Venus Trapped in Mars

20 July 2015

696 Times I've Weighed Myself


Thank you to Lean Cuisine for sponsoring this blog post.  Although I have been compensated for my time, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

If there is one thing I've mentioned about a million times on this blog, it's my love of Lean Cuisine. You know how friends will tag you on someone else's Instagram picture, and say something like,"@iamsarahwebb this reminds me of you!!"? Well, anytime I'm tagged, there is a 100% chance it will involve either a pizza or a Lean Cuisine. As far as I'm concerned, those are the two major food groups, and two things I cannot live without. 

With that said, you can imagine my excitement to find out that I had been accepted as one of Lean Cuisine's Phenomenal Ambassadors. Ask CB, I'm pretty sure there was a ringing in his ear from the shriek I let out when I got the email. I'll be working with the brand all summer, sharing stories of great accomplishments and great food. 

The reason for selecting ambassadors is to spread the word that Lean Cuisine is completely overhauling its brand with new bold ethnic flavors, new attributes, a more contemporary package and a new brand campaign. Today I'm talking about the new brand campaign, Feed Your Phenomenal™, which reflects Lean Cuisine's new purpose to feed the greatness in every woman. 

As an introduction to their new campaign, Lean Cuisine has created a video encouraging women to weigh what really matters, their accomplishments. I, of course, cried when watching the video (per the usual, I'm a crier) as each woman played a beautiful round of show-and-tell featuring their proud accomplishments.  

It got me thinking, "If I were featured in this video, what accomplishment would I show off to my peers?" I thought about the two little pups I've raised who greet me as if they could just explode from joy when I walk in the door, I thought about my diploma, I thought about moving by myself a thousand miles away to start a new life in Dallas, I thought about my relationship with my family and my boyfriend, but as proud as I am of those things, that wasn't the thing I am most proud of. 


I am most proud of this blog and what it has accomplished. Some might see this space on the Internet and think, "That's a dumb thing to be that proud of, it's just a website." Venus Trapped in Mars is so much more than just a website to me. I built this. 

I've given up and quit on projects I started more times than I care to count, but I never gave up on Venus Trapped in Mars. There are 696 published posts, 696 times I stayed up late to blog, 696 times I forced myself to go out and take photos even though I just wanted to watch Bravo, 696 times I took myself out of my comfort zone, 696 times I battled a lack of motivation, 696 times I tackled writer's block, 696 times I didn't give up, 696 times I didn't quit. 

When I write posts on the serious side, people sometimes tell me that they admire that I'm not afraid to put myself out there. While I, of course, appreciate the kind words, no part of me is afraid to discuss parts of my life that aren't perfect. Life is hard, very hard. For that reason, in an effort to help others and to help myself, I am proud to put my struggles, insecurities, weaknesses and flaws all over this blog. 696 days in and 696 days out. 
So if Lean Cuisine asked me to weigh my biggest achievement, this weightless website weighs in as my most proud accomplishment to date.

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99 comments :

  1. Your blog is awesome. I like your ideas,thoughts and your writing style. I also have my own blog PoweredEssay's blog dedicated to different topics related to writing papers. The main aim of this blog is to show how to write an essay, research paper etc.

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  2. I love your blog. Thank you for gracing us 696 times with your presence. You rock.

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  3. I just checked out at Target with 15 Lean Cuisines... they are on sale lol I get them for my husband actually. Since they are frozen, the work perfectly for lunches because he refuses to anything in the work fridge lol

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  4. You should be proud of this. I'm so glad you started a blog so that I could learn from you, be inspired by you, and most of all gain a friend in you!

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  5. Oh my goodness, love that video! You should be so proud of this blog, it's amazing and inspiring what you have built here!

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  6. Wow, that video was so sweet! I would hope I would be weighed on my relationships with my friends, family, and husband. Those are the most important things to me.

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  7. hmm, i'd love to be weighed on kindness and little positive acts. i leave coupons in the grocery store next to the item if i decide not to get it. i like to think someone can use them, and gets a little giddy at the unexpected savings. btw, i love the paninis, those are really all the lean cuisines i buy. sometimes you need a changes up from packing a lunch meant sandwich for lunch, you know.
    thanks!
    b

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  8. Great post!! That video was so sweet!!! Love it!!

    XoxoX
    www.ManicMakeupGirl.Blogspot.com

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  9. I liked your post and video!! I wish people would weigh on me how hard it was to raise my son and daughter in my own after their Father died. I did a great job and they are both in college, and very good kids. I made mistakes, but I persevered and did it!
    my email-jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/623215326520459264
    my email-jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/623219663590178816
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  12. The focus I place on my family.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  13. I wish I would be weighed by the wife and mother I am. Having been raised by parents who were each married 3 times, I am really proud of the fact that I've been married for 17 years to the same man, and we're expecting our 4th child together.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  14. You should absolutely be proud of this space. It has become one of my favorite places on the Internet!

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  15. tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/623228044111650816

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  16. I wish people would weigh on me how good I am in being a wife and mother and managing our household.

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

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  17. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/623254358642135042

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

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  18. I would like to be weighed on the quality time I spend with my children, the effort I put into going to school and the time I spend helping others.

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  19. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/623256616813506560

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  20. Ahhhh this totally made me tear up!! :) I wish people would weigh me on my accomplishments. Or weigh me on the type of person I am. Maybe that's something I should start doing for myself instead of focusing on the scale so much.

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  21. I should be weighed on what I have accomplished in my life. I graduated with a doctorate degree and a successful high school athlete. I look young for my age and I wish people would weigh me based on my intelligence, kindness, innocence, work ethic and compassion. I may be small and have the body of a 12 year old, but I wish people would look past my weight and size and judge me on the above qualities.

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  22. yarbr012@gmail.com tweet entry: https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/623266336265777152

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  23. We have Lean Cuisine here and I have had it many times I like some their meals a lot others I don't

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  24. You know, sometimes, sponsored posts don't fit into a blog very well. But this is probably the most appropriate post you could have done. I mean, unless pizza can somehow sponsor VTIM?

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  25. I want to be weighed on my intellect and supportive, caring nature.

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  26. tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/623474916768239616

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  27. I'm interested in hearing more about this Lean Cuisine partnership you have. Lately, my GI system hasn't been cooperating with my normal menu and so I caved and bought a few of their meals the other day. My big issue with these pre-packaged frozen meals is their ridiculously high sodium content. It was practically an act of congress to find any with 20-22% sodium, and even that still seems pretty high. Most were 30-37% sodium per serving and there's no way I'll allow convenience to reign for that kind of sodium content. Would love to hear if you have any opportunity to provide feedback with developers. :)

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  28. I wish people would weigh me on the great mom and wife I am )

    that would make all the difference.... thanks!

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/623543114842570753

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  30. I can totally understand the point you're making here. Not enough people are weighed (measured) by their character and the things they've stuck with.

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  31. Congratulations on being chosen as a brand ambassador! That's so perfect for you!

    I really appreciate when you put yourself out there. You are seriously awesome and I'm so happy for all the amazing things in your life!

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  32. I wish people would weigh on me how hard it was to keep the house in order when my mom died.

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  33. tweet- https://twitter.com/groogruxking40/status/623610564229513216

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  34. hmm I wish people would weigh me on my....effort. And truly deeply look past the surface. some days effort is just getting out of bed, because depression takes over. Some days, effort is working really hard and extending kindness and meeting goals and deadlines. But trying at all is the most important, and sometimes hardest, part.

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  35. I wish I was weighed on my positive attitude and the mother I am to my children. amypugmire@live.com

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  36. tweet. amypugmire@live.com

    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/623875927781408769

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  37. Thank you for posting this video! I haven't seen it yet and it really resonated with me. Have a good one! :)

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  38. I wish to be weighed on my positive attitude towards life.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  39. tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/624410693165412352

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  40. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/624734166144425984

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  41. I'd like to be weighed by the time & heart I put into volunteer work.

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  42. I'd like to be weighed on my kindness and laughter.

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  43. I'd like to be weighed on how well I take care of my family, and also on how I make mistakes but always try to be humble and apologize for them, and keep trying to improve.
    maddiembrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  44. I wish I was measured by my faith. I could weigh as little as a mustard seed and still move mountains!

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  45. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/626163603339657216
    maddiembrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  46. I also love Lean Cuisine. Eating Lean cuisine a few times each week has helped me with loosing weight. Plus, their dinners are delicious.
    I wish people would weigh me on being kind to others.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  47. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/626905361589665796
    Thanks again
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  48. I wish I was weighed on the kind hearted person I am and that I raised 4 kids on my own and they are all on a good path in life.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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  49. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/627042546007457792
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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  50. I would like to be weighed on my good intentions and positive attitude and the effort I put into being the best person I can be not only to my family but to others each and every day.

    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

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  51. Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/627278214553997312

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  52. I wish they would weigh me on what they don't see- like staying in a marriage when most people would have left over what has happened in it, or the work of getting my associate degree with two little kids at home, or getting up every day when I'm especially depressed. A heavy answer, but that's what I wish they could see.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I would like it if people weighed me and my husband on our duty as parents.

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  54. How hard I try to serve and love my family!

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  55. I'd like to be weighed on my empathetic nature, my intuitive intellect and the integrity of my character.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  56. I'd like to be weighed on kindness to others:)

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  57. I wish people would weigh on my personality!
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  58. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/630923726930976768
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  59. People should be weighed on their character -- not any physical measures.

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  60. I wish people weight me on my generosity and compassion
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  61. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/635953606584197120
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  62. I wish people would weigh me on my personality, people make very harsh judgements made on looks
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  63. tweeted https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1
    /status/63734718635167334

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  64. I wish people would weigh me based on my devotion to my family!

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  65. I want to be weighed on my devotion to our family. I work hard to provide for them and to ensure we stay active, healthy and well nourished.
    aleksnearing gmail com

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  66. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/sazzyfrazzy/status/643869146954993665
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  67. On the way that I treat others.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  68. i wish people would weigh me on everything i've accomplished

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. i posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/645414832317992961

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  70. I want to be weighed on my intellect and my kindness ♥
    My email is redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/645581879513583616
    My email is redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  72. Judge me only on my actions, words, and heart.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  73. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/647412136109568000
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  74. I wish people would weigh me on my intelligence and sense of humor. wlbellows at gmail dot com.

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  75. I sent out a tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/648251942037094401 wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  76. I hope people weigh me on how I treated others and remember me for kindness.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  77. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/648330262258974721

    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  78. I want to be weighed on my intelligence instead of how I look.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  79. tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/648546491884146689

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  80. I wish people would weigh me on personality.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  81. I would like to be weighed by my heart! truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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  82. https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/648660040438558721 truckredford(at)gmail (dot)com

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  83. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/648801106773082112
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  84. I wish people would weigh me on being a good person.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  85. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/648942969052102656

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  86. I wish people would weigh me on my common sense.

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  87. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/649066390847156224

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  88. My Faith & love for CHRIST
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  89. tweeted https://twitter.com/iamdadtastic/status/649218150710448128
    iamdadtastic@gmail.com

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  90. I would say being a parent

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  91. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/649254768762880000

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  92. I wish people would weigh me on my loyalty.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  93. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/649357195579011072

    slehan at juno dot com

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  94. this is so inspiring! i wrote my own post! http://bit.ly/1N5mZ1L

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