Blogging for a Change

Blogging for a Change. I mentioned it last week: a project I’m working on with Jasmine (Eat, Move, Write) + Annabel (Feed Me I’m Cranky) + Elisabeth (Joggers Life). But do you really understand what this means?

Mission Statement: The purpose of Blogging for a Change is to put the power of blogging and the incredible goodness and strength of the blogging community to work in a healthy, positive way to literally change the world. This movement is designed to collect inspiration, goodness, and fundraising dollars and funnel it into worthwhile charities that better the lives of people all over the world.

Here’s how it’ll work: Everyone gets an automatic entry. Then, the more you donate, the more entries into the giveaway you get! 100% of your donation goes to charity! There is no draw-back! It is a win-win-win all around kind of thing!

Together, through Blogging for a Change, we can make a difference. All of us together, we can make a difference. Here are just a few of some of the sponsoring companies who have already agreed to join with us:


and so many more!

The Blogging for a Change Donation Rally will include products and services from numerous companies dedicated to healthy missions and positive social causes. The online rally will begin on Monday, April, 4th, 2011 at 9 a.m. EST and end Monday, April 11th, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Let the countdown begin: In a few short days,
you’ll have the opportunity to take part in something BIG!

 

Cupcake? What Cupcake?

It was almost time for me to leave work when my coworker texted me from a meeting she was in. “They are giving out free Sprinkles cupcakes,”  it said. “Do you want me to get you one?”

I wrote back. “Aw, gonna have to pass, but thanks.” Even though I felt little emotion when I sent her that text, I turned right around and e-mailed a friend of mine complaining about the free cupcakes being given out at work. “WHYYYYYYY?” I asked her, using all capital letters so as to emphasize my overly-dramatic tone. For some reason that I still haven’t figured out, my brain went into auto-pilot and decided that cupcakes are worth getting all worked up about. It was so bizarre.

Anyway, my coworker showed up moments later with an armful of little brown boxes. She brought everyone a cupcake regardless of how we answered her text. I opened mine and peeked inside. Red velvet with cream cheese frosting. My personal favorite. I stared at it blankly for a moment. I wasn’t hungry. I looked across the room at my other coworker wringing her hands and bemoaning the fact that she couldn’t eat cupcakes or any other form or sugar until bathing suit season was over. Our boss taunted her by eating his cupcake over her desk and asking if she wanted a taste… just a tiny bite. It was quite the spectacle, and everyone was laughing. I folded the lid back down on my box and put it aside for the time being.

And then I forgot about it. I actually forgot about a cupcake.

When I left work, I grabbed the cupcake and headed home. A plan had started forming in my mind for how I would blog about this event. While most of the world would find it completely inconsequential that I worked through an entire afternoon without thinking about the gourmet cupcake sitting inches from my face, those who are deep in the throes of the weight-loss journey know all too well what a momentous occasion this was. For me to be unaffected by a cupcake is huge. It means that I’ve changed; it means that something about me is very very different.

Unexpectedly, my parents popped in for a visit later that night. I was just getting ready to head out for a run when they stopped in, and the cupcake was still in its box.

It's a nice cupcake, but I don't really want it.

Think I'll stick with the original plan and throw it away. Kind of empowering, actually!

When I told my parents I was going to throw out the cupcake and go running, I thought they would share my enthusiasm. For the most part, they did. But my Dad just didn’t see the point in throwing away a perfectly good cupcake.

Nom nom nom nom nom. Sure made his day!

My Mom wanted a bite too, but my Dad didn't really feel like he needed to share.

Anyway, we had a lot of fun. And after all was said and done, I headed out the door and off to my run. I’m actually becoming a healthy person who wants to do healthy things. I’m starting to feel like a normal girl who does something besides come home and graze or stand in front of the refrigerator until it’s time for bed. I love it.

Off to run!

-Elle

Hugh Jass Salad

Dinner. Carlos ate left-over greasy pizza which from his pool league on Tuesday evening. I wasn’t going to touch it and knew exactly what I was craving. A regular bowl wasn’t going to work — I needed something BIG. Something that could handle not just a wimpy salad but a SALAD.

Looks delish, right?

Ham
Feta cheese
Dried cranberries
Raw almonds
Green grapes
Broccoli slaw
Dollop of hummus

I dug around in my cupboard and found a mega bowl. As in, you know the set of 3 mixing bowls you buy a Target? Yeah, the biggest of them all bowls. And then I filled it with a bed of lettuce + toppings that made my heart melt.

Pullin' out the big bowls.

Carlos always asks me why I don’t sprinkle the ingredients all over the salad but instead, put them in their own little sections. My response? Because it looks photographs better this way! {Has my eating really come down to how it is photographed?}

But… when it is time to eat? I get it all mixed up in there together!

Not so pretty but just as delish!

Nothing short of amazing. Well, except for all the lettuce stuck in my teeth after I finished. I hate flossing {and I know I’m not alone here} but I found a way I can get my flossing done with, quick and for the most part, painless.

Post-dinner flossin' action provided by DenTek, thankyouverymuch!

Heart Monitor Update:

Day 1 was successful, I think. I didn’t push the buttons because I didn’t feel anything. There were a couple times when I got up from my desk to either go to the bathroom or printer and forgot the phone/transmitter thingie on my desk. I’m suppose to keep it either with me or <10 feet away at all times. I wasn’t wearing anything with pockets so maybe for the next couple of weeks, I’ll just have to make sure I’m wearing pockets.

Other than that, all is well in the heart monitor arena of my life – but it’s only been 1 day so we’ll see how this goes! I promise I won’t update day by day!

EasyLunchBox System

I often get asked where I got the lunch containers I use often. They are part of the EasyLunchBox system and I highly recommend them.

My favorite part about the EasyLunchBox system? Aside from the little compartments? Is that the company started with an idea inside the head of a mom. Mom’s are so smart, I tell ya! {Love you mom, I miss you so much and wish I had a million dollars to fund all the ideas for ventures you had!}

Alright friends, it’s about that time. I’ll be back this afternoon with a quick note about a special project I’ve been working on – stay tuned!

Reminder: PriorFatGirl Coffee & Conversation (Spring 2011)

Are you signed up yet? Don’t forget! Join us for a morning of coffee and conversation! No agenda, no speakers – just a morning of casual community!

What: PriorFatGirl Coffee & Conversation
When: Saturday,  April 2nd
Time: 9am-11am
Cost: $5 donation to Red Cross
How to Register: Click here

Special Guest: Mariah — a mom, a wife and a triathlete at 276lbs. (Mariah’s story)

A simple morning with casual conversation,
coffee and inspiration — what else could be better?

To register for this event, click here. I look forward to seeing everyone!