June 09, 2013

Kitchen Safe

I am so ready for this cold to go away already! I was supposed to do a tempo run today, but considering I ran the 10-Mile race yesterday, and I'm still sick, I took today off. I was also feeling a little hungover from drinking wine last night. I'd had four glasses over about six hours, which isn't an ungodly amount, but I am used to having just one glass. It was great to chat with Sarah though!

Last week, the Nike + Kinect Training game arrived in the mail, and I set it up. I did the initial assessment tests, and it was awful. I can run all day long, but push-ups? I can do two. I know strength training is good for me, but I just don't enjoy it at all. I don't want defined muscles or anything, but I know that strength training is good for bone health as well, so I wish I liked doing it. I'll give the Nike game a try again after I get over this cold.

Reader Jessica posted this to my Facebook page, and I thought it was pretty brilliant! At first, I saw it and laughed, thinking it was a joke. It looked like something off of a late-night infomercial! But then I checked out the Kickstarter page for it, I started thinking about how helpful it would actually be...

It's called The Kitchen Safe; it's a safe that only opens when the timer reaches 0:00. You can set the timer for as long as you'd like, but there is no way of opening the safe before the timer goes down.

They have some great ideas for it, but I think it's an awesome idea for someone like me who can't keep a particular food item in the house, even though it's something I love. Like the cookies shown above, for example. When I bake cookies, I end up eating them all on the first day. But with the safe, I could lock them in there and let it open once a day so that I could take out my cookie, and then close the safe before I even bite into it.

It sounds kind of ridiculous, but I think it would be so helpful! I like the idea of putting video game controllers or the remote control in there, too.

I have nothing to do with the product, and I don't get anything out of it--I just thought it was really cool and wanted to share it. If the product interests you, you can back them on Kickstarter. If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, it's a way for people to earn money to produce their products/inventions. The product won't actually be available unless they earn enough money to produce it.

(Update: The item is not available on Amazon! Here is a link: Kitchen Safe. If you buy from this link, I get a small commission, so I thank you in advance for that.)

For this Kitchen Safe, they need $30,000 by July 20th. When you pledge, you are promised certain prizes (for example, you could pre-order the product for a $29 pledge). Your credit card isn't charged unless they get $30,000 worth of pledges. Right now, they've gotten a little over $14,000 in pledges. I hope they are able to raise the funds! I pledged $29.

I've been doing really well with my eating this week. I haven't gone over my weekly PointsPlus yet, and hopefully it stays that way. I haven't earned nearly as many activity PointsPlus as usual for the past couple of weeks, but I haven't had much energy since I've been sick.

Some days feel so easy to stay on track, and then others--like today--just feel nearly impossible. I wanted to just keep snacking all day long today, even though I wasn't hungry. I tried to keep busy, but since I'm not feeling very energetic, my motivation to get up and move wasn't very high.

I did start a new book today, and it really sucked me in, so I read that all afternoon. It's called Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner. I've never read one of her books before, but this one has me so interested that I'll probably read more of her books. I don't read very often, but when I do, it's usually in the summer time, so I'm glad to have found a book I like.

Tomorrow feels like the first real day of summer to me, because it's Monday, and the kids won't be in school. Jerry's off work tomorrow, so we're going to try and do something fun with the boys :)


  1. I love the kitchen safe idea! I hate buying single servings of desserts because it's more expensive, but if I buy an economical package it's hard to not eat too much!

  2. That safe is something I need, for when I bake. lol Sorry you're still sick. I am just starting to feel better myself. I hate being sick. Our kids get out for summer on Friday. I am excited for summer to start, but also kind of dreading it too. :)

  3. I would definitely make use of the safe! My vices are my banana bread that I have been making lately, I find myself sneaking slice after slice after slice. I tend to be able to eat really healthily on weekdays, but as soon as it hits the weekend I'm done for. I drive 2.5 hours every Friday night and back again on Sunday to be with my partner as we don't live in the same city. And after that I tend to "reward" myself a little too much in those two days. I'm constantly losing weight during the week and gaining it back on the weekend! It is only 8 or 9 pounds!


  4. Unless that safe could hold my cell phone and keep me from ordering carry out pizza, I'm not sure how much good it would do me! ;)

    I have a read a few books by that author and enjoyed them very much, but I kind of forgot about her. Thanks for the reminder; I'll have to look her up again.

  5. Hi I'm the "Jessica" above. So cool that you posted this, thank you! I'm really hoping they get enough pledges. I want one!

  6. AnonymousJune 10, 2013

    Love, love, love Lisa Gardner, she is such a good writer...all her books will suck you in!

  7. AnonymousJune 10, 2013

    That Kitchen Safe sounds awesome... Does it come in refrigerator size? :)

  8. I LOVE the concept behind the kitchen safe!!!

  9. The only problem is you have to be the one to put the lid back on! They need to put an alarm on the lid that won't go off until you put it back on and reset the timer.

  10. AnonymousJune 10, 2013

    Hey Katie! Strength training is sooo good for you! I know you don't like it and it'll be hard in the beginning but it WILL get easier just like running does! and you don't have to worry about building manly-looking muscles...it would take a lot more than you think to do that! Remember; the more muscle you have the more calories you burn in a day! ;)

  11. AnonymousJune 10, 2013

    I adore Lisa Gardner! A tip about her books: If you really like this one when you're done, read the rest in the order she wrote them. She likes to have old characters come back for cameos, and it's really fun to recognize them :) Love your blog!

  12. Great concept!! BTW...I love Lisa Gardner's books! I haven't done a lot of reading lately, but I plan to get back into the habit! My problem is that once I start reading, I don't get much accomplished around the house until I finish the book!! Love your blog!!

  13. The kitchen safe sounds like the perfect idea!!


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