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Monday, July 7, 2008

I'm feeling very Oprahish today........

52 Of My Favorite Things
(things I fell in love with along my journey)
.....not in any particular order



In celebration of my upcoming
ONE YEAR BANDIVERSARY (August 10).......



(that's me!)




1. My Magic Bullet
2. Spanx
3. Starbucks Venti Non-fat Chai Latte w/ Energy Shot (hot or cold)
4. Royal Elastics Chedal Leather Mules
5. Yoplait Y+ Digestive Health Peach Yogurt
6. Special K2 O Iced Tea Protein Water Mix
7. Quaker Rice Cakes—Multi-Grain Cinnamon, White Cheddar varieties
8. Bumble Bee Tuna Easy Peel Bowls (all varieties!)
9. International Coffees Sugar Free Instant Chai Latte
10. Suburban Room (Dormont, PA) Crabcakes
11. Amel’s Restaurant (Baldwin, PA) She-Crab Soup
12. Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup
13. Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb Flavor Wedges
14. Athenos and Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
15. Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein Vanilla Chai Tea with Soy Protein
16. Gin Gimlet Martini (Tanqueray Gin & Daily’s Lime Juice—shaken, not stirred)
17. Trader Darwin’s Lemon-Lime Vitamin+Mineral Drink Mix Booster
18. Williams Sonoma Chili Lime Spice Rub
19. Coldwater Creek “Shape Me” Jeans and Crops
20. Victoria’s Secret Ipex Bras
21. WLS Magazine
22. Trader Joe’s Organic Polenta
23. Trim Advantage Roasted Garlic & Herb Crunch Zone Snacks
24. Barlean's Flax Seed Oil
25. BuiltNY Neoprene Bottle Sacks
26. Live Active Individually Wrapped Cheese snacks
27. Cabot White Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Light)
28. Quaker Oatmeal Low Sugar Apples & Cinnamon
29. Jergen’s Natural Glow Firming Moisturizer
30. Newman’s Own All-Natural Bandito Chunky Peach Salsa
31. Fresh Express Butter Lettuce (bagged)
32. South Beach Living High Protein Cereal Bars (Peanut Butter)
33. Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Almonds
34. Special K Protein Bars (Chocolate Peanut)
35. Lipton To Go Apple Cranberry, Peach & Lemon Tea Mixes (individual packets)
36. Starbuck’s Unsweetened Shaken Black Tea with a splash of Lemonade
37. Footloose Shoe Emporium (Galleria, Mt.Lebanon)
38. Houllihan’s Fish Tacos
39. The Crazy Ate’s @ Lapbandtalk.com
40. Forever 21 (clothes)
41. Anthropologie (clothes now but I’ve always loved everything there!)
42. Bath&BodyWorks Sensual Amber Scented products
43. Ann Taylor Loft T-shirts
44. Belts—Chico’s, Coldwater Creek
45. Tostito Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips
46. Book--Living & Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery by Susan Maria Leach
47. Rita's Italian Ice--Sugar Free Mango mixed with Sugar Free Rasberry
48. Old Navy Scoop Neck Long Sleeved T's
49. Planter's NUT-trition Heart Healthy Mix
50. My hand painted crocs....the ones I wore to start my journey
51. My Blog
52. My Blog readers

Now that I have my Oprah mojo going,I'm feeling very generous and celebrity-like! So, I want to do it up bigger and flashier and with a really big WOW factor. (although, most importantly, I want to show all of you just how much you mean to me and how much you have meant to my journey!!)
Ta-da...drum-roll please.........it's GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!!!
Yes, that's right Blog reader friends--
I am giving away that special pair of shoes(#50) that got me here! The shoes that took me from my life of obesity to where I am today! The shoes I was wearing when you and I met! Remember them? YOU know you love them!

No, no....I'm not giving you MY shoes (I have grown to love them!). I am headed to the beach and will pick up a matching pair especially for the lucky winner! So, between TODAY and July 28, anyone who leaves me a comment on MY BLOG along with their shoe size will be entered into the random drawing. I'll announce the winner right here on my blog on my Blogiversary.... August 3 (the very day in 2007 when I started my blog!) The winner and I will work out the details after that! It's important that I get those shoes to the winner by 5 am on August 10 so that we can wear them TOGETHER to commemorate my 1 Year Bandiversary!!! Infact, the winner will be required to take a pix wearing them and send it to me so that I can post it right here! This is just way too exciting!
What better way to celebrate than with shoes!!! Yeah, I know....you are psyched!
Come on blog readers.....take a shot....send in your comments (please tell me more than just your shoe size!) You can comment as many times as you like! I will print them all out, cut them into little strips, put them in my left pink croc and have my shoe shopping partner Toni pick the lucky winner!!
Good Luck to everyone!!!!!!!

24 comments:

rachel said...

My shoe size is 9 and a half! Yay! cool giveaway!

quitecontrary1977 said...

i wear a 9.5/10 and these are such fun shoes!!

Eileen, The Mayor, or Francine, depending on my mood and night of the week. said...

I WISH I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THIS!
How funny you are.
I would love to win and we can wear them together while dri king a Vodka Gimlet, shaken, not stirred.
Shoe size 10-11.
My mom always told me I had a good under-standing.........

Eileen, The Mayor, or Francine, depending on my mood and night of the week. said...

Get it under-standing?????Corny, I know.

Eileen, The Mayor, or Francine, depending on my mood and night of the week. said...

Gin Gimlet, I meant gin gimlet, shaken, not stirred.

Anonymous said...

Judi love!
That's one way to get me from emailing you everyday! Love the shoes. Gotta have them! Pick me! Pick me!
Wonder if your blog readers miss my comments now that I have been emailing them to you! I should tell them all that I saw Judi last week and she is HOT! HOT! HOT! (that's why I've been emailing her in secret! LOL!)
Now gimme those shoes. I promise to comment here and quit emailing you everyday. Wonder if everyone here would like to hear all about my new Mr. Goodbar! HA! HA!
What fun!
Jen
(they just don't look like Judi shoes!)

Anonymous said...

p.s. that girl Eileen, the mayor might win. she keeps posting pretending she forgot to say something. maybe she is drunk.
Jen

Anonymous said...

p.s. I wear a 7 1/2 (the smallest one here so far!) Yes I am Ms. Petite Feet!
Jen
(tied with Eileen the Mayor now!) HEHEHEHEHe!

Anonymous said...

Judi. .I have followed your decorating and hilarious comments on Country Sampler. .I have followed your lapband journey here. It's the first thing I read in the morning. .Your energy and positive attitude (well most of the time) are an inspiration to a lot of people that you don't even know about. I love it when you get mad and fiesty too. .haha. .I wear a 9.5. I would wear them with pleasure and say "They are from my Skinny friend Judi"
DBFireWife from the country sampler message board. .

Anonymous said...

Hey Judi!! thanks for the give-away, how awesome and congrats on your weight loss so far!!I am jealous!! anyway, my shoe size is 7....and I love these shoes, how cute!! and now I have the smallest feet on here so far!!(see Jen's comment!! lol)
Jill G (jbean on the CS board)

MariB said...

Hi Judi
WOWEE! Shoes! At lst I thought I did not deserve the shoes but now I am think they might bring me luck. Thx for all of your support during my lapband woes the past 6 wks. YOU have been the best buddy and I look forward to your advice and humor. Your emails notes and cards have been the best! My family wants to adopt you and my office wants you to work with us! LOL!!!Even with all you have going on you kept up with me and my drama! I have not been a good and supportive friend here but I know you know why and understand. Like I told you I do read it still and I love it. {BEST on the WEB!} I owe you HUGELY. I hope to be back on the right path after I see the doc next week.
I NEED THOSE SHOES!
YOU ARE THE BEST EVER!
((((HUGS)))))
MariB

BIGBANDEDBOB said...

Hey Babe!
Pink shoes with pussy flowers? Hell yeah. Smoking hot with my new lacey underwear! Get me a size 13 MEN. I AM A BIG MAN WITH BIG EVERYTHING.
Sending you a pic via email from the beach. Wonder if you will be able to work today after seeing it!

You are one of my favs. Sexy girl!Just reading your blog makes me horny!
XXXOOOOO
BOB

Anonymous said...

Judy, Congrat's on your year anniversary of your lapband surgery! I've followed you all the way Judi, both on your blog and on the country sampler forum.. You are doing fantastic, and not much longer to go now till you are down to your desired weight.

My name on the CS forum is Lynn/OKC. Oh, I wear size 6 shoe... and I'd love to have a pair of shoes like your darling pink ones Judi! They are sooo cute!!

Anonymous said...

Judi!
I would be honored and thrilled to win a pair of the shoes that started it all. May be it will get me "on" or walking on the "right" track. My size is 10.

Gerry 8)

DarlainMiami said...

Here's my first words to YOU my hero blogger! HELLO FROM SUNNY MIAMI!!! I should win! ME and my SIZE 8 feet!Pink is not one of my best colors so if I win can I pick another?

I read your blog every day as I sip my mega coffee on my veranda. I have 'burgh roots but been here for 18 years and 14 years in MONTANA (ya it is true)! Been on your journey with you while caffeined out and enjoying FL sunshine !!!! You make me laugh out loud sometimes and other times I am tearing up. Sorry I never commented but a prize will make me!
You are doing so great and inspire me to stay on my chosen path in the WLS world (had DS in 2005).
Love you Judi!
Darla

Jody V said...

Hey fellow August Bandster! (hint, hint) I am a size 6. Nice motivator Judi!

Daffodil Hill said...

How fun! You already know that I love you and your blog. You've made me laugh through some dark days, and I appreciate you for it. In the unlikely event that my name is drawn, I would be honored to wear size 7.5 crocs along with you on your big day. It's hard to believe it has been a year already. Congratulations on your successful journey! {{hugs}}

LizfromMariB'soffice said...

OMG! Where do you get your sense of fun????????? I loved your blog since day 1 but now I love it even more. Giving away shoes! I wish I could be your friend in real life not just in blogworld. You are just the neatest! Please come work with MariB and all your fans in our office! WE LOVE YOU JUDI!!!!!!!!
Liz
(from MariB's office)

Anonymous said...

p.s. from Liz
I wear a size 9

DaisyMae said...

SIZE 8 here! Fun shoes from our fun DREAM BOSS! We need you here in our office. If you ever want to make a job change, we get first dibs! You have done a super job on your journey! GO JUDI!
DaisyMae

(MariB's work friend and big Judi fan!)

Jan Baker said...

Judi,
Another fan from MariBeth's office!
Size 8 here!
Jan

Anonymous said...

OK, you figured out how to get a comment out of me - a chance at free shoes! I'll take a size 9.

Hard to believe we are coming up on one year banded. It has flown by hasn't it?

I've enjoyed (and promoted) your blog all year. It almost always makes me laugh. Thanks for the fav things list. I've spotted several things that I'll have to give a try.

Keep blogging girlfriend, TexasBecky

Jody V said...

Hi Judi,

Not sure where to keep posting for the Crocs! Is this it?

I am a size 6 please!! I love what you are doing on the blog! thanks so much!

Jody V
Crazy Ates Bandster

Jody V said...

Hi Judi,

Here is another entry for me! Your Bandiversary is really motivating me to lose more. Thanks so much for sharing!!

I am a size 6.

Jody V
Crazy Ate Bandster