Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fitness Giveaway

I'd like to tell you a wonderful story about how all my papers are in a row for today's tax appointment, but guess what?  You probably know where this is going...they're not.  Monday went like this:  work work work, talk to landlord, tax tax tax, show apartment, take 14 calls for work, let 5 more sit in the voicemail to show the apartment, tax tax, show the apartment while trying to mask terror of the possibility of 20lb dog and baby hanging off young girl's hip as potential neighbors, and so the day went on.

In the midst of all this it struck me while talking with a mentor of mine who first encouraged me to blog, but that I hadn't revealed the blog to just yet, that this thing is almost a year old.  I truly appreciate every person who takes the time to read my posts.  They're longer than most, not done with fancy camera techniques, and laced with crazy stories.  It's so nice to still see readers who have been with me since the very beginning and vice versa.  So in honor of the anniversary approaching I'll be doing some giveaways throughout the month as a big yahoo and show of appreciation.

As many of you know there is a group of us - about 20 or more now - working our way through Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred.  It has been a huge help (at least for me anyway) to have the support of this group encouraging me to keep going.  My right leg is throbbing as Level 2 Day 1 passed completion...I see change and am going to put that thing to bed if it takes me 45 days.  In honor of warm weather aka shorts season the first thing I want to give away is:

The more the merrier (or is that misery loves company?)
This thing works...the dvd not her, but she does too.  
I've done it once before after completing the Shred and was really happy 
with the results so want to share the love.
Especially seeing as I plan to do it after the Shred and am looking for commiseration partners.

Also included in this giveaway will be the DVD version of 
Pilates from the Inside Out by Karon Karter.

I started doing Pilates at home watching Karon on the Veria Channel.  At first I was all, "what the hell?  this isn't going to do anything". Famous last words yet again as 20 minutes later my legs and upper arms were on fire.  It is a total body workout that is so calming, yet completely sculpts the body.  It requires you to clear your mind and focus on your body, how it is moving and your position whether on the mat or standing up.  Pilates has taught me how vital it is to have a strong core of back and stomach muscles - and it eases my body tension when I do it alongside Jillian's workouts.  I'm really excited to share her with you...she doesn't call you buddy once.

DETAILS
*This giveaway will include one set of each DVD and is open to all readers. The entry period will run through 11:59pm PST Monday, April 11, 2011 and the winner (selected via random drawing) will be announced on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

HOW TO ENTER
*For one entry:   this giveaway is open to anyone who reads my blog.  It's in honor of everyone who reads and follows along, so if you want to enter and aren't following make sure to sign up on the right and leave a comment including an email address where I can contact you if you win.  Easy as that.

*For additional entries:  you can blog or 
tweet about the giveawayand/or follow this free bird on facebook leaving a separate comment for each entry.  

Good luck everyone!  Even if you're not a big workout person - actually especially if you're not - I think these are great to have in your library because they're easy to do at home and yield results.  More to come in the upcoming weeks if this one's not for you.  Have a great Tuesday!

82 comments:

RosaLovesDC said...

Congratulations on the up coming blog anniversary. I adore your blog. You are funny, smart, have great sense of style. Hugs :)

Kristin W said...

Perfect and very fitting giveaway! I love it!

I can't believe the blog has been around only a year...I hope there are many more stories to keep me laughing throughout the days :)

Julie and Lauren said...

Awesome! I'm trying to 'shred' for summer weddings so maybe I'll have to check out Jillian's methods! Happy Tuesday.
Xox

LyddieGal said...

The terror of having a baby and a dog as neighbors. Ah hahahahahaha. Good luck hand picking your new neighbor.

Jessica Shearing said...

This is one of the best giveaways i have seen in a while! Genius idea! And i could seriously do with this before the shorts are dragged out from the back of the wardrobe!

You couldn't give away a tan too could you? haha

xx

Fashion Meets Food said...

What a sweet giveaway. I would love to try the Shred more then just the lil preview the tv gives. Also you said pilates works amazing for you and I havent found a "good" dvd yet so I would love to win! You know I follow xo

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Thanks for the great giveaway, I need to start getting myself fit for summer!

Leah said...

Sweet, keep it up! Summer is just around the corner.

xo L.

Courtney Erin said...

OMG - sign me up, I do pilates 2-3 times a week and then the Shred or Jillian's Yoga Meltdown every few months for variety. I really, really want to try the No More Trouble Zones.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Taylor said...

I love these!!!!! I don't have either and am fully on board with the fitness at home 'thang!!! Girl I am falling behind...must get my hiney in gear!!!

I need that Pilates in a bad way!!!!

Courtney Erin said...

I like you on Facebook too...

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Collette Osuna said...

Way to go girl...you are ripping it up!!! So happy you feel better too....Im going to the gym tonight, lol....Ill be thinking of you:) Im a follower, and id love to enter...very cool giveaway girl!
PS..I did the "tax thing" last night...AWESOME outcome, hahaha

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

You are a freaking inspiration! I'd love to be part of your shred crew!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Of course I'm already a Facebook fan!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Torrie said...

A perfect giveaway... I don't have either!

Congratulations on a year of blogging, and good luck on that tax appointment!

p.s. I follow you.

Torrie said...

p.p.s.

Follow you on FB too.

Kayla said...

This is a great giveaway :) I would love to work-out with you in person, but instead now I can (hopefully) do it in spirit! Happy almost Blogging Anniversary!

godkay1886@yahoo.com
www.sequinissues.blogspot.com

Marcie said...

Cool giveaway, Carrie! And I've been reading about the shred crew all over the web, nice job getting everyone healthy and together! :)

xo Marcie

Marcie said...

Also, I am now following on FB! :)

Peetzi Jen said...

LOVE this! I hate to work out but I've come to really understand the importance of it after hitting the big 4-0 in December. It's vital. And you have made me a Jillian believer. The Shred is killer but nothing has ever made me stronger or changed my body as fast as this DVD!! Great giveaway!

XOXO!
Jen

Ashleigh said...

Rock on! Congrats on your upcoming blogoversary :)

Dancing Branflake said...

I need this!
tiffkaddy at hotmail dot com

Peetzi Jen said...

TWEET!

Kayla said...

This is too hilarious! Not sure if I'm ready for more JM right after the Shred but if I win I'll take it as a sign!

Ramblings of a Small Town Girl
Fanciful Brainstorm - Tumblr

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh my goddness this is one amazing giveaway! I love this and I totally need this:) Have a fantastic Tuesday, sunshine. Kisses

Bonnie said...

Congrats on the upcoming anniversary!! It's a huge accomplishment. :)
I love Pilates. It isn't a hardcore workout, but it makes you feel so peaceful and energized when you are finished.

http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Kimbirdy said...

i'm SO happy you started blogging a year ago, and are still doing it today. your's is one of my most favorite blogs ever. and this giveaway is incredibly exciting. i have my elbows up and ready to fight for the win! :)

Katie said...

Ok, the sobbing stopped. (I really do want to try NMTZ, just need the immense pain of Level 2 Day 1 to pass. Anyway!)

Um, obviously I follow :)

Katie said...

And on Twitter...

Katie said...

...and Facebook.

Missy D. said...

Awesome Giveaway! I am going to Tweet & I already follow you on Facebook!

Missy D. said...

I Retweeted - ShopaholicBlogr

Missy D said...

I follow you on Facebook!

Marissa said...

You already know i would LOVE to win these!

tasteandstyle@yahoo.com

XXXO
Marissa

Marissa said...

Tweeted! @TheStyleFile

XXXO
Marissa

Bestie said...

am your new follower and also a new member of the shred crew. can't wait to get started!!!!!

Marissa said...

Following on FB!

XO
Marissa

Anonymous said...

You are such a breath of fresh air. LOVE YOUR HUMOR! I just started the 30 day shred (yes I'm sore!) and I already have the jillian DVD you're giving away (IF I win I'll give it to my sis who just had baby no. 2!) but would love to try the Pilates DVD (never have tried pilates). suzannejmail(at)hotmail(dot)com Thanks!

Kara said...

Want to try this! I'm following on google

Kara
sprinklesinsprings@gmail.com

Kara said...

and i like on fb

la petite coquine said...

A whole year of your amazing stories-I'm so glad we get to enjoy them! As for this giveaway, it sounds divine for summer, but you sneaky girl, you also want someone to be miserable with you! I would gladly be that girl, darling!

xo, Lena

love jenny xoxo said...

great giveaway!!! I've heard Shred is amazing and I've been wanting to try it!!

XOXO

Ashley said...

I'm a gfc follower. I do the 30 day shred and I love it!

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Claire Kiefer said...

Enter me please enter me please! As you know, I have Jillian's shred and yoga meltdown but I don't have this one. I want to follow along!

Claire Kiefer said...

I tweet tweeted.

Claire Kiefer said...

aaaaannnnd I follow this free bird on facebook, duh :)

Nikki said...

No more trouble zones? What will I complain about?

Santina said...

Ah, I remember my first Pilates class; I thought the very same thing. Before I knew it, I felt like there was a fire under my booty - the buns were burning! I grew to really enjoy it though; it makes me feel really tall!

Natalie said...

Such a great giveaway! Jillian Michaels kind of scares me, but I think that's just what I need. Happy blogiversary!

natalie.merrillyn@gmail.com

My Heart Blogged said...

I follow you, and I am ready to shred my heart out. (lostinthemission at gmail dot com)
My Heart Blogged

Cherloo said...

Wow such a great giveaway girl.. Happy Blogiversary!!
cher_theblondeprincess@hotmail.com

17 Perth said...

I am such a huge fan of Jillian's 30 day shred. I did it for my wedding (in november) and then stopped and I am back on the train again. I don't have either of these yet. Great giveaway!

ALittleBitMary said...

I love your blog, and want to give congrats on the aniversery! I would really like to entered into your contest as I love what your giving away

Kristin said...

SHREDHEADS unite! I was thinking about trying NTZ after the Shred and I'm in L2 now. Let's do it together! xoxo

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

I seriously love your motivation and dedication to the shred crew! So inspiring....xo

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Well if I win I'll sign on to be a shredder devotE'

Following

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

follow on facebook

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

carrie- that's exactly why i read your blog. it's quirky, random, fashionable, and hilarious. what more could i need? and you're right, if we were neighbors i'd be in heaven. i'd trade you that whole pile of fringe for a weekend with your studded awang bag :)

Lara @ GoodCookDoris said...

I could use some motivation! These dvds sound great!

I enjoy following your blog & reading along on twitter.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

yay! only a year? I feel like you've been around forever!!! I follow you and read you, duh!

Lexi said...

I want in! My bikinis are taunting me from my top drawer. I read your blog every day and I'm following you on facebook!

xox Lexi
Glitter & Pearls

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Of course I'm entering! I don't have facebook or twitter, so I'll just be one entry.
llschriver@gmail.com

heather yalin said...

Awesome giveaway and congrats on reaching your one year! Sounds like it's about time to tell your mentor :)

Lisa Griffin said...

oh what an awesome giveaway! especially with summer coming up, slightly mean though hahaha
www.indramaticfashion.com

Fit With Flash said...

I LOVE new ideas and have always wanted to try a Jillian DVD. Pilates is the ish as well. I teach it, but it's always fun to get a new perspective!

fitwithflash@gmail.com

Cara said...

omg! I am soooo in for this one!! I really really (no really) need it!!
cara.gardner09@gmail.com

PursuitOfLLT said...

i was on day 2 of the shred when i hit a brick wall of illness! i am finally back to normal (well that's debatable...) so i'm back on track. i bought jillian's yoga dvd too. we'll see how that goes!

someone needs to shred about 4" from my hips, then i'd be great! haha

pursuitofllt@gmail.com

Marie a la Mode said...

Carrie you don't know how much I want to enter your giveaway! You know I'm a follower and love your blog. The thing is I've won so many giveaways over the past 8 months or so that I vowed not to enter any for awhile to give other people a chance at winning. Just wanted to let you know. These prizes are awesome!!!! Sigh.

Corks + Caftans said...

weeee! get rid of my wobbly arms, so I don't have to keep hiding them under blanket.

who says hello, btw. Eli hasn't tried to have sex with it yet, but it's only a matter of time.

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh, your blog is only a year old? Whoa, congrats, it seems like, more mature than a one year old blog. I'm not sure what I mean by that. But you got a lot of followers, girl. Congrats!

fshnonmymind said...

I'm sure this giveaway is purely to have someone else on the scary exercise train with you!!

I've actually enjoyed this Shredding adventure (not the exercise part because I hate exercising, but it does make me feel accomplished, not lazy and gives me some extra energy). And my core is so weak that it should be required that I do Pilates, so I would definitely want that dvd.

I don't know how or when I came across your blog, but I'm glad I did. I love reading about your crazy adventures and love that style of yours! Happy blogiversary!!!

Valerie said...

Oh, yes!!! Happy one year anniversary, Carrie! It flies by, right? What a great giveaway, I've never tried either of these dvd's and they both sound like awesome workouts. I love that feeling when you've worked out so hard you feel like you might vomit. This sounds like one of those. Haha.

xo
Val
redvinesforbreakfast@gmail.com

Valerie said...

I follow on facebook!

Valerie said...

I tweeted!

Michelle Elaine said...

I've been hearing pilates is a great work out regime, gonna see what i can find on youtube.

KeepItFvncy,
M.E.

Isabel said...

im a follower! i love pilates! i actually considered buying no more trouble zones but didnt. if i win i promise ill use it ;)

She Wore It Well said...

yeees!

Katz NYC said...

I've heard so many good things about this DVD and really need to get my butt kicked for not working out over a year...

So good luck to me!

Robyn said...

ohhh I must look for this CD! I have gained way too much weight since September. I had steroid shots in my lumbar to reduce some pain but I gained nothing out of the procedure but weight! THanks for having this giveaway! I'm a new follower! Oh and BTW, I'm having a fabulous Shabby Apple giveaway, so stop by if you have a moment!

Annie said...

yesss I just made it in!! :) I hear great things about this one...awesome giveaway!!

Nicole Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm doing the shred video along with everyone else and loving it!
nquirico(at)hotmail(dot)com

Nicole Elizabeth said...

I follow on facebook.

nquirico(at)hotmail(dot)com

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