Sunday, January 13, 2008

Tamsin joins me for the NutriSystem Challenge

One week, nine entries, two posts and three judges later, we have a winner...

Congratulations to Tamsin who will be joining me in Bargainista’s NutriSystem Challenge.

Here’s Tamsin’s winning entry:
Happy new year Eden
I’d love the chance to give NutriSystem a try. In 10 minutes, I face my 37th birthday and, while I feel blessed and pretty good about my life, I know that I weigh more than I ever have and hate the way my clothes (don’t) fit. Like you, I’ve lost and gained -- back and forth -- over the past 5-8 years. I’m sick of maintaining 3-sized wardrobes! I feel I know my natural “happy” weight and this 145lbs isn’t it!

As for my physical activity, I began taking pole dancing fitness classes a couple of years ago and trained to become a part-time instructor last year. The pole dancing (2 classes a week) keeps me fairly fit, but natural aging has changed my body (I don’t have children). I *know* that I need to eat more healthily to trim my extra pounds -- I’d love to see myself 15-20 pounds lighter. (Portion control is another challenge for me, especially as my husband is the cook in our family.) I have never tried formal dieting before; I’m curious about NutriSystem.

I would love to share updates with your readers.

Tamsin has agreed to write guest posts so expect both of us to provide you with regular updates.

Thank you to everyone who entered the NutriSystem challenge. I hope you’ll follow our trials and tribulations over the next 12 weeks or so and share your weight loss experiences in the comment section.

In total, I received nine compelling entries from across Canada. The judges had their work cut out for them but in the end, Tamsin was clearly the winner.

Judges scored each entry individually. In order to stay objective, my role was simply to determine judging criteria and add up the scores. Judges were asked to score entries based on three criteria around the theme of building community.

A big shout out also goes to the judges:
Kate Trgovac (Vancouver), publisher of One Degree – “a marketer's secret weapon” and author of My Name is Kate, one of Canada’s leading blogs on marketing and technology;

Kim Vallée (Montréal), writer of At Home with Kim Vallee – inspiration for stylish living and entertaining; and,

Sameer Vasta (Toronto), storyteller and new media junkie who likes to laugh a lot. You can find him at blogTO and Eloquation.


  1. Good luck to you and Tamsin as you start this challenge. I'll be interested to read about your progress!

  2. Thanks Kathryn! It means a lot to have support from our friends. ; )

  3. I did my first posting about NutriSystem tonight. Honest and fair, I think.

    Lemme know how it goes for you.

  4. Teena, thanks for stopping by. I read your post. I don't like salty foods either. Maybe I should see if they have a low-sodium menu. ; )

    I'm curious to learn how meals are cooked. Are they microwavable? Can I take them to work without too much trouble?

    We'll be cheering you on too. Keep up the great work!

  5. Thanks for the luck, Kathryn!

    I am really looking forward to seeing what challenges the next 12 weeks brings. Teena, your posting was really interesting. I'll be tuning in to your progress. Good luck!

  6. Good luck to both of you! Really excited to see what comes out of the challenge.

  7. vasta, thank you. It means a lot to me/us to know the community will be rooting for us. Thanks again for helping with the judging.

  8. Good luck, both! Will be watching with great interest.


  9. Thanks Connie. Ditto what I said to Vasta. We can't wait to start the program.

  10. Good luck to both of you!
    I'm looking forward to reading about your progress!


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