22 May 2010

Kroger Family of Stores' Pound for Pound Challenge‏ and Giveaway

image of the pound for pound challenge logoAs those who follow my site may know, back in August of 2008, I began a weight-loss program in order to reclaim my life. You see, back then I weighed a whopping 296 pounds of pure, unadulterated fat. It happened that one day I passed in front of a window and when I glanced up, I saw a stranger staring back at me. It was then and there that I decided I HAD to lose weight. I went online (well, there's a shock) and looked into exercise machines and since my preferred method of exercise is strength training, I narrowed my search to those types of machines. Since I'm cheap and didn't want to spend a great deal of money, I quickly eliminated machines costing too much (over $250). After my search, I ended up getting my beloved Total Gym and I've been using it ever since.

On the day that my Total Gym arrived, I had my annual doctor's appointment. After my blood test, he called me and informed me that "you are on the cusp of type-two diabetes." Yep, those were his exact words. Even though I was already planning on losing weight, this motivated me even more. Skipping ahead to today, I currently weigh 202 pounds and have lost well over 100 pounds of fat. I know, the math doesn't add up, but remember, I do strength training and I can modestly say that I have gained, using a conservative estimate, over 25 pounds of muscle. I am also happy to report that my latest blood test has come back negative for diabetes.

As of today, I still have another twenty pounds to lose and if you are thinking of losing some weight, I have some good news for you, because from now through June 30, 2010, for every pound you pledge to lose, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 14¢ to Feeding America® - enough to deliver one pound of groceries to a local food bank. So, you will not only helping yourself, but you will be helping others as well. It's very quick and easy to participate: just go to the Pound for Pound Challenge and follow the few simple steps (oh, and please tell your friends). I joined yesterday and pledged to lose ten pounds.

Before you start a weight loss regime, you may want to take a few moments and do a few things. The first and most obvious is to step on the scale and weigh yourself, although that’s probably how you ended-up here in the first place. Next, take a tape measure and measure your legs, hips, waist, (this is the area just above your belly button), chest, arms, and your neck. Why do I need to measure my legs and arms? Well, when you begin to lose fat, the first places where you will see a decrease in size will be the extremities (your legs and arms). Contrary to popular belief, and wishful thinking, the abdominal area is the last place where you will lose the inches.

Now, if any of you out there are fans of the Biggest Loser, image of the pound for pound challenge logoyou may have seen several General Mills products featured on the show. These products, including Yoplait Greek yogurt, Total, and Multigrain Cheerios, are available at your local Kroger Family of Stores and can help you stick to your weight management plan. However, the good news doesn't stop there, because as the official supplier of the Biggest Loser Ranch and partner of the Pound for Pound Challenge, the Kroger Family of Stores wants to help you achieve your goals. So, to get you started, they will be supplying one lucky winner with a $30 gift card.


How to enter: Just leave a comment and you're all set.

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  • Post about this contest on your site and supply a link back to here

  • Re-Tweet my Tweet regarding this contest or just Tweet and include the individual link to this article


Once the winner is chosen, they will need to supply me with their mailing information. That information will be forwarded to MyBlogSpark and Kroger, who will send your prize.

This contest is open from now until 2 June, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

Good Luck!




The Kroger Family of Stores includes Kroger, Fred Meyer, Ralph´s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillon's, Smith´s, Fry´s, QFC, Baker´s, Owen´s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Pay Less Super Markets and Scott´s Food & Pharmacy.

Legal stuff: I hereby attest and affirm that I have received a gift card from Kroger. I also disclose and reveal that The Kroger Family of Stores gift card, information, and giveaway were all provided by the Kroger Family of Stores and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

54 comments:

  1. Way to go on all the weight loss. You've certainly got more motivation and will power than I would ever have. I've never been able to diet. Right now I'm not over weight but I do need to get into exercising more, I'm getting too lazy...lol

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  2. Congrats on your weight loss! This sounds like great motivation and I'll sign up.

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  3. Your story is an inspiration. Congratulations!!!

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  4. Cactus Jack Splash: That's terrific! Good luck :)

    Ann: Thank you. I have to admit that there are some days when I have to fight to start exercising. Actually, Friday was just such a day. I finally ended up "guilting" myself into exercising.

    BeadedTail: Thank you. Good luck :)

    Kristen: Thank you very much. It's been a long road, but I'm finally beginning to see the end of this tunnel. Now, if only these last 20 pounds would leave :)

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  5. I am working on losing the 15 pounds I gained over the winter! A love of cooking and being a food blogger has its perks and downfalls. Please don't enter me in the giveaway - I don't have any of these stores near me.

    Just wanted to say congratulations on your weight loss!

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  6. Congrats on your weight loss! I know how hard it is, so kudos!

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  7. Cinnamon-Girl: I wish you all the best in losing the weight. To help, all you need to do is ship the recipes you make to me, I would be more than happy to eat them :)

    Pixie: Thank you very much. I just wish these last 20 pounds would decide to leave.

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  8. I took the pledge to lose 30 lbs.


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  9. I "like" you on Facebook (Mary Happymommy).

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  10. I follow you on Twitter @mami2jcn.

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  11. Mami2jcn: That is terrific! I wish you all the best. I would have tried for more, but I'm so near my goal weight, that the pounds are coming off slower....and slower.

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  12. I pledged to loose 10 lbs!
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  13. I'm a fan on Facebook (Stephanie Petty-Grant)
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  14. I'm a follower
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  15. I follow you on Twitter @sgrant2005
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  16. I blogged:
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  17. Tweet:
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  18. I pledge to lose those the last 10 pounds! Thanks for a great giveaway!
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  19. I am a follower via google friend-
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  20. Stephanie: Thank you and I wish you all the best in losing the weight. I know from experience that those pounds just never seem to want to leave.

    E: You're welcome and good luck on the weight loss :)

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  21. Mari: Thank you and good luck with the weight loss. Hopefully we will all be able to lose those bothersome pounds:)

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  22. Publicly following Everyday Living with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}]
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  23. I joined a few weeks ago-I would like to lose at least 10 lbs

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  24. email sub

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  25. follow blog as jelaws5

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  26. Love Kroger! I already pledged :)

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  27. I subscribe w/Google Reader.

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  28. I follow you on twitter as "calidreamin87"

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  29. Re-Tweeted your tweet about the giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/calidreamin87/status/15196478900

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  30. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}: Thank you and good luck with the weight loss :)

    Julie: That's great! Good luck.

    Deanna G.: Me too, it's lucky we have a few of their stores around here.

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  31. Good luck with your weight loss goals, I know how hard it is to lose weight! You have a great weight loss story.
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  32. I subscribe
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  33. I'm a FB Fan of yours (Rachel Honsvick DeMille)
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  34. I follow your blog
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  35. I follow you on Twitter (tobinsmommy08)
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  36. Re-Tweeted! http://twitter.com/tobinsmommy08/status/15229479452
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  37. I sure do need to lose weight and I joined the challenge
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  38. I follow you publicly on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)
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  39. I follow you on Twitter @cezovski
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  40. Like a lot of us, I need to lose weight and need inspiration!
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  41. I follow on Twitter - Jennai
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  42. GFC follower (Jennai)
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  43. Congrats on the weight loss :)

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  44. I follow via Google Connect

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  45. I follow on Twitter @Pittsy82

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  46. I "LIKE" Everyday Living on Facebook (Nicole Pitts)

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  47. I subscribe via email

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  48. Tweeted http://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/15276220168

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  49. Cactus Jack Splash25 December, 2010 17:00

    I joined...gives me more motivation

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  50. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

    Blogged about the giveaway
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    Comment originally written on... 31 May, 2010 23:45

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  51. Mari said...

    Thanks for the giveaway. I pledged to lose 10 lbs.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

    Mari said...

    Thanks for the giveaway. I pledged to lose 10 lbs.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

    30 May, 2010 20:05

    Mari said...

    email subscriber

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    30 May, 2010 20:06

    Mari said...

    follow blog

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    30 May, 2010 20:07
    Mari said...

    follow on twitter as LuckyDuckyToo

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