Tuesday, May 19, 2009

would you rather lose weight or get ride of debt?

Happy Blogoversary to me!

This wee blog of mine was started a year ago, May 19th, 2008. We'd recently moved across Canada from Calgary to the Ottawa area and didn't know a soul. We had no family or friends around and were living in a hotel in downtown Ottawa (for FIVE WEEKS). I was ten weeks pregnant and suffering from A.W.F.U.L morning sickness. I was sick, bored and more than a bit lonely.

A blog was born.

I wasn't sure if I should celebrate my one year anniversary today or wait until February 5th which was the first time that someone other than a family friend or family member left a comment on my blog (it was Noreen from 5K--Live Love Laugh).

That fateful day. I was hooked.

But having to wait until NEXT February wouldn't be any fun. I'm too impatient.

So to celebrate a year of rambling blogging, I'll be giving away a copy of EITHER the 30-Day Shred with Jillian Michaels OR The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsay. You can read more about my reasons for choosing these two prizes HERE. Because of our commitment to paying off our debt, this prize will be coming to you courtesy of the SwagBucks I've been winning.

In order to enter, here's what you have to do:
  • Leave me a comment here on why YOU would like to win either the DVD or book (feel free to also include how great you think I am).
And because I'm a lemming and most other blog giveaways include the following ways to get additional entries, I'll include them too:
  • Blog about this giveaway, and then come back here and leave a link for me to check out.
  • Twitter about this giveaway (or RT my Twitter feed post update thingy), and then come back here and leave me a link to your tweet.
  • Subscribe to my feed, or let me know if you already do.
Leave a separate comment for each entry.

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: This giveaway ends Saturday, May 23rd at 11:59 PM, EST (at which time I will be passed out after Liam's Lego Clone Wars birthday extraordinaire). Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org (or we'll cut all the names out of paper, tape them to the wall and throw darts). Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents.

But remember, there's a catch...

I wish I had hundreds of prizes for all my hundreds of readers at least a couple dozen prizes for each of my handful of loyal readers (hey, I'm all about quality over quantity and I have some QUALITY readers!). If you've never left a comment before, I'd love to hear from you. De-lurk yourself! I really do truly appreciate everyone who takes time to read this blog.

What originally began as a space to share stories and pictures with my family and close friends has become much more. Still a place to record my thoughts and memories, it's now also a place where I can connect with other moms (or stay at home dads... hi, Ryan), explore parenting issues, work through feelings about my dad's death, seek accountability and vent and complain about bugs.

Thank you for sharing your time and lives with me. It means more than I can say.


  1. Count me in for The Shred. We've formulated a plan, and then decided that our debt is what it is, and that no more undo stress/anxiety/worry will be spent (ha!) on it. In other words, our debt is not negatively impacting our health.

    HOWEVER - my total laziness might be, so I'll focus on improving the health of my body over the health of my bank account.

  2. Ooh, I'm in! I like the idea of doing the Shred... mainly since I've gotten bored of my exercise routine. As for debt... thankfully we got rid of that already (whew).

    Oh, and yes, you are totally AwEsoMe!

    Ugh... I found a huge beetle bug in our basement today and thought of you as I found a piece of cardboard to squish it with... eeeewwwww! Wondered how your bug issues have been lately (mine have escalated... yuck!). sorry... I hope I didn't make you squeemish... I know I made myself so... blech.

  3. Congratulations! I'm so glad I know you throught blogging, I do love reading your blog, you know! I would love to win that Shred it DVD because Lord knows how badly I need to get in shape for the summer! Like, seriously... and ASAP! I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win! ;)

  4. Congrats on one year of blogging - way to go, that's a great accomplishment!!!

    I already own the book and the DVD, so my prize will just have to be to continue reading your blog :)

  5. WHERE did my comment go? I just came back to comment that I tweeted and I dont' see my first comment. Blogger hates me today.

    Anywho, the shred is what I am after and I do solemly promise to be a great cheerleader as we, you and me, do it together. Except I can't do the splits. Just so you know. But I can yell and cheer like the best of 'em :)

  6. And so I also tweeted, here's the linky-loo:


    At least I hope that's it, I have honestly never linked a specific tweet before.

  7. Yes, Happy 1 year indeed!

    I'd LOVE to win the shred. Man, oh man do I NEED to win the shred!
    .....and if I win I hereby solemnly swear to kick your butt..er I mean, keep you accountable, if you promise to do the same for me!

  8. Happy Blogoversary! I've been reading for a couple weeks now and I love it!

  9. I found your blog via TBW and am really enjoying it!
    I can't decide which I need more -- Dave Ramsey or the shred -- so just enter my name and I'll decide whenI win! ;) (positive thinking works right?)

  10. OOO! Hard to say ... I desperately need to drop the baby weight so I fit in the clothes I own but we are struggling to get out of debt...I guess the 30 Day Shred would be best - it'd take off the pounds and save me money (no new clothes!)

  11. I have been following your blog for a while and decided to come out of lurkdome for this post ;) I love reading fellow Canadians and your blog is funny and keeps me coming back for more! I'd love to win a copy of TMMO and continue on the debt journey with you (I post on the thread on TBW as well!)

  12. I obviously don't follow direction well! Sorry I commented early on the teaser post you did earlier!

    Here is my comment:

    Happy Blogoversary! I'm relatively new to your blog and I'm so glad I've found it.

    I was afraid to comment because as much as I want to win, I'm totally chicken about having to complete either of 'the catches' if I do win! I have heard about both the DVD and the book and have been interested in them. I've heard the 30 Day Shred is very hard but works and I already like Dave's blog (I also have his website in my favourites list)...I'm an indecisive person so the decision is going to be tough if I do win.

  13. I think I should win because -
    1) I think you're amazing
    2) You think I'M amazing (you know you do)
    3) I just had a baby! What better reason to work out!??!
    4) I also need a work out buddy - I'm bad at motivating myself
    5)I've been watching your blogoversary for the past month - seriously
    6) Who else can you have as a work out buddy, who you can laugh at during work outs?? (maybe we can skype during workouts and you can see me dying after 5 minutes...)
    - SARA! LUNDE!

  14. Ok, I'm going to blog about your Blogoversary on MY blog... although I'm nervous to put my link on here in case people check it out... your wit is hard to compete with, and I'm a blog newby. It is - www.lundesskippingstones.blogspot.com

    - Sara

  15. Hi Amy!
    Nothing is worse than having a blog where no one comments (I was reading your "validation" blurb), believe me I know! I love what you have done with your blog, how fun! Your boys are getting so big! I remember when you had just had Liam, and now Three!!!! WOW!
    Ok so down to business...
    I think I should win because
    A. The hub and I would love to have kids but feel we are too far in debt to bring a child into the world quite yet. If we had Dave Ramsey's book it would teach how to better manage our money and get out of debt faster so we can have kiddies like you and Sara!
    B. The hub and I love to excercise and if we get out of debt with Dave Ramsey's book and have a kid I am going to need to excersice to lose all that baby weight- So I am going to need the work out video!
    Ok so those are super lame excuses at why I should win, but I just want you to know that I CAN'T HAVE KIDS IF I DON'T WIN THE BOOK OR THE VIDEO AND IT IS ALL RIDING ON YOU! hahaha
    Love that guilt trip? I barely even know you and I am giving you a guilt trip.
    PS if I win you don't have to send the prize to the states you can send it to Sara's I will pick it up next month when we are up there (spending the money that I am SURE Dave Ramsey would tell us not to spend- but at least Sara and I could excersice to the video together! hint hint)
    In Christ,
    Kristin De Mers (Saras college roommate)
    p.s. I posted your contest on my blog, and I am now "following" you.

  16. Amy - Am I allowed to put 20 one word comments on here to up my chances?? I'm desperate.

    - Sara


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