Congrats to... anniversary winners! : )

Thanks so much to everyone for being along on my weight loss and fitness journey these past two years. Tomorrow, April 1st, starts a new chapter for me and I am fully looking forward to rejuvenating and reaching goal weight this summer! 

Congratulations to the following ladies who were chosen from comments (and a random number generator!) as the recipients of the gifts celebrating my two year anniversary:

Congrats to "ff12A" for winning The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook.  Please email me your mailing info!
"Jennifer", you were selected to receive the beautiful Love,Meg Cards and Goals Journal.  Please email me your mailing info and congrats!

Chris Freytag's CHOOSE THIS! cookbook will be sent off to "Karle57".  Congrats... I know you'll love this cookbook! :)  Please send me your mailing info.

And... "Danielle", you will receive The Natural Vegan Kitchen cookbook! Please send me your mailing address... this is a wonderful cookbook which I hope will help in your April challenge. I'll get it out to you this weekend if I receive your mailing address on Friday. : )

Congrats to everyone and many thanks to Chris Freytag, Coach's Oats, "Love, Meg Cards", and Rick Diamond of Book Publishing Company for offering these wonderful gifts to the Healthy Loser Gal blog readers! 

Here's to our health and happiness!

Dream. Believe. Achieve!

Jan ~ HealthyLoserGal

Two Year Anniversary Giveaway Wrap-Up

Looking for the HealthyLoserGal Two Year Anniversary Giveaways?? Click on the links below for each individual giveaway and enter all or one! : )  Tonight (Thursday, March 31st) after 11pm the winners will be posted here!

Chris Freytag's CHOOSE THIS! Cookbook full of healthy and simple recipes

Beautiful note cards from Love,MegCards perfect for writing gratitude notes and a journal for keeping track of your goals...

The Natural Vegan Kitchen cookbook

The Biggest Loser DESSERT Cookbook

Cold morning. Warm Coach's Oats. Life Is Good! Anniversary Giveaway #5

I don't know about you and where you live, but we New Englanders have had enough of winter!  It is "spring" officially and yet - on Friday - we're in for more snow. Like half a foot of the white stuff. "Snow" has officially become a four-letter word around here.  But I have to tell you, one thing I'm not tired of that is new to me this winter, is oatmeal and the benefits of it.  I have been a creative fool with the stuff this long, cold winter - in particular, with Coach's Oats

As the folks at Coach's Oats will tell you themselves, they have reinvented oatmeal! Their oats have steel cut texture and taste without the wait. Coach's Oats cooks in 3 to 5 minutes and for working gals like me, the little packets slip easily into your laptop bag or purse for breakfast at the office!  And they're delicious! I mix mine with berries or sometimes just add honey and voila! low-fat-happy-belly goodness... All good!  : )
Coach's Oats is celebrating my 2nd year anniversary with me and have been so generous in offering the first four people who comment on this blog post and follow them on Facebook free samples of their delcious oats.  Simply leave a comment here, follow Coach's Oats on FB, and then send me your email address (my email addy is in the right handed column on Healthy Loser Gal  blog)!  So easy, huh? 

Thanks to Lizzy at Coach's Oats for offering the giveaway!  She is an inspiration herself and so much fun on Twitter! :)

Dream. Believe. Achieve!
Jan ~ HealthyLoserGal

Friendship Cards & Dream Journal: Anniversary Giveaway #4

Two years into this journey, there are two things I truly believe have been key to getting me to where I am today: a happier, healthier person who believes in myself!   The first is that you have to have concrete GOALS and write them down in order to accomplish great things.  I wrote about the differences between a wish and a goal back in November and how goals help you concentrate, plan, envision yourself where you want to be... wishes are 'pie in the sky' dreams that usually don't get concrete attention!  

The second thing is just important... you have to have a grateful heart.  Out of gratitude comes positive expression and positive feelings and positive actions and on and on and on.  Being grateful is saying to yourself or someone else "That was really good. Thank you."  or "I'm so glad to know you." or any simple expression of appreciation and love.  Gratitude doesn't need to be flowers sent or jewelry bought or trips given, sometimes the purest form of gratitude can be found in the written word.  Written cards and notes, expression of gratitude can be held onto by the recipient, tucked away in a drawer or a book for a moment when they NEED to feel appreciated.  They open your card or letter and they feel your gratitude and - in that moment - they experience your gratitude a second time. 
I'm really hoping you'll take both journaling and note writing to heart - one helps you be the person you want to be and the other expresses gratitude to someone in your life.  I've coupled a journal and wonderful hand-made note papers by Love, Meg Cards as the 4th Giveaway for this #hlg2Year anniversary giveaway.  Love, Meg Greeting Cards are handcrafted greeting cards, personalized invitations, announcements, scrapbooking and paper craft home decor. The cards that Meg has offered are sooo whimsical and cute - a perfect way to bring a smile to someone's face who receives your note! ; ) 

The journal is small enough to fit easily in a purse or laptop or iPad bag so when inspiration strikes, you can pull it out and go to town on your goals and aspirations... write them down - that is the power of setting goals! : )

If you'd like to be entered in the Love,Meg Cards and journal giveaway then you will only need to:

1) Follow the HealthyLoserGal blog
2) If you're on Twitter or Facebook, follow me in one or both places (I'm @HealthyLoserGal on Twitter and "HealthyLoser Gal" on Facebook)
3) For every giveaway you are entering this week, tweet or post on FB about the #hlg2year giveaways with a link back to
4) Tell me in the HLG blog comments that you'd like to receive these beautiful cards and the journal and ...Voila! You're entered! :)

Dream. Believe. Achieve!
Jan ~ HealthyLoserGal

Chris Freytag's CHOOSE THIS! Cookbook: Anniversary Giveaway #3

I should be President of the Chris Freytag Fan Club.  Truly.  She is an inspiration in so many ways to me.  First of all - okay - there's the fact that this woman is FIT... have you ever tried to keep up with 10 minutes of this dynamo on ExerciseTV or on one of her DVDs?  Good lord - this Mom of teenagers ROCKS it!  : )

Her yoga dvds are AMAZING.  I do not know how anyone gets into the mind set to do 20 plus minutes of intense (is that wrong to say about yoga... my terminology may be wrong but I hope you know what I mean here...) advanced moves yoga.  But Chris does them, and talks through every move, demonstrating them with a smile on her face! 

Then there is the fact that she is a healthy eater and knows about being busy and having a family and a career.  And now... now she's on QVC often with great tools of the healthy living trade as well as this fabulous cookbook that offers us simple, easy nutritious and DELICIOUS food!  CHOOSE THIS! is a great cookbook and I am thrilled that Chris has offered to send one to the lucky giveaway winner! :)

Click to enlarge - delicious SORBET!
 I love this cookbook - I got it and sat down and read it cover to cover.  Beautifully shot - with the two most important things to me in a good cookbook:  1) nutritional info and 2) easy quick recipes... plus there are little bits scattered throughout that give you insights into Chris and the cool person she is! :) 

Chris can be found on Twitter and Facebook, too, if you'd like to follow her in either place.  She is inspirational, a motivator and a really nice person! :) 

If you'd like to be entered in the CHOOSE THIS! cookbook giveaway (and who wouldn't?!) then you will need to:

1) Follow the HealthyLoserGal blog
2) If you're on Twitter or Facebook, follow me in one or both places (I'm @HealthyLoserGal on Twitter and "HealthyLoser Gal" on Facebook)
3) For every giveaway you are entering this week, tweet or post on FB about the #hlg2year giveaways with a link back to
4) Tell me in the HLG blog comments why you'd enjoy this cookbook and Voila! You're entered! :)

Good luck, friends... this is an awesome cookbook that I love and I think you will, too! :)
Jan ~ HealthyLoserGal : )