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Yoplait and MyBlogSpark are being very kind to my readers again!

They have sent me this great gift pack. It contains a nice thermal bag, color changing spoons and coupons for free Yoplait Whips! They also send a nice set of ice pop makers. They're double flavor ice pop makers, so you can mix and match flavors.

If you scoop one flavor of Yoplait Whips into one section of the ice pop maker, and make the inner one another flavor, you get a nice frozen treat. My favorite is Raspberry Mousse and Chocolate, or Strawberry Mist and Peaches 'N Cream.

Whips is a great treat. They recommend you try it frozen, and it does taste great froze. It's very light, creamy. Chocolate is my favorite so far, but it comes in a variety of flavors, too.

Chocolate Raspberry
Dulce de Leche
Key Lime Pie
Lemon Meringue
Orange Crème
Peaches 'N Cream
Raspberry Mousse
Strawberry Mist

If you'd like to win one of two prize packs from Yoplait, simply leave a comment and an email I can contact you with. Be sure to check that email, as I'll be emailing the winners. Winners are selected via random draw from comments.

So leave a comment! Tell me if you have tried Yoplait Whips! If you have, what's your favorite flavor? If you like other varieties of Yoplait, which ones do you like? Would love to know!

Contest ends September 25th, 2009. Good luck everyone!
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If you love freebies, sign up for testing panels. They often send free goodies, and all you have to do is give your opinion. I love this. I get to participate and freebies are fun.

So visit L'Oreal. Free makeup goodies are a great way to boost your self confidence. Boosted self confidence helps keep you motivated in weight loss.

Click here to join L'Oreal's Free To Join Testing Panel.
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Congrats to our winners!Posters 3, 7 and 18.
Mubbys, Miranda and Melanie.
I'll be emailing soon for addresses. You can also email me at inkcreativestudios at google's MyBlogSpark will ship out your prize packs.
I'm sorry for the lame post. I'll fix it later. My Internet is out and won't get fixed until Sunday. (Apparently Cox cable does work on Sunday? Who knew?) I'm having a friend post this until I can get back.
Congrats all! I'll run more contests soon. I hope you all signed up for the FiberOne freebies and the coupons. I was at Walmart yesterday and they were selling the packs for $2. With the $1 off coupon, the packs were just a dollar!
They were actually nearly sold out, too. They only had two packs of Key Lime Pie left.
:) I'll be back later everyone!
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Are you seeing the advertisements? Look closely:

I just ordered one. It didn't ask for any money at all. Totally cool. I needed the baking sheet.

Hurry and order before they run out.

These look fantastic. And it was so hard to choose which one I wanted! So guess who will be shopping with EasyBakeware soon? I hope I get a coupon.

Anyone else like baking like I do? I always did like baking things myself. I can control the ingredients, sizes of portions, etc.
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Here's some beauty freebies, because feeling good about yourself is always better for your health.

Allure is giving away makeup today! Be the first so many people to sign up at each hour and you'll get free stuff. :)

1pm - L'Oreal Paris Wear Infinite Eyeshadow Quad in Eva's Violets - 1st 300

2pm - Pantene Pro-V Color Revival Shampoo & Conditioner - 1st 25

3pm - Black Radiance Mosaic Bronzer Multi-Use Powder - 1st 500

4pm - Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Purple Rain - 1st 100

5pm - ColorMark - 1st 500

6pm - Clinique Kohl Shaper for Eyes in Black Khol - 1st 250

This offer is only valid for residents of:

United States

Hurry, hurry! :)
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My theory: Never sign up or try anything without checking the Internet for valid coupons and offers.
If you have ever wanted to join gym to see how you like it, here's a promo offer if you have a Curves in your area. Get a free fitness plan and try out Curves for the rest of the summer for free. Just sign up at the link for a free Curves fitness plan.
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MyBlogSpark and FiberOne has provided me with an excellent opportunity for you, my readers. Get ready for this:

Win one of three prize packs right here! Includes all of the above. (you'll get a coupon for the free Fiber One yogurt inside your prize pack box)

For anyone participating, I'm also linking to the post I made for free FiberOne Cereal and Bar, plus the $5.00 of coupons. Those are free to everyone who follows the link and signs up with FiberOne. You can also get an additional $1.00 off FiberOne yogurt here.

FiberOne tastes great. I love the strawberry flavor. I tried this myself and it tastes fantastic. With only 50 calories in each serving, and loaded with fiber, it's much better than the other brands of yogurt I have tried. It's just the right amount, too, for a light snack between meals. I know I love a good snack. The taste is rich, creamy. I love how much it tastes great with the fantastic fruit flavor.

To win this prize pack, make a comment to this blog post.

Tell me about the following:
  • What is your guilty snacking pleasure?
  • What do you do to manage your weight?
  • What are your diet secrets?
Three winners will be selected at random. US residents only.

You will need to leave an email that I can contact you with. I'll announce the winners here but I'll have to email you for your address to be able to send you your prize pack. No need to do anything else but comment on this blog post. You are not signing up for anything. I'm not keeping your email addresses. I don't run newsletters or emails, I run a blog. :)

Contest ends this Friday, August 14th, 2009.

You can continue to support these free contests and prizes and freebies by visiting here regularly, subscribing via RSS feeds, and keeping a look out for updates from us. I try to post freebies and contests regularly.

ETA: I realized now that BlogSpot doesn't let me see your email addresses at all. As so I can't email individuals who win, I'll post an email on Saturday when winners are announced so you can send an address. PLEASE CHECK BACK to see if you are the winner. I'll announce it Saturday morning. I'll post an email for the winners to get back to me with their addresses. Mark your calendars.

Next time I'll find a better way so you don't have to check back, or to be sure I'm able to reach people. It's our first contest. Please help us work out the kinks. :)

More contests:

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You're going to love this.

How would you like to get two free samples of Fiber One(R) Products, plus $5.00 in coupons delivered to your door?

Click here to visit Fiber One(R) and try them out.

You'll get a sample of Fiber One (R) Honey Clusters cereal and an Oat and Chocolate bar. Yum!

Not to mention the coupons so if you want to try more, you'll be able to save some serious cash.

I tell you what though. I hope they send a coupon for the muffins. I just saw they had a Banana and Chocolate Chip muffin. I'm so going to try that the moment I see it at the store.
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Hello readers!

Of course, another freebie. This time it's a free coupon good for Fiber One, the healthy yogurts that are only 50 calories.

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$1.00 Off Fiber One Products
50 Calories - Yummy!

Fiber One has a nice variety of flavors. I'll be sampling this soon and I'm thrilled to share it with you all now. I'm a fan of strawberry and banana flavors so I'll be looking for those.

Not exciting enough? There's going to be more coming soon. So keep your eyes on this blog for more coming up. You can thank MyBlogSpark (TM) for the coupon and the surprises coming up.
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Click for a coupon from Kashi. I think there's several good for at least $1.00 off or so.

I love Kashi's foods. My favorites are the TLC crackers, and the TLC oatmeal dark chocolate cookies.
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Popsicle are a sweet treat. I love the fudge ones.

I found a recipe where you can make fudge Popsicle. You simply use pudding mix and milk, and freeze.

A small paper cup sized treat is only about 40 calories.

If you read the comments, many others added their input for recipes. Many liked combining fat free Cool Whip to make it more creamy. Some added fresh fruit. That sounds like a good idea. Bananas and chocolate are so tasty.

I want to try this soon. I imagine you'd be able to use other flavors, and even make flavor combinations.
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Join a new community and get a free diet plan, calorie counter, group help, and information in one place. I'm so excited I found this. Get a Free Online Diet

I hope you'll join me there. This is absolutely 100% free to sign up for. I love free tools, you all know that. I love a good food tracker and this looks so good. I'll be giving reviews soon.

If you sign up, send me info on you and I'll friend you. :)
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I actually like their yogurt. I'll sometimes eat one in the morning for breakfast when I'm in a rush. Sometimes I eat it when I just want something very sweet to curb my sweet tooth.

When you sign up, you'll get a free coupon to take to your store to get the freebie, so you get to choose which one you want.

Click here for the freebie yogurt!

You'll also sign up for the Betty Crocker e-newsletter. I think the newsletter looks rather nice. You might find some low calorie foods within the newsletter, too.
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I'm all for reminders on how I should eat. Getting a nice little freebie from the government is sweet, too. (OK, I paid for it already. Might as well get it.)

Get a free food pyramid poster and information. (It actually looks way better than this picture.)

My favorite is the fruit section. :)
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A new study at the UC Berkeley revealed that given menu labeling, most patrons will choose the healthier food options. Faced between a 500-calorie hamburger, or a 120-calorie salad, the numbers might make you feel guilty about what you are eating, and you choose the salad.

Kaiser Permanente, an advocate for healthy eating, will now be the first health care provider to display calorie and nutrition info within the cafeteria menus in their hospital.

My question is, why weren't they doing this before?

McDonald's has had a free menu of their calories for food placed in their restaurants for... how long now? A year at least.
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Sweeteners can add flavor to your drinks or baking goods, or other items, without giving you those extra calories. We all know we're trying to save our calories.

Now's your chance to try the different versions and get the ones you like the best. Some of these even come with free coupons to help you save money on your first purchase of whichever one you prefer.

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Weight loss begins with mathematics and figuring out your own body.

counting calories

Example: In figuring out how I wanted to lose weight, I started counting calories. I used a software program that helped me figure out how many calories were in every little bit of food I took in. (I'll share this software program with you in another chapter.)

I discovered that at a 2,000 calorie diet, which is recommended for weight loss by many programs, that I didn't lose weight at all. I did it for four weeks, a full month. I didn't lose a pound.

This is because the science that worked for 'normal' people didn't work for me.

So I lowered the number of calories I took in. I lowered them to 1,500. Still nothing. Lowered down to 1,200. Still nothing. I finally lowered my calorie count to between 800 to 1,000 calories maximum per day. It was only then that I started showing any sign of weight loss. When I maintained my lower calorie count, I maintained losing weight.

I kept losing weight for weeks. After a few months, I was down from 220 to 180.

This was all thanks to figuring out my own body and understanding how calories worked.

Was I ever hungry? Sure. I had to figure out how many calories were in food, and some days I got to 800 calories and was still hungry.

I had to figure out how to eat so that I wasn't hungry and still keep my calorie count down.

So I started experimenting. I studied the labels on the back of boxes. I didn't pay attention to many other numbers in the beginning. I stuck with the calories. One number was enough to concentrate on.

I discovered which foods had higher calories. Some of the foods I had been eating would have put me at 1,000 in a single meal.

You can figure this out for your own body as well. It starts by figuring out how many calories you actually take in a day, and figuring out your own 'calorie count' that will help you to lose weight.

It starts by writing down what you eat.
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Healthy Women is giving away a free Women's Health Kit. It looks great, and has some great information to read over.

I'm an advocate for health. Get this kit.

Get a free Women's Health Kit today. (Not credit card required, just name and address info.)
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This might be old news to a lot of people, but this is how you lose weight.

When you eat more calories than you burn in a day, your body stores those calories in some form, usually padding your body with fat.

When you eat fewer calories than you need to burn for the day, your body works on the 'reserves'.

Simple, right? So the answer looks very simple when you narrow it down to this.

Your body burns a certain amount of calories per day.

You eat a certain amount of calories per day.

When you can figure out the math, you can control your weight loss.

That's the secret. Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig and all the other programs work on the basis of controlling how many calories you take in during the day. They might have prepared meals, meal plans, recipes and suggestions. In some cases, you can take these programs, lose weight, and not even have to count a calorie or think about what you are doing. You just eat the food and go.

However, you could also follow the programs to a T and not lose weight, or lose weight really slowly.

You could also jump off the diet and gain all that weight back, and then some.

There's a reason for this: simple mathematics and genetics.

The genetics: Your body isn't the same as other people's. Your body might burn more or less calories during the day than other people.

The math: When you don't know how many calories you can take in a day to either lose weight or maintain it, how can you be expected to lose weight, or move forward after you have finished losing the weight?

Check back tomorrow for help on figuring out this formula.
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I advocate the 'formula' for losing weight.

  1. You figure out how many calories you naturally burn in a day.
  2. You eat less than those calories you burn.
  3. You'll lose weight.

The only way to figure this out is if you keep track or your calories. Here's where FitDay comes into play. You sign up at their website, and it's all free. They have foods you eat every day already programmed, and if you have a food to add, you can create your own custom food.

I find it easy to use. I can keep track of my calories, how many calories I burn in a day, and also track my nutrients and weight loss. It's easy. It's free. It'll help you lose weight.