Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Secret World of Arrietty



Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all.  From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”

Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom. The film hits theaters Feb. 17, 2012.

Notes:

  • Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most influential and admired filmmakers working in animation today and is a major figure in the Japanese cinematic landscape. His films have inspired moviegoers and colleagues around the world, from Pixar's John Lasseter to fantasist Guillermo del Toro to Chinese director Tsui Hark, and consistently top the box office in his native Japan.
  • Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a top animator at Studio Ghibli, was responsible for the animation in a signature scene in “Ponyo,” in which Ponyo runs atop ocean waves.
  • English language voice talent director Gary Rydstrom is a seven-time Academy AwardÒ winning sound designer/mixer (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”). He joined Pixar Animation Studios as an animation film director in 2003.  His directorial debut for the studio was the Academy Award®-nominated short film “Lifted,” and he directed the short film “Hawaiian Vacation,” which was released with “Cars 2” in June 2011.
  • Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are highly successful producing partners whose films, separately and together, include “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “E.T.,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” the Indiana Jones films and the Jurassic Park films. In total, Kennedy and Marshall have earned 11 Oscar® nominations.
  • English language screenplay writer Karey Kilpatrick’s credits include “Spiderwick Chronicles” and “Over the Hedge,” which he also directed (with Tim Johnson).

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Booty Barre Review & Giveaway Ends 2/10/12 at 7 PM EST

The Booty Barre sent me a couple of dvds to review.  I received the following:


The Booty Barre Beginners and Beyond DVD

Booty Barre® is a fluid blend of Pilates, Dance and Yoga the perfect balance of strength, flexibility and cardio. The Beginners and Beyond Series consists of a technique tutorial to learn the correct form of The Booty Barre™ and an express 35 minute version that targets the total body from head to toe. The program starts with a quick warm-up followed by the signature lower body Booty Barre ™ moves finishing off with a short weighted arm program. For an extra challenge they’ve included a bonus section of abdominal, booty and flexibility.

You will need a sturdy chair and 3-5 lbs dumbbells




Tracey’s Pilates Super Sculpt DVD
Pilates Super Sculpt is a deep toning total body workout focusing on correct alignment, flexibility, core strength and a beautiful posture. You will learn exercises that you would normally perform on studio Pilates equipment such as the spine corrector and reformer. Pilates Super Sculpt is performed with a small sponge or playground ball creating more challenge and assisting you to execute the workout correctly.

I really enjoyed both of these workouts.  I am just a beginner and these were both very challenging.  I know that I will be able to enjoy these for many more workouts.  They are very intense workouts.  I love how wonderful I feel after I complete one of these dvds.  If you are looking for a fun workout that really gets your body in shape, you really should try these.  

If you would like to win both of these dvds just enter the giveaway below.


Giveaway:  (you must follow my blog publicly on google friend connect to enter, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, contiguous USA only, no po boxes)

Mandatory Entry:

1.  Go to their website The Booty Barre and choose another item you would like to buy, leave a comment letting me know which item you chose.

Extra Entries:

2.  Follow The Booty Barre on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are their follower.

3.  Follow me on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are my follower.

4.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are a fan.

5.  Like The Booty Barre on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are their fan.

Giveaway ends 2/10/12 at 7 PM EST.  You can enter up to five times.  I will use random.org to select the winner and I will notify the winner via email.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email or I will have to select another winner.

 

Winner selected and emailed:

 

Becca Ann said... 42
I follow booty barre on twitter as beccaPeters1 xxbeccaannxx@gmail.com

 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nutrisystem Week 4 Update - 10 Pounds Lighter!

This is the first day of my second month of Nutrisystem.  I weighed in this morning at 10 pounds lighter than the day I started.  I am very happy with that number and I cannot wait to see where I am next week.  Nutrisystem works.  I have to admit that I was a little skeptical at first, but after doing the plan for the past month, I can tell you that it works.  I feel so much more energetic.  I got up this morning at 4 am to do my workout.  I did an exercise dvd that lasted 50 minutes.  This is all very new to me.  A month ago I started this journey and now it has become habit for me.  I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity.

If you need to lose weight Nutrisystem is a great way to get the weight off and keep it off.  It teaches you portion control.  You learn to include fruits and vegetables in your diet which are so healthy for you.  I really do recommend this plan to anyone looking to lose weight.  I have a lot of weight to lose and it's coming off, week by week.  You can lose weight too, just give it a shot.  Believe me you will not regret the decision to take care of yourself.

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Esurance Facebook Resources

I recently discovered esurance an Allstate company on facebook.  When I went to the their facebook fan page the first thing I noticed was the customer service responses right on their wall.  If you have a question and you ask it on their wall they will answer you in a timely manner.

They also have a link to get a quote right there on their fan page.  Just click on it and fill out the information to get the quote you are looking for.  It's easy to fill the form out and the quote is fast.  If you are shopping for insurance you really should check out esurance.

Here's the wall etiquette right from their facebook fan page.  In case you weren't sure what is okay and what's not.

Welcome to our neighborhood! This is a place for our customers and fans to connect with Esurance and each other.

Our goal is to provide an open, engaging forum for everyone involved. For that reason, we reserve the right to remove posts that:

• Are spam, repetitive or otherwise irrelevant to the conversation

• Advocate for other insurance companies

 • Contain language that contains profanity or is in any way violent, disruptive, harassing, false, misleading, defamatory, abusive, racist, homophobic or sexist

We reserve the right to delete posts for any reason, and if an individual's disruptive behavior persists, to block that user from participating. You can also check out Facebook's Terms of Service for Facebook's take on posting rules and guidelines.

I found this posted on their blog about their facebook fan page, I love this:

Now, I’d like to talk about why we decided to direct people to our Facebook page. Esurance is virtually the only insurance company that allows open and public dialogue on our Facebook page. We use it to address real customer service issues that people may be having and it helps us become a better company. Just in the last week, we helped several Esurance customers that had come to our page find additional discounts on their policies that’ve lowered their rates.
We do get negative comments along with the positive, but we embrace that. As long as people are respectful and contributing to the dialogue, we value all the conversation. We are paying attention when you post on our page. I myself read the page every day.



They also have several amazing videos to watch.   I spent a good half an hour just watching the videos. They are very fun to watch and entertaining.  I have really enjoyed their facebook fan page.  If you have some time to spare and want to check them out just click on videos and then enjoy.  Believe me you will enjoy the videos.

About Esurance
With a wealth of easy-to-use online tools as well as 24/7 expert service, Esurance is making car insurance smarter from quote to claim. Everything we do is done with the goal of saving you time, hassle, hair-tearing-out, and oh yes, money too. Use the Esurance Coverage Counselor® to help you figure out the exact coverage limits you need. File a claim (and send pics of the accident) from your mobile phone. Call anytime — and by that we mean anytime — to talk to a friendly expert about discounts. Do what you need to do, when you need to do it. And do it with ease. That's what Esurance is all about.

More info on Esurance: blog.esurance.com


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I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Esurance blogging program for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Nutrisystem Week 4 Update #NSNation


Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Mayesa, A Decadent Yet Healthy Chocolate Drink Review & Givewaway Ends 2/5/12 at 7 PM EST

I received the Mayesa Cacao Original and the Mint to review.  I have to say that I was skeptical but I really did love these drinks.  They are so good.  I love chocolate and I really didn't think that something like this would be so good, but it is amazing.  They are dairy free, soy free, gluten free and full of flavor.

Cacao Story
Thousands of years ago deep in Central America’s rainforest, the Mayans first discovered the sensuous flavor of cacao (pronounced kah-cow), better known today as chocolate. They roasted and ground beans from the Theobroma cacao tree-a botanical name literally meaning “food of the gods”-and combined them with aromatic flowers, vanilla and wild honey to create a bitter, spicy concoction they called chocolatl. This luxury drink was enjoyed both hot and cold, but primarily by Mayan and Aztec nobility.
The cacao tree only grows within twenty degrees of the equator, so its fruit was a rare and prized commodity among the indigenous people. Because of its great value, the Mayans and Aztecs not only drank cacao but also used the beans as currency. They found other uses for it as well, including medicinal, religious and culinary ones.

But for centuries, cacao remained a Central American secret.

Then in 1519, the Spanish explorer Cortés and his army reached Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) and were graciously received by the Aztec emperor Moctezuma who served them with chocolatl in cups made from pure gold. Cortés eventually returned to Spain and brought with him great stores of cacao beans. The news of the chocolate drink quickly spread through Europe. Spanish Conquistadors brewed it to build up resistance and fight fatigue. Europeans prescribed it for depression and used ground cacao in love potions. When sugar was added as a sweetener in the 1600s, the drink’s popularity grew, but was enjoyed almost exclusively by European nobility.

It wasn’t until the 1700s that mass production of cacao drinks made it more affordable to all. In 1765 the first chocolate factory was built in the American Colonies, although cacao was still served only in liquid form. In the mid 1800s, dark chocolate became available in bars in England. Around that time the Swiss created milk chocolate and the French and Belgians introduced their exquisite chocolate truffles and other desserts.
Today, chocolate is one of the most popular sweet treats in the world. It is given as gifts for amorous and joyful celebrations. It lifts our spirits. And we know from scientific study that it is loaded with antioxidants and minerals that make it not only an indulgence for our senses, but also beneficial to our health.

Now discover Mayesa, the rich and indulgent cacao drink in the Mayan tradition that is as good to drink as it is good for you. Life is better with chocolate. Enjoy Mayesa!

If you would like to enter to win a 6 pack just enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway: (you must follow my blog publicly to enter the giveaway, leave a separate comment for each entry your complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, contiguous US only, no PO boxes)

To enter you must like http://www.facebook.com/DRINKMAYESA on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are a fan.

Winner will be selected using random.org once the giveaway is over 2/5/12 at 7 PM EST.  I will notify the winner via email.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email with their mailing address.  Sponsor will mail prize directly to the winner.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Winner selected and emailed:


Bakersdozen said... 21
I liked them on Facebook. Michelle Henriquez vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Total Fitness - Spark People 28 Day Bootcamp DVD Review & Givewaway Ends 2/4/12 at 7 PM EST

Total Fitness DVD's sent me the Spark People 28 Day Bootcamp DVD to review and they have also offered one to giveaway.  This workout is fairly intense.  It's fun and a great workout.  I felt amazing after completing the workout.  I can't wait to pop it in and do it again.  I am basically still a beginner but the more I do the workout the more intense I will be able to make it.  I love the fact that there are different levels all in the same DVD.  I just do what I am able and then work my way up to the more advanced moves.

Here's some information about the DVD from the Total Fitness DVD website:



Get better results in less time with this fat-bursting cardio and toning workout
Every month, millions of people visit SparkPeople.com for help reaching their fitness goals. Now you can reach your gorals with four fat-torching, calorie-blasting workouts created by SparkPeople’s popular fitness trainers, Coach Nicole. High-energy cardio intervals combined with full-body strengthening exercises keep your muscles guessing and help you burn more fat in less time. And Coach Nicole’s positive, encouraging style will keep you motivated and having fun!
Follow the 28-day workout plan or pick from 12-, 20-, and 30-minute segments to customize your own workout every day. Three intensity levels in each segment allow you to get started regardless of your fitness level and to increase the challenge as your fitness improves. Get ready to trim extra inches, build lean muscle, and best of all, gain strength and confidence!

BONUS FEATURES: Three tricks to burn more fat, Seated abs exercises to do at your desk, Select recipes from The SparkPeople Cookbook!

Nicole Nichols is a certified personal trainer and exercise instructor with a degree in health education. She helps people of all skill levels make workout out a fun part of their daily lives. More than 200,000 people have participated in her online boot camps to date, and she is one of the most watched exercise instructors on YouTube. She is an editor and fitness expert at SparkPeople.com, America’s #1 ranked weight loss and fitness website.

If you want to get in shape and feel great, enter the giveaway to win your very own copy! 


Giveaway: (you must follow my blog publicly via google friend connect to enter the giveaway, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it is not visible on your blogger profile, no PO boxes, contiguous US only)

Mandatory Entry:
Go to the Total Fitness DVDs website and let me know another dvd that you would like to try.

Extra Entries: 
Like Total Fitness DVDs on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know that you are their fan.

Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know that you are my fan. 

Follow me on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are a follower. 


You can enter up to four times.  I will use random.org to select the winner and notify the winner via email.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond to the winning notification with their mailing address or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading and participating.


Full Disclosure:  I received the DVD for free to review, the opinions are my own.

Winner selected and emailed:
 
Marianna said... 20
like your page on FB - Marianna B mannasweeps (At) gmail DOT com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tracie Long Fitness DVD Review & Giveaway Ends 2/3/12 at 7 PM EST





I have been given two DVDs to review from Tracie Long Fitness.  They are the reBoot1 real evolution and Figure30 hips.  I have done each of the DVDs one time each and really got a great workout with both of them.

reBoot 1

Take your fitness to new heights with Tracie Long’s evolutionary approach to high intensity training. A catalyst for change, this 50 minute sweat fest will re-boot your metabolism and re-shape your body.

Long pairs explosive bodyweight movements with functional strength training to maximize caloric burn and break through plateaus.

Designed as a 50 minute total body workout, participants have the option of using one or more of the high intensity segments for a quick fix. Put a little zing back in your routine with this results driven workout.

It’s never too late to get back in your groove.

Includes:
50 minute workout with customizable chapters

Equipment:
2 sets of dumbbells, medium & heavy, mat 
I only have one set of 2 lb dumbbells so that is what I used.  This is an excellent workout.  I was definitely challenged throughout the entire workout.  I will enjoy this dvd for many more workouts.  It is fun and feels amazing once you have completed the entire workout you will be so proud of yourself.
Figure30 Hips

Fitness expert, Tracie Long, tackles the hips, one of the most common mobility deficient joints in the body, with this bold 30 minute shape-cinching workout.

“Moving the hips the way nature intended is a lost art,” says Long. “We take for granted that the hips will be able to transition from sitting for long periods of time to assisting in our daily multi-tasking, be it to carry groceries, tote a toddler or close a door.”

Long leads participants through a series of athletic and ballet inspired dynamic exercises to improve strength, balance, and flexibility from the hip joint. The winning combination of standing single leg work and floor work encourages the hips to move safely and readily through a full range of motion while creating a slenderized, slip-in- your-jeans, shape.

It’s never too late to get back in your groove.


Includes:

30 minute workout with customizable chapters

Equipment:
2 slides, dowel stick, mat 
This workout is amazing.  I really enjoyed it and felt great after doing the workout.

Giveaway:
(You must be a follower of my blog to enter, just leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email in your comment if it's not in your blogger profile, no po boxes, contiguous USA only)


1.  Go to the website and let me know which DVD you would like to try other than the two that I have reviewed.

2.  Like Tracie Long Fitness on facebook and leave a comment letting me know you like them on facebook with your username.

3.  Follow Tracie Long on twitter and leave a comment letting me know your twitter name and letting me know you follow them on twitter.

4.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your username letting me know you are a fan.

5.  Follow me on twitter and leave a comment with your username letting me know you follow me.

You can enter up to five times.  Giveaway ends 2/3/12 at 7 PM EST.  I will use random.org to select the winner.  I will notify the winner via email.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email before I choose another winner.  Thank you for reading and entering.

Winner selected and emailed:

 
DrPepperDiva said... 21
Followed you on Twitter via @DrPepperDiva

FINDING NEMO (In Disney Digital 3D™) DISNEY•PIXAR Official Trailer

Genre:                                                  Animation/Comedy/Adventure
Rating:                                                  G
U.S. Release Date:                           September 14, 2012
Voice Talent:                                      Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Joe Ranft, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton,
Elizabeth Perkins
Director:                                              Andrew Stanton
Co-Director:                                       Lee Unkrich
Producer:                                            Graham Walters
Original Story by:                              Andrew Stanton
Screenplay by:                                  Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds
Composer:                                          Thomas Newman

Academy Award®-winning Best Animated Feature “Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen for the first time ever in thrilling Disney Digital 3D™. In this stunning underwater adventure, with memorable characters, humor and heartfelt emotion, “Finding Nemo” follows the comedic and momentous journey of an overly protective clownfish named Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould)––who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home and dumped into a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful Pacific regal blue tang, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son––who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

Notes:

·         “Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.
·         The film won a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy.
·         At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time.
·         Ellen DeGeneres won an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.
·         In 2008, The American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made.


Pixar Animation Studios’ classic “Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™, introducing a new generation of family audiences to Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould), Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks) and Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Anchor Bay Entertainment - Dance Off the Inches Hip Hop Body Blast Review & Giveaway Ends 2/1/12 at 7 PM EST

I received the Dance off the Inches Hip Hop Body Blast DVD to review from Anchor Bay Entertainment.  They have offered one for me to giveaway as well.  I really enjoyed this dvd.  It felt more like dancing than working out.  I can't wait to do this workout again.  I will need to do it a few more times to feel like I have the moves down.  But learning the moves is really fun.  I am not a dancer by nature but I enjoy learning to move and melt off the pounds. 

DANCE OFF THE INCHES: HIP HOP BODY BLAST

Getting Fit Doesn’t Have To Feel Like Work. Anyone can dance off the inches because ten moves are all you need to dance these routines, and the step guide will show you how. No matter what your age or fitness level, you can have a great time while dancing your way into great shape. You’ll want to do this workout again and again because it’s FUN – and that’s the secret. The more you do it, the more inches you’ll lose. It’s that simple. Losing inches has never been so easy! Blast off body fat with three all new hip hop routines designed to shrink your waist, boost your backside, tone your legs, and sculpt sexy arms! Hip Hop dance is already known for sculpting some pretty sleek physiques. But now fan favorite instructor Jennifer Galardi has found a way to seriously crank up the cardio without minimizing the fun. You’ll work hard but won’t even notice as you flaunt some of Jennifer’s hottest moves yet. ANYONE can do this, regardless of prior dance experience. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to turn up the burn and tone your entire body with Hip Hop Body Blast! This program features the Dance Off the Inches Step Guide. In it your dance instructor will breakdown the 10 steps and mini combinations you’ll need to easily dance off the inches through the whole program.

Giveaway:
Ends 2/1/12 at 7 PM EST (you must follow my blog publicly on google friend connect, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, contiguous US only, no po boxes)

Mandatory Entry:

Go to Anchor Bay Entertainment's website and find another dvd that you would love to get and leave a comment with the title.

Extra Entries:

Like Anchor Bay Entertainment on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are their fan.

Follow Anchor Bay Entertainment on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you follow.

Follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/fdp4life leave a comment letting me know your twitter name.

Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lets-Eat-2-Day/127260644023896 leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are my fan.

You can enter up to five times.  I will use random.org to select the winner once the giveaway is over at 7 PM on 2/1/12.  I will email the winner and they will have 72 hours to respond to my email with their mailing address or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading and participating.

Full Disclosure:  I received a DVD to review, the opinions expressed are my own. 


Winner selected and emailed:


purango said... 76
I am a Facebook fan of Anchor Bay Entertainment on Facebook. My Facebook name is Veronica Garrett. garrettsambo@aol.com


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Nutrisystem Week 3 Update - 8 Pounds Lost #NSNation

Today is a good day.  I feel amazing.  I am full of energy.  Today is the first day of week four.  I weighed in this morning and I am down a total of eight pounds.  That's three more pounds for week three.  So week one was a loss of three pounds, week two was two pounds lost and week three is down three more pounds.  I am so proud of myself.  I am working the plan and the plan is working for me.  Nutrisystem is a wonderful way to lose weight and start to feel good about the choices you make for your life again. 

I haven't ever done anything like Nutrisystem before.  I have been overweight almost my entire life.  I can't think of a time when I didn't feel like I was bigger than everyone else.  I am really enjoying my new active lifestyle.  I jump out of bed in the morning and do an exercise DVD.  Then I go to work.  At work I have my planned meals and I am not hungry between meals.  It seems that on Nutrisystem I am eating most of the time.  There are so many things to eat each day on the Nutrisystem plan.

Nutrisystem sends you the breakfast, protein shake, lunch, dinner and dessert.  On top of that you add four servings of vegetables a day and two power fuels and two smart carbs each day.  Their website gives you a list of the smart carbs and the power fuels.  I have been using non-fat yogurt and string cheese for my power fuels, but the list is long and I may change it up.  My smart carbs tend to be fruit.  As you can see you get to eat a lot of food.  It actually seems as though I am eating more but they are lower calories foods than I was choosing to eat before.

I wrote an article for Weight Loss Triumph where I review my year-long Nutrisystem journey: http://www.weightlosstriumph.com/nutrisystem-healthy-meals-delivered-to-your-door.html

This is a lifestyle change and not a diet.  I am fairly sure that after three weeks it has become habit for me to eat this way and to exercise daily.  Yesterday, at work, my boss brought in hot donuts and I resisted the urge to have one even though they were on my file cabinet all day.  I could smell them and I didn't have one like I would have in the past.  I am very proud of myself.  You can do this too, the hardest part is making up your mind to live a healthier lifestyle.

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

FTC Disclosure: Nutrisystem is providing their program to me at no charge in exchange for my participation in the program and review of the program.

Custom 3 Fit Fitness DVD's Review & Giveaway Ends 1/30/12 at 7 PM EST

Custom3 Fit sent me two DVD's to review and they have offered the same DVD's to giveaway.  I am just getting started with working out.  Angie was very nice and told me that the 50/50 DVD would be best to start with so that's what I did.

50/50 Cardio & Weights:
Angie Gorr is a certified group fitness instructor. She has struggled with both back pain and thyroid issues for much of her life. Having a full-time career at a desk-bound job, Angie has made exercise a critical part of her everyday routine. Time is precious for everyone! The participants in this video are REAL PEOPLE with full-time careers of their own and hectic daily schedules.
About the Video:
The program includes 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights. Each cardio and weight section is further broken up into smaller sub-sections so you can easily focus on specific target areas when you're pressed for time.

Beginner:
  • Level 1 will show joint-friendly and low-impact moves
  • Can work out at your own pace, while still getting that heart-rate up!
  • 2-second transition screens between each exercise are a great place to take breaks if you need them!
  • Exercises avoid twisting motions, to further lower the risk of injury
Advanced:
  • Level 3 is extremely intense!
  • Look forward to Frog-Jumps, Jumping-Squats, High-Kicks, and more!
  • Burn maximum calories by working both upper and lower body at once!
  • Increase difficulty by increasing speed, range of motion, and using heavier weights! 

I love that I can choose the level that I need for my fitness capabilities. I am just a beginner. I really enjoyed this dvd and felt like it was a wonderful workout. I am working on getting my inner athlete to come out. The more I do and learn that I am capable of doing the better. This DVD was challenging for me but I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Level 1 is perfect if you are a beginner like me.  The more we do the workout the stronger we will get and before we know it we will be at a level 3.

Cardio & Strength Interval Circuit:
We all know that exercise is vital in order to reach our health and fitness goals, but we can supercharge our exercise program and attain those goals even faster by incorporating interval training! This calorie blasting workout is comprised of 3 (20 min) circuit intervals, that allow you to focus on cardio, weight-training and abs. Each containing fun, easy-to-follow, unique moves that will build your cardio endurance, strengthen/tone every major muscle group, and sculpt those sexy abs we all want! Interval training means alternating between high intensity and low intensity/recovery periods, allowing your heart rate to increase and decrease throughout the workout. The weight-training portion varies for each circuit so that you target every major muscle group and work your full body. Some benefits of interval training may include*:
  • Increased cardiovascular efficiency
  • Improves overall fitness levels (strength and endurance)
  • Boosted metabosism resulting in more effective fat burning
  • Helps build a stronger immune system
  • Decreased risk of high blood pressure
As part of the Custom 3 Fit series, this workout is entirely customizable to suit your current fitness level and time constraints.
  • Beginner: Level 1 consists of low impact moves, but will still get your heart pumping!
  • Intermediate: Higher impact moves for the intermediate exerciser
  • Advanced: A challenge for even the most avid athlete, includes plyometric moves and heavier weights
 This DVD was also challenging for me.  Level 1 got my heart pumping.  It was hard to complete.  I really enjoyed both DVD's.  I look forward to using these DVD's again in the future and building strength and endurance.

If you would like to enter to win a copy of both of these DVD's just enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway:  (you must publicly follow my blog on google friend connect to enter, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, no po boxes, contiguous US only)

1.  Let me know what kind of DVD Angie Gorr from Custom3 Fit should make next.

2.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are a fan.

3.  Follow me on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter username letting me know you are a follower.

4.  Like Custom3 Fit on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are a fan.

You can enter up to 4 times.  Giveaway ends 1/30/12 at 7 PM EST.  I will use random.org to select the winner and notify the winner via email.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email with their mailing address and phone number.  If I do not get a response in time I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading and participating.

Winner selected and emailed:


Ashley said... 16
Like you on fb as Ashley Hewell hewella1 at gmail dot com

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Collage Video - Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition Workout DVD Review & Giveaway

Collage Video has an amazing selection of exercise videos.  I received Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition Workout to review and they have also offered one to giveaway.  I tried the dvd this morning and it was very simple to do.  I am totally amazed at how easy it seemed and then how sore I am now.  This workout is amazing.  I have only done the first 2 parts.  I hope to do the 3rd part later this week.
Certified instructor description: Three non-intimidating weight-loss workouts led by a very supportive instructor. You'll be exercising with contestants from the hit TV show — "real people" who have already lost up to 200 pounds (but are still overweight, and enthusiastically working to slim down a little more). Everything is designed for the novice exerciser. The first workout is an anyone-can-do-it toning series. The second program adds some simple aerobics while the third workout is slightly more challenging. The sequencing within each workout is also beginner-friendly -- you'll start with basic moves and then confidently advance to more challenging variations. Chris Powell includes level options and lots of understanding encouragement ("just work at your own pace"). ©2011. DVD has: Music only option, Wide screen, Close captions, Region 1.

This is really a non intimidating workout.  It's highly effective for those of us who have a lot of weight to lose and are new to working out.  I will use this DVD on a regular basis to get stronger and smaller.

If you would like to win your very own copy just enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway:
Ends 1/28/12 at 7 PM EST (you must follow my blog publicly on google friend connect to enter, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, contiguous USA only, no po boxes)

Mandatory Entry:

Go to Collage Video and select another DVD that you would like to try, leave a comment letting me know which one you chose.

Bonus Entries:

Like Collage Video on facebook https://www.facebook.com/CollageVideo?sk=app_4949752878 leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are their fan.


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You can enter up to five times.  I will use random.org to select a winner after the giveaway ends 1/28/12 at 7 PM EST.  I will email the winner and they will have 72 hours to respond with their mailing information or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading my blog and participating.

Winner selected and emailed:

Swtlilchick said... 47
I am following you on Twitter (@Swtlilchick) CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Vitalicious 50-Calorie Fudgy Chocolate Mini VitaCakes Review & Giveaway Ends 1/27/12 at 7 PM EST

Vitalicious has just launched a 50 Calorie Brownie just in time for New Year Resolutions.  I was given the opportunity to sample these and they are also offering a giveaway for my blog followers.  I received these brownies last week and immediately opened them up and tried one.  It was really moist and it tasted delicious.  I have tried the vita-tops and the original brownies in the past, so I knew that I would love these as well.  These are so good and only 50 calories.  I am so happy to have a found a nice treat that I can feel good about eating.

With 2g of protein, 6g of fiber, 14g of carbs, only 1g of fat plus 15 vitamins and minerals, the all-natural Fudgy Chocolate Mini VitaCakes are loaded with as much nutrition as they are with gooey chocolate goodness. VitaCakes are made from all-natural ingredients and whole grains without any artificial coloring or preservatives of any kind. Plus, it only takes 7 minutes to “walk off” the 50 calories contained in each Mini VitaCake.[1]

“It’s the ultimate ‘have your cake and eat it, too’,” says Aryeh Hecht, founder and president of Vitalicious. “Since these new VitaCakes will satisfy your craving for chocolate and leave you feeling full, any time is now the perfect time to indulge, without the guilt.”

Fudgy Chocolate Mini VitaCakes are now available exclusively for purchase online at www.vitalicious.com and are $21.00 for a 24-pack or $34.99 for a specially discounted 48-pack. For more information, please visit www.vitalicious.com.


[1] Data obtained from the National Institutes of Health and is calculated for a person weighing 150 lbs walking 4.5 mph.


About Vitalicious Foods Inc.
Vitalicious Inc. is the market leader of innovative “vital and delicious” baked goods that promote a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing taste. First to market with 100-calorie servings, Vitalicious continues to lead the way with a holistic approach that maximizes satisfaction with minimum calories. While most 100-calorie foods are loaded with sugar, artificial ingredients and preservatives, Vitalicious baked goods still remain as healthy as they were at the outset of the now thriving category. With products that are low fat, high in fiber and fortified with 15 vitamins and nutrients, Vitalicious is the only company that provides a unique triangle of need-satisfaction: all-natural ingredients, nutrients and weight management. Vitalicious creates and sells a variety of unique, healthy, value-added baked goods under the VitaMuffin™, VitaTops™, VitaBrownie™, VitaCake™ and VitaMuffin Mix™ trademarks. Vitalicious products are sold at stores nationwide and at www.vitalicious.com.

If you would like to win some of these brownies just enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway: (You must follow my blog publicly to enter this giveaway, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, giveaway ends 1/27/12 at 7PM EST and I will notify winner via email, winner will be selected using random.org.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning notification or I will have to select another winner, contiguous US only, NO PO Boxes)

Mandatory Entry:  Go to their store online and tell me another item you would love to try, leave a comment with the name of the item you want to try. 

Extra Entries:

Like Vitalicious on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are their fan.

Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are my fan.
Follow Vitamuffin on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are following them.

Follow me on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are following me.

You can enter up to five times.  Giveaway ends 1/27/12 at 7 PM EST.  Thank you for reading and participating.

Winner selected and emailed:

Hil'Lesha said... 1
I'd love to try the Deep Chocolate VitaTops (12 Muffin Tops). HilLesha@gmail.com

Dale and Thomas Twelve-Bag Popcorn Sampler Review & Giveaway Ends 1/22/12 at 7 PM EST

Dale and Thomas Popcorn is my absolute favorite.  I have been given the opportunity to giveaway a Twelve-Bag Popcorn Sampler.  I have tried many of the Dale and Thomas Popcorn flavors.  I love each and every one that I have had the opportunity to sample.  The popcorn is always fresh and tastes wonderful.  Believe me, once you go Dale an Thomas you will never want to go back.  Here's some information on their Twelve-Bag Sampler from the website.




Traditional Twelve-Bag Sampler $49.95

Our Twelve Bag Sampler is our number one best seller, probably because it contains twelve delicious flavors of our gourmet popcorn. Each bag is one foot long and serves 2-3 people. And that's the great thing about our 12 pack samplers of popcorn, they're great to share and our delicious popcorn makes people happy. Hand-crafted in a kitchen with only the finest ingredients, you'll find more crunchy and decadent flavors here at Dale and Thomas Popcorn than just about anywhere else! 
Doesn't that look amazing?  Careful you might eat the whole bag!  My favorite is the Peanut Butter & White Chocolate DrizzleCorn.  I love it, every bite!




If you would like to enter to win the Twelve-Bag Popcorn Sampler enter the giveaway below.  Giveaway ends 1/22/12 at 7 PM EST. I will use random.org to select a winner.  Winner will receive an email notification and must respond with mailing address within 72 hours or another winner will be selected.

Giveaway: (you must publicly follow my blog to enter, leave your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, contiguous US only, no PO Boxes, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete)

Mandatory Entry:  Go to the Dale and Thomas Popcorn website and select another item that you would like to try, leave a comment with the name of that product.

Extra Entries:
Like Dale and Thomas on facebook, leave a comment with your username and let me know that you are their fan.


Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your username letting me know you are my fan on facebook.

Follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/fdp4life leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you follow me.

Sign up for their newsletter http://dandt.p0.com/signup.jsp leave a comment with your email address letting me know you are a subscriber.

You can enter up to five times.  Giveaway ends 1/22/12 at 7 PM EST. I will use random.org to select the winner.  Winner will be notified via email and have 72 hours to respond to the notification with mailing address.  If I do not get a response in time I will have to use random.org to select another winner.  Thanks for reading, following and participating.

Congrats to:

amasfun47 said... 102
Like Dale and Thomas on facebook (sheryl cullum) amasfuntime at yahoo dot com