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At first when I heard the announcement that Ellen DeGeneres was replacing Paula Abdul I was skeptical. But after watching her during Hollywood week for the last two weeks I have to say she makes a unique addition to the show. It was hard to even tell she was new because she sat at the judges’ table like she belonged there. I found her comments honest and her opinions insightful.
I love Ellen but I don’t see myself saying the same thing about Simon’s replacement who has not yet been named. I bet we won’t find that out until close to the end of Season 9. I still think after this year and no Simon, Idol should retire. There isn’t anyone out there who can fill those shoes (or a black t-shirt) like Simon does.
What do you think about Ellen?
I hate dieting! If losing weight was so easy there wouldn’t be so much information online about it. If you Google “weight loss” you get 52 million hits. There’s a reason for all of the diet advice on the Internet –I think a lot of Americans struggle with their weight like I do. For me it is not as simple as exercising and taking in less calories. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism which makes losing weight even more difficult. My metabolism is slower than slow. I also seem to have a problem with portion control. There are so many diet programs out there I am hoping that I just haven’t found the right one for me. I have tried Weight Watchers, counting calories, and countless other diets, and have not yet been able to reach my weight loss goals. I need to lose 30 pounds for sure but ideally I would like to drop 40 pounds and keep it off. I have had some success before but my weight always seems to yo-yo.
After researching various diet plans, I am thinking of starting the Nutrisystem program. The one thing that attracted me to Nutrisystem most of all is the controlled portions. The food arrives ready for you to cook and there is no measuring your protein with your food scale. I have a food scale at home but I get tempted to eat more when I cook because we always have leftovers. I think the controlled portion sizes would really help me and would not tempt me to eat more since there isn’t a “second helping” readily available. One thing I learned about Nutrisystem is that you supplement their entrees with fresh grocery items (fruit, dairy, salads and vegetables) into your plan so you’re guaranteed the nutrition from these items in addition to the prepackaged Nutrisystem foods. Per the Nutrisystem Web site their entrees and desserts contain Low-glycemic “good carbs”, Protein, Fiber, Low sodium, Low fat, and No trans fats.
To be honest one of the initial things that drew me to Nutrisystem was Marie Osmond’s story of how she lost 50 pounds. I have seen her in People magazine and on Entertainment Tonight talking about how pleased she is with her results. Another person who has been inspiring me to lose weight is my friend Kimberly over at She Scribes who is currently on the Nutrisystem program. I have enjoyed reading her blog about how she is using Nutrisystem to acheive her weight loss goals.
I am curious if you have tried Nutrisystem and if you like it. By the way in case you are wondering I am not currently reviewing the Nutrisystem program for my blog but I wouldn’t object if they want to send me a 3-month supply to check it out.
Published February 17, 2010
The winning number was #506! Congrats Shel!
February 11, 2010 at 4:03 am
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Thanks to everyone who entered and especially all of my readers who tweeted my contest!! I think this was the most successful contest I have ever held on my blog with almost 900 entries! Thank you!
It’s been a while since I have given advice to improve your blog so I thought I would provide some tips to help you make your blog the best it can be. Occasionally I receive emails from new bloggers asking how you start working with PR reps and companies for product reviews. They want to know how to make their blog look professional and be considered for PR opportunties. Some advice I give often is to make sure your blog stands out among the crowd. I don’t mean you have to pay thousands of dollars to hire a graphic designer for a custom blog design. But I do mean that your blog should have more pizazz than just a text header with your blog name in all caps. Blogs just like businesses have brands. Consider getting custom header which can help you develop your brand. If you don’t have money for a custom blog design, consider just paying for a header. You can always go back and add the background later. My point is if you want to be taken seriously by PR professionals, you should take your blog seriously as well. In my opinion your blog should be more than just your words on a page. It should contain a unique design that reflects who you are.
While you can spend thousands in design fees you don’t have to. There are many affordable designers out there who would love to work with you. And if you are looking for an affordable blog designer who also happens to be incredibly talented, hire Stefanie from La De Daa Designs. Make sure you tell her The Write Gal sent you. She created my blog design and I LOVE IT.
Published February 11, 2010
Congratulations to Angela who is the winner of my Executees giveaway!
February 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm
I learned from the website that you hand wash and hang dry these shirts.
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The New York Post is reporting that American Idol producers want Howard Stern to replace Simon Cowell at the end of this season. Seriously? Howard Stern? Have they never listened to his radio show? Every other word out of that man’s mouth would have to be bleeped out for prime time TV. I have said before that I am not planning on watching Idol without Simon. Now there is no doubt in my mind.
Do you think Howard can fill Simon’s shoes?
I do not watch a lot of TV. Well maybe besides American Idol and Brothers and Sisters. But there is one show that I just cannot stop watching and that is Keeping up with the Kardashians on E. This season there has been a lot of online rumor that it is “fake” and that the Kardashian antics are scripted. Scripted or not, I love to watch Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney. I think Bruce Jenner is hilarious.
And if you just can’t get enough of the Kardashians, you can buy their used clothing, accessories, etc. on eBay by visiting Kim’s Closet. Portions of the proceeds benefit various charities including the American Red Cross. But somebody needs to tell Kim there is a typo on her site which says satisfaction is guarenteed. And we all know that per the Write Gal, typos are a big no no.
What TV show has you hooked?
Macy’s GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign is celebrating National Wear Red Day on February 5th. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power of women to join together and wipe out heart disease, the #1 killer of American women and men. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, Macy’s is committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is largely preventable. Since 2004, Macy’s customers and employees have contributed more than $21 million to the Go Red For Women movement. You can learn more information by visiting GoRedforWomen.org
Want to participate in the Go Red Campaign? Don’t forget to wear your red on February 5th. Additionally, check out these ways you can help:
Macy’s $25 Gift Card Giveaway
In celebration of this important campaign, Macy’s is giving away a $25 gift card a reader of the Write Gal’s blog!
To enter, tell me in a comment why you want to win. Maybe you need to purchase a little red dress or a new pair of shoes. Whatever you want to spend your gift card on, let me know. That is all you have to do to enter.
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This article was written with information provided by Macy’s and M80. The $25 gift card giveaway is being sponsored by Macy’s. The opinions expressed in this article are my own, and I was not compensated for writing this post.