Re-Branding Update

A few weeks ago, I shared with you guys that I’m looking to rebrand NTTC

No Thanks to Cake Tagline | No Thanks to Cake

There were so many great suggestions, but I’ve picked one that’s going to be my tagline moving forward.

Rebranding NTTC | No Thanks to Cake

I just loved this one, and it’s going to be incorporated into not only my blog header and other PR documents.  Now, it won’t be an overnight process because I’ve got to engage the professionals to do all the fancy WordPress work behind the scenes.  Just the same, I can’t wait to see the final product.

Kenlie – - Thanks for coming up with just the right words for the tagline, when I was struggling!  Your Target gift card will be on its way!! xoxo

As far as NTTC is concerned, expect to see a lot of the same great content, just framed a little nicer with the addition of Kenlie’s genius tagline…

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Rebranding NTTC + a {GIVEAWAY}

I’ve been thinking about it for the past few months that I’m ready to rebrand “No Thanks to Cake” ever so slightly…

One of the most common questions I get about No Thanks to Cake is about how I came up with the name.  So, if you’ve wondered the same, and haven’t asked… here goes.

There was a period of time where cake was something I never was really able to say no to.  It was ever-present in my office building, around every corner for a celebration of a birthday or a success, and it always took everything in me to say no to that slice of sugary goodness.  Very rarely did I choose me, but I often chose cake. 

When I joined Jenny, I decided to break up with cake, if you will… and to say “no thanks” to all the sugary treats that had been my kryptonite for so long.

Fast forward three years… and I still don’t eat much cake.  In most cases, I’ll say “no thanks” or pick the smallest of small pieces.  I’ve also learned many tricks about making cakes taste absolutely delicious, despite having some sneaky low-fat ingredients.  I’ve figured out a way to make it work… and, I’ve indulged in many a Jenny Craig cake over time as well.

No Thanks to Cake Tagline | No Thanks to Cake

The thing is, while life is incredibly fabulous, there is still time for dessert.  Yep, I said it… Dessert has certainly taken a new form, but there is always room.  After all, if there weren’t desserts in my world, you never would have seen these yummy recipes (Click on the pics to see the full recipes!)

Red Velvet Better than Sex Cake | No Thanks to Cake

Peanut Butter Tagalong Trifles | No Thanks to Cake

Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars | No Thanks to Cake

Now that we’ve established I eat dessert,  

here’s where you come in…

NTTC Re-Brand Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

I am forever grateful to each of you for reading this blog… and you know the essence of No Thanks to Cake:  the weight loss stories, the healthy recipes, and all my randomness.  So, I’m asking you to help me re-brand No Thanks to Cake’s tagline.  Here are a few ideas that we came up with… I don’t love any of them…

“Making great choices since 2010″

“Choosing a healthy lifestyle never felt so great”

“Where the food is healthy and the sky’s the limit”

Leave your suggestion for a new tagline to replace “Where Life Is So Fabulous There’s No Time for Dessert”… and the selected tagline will receive a $20 gift card to my favorite store on the planet – - Target.

Target Gift Card | No Thanks to Cake

My friends and I have tried to come up with a new tagline… and ended up with nothing!  So, I thought I’d toss it out to you guys!!!  Get creative, and thanks so much!!!!

What do you think a great tagline would be for NTTC?  I’ll keep this open until next Monday, March 31 or until we have a winner!  Thanks, Everyone!!!

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A Tiny Piece of My Passion {GIVEAWAY}

When I was designing my blog, I hadn’t yet begun practicing yoga, but I wanted something active to show at the top of the page.  I went back and forth between a silhouette of a girl that was running and the image you see now of a girl in Warrior 2.

I like to think that it was my soul that chose the yoga girl, as though it knew the Proud Warrior was exactly the right image for what I wanted to become.

Yoga in the Yard | No Thanks to Cake

Since then, I’ve spent many an hour at the yoga studio.  And, I’ve fallen in love with it.

I’ve practiced Blindfolded Yoga and enjoyed Yoga in the Yard with friends.  I found myself mesmerized by Candlelight Yoga and even practiced Yoga with the Dolphins during a trip to Las Vegas…

WOW Yoga with the Dolphins Mirage | No Thanks to Cake

Most of all, my yoga practice has become this beautiful escape.  For that one hour during the day, I can completely escape my thoughts, my to-do list, and just BREATHE.  It is the most healing 60 minutes I spend in any given day.

Right before Christmas, I was introduced to a new company called Affirmats, and I just loved their mission and their products.  Their beautiful, beautiful mats are emblazoned with amazing mantras to motivate you through your practice.  The type of mantras that can transform your practice… and I knew I had to have one.

Affirmats | No Thanks to Cake

Isn’t this mat amazing?  I practiced on my Affirmat for the first time on January 1, and I really felt like it helped me push through my planks in a way I never expected!  Not only are the mats beautiful, but they are motivating!

Other facts about this gorgeous mat… it’s Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic, and Slip Resistant.  And, AWEsome!  Especially since it even motivated me to practice at home… with Jillian Michaels!  Whoa… it has magical powers, as well!

At-Home Yoga | No Thanks to Cake

So… are you interested in having an AFFIRMAT of your own??? Well, today is your lucky day!!

My new friends over at Affirmats gifted me the mat above and have offered to send one to one of my VERY LUCKY readers here at NTTC!

Affirmats Yoga Mat Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

Enter to win by filling out the Rafflecopter below!  This giveaway will remain open until Friday, January 24th at 12:00am.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note:  Affirmats provided me with their product that appears above for this review and giveaway; however, the opinions expressed above are my own.  

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1099 Days Later {and a GIVEAWAY}

The fact that it’s been three years STILL blows my mind.

1099 Days Later | No Thanks to Cake

Friday marked the three-year anniversary of starting on the Jenny Craig program and beginning this little ol’ blog of mine.

When I think back to how this whole thing got started, I’m really surprised that I made it through and I’m mostly GRATEFUL.

Mostly, I’m amazed that I have kept the weight off for the most part.  Truth be told, I’m up about 10 pounds over the past 6 months or so, but I still consider this process a win.  And, while I’m about 20 pounds from my goal, I try not to focus on that.

1099 Days Later | No Thanks to Cake

One thing I’ve learned over the past few years is that I cannot and will not be controlled by three numbers.  I just can’t.  I’ll use them as a gauge… I’ll always check in with my scale to make sure things are around where I want them to be, but I’m done with being a slave to 165.

When I think back upon my life, it’s always been about losing the weight.  It’s always been about that number, and my efforts to get there.  In some weird way, I mistook that for my purpose.

1099 Days Later | No Thanks to Cake

While I’ll always appreciate the BEFORE, the AFTER has changed my life and opened my eyes to all that is out there.  I now know that my purpose is SO MUCH MORE than I ever thought it to be.  Once you check one off one of your dreams off your list, it makes room for the others.

Truth be told, I started seeing a life coach about two weeks ago.  I’m sure I’ll write more about it in upcoming weeks… but it’s all about achieving my purpose, exploring my passion, capturing my dreams, and living my new life as an “after.”

Passion Bracelet Fierce Forward | No Thanks to Cake

You may remember me posting the fabulous Fierce Forward “Passion” bracelet I wear, a few weeks ago.  That’s all part of the process I’m going through now.  And, slowly but surely… I feel it working.

My friend Ashley over at Fierce Forward offered to give one of her GORGEOUS bracelets away as part of my annual “NTTC Blogiversary Giveaway.”  So, you have a chance to win one of your own!!

Fierce Forward Bracelets | No Thanks to Cake

The bracelet that we chose to give away is the PURPOSE bracelet.  Not only is it beautiful, handmade by the artist, and made from limited edition African trade beads, but also its message is powerful, and one I thought would resonate with a lot of you.

Purpose Fierce Forward Bracelet | No Thanks to Cake

This pretty piece is part of the Limitless Collection, which offers you  ’7 steps to any goal.’ Not surprisingly, purpose is the first step. After all, You have to have a clear purpose to move forward towards your goal/vision.

Before After | No Thanks to Cake

I fully know that had I not put a strong plan in place to lose the weight, I would have still been a BEFORE.  With the support of my family, friends, and all of you lovelies… I’ve been able to make this three-year journey a reality!  Thanks for being with me every step of the way!

To enter to win your very own Fierce Forward Purpose bracelet, use the Rafflecopter box below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To peruse Ashley’s entire collection of fabulous jewels, click here.  Not only do I wear one daily, but I’ve gifted two this year.  They make wonderfully thoughtful presents to the people in your life.

What is your “purpose”?

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