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Bloggy Gift Exchange 2013

After nearly three months of hard work, it’s time to reveal the results of this year’s Bloggy Gift Exchange! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s exchange. It’s [hopefully] been a lot of fun for everyone involved. And now, without further ado, here’s all the great loot that we received!


To: Polt
From: DrPara

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I got my gift from Jason Galkus. It was comprised of a whole bunch of stuff: A Captain Morgan glass, four CD’s of music, a book, and a pack of gummi bears and gummi worms. An eclectic grouping to be sure. But I imagine I’ll just be drinking some gummi infused alcohol out of the glass while reading the book and the music playing in the background. Sounds like a GREAT Christmas to me! Thanks!


To: DrPara
From: Dave2

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As everyone knows, bitch rhymes with witch and since I’m kind of both, it would only be fitting that my gift was New Orleans themed. Filled with Tobasco Jellybelly’s, Hot Sauce, a fetish, beads (which I will be wearing all the time,) a Hurricane mix (which will be used on NYE) and of course, the voodoo doll in the pic below (can we guess who I’m thinking of in that pic,) this had to be one of the coolest things I received this season. Huge thank you to Dave2 for not only the awesome attached letter but the contents, all of which will be used or displayed around my apartment.


To: VUBOQ
From: Enrico

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I received several great gifts from Enrico – a box of chocolates, a cute bowtie, the book “The Marriage Plot,” and two skeins of Vanna’s Choice (!) yarn. I can’t wait to start knitting (a scarf? A hat? Mittens?), reading, and eating. Well, I’ve already started the eating … Thanks, Enrico!!


To: Marcus
From: Josh

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For Bloggy Gift Exchange 2013 I received a box from Josh. Inside this box was a collection of amazing stuff that Josh had purchased for me his recipient. Included were items that appealed to my interests, such as a Louisiana cookbook, because I had stated that I love to cook, a Britney Spears teddy bear, for my love of animals, and some sunglasses because for my love fashion. Also inside I found a print of a painting for my love of art and a Diana DeGarmo cd which was to represent my love of music. Thank you for the great gifts Josh! Happy new year everyone! 😀



To: David P.
From: Xi-Heather

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My bloggy gifters were Heather and Two Pi who send me two jars of delicious homemade “a bit hot” salsa and a super-cool cat toy for Lisa: A “Whack-a-Mouse” kit! The toy initially terrified her but she has begun to play with it. Thanks Heather and Two Pi!!!!



To: Michelle M.
From: Craig

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My gifts* were from Craig** – featuring two of my favorite things. Wonder Woman and budgies!

He sent this really cool Wonder Woman artwork, which is going up on my “Wall of Wonder”. Love it!!

Craig also sent these adorable salt and pepper shakers (Cooper is trying to figure out which one is salt and which one is pepper). They are too cute to put in a cupboard, so they live on my bookshelf where I can see them everyday.

Thank you so much Craig, for sending me these fantastic gifts!

* 5 out of 5 stars!
**I highly recommend Craig as a gift giver.


To: John
From: Polt

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I received my gift this year from Polt! And it was fantastic! First, I got gift certificate to the Home Depot. I’m in there more often than I’d care to admit. I’ve already put it to use by getting the supplies I need to paint my kitchen cabinets. The gift certificate was great and appreciated, but I also got cookies! COOKIES! From Mama Polt! Yes, that is a purple-coated sugar cookie! And there were chocolate chip and I think snicker doodles, but I’m not sure honestly didn’t care as they were all delicious. I may or may not have eaten them all in one sitting. I SAID MAY NOT!!! I also received some peanut brittle, which was also delicious. Lastly, Polt made me a cd of “travel” songs. It has some great familiar songs and some new favorites of mine. It’s been in heavy rotation in my car since I received it. Thanks Polt! And any chance Mama is looking for another son for whom she can bake cookies?


To: Mush
From: VUBOQ

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My santa was VUBOQ. He spoiled me ROTTEN! I got a TARDIS throw, a hand-thrown mug and bowl set, and some yarn! Attached is the TARDIS throw pic. (It’s really hard to take a picture of yourself in a blanket.) Here is my pottery, which I adore and eat breakfast out of as much as possible, and my yarn! Best bloggy gift exchange ever!



To: Mikey
From: TwoPi

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I had TwoPi for the gift exchange and the gift found me despite moving in the middle of everything. In the box was an adventure game called “Forbidden Island,” some yummy cranberry walnut muffins and a toy for Roscoe!!!!



To: Justin
From: FDot

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My gift-giver was Tim!!! Here’s a photo of me in front of my tree holding the VERY thoughtful gifts from Tim, who must really have been paying attention to my likes — not that I remember what I wrote, but if I didn’t write it down then he’s developed telepathic powers! I got a nice big thick hardcover non-fiction history book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism”, which I had actually already made note of as an interesting-looking book! He gave me two types of dark chocolate: 60% for when I just want dark, and 72% for when I want *REALLY* mega ultra dark. And since I also love pumpkin spices, he got me some pumpkin bread mix. I shall be sure to nom on my pumpkin bread, alternating with dark chocolate bites, as I enjoy this book! Thank you very much, Tim!!! And Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to the whole gang!!! 😀



To: Ty
From: Adam

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Turns out those stop-motion Christmas specials from my childhood were right: Santa IS a ginger! He brought me a CD of music from Mad Men, a sweet stamp “perfect for lawyerin’,” and a coffee mug that outs allegedly gay famous people. (Take THAT, Perez Hilton!) There were also some coppery pubes in the package, but I’m not sure that was part of the gift. Either way, thanks Adam!



To: Dave2
From: David P.

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David P. got me the best gift you can get during a time of rabid consumerism and selfishness… a donation on my behalf to my most favorite charity ever, Doctors Without Borders! Very cool! But he didn’t stop there, he also gave me a Saltalamacchia/Batman action figure… CATCHMAN! (which is not a double entendre, I’m sure). CatchMan is “here to do battle with the free agents of evil,” which sounds about right now that Saltalamacchia has moved from The Best Baseball Team on Earth… THE BOSTON RED SOX… to the =sob!= the Miami Marlins. Talk about holiday depression!


To: Enrico
From: Tam

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Looks like the Bruno and Ames families are united through the gift exchange once again (seriously, we are always swapping gifts)! Tam got me the red sweater I’m wearing in the picture (which fits me perfectly) and two bags of the nuts I’m holding, which came in the little penguin baggies. I assume Tam knows that I go to the gym now so she sent me nuts for quick and easy protein. Thanks Tam!



To: Tam
From: Michelle M.

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Michelle M. gave me an amazing trip to Hawaii for Christmas. I love her. Okay, well, Hawaii in a box. I got a beach zen garden, fixings for a nice cocktail, macadamia nuts, perfume that smells like Hawaii and Hawaiian Christmas music. Yay. Thanks, Michelle. It was worth the wait.



To: Mr. Sombrero
From: Ty

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Ty sent me this wonderful diorama! It depicts a snowy ‘Mr. Sombrero’ scene, complete with lollypop trees, cotton snow, and a tiny Lego man holding maracas. I will treasure it for the rest of my life. Under the snow I found a bunch of delicious Reese’s peanut butter trees. If only that was true-to-life. Every time I dig in the real snow, all I find is dirt. Thanks Ty!



To: TwoPi
From: Justin

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Justin gave me a Captain Kirk salt-and-pepper shaker set — and I must say I haven’t laughed out loud so much in quite some time! It has pride of place in the center of our dining room table. Awesome! Thank you, Justin!



To: Xi-Heather
From: Marcus

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Marcus gave me everything I need for a fantastic winter day – a make your own gnome (hah! I love it!), chocolate, and a coffee mug. Thank you!!!


To: Talita
From: Mush

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Since some of my gifts were for Arianna I thought I would use her in my photo. I received nail polish, cupcake wrappers, sprinkles and cake decorating gel. And Arianna got hair clips and a hello kitty that she has been trying to eat the Santa hat off of for the last 2 weeks. Thanks for our gifts Michelle.


To: Josh
From: Talita

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Talita obviously pays attention to what’s important in life, aka the things I like, aka horror movies and Taylor Swift. Now I can watch my four-movie horror DVD, cry over the terror, and then use my new Taylor Swift karaoke to lift my spirits (and then cry over “dance around the kitchen in the refrigerator light”).


To: Nathan
From: Mikey

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I received some Delicious snacks from Mikey (that you can’t get in Japan) and a lovely card. If you have good eyes you might be able to tell that I ate them all already. Thanks Mikey.


To: FDot
From: Nathan

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Just before Christmas Day, I received a box from Nathan from an address I cannot possibly begin to replicate on an envelope. Upon opening the box, I discovered the contents of various Japanese vending machines. Since my Japanese is very rusty, mostly because I’ve never studied it, and not knowing if Nathan likes or dislikes me, I figured I would have to research exactly what I received before I dared to attempt to eat any of it.

Starting with the bottom row, the first and third packages I thought at first were an homage to “Yellow Kid”, a popular and slightly racist comic strip from the 1890’s. Remembering that Canadians aren’t racist, I looked further and discovered that the small yellow tyke is one of many characters from the Baby Star line and his child labor is going toward shilling packages of dried ramen and other various types of noodles or noodle flavored snacks. There appear to be 4 different ways to prepare the larger of the 2 packages, none of which I can decipher.

The package labeled “Mike’s” is a Soy Sauce and Butter popcorn. Thankfully, the nutrition information section on this package is in Japanese.

Despite a valiant effort, the package marked “Texas Corn” eludes me. It looks like spicy Kix cereal. I’m not sure why an Octopus sweating milk is its mascot.

Up top on the left there is a package of what I first read to be “Soot-Covered Bamboo Chopsticks”, then realized it said “Soot-Colored”. This will now force me to learn how to use chopsticks that don’t have a small piece of paper wadded between them and held with a rubber band.

The pack labeled “Mickey” is a deck of playing cards, fueling my Disney obsession. Where, by the way, I will be this coming November if anyone wishes to join me and help me escape my three nieces begging me to buy them souvenirs.

The small brown bar under the playing cards is some kind of chocolate snack, since “Choco Snack” is printed on the bar.

Under that is a small yellow package that is a complete mystery. Who knows what lies within the yellow package? Is it good? Evil? Are its intentions pure? Only the yellow package knows.

We then have two more sets of chopsticks, Disney style, no doubt to replace the set of Soot Colored chopsticks that I will eventually snap in half in my frustration in trying to use them

The “Milky” package with the lip licking jailbait girl on the cover is simply just a packet of Milk flavored chewy candy and not some hideous concoction that its packaging implies.

I believe the final package, in the top right, is not food at all, but appears to be some sort of card game, probably Japan’s answer to Magic: The Gathering, but geared for children. Or it’s a creatively packaged condom. Hard to tell.

In summation, Nathan managed to hit upon two of my favorite things in this literally amazingly packaged gift, since now that I’ve opened it I can’t figure out how he got everything into the box in the first place. I’ve tried to, but can’t. Those two things would be Disney and snack foods of different countries. All the different edible components look amazing and I can’t wait to try them all. (But with my fingers crossed, since I have no clue what the hell any of this will taste like.)

P.S. Since there was no way to actually finagle a picture of this stuff with me in it, I just included an old picture of me looking posh at the top of it all. This was taken just before Carson called everyone into supper.


To: Adam
From: John

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Three words: John is amazingly talented. Oh wait, that was 4. Close enough! I’ve never seen one of John’s folding/papercraft art pieces close-up, and HOLY CRAP — he’s amazing! John sent me this Weeping Angel (a evil, alien villain from Doctor Who) and I just cannot look away. An not because I’m afraid that it will kill me … I cannot look away because it’s just so damn amazing! Thanks John! Your talent is truly inspiring!!!


To: Craig
From: Mr. Sombrero

To Whomever is Reading This: Send help. Please. I have been trapped in my office for approximately three weeks. I received a package including an enormous black dong (works with most harnesses! attaches to walls!), lubricant, and a toblerone, from a man known only as “Mr. Sombrero” with strict instructions to “enjoy” and “put to good use”. I believe this to be some sort of life-or-death game of sex and mischief. Like something out an X-rated Saw movie. I have tried to leave… to escape… but the enormous black dong blocks my path at every turn. I have had the toblerone to sustain me, but it is running low. I do not believe I will be able to last much longer. Please. Help me. Humbly, Craig. OH GOD IT’S LOOKING AT ME AGAIN


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Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Welcome to the 7th week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is always a Biggest C&R Loser favorite!  It’s time for: “What’s Inside Your Fridge?” Let’s see what our contestants are hiding behind the refrigerator door!  This week each of our contestants will show you a photo of their fridge and describe the contents. Here we go!


Nathan

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My fridge at home looks a lot like the one in this photo. Now that I’m leeching off my parents for practice teaching, they only have healthy things in the fridge. It should be good for me as long as I don’t splurge on my own! Which I won’t, because I’m broke.


Polt

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Ah yes, this week is the fridge picture. And here we go! Top shelf: OJ, milk, butter, Ginger ale; next shelf: eggs, carrots, celery, salsa; next shelf: Salad stuff, and meat (to make chili tonight); next shelf: Diet Coke, baking soda, two bottles of wine, one bottle of beer; In the lower drawer is an onion, for the chili; The door shelves contain condiments, then yogurt, the applesauce. Healthy, I know! But now I’m really looking forward to the chili tonight!


Tam

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So. Our fridges. I tried to have it neater this time so Adam wouldn’t freak out. I only got groceries on Sunday so I’m surprised it’s not fuller (more full?). My freezer is stocked up and yes, that is two containers of Hagen Daas. But come one, it was $3 off, and it’s next to the box of Weight Watchers egg mcmuffins so I think that has a moderating effect on the ice-cream calories. I tend to fill up the freezer, then don’t buy anything until it empties out. Just restocked. Our top shelf is usually lunch stuff, pudding, juice, etc. There are some leftovers in there this time, I usually have an average number of fruits and veggies in the bottom and we have lots of juice and soda in the door along with various bottles of sauce, relish, whipped cream in a can, marinade, salad dressing, etc. Oh and that little drawer inside is chock full of cheese. (Sorry Michelle) So an average fridge? We take our lunch to work/school every day and we cook dinner at home 13 out of 14 days, so we usually have a lot of staples on hand to make it fast and easy.


TwoPi

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Atop the fridge are several boxes of cereal, bottles of dishwasher detergent, and vitamins. Freezer is packed, mostly with frozen fruit, ice cube trays, and coffee. The main section of the fridge has waaaay too much stuff in it, with the bottom shelf dominated by a pot of broccoli-bean-and-lemon pasta, and various other containers of leftovers. Good luck finding what you’re looking for in there!


Adam

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In the freezer I have some frozen veggies and pitas. On the fridge door I have some condiments, seltzer, rice milk, canned fruit and water. In the fridge I have some Fresca, veggies, fake cheese, leftover taco “meat”, apples, hummus, peanut butter, tofu and tempeh. YUM! Now I want to go eat it all.


Michelle M.

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We always have the following in the fridge: juice, salad dressings, condiments, fruits, veggies, Harry’s beer and my zinfandel (Beringer’s!), dill pickles (Adam’s favorite) and salsa. There are usually ingredients for a meal or leftovers from my cooking, but I didn’t cook this week (lazy!), so the fridge is a little bare. There are some leftover fajitas from the Mexican restaurant where we had dinner the other night. And the yogurt (yuck!) is Harry’s, he’s been making smoothies.

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In the freezer: 1st drawer: frozen veggies. 2nd drawer: popsicles (Harry had a cold/sore throat), ice cream and vodka. I find when I freeze Thin Mints, the box will last longer than a day. That hummus is soooo garlicky – when Harry eats it, the house reeks of garlic. That’s why it was banished to the freezer (until I’m out of town or die). 3rd drawer: Lots of leftovers (in the back), some Lonely Man dinners and a big old bag of strawberries for Harry’s smoothies.


Mikey

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What’s in my fridge? Not a lot at all as you can see. There are a lot of condiments though…I’m on the all condiment diet you see. Lots of flavor…very little health.


Mr. Sombrero

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Now that I look at this picture I realize how crammed, small, messy and badly-lit this fridge is. Maybe I should be on Food Hoarders, if there is a show like that. It does have good things in it. Lots of veggies and fruits, some protein and leftovers. Yummmmm!


Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the 6th week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “MEAL PLAN” – each contestant will show you a meal that they’re particularly proud of. Do they eat this healthy at every meal, or is it a rarity? Who knows! Here’s what they had to say:


Mr. Sombrero

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This organic vegan place down the street has these awesome smoothies. This one is called “green power”. Ingredients are: pear, banana, almond butter, soy milk aaaaaand [drum role please] kale!!! It’s tastes really good, despite the fact that it looks like swamp water. I had it for breakfast couple of times this week and it’s a nice change from standards like oatmeal, yogurt or nothing.


Nathan

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I mentioned the banana smoothies I have in the morning before, but I came to the sad, pathetic realization that I’ve done very little cooking from scratch (except pasta, which isn’t very diet-y) While living in residence at teacher’s college. So I guess I have to stick with a paltry smoothie offering for this round.


Polt

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It’s a salad from a local buffet and a Diet Coke. And that’s healthy, right? The only problem is, this photo is from a few years ago. But I DO try to eat salads and healthy foods, more often than not. Well sometimes. Well, I WANT to eat healthier at times, at least. That counts, right?


Tam

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As a rule we eat pretty healthy. Most dinners are protein, vegetable, starch, lunches are usually sandwiches of some kind. We rarely have dessert but it varies from fruit to pudding to ice-cream if we have some in the freezer. I forgot I had to take a picture, so I found pictures of dinner I made Monday evening. Bulgar pilaf, pork loin, green beans and I confess I may have snuck a cruller that day, but that is the first donut I’ve had in… months.


TwoPi

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Most of my progress evaporated on Super Bowl Sunday, with its horrid temptations of beer and chili and chips and … and… (and that incredibly delicious buffalo chicken dip that Craig blogged about in 2008, back when Craig blogged.) But this week’s another week, and another opportunity to start eating right and exercising. (Bwahahaha!) Anyways, a fairly frequent meal in our house is a chicken and veggie stir fry. Lately I’ve been increasing the ratio of veggies to chicken, and cutting back on the Thai fish sauce to minimize sodium. It still tastes awesome, is easy to make, and my kids are even willing to eat a little bit of it.


Adam

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I’m so proud of the meal in this photo! It’s what I eat every day for breakfast … nothing! People say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but they can go fuck themselves. Plus the calories that I don’t eat for breakfast can be used later in the day (and I feel less guilty when I eat 10,000 cookies per day).


Michelle M.

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This meal consists of: vegetarian lentil stew (yummy!), a garden salad (with no fat Italian dressing) and a wheat roll. We had this the other night. I didn’t take a photo, but this is approximately what it looked like. Absent is the butter I put on my roll :(. The meals I cook are healthy. It’s the fact that I snack (chocolate and chips), eat late at night and don’t exercise that gets me in trouble. If I could cut all of that out, I’d be golden!


Mikey

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This is not the single healthiest meal I’ve eaten all week. I haven’t eaten very healthy at all this week. I took hot dogs, covered them with Jack Cheese and wrapped it in a pizza in honor of 30 Rock‘s finale. I stand by my choice.


Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the 5th week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST?” —  Our contestants have  accomplished nearly an entire month of dieting.  What do they miss the most?  Foods?  Laziness?  Here’s what they had to say:


Mikey

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I miss the sense of abandon I had before this all started. When I felt like getting dessert, I got dessert. Now…when I eat anything at all I have a philosophical argument with myself that would make Kant proud. The upside could be the successful publication of my treatise called the Metaphysics of Eating.


Mr. Sombrero

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I wish I was able to stick to the healthy stuff. All the stress eating, which sometimes I’m not aware it’s even taking place until I’m done, is not helping. What I miss is having time to exercise… and being lazy.


Nathan

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This month, I’ve done an excellent job of not eating any fast food. I might not have been perfect so far, but that’s something!


Polt

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So, after a month of dieting, I have to list what I miss the most. hmm, how about losing weight? I do miss doing that, since I’m not losing any. Course, if I actually tried to diet and exercise more, that may not be an issue. Nah, let me think…what do I miss most? How about my $5. God knows, the way I’m going, I’m never gonna see that money again.


Tam

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I miss mindlessly stuffing my trap without thinking about, just rating what I want because I want it. More or less. However of um going to win this damn contest I need to step up my game.


TwoPi

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I found one last candy cane this morning, stashed in a coat pocket. I saved it… and devoured it on the drive home from work. Now that they’re gone I miss them, even if they were spearmint instead of peppermint. And more generally, I miss the holidays, the weeks of planning for festive meals filled with family, fun, and comfort foods. But hey, Valentine’s Day is coming up, and our tradition is no gifts but a really nice dinner cooked at home. So that’s something to look forward to!


Adam

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I miss NOT feeling guilty before I eat cookies. And I also miss the cookie that I just ate. I want another one!


Michelle M.

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What do I miss the most? Well, since I haven’t started dieting or exercising, I would have to say, nothing :(.


Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the third week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “DIET” — the contestants were asked: How has your daily diet changed?  What are you eating now that you didn’t eat before?  What have you given up? Here’s what they said:


Adam

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I’ve had a stressful couple weeks and my diet has suffered.  Cookies are delicious! They’re all I want to eat! Nom Nom Nom!  I promise to be better next week.


Michelle M.

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My diet hasn’t really changed that much. Probably because I have not started dieting yet. Well, I have cut back on the amount I’m eating. I’ll be cutting way down on junk food (soon). These are some of the foods I intend to miss the most.
*Consumed since starting this round of BC&RL.


Mikey

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I am slowly adding veggies and salads to my routine. After the stress of the wedding, I got back into some bad habits like eating nothing but cheese and bread….those days are gone. So far….I am starving.


Mr. Sombrero

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My diet hasn’t changed much, except in quantity. I try to avoid sugary and late night snacks. But it’s soooooo haaaaard. I drink more hot teas and have added a daily dose of (Adam’s favorite) an apple cider vinegar drink. It’s a spoonful of vinegar diluted in a glass of water, sweetened with agave nectar or honey. It’s suppose to aid in the weight-loss fight. Bottoms up!


Nathan

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I’ve mainly been doing two things. 1) making sure I eat breakfast and that my breakfast is a banana. 2) making sure that I don’t eat at any restaurants/get any take out. It’s been going pretty well, though this week’s been a little shaky.


Polt

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This week, we talk of out diet. Well, the biggest change is, since the holidays are over, I’m no longer eating Mama Polt’s Homemade cookies. And candy. And peanut brittle. And pies. And big meals with all the trimmings. I’m back to what I was eating before the holidays: salads and meat and cheese and little to no carbs. Yum….I guess….


Tam

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My “diet” consists of regularly telling myself not to stuff so damn much food down my gullet. No more than 15 peas and 25 grains of rice per meal. (ha! right) Not sure it’s working. But my basic premise is just cut down on the amount of food, which in theory equals fewer calories, which should equal weight loss. I’ve not been tracking very well, but am just trying to be more conscious of what I eat and how much.


TwoPi

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These past couple weeks have been incredibly stressful at work (start of a new semester), so my diet lately has been heavy on comfort and convenient food, not so heavy on healthy choices. (The silver lining in that: steak and scalloped potatoes. Mmmmm.) And I did everyone else in the house a favor by taking care of all the leftover candy canes from the holiday. (Seriously, it *was* a favor. By the time I thought to buy any it was Dec 23rd, and all I could find were ones from some off-brand candy company, and their flavor was just a tad off. More spearmint than peppermint.) I swear I’ll start my diet for realz really really soon now. (And in spite of all this horrible eating, I managed to lose a bit more than a pound this past week. Must be the stress.)


Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the second week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  This week’s theme is “GOAL & PRIZE” – Everything is easier if there’s a goal & prize in place.  Each of the contestants will tell us what their personal goal and/or prize is and how it will motivate them to lose weight.


Adam


When I win Biggest C&R Loser, I’m going to let Mr. Sombrero buy me an entirely new wardrobe! We’re going to go shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch and buy one of these weird-shaped sports balls. That’s all I’m ever going to wear!


Michelle M.

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My goal for this round of BCRL is to lose enough weight that I can throw away my fat jeans! Or burn them. Or both!


Mikey

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I am playing to fit into all of my clothes….and to make sure that when I go shopping for clothes I don’t have to constantly buy a size up. I hate that. 😦


Mr. Sombrero

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This time around I hope to get serious about my weight loss. I’ve gained a small ton in the past six months and have almost doubled in size since I met Adam. [hmmm?] And all for good reasons: health, general well being and a bunch of clothes that no longer fit.


Nathan

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My goal in this competition is to be healthier and look better. Hopefully like the guy in this photo. It’s important to aim high, so that even if I don’t quite make it, I still get quite far.


Polt

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What’s my goal and prize for doing this? Well the weight loss will be nice, but my main reason for doing this (other than the money) is my diabetes: I want to get my A1C to 7.0 or below (which makes me a controlled diabetic. Normal people are 6.0 or below). Last March, it was above 9, my doctor yelled at me and put me on a diet. I followed it and in three months, dropped to 7.1 in June. Because I slacked off, in September, it was 7.4. Now, over the holidays, I’m sure it’s gone up again. And this coming Monday i have a doctor’s appointment, where I’m sure she’ll yell at me again. But with her yelling and this contest, hopefully, I can get it back down around or below 7.0. That’s my goal. the prize? Having better health and not dying as soon.


Tam

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Okay, I was really not mentally prepared for this whole process to start last week. I seemed to be still in the post-holiday sugar-craving mode. Enough. I need to track my food consumption more carefully. No more chocolate. My goal is 15lbs. I know that’s kind of wimpy, but if I don’t set my sights too high I might actually make it and more would be a bonus. Better to aim low and succeed I always say. Well, mostly. Whatever. Reward? I don’t know. Maybe new shoes. I’m always up for new shoes. (And no, I don’t really want pink sequinned sneakers, but something.)


TwoPi

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My “prize” is a cruise with my immediate family, hitting various ports along the Baltic. For me, the challenging part of this trip will be its physical demands. I have arthritis in my lumbar spine, and can’t (currently) be on my feet for prolonged periods of time. This will put a serious crimp in our site seeing at the ports of call. I’m working on physical therapy to try and regain some motion and strength, but one thing that would make all of that more effective is weight loss.


Biggest C&R Loser 2013

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Welcome to the first week of Biggest C&R Loser 2013! This year we’ll be keeping all of the results and placings secret until the end of the contest. We’ll also be pooling our cash to award the 2013 winner the largest prize we’ve ever awarded … a whopping $40!  But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s meet this year’s contestants and find out their motivation for participating:


Adam

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I need to drop some weight before I require a Jazzy Power Scooter. And it’s get’n close.


Michelle M.

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I am participating because my ass has recently acquired its own moon. I hope to drop at least 10 pounds.


Mikey

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Why am I doing this? Since losing weight for my wedding…I am very fat. It sucks. My goal is to be lose between 20-35 pounds. It can be done.


Mr. Sombrero

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This year I plan on kicking all your asses and losing a crap-load of weight! Woohoo!


Nathan

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I’ve included a photo of me looking as rotund as possible so that no matter what, my end photo will look way better. It’s all about setting the bar low. Alright, well, I’ve decided to join the competition this year since it’s part of my New Year’s plans anyways, so now I should at least feel some pressure from my throngs of Internet fans. I hope to shed a few pounds this year so that I won’t have to buy new clothes (which I will have to do if I gain any more weight).


Polt

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So, I’m supposed to tell you why I’m doing this and what I hope to accomplish. Okay, I’m doing it because I’ve participated in every one of these things in the past, it’s tradition! I mean, it wouldn’t be a C&R Biggest Loser contest without Polt not winning it, now would it? And what do I hope to accomplish? Well, winning the money would be pretty nifty, but we all know that ain’t gonna happen. I suppose what I hope to accomplish is to not come in last. The photo is one I used a few years ago, and since I’ve not changed much since then, it seems appropriate to use it again.


Tam

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I’m back… again. I don’t think I’ve gained any weight since the last time we tried this, well, I had but I’d lost it again. I was doing pretty well until being home from work every day over Christmas. Having access 24/7 to food is not good. So I’m back on the wagon. My technique this time around? I’m not sure yet. I haven’t thought that far ahead, but I really want to get rid of the stuff I gained back a couple of years ago. Hopefully having to check in here every week will keep me more honest and stop me when I’m tempted to just eat something without thinking. Not that it’s worked in the past, but hey, I can hope.


TwoPi

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Here I am again! I felt like I did okay in BC&RL3, where my goal was to steadily lose weight without giving up too much. I was mostly able to keep off the weight I lost last time (at least through mid-November), although I have ballooned a bit over the holidays. So I’m back, this time aiming to alter both diet and exercise routines as best I can. I’m hoping to feel healthier and have more mobility by June.