Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Journey To Eating Clean, & An Eat Clean Giveaway!

Good afternoon Beautiful,

HAPPY HUMP DAY! Tomorrow is Thursday – this week is FLYING BY. This is my second night alone without C, and it’s sad. I miss him. It’s been like, 36 hours since he left, and I have another 48 to endure. I’m sure they’ll fly by. Tomorrow I’m out of the office most of the day at a health fair and Friday, well, it’s Friday. I usually put a post-it over my computer clock on Fridays or else they go reeeeeeeally slow.
Speaking of Friday, I just learned that I need to go to bed at like 7pm on Friday because the Zoo Run that I thought was in Mississauga is actually more near Pickering, which is the complete OPPOSITE end of the city for me. And the race starts at 8:15am, which means I need to leave my house at like….. 6:30am. BRUTAL! I clearly didn’t think it through when I signed up for this race lol. Just kidding. I’m super excited to run it, but I’m also getting a touch nervous. I’ve heard the course is fairly hilly and that’s the part that’s scaring me the most. I’ve done ZERO hills since I started “training” for this 10km so I’m probably going to die. Oh the joys.
Today I did a “long” run… 6 months ago I wouldn’t have called 9.3km a long run since I was running anywhere from 15-21km for my long runs, but today, for me, now, this was a long run. I ran it in the 10/1 format (run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute) and managed to pull out a 9.3k run in about 53 minutes. Not too shabby if I do say so myself! I still have a little bit of the running bug in me. Although, I noticed something extremely awkward on my run today. A little background behind where I run, I do a 2.5km circle around my work, and then today I did it like 3 times plus a little bit more at the end. At two different points on my route, there were guys doing construction. Could it possibly be any more awkward to have to run past a bunch of men in and of itself… but let along having each and every one of them stop what they’re doing to watch you run past? Seriously! It happened a total of 6 times, and by the last lap I’m pretty sure each group said something to me, but I was in the zone and had headphones on so I couldn’t be bothered to stop and chit chat. Near the very end of my run I did two little loops around my office but not past any construction men, but one drove by in a truck and gave me a thumbs up. Really? It was annoying. No wonder some women prefer to run on a treadmill. Sheesh.
As soon as I got in from my run, my friend Katie sent me a text asking if I wanted to go to CrossFit tonight with her. UHMM YES I DO! But my legs did not. My legs are still jelly and it’s 4 hours after my run lol. I don’t think I could have handled any squats or really anything to do with legs, so I opted out (sadly) and told her we should go on Sunday. She’s getting back to me (hopefully with a yes – right Katie? J). I haven’t done crossfit in so long. It would probably kill me, in an amazingly amazing way. I really hope she says yes.
Ok so I have a super fun giveaway planned for tonight (sorry – tons of giveaways happening all at once! I promise, in November it will slow down! But I hope you enjoy them! I wanted to try and spread out my giveaways, but this one and the next one are near and dear to my heart, and I get excited really easily, so I had to share tonight! J) but I want to write a bit of background to the giveaway and why it’s super important to me.
As most of you know, I try my best to stick to a paleo diet, which basically when you sum it up means no grains of any kind (yes, corn is a grain), no dairy, no processed foods, no sugar. Basically I eat meat, veggies, fruit and root vegetables (squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes). For a long time I’d been struggling with what to eat and how to eat. In my first year of college I was a broke student who didn’t know any better and ate pizza, ramen noodles and kraft dinner like they were their own food groups. I also didn’t notice that I, me, the girl who was so into fitness and “health” had gained the freshman 20. I have pictures of me at that size, but I honestly don’t want people seeing it, that’s how embarrassed I am of it. So in the summer in between college years, I decided I wanted to become a vegetarian after having seen the Skinny Bitch girls on Ellen and how Ellen talked about how she’s a vegan. Both of those girls were skinny so OBVIOUSLY I needed to become a veg. Well I was a vegetarian for 3 years, and I don’t remember a single day during those three years that in the afternoon I wasn’t a bloated mess. Every single day I was bloated and I had no idea why. It was something I just eventually got used to and that’s how it was.
Living with men (I had 3 male roommates for about 6 months before I moved to Toronto!), and the plan of moving in with my boyfriend got me back on meat. I started with chicken breast cooked so well that it was so hard to chew, and it was mixed in with a huuuuuge salad. Then eventually I worked my way into eating meat like a normal non-veg human. When I finally did move in with my boyfriend, I took on a job as a CSR at one of our GoodLife clubs downtown. I had no idea what I was walking into, but all of the trainers and the managers went by this crazy diet of eating “paleo”, at the time I had no idea what this was and I thought it was some nonsense people did to build lean mass and get huge.
It honestly wasn’t until after I left the club that I actually started reading about the paleo diet and the “Eat Clean Diet”. I read about the anti-inflammatory parts of this diet and thought I needed to try it. I bought a book by Robb Wolf and I bought some of the Eat Clean Diet books by Tosca Reno and once I read them I was sold. I related more to Tosca’s book probably because we’re both women and she writes in more of a non-scientific manner. I love the way she writes and I love the way she speaks (I had been to her sessions at canfitpro before) and so I absolutely needed to take her advice and start eating “clean”. I started this way of eating when I first started training for my half-marathon, and within weeks I noticed how I wasn’t bloated, I felt great, my skin was clear… this was obviously working for me!  Sometimes people ask me questions about it, sometimes they think I’m crazy and sometimes they don’t, it doesn’t matter to me because clean eating works for me, it makes me feel 100% better than I have in years and that’s enough to keep me motivated to eat this way for life.
If you read my blog often you probably know that I’m pretty passionate about food and nutrition and eating to fuel your body rather than to “feed” your body (if you ask anyone I work with they will tell you this is 100% true. Every morning I come in, heat up my chicken or steak and brussel sprouts and eat my breakfast. It’s not the most delicious and decadent meal ever, but it fuels my body and I’m not hungry 2 hours later…). I really believe that food is the answer to a lot of problems that people deal with in terms of disease and inflammation, and if anyone were to ask me, I would strongly recommend food over medicine any day. I’m actually taking a couple university courses on nutrition and obesity in January/April 2013, I’ll fill you in on those closer to the date, but I’m really excited for them!! J
So this summer at canfitpro I was lucky enough to actually meet Tosca, tell her how wonderful she is, how great she looks and how I love her books… and of course snap a photo with her:

I also got to attend some of her sessions. I tweet to her a lot and she always tweets back and so I was thinking one day, and the thought came to me… “I know I only want to promote products and people that I genuinely enjoy” and I was looking for a giveaway. And taadaa…. This is what I have for you to win (this is INSANE… I was completely shocked when I got the news):
  • A 1-year subscription to Oxygen Magazine
 
  • A 1-year subscription to Clean Eating Magazine
 
  • A copy of the Eat-Clean Diet Recharged book by Tosca Reno
 
  • A copy of the Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian book by Tosca Reno
 
  • A copy of Just The Rules by Tosca Reno
 
ISN’T THIS AN INSANE AMOUNT OF THINGS TO BE GIVING AWAY!?
You have no idea how excited I am for this! I want to give this giveaway to myself! If you’re unfamiliar with Tosca and her publications, you can look at her website here www.toscareno.com or www.eatcleandiet.com. I highly recommend you do this and you will fall in love with her like I have!
So to enter this UNREAL giveaway, here is what you need to do:
Mandatory
- Like The Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook.
- Share this giveaway on Facebook and please tag myself and The Eat-Clean Diet in your post so we know you’ve done it.
Additional Entries
- Follow Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter.
- Follow me on Twitter.
- Tweet the following “I just entered the @eatcleandiet @sarahohm Giveaway for a ton of Eat-Clean Diet Stuff! You can enter here http://tiny.cc/xhpwkw
- Follow My (Mostly) Healthy Life via Google Friend Connect (by clicking “join this site” on the right hand side of my blog).
This gives you a total of 6 possible entries! I ask that you please leave 1 comment per entry on this blog post so I can keep them in one spot, and so it’s easy to find the winner of this giveaway!! I also want to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the Eat-Clean Diet Team, Robert Kennedy Publishing and Tosca Reno for providing me with some amazing prizes for this giveaway. I really hope this giveaway helps someone transition into the world of clean eating! :)

This giveaway is open until October 1, 2012 at 8:00 EST. GOOD LUCK!
I’m off to finish some laundry and cook myself (boo, I like cooking for C…..) dinner and snuggle up with my iPad and get caught up on all my reading!
I hope you all have a terrific night, chat soon!
Stay Sweet,
xoxo

205 comments:

  1. Like The Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook - DONE!!

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  2. Share this giveaway on Facebook and please tag myself and The Eat-Clean Diet in your post so we know you’ve done it - DONE!!

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  3. Follow Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter - DONE!!

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  4. Tweet the following “I just entered the @eatcleandiet @toscareno @sarahohm Giveaway for a ton of Eat-Clean Diet Stuff! You can enter here http://tiny.cc/xhpwkw” - DONE!!

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  5. Follow My (Mostly) Healthy Life via Google Friend Connect (by clicking “join this site” on the right hand side of my blog) - DONE!!

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  6. I shared the link on Facebook (@wishandwhimsy)

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  7. I follow Tosca Reno & Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter :)

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  8. I shared on fb via Running With The Girls

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  9. I follow Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter

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  10. Oh my lord. Am I too old and twitter-illiterate? Yes I am. Oh well. I raise my glass of wine to you. Love your blog, shine, and zest for food and life. Congrats to the eventual winner. Seriosly Sarah...you are an imspiration.

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    1. J-Mo!! Thanks for stopping by!! Aww your words are so lovely! Thank you so much! What kind of wine are you drinking? Would you recommend it? :). MISS YOU!

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  11. Awesome giveaway!! I won't enter because I adore Tosca and already have all of the above :-D Good luck everyone!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!! You rock!

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  12. LOVE your blog and happy to find your FB page!
    Fellow Eat Clean and Tosca fan here! :)

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    1. Oh wow!! Thank you so much Mimi!! That means a lot to me for sure :) I hope I can continue to impress with my posts! xo

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  13. Posted about it on FB with your link:)

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  14. I already follow Tosca Reno and The Eat Clean Diet on Twitter.

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  15. I also already follow you on Twitter

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  16. Finally, I already follow your blog.
    That is all 6.
    Can you tell I am desperate to win?
    I just heard about Tosca a few weeks ago and have been meaning to go to b&N to buy one of her books, but this would really help out my teacher salary!

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    1. Haha great comment!! I'm so glad that you're so excited!! Good luck! <3

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  17. So excited to find your blog! I already follow Tosca and The Eat-Clean Diet on Facebook, now I follow you, too! I am fairly new to the clean diet lifestyle (it's been about 5 weeks so far) and I'm still getting the hang of what to eat. What NOT to eat is the easy part, hahaha! Thanks for your inspiration! I am a runner, too - good luck with your race! :)

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    1. Thanks a ton for stopping by! I hope you enjoy it here!

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  18. I liked both of the pages on facebook and am sharing this giveaway, feeling quite computer illiterate as I can't figure out how to tag you. This is a great giveaway though, and so understand why you would want it for yourself.

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  19. I liked everyone on Facebook and shared the giveaway!

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  20. Following everyone on Twitter and Tweeted the giveaway!!

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  21. Following your blog via google connect

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  22. Shared the giveaway on Facebook and tagged you, but not sure if I did it right on my phone :( if its wrong please let me know and I'll try again

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  23. I Liked The Eat-Clean Diet on facebooked

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  24. I liked My (Mostly) Healthy Life on facebook

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  25. Already "liked" Tosca on FB too!

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  26. Just tweeted! SO pumped about this giveaway! :D (@bonnielang)

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  27. I already follow you on twitter - a fellow healthy living Canadian blogger! ;)

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  28. Following Tosca & The Eat Clean Diet on twitter too.

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  29. done, done, done, done, done, and done!!

    Keep up the great work girlie!

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  30. Liked The Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook. Shared this giveaway on Facebook and tagged both.

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  31. Following Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter.

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  32. I follow you on twitter!

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  33. I already like your facebook page

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  34. I like Tosca's page too

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  35. Shared the post and tagged both pages :)

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  36. Followed Tosca and Eat Clean on Twitter

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  37. I followed you on Twitter

    Ps. HOW did you make your twitter profile look SO COOL!?!?

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  38. Like Eat Clean Diet and My Mostly Healthy Life on FB from my page called We Can Begin To Feed

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  39. Shared your post on my FB page We Can Begin To Feed and tagged you both.

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  40. I follow both Tosca and the Eat Clean Diet on Twitter
    @WeCanBegin2Feed

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  41. I follow your blog with GFC! I just realized I had been following you with my other blog id but now I follow you twice!

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  42. I adore this post, Sarah! Super jealous (in a good way) that you got to meet Tosca - how awesome!

    I already like (love?) your page on Facebook and I liked The Eat Clean Diet (not sure how I haven't liked it before now).

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  43. I follow Tosca and the Eat Clean Diet on twitter.

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  44. I followed you via Google Friend Connect.

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  45. I did all of the above! This giveaway is awesome!!

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  46. I liked The Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook
    I shared this giveaway on Facebook and tagged you and The Eat-Clean Diet in my post
    I'm already a follower of Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter :)
    I followed you on Twitter
    I let everyone know that I entered your give-a-way by tweeting “I just entered the @eatcleandiet @sarahohm Giveaway for a ton of Eat-Clean Diet Stuff! You can enter here http://tiny.cc/xhpwkw”
    I followed you on friend connect!

    I look forward to all the healthy tips you have to offer. From one fit, healthy girl to the other....we got this!! :)

    xo, Sarah

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  47. Hello! This is a great giveaway!

    I liked The Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook and did the status update with your contest info, tagging you both!

    ~Sophia

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  49. Hi!

    I'm now following both Tosca and Eat Clean Diet on Twitter!

    Thanks!
    ~Sophia

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  50. Me again! I'm following you on twitter now, yay!
    ~Sophia

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  51. Ok, just tweeted your stuff on my twitter, woot woot! Fingers crossed for this giveaway, it's great!

    Thanks so much,
    ~Sophia

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  52. Hey there, I liked your page on FB (I already like The Eat Clean Diet which is how I found you blog, Yeah!) I shared your give away and tagged the post (as best as I could).

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  53. I already follow Tosca Reno and the Eat Clean Diet on Twitter. Just followed you too! I tweeted “I just entered the @eatcleandiet @sarahohm Giveaway for a ton of Eat-Clean Diet Stuff! You can enter here http://tiny.cc/xhpwkw”“

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  54. Like your site on Facebook, complete.

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  55. Like Tosca on Facebook, already done.

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  56. Like The Eat clean Diet on Facebook, complete.

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  57. Follow Eat Clean on Twitter, done.

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  58. Tweet about the giveaway, done.

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  59. Share giveaway on Facebook, done!

    Whew... Hope I win! That was work!

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  60. Tweeted about Giveaway on twitter!

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  61. Tweeted about the giveaway! (done).

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  64. Very excited for this contest!! And very inspired by all of your posts and tweets!! Thanks for all you do!

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  65. Posted about the contest on my facebook and tagged the Eat Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life in the post : )

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  66. I did all of the above. WHat a great giveaway...thank you all!!

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  67. Followed Tosca and the eat clean diet on twitter

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  68. Like the My (Mostly) Healthy Life and Eat Clean Diet Facebook pages : )

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  69. Started following you on twitter!

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  70. Started following you via Google Friend Connect! Yay thats everything!

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  71. I think I misunderstood the posting rule! First - I liked the Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook!

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  72. Shared the giveaway on FB and tagged you and the Eat-Clean Diet!

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  73. Followed Tosca Reno and the Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter!

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  74. Successfully Tweeted the following “I just entered the @eatcleandiet @sarahohm Giveaway for a ton of Eat-Clean Diet Stuff! You can enter here http://tiny.cc/xhpwkw”

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  75. Followed you via Google Friend Connect!! AND posted my entries in this blog! Sorry for the confusion - I'm obviously very excited about the giveaway! :)

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  76. i like you and the eat clean diet on FB!

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  77. I shared and tagged you on the giveaway on FB

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  78. i follow Tosca and the eat clean diet on twitter!

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  79. Of course I follow you on GFC!!! blogger BFF's!

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  80. Liked you both on Facebook, already! ;)

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  81. And I follow you on twitter, I'm just that good already!

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  82. Liked you and eat clean on facebook!

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  83. Followed Eat Clean and Tosca on Twitter

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  84. I follow the eat clean diet on Twitter

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  85. LOVE IT ALL, YOU, your page, the books!! Great GIVEAWAY girl!!!

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  86. Love your blog and totally love this giveaway!! I have liked your page and the eat clean diet. I have also shared this giveaway on my facebook page. off to do some more because I really want this!!

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  87. oops--I didn't leave the first few in a separate comment. I will do so from now on:
    Followed Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter.

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  88. - Tweeted the following “I just entered the @eatcleandiet @sarahohm Giveaway for a ton of Eat-Clean Diet Stuff! You can enter here http://tiny.cc/xhpwkw”

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  89. - Followed My (Mostly) Healthy Life via Google Friend Connect

    I want to win!!! Awesome giveaway and I've been meaning to buy these things!!! I will hold off for now in case I win ;-)
    I'm a SPA girl btw! (as of Tuesday!)

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  90. I shared the giveaway and tagged both on Facebook

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  91. Liked The Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook

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  92. Shared the giveaway on Facebook and tagged you and The Eat-Clean Diet in the post!! : )

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  93. Already follow Tosca Reno & Eat Clean Diet on twitter

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  94. I already follow you on twitter too (xokammie)

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  95. Holy Good God, this is AMAZING!!! I am crossing my fingers/toes/legs/arms/anything else you can think (actually, that sounds dirty). I followed you on GFC!

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  96. I follow Tosca and the Eat Clean Diet on Twitter!

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  97. I like you, Eat Clean, and Tosca on Facebook!

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  98. Oh wait, I just did an entry that doesn't exist. I shared this RIDIC giveaway on Facebizzle.. this is amazing!

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  99. Follow Tosca and Eat Clean on Twitter

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  100. Follow you on twitter too :) Already do ;)

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  101. All done! Except that I couldn't tag you or Eat Clean in the facebook post, but it's up!

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  102. facebook post is up and you are both tagged!

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  103. I was already an eat clean diet team follower :)

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  104. I think I got all five of six, but just in case, the only one I couldn't do was the google friend connect one!

    Tosca is amazing and one of my fitness and health idols. I am totally jealous you not only got to meet her but get to give away her stuff! Every time I have tried to see her speak (book signings and Can Fit Pro) something has happened to keep me from attending. She is so incredible!

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  105. you are an inspiration!! love those cookbooks!

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  106. I follow you, Tosca AND the eat clean diet on Twitter!

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  107. Like The Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook - DONE!!

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  108. liked and shared the giveaway on FB
    not really sure how to tag

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  109. Follow Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter.
    @tooliecat

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  110. Follow you on Twitter.
    @tooliecat

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  111. https://twitter.com/tooliecat/status/252589664664436736

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  112. I liked your FB page and The Eat Clean Diet page as well!

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  113. I liked your FB page! And The Eat Clean Diet!

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  114. I shared your contest link on my Facebook page but my IPad wouldn't highlife the names...

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  115. Followed on Google Friend Connect! Awesome post and giveaway!

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  116. Pick me! Pick me! Liked on Facebook and tweeted twice!

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  117. I have followed Tosca for a while and love her stuff! I would love to win this giveaway! #passionforhealth
    www.sweatpantsandsuperfoods.com

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  118. Already follow you! Shared it on Twitter and Facebook!

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  119. All done! This is such an awesome giveaway...I really hope I win! :)

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  120. 1. Like The Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook. ~ DONE

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  121. 2. Share this giveaway on Facebook and please tag myself and The Eat-Clean Diet in your post so we know you’ve done it. ~ DONE

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  122. 3. Follow Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter. - DONE @lovescleaneatin

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  123. 4. Follow me on Twitter. ~ DONE (nice header by the way!)

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  124. 5. Tweet the following “I just entered the @eatcleandiet @sarahohm Giveaway for a ton of Eat-Clean Diet Stuff! You can enter here http://tiny.cc/xhpwkw” ~ DONE @lovescleaneatin AND 1sveltefoodie

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  125. 6. Follow My (Mostly) Healthy Life via Google Friend Connect. ~ DONE~

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  126. 1. Like The Eat-Clean Diet and My (Mostly) Healthy Life on Facebook.
    - Share this giveaway on Facebook and please tag myself and The Eat-Clean Diet in your post so we know you’ve done it....Done!

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  127. 2. Follow Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet on Twitter - Done

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