About a year and a half ago I hit a milestone. I lost 100 pounds. You might remember reading ‘More Than Just Eating Healthy & Exercise.’ Yeah, that’s me. Since then, I’ve made some additional changes to my healthy lifestyle. I’ve crossed over to the vegetarian world, our household is on it’s way to becoming “processed and preservative free,” and I’ve educated myself on how to make essentials like bread, bagels, pasta and vegan ice cream. My upcoming adventures…homemade ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
I know it’s a little early to start talking about New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not even Thanksgiving. I get it. I’m right there with you. However, if you’ve been thinking about converting to a low carb lifestyle (after the holidays, of course), this Atkins Quick Start Kit is a great way to get you started. Best of all, it’s free. And, when I say free, I mean absolutely FREE with no obligation to buy anything or shipping costs. This kit has everything you need including 3 free Atkins bars, cookbook, Atkins carb counter and your Quick Start Guide. You’ll also get $5 in valuable coupons. It takes several weeks for shipping so sign up now.
A few months ago, after almost 2 years, I finally did it. I lost over 100 pounds. I blogged about my success along with the trials and tribulations. The response was overwhelming. I received dozens of congratulatory letters and people shared their stories with me of their current battles with weight loss. Most of the letters contained the same question, “What is your secret?” I needed to reply to these people, but how could I possibly answer that question. There was no secret. I could bore them with tips and advice on how to eat right and incorporate exercise into their daily routine, but that seemed so impersonal and generic.
Yep, that’s right. We are doing another cool thing for our members! This time we are reaching out to all of you foodies, cooks, chefs, and mothers! Along with the help from two of our favorite bloggers, Makobi Scribe and Simply Stacie, we are holding a Grand Spring Recipe Challenge.
Here is how the Challenge will work:
- The Submission Phase starts April 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM EST and ends April 28, 2012 11:59 PM EST (4 weeks)
- To enter, you must sign up for zuuzs.com and submit an unpublished recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Each recipe will need to have two to three original, unpublished pictures with a width of 550 px, a recipe, title, and directions. In the subject line place the category the recipe is being entered to from one of the following:
- Appetizers/Side Dish
- Main Dish
- You may submit no more than one recipe per category
- There will also be a Voting Phase on zuuzs.com and a Judging Phase
- On June 5, 2012, there will be a drawing with Four (4) winners: One from each category, and an Overall Grand Prize Winner!
The amazing prizes include Gift Cards totalling $500 for kitchen related wares for the Grand Prize Winner and $200 in gift cards for kitchen related wares for each of the Category Winners.
Check here for the full list of rules and information & get cracking on those recipes!
After much ado, we’re finally in 2012. It’s time to take down the Christmas trees, prepare your yearly budget, and most importantly, make New Years’ Resolutions. The good thing about a resolution is that it can be as personal or as broad as you like. You can choose to undertake the task of quitting smoking, losing weight, or shopping less (gasp!). If you are still stuck, here are some ideas to make 2012 the best year ever:
Earn Cash Everyday—Whether by partaking in a simple survey or throwing all of your excess change in a small jar, a good monetary resolution is to focus on the little places money can come from. Another tip is to invite friends to Zuuzs, which puts money right in your pocket!
Exercise Without Even Trying—Park your car as far away from the mall as possible (weather permitting), take the stairs instead of the elevator, and carry a basket at the grocery store rather than pushing a cart. All of these small tasks will eventually add up to a slimmer, healthier you!
Do Something New—Your mantra for the year should be YES. Dinner with an old roommate, seeing a foreign film, or going to a concert of an unknown local band can all expand your horizons and create new memories.
Happy New Year from everyone here at Zuuzs!
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Dana also writes a vintage blog at www.woodstockwardrobe.com.