It’s no secret that I am an emotional eater.  It doesn’t seem to matter that I know I am doing it, but I do it anyway.

This last week has been brutal with putting our dog down.  While I have exercised, the extra eating and eating over the weekend and drinking more wine has taken its toll.  I’ve gained three pounds in the last 10 days.

Some of the things I’ve eaten: smoked sausage sandwich, homemade deep dish pizza, calamari fries, a spicy chicken teriyaki bento box.  Were there healthier options?  Absolutely!

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bento box

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So I am declaring a do over.  Dust myself off and get back on track.  And I have a new tool that’s going to help me. 

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It’s called the koo-dohz motivational bracelet.   Here is the premise of the bracelet from their website:


Personal motivation is the key for many individuals when setting goals in any aspect of their life. Having your motivational reminder with you at all times will not only keep you motivated but will also give you the determination you need to reach your goal.


Many individuals who set personal life goals, (such as diet and weight loss, quitting smoking, getting fit, saving money, learning sports etc.) find that it is difficult to stay motivated as there are rarely immediate results. The patent pending koo-dohz bracelet gives you constant feedback and rewards you for every milestone.


We don’t always get to see the results of our efforts. Sure we know we’re loosing weight. But if you weigh in the morning maybe you don’t think about it quite as much at dinnertime. Your koo-dohz bracelet is always with you, always on your wrist, always reminding you how well you have done and motivating you to stay strong and reach your weight loss goal.


The koo-dohz weight loss bracelet never stops motivating you. We know that staying on track is the key to any long-term success. Just because you have reached your goal doesn’t mean that you can forget about the effort it took to get there. The koo-dohz bracelet continues to encourage you and to remind you of just what it was that you set out to do.

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I’ve decided to keep the 5 on one side, and the 1 to represent the first ten pounds lost.  My five things are just going to be five kudos or koo-dohz I want to have every day, from not drinking wine, to working out, to getting to bed early, etc.  I plan on highlighting my koo-dohz at the end of each post this week.

I’ve also changed my WI date to Monday.  It will help me keep track over the weekend.

It’s funny because Tony and I have had a running joke about my “kudos” file.  If someone likes something I’ve made, or compliments me on a job well done, I joke with Tony that I wish they would send me the compliment in an email so I could print it out for my koo-dohz file!

My sister started her koo-dohz last week and it’s been working for her!  She’s more mindful of what she eats and hasn’t gone back for seconds.  She’s opted to walk to work and stay away from office treats.  Koo-dohz to you Jenn!

I had a pretty productive weekend.  ALMOST done with all our laundry, my most hated chore, after emptying the dishwasher.  I deep cleaned our fridge on Saturday.  One thing I don’t really pay attention to is the condiments.  I usually remove them all, and put them all back where they were.

Um, guess what?  Most of my condiments had expired – take a look!

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Some of them had a use by date of 2011, which means I probably bought them in 2009?  Crazy!

Our weather was weird too – after the snow on Thursday, I was happy to see sunshine on Saturday, but it was short lived.  It was rainy and windy the rest of the weekend.

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At least the rain melted half of the snow we had and the temps should reach the 40’s this week.  I am just so ready for spring!

Alright, off to put my stuff together for the day.  What will be your koo-dohz today??  Make it a great day!