We Have A Wii & Wii Fit Winner!

When I first began my Wii and Wii Fit giveaway contest back on the 1st of December, I asked entrants to share their health and fitness goals for 2009.

I'm not sure what I expected, but really, I had no idea how inspiring and heart-felt so many of the entries would be. One thing is clear, there are a whole lot of us that want to be healthier and fitter. And not just because we're trying to live up to some airbrushed, Photoshopped image on the cover of a magazine either.

Go ahead and take a moment to read through the entries. Absolutely no one said, "My goal is to look like Jennifer Aniston on the cover of the January issue of GQ."

Instead, you talked about wanting to win the Wii Fit for family members who need help getting healthier. You talked about wanting to combat diabetes and other chronic health problems. So many of you shared how the economic downturn is making gym memberships beyond your budget. And so many of my fellow moms detailed their struggles with the post-pregnancy pounds that continue to hover around like the house guest you just can't seem to get rid of.

So here's what I did to choose a winner: I listed out all the names of eligible entrants on a piece of paper. I put them down in the order that folks posted in the comments. If you let me know you blogged about the contest somewhere else, you got two separate entries, and if you let me know this a few days after you entered, your entries weren't necessarily next to each other in my list. Then I numbered each entry and went to this site, plugged in the appropriate info, pressed "Randomize Now" and up came #83.

I then went back to my list and saw that #83 is none other than....
L !!!

Michele at The Integrated Mother! I wish I had some blogosphere confetti to throw around! Here was her entry:
"My 2009 health and fitness goals jump-started in November after I completed my (miserable) second 1/2 marathon. I was so disappointed with my performance (and the extra 15-20 lb load I dragged for the entire 13.1 miles), that I signed up for Weight Watchers. Already nearly 10 lbs down!!

My goals for 2009 are to continue on WW, and also begin incorporating activity other than running. All I do is run - albeit about 5 days a week, which is plenty - but my body is bored and needs something new to shake the last of the fat off. The Wii Fit would be perfect to engage new muscles...been wanting to try to yoga I hear so much about."
I totally feel her! As someone who's gonna be running 24 miles on Saturday (EEK!) as part of my marathon training, I 100% hear what she's saying. Every pound slows your pace down and makes it that much harder to get across the finish line. Seriously, congratulations, Michele! I'm so happy for you and I hope you're better at the hula hooping than I am! Please email me all your contact info so I can pass it on to the generous folks at Nintendo!

Speaking of, I have to say a huge THANK YOU to Nintendo for enabling me to give something away to you all on my birthday.

AND, thank you to each of you that entered. I wholeheartedly wish that I had a Wii Fit to give away to each and every one of you. I hope that regardless, you'll find a way to achieve your goals. Just naming them and putting them down on paper is a step so many people never ever get to. You've named what it is you want to achieve so keep that commitment to yourself.

We all know that the only one that can schedule in time to work out, who can make the healthy eating choices, who can tell the saboteurs in our lives to shove it... the only one who can do it is you!

And now I'm going to go back to my birthday revelries. Hope you all enjoy your night!


tamigill said…
Congratulations, Michelle!! And Happy Birthday, Liz!! :-)
Michele said…
Wee-e-e-e-e!! You totally made my day...I was having "one of those" until I received your email & read this post. Thank you so much! :)
Tafari said…
Congrats Michele!!! Liz for your next contest, can you offer a credit card balance bail out?

Jennifer said…
Congrats Michele!! I'm a tad bit jealous though, I have to say!! LOL! Thanks for hosting the contest Liz and Happy Birthday again!
Carmennc said…
Congrats Michele!

Happy Birthday Liz!

Tafari, I don't have a balance on the credit card. Liz, I do need a driver side mirror for a Mazda, 2000, power kind.

Enjoy your birthday and happy new year, see you on twitter.
Jessalyn said…
Congrats, Michele!
Anonymous said…
Happy Birthday from one Dec baby to another...Mine is tomorrow!!!!
Jameil said…
too bad i didn't win but again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
jamaise said…
Wow! Congrats Michele- lucky girl!
Liz Dwyer said…
Thanks for all the good wishes! YAY!

You are SO welcome! I'm so happy for you and I can't wait to read on your blog how it turns out for you! :)

LOL, I need that bailout too! How about you just take those cashmere draws back to the store. Get your $$ back! ;0

I know. I wish I had more than one to give away. Wouldn't that be nice? You're so sweet to wish me happy birthday. Thanks!

Thanks, Carmen! Girl, I need a new car, period! Not just a side mirror! :)

You are so sweet to say so!

Capricorns rule! Happy birthday to you! One of my dearest friends and a second cousin of mine's birthday is tomorrow. I have lost touch with her but it was always so fun to celebrate with her. I miss those days!

You know my sister is probably totally mad! :) Thanks for the good wishes times two!

Very sweet to offer your congrats... and where is your blog? I clicked through your profile to see if I could find it and I couldn't.
Congratulations Michelle!! And Happy Birthday Liz!! This was a great contest. Can't wait to see what you're up to next in 2009.
Shiona said…
Congrats Michele! Glad to hear your day was brightened up :)
Anonymous said…
Congrats to the Integrated Mother Michele!

If you need any Wii Fit tips, I've had mine since April. If you need more proof of my own Wii Fit obsession. Thought you guys might like it if you have a rare spare minute:

Liz Dwyer said…
Ooh, I can't wait to see what I'm up to in '09 too! :) YAY!

I wish everybody's day could've been brightened, that's for sure.

Wicked Celtics,
So nice of you to offer some tips/video.
Unknown said…
Congratulations Michele. Liz, when I didn't receive an email I knew I was not the winner. But my girl won so I am cool with that. Jealous a little, but cool. Now my husband has to go on a hunt for the Wii and WiiFit, I don't know what rock he is living under but he seems to believe it will be as easy as walking into the store and picking it up. NOT.

By the way, we are offering up support for all to meet their fitness goals at the Modern Mom Challenge. Lolita (Modern Mom) and I are hosting weekly twitter chats, an ning community and posting about our progress weekly. Perhaps you might want to join us, Michele already has!

Check us out - www.mmchallenge.ning.com

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