Blog Birthday + a Giveaway!

Two years ago, I decided to start a blog. At the time there was only one health blog I read–Nutritionista. I liked her health and nutrition tips, but even more, I liked how she (used to) take pictures of all her meals on Fridays.

After reading her blog and a number of other Tumblr blogs, I decided to start my own blog to document my weight loss. As you can see in my first post, I’d already lost eight pounds. I was happy with that, but honestly wasn’t sure if I’d be able to lose 41 more (at the time I wanted a round 140, but quickly realized that 50 sounded way cooler than 49.) I went to the gym a LOT, but hadn’t even started running yet!

I had no idea that nearly two years later, I’d still be going.

That I’d have met some of my best friends over the internets.

That I’d go to a blog conference for health bloggers–and run 16 miles while there!

That I’d spend my birthday weekend with eight other couples in Vermont and be totally fine with it because I was so comfortable with everyone there.

That the freakin’ New York Times would write about me! (And others!)

I have had an amazing two years with this blog, and I can’t wait to see how it keeps growing!



For breakfast, after hopping on the scale and seeing that I’d somehow lost that six pounds of water weight after this weekend (gross), I went for my fairly regular breakfast before I headed off to a work conference for the morning. I knew they’d have lots of sugary breakfast foods, and I wanted to eat something on my own terms.


I went straight from home to the conference, so I didn’t bring lunch, and I grabbed some sushi from the deli next door. FAIL. $17 for one sushi roll, one spring roll and a Larabar. WIN for being a good Catholic and not eating meat. (Speaking of…I’m still trying to decide what to give up…)



To celebrate my blog’s birthday, I’m giving one of you a present! Since I love running with Spibelts–they can fit so much. I usually put my keys, phone, debit card and some Gu in mine when I run. I’ve asked the Spibelt folks if they can give away one to one of my readers.

So, in order to enter (each of these ways counts as one entry, for anything other than a comment, please leave ANOTHER comment telling me you’ve done so:

  • leave a comment
  • Like me on Facebook
  • Follow my RSS feed
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Tweet: “It’s Losing Weight in the City’s birthday, and @tblanchfield is giving away a @spibelt!”

This contest will be open until 5pm EST Thursday March 10.

167 comments on “Blog Birthday + a Giveaway!

  1. Sarah Jayne

    HAPPY BLOGGERTHDAY!!! (?!?!) You are a rockstar and are one of my BIGGEST inspirations for eating well, staying fit, and still having a damn good time. xoxo

  2. Ali @ Ali on the Run

    Happy Blog Birthday! Yours was one of the first ones I started reading and I’ve loved following you and, duh, MEETING you. Keep me fabulous. Not that you have to try very hard at that. You’re great.

  3. Lili

    Happy blogaversary!! I also lost quite a bit in water weight the last couple days… gross. Haha. (I already follow you on Twitter… does that count? I’m littlelili!)

  4. Tennille

    I love your blog. Reading it keeps me motivated and I appreciate your honesty.

    ps – being new to running, I can use all the gizmos and gadgets that real runners know about. Thanks!

  5. Kaitlyn

    Happy Blogiversary! You’re fabulous, and I appreciate reading about your struggles and your triumphs!

  6. Olivia

    Happy Blog Birthday! You are THE first healthy living blog I started following 1.5 years ago and I haven’t stopped! 🙂 You are an inspiration! P.S. I also “liked” losing weight in the city on facebook 🙂

  7. Dorry

    Happy Blog Birthday! So exciting. It’s inspiring to see how far you’ve come. Keep eating, running and blogging! You are fabulous.

  8. Emily

    Happy Blog-Birthday! I’d love an SPI belt!

    (and I’m following you on Twitter, and I tweeted as you asked!)

  9. Katie N

    Congrats Theodora! You are so inspiring and I love your blog. I’m a runner too and would love to try the belt.

  10. Marta

    Happy Blog Birthday!!!! You’re an inspiration to so many girl living their lives in the city (I’m in DC, involved in media and Junior League and like to run… lots in common!).

    I was just talking about how I wanted to try a Spibelt on my twitter!

    Keep up the great blog!

  11. Stacey Caine

    Liked ya on Facebook and set up a LiveJournal feed for you. Hopefully others will find you that way, too!

  12. Courtney

    Ohhh I want a spi belt, i’ve been carrying everything around in my pockets and am so afraid of losing my phone on a run. Really hoping I win!

  13. Mary B

    Congrats on reaching your goals and keeping of the weight.
    I LOVE my spibelt too, could always stand another one!

  14. Tracey

    Already “liked” you on Facebook, and just started following you on Twitter (@flgiantfan). And after leaving my brand new Spibelt in the hotel at Disney after completing my first half marathon (the Princess), I could use a new one.
    Thanks for all of the inspiration, tips and ideas you give on your blog!

  15. Brenda Howell

    Happy Birthday to your blog!

    Have lost 90 lbs and rehabed a knee replacement in the past year. More to go. It was the hardest thing to start, but has been one of the easiest things to maintain with the right support.

  16. Laurel

    I totally want one of those belts for my upcoming first half marathon. 🙂 I’ll probably just buy it even if I don’t win it.

    I’m new to your blog and love it. I’ve always wanted to live in NYC and now I can live (healthfully) vicariously through you!

  17. Kimra

    Happy blogiversary! And consider this my official fingers-crossed Spibelt entry. I’ve been eyeing one of those, because I hate running with stuff physically on me (no armbands) and have yet to find another good solution for holding my phone.

  18. Kelly

    Love reading! I have never run with a Spibelt. I’m traing for my first full marathon and have been thinking of getting one. This would be perfect!

  19. dana

    I love your blog! it really encourages me to run.

    and you have made so much progress. congrats on your blogaversary!

  20. Haverly

    I tweeted 😉 I’m running the half in NYC next week as well, have enjoyed your blog as motivation, big time!

  21. Stacy

    I also “liked” you on facebook, and already follow you on twitter! I also tweeted about the giveaway! 🙂

  22. Nee

    I’m a total lurker, but found you through the NYT article (!!!), pretty much run all the NYRR you do and am smitten for a Spibelt. 🙂

  23. Molly

    HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY! I am currently training for my first half-marathon and always struggle with what to do with my stuff.

    Keep on writing – we enjoy it!

  24. Amanda

    Happy Birthday to your blog!
    I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now (already subbed via RSS) and just started following you on Twitter.
    Congrats on your success!

  25. JenT

    Happy Blog Birthday! I’ve started running and training for a mini marathon and a Spibelt would be awesome to use in my training! 🙂 Your blog has given me inspiration to lose weight too!

  26. Eileen

    Happy birthday to your blog and congrats on your success! It’s hard work. A spibelt would be a great addition to my gear. Wishing you continued success, and great health!

  27. Amanda

    Just getting back into running after being sidelined by shin splints. This would be great for upcoming warm weather runs!

    Liked you on Facebook, follow you on Twitter, AND retweeted you!

  28. Kelly

    Happy Blog Birthday!! Do they ship the Spibelt Down Under???

    Just recently discovered your blog and am mild/moderately addicted to it. It’s turning me from a casual runner into a tragic…so thanks!

  29. Joan

    Er, and I guess I owe you a regular comment, too. I can definitely say I’d put a Spibelt to use… more hiking than running, but that’s OK!

  30. Dave B

    Happy blog birthday, and thanks for doing the giveaway! That’s great that you managed to lose so much weight; I need to lose some & get down to a better running weight. –Dave B (@BuckyKatt and @PodcastParty on Twitter)

  31. Monica

    This is an awesome giveaway, I am trying to get into running and always wonder what to do with all my stuff! Your journey has been awesome to follow, thanks for keeping it real.

  32. Allison @ Happy Tales

    Oh nooooooo is it too late to enter!?? I have been DYING to get my hands on a spibelt… esp with my long runs!! I have 18 miles on saturday, and two 20 milers coming up here soon.. would LOVE to win this!!!

  33. Adrienna Frazer

    I’ve wanted to try one of those belts. Right now it’s been cold enough that I wear a fleece with zippered pockets, so I can carry keys, lip balm, cell, etc., with me when I run at the metro parks. I hate carrying my keys in my hand during a run!


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