Thursday, June 10, 2010

Weight Loss Giveaway

Hello Everyone!
It's been nine months as of yesterday.
Pounds lost 48 B/P 100/66 With no meds.
I am thrilled!
Many of you have asked to see my photo and
I have been a big chicken since I still want to lose
at least 10 more pounds. Well I decided to show
you my big pants with me in them. Join me!
Yes this is me!
My hubby took this photo yesterday. Believe it or not
my butt is actually hidden in there somewhere.
I can pull them straight down to the floor in one tug.
I wore them to my last doctor appointment on
09/08/09 and they fit me snug at the waist.
The next day was the start of my new healthy life.
It's amazing what healthy living can do for us.
This is not me but this is how I feel today.
So many of you have also been asking for healthy recipes
and to be perfectly honest I really didn't have very many.
We eat quite simply. Fresh salads topped with steak or chicken.
Usually on the weekends we eat steamed veggies and make
salmon or grilled shrimp. We have made an herb roasted chicken
many times. My breakfast is oatmeal or cereal along with
scrambled eggs and fresh fruit. See no real recipes to speak of.

After reading many weight loss blogs lately I have
found my new diet routine now. As of the last several
months I wasn't following any plan. Just healthy eating
and exercising on my own. I am definitely not an expert.
Look what I found! Check out this website about the
clean eating diet from Tosca Reno. It is awesome!
A way to eat very healthy without any calculations.
I ordered a recipe book for me and one for you too.
Leave me a comment here and you are entered to win.
I will announce the winner on Sunday and mail it to you.
It's that easy.
Here are the clean eating principles.
I need to work on the first two.
Many of these we were already doing.
Here is just one of the many healthy recipes inside.
I ordered the book from Amazon. Click here to see more.
I learned the hard way not to take my health for granted.
I'm feeling grateful to have found a way to live better.
Stay tuned for more photos coming soon.
Thanks for entering and good luck!


Jennifer said...

congrats Melissa!!! You look wonderful and keep up the good work!!! I bet hubby can't keep his paws off of you! lol!


Debbie said...

Congratulations Melissa...what a major milestone for proud! From what I can see:) You look awesome! HOt Hot Hot!!~

Cathy said...

Yay Melissa! You have to be thrilled! I am so happy for you!


dstewart said...

Congratulations!!! My doctor recently had a hissy fit when she saw my cholesterol and BP readings, so I've got to start a plan of healthy eating as well. Thanks for sharing your story with all of us who need the inspiration.


Rose Haven said...

WooooooooooooooHoooooooooooo!!! Great job Melissa!!

I'd love to win the book - as I, too, have additional weight I want to lose. I've already lost 61# since I started eating healthier a couple of years ago.

Again...Congratulations...and keep it up!!!

Jo said...

Congrats, your hard work is paying off! Another gd place to find healthy foods is EatingWell website, books and magazines. Thanks for the giveaway

Jo said...

Congrats, your hard work is paying off! Another gd place to find healthy foods is EatingWell website, books and magazines. Thanks for the giveaway

Christine said...

Good for you! I am with you on this journey as well. I am amazed at how quickly this can sneak up on us!

Lisa said...

Congrats Melissa! You have really done it! I am working on my weight too. I'm not where you are yet, but I hope to be soon. Thanks for the fab link.:)

Kimberly said...

good for you Melissa! I know it wasn't easy! keep up the good work!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Congratulations Melissa!!! What a major milestone you have accomplished! Great job! Thank you for the link!

~ Tracy

Brittany said...

WOW! Congratulations, Melissa! The book sounds wonderful - I know my family sure needs to eat more healthy. I just started trying to lay off the sweets and junk, so far I'm down 5 lbs - got a few more to go! You are a great encouragement to stick with it :)

Kristi said...

COngratulations Melissa!!! This is so wonderful! I have read abotu "clean eating" and it realy works! I saw a nutritionist a few years back and basically followed the clean eating plan and it WORKS! Of course I fall off the wagon now and then, but I feel terrible (physically!) when I do and crave fresh fruits and veggies even more! So happy to follow this journey with you and your inspiring me to lose a much needed few lbs this summer!! :)

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

AWESOME MELISSA!!! Way to Go! We too are eating clean! No sugar, no chemicals, no trans fat, no partially hydrogenated oils, no bread, no white flour, no white potatoes, no white rice.
Have you heard of coconut oil? It's the only oil that doesn't turn to a transfat when heated. It is also extremely healthy!! If you want info about it just email me and I'll email you some articles.

Take Care Sweet Friend!

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Hi Melissa, Congratulations on your wonderful healthy weight loss. Thanks for sharing about your menu as well. You have inspired me also, and I have lost 22 pounds, more to go...thanks for letting us have a journey to model.Take care ~Emelia~

~Kristen~ said...

Wow!!! You can tell that even in that little sneak peek photo that you look AMAZING!!! Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!!! You truly are inspiring to me!!! xoxo

Teresa said...

Congrats! You've done a great job. I'm struggling with getting myself kick-started on another try at losing weight. I would LOVE to have this book! Thanks for getting one for one of us!

Trish said...

Congratulations!!! That is an awesome accomplishment!!! From the picture you look great!!! So ecstatic for you!

Decorchick! said...

Melissa!!! Big congratulations to you!! What an accomplishment. So happy for you. We eat the same way you do pretty much, and it works for us.

You look miniature in the picture! Way to go. *hugs*

The Toll House Cookie said...

Congrats, Melissa!! I know how tough it can be to lose weight once you reach 40 years old....and you're doing fabulous!!! I can even spot a waist!!! ;-) Keep up the good work. I'm down 9 pounds total in 90 days...but I'm taking it off right....lots of fresh food, organic food, no wheat and no sweets. Thanks for sharing how you are losing your weight.

Victoria... said...

Wow! Congratulations Melissa!! You have me inspired to finally get my weight off for good. We too have been trying to eat more healthy, which is hard at times because I love to cook gourmet meals. Now I am just trying to do that on occasion. We just bought a new grill and have been all about shrimp, chicken and we even did rotisserie Cornish hens. I bet you do feel look it!! That is the best feeling. Keep up the great work and maybe one day I can post my own weight loss.


Jenglamgirl said...

Melissa you look AMAZING...your waist, and those baggy pants WOO HOO! You should feel like jumping and shouting for happy healthy joy.

I would love to be entered in the contest, I am all for healthy recipes. Keep up the good work sweet friend. Hugs, Jenn

Mom in High Heels said...

That is amazing! Good for you.

Lori said...

Bravo for you Melissa!! I know that it is a long hard crawl to get where you want to be but it is so worth it! I feel so much better and that is 20 lbs down ~ I still have a long way to go. Thanks so much for posting that picture!

Julie Harward said...

That is so awesome and I know how good and new it makes you feel! Most people want a quick fix or take pills and expect that to do it for them....self mastery works! Good for you! :D

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Congrat's Melissa...and way to go!!! What a huge accomplishment.

Isn't it great to lose weight...and feel OH SO GOOD!

From what I could look GREAT!

Musings Of A Gem said...

Well done Melissa..its great news! I'd love to win the book. I hope it would be ok to post to the UK?

Fingers Crossed!

Gemma X

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Look at those pants!! You did such an amazing job. It's really difficult to stick to a healthy lifestyle for that amount of time and you've done it. Congrats!

Kim said...

Melissa, that is just awesome! You are so inspiring. I have taken a before picture of myself and am going to use the blood type diet as a starting point. I am proud of you (okay, a little envious, too) :).

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Melissa,

Well done, it is so great to hear of good news stories like yours.
You must be feeling so proud of yourself and much luck with keeping up the good work.

Happy weekend

Tasha said...

Congrats on your weight loss! You are incredible and I'm so proud of you for making the decision to get healthy and for sticking with it! I would love to win this book! I've heard about it and it sounds great!

{ L } said...

Melissa, woohoo!!! :) :) You are an amazing woman! I'm so impressed with you. You looks so TINY.

Blondie's Journal said...

You did such a great job and it shows! I am still struggling but I have to also work on self acceptance. It's a fine line. It looks like you got on the right side of the line after your doctor visit. You should be SO proud of yourself.

The book looks amazing. I am always on the lookout for something that doesn't scream 'DIET'. This looks great!! Thanks, Melissa!


Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Good for you! I'm trying to make changes in our regular diet as well... more veggies, less processed... it's hard!

Patti said...

Congratulations on your weight loss Melissa! Thank you so much for sharing the information in this post with us! I've been on a diet since Jan. and have lost 36 pounds so far. Im kinda in a rut right now, but I plan to check out this info!! You are an inspiration!

Jen S. said...

Good for you Melissa! WAY TO GO :)
So happy for you!

9405018--Pat said...

Congrats Melissa, You looks wonderful....I'd love to win the book...thanks for sharing and web page...thanks Pat H

Mzzterry said...

48 pounds is awesome girlfriend!! i lost a lot of weight several years ago....don't you feel hott?? it makes you feel so pretty & so much younger, it is amazing!! i didn't expect that wonderful bonus!! i would love to win the book, if i don't i just might have to buy it!! thanks!

Mari said...

I am so proud of you. I will get there but stress in life has a way of slowing things down, and allowing you to slip back into bad eating habits. I'm with you though on the not following a real plan, but just eating better. That's what we have done.
You are very inspiring to me to keep going.
Thanks. The book looks very cool.

Love the Decor! said...

Melissa you are my hero!!
I can just sense through your words how proud you are of your accomplishments!! Proud of you!!!

Lisa said...

oh this sounds like a plan for me! I am so happy for you and all you have accomplished! I know you feel great! How great you don't need the meds any more! Woo-Hoo!!!
Thanks for offering the book! I hope I get it!
Hugs, Lisa

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

You have really inspired me...I would love to win the book...have seen it a couple of times and passed it up....So proud of you..

Jo said...

Yeah for you! What a wonderful accomplishment ~ you should be so proud of yourself.


Ann said...

Congratulations Melissa!!! I can feel your happiness in your post! What a great feeling it must be. You'll have that last 10lbs off before you know it!

Samantha said...

Congratulations, Melissa! You look great, and I'm so happy for you! You must be so proud of how far you've come. I can't wait to see more photos!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Congratulations, Melissa! What a fabulous accomplishment. Just wonderful.

Gypsy Heart said...

Congratulations! You've done such an amazing job and I do hope that you are applauding yourself. Lowering the BP is so very important and being off the meds is a huge blessing!

I'd LOVE to win the cookbook ~


Manuela@TPOH said...

Wow, wow, WOW is all I can say! When you show a picture like that you can really visualize the difference. What you've done is just awesome!

That book looks like a good one. I've looked at Clean Eating magazine a few times (you may be interested in it if you haven't already seen it). I find it at B&N most of the time.


Vanessa said...

Wow Melissa!! That's great! You're a winner! Such inspiration... came in good time. Just started my diet... still baby weight to loose... started at 146,5 and now I'm aleady 143,5. Making progress. Thanks for offering the book. All the best to you! Vanessa

俊翔劉 said...

Necessity is the mother of invention.............................................................

The Aud Author, Audrey said...

Way to go! Yay! And good for you. I know it's a relief to rid yourself of the weight as well as the pills.


Judy said...

I was on WW about 8 years ago and although I wasn't really overweight I lost about 20 lbs and looked really good! Then David came along, we started eating out A LOT and no exercising and of course let's don't forget that I am 55+ so taking off the weight is really hard. I now weigh more than I've EVER weighed and while it's no one's fault but my own, I agree that the best "diet" is smart eating and exercise. I wish I had the willpower to get back to healthy eating but we eat on the run so much that it's just seems impossible.

Congratulations, I can tell you look fabulous darling!


Benita said...

Congratulations Melissa ~ you look wonderful !! I know how hard it is to lose weight & stick with it, you've done a great job !! I really admire you : )

Karen said...

Oh you are motivating me to stay with my program. Congrats on your weight loss! What an inspiration!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations Melissa... great job!! This cookbook looks really helpful. Thank you for the chance to try it out! :)

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Melissa, WOW! you look fabulous! I am so proud of you! I want /need that book!!! ( :
Have a pretty night,

Shana said...

CONGRATS !!!!!!! That is great!
(I lost 30 pounds but gained 8 back over the winter. Now on track again.)

call me crazy said...

Way to go Melissa! :-))

Dan said...


You should be very proud of yourself for all that you have accomplished! You are an inspiration to so many people! Keep up the good work

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Melissa, so glad you are feeling better. Having good health gives one such a sense of peace. Your blood pressure stats are great!!!!!


La Maison Reid said...

My gosh! In your wedding picture you don't EVEN look like you need to lose ONE pound. I have been on my treadmill for months and barely see any difference. Even cut out the bad stuff. Guess I'll just have to hang in there like you did. Congrats!

Valerie@it'sonly100pounds said...

Congrats Melissa, You look Great!

Lena said...

Good for you girl. I need to lose weight. Would love to win this book. Keep up the good work. Lena

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Wow! Congrats on the weight loss and the low blood pressure! That is fantastic! I would love to win the book. My hubbie and I both need to lose some weight. Me about 15 pounds and hubbie about 30 pounds.

Melissa :) said...

You go girl! You should be SO proud! :)

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you! I know you must feel amazing!

Nancy from OHIO said...

Way to go girlfriend! Keep up the good work. You will get to where you want! 48 lbs. FANTASTIC! I just eat healthy food. I do let myself to have a day of fun~ now that I am down to the weight I want to be. That way I do not feel deprived. You are looking fab! And because of you my dear I am looking fab! There is NO GOING BACK FOR ME!!
Nancy from OHIO

Laura said...

Oh Melissa- that's great.
I have been there and not been there, and being there is better!


linda said...

First of all, congrats on you diet success. You are an inspiration to me, as well as many others out here in blogland.

I would love to win this book. My husband and I too are on a quest for a lifestyle change. I think this book would be so helpful to us on this journey.

Again, congrats to you and your hubby for all of your hard work. It's really paid off!

Thank you for the great giveaway!

lisacharlesparsons said...

I love her books and recently bought one but not this one. I would love to win it. I have subscribed to Healthy Eating as well. I have slacked off on my diet and need to stop going out to eat. I am going to get back to healthy eating. I hope you are well (sounds like it) and keep up the good health habits. I have been busy so have not had time to blog. Take Care!!!

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Congrats Melissa! That is wonderful! The clean duet sounds very much like core that I do. If you wish, you can read my story under weight in my label cloud.
Keep up the great work!

Lori said...

Awesome Melissa! Do count me in, having many tummy issues I have been working at cleaning up my eating to maintain optimum health! Love ya,Lori

Moments of Grace said...

Congratulations! I am so proud of you. You have done such a wonderful job of achieving a helathy lifestyle and inspiring the rest of us as well. Keep up the good work.

Please enter my name for your giveaway. I would love to be able to join you on our way to healthier living.

Blessings to you today.

In Grace,

Denise said...

Hi Melissa, well done on your weight loss, you really are inspiring. I've been staying the same the past few weeks because I still fall in to the habit of eating 'junk' at the weekend :( It's Saturday morning as I type this and I want to make an effort today to not do that. I have The Eat Clean diet book AND cookbook (so don't enter me in your lovely giveaway) and I think i will get them out again today and read them. but like you I have just been eating healthy stuff during the week and not so much making recipes. Did you know there is also a 'Clean Eating' magazine? I have a few copies and I know the latest one is out now in Target and book stores, I've seen it. I haven't bought one for a while because they did seem to be getting a bit 'samey' each month. Thanks for the motivation though, I'm off to have my healthy breakfast.... have a wonderful weekend.

Denise said...

Oh, and there's also a website....

Jen said...

Congratulations Melissa! Well done. I have lost 13 lbs and 15 more to lose. Keeping motivated is my biggest problem.


xinex said...

Wow, amazing! Congrats, Melissa!~ You are truly an inspiration..Christine

My kids mom said...

Congratulations!! I am so excited for you and so inspired. I was just walking around today thinking that I have to do something about my weight to feel better and healthier, and now when I read your blog that made me determined. Thanks and good luck with the last ten!

Cheers from Sweden.

A Hint of Home said...

I'm so happy for you Melissa!
The book looks so interesting and helpful. I'm sure the recipes are delicious.
I hope you reach your goal--I know you will. You're very disciplined.
I haven't blogged in a couple of wks. Hubby had knee surgery and he's been hopping and kept me hopping as well. lol
He has a few more wks. of recovery.
I hope to post again soon.
Enjoy your weekend. Hope you're doing something fun!
Love your new lamps!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Melissa, Thank you for your encouraging comment on my blog today!

Liz said...

WOW! Congrats!!!! Great inspiration. I have looked at this book a couple of times. It looks really helpful. I need to loose some weight too. Thank you for sharing your success! :)


LeeAnn said...

I just found your blog and Congratulations. I am trying to lose 20 pounds that I have gained back! I have wanted this book!!!

Lena Medina said...

Wow! COngrats! Thanks also for the new book...I will have to add it to my growing collection! But really, it is great to see a success story! And such a healthy way to lose! God Bless,
Lena Medina

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

congrats!! your middle looks FABULOUS!!!! i'd love a chance to win this cookbook!!!

Jemsmom said...

You go girl!!!! That is so inspirational for me! I am in a rut and have to get moving. I am so proud of you. That takes a lot of strength and determination. You are awesome!


Melissa, I am so happy for you on your weight loss. I being a chub , know how great it feels to loose some of the cushion. I am trying to loose weight right now... I have been eating more and more clean foods myself. Thanks for sharing this and inspiring us!:)

Melanie said...

WOW WOW WOW! You have done an amazing job! Congrats to you! We still want to see a picture of YOU though:)

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

you are doing awesome, friend! So inspiring. That shrimp looks divine as well :) Have fun on your vacation!