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Five Things Friday

As usual I’m finding it hard to believe we’re already in the fifth month of 2015.  The year is going fast!  Grab your beverage of choice and let’s catch up.

Nashville

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I’ve been to Nashville before last week but never stayed downtown.  One of the conference events was an evening at Acme Feed & Seed. It was a feed store in Old Nashville but is now a hopping bar/restaurant complete with rooftop deck.

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It’s right across from the Hard Rock Cafe where they were filming a commercial with Craig Wayne Boyd, the last Voice winner, in the street.  One of my co-workers went with me to join in as part of the crowd for a while.

It’s a great city to visit and I hope to go back for a long weekend with my husband sometime.

Internet

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We are continuing to have internet problems and have a technician scheduled to come out today.  The troubleshooting process over the phone has been frustrating to say the least.

We didn’t have a problem at all until they had the outage.  We were told then our symptoms were the same as reported by other customers.  They say the outage is cleared up yet we continue to have the same issue.

I about lost it when told it must be my router, or my ethernet cord, etc.  Hopefully it will be cleared up today or I’ll be shopping for a new provider.

Mini Freezer

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Recently Nutrisystem changed their plans pricing so I was able to upgrade from the Select plan (where I selected 18 shelf stable and 10 frozen for each meal every month) to Uniquely Yours which removes the limit on frozen items for just $10 more.

I like many of the shelf stable breakfasts, lunches and desserts but the dinners not so much.  To be able to store a month’s worth of frozen dinners I needed some more freezer space.  The solution was to get a mini freezer which will easily fit in our one car garage even with the car.

Unfortunately, the first one I ordered from Walmart came damaged so we had to return it.  My second order via Amazon arrives today.  I have my fingers crossed that it will go well.

Medicare

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This summer my husband is eligible for Medicare. Removing him from my work policy will save us hundreds of dollars in medical insurance premiums every month so it’s a no brainer we need to switch.

The hard part is selecting which plan to go with as there are MANY, MANY options.  We went to a “Medicare Made Easy” class last night and it was very helpful.  At the end we understood the different parts and what they covered, deadlines and consequences for not selecting certain parts.

Mother’s Day

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Last but not least is that this Sunday is Mother’s Day. I’m fortunate this year to have one of my sons in the area and that will definitely make the day more enjoyable.

This is the fourth Mother’s Day since I lost my mom and I’ll be thinking of her and happy memories.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.

That’s it for this week.  Have a great weekend!

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Tales from the Scale: A Reason to Celebrate

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This is a couple of days late but we’ve been having internet problems.  Today’s my 20th wedding anniversary and we’ll be celebrating tonight.  I’ll share more about that later this week.

Food Plan

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Last week I spent four days away from home for a business trip to Nashville.  I took advantage of some of the local flavors such as the chicken fried chicken above, grilled pimento cheese sandwiches and more.

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It wasn’t all bad though.  One morning I had the delicious egg white frittata shown above.  It had spinach, squash and avocado and was just 300 calories.

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I also had to enjoy Southern desserts.  I had peach cobbler three times!  When I got home it was back to Nutrisystem.

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This is fettuccine alfredo prepared with broccoli in my lunch crock.

Fitness

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As you can see by the attendance board I did pretty good the month of April attending class. I had perfect attendance…. after my birthday.  We started a new BRIK session this week and I’m working on perfect attendance until leaving for vacation later this month.

I got a lot of walking in while in Nashville.  Our hotel was .6 miles from the conference site and I walked back and forth a couple of times a day.  Add in walking to dinner and I was over 10,000 steps every day. (Note if you follow me on Facebook, my Fitbit ran out of charge Friday!)

Weigh-In

There was another reason to celebrate this week.  My scale was down Monday.  I lost .6 pounds bringing the total loss on this journey to:

-49.6 Pounds

 I’m going to work very hard to get rid of that .4 pounds this week to FINALLY hit the big 5-0!

Challenges Ahead

Other than dining out tonight for a celebratory dinner, there are not any special challenges this week.

How did your week towards great health go?

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Cinco de Mayo is coming up and it’s a great day to include one of my favorites, avocados from Mexico, on the menu.  I first had avocado when arriving in San Diego courtesy of the US Navy many years ago and was convinced to try guacamole.  It’s been a favorite ever since!

What you might not know about avocados is that besides being delicious it’s a healthy addition to your diet.  At just 50 calories a serving avocado provides nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.  This healthy fat has no cholesterol or sodium.

Chef Pati Jinich, host of the PBS series “Pati’s Mexican Table”,  recently provided some tips for you and I to make the most out of our Cinco de Mayo celebrations.  In the video she talks about the Pico de Guacomole recipe below, how to select an avocado, what other foods to pair it with and more!

Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipe

As Chef Pati indicates in the video there are many healthy recipes you can make for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Here’s the one she mentions in the video and I really like the idea of using it as a topping for grilled meats and fish.  The italicized text below are Pati’s words.

Pico de Guacamole

Pico de Guacamole

Serves 6 to 8

This is a delicious cross between a pico de gallo salsa and a guacamole, so I am calling it a pico de guac. It is mostly green in color, except for the red onion, which adds a welcome pungent note and a sprinkle of color. This pico de guac is also tart, but in a most delightful way and with different kinds of tartness: bright from the tomatillos, crisp from the green apples, and mild from the cucumbers.

I love to use it as a guacamole for an eye-opening appetizer. Yet, it is fabulous ladled as a chunky salsa on top of grilled fish, such as salmon. If you chop the ingredients into bigger bites, it makes for a saucy side salad. Have some left over? Spoon it inside of a chicken or cheese sandwich.

This pico de guac is versatile to no end.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber (about 1 pound) peeled, seeded and cut into small dice
  • 4 tomatillos (about ½ pound), husked, thoroughly rinsed, diced
  • 1 tart green apple (granny smith, about ½ pound), rinsed, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, thoroughly rinsed, strings removed, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 to 2 jalapeños or serranos, seeding optional, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro leaves and upper part of stems
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, or to taste
  • 3 ripe avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted, meat scooped out, diced and gently mashed

To Prepare:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Taste for salt, and add more if needed.

Avocados from Mexico Contest

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Avocados From Mexico wants YOU to show how you’re celebrating in their #CelebrateCinco contest!  They’re looking for pictures of how you celebreat in four categories: Decor, Mexican Fare, Spirits and Guac.

To enter the contest, tag your photo with hashtag #CelebrateCinco beginning May 1st on Twitter or Instagram or upload a pic from a Facebook album via this site (Remember to claim your entry with the submission form!).

There are three days left to enter in the countdown to Cinco De Mayo! You can submit ONE pic each day of the contest.

o May 3- Spirits (don’t show any brand logos please!)
o May 4- Guac
o May 5 – All categories

The top winner in each category — chosen by our panel of judges — gets a $500 cash gift card! The judging criteria based on: Fit to Contest / Category theme, Composition and Originality

What are your plans for Cinco de Mayo?

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Winners,Winners, Winners!

When starting this post I didn’t realize that I had so many winners to announce.  Looking back on the last winners announcement reminded me there are several more to share with you.

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But first I wanted to remind you to enter for a chance to win a copy of the book “The Gene Therapy Plan”.  Entries close May 1st.

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The winner of the 3 month supply of MealEnders signaling lozenges is:

Joan K.

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There were two giveaways related to the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  The winner of the digital copy is:

Juli G.

The winner of the film’s blu-ray is:

Lynn C.

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There are three winners of the Dial hand soap giveaway.  Please join me in congratulating:

  • Seyma S.
  • Janet F.
  • Colleen I.

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Last but not least is the winner of the most recently completed Giveaway.  The winner will receive a bottle of Mia Mariu I Feel Good essential oils. That person is:

Jessica B.

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Tales from The Scale: Changing it Up

I haven’t been following the Weight Watchers (WW) plan since early last year even though I continued to pay for meetings and weigh in weekly.  I did this for three reasons:

  • The accountability
  • Great information
  • The people – both the other attendees and the staff

Since starting on Nutrisystem (NS) again in February I’ve felt it was wasteful.  I have found community online (Facebook groups) and the accountability is here — sharing with you.

In terms of information, I noticed the WW weeklies were recycling topics we covered last year and wasn’t getting as much out of it.  Having said all that, I will miss some of the wonderful people in that meeting room.

Food Plan

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I’ve been tracking my nutrition, exercise and water intake with MyFitnessPal the last couple of weeks.  It’s very easy to track on the road as about anything I eat is already in the database.

Some of the meals I’ve been enjoying is the NS Red Beans and Rice lunch shown above.  This is after I added broccoli, Trader Joe’s healthy 8 chopped vegetables and 2 ounces of chicken breast.  It was very good.

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This is one of my breakfasts consisting of a NS cinnamon streusel muffin with a egg scrambled with green chiles.

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This dinner is the NS broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast with roasted squash and a biscuit.

Fitness

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April has been an awesome month on the fitness front.  I’ve had perfect attendance at Kaia Fit since taking my birthday off three weeks ago.  I’m about to ruin that this week due to a business trip but it can’t be helped.

The pictures above were taken after Friday morning’s workout.  I think adding in the Saturday sessions has helped on the weight loss front as well.

Weigh-In

I haven’t reported my progress for nearly three weeks.  As expected I had a gain the first week following the never-ending birthday celebration.  Then I lost that and now I’ve lost another pound.  This brings the total loss to:

-49.0 Pounds

 Woo hoo!

Challenges Ahead

This week will be challenging for a couple of reasons. First I’m leaving tomorrow on a business trip to Nashville.  It’ll be very long days attending a conference.  Conferences are challenging because there’s often little choices in terms of food but I’ll make the best choices possible.

The second reason it’s challenging is the lack of time to exercise due to days starting at 7 am and ending at 10 pm.  Since my hotel is half a mile from the conference the extra walking back and forth should help.

How did your week towards great health go?

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