It’s been a long journey since I started this “weight loss blog” back in November 2006. I certainly never imagined that it would eventually become a running blog (or that I would ever run period) or that it would connect me to such a wonderful virtual community. Now I have a hard time imagining life without running or blogging.

Many of you haven’t been along for the entire ride, so here’s a quick peak at where I started compared to now.

Thank you to all of you for being a part of this journey and for being such a constant source of support and inspiration. Not to get too mushy here, but you guys make it even more worthwhile.

So, in celebration of my 500th post (this one!) I’ve put together a little giveaway. I have a gift basket shoe box filled with goodies for one lucky reader. The folks at Recovery Socks have generously donated a pair which will be included, in addition to all kinds of other random items that I love and want to share.

To enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post. (first entry)

2. Follow by blog or let me know that you already do. (second entry)

3. Mention this giveaway on your blog and let me know that you have done so. (third entry)

I’ll be selecting a winner at random one week from today. Good luck!


July 16 update: Entries are no longer being accepted. Winner will be announced this evening. Thanks for playing!


107 thoughts on “Giveaway!

  1. It's so amazing to see your before and after. Congrats on how far you've come and 500 posts! Already a follower, obviously 🙂 and I will link ya up in my next post. I just landed in Wpg… so sadly I won't be at the race tomorrow, where I had planned to volunteer. I emailed Louise today to let her know I wouldn't make it. ;( Have a great weekend.

  2. You have such an inspiring story! I am a relatively beginning runner with some leg issues…I would LOVE to snag a pair of recovery socks!!! I am a follower and have posted about your giveaway on my sidebar.

  3. You've come SO far!!!!!!!! It's posts like these that inspire me to keep going. Set backs and all! Thank-you!!And Congratulations!!!!!!! :o)PS: I already follow your awesome blog!PPS: I'll wrap up my Stampede entries right now and mention your giveaway there!

  4. Hai hai hai hai! lol. I'm commenting and I already follow (and love) your blog. I started a blog originally to lose weight as well, and can't believe I've kept it up for almost a year. Reading blogs like yours has helped keep me motivated and on track! Keep up the good work!

  5. Confreakingrats Marlene! that is soooo amazing! I don't think I've ever seen your before and after pictures and you have worked so hard and deserve everything that you have now! great great inspiring story! Here is my comment for the giveaway and I follow you in my reader 🙂

  6. The journey to health, fitness, friends and being a participant in life starts with one step and YOU DID IT!! It's hard to believe it's almost a year since our bloggy meeting in T.O. So proud of you, keep up the great work, you have no idea how many people young and old you inspire!!xoxoxoxo

  7. Wow, you look FANTASTIC!! what an inspiration! I am coveting those recovery socks! I am already a follower, and I will be mentioning this in my blog tonight (for now I have to go to work, blah)

  8. great before and after pics…i am always amazed at the stories people have that have been transformed by running/healthy living…i already follow you, and have a link to your giveaway up on my blog..

  9. OMG! What an amazing transformation! Congratulations and so inspiring. I love your blog. I follow your blog and I will promote you blog! Your story definitely needs to be heard! Please join our facebook group (the link is on my blog) and share it with the ladies there!

  10. Marlene, Happy 500th anniversary! 🙂 Your transformation is amazing and inspiring to this new runner. I follow your blog – I love to hear what "real" Toronto runners are up to.Keep up the awesome work.

  11. Hiya! Look at those leg muscles in that running picture! whoah!!!I am a follower as well and I posted about your giveaway on my blog! have a good weekend!

  12. Oh my goodness, you are truly an inspiration to anyone wanting to lose weight the right way. You have come so far!! Please enter me for 3, I'll be posting a link to this on my blog later today. Congrats on the big 500!!

  13. I'll let someone else get the recovery socks, since I don't really need them right now, but congrats on your 500th post! And congrats on such an amazing transformation! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Wow, I honestly just got chills. What a transformation. I'm so proud of you!! You are beautiful!And I'm already a stalker, oh, I mean follower.

  15. those pics are Amazing! I love the crossing-the-finish line; you have "runner's high" written all over! 🙂 Congrats on coming so far, and WOW 500 posts?!! I'm obviously a follower. 😉

  16. I don't think I've ever seen your 'before' picture. You've had a wonderful journey and change in life – it's an amazing reminder that we never know what we can do when faced with difficult things. A little (or a lot!) of hard work in the right direction can create amazing things we would have never imagined. Congrats on the 500th post! I'm a follower of course, and you're linked up on my giveaway list 🙂

  17. Congrats on the long rode to FABULOUS and your 500th post! How exciting! I am now a follower of your blog and here's my comment. Now on to blasting you on my site!Did I mention I would LOVE some recovery socks??? :)TGIF!!!

  18. Congrats on the long rode to FABULOUS and your 500th post! How exciting! I am now a follower of your blog and here's my comment. Now on to blasting you on my site!Did I mention I would LOVE some recovery socks??? :)TGIF!!!

  19. congrats on such a great transformation! it is definitely hard to imagine life without running after getting so hooked on it :)congrats on the big 500 too! here's to many many, i am also already a follower 🙂

  20. Congratulations! I'm glad I found your blog. I LOVE seeing a success story like yours. You didn't just diet and lose weight… you changed your life. WTG.Oh… and I NEED me some Recovery Socks. 😉

  21. 500 WOWZERS!! I only started blogging in March of 09, I bet you are AMAZED at what you read from 2006.The transformation is so inspiring, congrats to you for taking your life back!Just realized I was not Following, but I am now. Also added a link in my post this AM.Have a great weekend! Congrats! and Thanks!

  22. Congrats on 500 posts and on your weight-loss achievements. I am a follower that you inherited from your WB days – I was a 2006 bride. Best of luck with the Rebecca Run.

  23. Congrats on hitting 500! Your transformation is AMAZING and sooooo MOTIVATING! Found your blog through another blogger and have already spent some time looking around. Just became a follower and well post a little something to my blog about your giveaway!

  24. What can I say, congrats on this virtual and real journey. I love catching up on your posts and it's even better since we're from the same hood (ish, I guess)Here's to 500 more.. (you'll get there quick, I'm already at the low 900s…)

  25. I just found your blog (through Tall Mom on the Run) and have just added you in my reader. You look amazing and are a true inspiration. We're following a very similar path….I just haven't run my marathon yet! I'm new to this whole blogging thing, but I'll be sure to mention your giveaway on my blog! I can't wait to come back and read your race reports and follow your journey.

  26. Congrats on you 500 post. I started following your blog a couple of months ago and I had no idea that you started this blog as a weight lost thing. CONGRATS! You look so awesome. Very impressive and inspiring. You go girl!

  27. Thanks for sharing the before and after. Wow!!! I am a follower also.p.s. good luck this weekend in your 5k. I have yet to do one of those. (first race was a marathon…then 1/2..then 5 miler…ill get there someday)

  28. Hi Marlene! I found your blog after reading Lisa's post at Discovering the Meaning of Stonehenge. Your story is amazing–many congrats!! I am now following you, and will link to your post on my blog. Congrats again for being such an inspiration!

  29. Ooooh ooooh ooooh! Me! I actually started reading your blog linked from WB forum, and you were the one that inspired me to start running. Honestly, the running is still coming along (slowly), but through your blog and others, I decided to start my own, and start to live healthier! Thank you so much!

  30. Hi there! I am an Ontario runner as well!!!! I just wanted to post because I have been dying for compression socks and I can't, for the life of me, find them anywhere! I also follow you on my blog!

  31. Congrats on how far you've come – awesome story!! 🙂 I am dying for a pair of recovery socks (hint, hint – haha) – so here is my comment. AND, I am already a follower!!Happy Running – congrats again 🙂

  32. Hi! I just found your blog and became a follower! I am training for 2 upcoming marathons and think people like you are very inspirational!I'm also posting your giveaway on my blog!Happy 500th Post!

  33. Congratulations on how far you've come, Marlene. It great to see how running has become part of your life, and not just a way to lose weight. I really enjoy reading your posts. And, I already subscribe to your feed. 🙂

  34. What an inspiration you are! Just found you because several of the blogs I follow mentioned your site. I'm adding you to my feed reader. That is a phenomenal race photo you've included in this post, so victorious. Love it!

  35. Aw Marlene, that is so sweet of you to share! You really have come a long way. Congratulations!! You should definitely be proud of yourself.I commented, I've got you in my Google Reader, plus I mentioned your giveaway on my blog!

  36. SERIOUSLY you go GIRL!! you put a smile on my face and your enthusiasm and story are SO inspirational!!!1. comment- check!2. blog follower- check!3. left a tweet on my blog about your giveaway!- check!!:)xoxo

  37. YAY for you! Wow, congrats on all your success. We all hope to be like you one day. 🙂 Thanks for doing this great giveaway!I follow you and will blog about this after I finish commenting. Have a great day!

  38. Congrats on how far you've come both in weight loss and in running!I really don't need socks but will be adding your blog to my reading list. Keep up the good work and inspiration 🙂

  39. Hi- I know I've read yer blog bf, but just becoming 'follower' today (from Irish Cream/Lindsay/Mel 2nd Chances). I never realized ur whole story – CONGRATS on #500 and the journey you've been on. You're a busy person, eh?You have written about recovery socks before, right? I remember wanting to get those, but haven't been working so $ issues. It's enuf that I keep in fresh shoes.1. leave comment.Done BTW, McM calc – be careful cause Mr. McM has me chasing PR's that supposedly are within reach! LOL Meanwhile, congrats on 5k race…I've rec'd a few a.g. awards, but never first overall. WOoo – Hooo!

  40. 3. link back from my blog. The blog world is all held together with lots of invisible strings which lend disproportional support to those in here. How'd we manage before this came along?

  41. Super cool giveaway. Congrats on the 500th post!! 🙂 I am already a follower and when I announce my giveaway winner tonight I will leave a link to your giveaway…

  42. i know this is closed but i just have to congratulate you on such an amazing journey!! i had no idea this was a weight loss blog first! you are amazing 🙂

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