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 Scaleâ„¢ in the color of your choice! :) The winner will be chosen by his or her comment number (using’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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522 Responses
  1. Jennie

    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 :)

  2. Rachel

    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!

  3. Emma

    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

  4. Carole

    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.

  5. Canay

    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.

  6. Tara Wolfe

    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!

  7. christine

    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!

  8. Jessica

    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!

  9. WaitingForMyMiracle

    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!

  10. gina

    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 :)

  11. Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm

    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! :)

  12. Shawntae

    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.

  13. Jess J

    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.

  14. Carla

    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!

  15. Jodi Jenson

    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!

  16. Jessica

    I need all the help I can get. I am the heaviest I have ever been. I love your tips and I am so motivated this year to change my atitude about eating healthy and my health in general…
    Thank you again!!

  17. Edie

    I love your blog!! I love how you say to leave a bowl of grapes out!! I just started doing that about a month ago… well my bowl has grapes and apples and clementines…. All things that my 4 year old loves! You are absolutely right everyone in my house is eating more fruit! Great Tip!

    I’m starting a new diet this year! In hopes to lose some weight for a trip! A scale could help with those interesting items that you just don’t know the weight/size of!

  18. Kara

    Our story goes a little something like this…read your blog and I was inspired, waited until the holidays wrapped up and took charge. My husband and I are tackling the P90X program which means working out (hardcore) and healthful eating. I decided I can’t use the excuse that we just had a baby much longer as my youngest is nearly 8 months :) It was time to take charge and make healthful eating and exercising a priority. I am documenting the journey on our blog to keep us accountable. So far so good, but this scale would be great. The fact that it zeros out bowls, etc would be so handy. I am using the traditional 1 lb. food scale right now, which is a bit archaic. This may have to make my wish list too…

    Love the blog. I’ve read/used a number of your fonts, tutorials, etc. You are so crafty!! I am also in awe of your scrapbooking room!

  19. Aimee

    Hi there! I just stumbled across your blog and think I’m in love! Thanks for posting this! I’d love a scal like that, would def. make weight loss after baby #2 MUCH easier! Looking forward to all you have to come in the new year!

  20. Alison Haley

    I would LOVE a scale! I mostly guess on my ounces and to “know” would be great. I started on the 5th with a group of 27 other ladies on a 6 week challenge! If you want an invite to my private “girls only” weight loss blog let me know. is my family blog.

    THANKS, what a great giveaway!


  21. MARIA

    Before Christmas I decided that I would start the year off right, begin a weight-loss program & get closer to the LORD.

    So far so good… I’ve lost 3 pounds since January 4th and I keep pushing myself to do better.

    I joined SparkPeople & boy has it made a difference! I feel like I absolutely have support.

    This blog is up on my alley. I truly hope I get to win!

    Good luck to everyone! :)

  22. Yessica Lizbet

    Hi Kevin & Amanda!

    I’m from Mexico, and I almost everyday come to check up if you have a new post, but never leave a comment, because of my bad english hehe…

    Well, I will love to be the winner of this Giveaway, I’m pregnant, I’m in my 26 weeks, I don’t want to gain a lot of weight but I’ll try it! And when my little girl born I’ll have to loss of that weight…


    P.S. Your Weigth Loss Story is wonderful, I really impress!!

  23. Diane Eck

    I can’t believe I almost missed the deadline!! My computer has been on the fritz and I haven’t been able to get online! I am ready to begin a healthy choices lifestyle and a scale would be invaluable! I just love your insight…as well as your outlook!!

  24. Andre'a

    I love the grape idea!! I can never eat just one. I was able to loose 4 dress sizes by exercising 30 minutes every day for year and I would love the scale to help me maintain my new girlish figure :)

  25. Laser

    I am hoping to be successful at losing weight this year. You have been an inspiration.

    The scale would be so helpful for me :)

  26. Rene Lewis

    My New Year’s Intention was to start working out 3 times per week using both cardio equipment and weights. So far so good!

  27. Annie

    I’m so glad I happened by your blog today! I need some fresh inspiration for losing weight. I seem to be good for a few days, then it just goes kaput. I think the scales are a great idea for keeping accountable.

  28. Angie

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and have tried several recipes. They were wonderful! Thank you so much! Wishing you a blessed New Year!!!

  29. designs

    I’m ready for a scale! I’m using Caloire to try to lose 15-20. I’m down 2.5 in a week so far…

  30. Tammy

    I’ve tried to lose weigh many times. I always get stuck at 27 pounds. My body simply does not want to seem to go past that point. Ugh! I am inspired by you7, though. Perhaps I will go at it again.~Thanks!

  31. Karen

    I would LOVE to win this scale! I am not in weight loss mode quite yet – I am currently pregnant – but I plan to lose all of this baby weight and then some once the little one is here!!

  32. jessica @ budgetsavvybride

    I have been trying to adopt the philosophy of 5-6 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones, and this scale will help measure out my portions perfectly!

  33. Mary-Kate

    Congratulations on your weight loss last November!That scale sounds so helpful with everything. I have wanted *nice* a scale to weigh my food because I have been trying to lose weight as my new years resolution. Your weight loss sucess story has inspired me to be motavated. Anyways once again congrats on your weight loss. Thanks!

  34. Married bliss

    Wow….that would be a handy scale!! I don’t even own a scale yet, that was something that didn’t get purchased off our gift registry when we got married 5 months ago!!
    Eating grapes is an awesome idea since I am working on trying to loose after wedding pounds!
    Keep up the blogging I love reading you blog!!

  35. Michelle

    Clementines ROCK! I don’t like any other citrus fruit so I’m all excited when they are back in season. I started the Green Smoothie Challenge to help me detox and get back to my gluten free living. I’m hooked on their Banana Smoothie which is just 2 cups of water, 3 bananas & 7 oz romaine lettuce… blend till smooth. My family looks at me like I’m crazy but I love the flavor. There are other smoothie recipes too. I’m not a big breakfast eater but have no problem getting smoothies down. I’m on day seven and already lost four pounds. Love your site!

  36. Helena Eriksson

    My husband and I both gained 15 lbs since we got married- only 6 months ago! We are really proud of that.

    Our goal is to lose it all before June. And we are off to a good start. Just by cutting back on portion size since christmas, we have both begun to drop some weight. I’m down 6 lbs! And I’m staying hydrated, so I know it’s not just water weight :) We have started exercising together 3x per week, and I’m about to start a Yoga class. We have also begun to eat super healthy, and are loving the energy boost that comes with that!

    Here is our current favorite meal:

    A fun salad and Tuna Fritters. Think Hamburgers, only made out of tuna and oats. Yum. Well, ok, it sounded gross to me, but my sister made some when she had us over for the holidays, and they were so good!

    Take 1 can of tuna, 3/4 cup of Oats, 1 egg, 3Tbsp BBQ sauce, and a few tsp each of garlic and onion (she uses powder, I use minced and chopped fresh stuff). Mix that up in a bowl. Put a little oil into a pan over medium heat.

    Seperate the mixture into fourths, and spoon 2 of the piles onto the pan. With your spatula, flatten the lumps out and press in the edges to form 2 pattys. the thinner they are, the more evenly they will cook. Watch the edges, and when it looks like the bottom is starting to brown, flip it. You want to wait until then, or the fritter will fall apart.

    Once both sides are lightly browned, use a spatula to put them on the buns, add a little more oil to the pan, and start on the next two. burned them. but they still tasted yummy).

    You can treat them like normal burgers. I put BBQ sauce on mine. They are nice and filling, and we usually save the second helping for lunch the next day. And what could be healthier than tuna and oats?

  37. Barbara

    Love your website. I just found it and have really enjoyed it. Your pictures are beautiful, the dogs are so cute, love the scrapbook room, and especially enjoyed reading your weight loss story. Great ideas and inspiration!

  38. Brooke

    I don’t usually beg but please, please, please choose me! I have been looking for a scale for ages and this suits perfectly.

    My main goal this year is to get outdoors more. I figure the outdoor lifestyle and fitness go hand in hand.

  39. Marijke McConkie

    Awesome product! It always is so overwhelming and frustrating to try to calculate calories, especially with a complicated dinner–this would be so nice and convenient to have and the small size is the best bonus.

  40. Lisa

    Thanks for the chance to win. I don’t really have a resolution for this year, but since last June 1st, I’ve been attacking my treadmill and eating healthier. As of this morning, I’m at a new low weight (of the last decade, ironically), so I am very happy with my results so far. I’m not losing fast, but I’m losing, and keeping it off. That’s what counts.

    Happy New Year!

  41. Sarah

    Hi Guys! I love reading your emails to everyone! I wanted to ‘weigh in’ as well and let you know that I’m going to be starting on your calorie counting, too! I have weight issues due to a past medication and even though I live a very active and healthy lifestyle, I have had an extremely hard time losing this weight. This plan is so simple and still extremely healthy I can do it for me, my husband, and my two little girls! As soon as I recover from my tonsillectomy (January 5th) I’m counting calories with Kevin and Amanda! I’m so excited to start this new year off right and doubly so that I’m going to get some really incredible recipes that are tried and true! Snacking is my number one downfall because I run a daycare, so while all my snacks are nutritious, they are often calorie filled and…well…often, lol! This new plan and your great snack suggestions are my new best friends! Thanks Kevin and Amanda! Can’t wait to see who wins that scale!!!

  42. Lynnette Larson

    I would love to win a digital scale. Not only can I use it for food, but I am also a hair dresser and could weigh the developer! Thanks!

  43. Anne Ryan

    I *LOVE* reading your blog. The fonts I downloaded from here ended up on my twins first birthday invitation! Your organizational posts inspire me (before the twins I wassuper duper organized…now I just dream of being organized!!) I also have a boston terrier…however, I am pretty sure I’ll never get some of the shots you have of your puppies. I even tried the Christmas tree light blur picture bit my dog wouldn’t sit still.

    The scale would be handy in helping me start a healthy lifestyle for my one year old twins. (now that they are eating real food).

  44. Shan

    Oh how fun! I actually just started my diet today with a goal of losing 30 lbs…wish me luck!! Oh and I’d love to win this give away!!

  45. Julie

    I love your blog and I love that you had this post today to remind me of a fresh start! Just got back from a week vacation and have found it difficult to return to the gym but I’m definately going tomorrow! Its easy to go every day or every other day normally but then go on vacation and I wonder why it is so hard to return! Thanks for the motivation!

  46. Melanie

    You totally inspired me to get in shape after the birth of my 3rd baby! I am a total snacker and late night eater. Your post on your weight loss story was terrific. I put your words into action right away. I don’t know what I’d use the scale for, but I’d love to have it.

  47. Heather N.

    This would be a FANTASTIC tool for my household! I loved how you “zero’d” out the cup…with the pecans in it. ;-)

  48. Brandi

    Oh, I have been wanting a scale and this one would be perfect!

    I found your blog a few months ago and you’re story has been such an inspiration! I started changing my eating habits and have been exercising more and I’m down 10 lbs!!

    I’m loving this fresh new start!! What a great year this is going to be!!

  49. Tiffany Robinson

    Everyone always needs a little pick me up to start out the year fresh! Mine is more dates with the husband and eat healthier portions. This scale is awesome, I hope I can win this to get another step closer to my goal.

  50. JHolley

    Hi Amanda, I want to first say that I LOVE your fonts. Thank you thank you thank you for doing this. I love using them on my notes I make for my students. Well, my New Year’s Resolution is to start blogging and cooking. You have helped with both! I have made your chocolate trifle(on my blog) and your yummy chicken in tomato sauce pasta! :)

  51. Lori S.

    I need that scale to help me with my weight-loss :) That is one of my goals this year. I plan to drop 15 pounds. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I win!!!

  52. Becky

    I have been wanting a digital scale for so long! I always borrow my mom’s ‘not-digital’ scale to measure food I buy in bulk to freeze. I also use it to weigh chicken because I found I was making portions too big. Because I’m pregnant, I’m not trying to lose any weight, but this would be so valuable for my bulk shopping and portion control in May when I’m ready to lose some baby weight!

  53. Nicky Hurt

    Oh I would love one of those scales. DH can’t figure out why even though he’s running up to 5 miles every day, he’s not losing weight. (I think I know!!) This past summer I spent a day with my elderly grandmother making my favorite of her cakes- a German Coffee Cream Cake, which uses grams for the flour and sugar. The scale she got me is one of those with the line that moves along the numbers, but it weighs so heavy that the difference between 500grams and 600 grams is miniscule, and I can’t figure it out. AND I need to lose 60 pounds.

    I didn’t make a resolution this year- I never keep them. So I picked a word for the year (a la Ali Edwards) and it is Complete. As in complete projects I start, home improvement stuff before we put the house up for sale next fall, and give my complete attention to my kids, rather than have one eye on them and the other on the TV or laptop. Seems like a great resolution to me. :)

  54. Chandani

    Hi Amanda! Congrats on your excellent weight-loss success. I have a few problem areas that I have been trying to get rid of for a year now and I work out EVERY day. I think my eating habits may chime in on this part and would love a scale to help me be as successful as you. I’m only 22 years old and in graduate school so I know that how I eat now will impact the rest of my life. Thank you for all of your support and great blogs!

  55. Kirsten Davies

    I’m not losing weight…but I would love to have it for my dessert blog!….which is SO not about losing weight either!

  56. Vee

    Would love to win the scale. I’ve to lose some of the holiday weight and what better way to perfect the portion control. I love clementines too by the way… great in salad. Tangerine and honeybells are awesome too.

  57. Charesse D

    Being as I’ve always had a problem with snacking, your snacks ideas were right on target for me (except the yogurt…lol) I will put the chocolate down!! LOL Thanks! Love the blog.

  58. Kalicia R. Beasley

    Girl, I just love yur website! I have been trying… but it’s really hard! I live in the south and we are all about food! Your ideas and tips have been so helpful! Keep up the good work!

  59. Carrie

    Amanda, I absolutely love your blog and have been so inspired by your story! I am right where you were before your weight loss and would love to get where you are now! I tried before the holidays and lost some but then got sucked in by food and parties and gained in back! My goal is to start again and keep going and then keep it off. Thanks for the inspiration-you look great!

  60. Amy Ragland

    Very cool! I’ve been wanting a scale for a while. I’ve lost around 20 lbs but have been AWFUL the last several weeks. Normally I am very good at the holidays…not this year. I keep telling myself get back with it! I am getting bored with my food though, I think that is a big part of it.

  61. Anne

    Thank you for this terrific post! In the Spring and Summer my husband and I walk and he is also an avid runner. I can walk the curves and run the straights at the middle school track that we use and I lost 14 lbs. last summer. I am excited to start up again but I love the snack ideas. I have learned that I need to break meals up into small snacks and that works well for me. I also juice with the hubby and that always curbs our appetites. Plus the benefits of juicing are incredible. I am not a young chick so if this works for me it will work for anyone! I also make mental notes. When I was diagnosed with osteoporosis my doctor told me soda is soooo bad for my bones so that mentality works for me everytime! Those are extra calories no one needs! We also cook lots of meals with fresh veggies and eat a lot of fresh fruit You are right, it satisfies your hungry for something sweet and is so good. Plus your blueberry idea, those are full of fiber and have all sorts of fat burning powers! Woo Hoo! I like to cook salmon with a drizzle of olive and fresh rosemary. It makes a nice satisfying meal and the benefits of salmon are wonderful too! Thanks for this inspiring post! Have a great week!

  62. Diana

    Love your blog! I’m one of the fans of your post “My Weight Loss Story” and appreciate the extra tips and advice in this one as well. That is an awesome scale! I’ve not seen one quite like that anywhere and would love it win it! Keep up the great posts!

  63. Brooke

    Ooooh!! I would love this scale!! By the way, congratulations on your picture at the Pioneer Woman! I noticed that you won….and you deserved it. Both of your doggies are just precious.

    I’m trying to start eating better as well…your before and after pictures are just beautiful. Congrats on that. Losing weight is not easy, at all. Thanks again for a great giveaway and also…I wanna say with all sincerity, thank you so much for including us in your sidebar. You have helped us so much. Keep up the amazing work!


  64. Mary

    Love your Blog!! I happened upon it when I was searching for a toutorial on creating my own background for my blog. You and Kevin were such a big help…I also read about your weight loss story and think I will try your way this time!! Thanks. your give-a way was just a nice little surprise when I got to the end of your post…I am excited to see what happens. Either way, I will be back often to check in ;o)

  65. Brenda in Sunny So Cal

    Hi guys! I love the site and need a food scale, my DH also thought it a good idea to use it for packages, and did it in front of the kids who then decided to weigh a few of the toys and proceeded to weigh themselves, they where very disapointed when the scale broke under their combined weights.

  66. Gloria

    Hi Amanda,

    I tend to eat healthy, but due to an auto-immune disorder vs. meds, I’ve gained nearly 50 pounds. It’s a depressive state, but I decided to kick my body into full gear and exercise 6 days a week; 3 days at home on the treadmill and 3 days a week in the gym with a nautilus routine. This morning, after a 3 week regime, I decided to weigh myself and I lost 2.5 pounds. It may not seem like much to some, but I was utterly in tears at the mere thought that I actually lost weight. I wanted to share my “sweet snack” with you…. blueberries with a dallop of vanilla yogurt sprinkled with granola….very yummy! Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to everyone on the road to a healthy lifestyle!

  67. Melinda V

    Great tips! I love grapes and have always wanted to try clementines. Your story was very inspiring and I am hoping to try some of your ideas. With 5 children I find it difficult to stick to any type of food program, but this sounds like something I could do. My goal is to get fit this year through exercise and proper food choices. Thanks!

  68. Megan Walter

    For the first week of January, I gave up breads (or more like starches). I had no rice, pasta, tortillas, chips, all of that stuff and surprisingly, it wasnt as hard as I thought! It was good to know that I didnt need to rely on bread for everything…there are TONS of amazing foods that dont have bread in them! One thing I really liked were these chips I found called “riceworks” and they are gluten free, wheat free, and are made out of brown rice! They have the most delicious flavors and I dont feel guilty eating them! ;)
    Anyway, I lost about 2 pounds the first week and I am trying to not eat as much bread from now on.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity!

  69. Christina

    What a great giveaway Amanda! I have thought about getting a scale for a while now, thanks for sharing a great find!!

  70. Nicole Kirk

    I LOVE grapes too! I would LOVE to have this scale!! I’ve been thinking about getting one for a while now. I’m putting forth my very best effort this year to get back down to my pre-prego size. It’s definitely not easy! One of my biggest challenges and goals for this year is to give up sugar!
    Thanks for sharing your tips AND for being so generous in your giveaway! *fingers crossed*

  71. Maandee J

    Thank you for sharing you tips! My husband and I are counting our calories and hope to lose weight. We hope that we can get healthy and have a baby this year!!
    Keep up all of the amazing things you do! I love it!!

  72. Cathy

    I usually try to have fruits or veggies setting around for the kids. They never want them but then I shove them in their face or follow them to the basement with a plate and ya know what? The plate comes back empty.. Tonight I put a bowl of grapes out and when we were finished with supper and cleaning up we all grabbed a few.

  73. Jaimie

    This little scale is so cute. I would love to have this and to get rid of my old one. Love looking at your blog as always. Take Care!

  74. Amanda Smith

    I really enjoy your blog since it contains a little bit of everything. You are very inspiring. Thanks!

  75. Kelly

    Love the quote about being kind! Your weight loss is an inspiration to me. I have been on the journey for a year and have lost 25 pounds so far. Slowly…but surely. Thanks for all your great ideas and inspiration, Amanda!

  76. Ashley

    I have also started my own weight loss journey. In the last 10 weeks I have dropped 20 pounds. This scale would take out all the guess work when it comes to portion control. I love your blog and loved reading about your weight loss story. Keep it up!

  77. Jacquita

    I have not set up a blog yet, but do plan making one. My goal this year is to lose weight.. I need to lose about 200 pounds, and I want to try and do it the old fashioned way.. I know a scale will help with portion control and this looks like a great one.. I love reading all your post and have been using your recopies.. If you have any recipe suggestions for healthy food I would love them. Thanks for having this great site..

  78. Kristie Havyer

    I am so happy to have found your blog. You inspired me so much. I am now on week 2 of counting calories and started at 155.2 and last week (first weigh in) I was 151.4. I would love to own that scale. It would make life so much easier~

  79. Aimee Horne

    I have lost almost 100 pounds in the last couple of years…however, Thanksgiving and Christmas almost did me in! I put back on about 10 pounds so now instead of losing that last 20 lbs…I have to lose about 30!!! This scale sure would be handy-dandy!

  80. Evil Pixie

    This year is my year to get healthy, and I admit weight is an issue. I haven’t really dieted before, but I fully recognize (and dread) it is necessary for me to get to the healthy state of mind and body I want to be in by the time 2010 rolls into 2011. It’s funny that you have a food scale as a giveaway because I just met with my nutritionist friend who talked about weighting food and ingredients as part of my new food routine, so fingers crossed the scale goes home with this pixie. :)

  81. Jenni

    I freeze my grapes – during the summer they make excellent “ice cubes” – they stay frozen quite awhile and as they thaw they add a little flavoring to my water.

  82. Linda Hill

    My husband and I are starting “The Biggest Loser” competition at his work this week. The scale would help so much with menu planning and recipes. I enjoy reading your blog. I love grapes as well BUT lately they have been so expensive!!!

  83. Candace

    Wow! Grapes seem like a wonderful idea – I’ll be sure to try it out! I always find myself snacking on something unhealthy, and perhaps it’s time to break free of that nasty habit.

    Good luck to all! :)

  84. Candace

    Thanks for the snack ideas and sharing your weight loss story in November! I haven’t made a huge effort to lose weight, but I did start running. I went from couch potato to running 3 miles or more a day…thanks for your inspiration!

    my goal this year is to use less processed food and more locally grown foods and products. my mom has a food blog and this is her focus for 2010, too! If you want ideas of recipes using “whole” organic, or local foods…check it out! Or if you just want some delicious recipes…

    That scale is going to be mine…i can feel it!!

  85. Martha

    Hello! I have been dieting since last February and have lost 45 pounds. I am trying to make it to 50 by February 25th. I would love to have this scale to help me along the way. I love following your blog, and also the many fonts that you so graciously share with us all.
    Happy New Year!

  86. Gwen

    I would love this new scale! I have a vintage one sitting on my counter…but not real sure it works correctly!

  87. Vikki

    I am trying to get back on track after the holidays and this sounds like a perfect tool to help me out! Thank you for sharing all your weight loss tips – it really helps and is getting me motivated.

  88. Kassy Whetten

    My husband and I are both having a contest between the two of us. We would love this to help us out. I love your blog! Besides my resolution of losing weight, I also want to spend more time just playing with my kids. It seems like we get caught up doing “stuff”, running errands, or whatever. Thanks again for your blog.

  89. Tanya

    Thanks for sharing all of your tips and motivating us to all get healthy. :) I appreciate the help! And a scale like that would CERTAINLY make it easier to keep track of your intake.

  90. Crystal F.

    One of my resolutions this year is to exercise more; I feel so much better & have a lot more energy when I exercise. Another resolution is to use my time more wisely. That ones tough, but I’m working on it!

  91. edy B

    My husband and I working on losing ~ he’s lost about 30 pounds by cutting portions and walking 3-5 miles a day.
    I’m way behind that ~ don’t women have find it harder to get those pounds off.
    Thanks for all the tips!

  92. Shannon

    Hi, I’m a new reader but I have to say that I just love playing around on your blog. You have so much useful information! I have a family history of heart disease and while I’m not overweight, I recently found out that I have high cholestrol. One of my New Years Resolutions was to eat healthier and smarter so I can live longer and be with my kids forever. Okay, forever is a stretch but past the age of 60! Thanks!

  93. Anne

    I’d been struggling with a new eating habit and the validation of “less calories” is so very true. Would be great to have a scale to help along!! :)

  94. Jenny

    I bought a new cookbook for the new year…More Healthy Homestyle Cooking. This cookbook has great recipes, but also tons of tips and substitutions to make all your recipes healthy! I love it!

  95. Kris

    me me me me! Lol! I would love to win this item. I started making an effort to eat healthier in November of last year. I knew if I put it off till January and did it as a “new years resolution” I would never do it. What prompted me? I’m a injured runner. I went from running a little over 4 miles a day, 6 days a week, to running 0 miles and still eating as if I was running. Of course I gained weight. lol! So I made the effort and am so glad I’m finally eating healthy and I feel great. I’m able to run a bit too now. Still recovering, but on the mend and looking forward to training for a 1/2 marathon in 2011.

  96. Nicole

    I got married last October 24th and did very well with my diet and exercise leading up to the wedding. My dress was fitted through the butt & thigh (my biggest problem area) & I bought a size too small, so I HAD to do well with my diet and exercise. After the wedding, however, I was so sick of worrying about it and constantly thinking of my weight that I “let myself go”. I don’t think I’ve ever gained weight that quickly in my life. Needless to say, I’m back on the wagon & I can’t wait to feel about my body the way I did on my wedding day again.

  97. Maria Johnson

    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.

  98. Sarah Knight

    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.

  99. Amy

    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.

  100. Donna Dorrough

    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!

  101. Sarah

    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!

  102. Marin D

    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)

  103. melissa

    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

  104. Jamie

    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!

  105. Julie Lombardi

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

  106. Wendy

    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.

  107. Angela Garza

    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!!

  108. Bree D.

    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! :)

  109. Kelly M

    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!!!! :>

  110. Laurie

    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!

  111. Roshni patel

    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!

  112. Kiana

    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

    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 :)

  113. MissGabyLee

    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!!

  114. Lindsey

    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!

  115. Valerie Ell

    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 ;-)

  116. SaRaH L

    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!)

  117. Sylvia

    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!

  118. Kathy

    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 ….

  119. Sarah McVey

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

  120. Lori M

    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.

  121. Judy

    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!

  122. lindsey

    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!

  123. Angela

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

  124. Lori

    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 :)

  125. Tabby

    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!

  126. Charlene

    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!

  127. Cindy

    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!

  128. Christy Bennett

    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!

  129. Anabel

    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!

  130. Amanda

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

  131. AmandaG

    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.

  132. Geneva May

    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

  133. Pauline Clark

    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!

  134. Kim

    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.
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  135. Rebecca

    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. :)

  136. Sarah Deana

    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!!!

  137. Tara

    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!


  138. Susan

    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!

  139. Susan L

    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.

  140. Sarah

    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!

  141. Kelly S

    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!

  142. Leah

    What a great giveaway. My hubby lost 95lbs last year and is doing great. Here’s his story: 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.

  143. Audrey Spencer

    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.

  144. Brandi

    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!!!)

  145. Melissa J

    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.

  146. Ingrind Nagibe

    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!

  147. Sheen Perron

    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!! 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!!

  148. Jessie

    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!

  149. Emily

    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!

  150. Melissa

    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! :)

  151. Erin

    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! :)

  152. Laura

    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’s perfect for my very small kitchen! Thanks for the chance!

  153. Reva

    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.


  154. Susan

    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.

  155. Chatelaine

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

  156. Viv

    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!!

  157. Amanda

    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.

  158. Jenny

    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!

  159. Jennifer in Idaho

    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!

  160. ElleBee

    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!

  161. karen siebanoller

    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)

  162. Berta

    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.

  163. Mary

    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.

  164. Michele

    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! :)

  165. Morgan Johnson

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

  166. Niki

    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!

  167. Sarah

    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.

  168. Julie

    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!

  169. Dawn in HSV

    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!

  170. michelle

    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!

  171. Laurel

    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.

  172. Pam

    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!

  173. Andrea

    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!

  174. Julie Doddridge

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

  175. Rachel E.

    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. 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!!!

  176. Angie

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

  177. Tanya

    We have started a new weightloss program at work…It’s really hard when you love sweets like I do. I’m headed to the gym after work….wish me luck…Tanya

  178. Reiley

    I’ve been looking at these scales a lot lately and am super excited about the chance to win one from you! You and Kevin both look great and are an inspiration!

  179. Stephanie

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this awesome scale! I’m happy to report that I’m down 1 lb. It’s not coming off fast, but after having major back surgery recently, I’m very limited on what I can do! So far, I’ve been doing very well this year. I’ve been watching what I eat, stopping when I’m satisfied, have not had any sodas in weeks (never been a big soda drinker to begin with, but cutting it out completely) and over all more conscious of my choices. I was motivated by your post on losing weight and I hope that I have the same success!

    Thanks again for the chance to win and for your motivation!!!

  180. Rachel@IdahoCheneys

    Awesome! I’m always trying international recipes and they always have their ingredients weighed for some reason. This scale would be great!!!!

  181. Vicki

    I read your weight loss story and am using some of your ideas for my own journey. My resolution is to lose 15 lbs and be in a healthier place by June when the husband and I are thinking we might want to add a second child to our family! So far, I am only on my second week and the weight loss was minimal last week. But I only started keeping track of what I ate last week and am incorporating 30 mins of exercise this week. Hopefully I will see a bit more than minimal at the end of the week! I use to track my food each day… The scale would help me incredibly for my dinners, which we make at home and are not preportioned! Thanks!

  182. Amanda

    I am always looking for snack ideas–great suggestions. Something else I struggle with is what to eat for lunch–what are your go to meals?

  183. Jan Nickell

    I just had knee replacement surgery and I haven’t had much of an appetite since I came home (I’m told because of the anesthesia and the pain pills I’m on). Maybe it’s just too difficult to get up and go to the kitchen for every little hunger pang! Anyway I’ve lost 13 lbs. and I intend to continue. When my knee will allow me I will start a walking routine (which I haven’t been able to do for over a year)! Thanks for putting this scale give away on your blog – it sure would be nice to have one!

  184. Deanna

    Love your blog! It inspires me in so many ways!!! I would love to win the scale! It would be so great to have!!! Does it come in red or aqua????

  185. Jennifer Whisenant

    I loved reading your weight loss story as I am on the same journey! You and your husband look great! Hopefully I’ll get lucky and win the scale, since I’ve never had one and know it plays a big part in successful weight loss. Thanks for the giveaway!

  186. Melissa in MI

    I too am looking to lose some pounds in 2010. Started my Beach Body exercise program for the second time this weekend. My motivation is a warm weather vacation planned with my 15 year old daughter. She’s going to be running around in a little bikini, and although I have no delusions, I’d at least like to not embarrass her by the pool. I love your snack tips! Thank you! I noticed a post from someone talking about wanting to cook more meals at home, so I thought I’d share my tip for making that happen. Each Saturday I take the time to write out each day of the coming week, what activities we have going on, and then assign a meal to that day based on what I’ll have time for (might take 30 minutes total and only because I struggle to think of new things to cook – but your blog is helping with that). For example, if my older daughter has to be a volleyball practice at 5pm, I know I won’t have time to get home from work and cook before she has to eat so I will plan a crockpot meal for that day, or maybe plan a meal for the night before that I know will have leftovers. Once I have the week complete, I make a grocery list containing everything I will need to make all of the meals for the upcoming week. I make sure to complete my grocery shopping before the weekend is over and it goes faster because I know exactly what I need. I’m extra motivated to cook all of those meals because I’ve already paid for all of the ingredients. In addition, I don’t have to think all week. It’s all written down and posted on the refrigerator. This also is helpful because everyone else in the house knows what is for dinner, and my husband will even look at it and try to help prep stuff when he has time. I even pull out the recipes for the different meals and clip them to the menu so he can find them easily. I’m new to following your blog, but love it! You have some great recipes that my entire family has loved. Thanks so much for opening your life to complete strangers!

  187. Candie Russell

    I have followed your blog for several months now but this is my first comment. I have to congratulate you and Kevin on your weight loss. I too have set goals for this year, including like some other have said, giving up sodas. The thought never crossed my mind until I read it on your blog, so thank you! I can see how the scale would/will come in handy and can’t wait to try one out myself… I too overlook breakfast most days for some of the same ‘excuses’ Kevin uses, so I’m working on that… I’ve also started using Spark, really handy… I am tracking my weight loss on my blog but it’s not my ‘weight loss blog’, it just my family blog, hope you have time to take a look into our life…

    Happy dieting!

    C Russell

  188. julie b

    Fantastic and timely give away!
    I have been contemplating buying a scale for my weight loss journey.
    I think this would be very helpful in know exactly how much the meat I am eating really weighs.
    I’m loosely documenting my journey of trying to lose 40 pounds by the time I turn 40 at the end of this year.
    I have not weighed myself as of yet since starting….I’m plan to do a weigh in next week to see how far I have come in 2 weeks.
    You look fabulous, as does your husband! Congratulations to you both on your success!

  189. Valerie

    This is so exciting – I lost 3 pounds last week and would love a scale so much – for simple things like knowing how big the piece of meat I’m eating actually is!

  190. Kara

    I love reading your blog Amanda! I think that scale looks so great too…I would love to use it as I learn to cook more and more things. :) Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  191. Jan

    I wish I had some weight loss to blog about and then I would start a blog! Believe me, it gets harder as you get older. I still use an old fashioned non digital scale – very bulky and not extrememly accurate. My goal is to eat healthier and try to watch portion control.

  192. Kimberly Ellis

    Hi Amanda,
    I am a HUGE FAN, and I really want the scale. I am doing Weight Watchers and could really use the scale.
    Thanks so much for your great site! I love, love, love everything on it, and DREAM of a house like yours. Your craft room is awesome!


  193. Gina D.

    Great giveaway for all of the new resolutions out there waiting to be completed! Thank you for the chance to win – it’s truly a great prize!

  194. Jaime P.

    I would love to win this little scale! So cute and it would be great to use in my house for both my husband and I. We started this year with goals to eat healthy and losing weight. I have a few other resolutions (including drinking less soda, being more organized/declutter my home and not yelling so much! HELP). This little guy would be great for me. Thanks for the chance and happy new year!

  195. Kay

    Love the tips! Frozen blueberries with Cool Whip…sounds yummy!! The scale looks awesome! Way better than the piece of junk I have :)

  196. Candy

    My husband has lost between 60 and 70 lbs this past year and I am SO proud of him. He is a doctor, so he needed to be healthy and live by example! I would love to have this scale for him!! You look wonderful, by the way, congratulations on being more “healthy”!!

  197. Jessi

    Oooh. What a perfect way to start a fresh, new year! My resolution is to take better care of myself physically & mentally.

  198. Becky

    I would love love love to win this scale. I have started tracking every bite I eat. Record all BLTs is my new years resolution…What does BLT stand for you ask ? … Bites, Licks, and Tastes. These add up throughout the day so we all need to be aware and write them down. Another great snack idea is frozen grapes. YUM :D Have a great day…by the way it’s snowing here in Ohio. It’s beautiful especially when the red birds are on the ground eating fallen birdseed. I counted 8 red birds around my feeder yesterday.

  199. Tiffany

    congrats on your recent weight loss success! thx for the great tips on healthy snacking. i’m going to incorporate those ASAP!

  200. Cara

    I havent really officially starting to shed those couple pounds I’m looking to lose, but your journey has inspired me to kick start it! Nothing too crazy, just watching what I eat, how much I eat, and making better lifestyle choices in general. So thanks for the helpful motivation!

  201. debbie

    I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying your blog; the fonts, the colorful papers, the photographs, and not to mention your pets! I give you both 5 stars! My New Year’s resolution has to do with my hobby. I am a totally obsessed scrapbooker, and am giving my time to Crops of Luv, an awesome group that makes scrapbooks for children who have gone on their Make a Wish Foundation trip/activity. What a great way to give back! I am pumped. Happy New Year and keep up this amazing blog!!!!!

  202. Diana

    I would love the scale. Oh I hope I win. I joined Weight Watchers last May, because I NEEDED help to lose this extra weight! Through the end of November I lost 47.8lbs! I had surgery in December, combined with the holidays I gained about 7 lbs back. I was a little discouraged, but I’m now continuing my journey to reach 50lbs and beyond. It’s a huge jumpstart on my weight loss, but this is MY year to get in shape and look fabulous!

  203. All Around Horses

    I love the idea of a scale…super neat! I am not much of a new years resoulition girl…but just in general as a goal of mine I have been working on firming up those muscles, especially for winter since I do less riding and general work outside. Oh and then there is the portion control…I miss those days that I could eat whatever and still be 115lbs! I would just love to be 125lbs again :).

    That is pretty amazing what you have done as far as weight loss! Oh and of course I love your blog :)!

  204. Debra Pryor

    My sister just emailed me about your adorable blog, and this contest. I am looking forward to reading all your previous posts and especially your weight loss story.
    ~thank you for the contest.

  205. Connie B

    Thanks for all the tips… I really appreciate you taking the time! This food scale would be helpful! YEah!

  206. Lisa

    Hi Amanda! I LOVE clementines and am spoiled after eating tangerines, then having a clementine! No seeds, SOOO easy to peel! My resolution is to simply be good to my body and do healthy things for it, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. So far, so good! I’ve exercised every day and tried my best (with a few slip-ups) to eat healthy foods. Thanks for your blog and and neat ideas! My daughter is obsessed with your fonts, refers to them quite often. We have a Boston Terrier named Chloe – they’re are the most awesome dogs ever!!

  207. Monika Wright

    I love to bake, well and cook, and if you eat, the pounds will come. I have been wanting to portion out my meals and this looks like it would help!

  208. CCT

    Your posts are always so nice and encourageing! Keep them coming. The scale looks nice. I have a very old one from the ’80’s! :) Not digital. I love the quote resolution at the end of your blog. I try to tell my teenagers every chance I get to be nice to everyone, you don’t have to hang with them or be their friends to be nice to them. You don’t know where they are coming from or what their situation is. Keep smiling!

  209. Symone

    I just want to say Thanks!!! All of your information has been really helpful. I myself have started my weight loss journey and my best that’s lost 30 pounds has also giving me great pointers which I’ve added your 1,200 cal guideline. I’ve been doing really great!! From just starting I’m down 7 pounds and am really excited for the new me that’s just around the bend!

  210. Kristin

    I have been dying for a food scale and this one looks awesome! I started my weight loss journey in Dec. 2009 and I have lost 11 pounds. Congrats on your weight loss. I really enjoy reading you blog by the way. Hope to hear from you soon. ;)

  211. Amanda Nelson

    I love the ‘fresh start’ concept.

    I also recently read a book where the general theme was focused on the smallest of baby steps. Here it is….
    “Make the next right decision” What a concept, hun?!?! It applies for all things in life, but for those of us trying to get healthy and be aware of dietary consumption is quite a motivator. “Make the next right decision”!

    If you just had a ‘slip’ or a bad day allow yourself the next right decision. Don’t dwell. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t allow a mistake to derail you healthy lifestyle. Just
    Make the NEXT right decision. :)

    p.s. I’d LOVE to get my paws on this digtal scale. I will aid in my quest to make many more RIGHT decisions.

  212. paula.thequilter

    BTW, frozen grapes are yummy too. On a hot day, just grabbing a couple from the freezer is refreshing. I started my journey *this* week instead of last week. I have a account that has helped in the past (yes, I know) and I reactivated it. You have done so well, you inspire me!

  213. Cathy Michels

    I love your blog and the things you share. I was so impressed with your weight loss story and your sensible approach.

    I find one of the most important tools for maintaining my weight is to weigh myself every single day. (Sometimes teetering on one leg trying to influence the thing in my favor.) That way I can’t delude myself about the effects of a few extra ‘treats’. That and portion control. Denying myself leads to craving and binging but limiting myself teaches me restraint. That little scale would make portion control much easier!

  214. Bernice

    I love your snack tips! And I’m definitely with you on the whole don’t skip breakfast thing. I never used to be a breakfast person and I’m really pressed for time some mornings, but I definitely need it now. It’s a lot easier when you have a routine (i.e., when you have to go to work) than when you’re just sitting at home all day but it’s definitely good. I always try to get something that keeps me full up until lunch so I don’t start snacking in the middle of the day. My breakfast of choice right now is Kashi Go Lean (the crunchy one) with a fruit yogurt. Sooo good :)

  215. Vicki

    Loved the scale too! Portion control is really a huge issue when trying to lose weight. Someone told me to eat every 2 hours, so I try and have good choices (already measured out) in little baggies ready to go. Almonds, cheese stick, hard boiled egg, veggies sliced up, fruit on the counter, etc. It’s a new day, new year!

  216. Joan

    It’s so interesting to read your posts on weight loss and all the comments. You have really inspired so many!

  217. Stephanie Fitch

    That scale looks much better than the one I was borrowing from my Husband! LOL My husband has a gram scale that he uses to weigh coffee beans prior to grinding them because it takes 18 grams of espresso beans to make just the right “shot”. Yes I live with a coffee fantic but that’s ok.
    I’d love to win the scale and I love your BLOG AMANDA! YOU ROCK!

  218. Allison F

    I am not trying to lose weight…in fact i will be trying to gain it over the next 7 months (wink). But my husband would like to lose some weight. I would like to learn to keep the right kind of foods around to snack on and also learn to cook more often and healthier. This is part of my resolution. I have done a pretty good job providing a healthy meal for my 2 year old but i fail misserably for us. you are an insperation and i love your blog!

  219. Deidre

    Hi Amanda! I LOVE the tips for weightloss that you have tucked up your sleeve! I also heart clementines as well…I actually ate 2 this morning for breakfast.

    My “goals” this year include losing and keeping off the weight, as well as being more passionate about life in general.

    I think the gadget is awesome and it would look fantastic on my counter top! hehe

    Thanks for the post and the give away!

  220. Lori G

    Thanks for all of the helpful hints Amanda. I love the idea about leaving a bowl of grapes on the counter, and the frozen blueberries with a little cool whip sounds just as good to me as a bowl of ice cream…I’m going to have to try it!

  221. Missy J

    That little scale is perfect. I love the idea of it weighing the bowl first. Thanks for sharing. I have it on my list now :) We call the little clementines “cuties” and my family loves them. They are the perfect snack / treat. Glad you are sticking with eating healthy. Thanks for inspiring so many of us! Here’s to the best year ever :)

  222. Beth

    Not that I’m counting the lbs, but this year I’ve signed up for an 8K (in March, no less!) and considering a longer race with my sister, leading up to a half marathon in August. I’m not a runner. i can go 2.5 miles on the treadmill at a nice clip. So I’ll be bumping that up and if I tone up and lose a couple of lbs in the process, that’s great. But it is time for a change, especially before THE CHANGE takes over…
    thanks for all the inspiration!

  223. Kendall H

    As a newleywed, it has been my desire to serve food for my husband and I that is healthy, filling, and good for our bodies. Recently, I have really enjoyed slicing red, yellow, and green peppers with some onions and pieces of skinless, boneless chicken. i then pour olive oil on them, sprinkle a little sesamee seeds on top and bake for about 20 minutes. when it’s done, i top it over some white or brown rice and serve with a little soy sauce. it’s filling, you get your veggies, and it’s simple.

    my new years resolution…i’m not sure i have one but i know that i want to serve my husband and live out my roles as a wife just as i’m called to do in Ephesians 5:22-24. i look up to the Proverbs 31 woman and i pray the Lord would give me wisdom to follow in her footsteps as i am called to do!

    Thanks for your wonderful blog, i follow it and love hearing how your family is doing! be blessed!

    Kendall (potter) Hinton

  224. Angela Iacono

    What a great way to help start eating healthy! This would be such a huge help during my “wedding weightloss”!
    Love the site :)

  225. Lydia

    I’m really enjoying reading your weight loss journey and it is inspiring me to start my own. Thank you!! This scale would be a great help to a new start.

  226. Marianne Ogg

    What a great giveaway!!! I’d use it alot, I’ve always wanted to try a certain whole wheat bread recipe but it is all in weights. YAY!!!

    My new years resolution is to be healthier, in general. My only child (as of right now) is now a year old, and I realized that I don’t want him eating french fries, soda, fried food, etc. So I’ve given them all up. I now opt for steamed veggies or a baked potato when eating out and I drink ice tea when I’m watered out-I do love water! I want him to have a healthy start and he will only learn from example! Now, I just have to get my husband on board with that!

    I have a water tip for you I learned when I was pregnant. I love water, its never been an issue drinking it. But when you are pregnant you are supposed to drink even more water. I found that adding lemon made it a bit easier to get those extra ounces down. I found some stuff called True Lemon. Its crystalized lemon and its great! Comes in packets so I could keep them in my purse and add to water whenever. And, it comes in Lime and Orange flavors too! Check it out because its awesome!!!

  227. Carrie Gamber

    Hey Amanda
    What a neat gadget! I would LOVE to win the scale..please add me to the drawing… I just read about how you lost the weight and just started trying… Hope it works! I’ve tried it all! I even went on the site to try and figure out how many calories per serving some of my favorite recipies are. Problem is I don’t always have how many servings they are and it won’t tell you via cup size or anything.. Oh well …. Thanks so much for your awesome site! Take care!

  228. Kerri

    I am working on losing some weight. My first motivation is that my daughter is getting married in June and I want to look sooo nice for my husband if I am going to be dressing up. My second motivation was a picture of me that was taken recently and….yikes, that is motivation!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  229. Christy

    I would loooove to win this neat little scale! We just joined the local YMCA, and it’s our goal to get healthier this year, too. Love that you shared your snacking tips. Great ideas!

  230. Sara

    That scale seems like it is super handy. I am starting my weight loss journey today. I was actually just talking to a friend of mine yesterday about how I really have no idea how to diet. I think being able to measure and weigh things would really help me with serving sizes, etc.

  231. Southern Gal

    I love this scale! Mine is a WW type scale that is always a little off. I’ve begun this week to try and jump into eating healthier for me and for the hubby.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  232. Amy N.

    Hey there! Lurker here! :) I would love this scale SO much! I’ve been working out w/ a close friend who is a personal trainer 2x a week, and doing cardio more than that, and eating MUCH better, so this would only help me even more w/ the measuring! (i.e. how much is 1 oz of almonds? How many almonds?! I guess!)


  233. Bev Crockett

    I love reading your blog! You are so motivating and talk about all the things that interest me. I desperately need a scale and hadn’t seen this one. I love the size and features. Just maybe I won’t have to go buy it :)

  234. Maureen

    I think you’re site is wonderful. Thanks for sharing all of your information. I just recently found your site and I just love it! And a new scale wouldn’t hurt either :)

  235. Terri

    Hi Amanda! Good for you for keeping up the good work! I have started South Beach for maximum weight loss and am doing an exercise program called P90X. The scale would help me so much! I have always wanted one, and this would really help me sort out portion control, especially for meats!

    How fun!

  236. Jude

    Oh, boy, Decembre is the absolute worst month for an Italiana with a sweet tooth. There are still biscotti and panetone on the kitchen counter, but I can’t even look at them after all the excess of Christmas — now I’m cooking up fresh vegetables and brown rice and making salads to bring to lunch. A scale like this would help me judge portions, so count me in!

    Love your blog– buon anno!

  237. Courtney

    Gotta love a good giveaway! My new years resolution was to get back in the gym and lose about 10-15 pounds. So, I’d really like to try this scale for snacks and such. I’m excited to see who wins!

  238. Therese

    Love all the ideas you give us. My resolution this year, like many others, is to lose weight. I have 100 lbs to take off. I weigh in on Fridays, which I’m hoping will keep me on track for the weekends and I have lost 4 lbs since Jan 1st. A long road but I’m willing to put in the work and your scale would be perfect seeing I weigh or measure everything!


  239. Laura

    My resolution this year it so finish and graduate school!! I can do it by October if I put all my effort and energy into it!

  240. Tracie

    Hi Amanda,
    Thank you for the giveaway offer! My husband and I have been making small changes to live healthier. We’ve added more fruits and vegetables to our diet. Also more nuts as a filling and healthy snack. We’ve been getting on the treadmill and rowing machine. We feel better and with the approach to making small changes we look forward to the added benefit of losing weight. When it comes to lunch meat and portions in general we think a scale would be very helpful.

  241. Barbara Noland

    YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME!!!!!!!!! I am going to do this….and the snack ideas are perfect. From henceforth, Mondays will be a day to celebrate. thank you for inspiration. Barbara

  242. Terri Shaver

    We’ve taken a vegan approach to the new year… seeing results! I’m learning a lot about nutrition that I never knew before (and I was a nurse!) Learning a lot about where nutrients come from and how to get the most from a meal. Thank goodness for the Internet. Research and recipes are a snap! This week, I’ve added “wheat free” to our equation and it’s making it a bit more complex, but again, the internet helps!
    Thanks for the blog! Always something for everyone!

    Terri S.

  243. Becca H.

    My 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with PKU (phenylketonuria) at birth. We have to weigh every food she eats and calculate it each day. It’s been a great lesson for the whole family on portion control. And it makes baking so much easier, too! My goals for 2010… no more soda, cut back on snacking, and exercise more!

  244. Natali

    It was my first monday to weigh in today! Guess how many pounds I lost??? THREE! I was so insanely excited! I almost fell off the scale! :) I can’t even describe how greatful I am that you posted about your weight loss story. It really made me realize just how easy it is to lose weight! So far…it has been awesome and completely easy. I don’t feel like I’m starving myself and I can still eat what I want! Just not as much! THANK YOU! I would LOVE to win the scale! Pick me PLEASE! ;)

  245. Lori

    I’m new to your site, but I love what I see! I especially love all the photo tips!
    By the way, the scale is adorable and would love great in my kitchen. =)

  246. Jackie Briere

    Hi Amanda! I would love to win one of those! I bought a food scale that Dr. Bernstein recommends when you go through their program, but it’s a small cheapy one .
    Unfortunately, I have gained all my weight back since going through that program but my weight is an ongoing issue and I do not like to treat it as a new year resolution cause I know it is a lifestyle choice to eat healthy. There are a lot of recipes I can make using the new food scale in the Dr. Bernstein cookbook. Reading about your weight loss will help me get back on track . I need to start new , with a new food scale! Thanks for giving us the chance to win one!


  247. Geneve

    I would love a scale! I need something to keep me in check. Plus I need to weigh the ingredients for my homemade pasta recipe. :) I wanted to try to lose weight this year, but just found out I’m pregnant! Yay! So now I am just going to try to be healthier and not gain as much weight.

  248. Jacque Foster

    I have read and re-read your blog about your amazing weight loss. My daughter and I and hubby are up for the challenge starting the first of February. Thanks for your helpful insight into doing it cheaper.

    PSS-CONGRATS on your Pioneer Woman Win.. I was so excited when I saw your picture I was calling my daughter and telling her “that’s Kevin and Amanda” but why not the great shot with the cut out over the lens?

    thanks for all the great info and fun.

  249. Alison

    This scale sounds great!

    My new year’s resolution…don’t worry so much. It is kind of a continuum from last year, inspired by a saying from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

  250. Nicole

    I was looking at scales at Walmart last week to see what they had and thought it would be a neat thing to have around since I am trying to lose weight this year. I would love to win one!

    I recently started reading your blog and I look forward to new posts from you. You have amazing photography and I love your weight loss story!


  251. Amy Holt

    Hi Amanda,
    Thanks to all you fellow bloggers! I love your blog! What a great giveaways you always have! I would love to get this scale for my diet this year! I am going to try the Atkins low carb diet because you cut out the starches and sugar. I will keep everyone updated with my success on my blog! Thank you for your inspiration! I would love the chrome and white one!


  252. Kristin

    How cool – I’ve been wanting one of those for a while now! It’s such a great thing to have in any kitchen.

    You can read about my attempts at being healthy over at

  253. Lowly

    My plan (goal) is to lose weight and get fit and truly CHANGE my habits, so they last me for the rest of my life. I have only great things to say about a three week whole body detox I did, which included juicing fresh veggies. I never felt better in my life, and the weight just fell off me.

  254. Jill F

    I would love to win the scale. Although I didn’t make any formal New Year’s resolutions, I am slowly making changes in my lifestyle by making healthier food choices. (And then exercize is next–ugh!!)

  255. Denise

    “Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” That is my number one resolution this year. Probably a lot like yours. Congrats to you both on the weight loss, you look great!

  256. Cortnie

    Ok first of all…I’ve been wanting one of those little bad boys for a while, but just haven’t gotten around to getting it. So…PICK ME!
    Second, I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno…not really a “diet”. It has a bunch of really good info I’m sure you already know, but it has the most healthy,most fabulous, most delicious recipes EVER! Try it. I’m telling you, you’ll love it!

  257. Meg

    Congratulations on your weight loss success! I am looking forward to trying your snack ideas and tricks this year to lose weight for my wedding!!

  258. Larissa

    Hey Amanda, Like always love reading the blog…I am trying to watch what I eat, cook better and more walks…You still look great…Can’t wait to see more your trips you guys take…

  259. Beth

    I could definitely use this! I started Weight Watchers before Christmas and can’t find my scale which is no where near as nice as this one.

  260. Danielle Roe

    My husband and I started counting calories just after our wedding anniversary on the 4th. Well, we’re doing a combo of counting calories and “points” (via weight watchers). We’ve lost weight both ways before, and are anxious to get healthy again! Congrats to you and your hubby on your successes!

  261. Phon

    Hi Amanda, Ive been using your weight loss method since after Christmas. I’ve lost 8lbs. I’ve also been going to the gym 4-5 times a day, its a killer but your my motivation and my trip to Hawaii in a few months, haha. But I want to thank you for your inspiring weight loss story, its helped me so much!

  262. Erin

    I’ve started eating a healthy soup and fresh fruit for lunch instead of a hearty sandwich and chips.

    I’ve been using your fonts and LOVE them! :)

  263. Melissa

    Hi, Amanda!
    Oh my gosh, i would LOVE that scale! I kinda meant to ask for that for Christmas, but somehow I forgot! Or i thought of it a little late! I need one!

    This is my weight loss blog, which you have visited before:

    & here’s my post on New Year’s Resolutions! (on my regular blog)

    by the way, have you ever put your grapes in the freezer?! I promise – SOOO good! A wonderful treat!

  264. kaylea

    wow, a scale would be great….am trying to track calories and carbs, and well, blew it the last three days.

    Tomorrow is a new start.

    Thanks for the encouragement….

    And I love the quote…somedays, working with the public, I need to remember that!

  265. Kair

    I love it when I get on the computer after work and you’ve posted something!! I LOVE reading your blog!

    That nifty scale sounds PERFECT for my kitchen! Thanks for doing this giveaway – you are AWESOME!!

  266. Jennifer

    How neat! My husband and I recently celebrated the birth of our first little one, and I am trying hard to shed those extra pregnancy pounds. What a neat giveaway!

  267. Lisa

    OK, you caught me! My resolution was to start eating better and to get my butt back in the gym. But, I haven’t started yet! I’m pretending it’s still December. I would love to win this scale and put it to good use getting my rear in gear!

  268. Deb

    I really enjoyed the story about Mondays. I’m a glass half empty girl trying to become the half glass full girl. Mondays as a fresh start would be great!

  269. Laura

    Great post! I love snacking on those things, as well. Have you ever tried frozen grapes? It’s probably still a little cold for them now, but they’re delicious in summer! I’ve even heard that you burn extra calories digesting them, because your body has to heat them up. Not sure if that’s true, but they sure are good! Your diet tips really work. I’ve been counting calories and keeping track of exercise on an app on my phone, and it’s been so great. I’m already seeing success! I hope I’m a winner!

  270. MariaB

    Thanks for the awesome tips and giveaway!

    I have a couple of new year’s resolutions… but a main one is to plan my weekly meals and cook healthy meals at home vs. fast food. I started last week and so far I’ve cooked every night except for Friday (we went to a hockey game). Yay me!!

    You truly are an inspiration!

  271. mary gendron

    I read your first post about this and kept thinking I need to do it and I was just looking up your website to find the info and you had this post! I am excited to try it and now I need to re-read the first post!

  272. Monica

    Hooray for you meeting your weight loss goal! That is awesome. I’m working on losing the last 17 pounds I’m still hanging onto after having a baby in July. Oh and I would totally choose the black chrome scale. Love it!

  273. Christina

    Thank you for sharing your journey. It has been an inspiration to me. I have Polycystic Ovarian Disease and thought that losing weight would not be possible. Reading about your journey encouraged me to contact the nutritionist at my endocrinologist’s office. She set up an eating plan for me that is very do-able. My last endo appt. was Oct. 27th and at my appointment last week I was down 30 pounds. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Happy NEW Year. Happy NEW decade. Looking forward to hearing how your life is blessed this year….

  274. Beth Dotson

    I love reading your blog. Your post about how you lost weight was very inspiring for me and gave me that boost I needed to jump on my own weight loss story. I started a blog A Blog Step Away to chronicle my weight loss journey. I’ve only just begun and have already lost 4 lbs! That scale would definitely come in handy with a lot of the recipes I have been finding! My new years resolution isn’t to lose weight, although that would be nice. I just want to be healthier and have more energy for my son. Thanks for this great opportunity!

  275. Jennifer F.

    Thanks for these great snack suggestions! I go back to school next week and I’ll be moving into my sorority’s house. I will definitely have some of these snacks on hand, I’m sure my sisters will be appreciative of them as well! :)

  276. Ivy

    I have started my weight loss with first upping my water intake, and soon will be meal planning, and a different thing every week.

  277. Hilarie

    I just started (again) today with the weight-loss journey. I’ve lost 30 pounds each of the past two years (and gained some back at the end of each year). I continue to make poor food choices, so I’m really working this year on portion control, choosing HEALTHY foods (which I know help my body feel better), and exercising because it makes me happier. Basically a little brainwashing about what is “good” (as in good for me being better than good-tasting).

    I just reread your weight loss post the other day – for inspiration. It helps to see other people who have succeeded. You and Kevin both look great!

  278. Christine W.

    I am so inspired by your hard work. Keep it up! I would love to win the scale to get me jump-started on my weight loss goals!

  279. meg

    Ok. I’ve seriously been wanting one of those bad boys for the longest time!!! Guess who is a gummy vitamin fan now! :D

  280. Leslie

    That’s a great resolution, being nice to people is always good. Mine is to eat healthier, specifically atleast one veggie with every dinner.

  281. Cassandra Webb

    What a fantastic giveaway! I have been a fan of your blog for a while now. I read your weight loss story and was inspired! I even wrote about it on my blog. Right now, I am suffering from two herniated discs that will require back surgery, but you better believe that once I’m back to normal, I will be employing your weight-loss strategy. This scale would be SO GREAT to help me along the way!

    If you want to, go to the following URL to read what I wrote about your blog ;)

  282. Angie Nicholas

    Ooh that scale would be soo nice!! I did weigh in today and lost One pound. I had lost 9 pounds before Christmas but took the month of December ‘off’ from tracking. Amazingly, I only gained a pound in that month, so now I’m back where I need to be!

  283. Kelli Hobbs

    I love the tip about the grapes, I am starting that tomorrow! Definitely could use the scale since I am focusing on eating better and that would help tremendously. I love your blog :0)

  284. jen

    I want to know how I can eat that bowl of yummy nuts LOL …. looks delicious! I’m down 2.2 today (my first weigh-in) – super excited!

  285. Jamie

    What an awesome giveaway. My sister starting counting her calories right before you did your post in November. I showed her your post and she now uses some of the websites you mentioned. So far she has lost 21 pounds! I have a lot to lose, I really need to get motivated to do something about it.

  286. Olga

    Awesome scale!! I love it… I’m a baker and have been looking for one with the zero feature for months! I so hope I win… Thanks Amanda for sharing so much with us!

  287. Tammy

    What great ideas! I love the “fresh start” approach! I need that motivation every single day! I have a very tired scale that I use constantly! I would love a fresh start scale!

    Thanks for your wonderful ideas–you are very motivating!

  288. Leah W

    while my hubby is out I am really hoping to shape up and get into my pre-wedding body again! I love how you’re so positive and real with the advice! I’d love the scale! I have nothing to help me out with portions, so this would help TREMENDOUSLY! :)

  289. Suzanne

    Congrats on your weight loss! Have you tried freezing the green grapes? It makes them even sweeter and takes longer to eat. I’d love to have a scale!

  290. Traci REed

    Ohhh! I use an 8 oz max analog scale and would love this! I’ve been losing weight the same way for 5 months and have lost 32 lbs so far! I blog about it on Sundays :)

  291. Kelly

    Hi Amanda I love your blog! I told all of my co-workers about your weight loss plan and would love the scale to put our good intentions into action. Blessings :-)

  292. Janet

    I would love to win this scale. I just love to follow your blog and I have been telling myself that I need to loose about 15-20 pounds for the last 6 months at least. I to have thought of trying those nutrisystem diets and I just can’t pay it. I know I need to count calories and I have wanted a kitchen scale for the longest time. It would be such a help! Thanks for all your tips!

  293. Melinda

    Losing weight is one of my resolutions…seems like it is every year. I started WW in the fall, and have another 30 pounds or so to lose.

    My main resolution this year is to put more focus on my family. I am going to have regular dates with my hubby and with my daughter. I think the one-on-one times are going to be important as she’s getting ready to become a teenager!

  294. Carm Hernandez

    thank you so much for you ideas…I even join spark people!! Wow I can’t believe how fast the calories add up.

  295. Christina

    Wow! My mom has one of those and I’ve borrowed it before. I’ve wanted one ever since.

    What an inspiring post for today. I FINALLY took the plunge and worked out for the first time in many months this afternoon. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’m sure I won’t be saying that tomorrow:) I feel yucky and it’s time to make a change. My resolution to accompany my workouts (going realistic here) is to not eat after 7pm. That’s where I have to start for now. I can take it a step further once I get that one down.

  296. Denise Hunter

    Thank you so much for the grape tip and the scale tip! I would really like to use 20 lbs., but it seems like such a large number to me. I have getting up in the mornings to walk with my girlfriend before work, but it’s not really working. I need to try your food tips!

  297. Amanda

    I came on here to thank you and leave you a comment about how much you inspired me to start counting the calories going into my mouth…and here you have a giveaway asking for the same thing-lol. Cool!

    I went back and read your post about weight loss like a bazillion times to build me up. Like you- I’m starting at a size 10/12 and am 5’6″. I did the online calculators and they said 1200 calories…WOW-what a difference-to really SEE now how much I overate. What my body didn’t NEED but my brain told me I did…

    I had also gained 5 lbs over the holidays. I started counting calories on Jan 1. At the end of the week I was down 4.3 lbs. Holy cow! I have no idea how THAT happened! I know it won’t be that much week to week-but I’m very psyched to reach my goal of 135-140 by May 1. I only have 12 lbs more to go now so I’m hopeful that it’s attainable now!!

    I’m so looking forward to feeling GOOD again. To keep up with the kids and be more active and have fun shopping for myself again…Can’t wait! Thank you so much for showing that you don’t have to spend bookoo bucks on diet programs when all it takes is simple addition. :)


  298. HeatherB

    I loved reading about your success story just before Christmas, and I would love to have the same results. That scale would come in really handy! :)

  299. Barbara Gardner

    I had a friend tell me about your website, and I have been so enthralled with it ever since! I love your stories, your photography tips, your fonts,and your scrapbooking. I am amazed at your weight loss story – I too would love to receive this scale to help me on my road to weight loss! I do have quite a bit to lose, and it sure would help out! Thanks for your great tips on life!!

  300. kellie

    Your snaking styles sounds similar to the changes I’m trying to make in my own eating habits. I would be thrilled to win one of these scales !! It looks amazing :)


  301. Stephanie

    Thanks for sharing the snack tips. Snacks are one of my weak spots. I am on a mission to shed weight–doc says if I loose some more weight I may be able to control the diabetes without medication. You are an inspiration!

  302. Kristen

    I did a weight loss competition last January to April and got second place…32 lbs! It was fantastic. Way to go with your weight loss!
    I would LOVE to win this give away…and then you’ll have to post some of those recipes!

  303. Misty

    Well lets just say winning a scale would be perfect for me. I had a set of twins and another baby in a short time period and I have really packed on the pounds. My sister in law used to be just as heavy as me and she joined Weight Watchers and lost 87 pound in 2 years. I am very jealous. I would love to feel attractive again and not feel like a I need nap in the middle of the day! Thanks for such and inspiring website.

  304. Kim

    Wow, are those candied walnuts? Yum.
    I just started Dr. Oz magic drink today and diet, with a friend. We have been doing a lot of walking and have stuck to it.

  305. Lisa

    Love your blog, would also love this scale, i am just now getting into all sorts of bread baking!

  306. Teresa

    Love reading your blog…..and this was a great post…

    Thanks for all your tips…..

    I have been doing a few posts on my favorite blogs and would love to mention yours…Hope that is OK….

  307. tchrtiff

    I love your posts–so very positive. What are those yummy looking nuts in the bowl on the scale? Would love to snack on those right now. I’m not trying to lose weight but my issue is needing to exercise to build some muscle and energy. I love the snack ideas, thanks for sharing. I’d love a great scale in my kitchen when cooking and baking. Happy New Year!

  308. Tina

    You really are inspiring, Amanda. Thanks for your blog and for sharing your story. I hope to have a weightloss story to share soon too!

  309. Angelica

    What a great giveaway! I am just re-starting my weight loss journey, and have a brand new (not so pretty) blog. I lost 35 lbs in 2006, and got pregnant with my first daughter in 2007, and my second in 2008, so I’ve gained back 25 lbs, and still have more to go beyond that! My main goal is just staying active – I’ll know I’m healthier when I can go an entire day without feeling completely drained, and when I don’t have to “tuck” anything in! Thank you for the great read, and your snack tips are such great reminders! My two year old loves grapes, so do I. I just need to keep them out on the corner because unlike some fruits, they really do fill you up!

  310. Teale

    What a great giveaway! I would love to win this scale. I actually just started the 1200 calories a day “diet”… thanks to reading your story! My first week I lost 4 pounds!

    I am a new reader and love your blog. I’m an Auburn alum (War Eagle!), and actually just got a Canon Rebel T1i for Christmas so I am LOVING reading through all the photography tips. Your info helped me pick out my next lens. If you check out my blog, you’ll see my pics have a long way to go but I’m loving the camera already. Thanks so much! Keep up the good work!

  311. Amanda

    What an awesome giveaway! One of my New Years resolutions is to eat healthier, for both me and my little baby (I am 13 weeks pregnant with my second).

  312. Deneen Cook

    I only recently found your blog but I have been a huge fan for years ever since I saw your scrap room in a magazine and tore it out because some day when my girls are grown and gone from home I will have a scraproom of my own. You are very inspiring and I so happy to have found your blog. Thank you

  313. Erin

    Grapes are probably my favorite fruit! Green ones are my favorite. I could probably snack on them all day & while I don’t really diet, I do try to watch what I eat, but sometimes it’s hard. I still would like to lose about 10 lbs (that I’ve been trying to lose since I graduated college almost 5 years ago…lol.

    Also you probably don’t remember me, but we had choir together (I think it was just one year) at AHS. I think I was in 9th grade…Ms. Nunnally’s class :) I can’t remember how I came upon your blog, but I really like reading it!

  314. Daneilia