Happy Monday, everybody! I hope you had a great weekend. I’m sure when you visited the site this morning, things look a little bit different! I’m so excited to share with you the newly redesigned Double Chin Diary. Here are a couple changes I want you to know about, because without you, dear reader, this site is only two girls typing their stories to the great vast internet. You make it come alive by giving us a peanut gallery, support, knowledge and encouragement, and for that, we’re forever grateful.
1) Most of you know my sister April has been contributing to the blog for a couple months now. April will now be joining us at least once a week, hopefully twice, to help me out as I finish the last two crazy months of my master’s degree. Because we love to talk and have a lot to say, you’ve probably noticed that we’re now blogging Monday through Friday, every day! April is someone I look up to in many ways and because she’s been there and done that and lost 50 pounds before, and she’s on a vigilant quest to return to her thinner self. I’m so excited to share this journey with her and have you all follow along. Two is always better than one (unless we’re talking about STDs or parking tickets…ok, I guess two is not always better than one, but in this case, it is!) At the very least, the name of this blog is perfect for DOUBLE the bloggers – double the weight loss, double the humor, double the chins!
2) The look, feel and functionality of this website has been the work of many talented people. I am honored to have had help from Amy Adams Illustrations (the cute cartoons of April and I), 412 Customs (The adorable food icons like Mrs. Strawberry and Pinkie Doughnut) and most recently, Jumpstartist. As my body and weight loss journey have changed, this blog has also changed. This new design is easier on your eyes, loads faster, and has a more streamlined feel to feature my posts. I’m thrilled about the new look and I hope you like it, too. Special thanks to my friend the JumpStartist for putting so much time and energy into making sure my blog is a wonderfully inviting place on the internet. When I started blogging two years ago, I never imagined it’d get to a point where people I didn’t actually know visited my blog just because they wanted to! (And a big thank you to those who’ve followed along from day one. You’re OG!) It’s always so awesome to see your dreams take shape and become less of a “Oh, that’d be nice” and more of a “Wow, this is actually happening!”
3) You all know I’m a fan of reviewing products and giveaways. As this blog grows, more opportunities are being presented to me, but I want you to know that I only review products I believe in, and would never write a positive review just because I’m getting free stuff. From now on, I will make a valiant effort to make sure anytime I review something, there’s something in it for you, too – a coupon code, or a chance to win one for yourself. Blogging is awesome but first and foremost the Double Chin Diary is about the stories, so I never want to be too selly-sell. With that said, you may notice occasional advertisements popping up to help me cover some maintenance costs, etc. But don’t worry – once again, I’ll never trade my soul for free stuff or money.
I think that’s it!!! I hope you have a wonderful day, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a winner for the Diet to Go food giveaway, and a post about my weekend berry picking adventure!