Greetings all, and a wonderful Sunday to you! At this very moment, I’m writing from the deck of my shore house in Ocean City, New Jersey (my favorite place on the planet.) I left the Healthy Living Summit yesterday about an hour or so after the sessions ended because, although I wanted to spend time with the new people that I met, I don’t get to see my family too often (as I live in Durham, NC and they all live outside of Philly). From reading the tweets and posts from these new beautiful bloggers and bloggettes, I missed out on some mischief making, but the opportunity to sip rum & coke with mom and dad and cuddle on the couch watching CSI with my siblings (and the always-gorgeous Horatio Caine was clearly too good to pass up.
Though I was
nominated chosen picked for this whole “7 Links” meme a while back by a fellow blogger or two, I figured I’d hold off for a little because it seemed like the perfect way to introduce new readers to myself in a fun, organized fashion. And also, sometimes, I’m a lazy bum. But mostly it was because of how appropriate it is for new readers.
For the ease of access, feel free to check out my “About Me” to glean some background info. And on that note, I’m going to dive right into things.
- My Most Beautiful Post
Football, Football, Football (Oh, and Friday.)
Maybe it’s because I’m romantically involved with my alma mater, UNC. Or maybe it’s because I think tailgating is the most wonderful Autumn pastime of all. But whatever it is, this post fills my heart with joy and makes my heart beat a little faster when I read it. If you love college football (or college sports… or any sports), you might think this is lovely as well. If you don’t, here’s a post on my best friend’s wedding that ought to tide you over: The 61 Hour Whirlwind Wedding Weekend: Picture and the Ceremony. Don’t say I never gave you nothing….
- My Most Popular Post
New Belgium Tour de Fat, Meet: DURHAM!
During a hot summer day this year, I was able to dress up like a champagne bottle and volunteer for the New Belgium Tour de Fat in downtown Durham, North Carolina (the closest city to me). Being a HUGE craft beer fan (obviously, with a name like “food, sweat, and beers“) I jumped at the chance to volunteer. I helped bring beer tokens to the masses, got to participate in a mini beer-du-cation class with some of the brewers from New Belgium, and realized that retronasal tasting is a real term (though most folks use it regarding retronasal wine tasting). I think this post was especially popular in the Durham, NC area. But beer fans far and wide are welcome to continue enjoying it.
- My Most Controversial Post
Women and Chick Beer vs. Craft Beer: A Response
While I can’t say this post was incredibly controversial, the topic certainly was, and the discussion was the most enjoyable to read in the comments section. I also brought discussion about this topic. As I mentioned before, though I just attended a Healthy Living Summit, my passion is also craft beer and this whole topic of women being “catered to” in the craft beer world with weak flavored, low carbonated beers really got me fired up. Apparently, I was not the only one that cared about it, because I still hear this topic discussed. It’s a pretty interesting read, if you care about beer, but also if you’re interested in marketing techniques targeting females.
- My Most Helpful Post
Eating Good in the Neighborhood (Pool)
In the summertime, on the weekends, if I’m not at the shore/beach, I like to be at the pool. I think this post provided a lot of good advice (and it was a pretty popular one, so clearly others were interested.) However, I also liked my post on Lunchbox Variety and mixing up your sammies. Eating healthy on pool weekends AND mixing up my lunches are both challenges for me, so hopefully these posts helped folks in similar situations.
- A Post Whose Success Surprised Me
I guess I’m not SUPER surprised that people love the idea of No Pants Wednesday. But when I shared with everyone the fact that the reason I go home every day for lunch, I never thought they’d get so fired up about me hating pants.
Then again, who really likes to wear pants?
If you do, I don’t mean offense…. I just think you should give No Pants Wednesday a chance.
- A Post I Didn’t Think Got the Attention It Deserved
This is a tough one, because honestly, I never think to myself “this post DESERVES so much attention.” Who am I to expect any attention from anyone?
(other than awesome.)
But really, if you want a laugh, check out the pictures on that post. For some reason, when I was loopy on pain medication, I was SO intense about the nurses taking pictures of every step of the way. And I demanded to keep my teeth (not unlike my new buddy, Jessica and her pillow of baby teeth.) Now, not only am I the weirdo who was a total bossy brat at the dental surgeon’s office and documented every step of her wisdom teeth removal, but I’m the creep with four bleached wisdom teeth in a shot glass in my apartment.
Be careful if we ever do shots at chez moi… no one wants a shot of tooth.
- Post I’m Most Proud Of
This post was both a reminder to myself of all the progress I made (I have lost 40-45 lbs since March 2010 with the help of Weight Watchers, exercise like Zumba and Body Pump , and support from family/friends, as well as a reminder that sometimes, all you need to change your entire life is a little wake-up call. It sums up my progress, it talks about how my thinking about food and health changed over the past year and a half, and it has a cute shot of me sleeping (in case you’re into that kinda thing.)
This weekend, I realized that even though I never really have experienced the hardships of disordered eating that many of my peers dealt with, I had my own interesting set of circumstances that others might benefit from. No one becomes who they are in the exact same way, and though my story feels unique, I am sure I’m not the only one who slowly put on weight until they were living an unhealthy lifestyle without even realizing it, and then decided to change things up.
So there you have it. Some funny posts. Some poignant posts. Some food posts. Some beer posts.
Read up, learn about me, comment, email me, follow me on Twitter, and let’s get this party started.
Now, I’m back to hanging out with this stud:
Isn’t he handsome?