Monday, January 9, 2012

A group run (and a giveaway)

Last night, Jessica sent me a text saying that she was going running at 8:30 this morning if I wanted to join them (her and a couple of friends). Since I was going to be running anyway, I said sure. After I put the kids on the bus, I scarfed down some breakfast and headed out.

There were four of us: Jessica, Julia, Johna, and me. Johna is running her first half-marathon in March. The run was so much fun and the time FLEW by--I love running with a group! When we were done, Julia and I decided to run together on Friday too. We're going to do 7 miles (the farthest I've gone since surgery has been 4) but I think I'll be fine since Julia likes to run a slower pace than me. So if I go slow, hopefully I'll do fine with 7 :)
From today's group run
After the run, I ran to Wal-Mart for some fusible interfacing to make a super cute project that I found on Pinterest. It's a tea wallet to carry tea in your purse. Since I gave up coffee, I've been drinking tea a lot more lately. I love the idea of having some with me all the time so that I can make it at a friend's house, or my mom's, etc. 

Anyway, it turned out super cute and I decided to make a SECOND one so that I could give it away to one of my readers!






Isn't it adorable?!  The pattern source (a tutorial) can be found here. If you know how to use a sewing machine, it's very straight-forward and simple. If not, and you would like to win this one, I thought of a fun little game that we could do to pick a winner. Because picking a random person isn't much fun! So you have to work your brain a little :)

In the picture below is a spoonful of my faaaavorite food--peanut butter!! All you have to do is tell me how many calories are in that spoonful. I'll even show you the nutrition label.
 


(I weighed out the peanut butter to the gram and calculated the calories that way). The only rule is you have to have an ORIGINAL guess--if someone before you guessed your number, then just pick a different number. 

So here is the picture of the spoonful of peanut butter... remember, you're guessing how many calories are in this spoonful (the almond is there for size reference):

I'll give the contest until 5:00 pm (EST) tomorrow (Tuesday). I'll announce the correct answer and the winner of the tea wallet then  :)  Good luck!

168 comments:

  1. 255 calories! (new reader here - love the blog!)

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  2. Hello, I have been reading your blog for a while and this is my first comment. I find you really inspiring and I think reading your blog has played a big part in me finally getting my act together when it comes to calorie counting (after a loonnnnggg hiatus!).
    Anyway, thanks for being such a role model and I thought I'd have a go at guessing the calories in your peanut butter: 96kcals!

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  3. I'm going to guess 162 calories.

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  4. I'm gonna guess 160 :)

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  5. I think 133 ... your goal weight!

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  7. Sorry typo in my first post...i say 142

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  8. i just started reading your blog. Love it!
    my guess is 156.

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  9. I'm going to say 232 :)

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  10. I think around 350 cals..? :)

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  11. I'm guessing 221 calories :)

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  12. I am going to guess low - 110!

    I love the idea of the tea purse!

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  13. I'm going to guess 259 calories! P.S. I look forward to reading your blog daily!

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  14. I feel like I always scoop out that much peanut butter and try to tell myself that it's 1 tbsp...because I fit it onto 1 spoon--i'm afraid that knowing the answer to this might force me to stop doing that lol. My guess is 212 calories. Cute pattern!

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  15. 226 :) Great job on the run :) I find my work outs are always better when i work out with people :)

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  16. Well, if your spoonful is my spoonful, I'll be daring and say 298. Group runs are fun, it's definitely nice to be running in a pack!

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  17. I am going with 172 calories. And I love that tea pocket!!

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  18. I'm going to guess 300 cals, since I know my scoops of peanut butter are way more than a serving!

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  19. So cute!! I am going with 167 calories. (I wish I could sew as well as you-you should be proud!)

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  20. I'm gonna say 202! Very cute wallet!

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  21. It's adorable.

    I'm going with 187.

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  22. Im going to guess, 170! I've recently discovered your blog and I'ts great to get a realistic perspective on weight loss!

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  23. I'm guessing 169.
    The tea wallet is super cute.
    Jennifer B.

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  24. 100 if someone hasnt already guessed it!

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  25. 275... new to your blog... LOVE the tea purse!

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  26. I just found your site….can't wait to read more. My guess is 377 calories.

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  27. My guess is 51 calories

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  28. It's adorable, by the way. I wanted to get my guess in before someone else used it! I have a sewing maching but I never use it. I was having trouble with it and my girlfriend recommended I bring it into a shop to get it a tune-up. the purse would be great for carrying sweetener packets, as well!

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  29. btw... I love Pinterest!!! I have made several projects from that site! The tea wallet is super cute!

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  30. Love it! I must own one! My name on Spark is littletealover...it was meant to be mine!

    If someone else wins this giveaway, could you make me one? I swear, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I'd do it myself, but I don't own a sewing machine or know how to sew anything more complicated than a button.

    My guess for the pb is 297.

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  31. I'm going to go for 93 calories. Probably way low.

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  32. 171! I don't drink much tea, but I like guessing things -- feel free to not include my guess :)

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  33. Someone had my first guess so I'll go 340.

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  34. Hi Katie! My guess is 192 :) What a doll you are to have such a fun contest!

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  35. I'd say 253 cals - Super cute idea

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  36. 171 tea purse is adorable!!
    Lynnannlangdon@gmail.com

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  37. I'm going to say a big 390 calories.

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  38. Sorry Astor I didn't see your 171!! I will switch my answer to 173.
    Lynnannlangdon@gmail.com

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  39. I would have to say...400 calories.

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  40. 191....I see there are 78 comments as of now. I did not take the time to read all the other guesses so I hope nobody else guessed that number. ;-)

    I am impressed ..... that's a cute tea bag/pocket!

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  41. Guessing 250 calories (If no one guessed it...a lot of guesses already ahead of me...don't remember seeing this count.) I use loose tea leaves for my tea, but if I win, please give to Aimee (aka littletealover). : )

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  42. 166! I love your blog and the tea wallet is SOOOOO cute! I need!

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  43. 209 Just started reading your blog last week. Very motivating

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  44. I say 109 because today is 1 09 AND my borthday! So it seems like as good a guess as any!

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  45. 189! Love the wallet and my GOCKET! You are so TALENTED! The GOCKET and your blog really help me stay focused and stck to my plan. Thank you!

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  46. 203! I love your blog and I love Pinterest!

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  47. Hi Katie - I'm going with 128. I drink lots of tea. Very cute idea.

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  48. My guess is 199 cals... Such a Cute Tea wallet! I love Love Tea!! :-)

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  49. 241 Calories. The tea wallet is so clever, I need to pin and make one too!

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  50. another recently new reader here- i love tea too! i'm going to try and make one even if i don't win :)

    but i guess 135 calories in that spoonful!

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  51. I'm guessing 207!! Love the tea wallet, I also have up coffee for tea!!!

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  52. 141 love the tea wallet, what a cute idea!

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  53. Hi Katie,
    I will guess 1 TBL at 100 calories :-)

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  54. I'll guess 112

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  55. My guess is 216 :) Love your blog!
    Mikayla L.

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  56. First, that is really cute and such a good idea! I'm going to guess 149!

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  57. Ok that's a lot of comments so hopefully this number isn't taken. 227

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  58. Thank you for this chance to have some fun. I just recently heard about your blog from my daughter. I have enjoyed it very much. You are an inspiration.
    My guess is 124

    Blessings,

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  59. I did see someone with my guess so I'll change it to 229. I'm excited! I'm switching over to tea from coffee! It's not easy.

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  60. I say 267 calories!!

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  61. I'm going to go low and say 69 calories, it looks like a teaspoon and the serving size is for 2 tbsp.

    Hope I win!! I LOVE Tea!!!

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  62. I will guess 145 calories. I have been drinking a lot of tea lately ( helps curb cravings). The tea wallet is a great Idea and so cute!

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  63. 164! *fingers crossed* :)

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  64. You're so adorable! My guess is 237 calories.

    kelligirl523

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  65. 72 and I think you should sell these just like the gockets.

    ~Carol

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  66. I think 107 is the calorie count!

    This is a terribly cute contest idea and the tea wallet is adorable! (I love pinterest too!)

    mclaughlin.audrey@gmail.com

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  67. I'll try one more time...this is crazy! But the thing is darn cute and I have no clue how to sew!
    146

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  68. Stacy H. .... I am guessing 276 calories. I LOVE tea and this wallet is so cute!! Maybe you could sell those too!

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  69. and I agree - these are very cute! you should sell these too!
    Tammy

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  70. I just found your blog off of pintrest and I am loving it!!! I also drink alot of tea so *fingerscrossed* 1 win. I do not think I saw anyone guessing 122 so that is what I am going with :)

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  71. Oh and a side note...I just started running and my running mantra is will run for candy :)

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  72. Maybe you could sell these with your gockets? I would certainly order one of these from you...just a thought :)

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  73. 183! That tea wallet is adorable!

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  74. Love it!!! I'm guessing 89 calories.

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  75. I'm guessing 178 calories. (I think it looks like LESS than 2 tablespoons?) HOPE I WIN, cause that tea holder is super cute! You're so clever Katie!

    WOW--I can't believe how many readers you've got! You are so popular--but that I CAN believe!

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  76. Very cute craft & practical too!
    I guess 231.

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  77. OOPS, NOW I read the other guesses. Change mine to 179 cals., somebody else guessed 178. I think 179 cals. was open though. Good Luck to all of us! What a great idea--this was FUN! Can't wait to see what it really is.

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  78. 98 calories is my guess!
    Also want to take a minute to tell you that you are such an inspiration.....love your blog!

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  79. My guess is 121 calories!

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  80. Hmmm, I'm going to guess 224. I hope no one picked this yet! Super cute, by the way! I'm drinking more tea lately...

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  81. 122 calories! Super cute idea...I can't sew, so winning is my only hope! :)
    ~Amy Swenson

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  82. 125 calories!
    rebecca.heatwole@gmail.com

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  83. Cute! My guess is 248.

    Elizabeth
    eal20 at yahoo dot com

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  84. If you are drinking a lot more tea, I highly suggest the Good Earth Sweet and Spicy. It's got a lot of cinnamon and other good stuff. I was shocked there was no sugar. I can't get enough of this stuff right now.

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  85. Alanna
    arcolthurst@hotmail.com

    My guess is 202 :)

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  86. My guess is 268 and I scrolled all the way down hoping I wouldn't see that number :0

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  87. I'm guessing 101 calories!! I love your tea holder. I dont have a sewing machine. How handy!! I'm finally caught up reading your blog. I think i found it thursday or friday of last week and have been reading every day!!

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  88. OH! Today I saw people's 'half my size' magizines out. I thought of you Katie!

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  89. @lokiskitchen.com321 calories..I'm banking on its really more than it appears.

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  90. Very cute! My guess is 210 calories.

    candibabymay@yahoo.com

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  92. I think 184.52 calories? Round it up if you need a whole number... :P Just found your blog yesterday, love it, you're so inspiring!!! :)

    K.

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  93. My guess is 147 cals!

    Melissa Stone
    m.stonelove@yahoo.com

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  94. 208 calories. That tea wallet is darling! But I'm no good at a sewing machine! If you started making them I'd buy at least 2... :)

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