Screaming Goodies and Winner Announced

Welcome Weight Loss Wednesday group!! (Or any of the rest of you who are struggling with all the treats and temptations lurking about this time of year, trying to trip you up in your healthy eating and making your belly (or other regions of your body) bulge. (If you are just happening upon this site  and want to join us on Weight Loss Wednesdays, click here to get caught up or simply leave a comment today. We’d love to have you!!)

Before we weigh in about how our weeks went, let’s talk goodies.

Screaming goodies.

Goodies like these I baked with some college girlfriends of Kenz’s yesterday on “Baking with Mom E.” day. Just look at these!!!

13031_204516534245_731229245_2778467_6535108_nAnd these:

13031_204516529245_731229245_2778466_2259753_nResulting in hundreds of goodies loading two tables and all the counters in my kitchen, like this:

13031_204516524245_731229245_2778465_7191124_nAnd baked by fun friends (and my two sons) caught here on camera (when they weren’t licking the bowl or beater):

Mitch, Spence, Tracie and Kim
Mitch, Spence, Tracie and Kim

Ahem.…..guess no one told the 14 year-old this was baking day, not a three-on-three basketball tournament. What is up with the ratty t-shirt with the cut-off sleeves? And oh my, where was your hair net, young man? :-)

Anyhow….we baked for nearly four hours. Buckeyes, oatmeal cookies with red and green M & M’s, hand dipped goodies rolled in sprinkles, peanut butter blossoms……

The house was saturated with the smell of goodies. And they were calling my name; calling me by my full name with my middle name thrown in for good measure.

You know when your middle name is added, you simply must obey.

So I started to…

And then, I remembered you all.

And I remembered last January feeling like a failure because I started gaining back some of the over 100 pounds I’d taken off earlier due to over-indulgence at the holidays.

And I remembered this post recently written by my friend Lysa.

So, I ignored the screaming goodies.

Never touched a one!

Nor do I intend to.

Oh, I will have a different goodie or two these next two weeks. I’m planning on it and planning for it. But, I will pass up most of the yelling and bossy delicacies of the season, no matter how loudly and firmly they call my name.

I’d rather find my jeans a bit looser and my scale number a bit lower next month instead, thank you very much!

Remember, “Less and less often”.

Speaking of loosening jeans and lowering scales, I want to know how your week went. Did you eat less, move more; ignore any of your own screaming goodies? Had a rough time resulting in tightening jeans and higher numbers on the scales? It is okay, we’ve all been there. Please still check in with us, even if all you say is “restart”.

I’ll go first.

Had a week where I obeyed in my eating; passed up MANY treats. Sometimes pouted about it but tried instead to throw my efforts and energy into more exercise, even taking on the moving staircase thingy at the hospital rehab/fitness center (where I get a very inexpensive membership each year) That machine had me sweating and my heart pounding in less than 2 minutes! I did it five days last week climbing a 1/4 to 1/2 mile each time, since I’d read how climbing stairs burns calories at a very fast rate.

Must be true. This morning, I was down four pounds exactly and I ate the same amount of calories I consumed the week before when I only lost one pound!

That stair climbing thingy is my new BFF.

Now, if I could only tune the TV hooked to it to a holiday cooking show, I’d be chasing those treats and burning calories at the same time! :-)

Okay, how was your week? And what tempting events are you facing this next week. Let us know so we can be praying for you. Please hop on and encourage each other. I LOVE seeing you do that. In fact, I am sending momofgmd a set of cute recipe cards and a $5 Starbucks gift card for doing just that last week. (Please send me your address at [email protected] so I can do that, okay?)

Oh, and before I forget, the winner of yesterday’s giveaway with Lisa Whelchel is: christy a; timestamp 11:51 pm on 12/15

Congrats! Email me your address at [email protected] so I can pass it along to Lisa.

Have a successful week everyone!

Goodie Ignoring Blessings,


  1. Better late than not checking in at all. I did weigh on Thurs. and stayed the same. Just hadn’t taken time to check in. i’ve had good days and bad; the worse being when I made two batches of fudge. Most of that was mailed to out of state family. I saved a little for my husband and told him to hide it from me! That was after I scrapped the pan clean and ate a big chunk. Just couldn’t help myself. Now that’s behind me and I can focus on more healthy food…that is until Christmas day. My goal these next 2 weeks is not to gain. I’ve mosted Karen’s motto: Less.And less often. in my kitachen as a reminder. Thanks everyone for the encouragement and prayers.

  2. I haven’t commited myself to this but I know I should. I step on the scale throughout the week and see it fluctuate up and down at least 5 lbs. My weakness is pasta and Pepsi (I can’t stand any diet sodas!). I don’t seem to have the focus to leave these out of my diet. I want to exercise more and try to use the treadmill at least 3 times a week. When on the treadmill I try to burn approx 300-500 calories, depending on how much time I have. I know what I need to do (at least in my head) but my heart (or my mouth!) is weak. Can I ask for your prayers for me this week. May God give you all strength to continue as you work on your weight loss.

  3. It’s Saturday and I am relucantlly checking in. Last week I was pretty bummed out and was ready to give up even though I was 22 weeks into keeping a journal and had lost 32 pounds until Thanksgiving. I am now up 7 pounds which is still a 25 pound loss. You’d think I’d be excited about that but I’m tired of feeling that I am depriving myself of all the holiday food. I had a good mindset until Thanksgiving came along. I need to lose another 125 pounds. I won’t give up but I’m not as focused as I should be any more.

  4. Also stayed “almost” the same. Am sampling a few holiday treats but mostly my problem is not having/taking the time to exercise.

    Congratulations to our losers!

    Have way too much to do this week. Am praying that God will help me cling to what’s important and fling the rest. Oh well! How bad can it be if it doesn’t all get done?

    Praying you know God’s peace this week. Be calm.

  5. I stayed the same this week, but I only exercised 3 times and tried to stick to eating healthy but I wasn’t always successful.

  6. Wow, look at the small number of us checking in…and I’m a day late! And I am not weighing in. I am desperate to get good sleep so I have the energy to exercise. :( Yes, that’s my excuse. It’s been at least 2 weeks since I exercised!
    And I need help! My mom has been making her candies here because she needs help since she had hand surgery. Oh my I’m in big trouble! I can resist the carmels, but the peppermint chocolate fudge + my PMS, waaaahhhhh! Maybe if I stick them up way too high in a cabinet that I have to climb up to get to…
    Karen, I wish I remembered my WLsisters like you do whenever you’re tempted.

  7. I didn’t make it on here last week, however I didn’t lose or gain last week, stayed the same. I did weigh this week and lost 2 pounds.

    Congratulations to all of you who have lost this week, and to those of you who didn’t, keep trying.

  8. Way to go all who’ve lost weight! Welcome, mwdurham4! Keep up the good work! Jennifer, be careful! A number on the scale is not more important than being healthy. Prayers for you who have had a hard week this week. Praying for all of us WLW gals to keep it up with Christmas around the corner.

    My scale today told me that I’m down 5 lbs. this week. I’m not sure I believe it. We’ll see later if it’s a fluke. I have been more careful about my food, but I only got to exercise 3 times this week. I don’t think I’m going to be able to get on the scale next week. I’m going to be out of town for Christmas. Got another party this weekend. If I can’t get to a computer next Wednesday, I’ll be back the week after! (Thanks so much, Karen, for the gift card!)

  9. Hi,

    This was not a great week for me. The sugar was screaming and I gave in. I am up 1lb. from last week. I have not been keeping up with my food journal and know that if I get back to that I will be more aware of what is going in my mouth. On a positive note, I did a longer and harder workout on the treadmill than I have in a long time! I’ve been doing Leslie Sansone workouts lately but it was nice to see some progress on the black beast as well! So even though I didn’t lose this week, I am getting stronger and it’s fun to notice that change as well.
    Thanks for all the encouragement, ladies.

    Rebecca Ann

  10. Scale stayed the same. I’m not terribly disappointed. I have a goal of maintaining through the rest of the month. I’m still working my plan and trying to make my decisions ahead of time about how to handle all the holiday treats. I went for my annual checkup with the primary care doctor on Monday and with just a 20 pound loss since last year, my cholesterol is down 30 points and my glucose is down 20. Neither of those were of concern to him last year, but they concerned me because they were very close to the end of the acceptable range. Now I’m smack in the middle. Rejoicing with all of you in your victories and praying for strenth and perseverence for all of us.

  11. After reading this blog I decided to stand on my scale. I’m not over weight but I m trying to lose some of this body fat that keeps hanging around the middle. The scale said 130.4 lbs and 26.5% body fat. I don’t believe it. This would mean I lost aroun 13 lbs in five months. I’m not tempted by holiday sweets because I don’t get invited to parties and I don’t bake. Ok, I ate two chocolate kisses yesterday. I do treat myself on Christmas day. I just can’t help it when there are more sweets on the table than healthy food. Here’s a tip I found out. Starving yourself is not the way to lose weight. Between last Thursday and Saturday I only ate twice and it was just a bowl of vegetables. On Sunday I got real dizzy and collapsed slightly injuring myself in the process. Maybe I need to go back to exercising to get these fat thighs off me.

  12. Hey Karen. I’ve got 3 different holiday parties this week, so I’m trying hard to make wise food chocies. I’m also exercising a bit longer to compensate!

    Wanted to tell your Wednesday readers I’m GIVING AWAY A COPY OF MANDISA’S BOOK IDOLEYES this week. In that book she talks a lot about her food addcition and her struggle to be liberated from notions of the “ideal woman.” So pop over to my blog (rachelolsen@blogspot) before Friday afternoon to enter.

    Blessings ~ Rachel

  13. I want to push restart so bad, but I did that a few weeks ago. I am giving into the screaming goodies way to much. My table the last few days has looked like Karen’s goody table.
    I don’t even want to confess the amount that has ended up in my mouth. But, today is a new day and the last two week’s blogs will help tremendously moving forward. Please pray that I will obey God in the food department no matter what that looks like!!

    Thanks and see you next week-
    Wendy W


  14. Well, I gained 1lb, which I deserved. Some days I ate well, but some days I ate really badly. I am going to start jogging again and will do the following things this week: 1) no eating after 7pm (thanks for that tip mwdurham4); 2) no sweets, if Karen & Lysa can hold out, so can I and 3) exchange my carbs for vegetables. I have let stress and fatigue influence my eating, so I need to include more meditation with God’s Word and rest to combat it.
    Thanks for your inspiration and I will see all of you next Wednesday!

  15. I am not actually going to get on the scale today. I’m in the middle of the weight-gain time of month and I can’t handle seeing the gain that I know I’ll see with that. So I’ll weigh on Saturday. However….I am so encouraged by the change in my attitude about food. I am making choices every day that amaze me. Yesterday I had a burger and fries for lunch with my husband (SO good) but I was able to reign in the other 2 meals to about 100 calories each in order to combat that major treat. One night I wanted ice cream and instead of buying a huge gallon of it (as I used to do) I bought one of those little Ben and Jerry cups. Then I decided I didn’t really need it after all. The weather in CA right now is beautiful enough to walk outside and I’m not used to that during the winter months (came from MN) so I’m trying to take advantage of that too.

  16. Hi,

    So, I’ve been reading the Weightloss Wednesday posts since the challenge started. I never left a comment to commit because I didn’t want to commit to something only to fail again. Pitifu, I know. Well, I made the commitment to get up at 5am each day with the goal to have a quiet time and exercise before the day started. I have kept the commitment for 7 days. Also, been watching my eating according to weight watchers with low carbs and not eating after 7pm. I have lost a total of 5lbs in 7 days. But, most importantly, I have had a better attitude and outlook because of the daily time spent with God in reading His Word and praying. He has given me strength and patience in many areas. Super excited! Praying for consitency and perseverance.

  17. I’ll go first. I was down 6 lbs this week thanks to my doctor who put me on this diabetic exchanges “lifestyle change”. I’m not diabetic, but she said I have the body type that can’t deal well with lots of carbs and that after a few days my body would stop craving them (and sweets) and she was right. It’s been a week and I am finding it a little easier. I also plan to enjoy some holiday treats but I want to be in control this year. I don’t want to give up sweets for the rest of my life but I need to learn to eat them in moderation. I will be praying for each of us during the next couple weeks. Merry Christmas everyone!

  18. Well, it’s Wednsday again and I am down 1 lb!!!!!!! I am soooo excited! Now I know I havn’t been the best at tracking things and exercise has pretty much gone out the window with the busy schedule. So, just imagine what would happen when I get really serious abou everything!!! So, for this week I’d pray that I can be focused on me at least once a day. (for 5 minutes or 5 hours whatever I get with two little ones) We have two Christmas parties and two concerts. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and I will be prayerful for all us WLW girls!

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