Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day... and a GIVEAWAY!

It's here... and it makes me sad. Memorial Day is a huge holiday to me- It marks the opening of pools and the season of swimsuits and sunscreen. I had big plans this year and I was on track to wearing a bikini this summer. It's not all about the bikini- but it was more about feeling good about myself and not having such negative thoughts running through my head ALL day concerning my weight.

I've fallen off track recently, and now I have to pay the consequences. We go away for Memorial Day weekend every year to Smith Mountain Lake and enjoy jet-skiing, wakeboarding, boating, and being by the water all day. It sucks that this year will be just like years past. I can see myself now- hopping out of the lake and darting to my cover-up. I'll be reading a magazine and holding it over my stomach in the right position to make sure my rolls don't show. I won't want to jump onto the rafts in the water- because who wants to see a beached whale try to make that maneuver? I won't be my silly self and dance on the dock with my kids in the fear that I jiggle to much.

Or not.

Actually- this year I will do all of those things. Will I love my body? No. Will I feel comfortable? No. Will I have negative thoughts running through my head and beat myself up all the time? Yes. But this year I have something that I haven't had before. I have hope. I know that I can look good again and that it is possible. And I know what I have to do. So bring on the music and watch out. I can't wait to be crazy with my kids and make the biggest cannon ball splashes you've ever seen. Because next year I won't have that big of a splash. Scratch that... not next year- As long as I return from my hiatus (I won't be blogging for the next few days) and hit up LA Boxing hardcore and eat right, there's always August, right? There's no need to wait for next year "to be my skinny year." Now on my bucket list- Bikini- Labor Day 2010 at the lake!

And for all of you that take the time to follow my journey, I can't tell you how much I appreciate you. You believe in me even when I don't. You pick me up when I'm down and I am so grateful to you. When I was at Fitbloggin', we were given free t-shirts from an up and coming company called Thriv. I freaked out when I first saw the shirts because they were tiny. I'm talkin' real tiny. I thought for sure I'd hate wearing it because it would show everything. I was totally wrong. It's the only form-fitting shirt I own that I wear because it doesn't show my belly button indentation or my love handles. It's super soft and it has all that stuff people want in a shirt- It has patented technology that transforms bamboo and cotton to deliver 5 benefits: wicking, comfort, SPF, anti-odor, and breathability. This awesome company is going to send a shirt of your choice to one of my lucky readers! Check out their site, and leave a comment with the size and color of shirt you want if you win. You can choose from either a men's or ladies’ performance crew shirt.

Since I'm new at this, I will put the names of the commenters from this website and in a hat and choose a winner!!! Thriv will then send a shirt directly to the winner! Being that I average one comment, I'd say your odds are pretty good. I'll pick a winner next Wednesday!

Love you all and Have a GREAT Memorial Day!


  1. Hey Shelly! I would love to win a black woman's shirt in a size Medium (I think) not sure how they fit and the web site didn't give much in way of help for sizing. Have a great time at the Lake and Rock Out with your kids! They love you no matter what moves or jiggles! Then get your butt back to work when you get back :)

  2. I am torn between colors...but I am going with a Black shirt size L.


  3. Since I'm family can I still enter the contest? :)
    I'd be a medium and you can pick the color :)
    Love your blog and most of all love you, and I have never noticed any jiggles. You are always beautiful inside and out and you are a super Mom. xoxo

  4. I would love a women's T in black size S (I think) I never win anything though...have loved the last few posts- especially the one about Mark's class:) I always feel the same way when he says he's going to be "teaching", lol
    Clearly you're not following my eating tips if you didn't eat breakfast:P lol
    Have a great weekend! We need to catch a class together sometime soon!

  5. I didn't even know I could comment on your posts :P Which I enjoy reading everyday by the way :) Oh and I don't know what you're talking about half the time about your weight cause I think you look just as beautiful as you did in High School. Just sayin :)

    I checked out the Thriv site and I'm digging the razorback tank. I might have to get me one. Do they sell this brand locally? I'd like a crew shirt too tho :P Small/Black.