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Five Things Friday

It’s Friday already?  Well grab your coffee and let’s chat about what’s on my mind this week.

Kaia Fit

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The big news this week was that I started going to a new group fitness program.  I bough a Groupon a few months ago for Kaia Fit and signed up for the five week session that started this week.  It’s hard to explain it as it’s a fusion of boot camp, crossfit and HIIT.

After two sessions (at 5 am) I can tell you I’m loving it.  I was very sore yesterday but not so bad I couldn’t move.  The hour goes by very fast!

Chobani Simply 100

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One of my favorite snacks lately is a container of Chobani Simply 100 Greek yogurt with fruit.  There are three reasons I love it (besides the fact that it tastes great):

1. It has only 100 calories

2. All natural ingredients (no GMOs)

3. It’s a Weight Watchers power food!

Flu Shot

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That’s me getting a flu shot last year.  This year I was out of the office the day we had them offered at work so I headed over to the walk-in flu clinic my medical provider was offering and got one.

It was quick and easy although my arm is a little sore at the injection area.  That’s a small price to pay for protection against the flu.

CrockPot Oatmeal

It’s finally starting to feel like Fall around here so I broke out the crockpot yesterday and made overnight oatmeal.  I just cut up two apples (with skin on), add 2 cups of rolled oats, 4 cups of water and a tablespoon of cinnamon and cook it on low overnight.

I  get five servings and it’s delicious!

Preventive Health Screenings

I had two medical appointments this week involving screenings.  Last Friday was the annual mammogram which I thought was very fitting seeing that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Then Monday was a colonoscopy.  The prep sucked but the procedure was a breeze since I don’t remember a thing.  Plus I had a great four hour nap in the afternoon.

Both tests showed no problems!

These are my highlights from the past week.  What’s new with you?

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Color Run: Happiest 5k Recap

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Last Saturday was the Color Run in San Diego and I was there as a KindAwesome ambassador.  It’s the first time I participated in this kind of event and I was glad Denise from Do You Have That in My Size? came with me.  She ran it last year and had tips on navigating the colors and more.

We picked up our bibs and race packets which included a cute t-shirt, headband and wristband all in a reusable tote bag the day before.  There was the opportunity to purchase fun color run gear like sunglasses, socks and more.  I did pick up a tutu to complete my outfit!

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That morning we arrived as suggested at the early hour of 6:45 after a quick stop at Starbucks. It gave us plenty of time to finish our coffee and get the gear on for the run.  There were several waves of starts but we wanted to be in the first one at 8 am so we could make other commitments later in the morning.

The emcee was entertaining as we waited and gave away lots of Color Run gear but it didn’t make it to us.  After the national anthem was sung, we were ready to go.

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The San Diego event was held at Qualcomm Stadium which is home of the San Diego Chargers (go Chargers!) and the route looped within the parking lot.  We passed through four color stations and (blue, yellow, pink and purple) and there was more color at the finish.

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We were pretty colorful afterwards as you can see in the photo above.  We stopped by the Kind booth and picked up the delicious Almond &  Coconut bar and I introduced myself to the team.

There were lots of great activities going on and photo opps but we had to get going so we stopped by the Shout station for a cleaning.

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They used what looked like leaf blowers to blow the colored powder off the runners/walkers.  It worked darn good and although I brought towels for the car trip home they really weren’t needed.

The Color Run is not a run to try to get your personal best.  In fact, I didn’t even see timers on the route.  It’s designed to be fun and definitely meets that goal.  There are Color Runs coming up in many cities so check the calendar here and plan on going if it’s near you.

Have you ever participated in a Color Run?

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Tales From the Scale: Be the Boss of Your World

Yes, this is a day late but you’ll understand when I tell you why.  I was busy yesterday having a colonoscopy.  The prep was not fun but the procedure was fine since I slept through it.  I then slept another four hours at home afterwards!

I’m good for another 10 years but left with advice to eat more fiber (diverticuli).  I do now but years of low veggie intake caught up with me. ;-)

Weight Watchers Meeting

Last week’s topic was “Be the Boss of Your World”.  We started out naming the places, people and situations in life that can challenge our weight loss progress.  For me it tends to be when I’m away from home whether it’s vacation or work.

Our group then came up with ideas for dealing with these challenges which included:

1. Take your own food.

2. Make family/friend events active instead of food-based (e.g., group fitness class instead of restaurant meal)

3. Don’t bring tempting foods into the house

4. Plan meals in advance.

Food Plan

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I was in New Orleans for several days last week and had to take advantage of the unique food items.  I ate alligator hash one breakfast and this treat another.

Shrimp and grits.

Shrimp and grits.

The highest calorie lunch I had was this roast beef po-boy from Mother’s.

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The debris is what makes it so good!  My Sunday afternoon snack was not healthy at all!

Beignets and cafe-au-lait from Cafe Du Monde

Beignets and cafe-au-lait from Cafe Du Monde

My favorite meal was at Muriel’s.

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My entree, Bayoubaise, was very healthy but the bread pudding for dessert was decadent AND worth every bite!

Weigh-In

As you can imagine despite earning a ton of activity points (okay 19) walking back and forth to the French Quarter I was up this week.  I’m not sure how much was due to New Orleans because I weighed in four hours later than normal.

Saturday morning was the Color Run so instead of going to Weight Watchers pre-breakfast (and coffee) I went after both and the 5K.  My weight was up 2.6 pounds which dropped the total weight loss to:

- 46.0 Pounds

 Challenges Ahead

Other than the colonoscopy prep this week there’s nothing special planned the remaining days.  We’ve got a meal plan made and my husband and I are both looking to see the scale move down.

How did your week towards great health go?

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Five Things Friday

Tomorrow’s the San Diego Color Run and I’m really looking forward to the experience.  A fun feature is that they’re having a Zumba class before the run/walk.  I missed Zumba at Fitbloggin’ this year so can’t wait to get my dance on!  I’m not good but it’s a lot of fun.

Grab your coffee and let’s chat about what’s on my mind this week.

French Quarter

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My business trip to New Orleans was busy but I made it to the French Quarter a couple of times for meals.  When I was walking back to the hotel Sunday morning I ran across the fire station and this sign.   How could I resist?

I bought my son a regular station t-shirt and myself the cute pink one.  Did you know that fire stations in tourist areas routinely sell t-shirts?  It’s a great gift for firefighters.

Simply Snackin

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When I read about Simply Snackin at Roni’s Weigh last month I knew I had to try them.  These delicious jerky snacks are just one points plus or 60 calories for those not on Weight Watchers.

I bought an assortment and my favorite flavor so far is Beef Sirloin with Apples & Cherries.  Check them out at SimplySnackin.com.

Susan G. Komen Book Giveaway

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In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Wacoal has teamed up with Susan G. Komen® Greater NYC to giveaway free copies of The New York Times best selling book, “The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer” by Hollye Jacobs. Through their Fit for the Cure™ program Wacoal started their partnership with breast cancer survivor, Hollye Jacobs this spring with the promise to distribute copies of her book to women going through breast cancer in communities across the country.

If you or someone you know fits the criteria, get the book while supplies last HERE.

Fitness

I did a lot of walking while in New Orleans between outings for meals and the exhibit booth but nothing since. Not only did the long days took a toll on me but I got a HUGE blister on the bottom of one foot thanks to wearing the wrong shoes for one of those walks.

I’m starting a new fitness class next week but will wait to see how it goes before sharing more about it.

Colon Health

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One of the exhibits at the AARP conference last month was about fighting colon cancer and the importance of proactive screening.  The picture of my husband and I was taken after we walked through a giant colon showing what is a healthy and what’s not (polyps, etc.).

My colonoscopy is scheduled for Monday so I will spend Sunday getting ready including a diet of clear liquids.  You can have gelatin and popsicles but not red or purple.  Naturally, those are the only ones I like!  Assuming all is well, I won’t have to go through it again for 10 years.  The joys of growing older…

That’s a little bit of what’s going on in my world.  What’s new with you?

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I love magazines and subscribe to lots of them.  My husband gets frustrated with the stack or two of unread issues on our coffee table when I get behind in reading.  At BlogHer this summer I found the solution that will make both of us happy…Next Issue!

Next Issue is a magazine subscription service that offers 135 or 145 magazine titles depending on the pricing model you select.  Learn more about it in the video below.

Get 135 titles for $9.99 a month or 145 magazines for $14.99 a month.  The latter option includes popular weekly magazines like People, Time and US Weekly.  If you’re not sure if Next Issue is right for you try it for free with a 30 day trial HERE.

I was given a 3 month subscription at the conference and can’t imagine doing without it now. It’s especially helpful when traveling.  I download my favorite magazines to take with me on the plane without any extra weight in my carryon.  I appreciate the alerts telling me when a new issue is available which is how I knew I could see George Clooney’s wedding photos in People magazine!

There are also notifications when new magazine titles are added which seems to be occur regularly.  I have Next Issue downloaded on my iPhone and iPad but it’s also available for Android and Windows 8 devices.

 Next Issue Subscription Giveaway

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Thanks to the generosity of Next Issue two Weight Chronicles readers will win a 3 month subscription. Entrants must be 18 years of older and have a US mailing address.

Use the rafflecopter form below to enter and good luck!

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Disclosure: I was provided product at an event with no compensation or obligation. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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