Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Musings - Or Please Vote Vote Vote!

What a weekend it's been. Thursday evening I was overjoyed to find out that I was one of the seven finalists in the Shrinkvivor challenge. That was beyond exciting! The competition was tough throughout the challenge but I was lucky enough to have my mind right for a change and I was ready to give it everything I had!

I never really thought I had a chance to even be a finalist. There were too many dedicated, hard working people out there with the same goals I had. But I knew that my real prize would be in emerging from the six weeks of intense dedication, with a smaller fitter body. And I wanted that more than anything.

Once I found out that I was in the company of six other finalists, I started working on my vlog or video blog. Although I was very nervous, it was fun to do. I loved sharing some of the thoughts and motivations that helped keep me strong during the challenge.

The vlog had to be posted and submitted to the 'hood by noon on Saturday and I just barely made it. I had no idea uploading a video to a blog post could take so long. Fortunately I had done a backup post with just the link to the video in it and was able to get that in on time.

And next came the voting and the networking, so to speak. Since it's down to the winner being determined by nothing but votes, I'm begging, bribing, and threatening everyone I know to vote for me. I want that Beach Cruiser and those Miraclebody jeans. The fitness coffee and Click energy drinks would be awesome and that $150 gift certificate from Lands End would be so fun!

So, I'm asking again. I need your votes. Several people I talked to yesterday had problems voting which worries me but they were finally able to get help by emailing The problem was resolved. If you run into difficulties, please contact them. They're nice and easygoing and were quick to fix whatever was going wrong.

To view all the vlogs including mine and, most importantly, to cast your vote, go here.

You can see I was nervous but I think you'll also see that I was excited and happy to be a finalist!

What a great concept the Shrinkingjeans website it! They've helped so many people like me and the girls that run the site are selfless and loving and supportive. They're involved in the same goals as us - to be the best that they can be, only they go a giant step further by helping us all to be the best that we can be too.


  1. I'm so glad that you're feeling proud of yourself! I know so many of us are so proud of you, this is so awesome and exciting. And like you said, even if you don't win, you have the REAL prize which is a smaller body and feeling better about yourself!

  2. I too have begged and threatened for votes for you. I want you to win this so badly. It would be such a feather in the cap of us "older girls". You have done such an amazing job and I am so proud of you. I can't even imagine how thrilled and excited you must be. You rock my friend!!

  3. You did a great job on the video. And on the whole challenge. That is a serious accomplishment to be proud of. I voted and am pulling for you!

  4. Hi Mrs. Hibner~

    My mom said that she saw you at the Striebel pond trail! I voted for you yesterday and today and will continue until the final day!

    Good luck! And congratulations on your accomplishment thus far!

    Jill Bulakowski


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