My Michigan Grocery Options

July 30, 2019

When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be a contestant on “Supermarket Sweep,” a game show that culminated with people running through a supermarket at top speed.

It wasn’t a good show, but it was fun, and it combined two of my favorite things, Read the rest of this entry »

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!