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Ten in 2010 Challenge – Week 9 Update (I promise to do better!)

This is my weekend post for the Ten in 2010 Challenge which is a group of bloggers that have committed to ten weeks to get healthy in the New Year.

WOW! It is Week 9 already! I have to say that I have been remiss in my posts. Frankly, I skipped last weekend because I was really busy embarrassed. Well, actually, I was a little of both.

I had a very exciting weekend last week over a few little cupcakes (which incidentally, should not have been baked in my kitchen while on a so-called diet)! The picture of the “cupcake farm” (as my hubby called it!) was submitted to Tastespotting and Foodgawker and it was accepted on both sites! Well, that sure makes for a great stats day! Then I woke up to the Foodbuzz Top 9 Sunday morning! It was a fun weekend because it was the first time that had happened since I started the blog, so I was excited and preoccupied and did not write my Week 8 Update. I am sure that many food bloggers have their photos accepted on these food porn sites on a regular basis, but I am easily amused at this point! 😉

And now that cute little boozy, chocolate cupcake is a finalist in The Great American Baking Contest for Share Our Strength in Atlanta! So, it’s still affecting my food and exercise plans since I have to make more this week for the judging this coming Thursday. I have also signed up for the Daring Bakers and have my first challenge this month, so there will be all sorts of goodies in my house over the next few weeks. Yikes!

I would also like to say that our weather has not been cooperative in the least in Atlanta. We had snow again this week! How can I get totally motivated when all I want to do is hide inside and stay warm? The temps are supposed to start rising this coming week, so walking around the block without frostbite will be possible soon.

In addition, I have flat-out been lazy (as in no real exercise) and I have not really committed to my original goals. Part of my blame thanks goes to my new friend Rob from Montaluce Winery. We met a couple of weeks ago at the Stir It 28 event in Atlanta a couple weeks ago. Rob suggested that I get a Twitter account because it is a great networking tool. Now I knew that Twitter was big for food bloggers, but I had promised my hubby not to get on yet another blog or social networking site since I have become somewhat obsessed (which makes it more difficult to find exercise time). Well, I did get on Twitter (anyway) and it has been a great way to connect with other bloggers, food and wine people. So, thanks Rob and by the way, Montaluce has a mean Chardonnay! 🙂 So now, how do I exercise, diet and lose weight with all this computer time, cooking and baking?

Well, I did come up with some new ideas, but there were some objections.

1. Go to mall and shop more (especially for shoes!) – lots of walking involved. Husband said flat-out “NO!”
2. Go to grocery stores and farmer’s market and buy more food to cook – moderate walking involved. Husband say “NO! No more cooking!”
3. Master Cleanse Fast – My friend is on this right now. I have not heard from her in a few days. Is she still alive??? I guess you will lose weight if it doesn’t kill you first! 😉 This wasn’t a topic for discussion!

I guess I need to go back to the basics and just eat better and get moving. There is no easy or crazy fix for this! It is soooo hard when I spend so much time doing what I do. It has become much more difficult to take even a little bit of time to exercise. It is always shoved to the bottom of the list of to-dos.

I have to turn it around for Week 10! That is the last week the I have to tell anyone what I have been up to, so after that no one will really know. But, I will know and I am the one that has to live with the few extra pounds (my hubby too!). So, I am going to give it the ole Girl Scout promise to make the last week count! And we all know that girl scouts are a trustworthy bunch (except the one that we bought cookies from…she has disappeared!). 😉

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Stir It 28 – Food Bloggers Align for Haiti Relief

Some of you all may be familiar with this effort already. If you are not, Chrystal of Duo Dishes , Courtney of Coco Cooks and Bren of Flanboyant Eats have formed Stir It 28, which is a blogger based fundraising effort and culinary event to help with getting aid to Haiti following the devastating earthquake.

The culinary events will take place in four cities across the country – LA, Chicago, NYC and Atlanta. The date is Sunday, February 21st. I hope that you will be able to attend. If you are not in any of these cities, you may also donate to directly to Stir it 28. You can click here to get all the details about the culinary events as well as how to make a donation.You can also go to the Stir It 28 Facebook page for information on the Atlanta event.

Bren is hosting the event in Atlanta, so I contacted her about doing a post to try to reach some other bloggers and individuals that may not be familiar with the effort. My husband and I will attend the Atlanta event next Sunday. It is great to bring people with common interests together for such a great cause!

I have a very close friend who is a committed volunteer in Haiti and goes quite often. I know first hand from her how dire the situation was for these people prior to the earthquake. I cannot even imagine the loss of life, illness, starvation and complete chaos the Haitian people are experiencing now.

However, in the wake of this terrible devastation, this is also a unique opportunity for Haiti to become a completely changed nation due to the magnitude of the effort underway. So, it is so important, now more than ever, to give in any way that you can.

Any donation will be welcome. Just think, one less latte is all you need to give up to give to others.

I know that your participation in one way or another is greatly appreciated!

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