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.
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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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Betsy January 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

Pick me, Pick me!

Jodi Jenson January 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

I have also started a new way of eating and I am LOVING your tips! I wold also love the scale! Have a great New Year!

Carla January 13, 2010 at 10:15 am

Thank you SO much for the opportunity to win this scale Amanda. I have ALWAYS wanted a nice scale, because I particularly have a problem with meat portions, how much is 4oz, how many nuts equals 2 oz, etc…. so this would be awesome for that!! Thanks again!

Melinda January 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

What a great giveaway!! I love to cook and this would be a great addition to my kitchen. Thanks

Liza G January 13, 2010 at 10:58 am

You’re reinspired me!! Thanks for the tips!

Jess J January 13, 2010 at 11:04 am

I think this is such a fun and cute gadget to have. There as so many uses for it in the kitchen, and I’m sure it would help to get the correct portion amounts and make living a healthier lifestyle a whole lot easier.

Shawntae January 13, 2010 at 11:08 am

this is my firt time visiting your blog. I so need something to help me with losing weight. I am 5’3 and close to 200lbs. I love to eat, but I need to get healthy, this I hope will help towards getting healthy.

Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm January 13, 2010 at 11:15 am

I’m not blogging about it but I started WW last week and lost 2.4 lbs the first week. Not too happy about that, but oh well. This scale would help! :)

gina January 13, 2010 at 11:17 am

I know my chances are slim but here it goes! Thanks for sharing your story with us! Your story has totally jumpstarted my goals for the year! Thank you, Thank you , Thank you :)

WaitingForMyMiracle January 13, 2010 at 11:25 am

I’ve started a weight loss blog for motivation to lose this baby weight! My son will be 7 months old in a few days and I’m still hanging on to 20lbs or so from my pregnancy. Not good, Amanda!

Resolutions? Feel happier in my own body. Never be embarrassed about myself when I’m out with my son. Blog more. Write more. Be more productive!

Thanks for your great blog. It’s a huge inspiration to me!

Jessica January 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

I would love one of these scales! I had gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy and just bought a cheap scale from Target or somewhere to measure out the food I was allowed to eat, and I wasted so many paper towels/saran wrap lining the scale and then adding food to it, because it was too small to use a plate with. I’m finding out in a few weeks if I’ll be diabetic this time too, so that might really come in handy!

Jessica January 13, 2010 at 11:56 am

My hubby and I have both been trying to lose weight and this really would come in handy!

christine January 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm

You are so inspiring to me!!! I turn 40 this year and I have said this will be the year that I get healthy. After reading your friends….New Year, New Decade..etc…that is my new motto!

Tara Wolfe January 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I have been wanting a food scale for a long time! I took a few months off this past year after training hard for the previous months! I need some motivation and a food scale is number one on my list of “Help Me”. LoL! Fingers crossed!

Canay January 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Thank you for your post. This is definitely my new years resolution and I have failed miserably so far this year. I got out my weight watchers scale the other day and it is totally broken!!! Thank you for telling us about the one you use.

Carole January 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I love reading your blogs! You are someone I can easily relate to and am so glad that you are able to make a living doing what you love–blogging. :) Thanks for sharing your life with us.

The tips on snacking from yesterday’s blog are also very useful. I love the idea to leave grapes out all of the time.

Teale January 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Yay!!! I am so excited! I never win anything! Thanks so much!!

Ashley January 13, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Love the story about Monday’s…I need that attitude! Thanks for all your posts. Love them!!!

Emma January 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I have been reading your blog for a month or two now and always enjoy your entries.
I started the 1200 cals per day diet on January 8th and lost 4lb in my first week.
I have six weeks until I have my fitting for my wedding dress, so want to lose as much as possible before then and then slightly more (depending on how much I get down to) before my wedding in August.
Hope you and your family are well. x

Rachel January 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I love having a scale, I need a cool digi one like that. But even my simple one helps out so much when baking.

I love all you’re blogs, they are so awesome!

Jennie January 18, 2010 at 10:57 am

I have found your tutorials SO HELPFUL – thankyouthankyouthankyou!! I completed my first on-my-own blog overhaul last week and couldn’t be happier! I made sure to thank you guys on there, too :)

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