I'm sure you already know where I'm going with this by the title of the post! I thought that a clever play of words would be much needed for this, but then I realized that the significance of the title is exciting in itself. I mean, who doesn't like a giveaway?
*cue the crickets as no one raises his/her hand and then a tumbleweed rolls by*
Believe it or not--today, January 9th 2012, marks my 1 year anniversary of blogging at Fit for the Soul! Actually it's my first year of blogging period. :)
If you know me pretty well by now, you would know that I always like to keep the suspense going and going until the very end. It keeps things more exciting you know? So I will disclose about the fun details after this bit. Plus, before I proceed any further I would like to share a little lesson I've learned. A very valuable lesson on moderation.
Oh yes, the very great and healthy idea of moderation....Don't we all need this?
I certainly do.
I purchased this stuff today because I think I did something to my shoulder while working out. Nothing else seems to explain the slight pinching discomfort I feel in my left shoulder other than the fact that I might have strained it a bit.
And here I was thinking that I was being very careful and smart about my training! It's just that whenever I work out, my mind and body get on a complete adrenaline high. Sounds scary I know. Obviously this makes me get a wee bit overexcited and then it's really easy for me to overdo it.
Talk about a humbling experience.
I find it funny that many times I need little "reminders" such as slight discomforts in order to be more careful with my body. And perhaps this is one of God's ways of reminding me to never take my eyes off of Him and on what truly matters. :P So in a way, this isn't such a bad thing at all although my shoulder is telling me otherwise.
As soon as I turned on the Christian radio today, pastor James MacDonald's voice resonated with this exact phrase: "Don't worry so much about your body and your health!" Hah! So I knew that God is telling me to have more self-control in this area of my life.
However, last night was a totally different story. My mind started catastrophizing about the pain and even made me believe that I would never be able to use my shoulder again. How silly of me.
I think that it's so important to step back, take a deep breath, and not let every negative thought flood our minds.
I guess I panicked because I never experienced any issues with my muscles before. And right away, I did what every intelligent human being shouldn't do.
If you desire to unnecessarily panic about any discomfort, then I suggest you self-diagnose through online resources. :P No, don't do it.
It apparently seems that I'm having symptoms of bursitis or a minor rotator cuff injury.
Thankfully now I am feeling a bit better, but I will keep massaging that area and keep on popping in multi-vitamins for faster healing. :D I got reminded of this because right when I began to feel the symptoms, I stumbled across Tara's post on injuries and the importance of nutrients.
Sorry that this is a never ending talk about shoulder injury! But I just wanted to share about these conditions and hopefully glean something from you (if you've experience something of the sort).
"First Birthday of FFTS" Giveaway!
I love my readers. I really really do.
Every bit of encouragement or constructive criticism is so precious to me, because that means that someone out there is showing care/concern. Perhaps it also means that I'm able to put a smile on your face through my quirky personality, and as Hannah often says, my "nincompoopiness". :P
Never in my dreams did I think that I would like blogging! To be quite frank, I always thought it was just for the nerds and computer geeks. Okay maybe some of you are nerds, but there's nothing wrong with that! I always wanted to be one myself.
To think that I've come this far because of your love and support truly boggles my mind. I mean, I am definitely not a gifted writer--nor am I the most interesting person in the world. But the fact that you still come by and greet me with fun and interactive comments always makes me smile. In fact, those tidbits of encouragement bring me back to the reasons why I blog.
- It's fun!
- I feel normal in this awesome community of healthy living+food bloggers
- It's an outlet to share my thoughts (and recipes+workouts)
- I have hopes of making a difference in someone's life
- Making so many new friends!
- It's taken me out of my comfort zone and fear of writing/being in the public's eye
- So many more reasons I can't think of because I'm pooped
So for this giveaway, there will be 2 lucky ducky winners!!!
Yeap, the 1st winner will receive all of the items pictured above.
Those items are some of my favorite foods and snacks. They are Chipotle Cheddar Pretzel Crisps, Scottish Oatmeal (so delicious and creamy!), Let's Do Organic coconut shreds (great for recipes like maccaroons), Crofter's organic apricot spread, a walnut cappuccino+coconut cashew True Bar, two Pure Bars, and 2 packets of Justin's PB.
And for the second winner, I will be giving away my favorite workout tank top by Under Armour.
Bought the tank for $11 when it was on sale! Yay.
What I love about these rib tank tops is that they absorb all my sweat, they look clean no matter how dirty they get, and they keep me cool all throughout my workout. They're also super comfortable.
So in order to enter for this item, you will need to go to the website and take a look at the wide array of colors. Once the winner is chosen, I will email you and send it over to your mailing address.
I am certain that you will love this tank as much as I do. If you are a male you can still enter and give this to your wife, girlfriend, or keep it hidden in a box until you meet "the one", hehehe.
Ways to Enter the Giveaway
Mandatory: Please leave a comment regarding what you like/enjoy about Fit for the Soul. You may also comment on what I can do to improve my blog, or any specific requests you may have.
Optional additional ways (leave separate comments for each one):
1) Follow my tweets at @fitsoulja and tweet about this giveaway.
2) Follow my pins on Pinterest and let me know :)
3) Share about injuries and how to care for them at home.
This giveaway will end on Saturday the 14th.