Las Vegas Prize Package GIVEAWAY!

April 25, 2014

It’s been nearly two months since I went to Las Vegas and raced up the stairs of the Stratosphere tower. I received some awesome freebies while I was there, and I’m going to give them away! Keep reading to learn how to win my Las Vegas Prize Package GIVEAWAY!


Me and the Stratosphere.

The prize package is basically a free meal and a free show for two people in Las Vegas.  I’m giving away four coupons for free stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

Siggi’s Yogurt GIVEAWAY!

March 18, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway, but recently, the perfect opportunity presented itself. My friend Joanne got coupons for free yogurt directly from Siggi’s, and she gave me a few. I’ve decided to pay it forward. Keep reading to learn how you can win two free cups of Siggi’s Yogurt!

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We Have A NEW Winner! Plus, Kitchen Sink Smoothie

April 28, 2012

Happy Saturday!

So I have bad news and I have good news. The bad news is that Randi Marie Simpson failed to come forward to claim the Edible Arrangements fresh fruit bouquet that she won yesterday. As I explained when I announced the contest, and again when the winner’s name was announced, the winner has 24 hours to email me to claim their prize. Unfortunately, Randi didn’t email me – and I checked my Spam folder and everything.

The good news is that someone else now has a chance of winning the fresh fruit bouquet! I went through the same process as before with the random number generator at, and a new winner was generated. That number was 81, and the 81st comment belonged to…

GEORGINA FIGUEROA!  Yay, you won! Here’s Georgina’s comment:


Same rules apply: This post went live at 7:15pm PST on Saturday, April 28th, and you have 24 hours (until 7:15pm PST on Sunday, April 29th) to send me an email at to claim your prize. Remember how, when you left the winning comment, you had to provide an email address? You gotta email me from that address (which I can see but no one else can) so I know it’s you and not an imposter!

I’m tired of picking winners. Georgina, come claim your prize!!!

**Update: Georgina has claimed the prize. Congrats, Georgina!**

Moving on…

I’ve never been a huge smoothie person. I’ve enjoyed them occasionally, but it rarely crosses my mind to make my own smoothies in my own kitchen. That might be starting to change. And I have frozen fruit to blame thank.

A few weeks ago, I came across strawberries at a ridiculous prize: $1.25 for a one-pound container. I spent $5 and bought four – I couldn’t pass it up! Unfortunately for me, it was one day after a big visit to another supermarket, and I was already loaded up on fruit. So I washed and hulled all 4 pounds of strawberries, put them in a big container, and froze ’em.

Earlier in the week, it occurred to me that the strawberries would make a great base for a smoothie. They’d both flavor and chill the smoothie at the same time, and I do love when fruit is capable of multitasking. So I made a smoothie. And I enjoyed it.

Yesterday, I made another smoothie. And I jotted down what I used to make it, so I could share with you.

There are a bazillion smoothie recipes out there, and I didn’t look at a single one. I pulled out all my fruits and vegetables and tossed a bunch of stuff in, including a few things that probably have no right being in a smoothie. But that’s the joy of smoothies (and why I call mine Kitchen Sink Smoothies): You can throw pretty much anything in there, and add enough fruit, and it’ll taste great! I have a hunch I’ll never make a smoothie the same way twice.

I started with about 1/4 cup skim milk. Then I added a handful of frozen strawberries, and a handful of frozen grapes (which taste awesome frozen; they’re a great snack all by themselves). Then I went through my veggies to see what was closest to going bad. I settled on 3 roma tomatoes and a zucchini. I roughly chopped ’em up, and added them in. And, just to bulk it up with veggies a little further, I added 2 baby eggplant and a radish (I thought the heat might be a nice touch). Then I added more sweetness by throwing a pear and kiwi into the mix.

The end result, as shown above, wasn’t sickly sweet. It was perfect. Couldn’t taste the zucchini or eggplant (the two items I was most skeptical about), and because of all the veggies, I didn’t worry about it being a huge calorie bomb, like some smoothies can be (especially at juice bars). It ended up being a lot of smoothie, too – I was drinking smoothie for half the day, without any guilt at all!

I’m already thinking about what I can use in my next smoothie.

Keep it up, David!

Who Won the Giveaway? WAS IT YOU?

April 27, 2012

The Big Day Has Arrived!

In total, there were 911 entries in my Edible Arrangements giveawayNINE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN! That’s a lot of entries! That’s hundreds and hundreds more than I was ever expecting! I guess a lot of people really like Edible Arrangements, and I don’t blame them. I do too!

So which one of those 911 blog comments is the winning one? I used to pick a winner. First, I plugged in the parameters: I wanted a random number between 1 and 911.

Then, I clicked on that “Generate” button, and here’s the random number that was generated for me:


So who had the 788th comments? One-handed drum roll, please…

The 788th comment belonged to… RANDI MARIE SIMPSON!

Let’s see Randi’s winning entry, shall we?

Even though the rules said you could enter up to three times (provided you ‘liked’ and followed Edible Arrangements on Facebook and Twitter), Randi only entered once. And that was all she needed!

LISTEN UP, RANDI! This post went live at 3am PST on Friday, April 27th, and you have 24 hours (until 3am PST on Saturday, April 28th) to send me an email at to claim your prize. Remember how, when you left the comment, you had to provide an email address? You gotta email me from that address (which I can see but no one else can) so I know it’s you and not an imposter!

I’ll reply to your email, confirming that it was received, and I’ll introduce you to the folks at Edible Arrangements, who will help you claim the prize.

If I don’t get an email by 3am on Saturday, than I’m picking another number and someone else will win your fresh fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements! And you don’t want that to happen!

Congrats, Randi! I hope you enjoy the prize and I hope your mom likes it too!

A big thanks to everyone that entered – I know that a lot of you were first-time visitors to Keep It Up, David, and I hope you stop by again! I got a lot to say, and I’m not afraid to say it!

Keep it up, David!

Enter My 400th Post GIVEAWAY!

October 21, 2011

Yes, this is technically my 401st post.  But I’m still celebrating my 400th, which you can read here, and you can’t stop me!

It’s been forever since I’ve done a giveaway, and an occasion like reaching my 400th post is too good to let pass without doing something to acknowledge and thank all my lovely, supportive, insightful, and terrific readers.

Here’s what I’m giving away:

An iTunes gift card worth $20!  Winner takes all.  You can spend it on music for your workouts, healthy living apps for your iPhone or iPad, or buy an the entire 4th season of Jersey Shore (and still have a penny left over) – do whatever you want with it!

Like I mentioned yesterday, I’m honored that so many people have been stopping by and (hopefully) enjoying Keep It Up, David lately, and I come to you for help in spreading the word further.  Simply put, I want your help promoting my blog.

Here’s how this’ll work:

Go tell someone about Keep It Up, David.  How you do it doesn’t matter.  Pick up the phone, send an email, text, or tweet, post a link on your Facebook or Google+ wall, have a singing telegram delivered, approach a total stranger in the sidewalk… you know how to reach the people in your life better than I do!

What you tell them is also none of my business.  I hope you’ll share your honest opinion, even if that means directing people here because you think it’s the worst blog ever.  Simple things to do might include providing a link to, or recommending my pages on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.  You might point out that a simple way to see what I’m all about is by visiting my The Story So Far… and My Favorite Posts pages.  Again, it’s up to you.

Once you somehow spread the word, come back to THIS POST (entries submitted any other way, like via Twitter or Facebook, won’t be in the running) and leave a comment, telling me about it.  You can be as brief as you’d like.  I don’t need links or proof.  I believe in your honesty, so you’re on the honor system.  You’re honest and honorable, right?

If you choose to go nuts and use multiple forms of communication to tell everyone you know, than that’s wonderful, but I’m gonna limit entries per person to THREE.

Deadline for entries is Friday, October 28th at 12:01am, Pacific Standard Time.  On Friday, I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner and announce it on the blog.  The winner will have 48 hours to email me with their mailing address at to claim their prize.  If they don’t email in time, I’ll draw another winner, and reset the clock at 48 hour, and so on.

Questions?  Comments?  GOOD LUCK!

Oh – I should mention that I’m not in cahoots with iTunes.  I purchased the gift card myself.

Before I sign off, I just want to mention how happy I am that it’s Friday!  I determined earlier this week that Friday would be a rest day, and tonight I had a great workout, for the sixth day in a row.  I did 5 minutes of warm-up on the treadmill, then 40 minutes with weights (and I threw in my 18 burpees, too), and then 12 minutes of brisk and steep inclined walking on the treadmill.  I am exhausted.

Keep it up, David!

And The Target Gift Card Goes To…

March 6, 2011

We have a winner!

This morning I figured out who won my Birthday Giveaway Contest and the $10 Target Gift Card prize!

There were 49 entries.  I had mentioned in the contest rules that I would be disqualifying anyone that didn’t follow the directions, but today I realized that cross-referencing 49 entries between the Comments Section and the Facebook Page would be a giant pain in the ass.  Shoulda thought of that earlier.  So I found a way to make it easier.  I decided that everyone that entered would get a number, based on the order of their blog comments.  Then, the random number generator would pick one of the numbers.  Whatever number is picked, I’ll cross-reference that entry.  If they followed the rules, then Congrats! They’re the winner!  If they didn’t, it sucks to be them, because they don’t win and I generate another random number, and so on.

So – I established the parameters at the random number generator, which I found here:

And then I clicked the “Generate” button…  can you feel the suspense?  I could barely contain myself!  The winning number is…


The fourteenth comment was left by none other than GlenSmith501, who wrote:

Let’s check the Facebook page, and make sure he left the same message there:

WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations, Glen!  I’m going to send you a message on Facebook, to we can figure out how I’m gonna get your prize to you, so be on the lookout for that.

And what an insightful and thought-provoking comment you left – I like it a lot.

A big thank you to everyone that entered.  I really enjoyed reading your entries, which ranged from poems to birthday greetings to recipes and more.  Congratulations to everyone that shared their own weight-related successes and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who said so many nice things about me.  Sometimes I still can’t wrap my head around the thought that I’m an inspiration to others, mainly because my own journey is still very much a difficult day-to-day process, but I never tire of reading compliments, that’s for sure!  The idea that there are people out there that read this blog and are inspired to make changes in their own lives truly renders me speechless.  All I can say, to all of you, is Keep it up!  And the same goes for me…

Keep it up, David!

Enter and Win My Birthday Giveaway!

March 2, 2011

My birthday is coming up.  This Saturday, March 5, I will be turning 32 years old.  And this year, I’m not gonna be the only one getting presents… one of the ways I want to celebrate is to give something away to one of the readers of this very blog!  It’s time for… My Birthday Giveaway Contest!

First, to answer the question that’s been on everyone’s mind (for the past 20 seconds):  What can I win? Drum roll, please…  it’s a…


I love Target.  I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love Target.  There are Targets all over the place.  They have a great website.  These four reasons made a Target Gift Card an easy decision when planning this giveaway.

I suppose, in the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that Target did not furnish this card, nor are they a sponsor of this blog (although they are more than welcome to contact me regarding sponsorship opportunities at the email address listed on my Contact page!).  I purchased this gift card, with my own cash money, with the express purpose of giving it away.  Possibly to YOU.

Which brings me to how to enter.  Read carefully!

1) Go to the Keep It Up, David Facebook page.

2) Post a comment on my wall.  It can be anything you want: a comment, a poem, some song lyrics, a single word, your favorite healthy recipe, a phrase that sounds dirty but really isn’t, anything.  Be creative!  (You’ll note that in order to post something, you’ll have to “like” the page by clicking the “Like” button at the top.  If you already “like” the page, and have for a while, than my thanks to you, and look at that!  You just skipped a step!)

3) Come back here, and post THE EXACT SAME thing as a Comment on this blog post.

4) That’s it!  You’ve officially entered!  I will be cross-checking all entries, so don’t think you’ll get away with just posting on either Facebook or the blog.  Anyone that doesn’t post on both will be disqualified.  If you don’t post THE EXACT SAME thing on both, you’ll be disqualified too!  If you’re not on Facebook, than you better sign up, because there’s no other way that you’re gonna win!

The DEADLINE is 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time) on Friday, March 4, 2011. That’s the last minute I’ll be 31 years old.

Now you’re thinking, “Great! I’ve successfully posted something witty and insightful on both the Keep It Up, David Facebook Page, and as a Comment on this blog post – how will he determine a winner?”  That’s a GREAT question.

Everyone that enters will be assigned a number, based on the order in which your entry is received.  Then, after the deadline passes, I’ll use the Random Number Generator at to pick a winner!  I’d like to say that this will happen on Saturday, March 5, but that’s my birthday, so in all actuality it may not happen until Sunday, March 6.  Hopefully the suspense won’t prevent you from sleeping!

Once I have a winner, I’ll contact you via email to figure out delivery.  You’ll have the choice of a e-GiftCard, which will arrive in your inbox within a matter of hours (but can only be used at, or an actual gift card that I can pop in the mail.  Decisions, decisions!

Good luck – and tell all your friends!

Keep it up, David!


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