Thursday, November 18, 2010

One Year Giveaway


Well, I realized this morning that yesterday was the one year anniversary of the day I started this blog!  How crazy is that?  Time really flies when you're humiliating yourself in front of an audience.

In the year I've been writing this blog:

  • I came out to all of my friends and family as someone with a weight problem.  I am sure all of them needed medical care to survive the shock. 
  • MSNBC featured me in a story on their website.  No, it wasn't about diet success stories or the Fifty Most Beautiful Bloggers.  It was about people who can't work equipment at the gym.  Nothing like telling the world I fell off a treadmill.  Several times.
  • I went to New York for BlogHer10, made some friends and came home with ninety pounds of free stuff.  Incidentally, the only things I brought home that I actually use are a toothbrush and several reusable grocery bags.  And I never did win a Tempurpedic Mattress, but I'll never forget getting my picture taken with Marmaduke.

  • Embarrassingly enough, have not lost a single pound.  Eek.  In my defense, I've dealt with a lot of issues that I didn't expect, but if I am writing a two-year anniversary post and saying that I am really going to feel like a hypocrite.  
  • Made great friends in my comments section.  Seriously, thank you guys for sticking with me and prodding me along this year.  Mary G, Darlene, Kim, Kim, Kate, Stacia, Jess, Patty, Melisa, Bluestreak, and my family, among a lot of other people.  It's been wonderful to know that people are reading and I've really appreciated the cheerleading.
SOOOO, in celebration of my attention span actually keeping me in a project for an entire year, I am having a giveaway.  If you leave a comment on this post either telling me what I should write about in the next year or telling me what your favorite post of the last year has been, you'll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com! 

Note to all federal organizations:  I bought this gift certificate myself and no one gave it to me, so don't sue me.  Thanks.  

I will pick a winner on Tuesday morning, so you'll have to keep your fingers crossed for a while.  


Again, thanks for reading here.  It helps me keep my mom on her toes.  

25 comments:

  1. Love this blog! Congrats on a year! I think in the next year you should: A) Write more often, B) Maybe do more recipes and/or showing what you eat and C) Maybe have a weightloss ticker so we can track your progress? I love following this blog and I'm thrilled that it's continuing. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Congratulations! I think you are the bomb and I wish all the time I was as funny as you. And I'm not saying that just so I win. I really mean it.

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  3. Yay! I love all of the posts about your family... ok, actually I like pretty much everything you write but those are the ones that stand out?

    Totally unrelated: am I the only one in the world who freaks out when there are online giveaways and tries to follow the "comment by saying XYZ" instructions to the letter and then realizes no one else is doing it and then freaks out again because clearly I'm the uncool kid in the internet world reading a book in the corner of the playground afraid to touch the germ-covered monkey bars?

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  4. Awesome! My favorite post is was the butterfinger snackers giveaway! Probably because I took home the prize :) All of my trick or treaters loved them, best part I didn't have to buy them! Thank you
    Things I would like to read in upcoming blogs: more focus on weightloss and maintiance with tips, motivation, ect.

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  5. Congratulations! I know I don't comment enough but I love your blog!

    My favorite posts are the stories about your family - they just sound kinda zany and offbeat and remind me a lot of my own family. My very fav was "sending out the bat signal" where your sister comes to your rescue and tries to hunt down the little jerks who called you names. It just made me love your sis, and made me jealous that you have her!

    Anyway, congrats again and keep up the good blogging. =)

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  6. I loved the Diet Coke monkey on the back post, that is so me! Please write more next year. Hope you are feeling better!

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  7. "Don't sue me, thanks": LOL!

    I just think you should keep writing regularly, and write what you feel like writing whether it has to do with your weight loss journey or not. Blogging shouldn't ever start to feel like an obligation: it's supposed to be enjoyable! :)

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  8. My favorite post is the one about me. Surprised?

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  9. I just started reading and so glad I did..I actually found the 90210 post to be wicked funny!!

    I think you should continue to blog how you have..Just Keeping it real like you already seem to do!!
    drea8685@yahoo.com

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  10. My favorite post is about celebrating Megan's singing voice.

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  11. Congratulations!! I'm so proud of all that you've achieved this past year. Wishing you continued success!

    John Plecha

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  12. Inventor of the acclaimed gymnosophical dancing style "The ND"November 18, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    I heard you once babysat for these really cool kids on Longwood Drive in Beverly for years. However, you only wrote about one of them, once, very briefly. I feel like the others deserve better. It is common knowledge that a dancing revolution began in that very house on Longwood Drive, much to the chagrin of Chicago's finest. Congrats on the blog.

    Oh, and if you think that your babysitters making you watch Amityville Horror is bad, I hear these two sisters once let children in preschool, kindergarten and middle school watch The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Luckily, two out of three of those children turned out alright.

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  13. I would love a post about your upcoming trip to the Greater Boston area.

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  14. I totally have a blog crush on you. How can I possibly pick one or two favorites?

    I guess I can say my favorite of all time was the one that got me hooked on your blog in the first place... the academy awards party that got out of control with your sister.

    I also cracked up about the one with the severed toe. Oh, and the other would be the plastic surgery pictures. Not because I am some sort of perv, but because I hope to have to get a tummy tuck some day after I lose all my weight :)


    Patty
    (Formerly Fatty Patty No More)

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  15. I am very proud of you, even if I am looking into trademarking parts of my childhood.

    Also, obviously, more posts are needed about Megan and her singing. And I would like to hear more about this mysterious "ND" and the children you babysat for.

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  16. Hey! Love the blog. Friend of Becca's, therefore you don't know me but I have to say after reading one entry I was hooked to this blog. Your writing is hilarious and incredible and if you haven't considered a book, you should.

    I think you should blog more about your weight loss progress (which is difficult when you're not losing, trust me, I know) and personally, I think your family posts are the funniest. I've been inspired by your blog to get my ass to the gym many a time. Finally, as a former Chicagoan I love it when you post things specific to the city, just to see if I thought the same thing.

    Go Bears!

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  17. Taryn, you should have definately consulted me before attempting a treadmill. As a lifelong klutz and 15 year runner I could have definately given you "tips." (Otherwise known as, don't do what I did if you don't want to faceplant). Anyways, I'm sorry I haven't checked out your blog before, you hilarious as always.

    What you should write about in the coming year. . . hmmm. . . which one of my brilliant ideas to give away? If you haven't already done it a list of your top ten best and worst diet foods. Your favorite restaurants pre and post weight loss. Your thoughts on new futurama vs old.

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  18. Taryn,
    Congratulations on the first anniversary of your blog!  I really enjoy reading about your life, both childhood memories and current events.  You've made me laugh on a regular basis with your knack for comedic timing of the written word.  I am so happy I found your blog from the MSNBC article featuring your treadmill mishaps, I really feel like my life is more rich with your bloggery in it ;). 
      I know you've gone through some tough obstacles on your road to fit...but It's gonna happen for you, I know it.  I'd like to join you on that road, if you don't mind, and pledge that I am going to get back in the groove and start counting calories AGAIN, going to Zumba AGAIN, and quit drinking soda and wine (I weep at the very thought), and finally drop this 100 pounds I've been promising to lose for a few years.
    Taryn, I consider you a friend and will follow your blog for as long as you write it, and I hope you write it for a long long time.
    Here's to another year of innerfatgirl.com!  Cheers!

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  19. Hey Taryn, Thanks for the shoutout ;) Have you talked to our Jackie lately? You should if you haven't ;)

    I'm jumping back on the weight loss bandwagon myself. It's hard, but it'll be worth it. Since you're a waaaaay better writer than I am, you should definitely blog about that in the upcoming year - it will help keep you accountable!

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  20. Stephanie (Bartels)November 20, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    I like your post about Wii Fit. I got on that thing once and never used it again because it plumped up my Mii and I could sense the Wii's disappointment.

    For a future topic, you should write about the "inner fat girl." What does that even mean? Maybe it would help you to kick that notion. (I was a psych major for about a week you know, until a crackerjack counselor at college told me I would have no future.)

    Love your blog. I haven't made it through all the posts yet though. (Sorry if you've already addressed the meaning of inner fat girl and I'm not there yet.)

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  21. I loved the "Sturdy Thirties" post. Since I'll be 29 in two months, that 30th birthday is starting to loom on the horizon and it's scary. I love your blog-I'm so glad that we were able to reconnect and that I still get to read your funny posts. As for the weight loss stuff, as they always say, it's a journey and sometimes life does get in the way. I look forward to seeing what you write next!

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  22. T! If I had been bold enough to plow my way into sitting at your lunch table in 1992, I would have long ago known that you are a kindred spirit (great humor, love of musicals, like to dress dogs up for holidays...).

    It is difficult to pick a favorite post, although I am very partial to those that feature Cooper dressed up. Posts have made me laugh, cry and sometimes both at about the same time. I love to read about your support of your family (which shines through the humor that might otherwise mask it), especially your PFLAG-worthy posts about your sister.

    I think that in the next year, you should just keep on truckin' the way you have been this past year - don't beat yourself up! You have accomplished so much and we all support you through cyberspace. So keep in the same style, but with the added horror of writing about our high school reunion. Horror.

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  23. Stephanie (Bartels)August 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    I like your post about Wii Fit. I got on that thing once and never used it again because it plumped up my Mii and I could sense the Wii's disappointment.

    For a future topic, you should write about the "inner fat girl." What does that even mean? Maybe it would help you to kick that notion. (I was a psych major for about a week you know, until a crackerjack counselor at college told me I would have no future.)

    Love your blog. I haven't made it through all the posts yet though. (Sorry if you've already addressed the meaning of inner fat girl and I'm not there yet.)

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  24. I just started reading and so glad I did..I actually found the 90210 post to be wicked funny!!

    I think you should continue to blog how you have..Just Keeping it real like you already seem to do!!
    drea8685@yahoo.com

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  25. Awesome! My favorite post is was the butterfinger snackers giveaway! Probably because I took home the prize :) All of my trick or treaters loved them, best part I didn't have to buy them! Thank you
    Things I would like to read in upcoming blogs: more focus on weightloss and maintiance with tips, motivation, ect.

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