A Simply Giveaway!

Happy Thursday! It’s the end of the week! We made it! Not only that, but the month of January is drawing to a close. A perfect time to take a look back at the goals I set out for this month and review how I did.

Usually, I set goals at the start of every month, but this month I created a list of Simply Switches as inspired by The Simply Bar. Cathy from Wellness Foods shared this idea with me and I immediately got excited about it. I’d been slacking in the goal department lately, so switching out unwanted habits with better ones sounded a lot more doable! And, well, simple ;) Here’s how they described it:

Simply Switches is our “get real” resolution – a campaign to make
health a habit, one switch at a time.

What are Simply Switches? They’re small, achievable shifts in
eating, exercise and lifestyle habits – simple changes that don’t
require a lot of effort, but really go the distance for your health. A
Simply Switch can be choosing a green tea instead of a sugary latte
in the afternoon, or going to a yoga class after work instead of going
home to watch TV.

By making 2 or 3 Simply Switches each day, we’re inspiring positive
changes that actually last. Join us!

And here are the switches I chose:

1. Switch out sugary desserts with natural sweets.

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I can happily say that I have made the switch! Mind you, I still have one sugary sweet a day. But that’s down from three. A big step for me in my self-proclaimed sugar addiction. Thanks to citrus season I now have a clementine at the end of the meal. Natural sugar as opposed to processed sugar. We’ll just forget those few days surrounding my b-day…mmmkay?

2. Switch out 5 minutes of internet time for meditation time.

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This is the one switch I was most pumped about, and the one I failed at. I’m contemplating taking a meditation class. A period of time when I’m forced to do it. Otherwise, it’s just one of those things I never schedule to do on my own. Any meditative personal trainers out there?

3. Switch out one workout a week with yoga.

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Even though I spent a good chunk of the month sick in bed and not exercising, I still call this one a successful switch. My yoga attendance has doubled since the New Year and will only continue to increase (more on a new yoga venture in a future post). I haven’t been feeling as enthusiastic about my fitness since leaving my favourite gym in Fredericton nine months ago. But creating a yoga practice of my own has infused passion into my own personal fitness again. Finally.

4. Switch out unreplied e-mails for replied ones!


I’m not sure about you guys, but I’m terrible for reading e-mails quickly when I don’t have time to respond to them, then completely forgetting about them. I reallyreally tried to set aside e-mail time every day this month. And I got a lot more diligent about not marking e-mails read until a proper response had been sent out. I still wouldn’t call this “switched,” but it’s at least set the ball in motion to get me more on top of it.

I also made some other switches as the month went on. I made my own protein bars. I switched out “sitting on my butt time” with “going out and exploring time.” Which I’ve done quite well with thankyouverymuch. I switched out my afternoon coffee or diet coke with club soda or tea. And I made homemade bread instead of buying some.

I love encouraging my readers to set goals along with me so we can support each other and work toward enjoying life more together. So this month I also encouraged YOU to set Simply Switches of your own. Well this time the reward isn’t just the feeling of accomplishment. The Simply Bar is rewarding your hard work with not one, but TWO prizes and chances to win.

First off, you could win The Ultimate Healthy Prize Package.


  • All in one digestive enzymes from Digestive Wellness. The only enzyme that breaks down wheat, dairy, beans and fat. As much bean enzymes as Beano and as much lactase as Lactaid. (Worth $21)
  • Amazing sleep kits from Crowne Plaza, including an eye mask, ear plugs, linen spray, plug in night light, and drape clip. All the essentials for a good night sleep! (Worth $10)
  • Wonderful natural skin care from Ella’s Botanicals. Win 2 of the following 4 products: Chai Latte Moisturizing Soap, Almond Scrub Soap, Yummy Almond Uplifting Lotion, and My Darling Clementine Lotion. (Worth $10)
  • Wonderful organic and fair trade dark chocolate products from Cocoa Camino. Hot chocolate, coconut and dark chocolate bars. So good for the earth and good for you! (Worth $10)
  • Gluten free, organic, and simply delicious pasta for the whole family, from Go Go Quinoa. (Worth $11)
  • “Gloves Off” Stain Remover Spray and IQ Non Toxic Cleaning Spray (made from plants and natural resources), from Planet People. (Worth $20)
  • The Hormone Diet by Dr Natasha Turner. This is a revolutionary book in that it is a “fool-proof plan to balance your life, one hormone at a time.” (Worth $25)
  • One workout with MedX Fitness. An amazing and intense workout, recently lauded in the Globe and Mail. (Worth $89)
  • Delicious and easy to make, loose leaf tea, from Nourishtea. (Worth $10)
  • Simply Bars: Delicious and filling! Win one box of your favorite flavor of Simply Bars. More protein and less calories than any other protein bar. (Worth ($45)
  • Simply Protein Oatmeal: A great way to start your day with 12 g protein and more fiber than sugar – 5g fiber, 4g sugar. (Worth $8)

I know! Right!? On top of that, Cathy has offered to throw in a second prize of a box of Simply Bars in the flavour of your choice. Because she loves you all that much.

To be entered to win one of the two prizes you have to visit this link that will take you to the Simply Switches website. Once you are there, go to the guestbook. Leave a comment saying you’re from The Great Balancing Act and tell them what switch you made this month. Got it? If you have any trouble let me know.

Now here’s the important part… you have 24 hours to submit your switch. So until 10pm EST on Friday, Jan 28.

Good luck! And if you win, choose the Caramel Simply Snacks. They’re my favourite :)

Posted on January 27, 2011, in Goals and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. MMM. That looks so good. Just as you, Susan, I am trying to make the change from fake and artificial sugars to natural sweets such as fruit. I’m doing a lot better then before, thank goodness. I like the replacing internet time to yoga time-how soothing.

  2. Ah by yoga-I meant mediation. My brain thinks slower then my fingers sometimes ha. :)

  3. Ouu I entered! This pregnant lady would LOVE to win those bars:)

  4. im banned from that link.
    janetha sent me there yesterday but they called me a spammer so i can’t get back in.
    if you want to enter me, i wold love to be entered :)

  5. I posted my switch! Thank you for the opportunity!

  6. I entered, my switch is herbal tea instead of diet soda. I would to try a simply bar, they look so good.

  7. Set a timer and schedule it in–five minutes, that’s all it takes. If you have something in the oven, turn off all other distractions in your house and plop down on the floor for five minutes of quiet time. That doesn’t mean your thoughts will stop at all, but rather that you’re just letting them do their thing without judging or distraction.

    It’s like anything else in that if you schedule it, you can do it. Maybe post-posting or pre-posting so that it’s connected to your Internet time swap? Just a thought :) Fun giveaway, as I love cleaning products!

    • Oooh, I like the idea of doing it before or after I post, because that’s something I do every day and will remind me to do it! Even though the month is up, I’m still going to keep working on it :)

  8. This has got to be the BEST giveaway ever. Thanks, Susan! xoxo

  9. wow, what an awesome giveaway!

    I posted in their guestbook, too, but my switches this month are eating less animal products and drinking more green tea.

  10. Great giveaway! Just posted my switch.

  11. You did so good with your switches! I’m going to go post mine right away. Such an awesome giveaway!

  12. Awesome giveaway! :) Several gluten free options too! :)

  13. I left a comment on the guestbook over at Simply Switches. Awesome Idea! For me, this year, I gave myself the gift of “unsubscribe” to reduce inbox clutter and that odd guilty feeling you sometimes get when deleting unread emails. So my unread, deleted emails are going away and I am dealing with emails I want to read and receive.

    Another change we have made is to cook meals at home, from scratch, at least five times a week. No out of the freezer, no out of the box, no take out. It has been a challenge to implement, but it is working and we will be healthier in the long run.


  14. THAT is an awesome giveaway! :) Have a great weekend my dear!

  15. I entered the giveaway, thanks for letting us know about it.

    Here’s a great site that tries to get you to take two full minutes to do nothing….it’s a challenge that I thought would be easy…it’s not and I am working on it!

  16. Great giveaway! Hope you’re having a great week.

  17. I’m getting the error message “you cannot sign the guestbook at this time.”

  18. do i still have timeeeee!?

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