My First Giveaway

by Kelli H. on June 27, 2012

You read it right! I’m having my first ever giveaway on my blog!
The giveaway is for this awesome digital kitchen scale. Kitchen scales are great for so many reasons! When I was in culinary school, we only used scales to measure out our ingredients. It’s a much more exact way to bake. Your baked goods will come out much more consistent by using a scale. They are also very helpful if you are keeping track of portions for portion control.  
 I was recently contacted by Slimkicker to see if I’d like to do a giveaway on my blog. Of course I said yes! Slimkicker is a website that is dedicated to making health and fitness a fun challenge. You can track all of your food consumption and calories through the website, and they even have an iPhone app. Keeping track of what you eat can be super helpful for many people. Their website can help motive you by using their point system. When you track a healthy food, you are rewarded with points and move up to higher levels. They also offer 7-30 day health challenges to get you to give up foods that are not healthy. An example would be to give up soda for a week.
Here’s how to enter the giveaway:
Leave a comment below with one of your own suggestions for a fitness or diet challenge.
Slimkicker will pick their favorite suggestion, and I will announce the winner next week. The giveaway will close on July 4th, 2012. Thank you!

This giveaway is limited to US residents only. 

This giveaway is now closed. Winner will be announced soon.
Thank you for entering. 

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Sarah June 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I think the best way to challenge yourself is to find ways to make current favorite foods healthier! For example, I make smoothies a lot and I love mixing in lots of different goodies to make them perfect. I recently tried substituting milk with a healthy protein juice drink! To my surprise, it really didn’t change the taste and my smoothies are delicious as ever, but with more protein! I’ve also seen people cutting carbs by substituting bread and potato products with cauliflower or substituting quinoa for rice! There are so many ways to make our favorite comfort foods better for us by challenging us to try new things in our recipes!

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Sarah June 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

woopsie, forgot my contact email!

sblake1[at]student[dot]framingham[dot]edu

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Janelle June 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I try to make a fresh “green” juice once or twice a week as a meal substitute or an addition to a light meal. janelle@roadtaken.com

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David Wells June 28, 2012 at 1:36 am

My fitness challenge for everyone is: Get outside at least once a day and do something physical for at least 30 minutes. It can be anything large or small. Even if it’s just taking a walk around the block. Just get off the couch, or out of the computer chair, or whatever it may be, and enjoy the fresh air and the sunlight. A lot can be said about the positive effects of fresh air and sunshine! To make this challenge even more enjoyable, and to make it something you actually stick with, make it a buddy challenge! Do this with a friend, or relative, or even your dog! This way you will motivate each-other, and enjoy all of the physical and mental benefits of exercising and being outside! An added bonus is you will build and strengthen your relationship with your challenge buddy! With so many benefits, why NOT do this challenge?!

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baking.serendipity June 28, 2012 at 2:43 am

It took a little bit to get into the habit, but I make sure my breakfast and lunch are packed the night before and my coffee is set up. Then, I use the extra 20 minutes or so to take the dog for a walk. It helps me wake up, gets in a little extra exercise and my pup loves it!

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Jane June 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Diet soda and artificial sugars are definitely something I need to challenge myself to give up ASAP! They are so unnecessary and not good for your body! Diet Coke and Splenda be gone!! (janepfrank@gmail.com)

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Michelle June 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

My diet / nutrition challenge is simple: Eat breakfast every day!
This most important meal of the day can not be underestimated. Eating breakfast will boost your metabolism and helps to maintain a healthy weight, among many other benefits. Try it and see your eating habits change dramatically!

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Laurel C June 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I think a fun fitness challenge would be to try a “new to you” activity every week, in addition to whatever workouts you already do. I’m a runner, so for me I might try yoga one week, and then pilates the next week. It would be fun to try to mix up your activities and cross train a little, and you might find out that you LOVE yoga and want to continue! Challenging your body in different ways is not only healthy but fun!

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Nanny June 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I try to eat fish two or three times a week and a green salad with lots of garlic every night, walk my dog every day and work in my garden which I love the best, oh, and drink lots of water.

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amy @ fearless homemaker June 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm

congrats on your first giveaway! for a food challenge for myself, i’d try to work more fresh fruits + veggies into my daily diet. i eat pretty healthy as is, but could DEFINITELY use more fresh produce in my day to day life!
amy@fearlesshomemaker.com

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WillJogForFood June 29, 2012 at 12:22 am

Challenge is … try a new to you fruit or vegetable every day of the week!

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kevin H June 29, 2012 at 3:42 am

My challenge is to eat less meat and more vegetables and frute, and get off the couch and out of the chair more. reading on this site I can see why they picked your site for the giveaway. such good recpies.

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Emily June 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Honestly, my biggest fitness challenge is measuring my portion sizes, especially for snacks when I’m not really paying attention. It’s so easy for me to overdo it on things like nut butter or cheese. Suddenly my apple slathered and dripping in almond butter should really be pleasantly spread with almond butter, whoops!

Thanks for the giveaway, and I’m totally going to check Slimkicker out!

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Shellie July 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Congrats Kelli on your first give away!!!

My challenge is to eat less at dinner time. I cook for two now so, for example I buy one chicken breast and we split it. For side dishes we have vegetables or a healthy salad. I started plating my dinner on a dessert dish so, i will eat less. I feel so much better now… I am not bloated and have more energy to walk the dog after dinner. I am learning portion control is the key for us. Life is differently looking better!!
shellie@roadtaken.com

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h. July 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

This is a great first giveaway. This looks like an awesome kitchen scale!

My challenge is to re-invent my favourite “unhealthy” dishes and make them healthier. This could mean making homemade versions of a restaurant dish, so I know exactly what is going into it, or baking cookies at home instead of buying the packaged ones from the shop. It also means using more whole foods and less processed foods, even if it takes longer to prepare. It’s a good thing that I love cooking so my challenge is often fun for me, I love experimenting and trying to re-create foods, but if I’m tired sometimes it’s hard to do all that work when I just want to eat a whole box of sugary popsicles instead of making my own, real fruit popsicles (and then waiting for them to freeze!). But I know it’s worth it. 🙂

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Treble Tart July 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

An idea for a new challenge is: Snacking! It’s important to eat 2-3 snacks throughout the day, in between your bigger meals, to keep your metabolism up. Instead of reaching for chips or cookies though, replace one unhealthy snack a day with a handful of grapes, baby carrots, an apple with peanut butter, or celery. If you make it through the week with one snack replacement per day, reward yourself with a “dessert” of your choosing (ie: a second helping of strawberries, a whole mango, or a deliciously sweet smoothie that’s also good for you)!

asantee@artist.uncsa.edu

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Kaleh Hollander July 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm

My Challenge is to Hydrate! Yes, that means H20. I suggest doing this little math problem to find out how much water you should consume a day.
.6 x body weight= ___ ounces water per day
(Example .6 x 125lbs= 75oz water per day)
Now why should we drink h20? There are many reasons, but here are a few to help with weight loss and health.
Water helps the metabolism of fat. Your liver converts fat in to energy, while your kidneys gets rid of waste. if you are not drinking enough water your liver will make up for there lack of function by your kidneys. By drinking a sufficient amount of water your liver can metabolize fat and not have to do the job of the kidneys. That sounds pretty good to me! More water, More fat burning!
Also drinking water helps your muscles to function and stay lubricated. Muscles that get enough water will contract easily and strengthen faster, also will avoid injuries. And we all know building muscle will help you loose weight! Plus Strong is the new Skinny!

Here are a few easy tips I’ve used to help drink your goal amount of water a day.
-Drink a big glass of water before you eat breakfast, Or right when you wake up. Even before that cup of coffee.
-Measure out your water. I.E. get a big water bottle maybe 32 oz, or a liter and do the math “3 of these bottles will make my goal.”
-Space out your water drinking. Nothings worse than realizing you’ve only consumed 16oz in the first 4 hours of your day. Give yourself little goals. Write on your water bottle with times; this much by 10am, this much by 12pm, etc…
-When you feel like snacking down that water. I know when ever i get cravings or “think” I’m hungry. I just pick up my water and chug. Haha it fills you up so you won’t want to snack.
-You hate water! Honestly don’t know how anyone could hate water, but there are the few out there. I suggest squeezing lemon, or slice cucumber and drop it in your water bottle. Gives it a little flavor with out adding any artificial sweeteners.

Hope this helps you all out. Try the challenge for a week and I bet after that week you’ll keep it going since you’ll be feeling so great!

kalehholla@yahoo.com

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Julia P July 4, 2012 at 7:20 am

My challenge idea is to take a daily walk after a meal, whether it’s lunch or dinner. It helps with digestion, is meditative, and is also a great way to spend quality with family/friends. Admit it, when’s the last time you actually walked after a long day with some family member?

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Samantha Remington July 5, 2012 at 12:02 am

My challenge idea is to spend a whole week focusing only on the positive things you already do in your everyday life. It’s not as simple as it sounds. The more you focus on the blessings and good habits you already have, the easier it becomes to form new ones! ssremington@gmail.com

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