my personal FB page!

Missty January 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

Wow!!! I don’t have a scale but I think I could find a lot of uses for this little jem. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny January 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

Love your website! I especially love these snacking tips for dieters like myself. I think that scale would help a ton around this house. Keep up the good work!

Amanda January 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

Great giveaway! Ive been on weight watchers since july and have thought about getting a food scale! This would be a great weight loss tool.

Tracy Burke January 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

I love the idea of grapes, my parents do this and I’ve never really given it a second thought!

Viv January 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

I’d love to win a food scale. My hubby & I are commiting to eat healthier & smarter this year & the scale would be such a great help!! Love reading about your progress, it’s helping me stay motivated!!

Chatelaine January 12, 2010 at 10:43 am

Ohhh that scale would be so amazing to use!!! Your weightloss comments and success are definitely motivating.

Susan January 12, 2010 at 10:43 am

I ususally use exercise for weight loss, but have recently had both feet operated on, so I need to alter my diet. The scale would really help. Thanks for sharing your success and the chance to win.

Reva January 12, 2010 at 10:43 am

Congrats on the new way of eating, I have been eating nutritionally for 6 months and working out and have lost 20 pounds. It feels so great! It is definately a life change.

Before I think about putting anything bad in my mouth I think of this saying “Nothing TASTES as good as SKINNY feels. It is sooooo true!!!! Good luck and I love your site.


Laura January 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

Very inspirational post today. Got me thinking, we could all use a fresh start. My resolution this year, was to fold my laundry right when it comes out of the dryer. I had a bad habit of getting distracted or putting it off. With 5 people in my house laundry is a never ending, vicious cycle! So far, I have kept to it..but it’s still only January :) Thanks for the pick me up! And I’d love, love this scale..it’s perfect for my very small kitchen! Thanks for the chance!

Jennifer Hendricks January 12, 2010 at 10:52 am

Love your blog…and I agree about a Fresh Start! Happy New Year!

Erin January 12, 2010 at 11:00 am

I love your site! Your weight loss story really inspired me… I’m about the same size you started at, that really spoke to me that I can do this! So THANK YOU! I’ve lost 6lbs so far since early December (I really just tried to keep my weight current through the holidays, it was tough, but I did it!)

Thank you for being an inspiration! :)

Melissa January 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

This would be a great thing to have. I am trying to eat good things for me along with appropriate portion sizes so this would be a neat tool to have. Good job on your weight loss…wishing you a happy 2010! :)

Emily January 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

Great tips on the snack options! I need to do much better about that- being home with a one-year old, I end up picking at snacks all day long, and usually end up stuffing my face with cheese and crackers when he goes down for a nap instead of eating a nice healthy breakfast and lunch. Would love to win a scale- I’d use it to weigh my icecream to try and get my portion size under control!

Jessie January 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

I love hearing about your healthy eating success! You share great tips! I am in need of a scale… I’ve been cooking forever- I don’t know how I’ve lived so long without one!

Sheen Perron January 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

A friend was telling me about this website with really cute free fonts a few years ago. I had forgotten the name and searched and searched for it. Finally, I found it! It was kevinandamanda.com!! But to my surprise not only did you have cute fonts, but you had Recipes! I love new recipes, and have tried several of yours. I tell everyone about your website. My sisters and I started a blog a few months ago and I post recipes on there. I have posted several of yours (With credit given to you). Thank you for your wonderful website.
As for the scale. I checked out A Bread Book from the library and found out that the U.S. is the only country that doesn’t weigh their flour. We just dip our measuring cups in and scoop it out, and that is not good because by doing that we use too much flour. So, a scale would be wonderful for baking bread.
My goals this year is to spend time with my family. Have a better attitude about things (somedays I am such a grouch about things). Get better organized and finish unfinished projects, we just moved into our house a few months ago and there are a few things that still need to be done.
Thanks again for all your great recipes, tips, and fonts!!

Ingrind Nagibe January 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

Nice scale! Sure wish I had one since it would make things alot eaiser for me. By the way don’t look at your new healthy way of eating as a diet but as a food plan :) The word “diet” sounds so negative and as if your being deprived of food:( Take care!

Melissa J January 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

Monday’s get such a bad rap, it’s great to view them as a new start! I have a recipe for you that my Aunt-in-law made/gave to us at Thanksgiving. These pancakes are delicious and you feel good eating them.

3 eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. liquid honey
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 c. cornmeal
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
blueberries/other fruit (optional)

Mix: eggs, milk, melted butter & honey until smooth. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add liquid ingredients. Fold in fruit if desired.

Do not overmix or pancakes will be tough.

Tip: Dry ingredients can be put together ahead of time & stored for up to 1 month.

Danna January 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

This is a great tool for losing weight and I would love to have one.

Brandi January 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

I would LOVE to have this scale! I lost 74 lbs in 2008 after I had what was supposed to be my last child. Then I found myself pregnant again and am due in April. This would be GREAT in helping me lose weight after this baby (and she really is the last one!!!)

Audrey Spencer January 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

I just started the biggest loser contest in my town. This little gadget would help me out sooooo much. My goal is 15lbs. in 6 weeks! I hope I win.

marla January 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

Most of Alton Brown’s recipes require ingredients by weight rather than measuring. This would be helpful.

Leah January 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

What a great giveaway. My hubby lost 95lbs last year and is doing great. Here’s his story: http://www.dlparr.com/news/?p=609 Last year I gave up soda (lost 10lbs on that act alone) and he motivated me to get in shape too. I kind of killed that over Christmas so I took the “fresh start” approach too and it’s been nice getting back into a routine.

Amy January 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

I’d love one!

Mary January 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

I love reading your blog. Your weight loss is an inspiration.

Kelly S January 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

Thanks for the snack ideas. I’ve been slow at getting motivated in starting my weight loss journey, but after coming back and re-reading your blog, I’m ready to get down to business!!

Best wishes to you and Kevin (and the pups!) in the new year!

Sarah January 12, 2010 at 11:44 am

I’m so not a breakfast person…and I know that’s bad! :( So…I’m starting this new plan…which requires weighing my portions…so, I’m thinkin’ this scale will be a wonderful help to my journey!

Susan L January 12, 2010 at 11:45 am

I just found your blog last month looking for a recipe. This is a great blog, love the recipes and scrapbook site. Also love your Boston terriers they are adorable. My son has a Boston.

I love the scale, would love to own one as I am always in the kitchen and have thoughts of creating my own blog once we get moved and settled in our home in a few weeks. Would make life so much easier.

I don’t make new year resolution’s I set goals for myself. I have a goal to lose weight, I set mini goals each week to attain and then set bigger long term goals for each month. I am using South Beach, always had good results with SB just lose focus and start eating the wrong things, so I need to refocus again.

Susan January 12, 2010 at 11:46 am

Awesome! i recently lost about 25 pounds of baby weight, and my journey was similar to yours. It’s all about just watching what you eat, being active, and having a positive attitude! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Tara January 12, 2010 at 11:54 am

Found your blog through The Pioneer Woman – I too have a Boston and an interest in photography. Would love this scale. Both for making healthy choices in eating and for baking!


Sarah Deana January 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

Thanks so much Amanda for all of your wonderful posts. I’ve loved getting to know you better and being able to learn so many new things. I have had weight problems ever since the birth of my first child and would love to get healthy (in my opinion, that’s more important that actually losing the weight) and I have really appreciated all of your helpful tips. So far I have lost 3 1/2 lbs and I am thrilled. One step at a time they say! :o) Anyway, thanks again! I LOVE your site! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Rebecca January 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Just recently started following you blog as I am a new digital scrapbooker and found your fonts for peas site.

Not so recent is my effort to lose weight… a long-time process that is now in it’s 3rd year. A scale is invaluable for portion control, and I don’t have one! I would love to win! I renewed my efforts to lose weight on December 30, and lost 5 lbs in my first week back… tomorrow is weigh-in for week #2. :)

Kim January 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Kudos on everyone getting healthy – me too! I had to hire a trainer to do it, and I am thankful that I can. If funds are low, many trainers will do a group with group prices which tend to be lower. My trainer gives nutrition lessons and meal plans. I eat every two hours: Breakfast – steel cut oats made with no sugar vanilla soy milk from Trader Jos, 2 T. Agave Syrup and 2 T of chopped nuts. Snack – 20 almonds or nonfat flavored greek yogurt small container or 2 eggs (only one yolk) or 2 brown rice cakes with one T. peanut butter (or you can sub laughing cow light cheese wedge for the peanut butter). Lunch – Tuna or chicken on whole wheat with an apple and carrots, OR 2 scrambled eggs (one yolk)with salsa on a whole wheat tortilla. Snack same as above. Dinner – Turkey meatballs or ground turkey, whole wheat pasta and red sauce (I use T.Jo’s organic with mushrooms at 45 cal per 1/2 cup) OR Halibut baked with one T. mayo and one T parmesan cheese at 350 till flaky with a mixed green salad and reduced fat vinegarette. Snack same as above. If you are still awake 2 hours after your last snack have another. Tips: Stay away from high glycemic index carbs after dinner. Working out: Get your heartrate up before you lift weights – you will burn more calories during weight lifting. Then do 1/2 hour of cardio after weights (circut training). This will burn off the glycogen and during cardio you will be burning FAT! I have lost 26 lbs and 5% body fat since July. It has been blood, sweat and tears. You cannot think to much about it – JUST DO IT.
Resources: http://www.dietfreelife.com and http://www.wellnessbyapril.com

Pauline Clark January 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

What a great giveaway! I am trying the Wii fit as an aid to weight loss…any other help I can get will only be a bonus!

Geneva May January 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Thank you so much for the tips on snacking during the day, I to love the grape idea! I have lost 7 pounds (the holiday was a hangup, love homemade candy) and the goal is lose another 25, but as you said and so many others, a new day, a new year, and to me, a new out look on life! Your tips when you first let us know that you had lost weight has helped me a lot and again, thank you for being to open about your weight lost. It gave me a new out look on dieting.
Prayers to all of you who are trying to either lose weight or maintain the weight that you have obtained. Nothing but the best wishes to you.
Also, love the photos of Howie and Miley and their presents at Christmas, we have 2 Bostons, Ebony and Baxter and they are both 1 and so much fun to be around, can’t imagine life without them.
Geneva May

AmandaG January 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I appreciate you sharing your success story. You keep it simple and that’s awesome. Not sure about NY resolutions yet. The idea to write them down has been floating around in my head for a few days now… but haven’t made the time to do it yet.

Amanda January 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm

What a wonderful giveaway. This would be so useful for my resolution. I’m excited about beating my resolutions this year.

Anabel January 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Wow! You are such an inspiration in sooooo many ways. At first I was impressed with your talents, now I’m just down-right jealous! And with that said, I want/need to lose weight too, and a cute little scale to help me count my way to skinny (OK, less chubby) would sure help out!! Thanks Amanda!

Christy Bennett January 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I would love to win the scale … my husband asked for one for Christmas, but didn’t get it. And I love your blog. Thanks for all the good snack tips … need to go to the grocery store now!

nicole January 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I would love this…how handy! :)

Cindy January 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I can’t tell you just how inspiring you have been. I keep looking at your before and after pictures and I WANT to do that! I’ve started eating breakfast, healthy snacks and watching calories! Your scale would be the perfect addition to my routine. Thanks for sharing and being such an inspiration!

Karen High January 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Oooooh, Mr. Randomizer…. pick me, as my 3 yr old would say, pre-iy peassssseeeeee……

Charlene January 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I have so enjoyed your website! It motivated me to get my studio organized like yours’. It’s still a work in progress but at least it’s finally on the road to recovery! I also have to tell you that I tried the chocolate cake with the Reese’s PB cups for a friends’ birthday. That cake was amazing! And I couldn’t believe how much it weighed! The scale you are giving away would have told me what the weight was! It truly was one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever had. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Tabby January 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I really like your tips. I am trying to count my calories by being more conscious of what I am putting into my body…so far I think I have been doing good. I am still trying to figure out exactly how I want to do things but I think just thinking about it and acting upon it helps a lot!

Lori January 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I am on the slow but steady diet. I have taken off 20lbs since september. I have been working out much more then I used to, but after 3 kiddies- the rolls don’t seem to melt away like they used to. I cut out Soda and I only drink coffee on Sundays. I don’t eat after 6:30 pm (except for special occasions). These little changes have helped me so much! I loved hearing your tips : ). Thanks for the chance to win :)

Angela January 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Emerging from lurkerdom to finally post! New year, new me! How could I not be inspired? Thanks for helping to get the ball rolling…

lindsey January 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I love clementines as well! I bought 2 bags at once the other day so I could eat as many as I wanted and not feel like they’d be gone so fast! My goal this year is to have a baby. Kinda opposite the weight loss thing, so that will probably come post-baby! My husband and I want to do P90X, so whether or not we start it pre- or post-baby, that is our goal together!

Judy January 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I was doing pretty good on my weight loss until the holidays came. I don’t know why I don’t have any will power during that time. Oh well, time to get started again. At least I didn’t gain much back.
I asked for a digital kitchen scales for Christmas. They must not have heard the KITCHEN part. LOL Cause I got some real nice digital Bathroom scales. So I would love to win the kitchen scales!!! And you get to pick your own color, Wahoo!

Lori M January 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm

What a great post! I love the tiny scale – I have the WW digital scale but is so big that I can’t keep it out on the counter – therefore I don’t think about weighing things until its too late! The tiny one would fit perfect in my kitchen!
I’m so glad you posted tips on your snacky foods – I just entered a weight loss challenge here at work & this information comes in handy! Thank you Amanda! You RAWK girl.

Sarah McVey January 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Love your blog chicky! I applaud your dedication to calorie-counting – I never had the knack for it.. :oD

Kathy January 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

What perfect timing for this post! I actually got online to look at your post about weight loss last night and told my husband it is time to get serious! Now, we just need to move from talk to action ….

Sylvia January 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I am so inspired by you amanda! I am for sure going to start trying your tips! And this scale would come in so handy! I’ll be sure to let you know how I’m doing when I start, I have already started making my portions smaller but I really wanna get more disciplined like you did! Thanks for sharing!

SaRaH L January 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! My new years resolution is to ‘complain less & encourage more’. Health-wise, my goal is to break a sweat once a day. If I can’t make it to the gym, I run the stairs at my house or pop in a workout video. Congrats on your journey too — you’re looking fabulous! (PS – we love frozen grapes – may sound weird but they’re delicious!)

Valerie Ell January 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

This scale is amazing! What a nice handy thing to have when you’re trying to shed the pounds. I feel like these days it is very easy to lose weight with all the wonderful cookbooks, weight watchers ect. I just have a problem committing to it. I know I need to take this more seriously. Next monday it is ;-)

Lynn January 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I love the “zero-out” function of that scale and that it is small. Thanks for the snack tips, too.

Lindsey January 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Definitely going to start snacking on grapes more, that’s a great idea to just leave them out on the counter! You look awesome girl!

MissGabyLee January 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I would love to have one of those! I’ve been searching for a good little one like this. Even if I don’t win the Giveaway (which BTW is very thoughtful) I will go get one!

I never had any trouble with weight when I was about 17… but now I do. Isn’t that typical? Once I gained I found it was very hard to lose. I have been dieting for about a year now… I feel much better about myself. I’m still not where I want to be. But I dropped back down to a size 3 (I got all the way up to a size 11 almost), but am going for my original size 1. My only problem is I don’t have a scale.. my bf always tells me that. I need one to step on, and certainly one for my food too!! If I win this scale, no one can stop me! =)

ps.: My blog is written in portuguese with some posts in english but, check out under labels where it says “Comida” which stands for Food. I have a couple in there you might enjoy. I know I do!!

Kiana January 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

This scale looks amazing! I would love to use it – my husband and I have just started meal planning and it would really come in handy for recipes and portioning. We’re trying to be a little healthier, save grocery money and lose just a few lbs. I’m not writing about weight loss, but I have posted and will be posting more recipes (healthy and not) from the meal planning, etc. at http://www.dottheiwedding.com

Your blog posts about your new healthy lifestyle have definitely been an inspiration and pushed me to start the meal planning and include my husband in it, so thank you :)

Roshni patel January 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Thanks for the chance to win the scale. I have been wanting to get one for a long time now. I just started dieting again (for the bazillionth time, is that even a word??)Anyhow, i found your post about your weight loss and it inspired me to just count calories and watch what I am eating, track it, and go from there! I also need to start working out but find it hard with 1 1/2 year old twins at home! we will see!

Thanks again!

Laurie January 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I would love one of those scales! I’m trying to be healthier with my activities and eating and that would so help me! But anyways, i just started reading your blog and I have to say its amazing. I love all the pictures and congrats on all your weight loss you look amazing. My new years resolution? Well just to be a better person for me this year. To take care of myself. There is alot of stuff going on personally in my life right now, mainly my marriage and I have to focus on making myself a better person rather than on changing anyone else. I know I will be a better person when all of this is over and in the long run it will do us all good. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of those scales!

Lacey January 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Oh…this would really help me loose mroe of that baby weight!!

Kelly M January 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I need help this year with my weight!!!! :)
This scale would be ideal! Thanks Amanda – btw, that was a great New Year’s quote and I already blew it as well!!!! :>

Bree D. January 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

WOW! That’d be awesome to win, and would totally help out both hubby and I in our weight loss journey!

Thanks for the opportunity! :)

Jennifer January 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Love your blog. Congratulations on your weight loss success! Thanks for the chance to win.

Angela Garza January 12, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I came to this blog through another scrapbooking site and have just fallen in love with it. And your posts about weight loss just hit home with me. I am all about a new year, new decade!!! January 4th was even my 34th birthday, what a way to start the new year!!
I pick a word to describe each year and my word for this year is “Restoration”. After a hard couple of years due to multiple medical problems, this southern gal is determined to be on the road to recovery! And with that will be losing the 60 pounds that I have gained. My focus – Restoration of my life, my family and my health.
Tbhanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win such an awesome product! Hugs from Deep South Texas!!

Melanie January 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Great snack ideas. Thanks for the chance to win the scale. I’m starting fresh on my weight loss journey.

Wendy January 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Hi there, i really want to start fresh this year, one of my resolutions is LOSE WEIGHT FAST!, i´m really upset because i gained 10 pounds in two month, i have 180 pounds now, so i start my diet and i hope to lose all that.
I´m going to use that tip about the grapes, i´m like Kevin, if i eat breakfast, then i have hungry all day… i don´t know why, but i do my best.
God bless you.
Regards from the caribbean.

Julie Lombardi January 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm

What a great way for me to change my attitude about portion control!! I would love to receive this!!

Whitney Walker Alexander January 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Ooooo! I need a food scale so badly!!!

Jamie January 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I have so enjoyed your blog since I found it. The great thing about your post today isn’t so much the giveaway (although that’s nice too!) But about the New year resolution that caught your attention. It was actually the first thing I thought of as the new year approached. Its a new year, a new decade…time for a new and fresh start. I love that so many others feel that same desire.
Thank you for sharing your time, talents and tidbits with us! Happy New Year!

melissa January 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm

i love this!!!! i lost 12 pounds eating this way since Nov. 20th and would love the scale to help measure my portions rather than guess.

Thanks amanda

Marin D January 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

This year, I want to be more active physically. I have kind of gotten into a lazy mindset physically which seems to poor over into my mental state. :o)

Sarah January 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I LOVE your blog! I found it a few weeks ago! I have two little girls. They are 18 months apart. It was pretty hard on my body. My last baby is 13 months old. For my 2009 resolution – my goal was so get back to my pre-baby weight. I wanted to do this so I could feel good for my kids. I wanted to have enough energy to raise and keep up with both of them! I’m happy to say that last year I did get back to my pre-baby weight! My body isn’t the shape or tone that it was before – so now I want to get more toned.My goal is to keep eating healthy (it is easy to slip) and my husband and I have several intense bike and hiking trips planned for this summer. I need raise my endurance level for those! Your weight loss story is inspiring, and very doable! Thanks for the great tips!

Donna Dorrough January 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Amanda – I just love checking your website weekly and seeing what interesting recipe, scrapbook tip, photo, etc. you have added. Please keep doing what you do so the rest of us can enjoy! Thanks!

Amy January 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I would love the scale! I started weight watchers the day after Christmas and it would come in handy. I have lost 7 pounds so far:)Love your site Amanda.

Sarah Knight January 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

My New Years Resolution? Well, my life is so chaotic and crazy that I chose something very simple – to remember that God is with me each and every day. To make every decision as if He were standing next to me – which He is. But sometimes we all forget.

Maria Johnson January 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I have been reading your blog for a while now. I love all your inspiration. I really want to make one of those rag quilts but I don’t sew :) I have started my healthy living goal as of yesterday. I received a Wii as a birthday gift from my family and we are all having a blast with the workout games. Competition is good :). I hope to lose about 70 pounds and better yet get myself and family on a healthy living path. Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us.

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