Beautiful Blogger Award

What a treat!  I received word this morning that a fellow educator and food blogger from Canada nominated Needless Pounds for the Beautiful Blogger Award.  Thanks, Veggie Bento Love, for the wonderful surprise!  Be sure to check out her blog for some of the most creative ways to prepare and present veggies and veggie-based bento creations.  Also, cupcakes.  Every Friday.  Check it out.

Beautiful Blogger Award

By accepting this award, I’m committing to completing several tasks, the first of which is to link to the above graphic.  Done.

Next, I’m to thank the blogger who nominated me.  Although I’ve been unable to discover your name, I did spend considerable time trying.  Thank you, “Veggie Bento Love.”  🙂

Thing three is to state seven things about myself.

  1. I never dreamed my journey would lead this far this fast.  When I joined the UAMS Program for Weight Loss and Metabolic Control in November 2011, I was told that the typical patient would lose 20-50 pounds in the program’s 16 week cycle.  Hoping for closer to 50 pounds, I was astonished to have lost over 80 pounds by week 16.  I am so thankful for the program and its staff.  They truly are life savers!
  2. I am a native Arkansan.  Born in Conway, educated in Arkadelphia and Jonesboro, and currently employed in Malvern, I haven’t yet visited a place I’d rather call home.
  3. I studied Physics.  It’s my minor in college.  Not a lot of people know that.  Physics just makes sense to me.  It explains how the world around me works, and I love it.  It’s (not) rocket science.
  4. I’ve owned a dozen cars.  1989 Chevrolet Beretta.  1998 Chevrolet Malibu.  2001 Volkswagen New Beetle.  2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Turbodiesel.  2003 Nissan Altima.  1999 Ford Mustang.  2000 Chevrolet Camaro.  2004 Volkswagen Jetta turbodiesel.  2005 Dodge Magnum.  2008 Dodge Charger.  1995 Mercedes S350 turbodiesel.  2012 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid.  I commute a looong way, so I enjoy high efficiency vehicles like the turbodiesels and hybrids.  People take me car shopping with them to help in the negotiation process.
  5. I can type 80 wpm while holding an ice cream cone.  This talent was discovered accidentally, you see.  I was in my office eating an ice cream cone several years ago when a student stopped by.  He asked a question about his grade, which I had to look up on the computer.  While engaged in conversation, I turned to the computer and began looking up the information.  Fascinated, the student asked, “How did you learn to do that?”  “What?”  “Type while holding an ice cream cone.”  “Well, I guess I just learned.”  Although I don’t eat many ice cream cones anymore, it’s a talent only slightly less obscure than joggling.
  6. I’m an INTJ to the core.  Straight from the Wikipedia page,
    • I – Introversion preferred to extraversion: INTJs tend to be quiet and reserved. They generally prefer interacting with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances, and they expend energy in social situations.
    • N – Intuition preferred to sensing: INTJs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus their attention on the big picture rather than the details and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.
    • T – Thinking preferred to feeling: INTJs tend to value objective criteria above personal preference. When making decisions they generally give more weight to logic than to social considerations.
    • J – Judgment preferred to perception: INTJs tend to plan their activities and make decisions early. They derive a sense of control through predictability, which to perceptive types may seem limiting.
  7. I am addicted to karaoke.  I sing a lot of 60’s, 70’s, 90’s, and showtunes.  Nobody knows that this video is on YouTube.  It’ll just be our little secret.

Finally, I’m to nominate seven blogs for the Beautiful Blogger Award.  At the height of my blog consumption, I read over 10,000 posts per week on average covering topics from education, technology, cars, and photography to couponing and recipes.  While my blog consumption has dwindled since I started working on health and fitness, there are still some bloggers who are very special to me and who deserve to be recognized.  Some of them blog about food and wellness.  Others do not.

In no particular order, here are my nominations:

  • No Longer A Grim Girl.  Although Mary hasn’t been posting recipes lately, I’ve been in touch with her, and she’s doing well.  It was Mary’s creativity and willingness to share that helped keep me on track.  Her delicious recipes are worth a look if you’re a user of Health One Meal Replacements.
  • Foodtritionist.  Margaret is a foodie…  and a registered dietitian… and she’s the one person who has been most helpful to me in my transition to conventional foods.
  • Engineering, Photography, and Fries.  Rick’s recipes are the antithesis of mine.  He has a recipe for pizza that uses Totino’s Pizza Rolls.  His photos are beautiful, and his sense of humor aligns closely to mine.
  • Brinda Berry.  Brinda is an educator and a young adult fiction author.  She’s also a colleague and the parent of one of my former students.
  • Cooking for One.  Stacy has some great recipes that are chock full of tips for preparing single portions on a budget.  I also love her sense of humor.
  • Health & Nutrition Technology These folks run an amazing weight management program in Indiana.  Because they share valuable information freely on their blog, I think they’re beautiful!
  • Bariatric Beginnings.  I chose Jessica for the Beautiful Blogger Award because she is a genuinely beautiful person.  From her willingness to share her deeply personal thoughts with the world to the awesome work she does to help support others, Jessica truly is one of the most beautiful bloggers I’ve read recently.
  • You Brew My Tea.  Yes, I know this makes 8, but who’s counting?  Katie is a mom, a product reviewer, and one of my former students.  If you’re looking for a coupon, a deal, or a give-away, please check out her blog!

Now it’s time for the nominees to get to work!

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5 thoughts on “Beautiful Blogger Award

  1. You’re an INTJ – cool… I’m an INFP 🙂 Now to read the blogs you linked to!

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