Thursday, November 26, 2009

Celebrating The One Hundreds Giveaway

A special thank you to Sarah from Ethereal Endeavor for suggesting yesterday that I have a “fabulous giveaway” to celebrate the fact that this blog now has one hundred followers. Her comment started my mind working overtime and it has developed something unique which I hope will be pleasing to the masses and beneficial to many.

I was out walking to meet my husband this evening, mulling around all of these different ideas that I have, when I finally hit on what I want to do. Not only will the unconventional concept - which I will describe momentarily - help me rejoice in the fact that I have so many wonderful individuals watching my journey, but it will also acknowledge my decent into onederland this morning. Sometimes my timing is just right, and in the case of having two notable achievements - both concerning the magical one hundreds - I would say that today it was impeccable!

So I am opening up the comments section on this post for everyone to have an opportunity to enter the Celebrating The One Hundreds Giveaway! There is a catch though: you don’t actually have a chance of winning anything. Instead of offering a single person a prize, I thought that I would do things a little differently. In acknowledgement of the Thanksgiving celebrations of my neighbours to the south, and in the beautiful spirit of giving which always accompanies this time of year, I would like to donate something to those less fortunate in my area.

So on behalf of anyone who leaves a comment on this post, between now and the end of this month, I will put $1 of my own money towards purchasing food for the homeless. I will also put another $1 towards this project if you post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to this site (and then leave me a separate remark here letting me know). Unfortunately, I have to place a maximum of $100 on this. I wish that I could do more, but times are tough and I really felt like it was necessary to put a limit on the amount that I can afford to spare in the name of this cause. I am hoping to get enough comments to actually reach the maximum donation though!

So, that’s my idea! When this giveaway is over I will buy, prepare, and hand deliver food - I am most likely thinking sandwiches and other easily packaged items - to those who simply do not have as much as others. I figured that this was a nice way to tie all of my thoughts together into one relatively cohesive concept, and I hope that you will agree that being a part of a group working towards a goal such as this is much better than winning a more tangible prize as an individual. At any rate, I hereby declare the Celebrating The One Hundreds Giveaway underway and I will report back on the results on the first of December. Thank you so much in advance for the role you will all play in this!

FOOD & BEVERAGES:
- 9 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 banana
- 1 mug of decaffeinated tea with milk
- 2 cups spinach salad with small cubes of cheese, tomato, dried cranberries, croutons, and an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing
- 1 violet flavoured mint
- 1 pear
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with ham, grated cheese, spinach, dried cranberries, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 orange
- 1 celery stalk with 1 Tb. light peanut butter

EXERCISE:
- 2 sets of 15 squats
- 2 sets of 15 lunges for each leg
- 2 sets of stomach crunches
- 45 minute walk
- 2 sets of 2 minutes of weight lifting with 5 lbs per arm

75 comments:

  1. I LOVE Your not so give away give away!!! Let me be the first to help you to your first $2.00. Nice to see people helping out the less fortunate this time of year!!
    Hope you had a Great holiday!!
    Congrats again!!

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  2. What a wonderful, wonderful idea. I really want to instill in my children the kind of care and concern you have. Giving to those less fortunate is so important.

    Congratulations again on the 100. I know there are many more who read you but just aren't offical followers.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving and congrats on Onederland! Love your give-away idea and am happy to comment for the cause. Hope you have a fabulous day!

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  4. Great idea! Very original and inspirational.

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  5. What a wonderful and thoughtful idea!

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  6. Great idea! I am very happy to support the cause. I work for a social service agency that serves homeless folks and I can vouch for how much your generosity will be appreciated (and needed).

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  7. Awesome idea!! By any chance are you on the west coast of Canuckia?? Something you said the other day sounded very much like the weather I was experiencing.

    http://joannetryingagain.blogspot.com/

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving, what a wonderful idea, you really are special, all power to you.

    Big Hugs


    Sheilagh

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  9. We are at $10 so far, people! 10% of the way to goal! Keep those comments coming!!!

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  10. For every dollar you raise I will match it at my local food bank.

    Barb

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  11. Barb, you just completely made my day! I have tears rolling down my cheeks, I am so greatful for your generousity! From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

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  12. What a wonderful thing to do! You made my day :)

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  13. I am inspired to match your dollar amount with a cheque from my wallet to the charity of your choice. Once the comments are in, please e-mail the amount and address of the charity you wish to support and I will match your donation to them. Congrats on 100 followers and the 100's!

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  14. Beautiful idea. You've inspired me to donate to my local food bank that is run by City Team Ministries.

    Congratulatons on you 100s celebration!

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  15. $15 dollars now... keep it coming!

    Wow! Dawne, I am touched that you would do this as well! I will need to research charities, but if you have any suggestions I am happy to consider them. And, Leslie, your donation is a fabulous idea as well! Thank you ladies!!!

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  16. What a great idea! I am writing here to (a) make you poorer and (b) to congratulate you on getting into onederland - woo-hoo! I am so pleased for you and thank you very much for such a great giveaway!

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  17. Ha! Thanks for making me poorer and for the congrats!

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  18. What a wonderful, selfless giveaway. I love it. Congrats on making it to Onederland! I'm a relatively new card carrying member myself. Even when I feel like I'm doing a terrible job at weight loss, I just remind myself of this one major scale victory, and it really just shows how far I have come. It is such a tangible joy! :) Congrats!!!

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  19. This is a great idea. And congratulations on your progress! You're doing fabulous :)

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  20. Oh, and yes, I did link to this post on my blog.

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  21. OK I was going to do this yesterday but now its even better. Because we are neighbours I am also willing to match $1 for $1. We have a soft spot for Covenant House and I will do my donation there - lots of great charities here in the lower mainland. E-mail me if you want to yak more about this awesome thing you are doing!!!

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  22. You are most welcome.
    Barb

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  23. I think you are doing something so awesome and selfless. Thank you so much for being you:)

    Dee~

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  24. 21% of the way to goal!!!

    Joanne, thank you, thank you, thank you! What a kind heart you have and I am wonderfully happy that you have also decided to do this!

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  25. What a great idea! Thanks for this Un-giveaway, it's much cooler than the usual kind.

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  26. Congratulations, and what a great idea for a giveaway!

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  27. I'm in! What a great idea. I usually don't enter give aways. For this, I make a exception!

    100 followers and onderland all in the week. It feels good, right? So glad I finally checked out your blog. Your success is amamzing!

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  28. Congratulations on the onehundredness. If time were infinite, I could follow all the interesting blogs....

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

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  29. Great idea! We have so much to be thankful for! The kittehs will post this link on our site as well!

    > .<

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  30. Congratulations on onederland and on having 100 followers!

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  31. Fantastic idea - Count me in. I've already given food stuffs and toys to my local area but will give more before Christmas. You are an
    inspiration. Congrats on making both 100's

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  32. Great idea! I will also match your donation and give it to an organization I support. http://www.livingrock.ca/

    I have posted about your "giveaway" on my blog. Just a thought, instead of buying the food, give the organization the money. Social service organizations are able to get better deals than we can through wholesalers etc.

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  33. What a sweet thing to do. Congratulations on 100 followers...and now you have one more - me. Looking forward to watching you shrink!

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  34. This is a wonderful idea and truly in the spirit of the season!

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  35. Congratulations on all you've achieved so far, and way to go on such a wonderful way of sharing with others!

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  36. Congrats on the loss!! Great idea for a giveaway :)

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  37. Congratulations on your success! What a wonderful idea for a give away.

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  38. Congrats on your success so far! What a wonderful idea for the give away!

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  39. Congrats on your success and what a wonderful idea to give back. I love how contagious giving is...just look at all the offers to match!

    I think this is the first time I've been to your blog - saw this posted on Kimberley's site. (the-phoenix-rises-again.blogspot.com/) I look forward to reading more about you!

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  40. Congrats on reaching Onederland! And what a great idea!

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  41. Oops, 100 followers, I mean. But heck, from what I can tell you're close the other way, too, lol.

    I wrote a blog post to send traffic to this post! It is here: http://shrinkinglainey.blogspot.com/2009/11/commenting-for-charity.html

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  42. Thanks so much for doing this! Will add a link to your post to my blog. :o)

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  43. super idea, here's on more! :) Hope you make your goal!

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  44. Oh, what a great idea! I'll try to remember to post this on my blog.

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  45. You are all so wonderful to comment; my appreciation for your efforts is enormous!

    Kimberley, an even bigger thank you to you for matching the donation; it truly mean a lot! I will definitely consider your suggestion and speak to someone about the best way to put the money towards feeding people. I love the hands on approach I was anticipating, but I will likely go by what they say is best since I want the money to stretch as far as possible.

    Lainey, I did reach onederland as well, so you had it right the first time. It was a double victory!

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  46. I'm putting a link to this on my blog for you!

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  47. Ah, so much for my reading comprehension skills! I'm so happy you saw the post on my other blog, as well, and decided to count both. Wheee, a $15 contribution for a few seconds of typing! Awesome! :o)

    Congrats on Onederland, then, too!

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  48. I saw this post on Finding Radiance & so glad I did... what a wonderful thing for you to do!! I am going to post on my blog tomorrow & I will write another comment saying that! I can't wait to hear all about this!

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  49. OK.... here is my second comment saying that on my post tomorrow, The Gift of Fitness, which is a perfect title for mentioning your giving because it is about the gift of time vs. giving an actual gift. It is a post from a fellow blogger.

    Thx for doing this!

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  50. What a generous soul you are! I'm happy to comment for the cause. You are inspiring....

    I bet this challenge ripples throughout blogland. Good job!

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  51. That's kind & generous of you. Great way to celebrate :)

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  52. Yikes! I almost missed this!

    Welcome to Onederland!

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  53. This is an absolute no brainer. This is by far the best giveaway I've ever seen and I will be discussing this with my husband. Perhaps we can do something similar. Wonderful idea. Hugs to you and your generous heart. Tammy

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  54. You are doing a brilliant giveaway. Kudos to you for this and for setting and reaching your goals.

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  55. What a wonderful idea! Congratulations on your weight loss success!

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  56. We are at 65% now!!! In the home stretch...

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  57. Love your blog. Great idea to donate. Happy holidays.

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  58. Great idea! This is incredibly thoughtful and such a lovely thing to do.

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  59. This is the best kind of give away ever. Yay for your generosity and your onederful achievement. :)

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  60. I'm late, again, but I'm here. I hope it still counts. I have no idea what time it is where you are, but it's 11:31pm EST where I'm at!! So technically it's still Nov. 30th!! I missed your last 5 lb loss...that is so awesome...and I know you gave me an award a little while back...hoping to get back in the groove and acknowledge it on my blog this week. I think I've gotten awards from 3 diff people now that I haven't mentioned!! And I forgot to check in on Saturday with my weight...sorry about that. I'll try to remember this coming Sat. Hope all is well with you...thank you for the continued support while I'm going through a hard time. You're the best. :)

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  61. What a wonderful endeavor. I know that the weight loss journey is both difficult and rewarding, and to use this as an opportunity to give to those less fortunate is phenomenal. Keep up the great work!

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  62. Thank you so much to everyone who commented!!! You are such a wonderul group of people and I am hugely thankful that you took the time to help in this endeavor!

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  63. Just seeing this & wanted to congratulate you on selfless giveaway & on reaching Onderland.

    Fabulous idea. Bravo.

    Best wishes,
    Lynn

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