Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Non-crafting give-away!

Posted by Micah at 9:34 AM
Well, I'm still working on a commission so I don't have any new crafts to show you today (but man have I got a lot of ideas to put into action!).

I'm also preparing for a craft fair on Nov 28th. Since I don't carry a lot of stock and don't have a ton of things already made, I'm hoping to use it as more of a "hey, I'm here, come join my monthly party!" event. I'll be using the left over kits from the card making party as Make&Take projects.

Today I want to give away something not crafting related. It's a book, and I'll order it from either Amazon.com or Amazon.ca to be delivered right to the winner. Before I get into details of the give-away I want to say... this book is for anyone regardless of size. It's not about fat people getting thin, or thinner people gaining weight. It's not about becoming "the" healthy size determined by society... it's about being healthy and letting your body be the size it was meant to be. Whether that's a size 2 or a size 22.

If I could, I would give this book to every member of my family. Not because I think they could "stand to lose a few pounds" but because I'm so tired of hearing people living their lives around calorie restricted diets and being miserable in the name of "health". Health is more than physical fitness. It's mental health, and emotional health too. The only reason it's not on the Christmas list for all of them is because I know it would be recieved as a comment about weight that needs fixing.

I grew up thinking I was fat. I was constantly trying to fit into smaller jeans or a tighter shirt and I saw my thighs and butt as HUGE and it was a Bad Thing. When I look back over pictures of myself through those years...wow, was I ever not the image I thought I was. I looked healthy, happy, vibrant and slender. But I shied away from the camera and as a result there are not a ton of photos of me from that time.

So anyway, I ramble. I'm doing this give-away for my family... specifically my kids, because I don't want them to grow up thinking they are disgusting, broken, objects that need to be "fixed".
Here's the prize!

Dr. Linda Bacon's "Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight"

How to enter:
Leave a comment on this post.

How to enter a second time:
Follow me here or on Facebook and leave another comment here. (Edit for Erin's sake lol: yes, if you're already a follower commenting to remind me counts as an entry.)

How to enter a third time:
Post about this give-away on your blog or a social networking site and leave another comment here.

If I reach 100 followers during this give-away, I'll draw a second name to also get the book!

Entries will be accepted until midnight (MST) Dec 8th and the winner (or winners!) will be drawn on Dec 9th.

Thank you for checking in!


Erin said...


Hey, I already follow you here AND on Facebook, though, does this count as two entries, or do I need to comment again to be like HEY I ALREADY FOLLOW YOU

Erin said...

At any rate, I posted about it on Facebook, too. :D
(as I totally hog all the comments here! LOL)

KER said...

you know i wanted to be a dietician when i grew up...wonder if i'm grown enough to go back to school and do it...i agree you have to do more than exercise, watch your weight and eat healthy to be healthy...it's about attitude and self worth too...negativity puts stress on you mentally and physically...be safe and be well

Tammy Zacharias said...

I would be interested in reading this book, and seeing what it had to say. After having my first son at 35, my body image and "size" is in the toilet. I'm all for something that helps me to "help me" believe, that health, is a feeling and a well being, not a size or shape. Thanks Ruth!

Anne Marie said...

I'm already following you, too! :) This sounds like a great read, thank you for sharing! I'm heading to Amazon after this to check it out. You make some great points about heath! I think society and the media distort our view on what is "acceptable", physically. Ok, stepping down off my soap-box now... :)

Tammy said...

Your story sounds like my story. I now teach 12-15 year olds and frequently caution them about wasting their time on worrying about their weight, rather than making healthier choices. It truly is a vicious cycle. What a wonderful gift you are giving.

chris d. said...

I am so going to look at getting this book. This was the one you were talking to me about last month on the drive home was it? I remember the commentary but couldn't remember the name of it. Thanks!

Cheryl said...

This sounds like an awesome book! Thank you for the chance to win.

starfire said...

What a great give-a-way!
(I already follow you... :)


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