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MizFit’s Halfassed Friday Rhyme. (subtitle: Im emptying the wallet, People, & need your help.)

Fri, Dec 19, 2008

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Last days before Christmas.

They busy for you?

It is up in herre

& MizFit’s a Jew!

A few gifts to buy.

as Ive no craft gene.

To give what *I* make?

exceedingly mean.

Ill find time to relax

I have a few plans

of ways to forget

the holiday demands!

(You having guests?

People coming next week?

You hosting a dinner?!

that’s not for the meek!)

This weekend I shall

embrace some mindfluff.

Watch Elf, Fred Claus,

(I know. My life’s rough.)

There’s plenty time later

For reflection & such

New Years is coming.

(Though I dont resolve much.)

That’s it, Peeps. Miz done.

It’s gym time for me.

Stay warm. Have fun.

Ya’ll on Monday Ill see!

Ok people.

Im copying Hangry who, in turn, was emulating Peanutbutter Boy but with a non-foodie twist.

For every comment I receive on this post I shall donate 10 cents to Safeplace, a local domestic violence shelter.

So out yerself.


Share a little somethin’somethin’ & force Ren Man & me to dig deep into our pockets.

(Yes I shall go by total number of comments. we’re all grownups here. if you comment more than once I can kick in the extra cents. if good fortune should smile upon us, and we get over 1000 comments, I may count uniques after that.)

You have until Christmas Eve morning to spend my money so get to it.

Let’s make someone’s New Year a little brighter through our commentversation.


729 Responses to “MizFit’s Halfassed Friday Rhyme. (subtitle: Im emptying the wallet, People, & need your help.)”

  1. s says:


    just putting in my ten cents … ahaha.

  2. elliedee says:

    Great idea! Here’s another 10.

  3. LOLfitness says:

    That’s very nice of you!

  4. Stephanie Quilao says:

    Here’s a comment for my Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  5. Meeshy says:

    Commenting for the greater good! / Also delurking…

  6. aishchai says:

    I think you left out the bit about the dreidl….

  7. Xenia says:

    Helping you be a little more generous. ;)

    Happy holidays, Miz and fam!

  8. crazylady says:

    Great idea! Good for you.

  9. MizFit says:

    aishchai? that’s this weekend (wink)
    and thanks you guys.


    With all the stretched finances, increased alcohol consumption and the pressures of family holidays domestic violence is one crime which, sadly, is guaranteed to spike over the holidays.

    It’s not a lot but every little bit helps and Im still working to find a COMPANY (hello PR Peeps!) to match anything we make.


    I know some of you shall attempt the napkin trick along with me. please to report back on your results.

  10. Rocco Castellano says:

    You never cease to amaze me. Keep up the awesome work. I just hope you don’t go broke being this generous during this holiday season.

  11. Rocco Castellano says:

    You never cease to amaze me. Keep up the awesome work. I just hope you don’t go broke being this generous during this holiday season.

  12. tokaiangel says:

    Like the sneaky double comment above! TA cruising in at warpspeed. I have nothing but caffeine and sleep deprivation to offer today *rushes back to work*

    TA x

  13. patty says:

    This is my first visit to your site thanks to your comment on Roni’sWeigh about how you are doing this to raise money. I know a woman (relative actually) who has dealt with domestic violence in her life and I had to take part in your comment/fund raising effort. Thank you.

  14. Leslie in Toronto says:

    MizFit, you are da bomb :)

  15. dragonmamma/naomi w. says:

    It’s not often I have the opportunity to blather about anything and be virtuous at the same time.

    As long as I’m blathering…I’m not a member of the tribe, but you’d never know it by looking at my holiday decor. Red and green is OK, but I have more of a fondness for Hannukah Blue. As a result, my holiday stuff revolves around snowflake and snowman designs.

    Starts this Sunday, right? Same day as Winter Solstice this year. So, a happy Hannukah and a merry pagan celebration to all this weekend. May your oil never run out.

  16. Lance says:

    Popcorn and movies…sound fabulous!

    Have a great weekend, Miz!

  17. MizFit says:

    I know a woman (relative actually) who has dealt with domestic violence in her life and I had to take part in your comment/fund raising effort.

    patty? I got chocked up after reading your comment. some may say it’s because my toddler has been refusing to let me sleep—-I beg to differ.


    Yep dragonmamma. this weekend. yep dragonmamma I AM CRACKING UP that your movie was returned to me for insufficient postage when the POST OFFICE TOLD ME HOW MUCH TO USE!

    why laughing? because I refuse to get miffed this holiday season!

    Miz, who is loving that, today, she is yammering in her own comments and paying to do so!

  18. RUpal says:

    Miz- How sweet and selfless are you and the hubby this holiday season!! Thanks for looking out for those less fortunate.

    BTW- crossed the pond!! YAY! Have a great weekend!!

  19. Erica says:

    Of course I will comment for a cause- its hard work…but someones gotta do it ;) Hope you have some great plans this weekend! We have the usual- holiday parties and such :) Excited for a short work week next week hoooray!

  20. dragonmamma/naomi w. says:

    I was wondering where that was! I was blaming the post office, which I try not to do since my husband is a letter carrier.

    (You do know about “media rate”, right? DVDs, tapes and books can be sent much cheaper as long as you tell them what’s inside.)

  21. Louise says:

    What a great idea. Love the site. Have a lovely holiday.

  22. bea says:

    Can I send your post link around the net??

    wasn’t sure if that would make for too many comments.

  23. Renda says:

    Add my 10 cents worth.

    Thanks so much

  24. Kamu says:

    Cool idea. I’ve got nothing clever to contribute to the conversation but at least I contribute this virtual 10 cents to the pot!

  25. TheSkinnyPlate says:

    Thanks for spreading your kindness around.

  26. MizFit says:

    bea? anyone? Feel free.

    My plan had been to donate 50 cents or at least a quarter a comment when I averaged how many comments I get—-and then I had a vision of being so lucky that I was deluged with comments and scaled back.

    If I don’t get what I hope—I’ll just jack up the amount per comment ;)

    Gonna total it all up Christmas Eve morning (and hope I’ve got that ‘company’ into match!).

  27. Lynn says:

    Love the poem. Love your funds idea. As someone who benefitted once from the kindness of volunteers at a domestic violence agency, I thank you. Rock on, my friend.

  28. Kim says:

    Great idea! Here’s a comment :D

  29. ttfn300 says:

    woohoo, here’s a comment to celebrate your generosity :)

    Let me know how the pork-sweet potatoes turns out if you try it!

  30. Mary Beth Rogers says:

    I love adding my two cents worth and I just love spending someone elses money LOL…. Anyways great cause every little bit helps. My sister lived in domestic violence all of her adult like until she ended her own life. Thanks miz it means so much.

  31. Zandria says:

    YAY for you for doing this! You’re a wonderful woman! Hope you have a fantastic weekend. :)

  32. Just_Kelly says:

    COMMENT! YAY, great idea!

  33. Kathy says:

    Nice idea….I hope the comments keep coming.

  34. Leigh Anne says:

    Well I gotta get in on this too. I love hearing these stories of random acts of kindness :)

  35. Marianne says:

    Ok. Worthy cause, good job. Now, because I am me… We have a snow day today. Coming down hard, and there is going to be plenty of domestic drama around here if my sons do not do some serious shoveling of their bedrooms!

    Paper napkins. My inner Martha just died a little… Cooking for the holiday? Crown Roast of Pork. Will not be patronizing the butcher who mangled the beef tenderloin…

    Thank goodness you’re not a goy…Santa would not be grooving on Chia Cookies!!

  36. Tom Rooney says:

    This is absolutely a great cause Miz. I’m married to a wonderful woman that was battered by her 1st boy friend and it took her years to get out of that relationship. Please add my 10 cents to this effort. Thanks

  37. MizFit says:

    (*clink of change in the MizFit tzdakah box. SHOSH? You out there? ;) )

    Marianne? I love that you’re you.

    And here’s a little known story.

    Once upon a time TinyMizMiz was a goy.
    She baked cookies for girls and boy.
    She longed for a Christmas toy.
    Her parents were filled with pride & joy.

    Then Santa came to try.
    Took one bite & shouted WHY??
    Oh golly gee Oh me OH MY!
    These chia cookies make me cry.

    That’s a poem. From my thumbs to you.
    What made this BIGBIG Miz a Jew.
    Is any of this rhyming true?
    I leave that decision up to YOU.

    what dont I leave up to you? please to send this post on to a friend. I know. Im asking. Help me show a bigbig company here in the ATX that we blog peeps know how to raise money and that they should MATCH US (if they can :) ).

  38. Marcie says:

    For those of us house bound due to snow we appreciate the creative suggestions!

  39. Marisa says:

    Love it!!! Here’s my ten!
    Have a good holiday!

  40. Marste says:

    LOL, Miz! Well, here’s my ten cents. ;)

    OT: the pinning? Not hard on WordPress. There’s a check-box off to the right before you post that will let you “Pin this to the front page.” On other apps? Not so sure. Try the help section of the app you’re using, maybe? Before WordPress’s was obvious, that’s how I found mine. ;)

  41. Jennifer says:

    Happy Holidays to everyone!

  42. amy says:

    really really great idea Miz.

    you walk the walk in saying that the blog is bigger than you are.

  43. Evan says:

    I will let the entire office know I read a girlblog LOL and send this around.

  44. Robin says:

    Yay MizFit! Happy Holidays. I’ll also link over to your site from mine. :)

  45. Deb says:

    Thanks, Miz. You have the true holiday spirit, blue/white or red/green - it makes no difference. We are all brothers/sisters under the skin (we are FAT RELATIVES!!!) and when we help each other we are really helping ourselves.

    Have a Cheerful Channukkah or a Merry Christmas or a Festivus for the Restofus, but for sure, CELEBRATE.

  46. Donnalouise says:

    Carla, that’s of thoughtful of you!!! Comment! Comment! Comment! :)

  47. Natalia Burleson says:

    That is funny about the package being returned for more postage, when the PO told you how much to put on. Wow! LOL

    One time I was standing in line at the PO and one of the workers was telling the person in front of me that a package had 20 cents postage due and I piped up and said how come we don’t get money back when we use too much postage. The post office didn’t respond well to that question.

  48. Tootie says:

    I found your blog your Zandria. What a great idea about donating to the shelter!

  49. Lynn C says:

    Wow, that’s really nice of you. Back in the day (ie when I was at college) I did some volunteer work for Avalon, the local battered wives shelter… and usually, when I get one of those “free turkey” gift cards from our grocery store for shopping 21 weeks out of 23 and spending at least $40.01 per trip, I donate those as well…

    Good on you, mate!

  50. slenderella says:

    Hey there, Miz! Thanks for doing some thinking for me. The comment you left motivated me to plan ahead. Even if I do indulge, at least I am aware.

    Cute poem, and love the generosity! I hope it spreads.

  51. Shivers says:

    Ah how can I resist a request like that? :) Nice work Miz, this is a great idea and a very selfless gesture.

    We just got an email here in work with our totals for the charity donations this year - between all 250 of us employees we have raised €18,000 which will go towards various disadvantaged groups of people, this is one of the rare times I’m so proud to be part of this workforce! :)

  52. Sam says:

    What a great idea. Here’s my two ten cents!

  53. Shivers says:

    Sorry that money is just for Christmas this year, not to spread over the whole year.. that wouldn’t really do much… :o )

    Oh I got another 10c in! :o )

  54. Aaliyah says:

    Just putting in my 10 cents!

  55. Lainie (Fitness Fig) says:

    Oh yay! I love spending other people’s money. I just wanted to say that your mention of not having a craft gene reminded me of a sad phase I went through in college. I got it in my head to start decorating wreaths. I’m sure I totally sucked at it and I now feel bad for all the recipients of my “crafts”. I have since decided that I don’t have the talent nor the patience to make anything with my hands.

    Now I’m going to go link to this post on my blog.

  56. MizFit says:


    and with regards to the post office—you know I wanna yell at them BUT then Id be damn sure never to get my magazines again.

    and one doesnt mess with Miz and her MIND CANDY for the recumbent bike.

    thanks for the links.

  57. Sagan says:

    Look at all that popcorn! Mmmm.

    Am trying to stay warm:D

    That’s super that you’re doing the comments thing too! I heart your rhymes.

  58. karen says:

    neat idea!
    I will tell friends too.

  59. karen says:

    (copying #10)

    neat idea!
    I will tell friends too.

  60. Jackie Vettorino says:

    What a grea idea, I’m happy to support the cause. I’ll also tweet this on your behalf - help spread the word!

  61. Tricia says:

    Leaving to host a holiday party at Victoria’s school today but needed to spend your moo-la first! :)

    I am SO NOT READY for the holidays. I need to get in gear!

    Upside of the Guat trip? Lost 4 lbs! :) Tons of work and no snacks! :) And loads of bottled water! :)

    Love to the tornado!

  62. Leah J. Utas says:

    Here’s five cents times two.

  63. MizFit says:

    restating why (chingching):

    With all the stretched finances, increased alcohol consumption and the pressures of family holidays domestic violence is one crime which, sadly, is guaranteed to spike over the holidays.

    Im so thankful for all I have.

  64. keyalus says:

    What an awesome way to raise money and awareness of a terrible issue during the holiday season (‘cuz I was clueless about the domestic violence spike during the holidays!).

    Please to donate a shiny new dime on my behalf. :)

  65. Merry Mary says:

    :) (All the comment I can manage right now.)

  66. Chelsea says:

    I love love love your blog because you are living (electronic?) proof that real women with real lives can be in great shape and do it with a sense of humor. I’m trying to get into the fitness blogging thing as a way to get in better shape, and I’m de-lurking because I think this is a great cause. Happy Holidays to the Fit Family.

  67. f.B says:

    the greater good!

  68. Linda/Hughsmom says:

    It snows
    I shovel
    a path to my hovel

    The wind blows
    I shovel
    New path to my hovel.

    So glad for a shovel
    and my safe hovel.

    And donate a rhyme
    So you add my dime

    : - )

  69. Sam says:

    You never cease to amaze me - even after 20 years. Love you.

  70. Jill says:

    J’adore la Miz.

  71. Fattygetsfit says:

    i will donate $1 for every pound i should lose
    ($12 at this moment)
    tell FGF where to mail a check to you Miz (i believe you have my e-mail)

    This is a cause I feel VERY strongly about. I have several clients (read: teen girls, usually with babies) and even some close grown up friends of mine who are in DV relationships and are either in denial about it or don’t know how to get out of them.

    Really, I’m serious. Tell me where to send a shiny green check. This comment is now with $12.10

  72. charlotte says:

    I love you MizFit! Bless your great big heart! Here’s to a dime revolution:)

  73. SlackerMama says:

    Another dime toward the cause!

    What a great idea…Happy Holidays!

  74. suzanne says:

    What a great idea for a good cause!!

  75. Alexia says:

    Here’s another 10!

    LOL re: “Hangry”. My husband has a thick French accent and I can never tell if he’s “hungry” or “angry” (and I’m normally really good with accents!)

  76. Robin says:

    What a great idea!

    Kara’s second birthday is tomorrow. Mine was last tuesday, Kent’s was the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Busy doesn’t even begin to describe what’s going on over herre.

  77. JavaChick says:

    Adding my 10 cents worth…


  78. dietgirl says:

    what a great idea… here’s another 10!

    happy holidays to you :)

  79. aishchai says:

    If I comment again, will you give an extra 10 cents?

  80. Pubsgal says:

    It’s 6 am
    Hardly thinking straight
    But I think
    Your fundraiser is great!
    THANKS, MIZ!!!
    (*yawn*…off to start the morning madness. Greatful that the biggest drama here is getting Thing 1 to do his homework and getting Thing 2 to leave him alone while he does.)

  81. Dr. J says:

    You guys are sooooo special!!

    All the best, this holiday season!!

  82. nicole says:

    Good for you! You make a difference in this world.

  83. Christine says:

    delurking to say I really enjoy your blog

  84. Christine says:


  85. Christine says:

    Very much so even.

  86. Dolce Debbie says:

    What a phenomenal thing you’re doing! Thanks for caring. Happy Hanakuh

  87. FLG says:

    What a wonderful idea!

    Here’s my $.10 :)

    Christmas for us is a rather laid back affair. A little eating, a little drinking. And when I say little, I mean a lot.

    And I think that’s a fantastic cause you’re donating to. As someone who’s experienced domestic violence, anything that can make getting out of that situation easier is so necessary. My mum thankfully had my grandparents to turn to, but a lot of people don’t have that.

  88. nyc_runnergirl says:

    What a wonderful way to give. And your rhyme is pretty darn funny too!

  89. Kim says:

    What a neat idea! Thank you!

  90. HangryPants says:

    You’re making me look cheap! Just kidding - wonderful cause. Good luck raising lots of money!!!!

    Happy Holiday Miz.

  91. MizFit says:

    thanks to all of YOU (& I see my best friend from college up there as well. *waves like a mad woman*) as we’re at 93 and it’s not yet 9a where I am.
    It is all about the Band as, without you, there’d be me rattling around like a lonely dime in an old tin can.


    Someone here in Austin (not a company. A reader) emailed, asked to be anonymous but is matching what we make here.

    Remember I’m not totaling until chrismas eve morning (gonna figure out how to pin the post) so lets make HER dig deep into her wallet as well.

  92. Jamie says:

    I’ve missed commenting, Miz. Behind on all things blogosphere. But doing great with the personal training thing!

    But I truly must delurk for such a worthy cause as this :-D

  93. Sassy says:

    Excellent. Because really? Which one of us DOESN”T (or hasn’t) know someone (or been in) a DV situation. Thank you.

  94. Sara says:

    That is a really great thing you are doing - the poem and the donation!!

  95. Charlie Hills says:

    Mine’s next month…

  96. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    Very generous of you Mizfit. Your poem made me smile this morning. Have a good weekend!

  97. Katy says:

    Miz Fit …

    Great idea — thanks for being so generous, and thanks for inspiring us all!


  98. Liz Turtle says:

    Bad-ass! This is awesome, Miz :) . From one Austinite to another, happy holidays.

  99. MIssicat says:

    Here’s my 2 cents! Times 5! hehe
    Love the poem!

  100. Melba says:

    Thanks for the comment on my confidence post! You are so right.. that will be my goal for 2009.. more confidence.. head up and shoulders back! Thanks again!!

  101. Michelle says:

    I guess my comment makes $10. Love that you chose a local DV shelter!

  102. Mom says:

    What a great idea and a great way to celebrate the season! Wish I could take credit for “raising you with the right values”, but it is all you.


  103. The Bag Lady says:

    I’m so proud to be a member of the bumbling band today! Here’s my 10 cents worth….

    :) :) :) :) :)

    Well, hell, you get what you pay for!

  104. Roxie says:

    Great idea and I’m happy to participate. Think I’ll go poke around and see what I can do for my local shelter.

  105. Debiggering says:

    Just adding my (your) contribution!

  106. Mara says:

    AH! I knew I liked you for a reason other than your fabulous blog… a) You’re a fellow member of the Tribe and b) you’re charitable!

  107. Lori says:

    What a fantastic idea!

  108. Crabby McSlacker says:

    Love it! Will try to spread the word.

  109. DBJ says:

    Thanks for doing this! Great cause.

  110. Lori L. says:

    So, instead of leaving my ‘two cents’ today, it’s ten cents?

    (Did somebody else get to that joke first? I didn’t read every comment.)

    Love today’s poem, Miz! Happy Hanukkah to you and your family!!!

  111. Merry says:

    Go Miz Mizfit!
    (Still think ‘hanukkah squash’ might be the way to go…)

    Happy Hanukkah!
    (A little early, but that’s better than late)

  112. mari says:

    From another blog - FTW…

  113. seekatyrun says:

    Happy holidays one and all. This is a wonderful thing you are doing, Miz — thank you to you and the anonymous matching donor!

  114. NeverSayDiet says:

    i love how everyone is coming together…what a feel good friday!

  115. I Look Like Fit says:

    What a wonderful idea!! Best of luck in getting the 1,000 comments, MizFit!

    -Jennifer Brown


  116. Shosh says:

    Miz I love your idea! You really have a big, kind, love-filled heart. Glad we’re part of the same tribe.


  117. Michele says:

    Saw your comment on Roni’s and had to stop by to give me 10 cents! Awesome idea!

  118. Elissa says:

    Merry Christmas! I’m here from “Keep up with Me” :)

  119. Jolene says:

    Love the creativity! Especially for a good cause, this time of the year. Here’s my 10 cents. Cheers.

  120. Terrie Farley Moran says:

    The Bag Lady sent me!

    Blessings on MizFit for doing such a nice thing.


  121. MizFit says:

    thank you thank you.

    again WHY we are doing this:

    With all the stretched finances, increased alcohol consumption and the pressures of family holidays domestic violence is one crime which, sadly, is guaranteed to spike over the holidays.

    and a few of you have emailed me asking about sending me money to donate.

    Keep it in your ‘hoods!

    Drive around Christmas Eve night and do a few random acts of gift giving to those who might be spending their Christmas out of doors this year.

    Find a shelter close to home and send your check that way.

    *thanks so much*

  122. LaughingLindsay says:

    MizFit..I’ve always wanted to say this to you but there was never a really good place for it…. except now..

    You have the best arms I’ve ever seen! I literally think of your biceps when I’m in the gym for inspiration.

    Get me some tickets to THAT gun show!!

  123. jennifer says:

    this is great!
    happy hollidays!

  124. Emily says:

    Wow - that’s awesome. Thanks for your generosity, and the reminder of how lucky I am to be safe and warm.

  125. dragonmamma/naomi w. says:

    via her site MizFitOnline. For every comment she receives on her blog post, she will donate at least 10 cents per comment to SafePlace, a local shelter where she resides
    This sounds like YOU reside in a shelter! I don’t think so…I pity the fool who tries to mess with you!

    (I swear I didn’t write this just to make you spend another dime.)

  126. Dawn says:

    I knew you wouldn’t have any trouble racking up those comments. You have such a good heart. It’s a great cause too. Hope you have a great weekend.

  127. Alyssa says:

    Amazing idea - I’ll spread the word!

  128. P.X. Brown says:

    That’s really good of you.

  129. karen says:

    Here’s another 10…

    You are truly giving a ‘gift’ this Christmas!

  130. Alyson says:

    LOL at #131.

    That is really funny.
    not funny that people live in a shelter you know what I mean well FORGET IT :)
    here is my 10 cents.

    great idea MizFit!!

  131. Kate says:

    Keep it in your ?hoods!
    Drive around Christmas Eve night and do a few random acts of gift giving to those who might be spending their Christmas out of doors this year.
    Find a shelter close to home and send your check that way.
    *thanks so much*

    I have never felt so honored to know you… and that’s saying a lot. You’ve always impressed me, but never as much as today.

    With the economy going sour and so many important programs being cut (including mental health programs and programs for battered and abused women) more and more people are finding themselves in very dire straights. The numbers of homeless and the need in food pantries is frightening, and for everyone who can’t bring themselves to part with cash for these charities can give those canned goods you got on sale and decided you didn’t want. You can also give at many grocery stores, adding your change to their food pantry bags (something you will hardly notice, but will add up if everyone does it)

    This is also a good time of year to do your “spring” cleaning. Find clothes you don’t wear in good condition, shoes, housewares, and donate it. Several agencies are doing neighborhood pickups at this time of year. For example, in my neighborhood this week Big Brother/ Big Sister will be coming around picking up donations which are to be left out at the mail boxes.

    It’s easy, painless, helps keep your lives (closets and cupboards) organized, and provides a huge blessing to those in need.

    Miz Fit, have you talked to any of your sponsors, BlogHer, or the other blogs you write on about matching funds or supporting challenges like this of their own?

  132. Valerie says:

    Miz, you SO awesome! That’s all I got. But that says it all. :-)


  133. Valerie says:

    Wait, I forgot: I just adore you. There. Now I’m done. :-)


  134. PJ Hoover says:

    Mizfit rocks the house! Thanks for doing this!

  135. Terrie Farley Moran says:

    Now Crabby McSlacker sent me-MizFit, you are going to be happily broke.


  136. PJ Hoover says:

    And I forgot to mention she’s an awesome person and friend, too!

  137. Maureen says:

    Happy Holidays thanks for helping others!!

  138. The Bag Lady says:

    Wow - you are really raking in the comments!!!

    I’m back to make you spend another 10 cents. Hehehehehe

    Such a generous woman, in so many ways.

    Happy Hanukkah, and many blessings on your house.

  139. suganthi says:

    Here is my 10 cents.

    I wanted to comment again on the the nonmotorized tm post, but..

    I just want to say thank you for taking the time to post a response to my comment. I was surprised and happy.

    And now it is my gym time.. no. .I am lying.. I haven’t done any XMAS shopping and I have to run before the snow hits hard.


    PS I found LAnce through your site and loved reading someof it.

  140. Linteater says:

    Oo i like spending other people’s money. Especially when it goes to a good cause. Then I can feel sanctimonious but I haven’t done anything.

  141. suganthi says:

    ops clarification on my PS…

    Loved reading some of it meaning I didn’t have time to read all the posts. :)

  142. Bette says:

    I am delurking after almost a year.

    (does that earn me a cue confetti)

    you are amazing and more than that I now realized that I need to do something in my ‘hood as you say.


  143. POD says:

    I am going to post throughout the day. Did you say we could only post once per person?

  144. POD says:

    I will send a check too. Send me the address. It won’t be huge and it won’t be per comment but why not ask us to chip in?

  145. POD says:

    We will hit up the RHofOC for some cash while we’re at it.

  146. MizFit says:

    Kate (#137) GREAT IDEA about blogher (I mean I dont think they love us fitness peeps like the mommy bloggers or food bloggers but hell, I have a child :) ) and I shall email them and see.

    If only I didnt fly by the seat of my Nike trail shorts and preplanned a bit more….

  147. Trixie Belden says:

    this is a great idea! i found your blog through lynn, and i’m going to post a link to it on my blog in hopes of getting more traffic - not that it looks like you need it :) !

  148. Kinder says:

    i’m up for a good cause!

  149. MizFit says:

    cue confetti for YOU Bette!

    and yes, Trixie, Id love to ‘have’ to donate 100.00 so Id adore a link.

    and POD? here’s the link to safe place where you could donate online:

  150. Judy says:

    NO way am I going to make it through readnig all these comments! LOL!

    What a great idea! This time of year does bring out the giving spirit, and we’ve helped our local food bank, Heifer International (great cause), and Helen Keller International. Always loved the story of Helen Keller, mostly because we share a birthday.

    Leaving for the holidays tomorrow. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, Happy Solstice, and anything else I might be forgetting.

  151. caitlin says:

    great idea!!! :)

  152. deb says:


    You get a whole a lot more comments than I do. So I’ll match your donation for my own local food shelter.

    I live in the poorest region of the bay area (gulp when you read that 2 parents with 2 kids qualify for poverty level at $70,000!) and this year our food banks and homeless shelters are getting less than half what they’ve received in the past. While their clients have doubled.

    So a comment for you, (or more) and a promise for me.

  153. Trixie Belden says:

    Hey MizFit, I just had a brainstorm … I’m going to do a 15% match of whatever you raise on your blog. I know it isn’t a ton of money, but it’s a little bit more for a GREAT cause.

    Thanks for inspiring me!


  154. Becky says:

    This is very generous of you! Can we comment more than once? hahahhaha

  155. Dana Birnberg says:

    Your creativity and spirit are a gift to us all.

    Your, sister-friend.

  156. Debra says:

    Great idea and really in the holiday spirit. Here is 10 for me!

    Happy Holidays

  157. Alice says:

    Great idea. Here’s my 10c!

    $16.40 so far. =D

  158. MizFit says:

    I KNOW, Alice. Funny in a way.

    and Im a little thinking I shall up the give to 25 cents per comment but, in my land of delusion (and since Im waiting to total until Christmas Eve morning), I thought (think?) Id get a bazillion comments.

    we’ll see. I reserve the right to up the ante.

  159. Joseph Miller says:

    Just wanted to give support to a good cause. Merry Christmas!

  160. tfh says:

    I love those monkey handwarmers.

    And what my comment is worth.

    It’s like my thoughts are worth MORE than a penny!

  161. deb says:


    Sent notice of this to ALL the editors and powers that be at BlogHer so they are aware of this (helps to be one of the “in” folk). Let’s see how this explodes.

  162. MizFit says:

    THANK YOU DEB. I sent my little email in as well.

    For some reason it breaks my heart to think that, at this time of celebrating, some women are living in fear and terrified.

    women (AND MEN) helping women.

    people helping people.

  163. Marianne says:

    For me it’s the children of those women. Those children who need a Christmas and the women just can’t give it to them. I can’t tell you how much food I’ve put in the baskets so these kids will at least get a meal…

  164. Vanessa says:

    Happy Holidays!

    What a great idea with the comments. I love it :)

  165. POD says:

    That website made it very easy to donate. Though I wish I could have somehow tied it to your contribution but maybe I keep posting comments and you have to donate more and more money, that will somehow tie it all together.

    Maybe a separate post to list the link to the website for this type of donation is in order. Who knows who’s crazy enough to do it in this BB group of yours? Could be lots of folk…

  166. Sarah says:

    Yay for you!

  167. MizFit says:

    yada yada yada contrary to this public blog post (but hey, seven of you still dont know my real name :) ) we Jews like to give anonymously.

    So I didnt think to contact safeplace, POD, and let them know about our fundraising attemptendeavor.

    I just sent them an email.

  168. Julia says:

    Happy Hannukah! The tornado is blessed with an awesome role model.

  169. mimi says:

    Love the rhyme, love the cause. Happy Holidays!


  170. Felice says:

    I was just reading an article about our local DV shelter that said basically the same stuff that you said in your comment 127. A tragic confluence, huh?

    This is a remarkable thing to do! Thank you.

  171. Jacki says:

    More money for you.

  172. Merlot says:

    Delurking for the cause…

  173. Moran says:

    Another Jew here and I am feeling the stress!!! But yay only two more days till Hanukkah! Our menorahs are ready :)

  174. POD says:

    Well, tell them to hook my anonymous donation to yours if you want. I don’t know that it matters. But hey, I commented again.

  175. Teresa says:

    I just bookmarked the spoonflower site. I’m going to go back again when I have more time and design something!
    Hear, hear to the work-life balance article. Totally agree with all of those points.
    Cha-ching for SafePlace!

  176. Debra says:

    What a great thing you are doing. I applaud you. Happy Holidays!!

  177. Teresa says:

    Just made a contribution to SafePlace myself. Have a great holiday!

  178. Amy says:

    Your great. Happy holidays.

  179. Alyssa says:

    Wow! Talk about being the embodiment of the season!

    Happy Channukah!

  180. cammi99 says:

    Here’s my $0.10. Thanks, Mizfit, for your generosity.

  181. MizFit says:

    totally NOT ME. it is all YOU.

    Again, without you, there’d be *me* rattling around like a lonely dime in an old tin can.

    speaking of tin cans I wonder if THAT’S FIT would link.

    (Oh day job I curse ye. Im gonna email them in a moment…)

  182. Jenn (eating bender) says:

    Awesome, Miz :)

  183. Sally says:

    Happy Holidays and thank you MizFit!

  184. runjess says:

    Oooh here’s your comment! Have a good weekend and remind me to link to this post if I forget!

  185. Mary Meps says:

    You are awesomeness MizFit!! Both the rhyming and the giving. Fab cause!

  186. lauren says:

    wooo! great idea, miz. happy holidays! :)

  187. Heather says:

    Excellent idea—-love helping out!

  188. Leah says:

    how awesome! thanks for supporting your local women :-)

  189. Lea says:

    Wonderful gift, Miz! Here’s hoping everyone’s holiday season is peaceful and safe.

  190. nicole says:

    ok yes I’m commenting again but you inspired me to go to my local domestic violence shelter and donate $10. its not a lot but it was all that I had to give. merry christmas!

  191. Melany says:

    You’re awesome.

  192. Kim Ayres says:

    Well it’s one way of boosting the ratings :)

  193. Kim Ayres says:

    Woohoo! I was number 200!

  194. Sherre says:

    Here’s my two (er 10) cents! What a great idea. I’ve been wanting to go to our local shelter’s thrift shop in search of smaller clothes. I will go today (walking there to help with the exercise I’ve been missing), look for clothing AND donate at least $20 (which is what you’re up to here). Thank you for inspiring me!! I needed that kick in the butt.

  195. Natalia Burleson says:

    Wow look at all the comments! :)

  196. Jess says:

    I will so totally delurk for a good cause (and a good rhyme, ’cause I suck at rhyming).

  197. Melanie says:

    What a terrific and kind idea!

  198. Kevin says:

    I will delurk too. I’m one of your few male readers and wanted to say that for me I needed your reminder to step back and look around my community and remember that it may not seem big to me to donate five dollars here or there but that it really can help those less fortunate than I.

    happy holidays.

  199. Nina says:

    In upstate NY, we are about to be totally snowed in, so I could sit here and comment all day!

  200. POD says:

    Listening to The Great Mother (a CD of heartbeats & lullyby) and typing a comment for battered people everywhere. Or at least in Austin.

  201. POD says:

    And eating Ezekiel bread with olive humus for breakfast (for battered Austinites.)

  202. Tricia2 says:

    As I haven’t written today’s post (about an experience that had me thinking of you the almost the whole time), I’ll make sure to link (although my readers/commenters seem to have already commented here. I may be sponging readers off you).

  203. Fitarella says:

    I LOVE spending other people’s money! ;)
    and for a great cause.

    You rock Mizzy!

  204. Val says:

    clinkclink goes my dime.

    THANK YOU Miz for changing my attitude today.

  205. ChristinB says:

    How wonderful! I hope you and your hubby have special blessings in the new year for your generosity. Perhaps you’ll get to see first-hand what your giving has accomplished!

    God Bless!
    Christin Bland

  206. Carrie says:

    Merry Christmas!

  207. amy says:


    Thanks for giving so generously of yourself each and every day.

    Have a great holiday.

  208. lizriz says:

    Happy Holidays! :)

  209. Kel says:

    MizFit totally rocks the rhyme and here’s my comment for the dime!

  210. Leslie says:

    Hurray, here’s another 10 cents!

  211. Beckie says:

    MizFit you are but compassionate, too.
    10 cents a hit, is one less hit for womankind and childrenkind.

    Happy holidays.

  212. Eileen says:

    What a wonderful idea! Have a great holiday!

  213. lynn says:

    Thanks for supporting those who are struggling to support themselves.

  214. Reb says:

    What a great cause - throw in another dime for me.

  215. Ann says:

    This is such a wonderful idea, and shows again that you are so much more than a fitness guru (though we knew that was true already). I’ve been really worried about all those families without enough to eat, losing their homes, the additional people living on the cold winter streets…I hadn’t thought about the increase in DV. It’s really scary…and if I were in that position, I would sure hope people would do something, make a stand to help me!

  216. Hannah says:

    I wish I was a big big company who could match this. Or even a small company. Love the rhyme today- have a great festive weekend! As fer us, we are heading to hand out more blankets tomorrow with a group for the homeless shelter. My girls are LOVING it.

  217. Dara Chadwick says:

    What a great idea, Miz — happy hanukkah to you and yours!

  218. Angie says:

    Well, I think I’ve commented before, but I’m more commonly lurking around :)
    Yay for good causes!
    and holidays!


  219. Tricia says:

    Wonderful idea!

  220. Shar says:

    Comment for the DV group. Good job!

  221. Sonya says:

    Great Idea!!! Here’s my 10 cents!!

  222. FitMom says:

    Oh My Gosh!! 228 comments??? You go girl.

    Yes, I am playing hostess all next week to multiple relatives and will be cooking my ass off.

    Have a great weekend. Hopefully we will be skiing in the mtns tomorrow.

  223. Kath says:

    Adding my comment love!!

  224. Jessica says:

    10 cents for delurking! :)

  225. supermommy says:

    Too funny, Miz! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  226. Juicebox.mom says:

    Awesome idea! you go girl!

  227. Emily says:

    Thank you from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center!

  228. Juicebox.mom says:

    You are a great role model Miz Fit…you once made me do a few random acts of kindness! i wonder how many more todays post will generate?

  229. Juicebox.mom says:

    Tornado is a lucky girl. Happy Hannakuh!

  230. Danielle J says:

    awesome :)

    Happy Holidays!

  231. Ally says:

    haha, loved the poem!! Another 10 cents in the bucket, great plan!!

  232. sonia says:

    Happy Holidays

  233. Amy says:

    As a former dealer with domestic violence myself, I applaud your efforts (even though the domestic violence shelter in the town in which I lived at the time was less than helpful, they’re probably not all that way).

    this is awesome.

  234. redballoon says:

    Greetings from Tokyo! Great idea, great cause. More power to you.

  235. Erin says:

    Miz, you rule in myriad ways.

  236. Kelly says:

    Wow… a LOT of comments so far.

    I liked the poem! How festive!

    I spent all week being “holiday”… watching xmas movies, eating xmas feasts, and revelling in xmas decorations and traditions. Funness.

  237. Natalie says:

    You rock for doing this- Happy holidays to you !

  238. Linda B says:

    First time to visit you. Lynn’s Weigh sent me!

  239. POD says:

    Just checking in to see how much money you have to donate.

  240. christieo says:

    I love good causes! Good for you, Miz, for spreading that holiday cheer!! You’re awesome!

  241. POD says:

    I’m thinking you can spare some more. :-)

  242. Susannah says:

    Excellent idea! Thanks for the chance to help. Be well and enjoy!

  243. Juice says:

    A very close relative was a victim of domestic abuse. It can happen to anyone. Thanks for doing this MizFit! No one should have to live like that.

  244. Rachel M. says:

    I too shall indulge in some mindfluff this weekend! that’s my 10 cents :)

  245. Heather says:

    That’s wonderful, add another 10 cents, and have a great holiday!

  246. ErinE says:

    i like the poem! Awesome idea!

  247. Amelia says:

    Saw this on Kath’s site. Such a good idea!

  248. asithi says:

    Adding my 2 cents! Oh, I mean my 10 cents! :D

  249. Emily says:

    Awesome idea Mizfit. I’m all for supporting your local organizations. Have a great weekend!

  250. Kim says:

    Dear Miz,
    YOU are someone truly special. Thank you for your generosity, and for giving me added inspiration.

    much love,

  251. Kelly Turner says:

    doing my part!

    i know you arent doing this for the compliments, but you truely are very generous

    Kelly Turner

  252. Amber says:

    thank you for pointing out as you did far far above (#66) why we need to do this right now.

    I had not thought at all about the economy impacting domestic violence.


  253. carrie says:

    Ah….ten cents is enough to make me de-lurk. :)

  254. MizFit says:

    THANKS TO ALL *YOU* and to the people who had started their own form of giving back in their community and let me know about it via email.

    we need to get the amount up…Im gonna wait the weekend though before i up the ante just in case I receive a zillion comments and need to mortgage the house :)

    MOST IMPORTANTLY a link. To the national domestic violence hotline (thanks to the woman who reminded me I was remiss. Im rolling on my thumbs with the handheld so this is all I have right now):


  255. Cara says:

    Not in the slightest bit surprised that in this time of frivolous family fun my beloved Miz Fit and her bumbling band still spare a thought for those who don’t have the luxury of enjoying the holidays free from worries and woe.

    Miz, did you see on the Safeplace site -Matching Gifts Challenge 2008- that any contributions up to $500 will be matched by an anonymous donor??

    Making a donation via the site is very easy and straightforward too, if any other commenters wish to donate more than their time and words here.

    Every little bit helps.

  256. amber says:

    Delurking for a good cause!

  257. MizFit says:

    Miz, did you see on the Safeplace site -Matching Gifts Challenge 2008- that any contributions up to $500 will be matched by an anonymous donor??

    I HADNT. (go Miz. so focused on getting the give going she missed the fine print :) )


  258. SeaBreeze says:

    Mizfit, you and your family are amazing.

    Last night, my mom and I made up grab bags for the homeless. We had enough supplies for 9 and they included: mittins, socks, a can of coke, a granola bar, hand warmers, chocolate, hot chocolate mix, and an orange - all tied up with a bow. We distribute them to the first 9 homeless people we see downtown, along with a Sweatshirt or Jacket.

  259. rachelfresh says:

    I don’t de-lurk for less than $0.10 a post ;)

    Miz, you are so inspiring in so many freakin’ ways. Thank you!

  260. workout mommy says:

    love this idea!
    u r awesome! :)

  261. Knight says:

    What a fantastic idea!
    I’m new here. Just sent your way today to see about the generous things you are doing.
    Good luck to you!

  262. Katie says:

    Hooray! Great idea :-)

  263. Quix says:

    I am delurking to contribute! This is awesome, you are awesome, and happy holidays to you and yours. :)

  264. Julianne says:

    WHAT a great idea!! Here’s to another 10 cents!! :-)

  265. Jennifer says:

    just spending your money!

  266. s says:

    okay i know this is costing you 10 more cents but i wanted to say that this post has inspired me to donate to my local women’s shelter, too. i hadn’t thought about how bad times could impact society in non-purely-economic ways. thanks miz!

  267. Julianne says:

    I also just Tweeted your post to Twitter world! Hope it drives more peeps to this post!


  268. SnowDance says:

    Thanks to the gazelle, I found my way here to comment so you can give more money to the shelter! What a great idea and kudos to doing something positive this holiday season. Happy crazy cold holidays!

  269. Clara says:

    What an awesome thing you’re doing. God Bless You!

  270. Leo says:

    I’m even more in love with you now, MizFit, that you’re showing this amazing Christmas spirit on top of your regular awesome spirit. :)

    Keep up the great work!

  271. Mary Beth says:

    what a great idea!! kudos to you!!

  272. Julie says:

    Great poem you wrote - and thanks for your generosity - how great! :)

  273. Dave says:

    Awesome idea! Show me the money!!!

  274. Ginny says:

    Delurking to say happy holidays! Thanks for doing this.

  275. Michelle says:

    I’m always looking to help others give to a great cause. So, thanks.

  276. Tina says:

    Great cause! And Happy Holidays.

  277. sara says:

    For you and for my favorite spin instructor, who asks us all to “please be kind to someone today!” thanks miz.

  278. Eva says:

    what a nice thing to do! Congratulations all the way from Guatemala!! Have some great Holiday Season!

  279. Amy Hempel says:

    First time to post~ had to get that $.10 out of ya! What a wonderful thing for you to do! Happy holidays!!

  280. crunchy domestic goddess (amy) says:

    What a wonderful idea! Happy holidays. :)

  281. Leslie M. says:

    FANTASTIC! I love when people think of others!

  282. Michelle says:

    What a great way to spend some money at the holidays!
    I posted just to get the dime out of your pocket!

  283. Hilary says:

    Add my dime to the bunch. Wonderfully caring idea. Thanks for that.

  284. Gibb says:

    Count me in! Happy Holidays everyone!

  285. irshlas says:

    first time reader… here via michellesmiles…. had to join the comment fun…. thanks for allowing me to be a part of it :-)

  286. Fitness Surfer says:

    You just gave me goose bumps. Thanks for doing this and setting a good example.

    I was just at the grocery store and saw Salvation Army. I never have any cash. Then, I put one and two together and got some out when I paid for the groceries.

    We’ve been so blessed this year, and especially this month. We’ve been able to help a lot this Christmas.

    Thanks for giving!

  287. Jenn says:

    Awesome concept, way to encourage the spirit of giving this time of year! :) ~

  288. claire says:

    I just did the math and the time I spend typing this makes the shelter more money per second than I make at my ickety job. Whoo!

  289. Fitness Surfer says:

    Just making sure you hit 1000 =)

  290. laura says:

    I will send this to friends and hope I can help you reach 500?

    I am embarrassed to say I don’t think about domestic violence this time of year. I have been blessed to not have it in my life and end up focused on doing for the homeless.

    your post has made me laugh AND think.

  291. Sheila | Live Well 360° says:

    Fantastic idea MizFit. You are awesome and sooo inspiring.


  292. MizFit says:

    right back at all of you as more than a few members of the Bumbling Band have emailed to say they will match in their own communities what we raise here…

  293. Lindsey (Mrs. LC) says:

    Found you through Kath - what a great cause! :)

  294. rachel says:

    awwww….happy holidays!!

  295. giz says:

    wooo hoo #300. what a great thing to do, Miz.

  296. rachel says:

    awwww happy holidays!

  297. Courtney says:

    This is such a great idea, way to go! Happy Holidays!

  298. K says:

    COMMENT COMMENT COMMENT!! I love that you’re doing this and I’m sorry my first comment on your blog requires you having to spend money ;)

  299. TrishT says:


  300. Chris says:

    First time commenter here - I love the blog and all your brilliant tips!

    Have a great holiday!

  301. gary says:

    hullo from Ithaca and great idea!

  302. maxie says:

    here’s my zehnpfennig!

  303. Maggie says:

    Lovely lovely!! happy weekend!

  304. Dani says:

    I’ll delurk for this! What a blessing you’re providing! Kudos!

  305. Mary Anne in Kentucky says:

    Fitness of the heart. Go, Miz! Go, commenters!

  306. Jenny says:

    Hooray for donations!

  307. Tiffany says:

    Love your blog!

  308. Diana's Body Journey says:

    Wow…you are getting quite the amount of posts! What a great thing you’re doing!

  309. Kristina says:

    Happy Holidays! Thank you for your generosity!

  310. Katschi says:

    Count me in, please!

  311. Heather says:

    What a great cause! Here’s another 10 cents!

  312. t says:

    great idea! so generous :)

  313. Denise W says:

    Awesome…you go girl.

  314. Momisodes says:

    LOL! I just loved your rhyme :)

    Looks like you had quite a turnout here! What a great idea for a great cause. Love it.

  315. cathy says:

    you are so creative. I love your friday posts!

  316. MizP says:

    Not trying to steal thy moniker, but isn’t it cute?? My granddaughter calls me SweetP. Anywho, I’m in for a match of the total…either for an Austin shelter or one up here in the sticks!

    I’m so glad you had the idea and that you’re spreading the word. I needed a little holiday cheer today.

  317. Mom101 says:

    Just adding to the pot…

    Fantastic effort. Whoo!

  318. TurboJennie says:

    I’m here following Charlotte’s request! What a great idea!!! Here’s to American’s paying it forward!!

  319. sara says:

    what a wonderful idea. thank you.

  320. J_Ross says:

    De-lurking for a cause near to my own heart.

  321. All Vegged Out says:

    1. This is awesome!

    2. Thanks for your sweet (uplifting) comment.

    Take care!!!

  322. Kelly says:

    great blog and great idea.

  323. melissa says:

    Came over via michellesmiles…I just wanted to leave a comment to support the cause. Love what you are doing - not only the financial donation but also raising awareness.

  324. kcinnova says:

    Here via Reb at SibuPegasus and I am spreading the word via my blog, too.
    I added this quote from Hamilton Wright Mabie:
    “Blessed is the Season which engages the whole world in a Conspiracy of Love.”

    Awareness raised AND money raised? You rock!

  325. Dave Grotto, RD says:

    Oh Generous Miz Fit:

    You are truly a wonderful person. Thanks.

    Shameless plug city:

    I am proud to announce that I have a brand spankin’ new radio show and would love the bumbling band to listen in. Each week I will be doing give-aways, too!

    The show is called the 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life radio show. It streams live at http://www.WYLL.com at 8:30am CST on Saturdays. Too early for you? Well you can find the podcasts at http://www.101FoodsThatCouldSaveYourLife.com

    Happy Holidays! Sending Miz Fit some delicious, crispy Latkes cooked in canola oil, tamped dry with paper towels with a side of apple sauce and sour cream - yum!

  326. Kate says:

    Merry Christmas!

    What a wonderful idea!


  327. m says:

    delurking for $0.10 for safeplace

  328. Robyn says:

    Great idea. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  329. becky says:

    Very cool of you I saw you on Xharlottes website

  330. Kristen says:

    Leaving a comment because I know it’ll benefit someone… via Zandria

  331. Snowgirl says:

    Now that is the kind of holiday spirit we need more of! Bless you!!!

  332. Marshmallow says:

    Clicking through Google Reader to leave a comment for 10c :-)

  333. melody says:

    great cause, hope you make it to 1000!

  334. Anne P says:

    great idea :)

  335. JenRN says:

    Thank YOU, Miz, for all that you do. I love reading your blog and I think you are a really positive influence on people. Peace and happiness to you and yours. ;)

  336. MizFit says:

    OKAY, Im gonna wait through the weekend, see if we hit 500, and then most likely up ante.

    double what we make here & *donate* that to Safeplace.

    not that I dont think we can get to 1000 by christmas eve morning—-but just in case.


    if you have some free time during this one check out comment #335, Dave Grotto.

    He has a radio show launching this morning and, should you miss it, PODCASTS TO FOLLOW!

    support a fellow Bumbler & learn a few things along the way!

  337. erin says:

    long long long longtime lurker.

    I’m out!!

  338. Shelley says:

    Yay for MizFit’s generosity!

  339. Lindsay says:

    you are awesome! pure and simple :)

  340. john says:

    here is my dime!

  341. Shelley says:

    Thank you for doing this! You’re a giving MizFit.


  342. Kristie Lynn says:

    Delurking for a Dime! :)

  343. Ron says:

    So awesome for you to do this.

  344. Kirk says:

    it took ten whole american cents to get this guy to come out of the reading woodwork.

  345. Brittany says:

    Great idea Miz! I think it’s very important to remember others and help out when possible!!!

    Happy Chanakuh

  346. lexi says:

    holiday spirit :)

  347. Profoundly Inarticulate says:

    I support this. :-)

  348. vickie says:

    You asked for it! Very generous of you nonetheless.

  349. Sam says:

    what an incredible thing to do! It is such a shame that places like this need our support, if only there was no need for them.

  350. Maria says:

    I’m new - Lynn sent me over! Great idea!!

  351. allmyck says:

    Kcinnova sent me - great idea!

  352. wowo says:

    Keep up the good work, MizFit!

  353. sara says:

    Some exceptionally bad things once happened to me just before Christmas nine years ago… not domestic violence, other violence, but makes me happy to be able to add a comment here. Thanks!

  354. Julz says:

    You are FAB.

  355. Erin says:

    Wonderful person->Miz.
    Great idea, nice thing for me to read about first thing today, you rock.
    Um about me? I have a huge chocolate lab doggie and a cranky white long haired cat. I love food and cooking but am pretty much a terrible baker which pains me so.

  356. Jackie says:

    Very generous!

  357. Cara says:

    370 is my lucky number…

  358. Madison says:

    awesome awesome =)

  359. ali says:

    It’s such a great idea!, you rock!

  360. Sassy Stephanie says:

    My attempt at busting a rhyme:

    Click Clack Moo!

    What a great thing to do!

    You’re a great inspiration.

    Glad to know you!

  361. Lyn says:

    Very cool, will mention you shortly :)

  362. shannon says:

    You are amazing and I am going to let the staff over at SafePlace know about all of you! As a former employee of the agency, I can tell you they do GREAT work. They were one of the first DV organizations to focus on teens as well as adults… many resources have come out of that!

    see the new(ish) national teen dating violence helpline/chatline based in Austin http://www.loveisrespect.org/

  363. Rachel says:

    thanks so much for doing this.

  364. B_Healthy says:

    Way to support a fantastic cause! Happy holidays !

  365. Kate says:

    I’ve added this link to my blog today… I feel pretty strongly about this. I have to admit, you’ve struck a chord.

  366. Lauren says:

    Great cause!

  367. Caitlin says:

    What a wonderful gift! Happy holidays to you!

  368. Bridget says:

    Here’s another comment!

  369. MizFit says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU and a reminder why:

    With all the stretched finances, increased alcohol consumption and the pressures of family holidays domestic violence is one crime which, sadly, is guaranteed to spike over the holidays.

    It’s not a lot but every little bit helps and Im still working to find a COMPANY (hello PR Peeps!) to match anything we make.

  370. Andrea says:

    WooHoo! Comment for charity! (sent by DietGirl)

  371. Reb says:

    Gotta throw in another dime… ;)

  372. brainella says:

    And another dime… :-)

  373. Kate says:

    Good cause, great idea! Thank you.

  374. Karen says:

    Blessing to you and yours all year long!

  375. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    Now this is definitely the Christmas Spirit!

  376. Teri says:

    Happy Hanukkah!

  377. bobbie says:

    a dime it is
    for those in need
    i care naught for those of greed
    so here’s 10 cents
    to help those ladies
    who’s men are lacking
    in social graces

    what a nice thing to do. i’ll pass this along….

  378. HotThickChick says:

    Here’s my ten cents! What a great idea MizFit!!

  379. eddie says:

    found you through my wife and will admit, for a dime, to enjoying it here.

  380. MCM Mama says:

    You absolutely rock! Have a nice holiday!

  381. facultades says:

    so now I can almost feel like I did a good thing

  382. Pamela says:

    What a great idea! 10 cents because of me!!

  383. Rhea says:

    Commentversation?! That’s a new word, I like it!

    Happy Holidays!

  384. Tony says:

    This is really cool!

  385. Sig says:

    Love this!!!!

  386. Lydia says:

    This is such a wonderful idea and a wonderful thing for you to do. You are truly going to make a difference to many people.

  387. Ellen says:

    Nice rhymes!

    And, great idea! Happy holidays :)

  388. janine says:

    Hi there

    Was pointed in this direction to add tothe 10 cent donation by Shauna (Dietgirl). Great idea and a very worthy cause.


  389. Nancy Vienneau says:

    Read about this on Dietgirl’s website, thought I’d do my share for 10 cents :)

  390. Kristen says:

    Same as Nancy above…what a wonderful thing you are doing!

  391. Jackie vettorino says:

    Glad to see this comment section going strong. Another 10 cents — wooohoooo

  392. Sarah M. says:

    Cha ching from me!!!

  393. bobbi says:

    wow there are ALOT of comments, great cause!

  394. Aubrey says:

    What a wonderful gesture!
    Merry Christmas!

  395. Andrew R - Go Healthy Go Fit says:


    You’re such a sweetheart! This is truly a beautiful idea, no matter who came up with it first. I might have to follow suit.

    All I have to say is… good for you

    All the Best,

    Andrew R

  396. Andrew R - Go Healthy Go Fit says:

    Oh, yeah, and I forgot… Happy Holidays, cough up some coin girl! hahahaha

    All the Best,

    Andrew R

  397. G.G. says:

    What a great idea! I having been reading your blog as much as I would like lately, but it’s always a treat (for either the mind, the body or the spirit).

    Merry Christmas!

  398. Bec says:

    Dietgirl sent me - great idea :)

  399. Jeanne says:

    What an awesome idea. Here’s your comment…and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!


  400. miranda says:

    Got here from the Dietgirl site. This is really cool-thanks for doing it!

  401. Kelsey says:

    great idea!!!

  402. Em says:

    Sent by Stephanie! Glad I did - wonderful cause.

    Happy Holidays!!

  403. Mrs Lard says:

    Wow! Good for you.

    How fantastic - the power of blogging to support a really, really important cause. Particularly at this time.

    So, here’s my comment for what it’s worth. And thanks to DG for sending me here.

    Happy Chrismukkah!

  404. Jenny says:

    You are an amazing woman. You really are. :)

  405. elaine says:

    Fellow Austinite here.

    Love your idea.

    I am emailing you.

  406. deprogram says:

    Comment 420? No way!

  407. Tammy Cook says:

    As a woman who survived ten years of domestic violence during my first marriage, and have been blessed with a safe and happy relationship with my second husband of eight years, thank you, Miz Fit, and God Bless You from the bottom of my heart!

  408. Tiffany says:

    422 baby! Great cause!

  409. Dawn says:

    I had to come over and see how many posts you had. Wow, I think you might hit that 1000 mark.

  410. MizFit says:

    THANK *YOU* Tammy for commenting and for sharing.

    Im hoping we hit 1000 only (merely? mostly?) because of the people who said they’d match what I made.

    if we hit 500 Ren Man and I will just double what we were gonna give AND (according to comment #264…I cant find it on their site) an anonymous donor at SafePlace will MATCH THAT!

  411. Karen says:

    I came over from Kcinnova’s World. I love this idea.

  412. ChocolateCoveredVegan says:

    You are so wonderful, Mizft!!!

  413. Mary Anne in Kentucky says:

    I want another ten cents, please. :)

  414. april says:


  415. Losing Waist! says:

    Wow. You are amazing and what an amazing idea! Commenttastic is what I hear!

  416. Philippa says:

    What a lovely thing to do MizFit. Here’s my comment, and have a wonderful holiday - what you’re doing is what the festive season is all about.


  417. Anna says:

    Awesome idea, have a great holiday yourself.

  418. Princess Dieter says:

    Here’s another 10cents for a good cause.

    Happy Holidays, Miz Fit. :)

  419. Kat says:

    Been linked through from Dietgirl. Awesome cause, holiday karma will hit you with the happy stick!

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  420. FatFighterTV says:

    I’m here to help. :)

    Miss you.

  421. Dee says:

    Yeah!!! Just putting in my 10 cents!! What an awesome cause.

  422. Theantijared says:

    This is awesome!!!!!

  423. ZWarrior says:

    YOU ARE AWESOME! Even though I am sure you have been told this many times. woohoo

  424. jonni says:

    What a great idea. I am delurking, have followed you for a while. Thanks for your insights.

  425. Andrew(AJH) says:

    You are the best!

  426. Jamie says:

    Hey Miz,

    What a great idea! I love that holiday spirit ;-) I’ll have to post about it and help to put you in the poor house, hehe.


  427. Cara says:


    I’m not sure if that link will work…but it’s a purple button bottom right of the homepage.

  428. Helen says:

    Happy holidays! I always de-lurk for a good cause.

  429. Lara says:

    Merry Christmas!

  430. Kathryn says:

    I LOVE you for doing this. As a victim myself, it’s such a worthy cause!! Thanks for doing this.

  431. Sarah says:

    FitnessFig sent me - what a great cause!

  432. Linda J says:

    Go you good thing!

  433. Tamzin says:

    Thank you - what a great reminder about what the holidays are REALLY about.


  434. Christine G says:

    What a great idea!
    You’re very generous, I hope you have the brilliant holiday you deserve!

  435. Linda says:

    Good for you!! Happy Holidays!

  436. LaLa says:

    Shauna @ Dietgirl sent me over - what a brilliant idea.

    Merry Christmas!

  437. Sandra says:

    What a great idea. Dietgirl sent me over to wish you a happy festive season…

  438. Bethiesee says:

    great idea! thanks also to dietgirl for the link :)

  439. MizFit says:

    THANKS CARA. here is the link all made pretty:

    CLICK HERE and read about Safeplace’s donation matching 2008 initiative.

    Im so so longing to get to 500 as then our 100 (gonna double) will become TWO HUNDRED as will the donation of our matching Austin donor (FOUR HUNDRED!).

    and other people who have offered to match in their towns just might decide they wanna go from 50.00 to 100 as well.

    It’s all about touching as many lives as we can.

    and yes. next time we COMMENT FOR THE GREATER GOOD Miz shall be ALL KINDS of more prepared and have companies ready wait and standing in the wings (hello Blogher!) to match our donations and then some.

    there’s a first time for everthing, right? :)

  440. Michele says:

    What a wonderful idea!

  441. sandy says:

    good luck reaching 500 comments!

  442. Anil says:

    Add my ten cents as well :) Good luck with the target.

  443. ganching says:

    …..happy holidays from London.

  444. CactusFreek says:

    Another 10c?

  445. Elftea says:

    You are so good to do this. Bless you

  446. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah says:

    I love this idea. Excellent cause.

  447. ann says:

    trying to help you get to 500~

  448. feener says:

    here is some more

  449. Super Healthy Kids says:

    Your awesome Carla! You are inspiring me with holiday spirit.

  450. Gena says:

    What an awesome idea, Miz! It’s too easy to get caught up in the holidays and forget that there are so many less fortunate than we are.

    Have a great holiday season! I’m flying into Dallas tonight, and hear it’s supposed to be around 20 degrees! And here I thought I was leaving North Carolina for warmer climes!

  451. Anne Giles says:

    I’m down with this, as my college-age children say! Mizift, I’d follow you anywhere. Keep doing whatya doing and going whereya going and I’ll follow. Love to all.

  452. haya says:

    happy holidays! what a wonderful thing to do.

  453. Kristie says:

    You rock! Lovely thing to do. Happy Holidays!

  454. Marie says:

    I heard on the television show “Sunday Morning” today how we all need to dig deep into our pockets and give to those in need during these hard economic times. How we can’t wait for the government to do it, and how we all have to do what we can NOW. Thanks for getting us all involved.

  455. Niksmom says:

    What an awesome thing you’re doing! And now, I’m going to tell all my peeps. Cha-ching! ;-)

  456. Rebecca Hoover says:

    Merry Christmas. Great idea.

  457. tapwalker says:

    Thanks for supporting this fabulous organization! Happy Holidays!

  458. Mary Anne in Kentucky says:

    Come on, let’s hit 500 soon.

  459. Anne B. says:

    You go girl! When you’re all done collecting the dimes, drop the bag o’ coins on the head (ahem….) of the abusers. Here’s my dime for the cause.

  460. PastaQueen says:

    Watch out, I’m going to make you pay up!

  461. Hillar says:

    Also delurking for the cause! Happy Holidays!

  462. ben says:

    have we given up on 1000?

    I will pass on to friends.

  463. Fit Bottomed Girls says:

    Awesome! And we’re almost half way to 1,000!

  464. Rose says:

    Merry Christmas!

  465. Lynette says:

    Thanks for donating and reminding us of the challenges faced in families experiencing domestic violence. I hope “my few cents” help for the greater good.

  466. Terrie Farley Moran says:

    We have not given up on 1000!

    I just linked to this post on Women of Mystery. We hope that brings more traffic MizFits way.



  467. Stub says:

    Good on you.
    Merry Christmas!

  468. Kelly Turner says:

    Oh man.
    for a second i was like “1000 comments?! Thats $10,000!!”

    I think I need to go back to school.

    OR YOU WERE AN ENGLISH MAJOR AS I WAS! I had to double check double check that Id be right with the 100.00 :) and if we hit 500 Ren Man and I shall double our give since it is then MATCHED at safeplace.
    Kelly Turner

  469. MizFit says:

    quick reminder why:

    With all the stretched finances, increased alcohol consumption and the pressures of family holidays domestic violence is one crime which, sadly, is guaranteed to spike over the holidays.

    and a little adding of more people. some whom I gave an early heads up about the post and (THANK YOU!) they accidentally commented THURSDAY.

    yada yada yada thank you thank you.

  470. mannequin says:

    Ka- chink goes the sound of another coin.

  471. Mezzaluna says:

    From one member of the Tribe to anoher, thanks the the opportunity to perform a mitzvah. Yasher koach!

  472. K says:

    Just jumping on the bandwagon here - just came over from Shauna’s. I think this is a great thing to do…

  473. Liz says:

    Great post and for a good cause. Happy holidays Mizfit! :)

  474. ashleigh says:

    hello i just wanted to leave a quick comment.. hope you had a good weekend!

  475. Sara says:

    congrats on your good works!

  476. C. (Cheryl) Solimini says:

    My pal Terrie sent me…to spend your money.

    It seems only right that those of us who toil in crime should help victims of violence. Thank you for doing this!

  477. MizFit says:

    tossing in another dime o’mine to say GO WOMEN OF MYSTERY!

    more than anything you all have so bolstered my faith in people helping people.

    by your commenting.

    by the emails youve sent me.

    people truly are kind generous and thoughtful at heart.

    thanks for the reminder.

  478. Angie says:

    Only 11 away from 500! What a great idea! Thanks! And I’ll pass it on!

  479. Snarky Lady says:

    Wonderful of you! Definitely wanted to give my own ten cents. :)

  480. Diana says:

    OOOH. You’re almost at 500!!

    We can double (and tripple) posts, right?

  481. gayle says:

    i am happy to help others empty their wallets!

  482. Cara says:

    I wonder who’ll get the honour of 500? I rather hope it’s the Miz herself, though I suppose who doesn’t matter nearly as much as the what it represents. Miz you should be proud of yourself and your bumbling band, this truly is what the holidays should be about, love and compassion.

  483. Paisley Raven says:

    That’s not bad for a half-assed rhyme.
    I’m down for the .10. Most people only give .02.


  484. juliet says:

    What an awesome gesture. Happy Holidays to you! :)

  485. Laura says:

    How wonderful of you to think of others this holiday season!

  486. jen says:

    A generous and wonderful idea!!

  487. David Cranmer says:

    Happy Holidays!

  488. Lisa says:

    Great idea Miz!

    Always up for helping others…

    Hope you enjoy your movies and the coming new year.

  489. Dee says:

    Just stopping by… happy holidays and I love what you’re doing here ;)

  490. Iona says:

    You just lost another 10 cents, missy.

  491. debra says:

    wonderful thing to do

  492. erin says:

    yay! i drop in on charlotte’s “the great fitness experiment” blog now and then, and saw her post about YOUR blog . . . what an awesome thing to do! very in the spirit of christmas; thanks to your inspiration, i’ll be thinking of a way to pay it forward myself the next few days.

  493. MizFit says:

    WOO HOO!
    great way to start tonight the first night of Hanukkah.

    now Im still thinking Ren Man and I need to up our donation to 20 cents per comment….

  494. andrea. says:

    What a great idea! Happy holidays!

  495. Leigh Anne says:

    Wow. You are awesome.

  496. Victoria says:

    Thank you for doing this for such a great cause. Glad we could all help!

  497. caroline says:

    Here’s my 10 cents ;) Glad to help, awesome idea !

  498. Debbie says:

    Good cause.

  499. Laura K Curtis says:

    Wow, how very generous of you! And what a fun poem, too. All good, and much needed in this season.

  500. art says:

    I LOVE ELF. For one thing, Will Ferrell is awesome. What’s better than him? The lovely Zooey Deschanel.

  501. Liz Rosenbaum says:

    You are the AWESOME-EST!!!!! :)

  502. gina (fitnessista) says:

    whoo hoo! so generous and you and ren man :D
    have a wonderful night!

  503. Kate says:

    What a wonderful idea, what a great cause. Thank you for this small opportunity to do something for others. May your Mitzvah bless you a million times.

  504. Barbara Martin says:

    Admirable charitable work you’re doing. May you have a wonderful and happy Hanukkah.

  505. Jen says:

    Awesome cause. I volunteered for a women’s phone line (http://wire.org.au) for a couple of years. Sadly, domestic violence is far more common than most people realise.

    All the best for the festive / new year season!

  506. Jen says:

    What an awesome way to raise money and awareness of a terrible issue. Have a wonderful hanukkah and new year.

  507. debby says:

    What a special person you are Miz.

  508. Kim Ayres says:

    Did you say we’re allowed to comment again?

  509. Patti Abbott says:

    We’ve gotta stop meeting like this, Miz.

  510. M.R. says:

    Your friend Diet Girl wants us all to comment you into bankruptcy!

  511. Ultramom says:

    What a great way to celebrate the season!
    I followed Sassy’s instructions and hurried over to post.
    Happy holidays to all

  512. Elina says:

    Great idea! I hope you get lots of comments :)

  513. charlotte says:

    I’m commenting again! What can I say? I used to work at a shelter - there is such a great need for them, sadly. Keep up the good work!

  514. Kathy says:

    What a great idea. Hope it does not break the bank for you. I know you will have a wonderful holiday season, and an awesome new year!

  515. Drama queen's mum says:

    That is a great thing that you’re doing.

  516. Emily says:

    Myths and Facts about Domestic Violence (from http://www.kdva.org/myths.html)

    MYTH: Domestic violence does not affect many Americans.

    FACT: A woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the United States. Additionally, 63% of young men between the ages of 11 and 20 are serving time for homicide for killing their mother’s abuser.

    MYTH: Battering is only a momentary loss of temper.

    FACT: Battering is the use of violence and other forms of abuse to establish control and power in a relationship. One in five female victims reports having been battered over and over again by the same person.

    MYTH: Stress causes battering.

    FACT: Obviously some batterers experience stress, but stress does not cause abuse. Many men under severe stress do not batter. Even if the practitioner helps the batterer reduce his stress, the violence will continue or eventually resume because the batterer still feels entitled to assault his partner.

    MYTH: Drugs and alcohol cause the violence.

    FACT: Addictions are used as excuses to free the batterer from responsibility for the behavior. This theory does not explain why the batterer uses violence, why he targets a woman for abuse, nor why he batters when sober. The addictive batterer must be treated for two separate problems-his addiction and his violence. He will not necessarily stop battering if he gains control over his addiction.

    MYTH: Battered women provoke the violence.

    FACT: Any woman can find herself battered. The victim is not at fault but rather the batterer, the partner who has committed a crime. No one can be responsible for another person’s deliberate choices and actions. Domestic violence victims, however, frequently hear comments from their abusers like, “I did it for your own good,” or from outsiders, “you must have really made him mad.” These statements can confuse a woman and lead her to take responsibility for the violence or blame herself. No matter what, domestic violence is not the victim’s fault.

    MYTH: Only women are victims of domestic violence.

    FACT: Approximately 95% of those battered are women; however, in a small number of cases, women are the batterers and their male partners, the victims.

    MYTH: The problem is couples assaulting each other.

    FACT: Again, nearly ninety-five percent of victims are women. Although some women are violent to their partners-often even in self-defense- it is impossible to understand battering by counting up the number of times one person hits another.Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse in the attempt to increase power and control.

    MYTH: Domestic violence occurs only in poor urban areas.

    FACT: Women of all cultures, races, occupations, incomes, and ages are battered by husbands, lovers, boyfriends, and partners. One in four pregnant women has a history of partner abuse.

    MYTH: Domestic violence is a push, a slap, or a punch and does not produce serious injuries.

    FACT: Battered women are often severely injured and even murdered. Between 22% and 35% of women who visit emergency rooms are there for injuries related to ongoing partner abuse.

    MYTH: It is easy for a battered woman to leave her abuser.

    FACT: Women who leave their abuser are at 75% greater risk of being killed by the abuser than those who stay. Nationally, 50% of homeless women and children are on the street because of violence in their home.

    MYTH: Domestic violence does not affect children.

    FACT: Child abuse occurs in up to 70% of the homes where domestic violence occurs. When a parent is victimized by domestic violence, children are abused at a rate 15 times the national average.

    MYTH: After a woman leaves an abusive partner, the abuse stops.

    FACT: Separated women are three times more likely than divorced women, and 25 times more likely than married women living with their husbands, to be victimized by a batterer. Batterers frequently take advantage of court-ordered visitation to inflict harm on their former partners and their children.

    MYTH: Batterers who seek custody do so out of love for their children and a desire to be good parents.

    FACT: Custody litigation frequently becomes a vehicle whereby batterers attempt to extend or maintain their control and authority over the abused parent after separation. Fathers who battered the mother are twice as likely to seek sole physical custody for their children than are non-violent fathers.

    MYTH: Allegations of child abuse increase significantly in divorce and custody disputes; women frequently fabricate allegations of abuse to hurt their former partner or to gain an advantage in custody disputes.

    FACT: Allegations of child sexual abuse are rare, occurring in only 2-3% of all divorce cases and fewer than 10% of custody cases. Less than 1/2 of all allegations of abuse against fathers are made by the child’s mother, most are made by third parties. Allegations of child sexual abuse are not more likely to be false when made during custody/divorce proceedings than when made at other times.

  517. Emily says:

    What to do if you are a Victim of Domestic Violence

    1. Call 911 and report the incident. Write down the police report/incident number and keep with your records.

    2. If necessary, seek medical attention. Have injuries documented and photographed.

    3. Go to a safe place such as a domestic violence shelter.

    4. Seek the support of caring people. Tell someone you trust about the abuse. They may be your friend, a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker, or staff members of support agencies. Talk to them in a private, safe place. You do not need to face abuse alone.

    5. Have a safety plan. If your partner is abusive, have a plan to protect yourself and your children in case you need to leave quickly. If you are abusive, be honest with yourself, think of the consequences, and get help. Call a local domestic violence shelter for more information.

    6. File for a Protective Order that will tell your abuser to stay away.

    When you decide to get help, find a support system that works for you. A trusted friend, family member, or professional can help you devise a safety plan and find a safe place for you to stay, if necessary.

    If you are a victim of abuse, you are not alone. You have the right to be safe! You are not responsible for violent behavior! No one deserves to be beaten or threatened!

  518. Emily says:

    What to do if someone you know is being abused:
    *Gather all the information you can about domestic violence.
    *Lend a sympathetic ear may be the best help you can offer.
    *Acknowledge that no one deserves to be hurt.
    *Guide your friend or relative to community services . *Share the information you’ve gathered about abuse with her privately.
    *Let her know she is not alone and that people care about her.
    *Give her the emotional support she needs.
    *Don’t tell her what to do, how she should feel, or make excuses for the abuser.
    *Be there for her when she needs you.
    *Help her develop a safety plan.
    *If she decides to leave, contact the local domestic violence hotline or battered women’s shelter .
    *If you hear or see battering incident occurring, call the police immediately.
    *Consider volunteering for your local domestic violence project.

  519. Mama Dawg says:

    came via Sassy Steph. this is an awesome idea!

  520. MaryB says:

    I think my comment empties out your wallet at $53.90!
    You are awesome, Happy Holidays!

  521. MaryB says:

    Make that $54.00 LOL!

  522. MizFit says:

    Im thrilled to be emptying the wallet and, should we NOT go over 1000, Ren Man and I are ponying up 20 cents per comment.


  523. Kara from MamaSweat says:

    Gosh darn, I just love it when someone ELSE makes it easy for me to be a good person. YOU are a Good Person Miz.

  524. Kimberlie Dykeman says:

    Miz…Here’s some motivation with a swift kick in the pants for your audience. We can all use it to embrace the New Year!

    SOAPBOX of the week: permission to pause

    “All the animals excepting man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” - Samuel Butler, author

    Ain’t that the truth! I’ll wager that you scarcely remember the last time you cashed in a handful of your jillion back-logged sick days for some blissful R&R. And, when you hark back to those retreats filled with unadulterated fun, you wonder, under furled brow, why you needed to convince yourself that you’d “earned” this. What are you saving up for anyway? Perhaps you’ve forgotten the definition of the pleasurably promising word: Va·ca·tion. If you find you qualify as one these vocab-deficient, self-neglecting workaholics, there’s no need to identify yourself…just get off your can and vacate the premises! Be it for a week or a wink, allow yourself the time off and time out. Because you deserve it! Don’t merely survive. Thrive! We are all in the business of living first. And business is goood!

    Copyright 2008 by Kimberlie Dykeman
    The book “Pure Soapbox” available nationwide online and where books are sold.
    A portion of the proceeds of all book sales is donated to LIVESTRONG.

  525. TB--Milwaukee says:

    Guess I better hop in. Haven’t been near the computer all weekend. Sneaky that you saved it for the day before Christmas Vacation or Hanukkah Vacation in your neck of the woods ;)

  526. Kristie Lynn says:

    double posting :)

  527. deanna says:

    wow, what a great thing to do !!! Fantastic - you always amaze me MizFit!!

  528. Live.Love.Eat says:

    Came here via Sassy Steph. Good thing you’re doing, happy to help out!!!!

  529. Amber says:

    Flip ‘em a dime… Awesome that you’re doing this!! Happy Holidays!

  530. KK (Running Through Life) says:

    Love the idea Miz! Way to give to others and share the holiday joy!

  531. Cath says:

    Fantastic idea - So good to see such genuine charity - from you and everyone who’s going to match as well. Here’s my 10c worth!

  532. emi says:

    yay for mizfit!

  533. Amanda says:

    Excellent idea! Very admirable! :)

  534. Zfrog says:

    Fab Kate forced me to visit this blog because she is feeling down today.

  535. lynn says:

    levity is always in season.

  536. Amy says:

    Better late than never! Hooray fo giving.

  537. Aliisa says:

    Thanks for giving!

  538. Lyn says:

    I think you need another comment…

  539. Fitness Surfer says:

    Just trying to help you reach your goal =)

  540. Vicky says:

    What a wonderful idea! Looking forward to reading more on your site.

  541. POD says:

    Can’t let anyone else have the last word. WORD!

  542. POD says:

    Can’t let anyone else have the last word. WORD!

  543. muglinka says:

    nacho cheese!

  544. Carol M says:

    I’m here via Dorid. Here’s my 10 cents.

  545. Christy says:

    What a fantastic idea :)

  546. Richard says:

    Ten cents for every calm ent? After I saw what the ents did to Isengard, let’s keep them as calm as possible.

    (Sorry, I couldn’t think of anything serious to say.)

  547. Anne M says:

    Great idea for an excellent cause!

  548. CM says:

    Great idea. Thanks!

  549. Keith Wick says:

    I’ve started exercising again, MizFit! Isn’t that great! It’s been over a month now and I’m really starting to get addicted to it.

  550. Rachel says:

    I think this is a great idea for a great cause. I hope you haven’t found yourself in over your head…..
    Good luck and happy holidays.

    The Grant Family

    p.s. (Kate sent me over)

  551. MizFit says:

    I hope you haven’t found yourself in over your head…..

    Never, Rachel! it’s all about giving and perhaps prodding others to do the same in their towns.

    I cant wait to give…totaling it all up wednesday morning.

  552. Fitness Surfer says:

    i just need to bust a bunch of these out. No need to change it to .20…we’ll make it happen =)

  553. Fitness Surfer says:

    maybe I’ll just do 3 sets of 20 like I do when i work out =)

  554. Fitness Surfer says:


  555. Fitness Surfer says:


    I just tried to submit “two…” and got this error that made me smile…

    WordPress “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.” =)

    I guess I’ll just have to do some here and there whenever I’m online =)

  556. Fitness Surfer says:

    Three…still here just going slow

  557. Fitness Surfer says:

    Four….$0.10 more cents I can keep going

  558. Fitness Surfer says:

    Five…Visualize myself completing the full 20 reps

  559. Fitness Surfer says:


  560. Linda/Hughsmom says:

    I came back for seconds…because I love.

  561. Fitness Surfer says:


  562. Fitness Surfer says:


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  567. Fitness Surfer says:

    Thirteen…going too fast again =)

  568. Fitness Surfer says:


  569. Fitness Surfer says:


  570. Fitness Surfer says:


  571. Fitness Surfer says:

    Seventeen…burning out but I know I can do three more…

  572. Fitness Surfer says:

    Eighteen…”your are posting to quickly” sounds like people who don’t want you to get in shape.

  573. Fitness Surfer says:


  574. Fitness Surfer says:

    Twenty, Few! That was a tough one.

  575. Fitness Surfer says:

    Ready for another Set of 20…One…

  576. Fitness Surfer says:


  577. Fitness Surfer says:


  578. Fitness Surfer says:


  579. Fitness Surfer says:


  580. Fitness Surfer says:

    Six, and

  581. Fitness Surfer says:

    Seven, aaaand

  582. Fitness Surfer says:

    Eight, and…hey just got it to 600…not bad…i can do better.

  583. Fitness Surfer says:

    Nine, and

  584. Fitness Surfer says:

    Ten, and

  585. T says:

    *comments* okay, just wanted to help out. :)

  586. Fitness Surfer says:

    Eleven, and

  587. Fitness Surfer says:

    Twelve, and

  588. Fitness Surfer says:

    Thirteen, and

  589. Fitness Surfer says:

    Fourteen, and

  590. Fitness Surfer says:

    Fifteen, and

  591. Fitness Surfer says:

    Sixteen, just four more…

  592. Fitness Surfer says:

    Seventeen, and

  593. Fitness Surfer says:

    Eighteen, and

  594. Fitness Surfer says:

    Nineteen, and

  595. Fitness Surfer says:

    Twentttttyyyy, oh..sure glad I’m done with that one.

  596. Fitness Surfer says:

    Last set of 20, then I’m done with my comment-out…One…

  597. Fitness Surfer says:


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  605. Fitness Surfer says:

    Ten, yes this is like spamming for charity =)

  606. Emma Powell says:

    Just ’cause Charlotte told me to AND because you’re in Austin too!

  607. Fitness Surfer says:


  608. Fitness Surfer says:


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  611. Fitness Surfer says:

    Fifteen, I’m burnt out, but I can push the last five out…

  612. Fitness Surfer says:


  613. Fitness Surfer says:


  614. Fitness Surfer says:


  615. SupplementPricing.com says:

    Great cause MizFit! Here’s my comment, so where’s your $.10? :)

  616. Fitness Surfer says:

    Nineteeeeeen, take a big breath…

  617. Fitness Surfer says:


    Happy Holidays MizFit

    There’s my 3 sets of 20 for you…OK, for charity. One of the best workouts I’ve had in a few days =) Hope this helps you help others. Thanks for the inspiration, and example.

    I want to share what I did to help this year, but then it wouldn’t be anonymous.

    The one thing I can share is…If you share when you have nothing at all it sure makes it a lot easier to share when you have more then you need. I’m grateful for all the opportunities there are to share.

    Time to get off my butt and get wrapping presents.

  618. anji says:

    Thought I’d help you get up to 1000 and comment again… :)

  619. Sandy says:

    Putting in my ten cents worth!

  620. Alice says:

    you = awesome. well done :-)

  621. Laura says:

    This time i’m ok with being worth a dime.

  622. ashley (sweet & natural) says:

    Great idea!

  623. kenr61 says:

    Great idea, I wonder if I could make a similar arrangement with Ronald McDonald House @Stanford University (our local Domestic Violence Shelter) when I am in a better place. It is worth a check out.

    I’ve often wondered how safe such places are when they are rather famous as shelters and the occupants would probably benefit more from having an annonomous place to stay??

  624. Stages of Change says:

    Great idea. Here’s a comment. Great blog.

  625. Whitney says:

    Thank you! It’s people like yourself that make the world go round! Happy Holidays!

  626. marta says:

    Happy holidays! You pretty much rule, pretty much.

  627. Amy says:

    Wow… you are incredible!!

  628. Elizabeth says:

    Love the idea of mindfluff, but your effort for the shelter most definitely is not.

  629. Justy2003 says:

    Can’t believe it took me this long to remember to post a comment! Love the idea!

  630. Ricki says:

    What an absolutely fabulous idea! Best of luck with it. :)

  631. sunsen says:

    Great idea! Thanks for your generosity!

  632. Shannon says:

    Great idea!

  633. Amira says:

    love the idea, have a great day

  634. MaryB says:

    Just stopping by to say Good Night!

  635. wheresmyangels says:

    Happy Holidays and thank you for donating to a great cause!

  636. sarah says:

    just want to post for the donation

  637. Emma says:

    A lovely and generous idea. It is fabulous that you are donating to such a worthy cause.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  638. Kitty Hunt says:

    What a generous and thoughtful act this is. I came late to this post, sent by Kate and want to cost you a little more, and help those who really need help.

  639. Karin says:

    I’m here because Kate let us know via Multiply you were going to donate based on the number of comments you received on this post! So I came over to participate… I think it is great that you are doing this and Happy Holidays to you. :)

  640. Sarah says:

    What a great campaign. Thanks for taking the lead.

  641. BeckStein says:

    Wow…this is a great idea and boy are you going to have a very heavy bag of dimes to carry…good thing you work-out ;)

    This is something very close to my heart and I’m happy to post…kudos for helping out.

  642. another sue says:

    Here by way of Michelle Smiles. Thank you for doing this, and happy holidays to you and those you love.

  643. Hoolie says:


    That was the sound of my dime. :)

  644. Penelope says:

    Good on ya, mate!!
    Fellow Aussie Diet Girl sent me to keep you giving!!

  645. RooBabs says:

    I can’t believe all the comments (and I really hope I’m not #666, ; )

    We finally finished our very last Christmas shopping last night and have everything wrapped and ready to go, too. It is such a relief. Now we can just sit back and enjoy the “Chaos”.

    I hope your Hanukkah Hysteria is enjoyable!!

  646. RooBabs says:

    Doh! I was afraid of that. I’m really not the devil, I promise. = )

  647. deb says:

    How many comments are we up to now? 600 some? This is being retweeted across the tweet-osphere and blogged across the blogosphere…

  648. Laura N says:

    Holy number of comments batman! Lookie how generous we all are with your money. :)

    Happy Hanukkah to you & yours!

  649. aishchai says:

    Just checking in to see how your total is coming along!

  650. babycakes says:

    amazing! This is such a wonderful gesture :)

  651. BigGirl says:

    Hope it’s not too late to make my comment count toward the donation. That is so awesome of you and a great idea.

    Happy Hanukkah!

  652. Michelle says:

    Love your website . . . thanks for donating this holiday season!

  653. Andrew is getting fit says:

    What a great idea!

  654. s says:

    woohoo, another ten cents.

  655. Nana says:

    wonderful idea.
    happy holidays!

  656. Sue says:

    Thanks for mattering in so many ways!

  657. Fitness Surfer says:

    One year we went down to the LA Food Kitchen an de-boned 100 partially frozen chickens. The line for food was out the door and wrapped all around the building. When was the last time you had to wait in the cold for 2 hours to get a bite to eat?

  658. Lily says:

    You are an amazing human being. God Bless.

  659. Mary Anne in Kentucky says:

    [light] [light] [light]

  660. Jane says:

    ten more cents! great idea and good for you, doing such a kind act!

  661. Lyn says:

    Another comment for you… and for the ladies and children who are spending this holiday season in a shelter.

  662. Pip says:

    10 Kiwi cents …. great idea!

  663. Juice says:

    God bless you MizFit!

  664. CJ says:

    Here’s another ten!

  665. M says:

    Thanks for literally “paying it forward!”

  666. Sybil says:

    You’re a good egg.

  667. Krista says:

    What a great generous act! I pray that more people such as yourself continue to give donations or do charity work for others. Merry Christmas!

  668. Ry says:

    I think this is a fantastic idea… here’s my 10 cents :)

  669. Liz says:

    What a cool idea - I had to contribute! Thanks a bunch for everything you do!

  670. Caylyn says:

    Awesome idea!

  671. Tanya says:

    Who the heck needs fingerless “warming gloves” to type in?

  672. Brianne says:

    merry christmas!

  673. Christine G says:

    695 posts, wanted to help get a nice round 700

  674. Christine G says:

    hope this won’t break the bank!

  675. Christine G says:

    seriously, you’#re amazing to do this so that women and kids with such terrible stuff to deal with all year round can be helped in the holiday season

  676. Christine G says:

    merry Christmas to everybody reading!

  677. Christine G says:

    and an incredible Christmas especially to you, MizFit!!!

  678. AD76 says:

    Wonderful idea, Happy Holidays!

  679. Tena says:


    You really, really rock! What an awesome thing to do!

    Happy Holidays!

  680. jae says:

    How about this, can I give 10% of your 10 cents per comment?? This would be great. It’s not much but let me know where I could help out. ~j

  681. Ana says:

    Is a great idea.

  682. Lyn says:

    jae, you’re so sweet!! Thanks for helping even more!!

  683. Dawn Rotarangi says:

    Gulp! Gosh - I hope my comment isn’t the one that pushes you into bankruptcy or anything. Very generous offer, Mizfit.

    What goes around, comes around.

  684. Bethany says:

    Great idea & very generous of you. Happy holidays.

  685. MizFit says:

    GOOD MORNING AMAZING PEOPLE!! Announcement in todays post, and Ill twitter and repost :) but we raised 71.00.


    So we’re donating 142.00 which is being matched by safeplace bringing it to 184.00

    AND so many of you are percentaging and matching and DOING IN YOUR OWN TOWNS.


    this is all coming again.

    next time I shall get us sponsors to match.

    xo xo,


  686. Thealogian says:

    Great idea! Its like your NPR.

  687. Geosomin says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah


  688. Dee says:

    How amazing are you??

    Happy Holidays!

  689. Marly says:

    So sweet.

  690. Ginesa says:

    Fabulous idea.

    And to be honest, I wish I’d thought of it first. :o )

    I will also be matching your contribution to a local shelter…so bring on the comments!

  691. elise says:

    10 cents and de-lurking

    happy holidays


  692. KJ says:

    Here’s to a thousand comments! So close.

  693. Paula says:

    I think I am late with my 10 cent message, but I will be donating $100 to our local shelter for women and children. Thanks for your donation.

  694. Sharnae says:

    here you go

  695. tatiana says:

    How did I spend my Christmas eve. I listened to the man upstairs abuse his wife in front of his children. Will I ever get the sound of his young daughter crying for her mother out of my mind. Probably not. Why did I not call the police? A month before the man who lives directly above me abused his partner and when he determined I was the one who called the police he stalked me for about four days. I called my landlord to ask for help but was told hey they are just celebrating their Christmas go up and ask them to be quiet. In her words “It’s not that hard.” I informed her I did not want to get the shit knocked out of me. Needless to say she left it up to me. I might have gone up there,but it was impossible. The day before I had fallen on the ice and just that morning had gotten out of the hospital. Killamanjaro would have been easier to climb. I will say that things did quiet down after a while on Christmas eve, but I now walk in fear. Am I an expert in domestic advice. I would say the twenty years I lived in my parent’s home getting beaten on a daily basis counts. Will I ever forget that little girl’s cries? The more important question, will she ever forget the violence she grew up with. How will it make her forever view male/female relationsihips and herself. My wish for Christmas is we can reach a point in society where women and children are safe, and shelters are not necessary. Until then here is my comment and God speed the donation. I will pray for a corporate donor to match.

  696. christine says:

    you are awesome. happy holidays.

  697. DonnaLynn says:

    I hope to be Miss Fit one day, and have learned a lot from you. Here’s to once again seeing you do something for others.


    -DonnaLynn in Hawaii

  698. Christine says:

    I think what you are doing is wonderful! After having spent 5 years in an abusive relationship, it’s nice to know that there are people out there who care!

  699. Teresa says:

    Delurking for charity. :-)

  700. Emily says:

    How awesome of you!

  701. Big Girl Bombshell says:

    Oh you know me..and my rallying for a cause…especially this one…

    here’s my 10 cents and a deal for Ren Man….

    If he gives up his cash..(AND you hit 1000 comments) I will donate a .01 cent per comment to your cause and .05 cents to my local shelter!


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