For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! My name is Deb. I began blogging in August, 2009 to help people who might be struggling with weight loss or weight-maintenance. Over a decade, I lost 100 pounds and now maintain a ~90 pound loss. It is not easy, and I am constantly learning what works and does not work for me. In blogging, I wanted to share my journey with others and have some fun doing it. What I did not realize was that writing my blog would be a springboard for making new friends in the healthy-living blog world.
The idea for this calendar stemmed from a running joke that my Dad used to make. He always said that my blogging friends were pretty enough to be calendar girls. Each time I had a 'meet up' with a new girl, he would ask "So another one for the calendar?" The answer was always "yes." And we giggled at the thought of a blogger calendar.
It wasn't until he was dying of lymphoma in April 2010 that I had the idea to turn his joke into a reality. Working together on this project was a fun distraction for him in his last weeks of life. He helped to choose all of the girls and his favorite photographs as well. The day before he died, he chose the final photo.
I want to thank all of Marty's 'Blogger Babes' for taking part in this calendar. They donated their time and efforts to produce high-quality photos that were health & fitness-themed, using their own resources. They did an amazing job! The babes are:
- January 2011: Susan from The Great Balancing Act
- February 2011: Abby from I Have Issues
- March 2011: Tiffany from Carbzilla
- April 2011: Heather from Heather Eats Almond Butter
- May 2011: Allie from Pimp My Protein Shake and Random Teaspoon
- June 2011: Janetha from Meals & Moves
- July 2011: Charlotte from The Great Fitness Experiment
- August 2011: Jenn from Girl Heroes
- September 2011: Katie from A Joy In Class
- October 2011: Michelle from A Shade of Grey
- November 2011: Justine from Confessions of a SAHM
- December 2011: Lara from Thinspired Blog
- January 2012: Caitlin from Operation Beautiful Operation Beautiful, the book; and Healthy Tipping Point;
- February 2012: Deb from Smoothie Girl Eats Too
I want to thank Carolyn Hinojos at MaCher for her fabulous job with the graphic design. Many, many hours of work went into the fun backgrounds and details that she created in the photos for this calendar. Finally, I would like to thank my husband, Derek because I could not have done this project without him.
Any profits of sales from the calendar will be donated to USC Norris Cancer Hospital. This hospital and doctors Ann Mohrbacher and Don Feinstein helped to keep my Dad living life to the fullest for years beyond what was predicted.
Edited to add: While it's well-known that USC Norris is one of the leading cancer researching facilities in the world, this article was posted on 11/19/10 to Medical News Today indicating more Phase I clinical trials will be brought to the center. This will mean more research dollars for drugs that can help cancer patients.
Here is a sneak peak at the calendar. The captions are not included in the actual calendar. I just love to caption photos, so I couldn't resist doing so for this post. Enjoy!
|Daddy-o & me; and the story behind the calendar|
|January 2011: Susan is a personal trainer who is balanced and wise beyond her years.|
|February 2011: Abby looks glam 'smoking' veggies.|
|March 2011: Tiffany is just doing what we all dream about. Admit it.|
|April 2011: Heather is one groovy mama. Can you believe that there is a teeny Summer inside that belly?|
|May 2011: Allie wrote one of the most creative food/smoothie blogs ever!|
|June 2011: Check out Janetha's sultry moves|
|July 2011: Dad called this Charlotte's Betty Grable pose (I know, I had to google it too)|
|August 2011: Jenn makes KettleBells look positively sexy|
|September 2011: Katie is a local LA model, actor and rapping Spin instructor. Yo.|
|Michelle is, like, totally rad|
|November 2011: Make sure Grandpa passed his cardiac stress test before letting him see Miss November, Justine!|
|December 2011: The Five-A-Day ad campaign should hire Lara as their spokeswoman. The world would be a healthier place.|
|January 2012: Caitlin, channeling her Beautiful inner Farrah|
|February 2012: I had many reservations about being in the calendar, but my Dad really, really insisted.|
If you would like to order a calendar to help support cancer research and as a memento of your blogging days, drop me an email at: LASmoothieGirl(at)gmail (dot) com. Cost is $15 including shipping within the USA for the first 80 that are sold. Thereafter it will be $17.99 plus shipping directly from the printer. Non-US residents, email me and I can let you know how much it costs to ship.
This calendar is dedicated to the memory of my father, Marty Cohan. He appreciated humor and beauty, both of which are represented in these pages. While he never saw the finished product, I know that he would have been more than pleased.
Thank you for sharing this journey with us!