Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My First Blog Award and NSV

Thanks to Little Red Riding Hoods Adventures in Band Land for nominating me for my very first blog award and for the kind words!  

This weekend I had two NSVs that I thought were fun.  First a girl that I am friends with who doesn't know that I am losing weight or had the  surgery asked if I had been losing weight.  She was the first person that noticed and It was a nice feeling.  Then I saw this guy that I know that I usually see once a week and he told me I looked different.  He was like "did you cut your hair or something, you look really different".  Haha!  I hadn't changed anything.  He kept asking so I said well I have been losing weight and he said "Yeah that's what it is"!  I've had some people tell me that before, but they knew about the surgery so I wonder if they really did notice a difference or are just saying that.   So it's nice that people who have no idea are starting to notice!  

Onto the award...


The Rules
* Thank the person who gave you this award and link back to them in your post
* Tell us 10 things about yourself
* Nominate your bloggers
* Contact these bloggers and let them know you have nominated them
  1. I have struggled with my weight since high school.  
  2. In 2006 I lost 75 pounds doing Medifast.  The problem was as soon as I stopped, and because I hadn't really changed my eating habits and learned to eat the right things, I gained all of the weight (and more) back.  I went back to school in 2007 and all of the stress of being in school full-time and working full-time was what drove me to food for comfort.
  3. In April of 2011 I decided to get the Lap-Band and I had my surgery on May 27, 2011.  So far it's been the best decision I have made for my health!  
  4. I'm the oldest of 5 kids and I definitely fit the oldest child profile!  
  5. I was home-schooled along with my siblings from 4th grade through high school.
  6. In 1992, when I was 12 years old, I was nominated for a Grammy award for the collaboration work I did on a children's album.  
  7. I've been working for the same company for almost 12 years (since I was 19)!  I am so fortunate to have a job that I love and have had many opportunities within my company for advancement.  
  8. I love to travel!  I have been to many countries including Spain, Romania, Belgium, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Dominican Republic, and several others.  One of the reasons I want to lose weight is to be able to more easily travel and enjoy my time when visiting other countries.
  9. I bought my first house when I was 25.  I decided that I wasn't going to wait around for a husband and just did it on my own.  It's been a learning experience and hard at times, but I've definitely made money on it and it's been fun!
  10. Speaking of houses, last year I decided to get my real estate license.  My mom owns a real estate company so I work part-time for her, just helping friends and family with their real estate needs. It's definitely not an easy job, but it is rewarding and I love being able to help people.  
I nominate Stace and Robyn for this award.  They are both new bloggers and I love their blogs!  Robyn and I were banded on the same day so we're band sisters! :) 


  1. Those are great facts about you!! How awesome, you have a very interesting life!!

  2. First- you were nominated for a Grammy? Wow. Wow.
    Second- Congrats on your NSV and your nomination.
    Third- THANK YOU for the nomination!
    Fourth- Maybe I can come to TX for vacation next year on our bandaversery and we can get to met and celebrate how much weight we've lost. Or maybe we can both go to BOOBS next year and meet there.

  3. We seriously need more info about the Grammy!!!!
    And seriously seriously THANK YOU for the nomination! I am completely flattered!!!

  4. Congrats on the Award! You totally deserve because your blog is adorable! : )

  5. What an AWESOME NSV!!!!! Don't you just love it when other people start to notice that your hard work is really paying off? So very awesome! That's so fantastic and so glad you got the award too - very cool!

  6. That's the BEST NSV!!! Makes you feel amazing, right???
    And a Grammy??? At age 12??? WOW!!!

  7. GRAMMY?? We want to hear MORE!! And Congratulations on the award!! It is well deserved!

    What terrific NSV's!! I am soooo thrilled for YOU!! CONGRATS!!

  8. Whoa a GRAMMY! That's awesome Andrea!! Congrats for your new blog award!!! You're amazing and keep up the good work with the weight-loss! :)

  9. A Grammy??? Holy crap. That is the coolest thing ever!!

    I love that you love to travel. I do too! Turkey was one of the placest that surprised me most. I loved it!

  10. How cool are you?? (answer: very !) Both of my nephews were homeschooled until high school. Both received full ride academic undergrad scholarships .... cool 10 facts about you !

  11. Thanks ladies! I sang for the Barney show when I was 11 and 12 when it first started. I worked with 4 other kids in a recording studio twice a week and we sang all the songs. The kids on the show just lip synch the songs.