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Remembering Angie

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Yesterday as I waited for my flight back from San Jose I read a Facebook post that swiftly changed the day.  One of my best friends from high school had passed away Saturday.

Angie had been fighting pancreatic cancer since 2012 and although she won battles since then, the war took its toll and she was ready to rest.

You can see Angie as she was when I knew her best in the photo above.  That’s one of our teachers and her.  We bonded as two Air Force “brats” and became part of a foursome of friends making the best of high school.

She became a cheerleader and I’m sure my popularity went up a bit just being in her circle. :)

After high school I went off to college and Angie became a mom.  We lost touch and I was so happy to see her at our 20 year reunion.  We talked, hugged and shared stories about our boys.  She also had two sons and even came up to my hotel room to see my two sleeping.

We declared we wouldn’t lose touch this time… and promptly did.

Facebook changed that.  We reconnected but by then Angie was already in her fight.   Angie documented her thoughts, hopes, dreams and fears in a blog, I Superwoman.

My heart goes out to Angie’s “boys”, her beloved granddaughter, siblings and extended family.  She was loved by people you never knew and will always be remembered!  Rest, my sweet friend and say hi to Kenny for me.

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Swipe Deodorant Wipes Review & Giveaway

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I normally won’t do any exercise on my lunch hour because I don’t have time for a shower before returning to work. I sweat a lot so for the sake of my co-workers I have to go before or after office hours.

That’s why I was interested in trying Swipe deodorant wipes when offered the opportunity.

About Swipe

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A Swipe® is a single-use, disposable deodorant wipe. Made with a tea tree extract, it provides long-lasting protection against odor and perspiration.  Because each one is individually packaged, they are perfect for traveling with you to the gym, vacation or wherever your day takes you.

I really like the fact that the cloth is 100% biodegradable and that the product is manufactured in the US.

You can buy Swipe at SwipeFresh.com, Amazon (affiliate link) or eBay.  Prices are very reasonable at $2.99 for pack of three, $6.99 for pack of 10, $14.99 for pack of 25.

Using Swipe Deodorant Wipes

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I had the swipes a couple of weeks before the perfect opportunity to use them came up (although they would have been great at Fitbloggin’ to use between the exercise sessions and my lunchtime showers.

I normally shower after exercise but I took advantage of a last minute invite to go to a matinee play in downtown San Diego.  That left me with less than an hour after yoga to drop my friend, get home, clean up, change and get back to her house.

Swipe came to the rescue.  It was refreshing as I wiped myself off and I felt that way the rest of the day.  The wipes smell good and don’t leave a residue on your skin.

I brought a couple with me to BlogHer as I’ll be running around from venue to venue throughout the day and it will be hot!  I recommend keeping them in your gym bag, car glove box and suitcase so you’re always ready to freshen up.

Swipe Deodorant Wipes Giveaway

One Weight Chronicles reader will receive a box of 10 Swipe deodorant wipes courtesy of Forever Fresh.  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and have a US mailing address.

Use the rafflecopter form below to enter and good luck!

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Disclosure: I received product for purposes of this review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% mine.

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Workout Wednesday: Free Yoga

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Last Saturday I went to a free yoga class sponsored by Lulelemon at a nearby mall.  They had three that morning: bootcamp, studio sweat and the yoga class.

The yoga class was taught by a local yoga studio’s instructor and she was excellent!  I’ll definitely be back every Saturday I can until the pop-up store closes in October. :(

Since I missed this post last week, I’ll update you on two weeks worth of activity.  It’s all about accountability (#Justtrollin).

Weekly Workouts

Day
Week 1
Week 2
WednesdayWalk - 3.2 milesWalk - 3.3 miles
ThursdayPilates classRest
FridayWalk - 3.1 milesWalk - 3 miles
SaturdayRestYoga class
SundayRestWalk - 4 miles
MondayRestRest
TuesdayWalk - 3 miles
Pilates class
Pilates class

Notice those three days of no activity the first week.  I have no excuse.  I wasn’t injured, sick or held prisoner.

You can see why I don’t want to skip more than one day of exercise — one becomes two and so on.  I felt so guilty, I exercised both morning and evening the next day.

How was your workout week?

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Fitbloggin’ 14: Sunday Events and People

This is a recount of my experience at Fitbloggin’ 14.  Previous posts covered the pre-conference events, Friday sessions and Saturday sessions.

I was sad to wake up on Sunday morning (and not just because I had a terrible night’s sleep).  It meant that Fitbloggin would be over in a couple of hours and I’d have to wait 363 days for the next time I’d be with these awesome people.

This conference ends with a run/walk and breakfast.  Before we got started Jeff Galloway joined us courtesy of Run Disney.  Jeff is not only an Olympian but he wrote the first book on running for the masses in the 70′s and has made a career out of the sport with books, coaching, retailer and race organizing.

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Jeff took selfies with all who wanted and was a very nice man.  I appreciated meeting a hero from my era. :)

The distance options for the Sunday run/walk are 1 mile, 5K or 10 K.  Jeff Galloway ran with the 10K group. My husband and I chose to walk the 5K and there were about 12 others doing the same.

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I wasn’t looking forward to walking 3 miles in the late June humidity but it wasn’t that bad.  Not only because it was still early (7 am) but the scenery was so enchanting that I wasn’t thinking about it.  I love the squares, statues and architecture of historical Savannah.

Too soon we were back at the conference for our last Savannah meal and to say good-bye.  I took more selfies than ever this conference but still missed a lot of people.

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From top left clockwise there’s Alan from Sweating Until Happy, Liz (and E2) from Prior Fat Girl, Sarah from Losing Weight and Having Fun and Gerri from the Fitbloggin’ staff.

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Alexandra from Fun and Fit, Gail from Go! Go! Gail!  (photobombed by Fat Girl Vs. World), Alyssa from Double Chin Diary and Martinus from 300 Pounds and Running.

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I also saw Kenlie from All The Weigh, Deb from Weight for Deb and Margo from Nacho Mama’s Blog.

We had an uneventful trip home with visions of Fitbloggin’ 15 in my head!  Will I see you in Denver?

 

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Tales from the Scale: Using Points Effectively

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I was back at my usual Weight Watchers meeting Saturday and a couple of members said they missed me the previous week.  It’s nice to have people notice!

The meeting topic was about using Weight Watchers points accurately.  The PointsPlus methodology results in a value for every food based on the amount of protein, carbs, fat and fiber in it.  Some foods like non-starchy vegetables and fruits have a zero point value to encourage members to choose them.

Not only are members given a daily PointsPlus allowance but also a weekly optional allowance AND you earn more with activity.  I’ve just been tracking calories along with macro-nutrients the past couple of months.

I think it’s time to switch it up and go back to points.

Food Plan

I ate very healthily this past week … during the day.  I had problems shutting down my appetite in the evening.  I don’t think I was genuinely hungry or I would have chosen another veggie.

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Nope, it was sugar cravings taking over.  That’s the real problem with having a little, it becomes a lot for me.  Those gluten-free cupcakes from Trader Joe’s were not worth it!

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I need to plan meals better as well because a salad does not make a meal every night.

Weigh-In

Having a gain is not a fun thing but at least I knew it was directly related to my eating during the week. I was up .6 pound which brought the total weight loss to:

-47.4 pounds

Challenges Ahead

This week is going to be challenging.  I have to run errands every evening to be ready to go to BlogHer on Thursday afternoon.  Once I get to BlogHer I’ll have to make the best choices possible.

Alcohol isn’t a concern as I think I had only one or two cocktails the last couple of years. I usually use my drink tickets for a bottle of water!  I am taking my workout clothes and plan to hit the hotel gym Friday and Sunday mornings.

How did your week towards great health go?

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