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Five Things Friday

The past week was eventful in very unexpected ways.  Grab a cup of coffee and let’s dive right in!

Job Changes


I didn’t think anything of it when I posted about Friday the 13th last week.  Let me tell you it turned out to be a significant day.  I had a medical appointment first thing and thought it was strange when I received a text to meet one of the VPs as soon as I got in.

When I walked into the office I was guided into a meeting in progress where the owner of the company announced he was selling the business.  It was all a blur after that with two more meetings and then a lot of digesting.

To be honest, I couldn’t process it all Friday but did so over the weekend.  I think it’s an exciting opportunity for the company and our clients but there will be a lot of change coming up.

Minor Surgery


The medical appointment was with an oral surgeon about a bony growth in my mouth called a torus platinus.  It’s grown over the past 30 years to the point that food gets caught and eating sharp foods like chips (not that I do that often) scratch it.

Since it’s bone my medical plan will cover the removal BUT the plan now changes when my company changes ownership.  So, the process that started this summer (it took 5 months to get into the otolaryngologist for a referral) will be done the first week of March.

I’ll be out of work for about a week and can’t travel for two weeks.  What this urgent scheduling means is that I won’t be able to attend the inaugural BAM conference.  Boo hoo!

Parks and Recreation Finale


One of my favorite shows, Parks and Recreation, will be airing the series finale next week.  I’ll miss the laughs with these Pawnee, Indiana residents but appreciate the seven seasons of great television!

This would be a good series to binge watch if you have not seen it.

Knee Pain

I woke up with mystery right knee pain Monday morning.  I call it that because I don’t recall any activity or movement that caused it.  My Kaia Fit instructor has given me modifications so I’m still able to workout without aggravating it but going up and down stairs is not fun!

I injured this knee in my teens skiing and it’s the one that gives me trouble periodically.  I’ve started a regime of ibuprofen and no extra walking and hope that will knock it out soon.

PrAna Event



Last weekend’s plan to attend the San Diego Travel Show was ditched so I’m determined to make tomorrow’s PrAna event to celebrate the future opening of prAna Encinitas.  After a yoga class, we’ll have snacks and there will be goodie bags!

That’s my week.  I’m hoping for a quieter one coming up.  What do you have planned this weekend?


Movie Review: McFarland USA


Last week I had the opportunity to attend a media screening of the latest Disney movie which starts showing in theatres tomorrow, February 29th.  Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows high school runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

About McFarland USA


Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ amazing running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Disney’s “McFarland, USA” stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez, Chris Ellis and Diana Maria Riva.

Learn more about the movie at http://movies.disney.com/mcfarland-usa and like it on Facebook. You can also follow Disney Movies on Twitter.

My Thoughts on McFarland USA


I wasn’t expecting much because there hasn’t been a lot of buzz about this movie.  Once the film started I was quickly entranced in the story.  McFarland USA did a great job of bringing us back to the 1980’s and depicting the economic status and culture of McFarland at that time.

As the story unfolded I was rooting for the boys of the town.  Not because it’s great to win but so they would believe they had more opportunity and would dream bigger.  It was also good to see Coach White’s journey as he realized there was more to the town than what he saw on the surface.

If this wasn’t a true story it would be too awesome to believe. I especially liked learning about what the team members are doing today and how the McFarland High School track team performed in later years.

It’s a great movie for everyone in the family except small children.  Not because there’s anything objectionable but rather due to a lot of dialogue.No one is going to win acting awards for the movie but it is full of solid performances.  I recommend planning on seeing this inspirational movie, McFarland USA, this weekend!


FitBloggin’ 15: Five Reasons you Need to Join Me

FitBloggin’ is a conference for bloggers who are interested in healthy living.  This year FitBloggin’ 15 is being held June 25-28th in Denver.

The past two years I’ve written in-depth recaps about what has become my favorite blogging conference.  If that didn’t convince you to register, here are five reasons you need to sign up now!

The People


I only knew one blogger attending FitBloggin’ 13 and that was from my personal finance blog.  When I left I had dozens of new friendships that continue to this day.  The community is so supportive I never want to miss another gathering whether I’m blogging or not!

The Content


The FitBloggin’ content is top notch and offers a wide variety of sessions.  Of course there are the traditional blogging topics such as monetization, media kits and social media.  But there’s also healthy living topics ranging from being accountable to how to navigate when you finish your weight loss journey.

I can’t leave out the group fitness classes. I’ve done crossfit, trampoline, yoga and Zumba over the past two years!  When you sign up plan to stay through Sunday morning so you can run/walk the closing 5K/10K routes.

The Sponsors

FitBloggin’ has sponsors that fit the healthy living niche and many of us have established ongoing relationships with brands we’ve met at the conference.  I’m a Blue Diamond Tastemaker after meeting them in 2013.

Many of the sponsor give away great prizes as well.  I won a total gym in 2013 and two FitBit Flexs in 2014!

The Parties

To be frank, I’m having too much fun to take pictures at the parties so I’ve embedded a video of my favorite Ignite presentation from last year.  That’s Dre from Mission Meltdown.

There’s something official happening every evening and a whole lot of unofficial if you can stay up later than me!

The Location


My first FitBloggin’ was in Portland and last year in Savannah.  Because we were at downtown hotels, it was a great opportunity to explore the beautiful cities.  I’m looking forward to doing that in Denver this year.

I’ve traveled through Denver countless times but never got to spend any time in the city. That will change in a few months.

Bonus Reason


I really want you to come to FitBloggin’ 15 so we can meet in real life.  Words can’t express how important this community is to me.  Blog friends are real friends.  Register here and see you in June!



Big news for Lego fans big and small! LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is here along with an awesome Bizarro name-generator app and exclusive Digital Trading Cards.

About LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

It’s available now on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack+Batzarro LEGO minifigure.

LEGO Bizarro Name Generator App

Type in your name to reveal your Bizarro alter-ego – If you don’t like your name, press the refresh button or try again! You can share your name from the app using the Twitter & Facebook share buttons.

Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the Bizarro League home today!

Download the FREE trading cards package.


Thanks to the generosity of Warner Home Video one Weight Chronicles reader will win their own copy of LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack).  Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Use the Gleam form below to enter and good luck!
LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League Blu-Ray Combo & Lego MiniFigurine

Disclosure: Warner Home Video supplied the assets and winner’s prize.  I received no compensation.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.


Tales From the Scale: Restaurant Strategies

When my Weight Watchers leader asked how many people eat out every week I was surprised at how many people don’t do so regularly.  As one who eats out at least once a week, the topic of restaurant strategies for healthy eating never gets old.

We came up with this list of tips to help stay on plan while dining out.

  1. Research menu in advance.
  2. Order first so you won’t be influenced by the choices of your dining companions.
  3. Start with a salad first with dressing on the side.
  4. Sip water between bites.
  5. Have half your entree boxed right away.
  6. Order meat grilled or broiled.
  7. Order sauces on the side.
  8. Substitute veggies for starch side.

What strategies do you use when eating out?

Food Plan

This will be hard to believe, but I only took one photo of food all week!  We dined out for breakfast last weekend and I had the FitFare Omelette on the senior menu at Denny’s. (I don’t consider myself a senior but it’s for people 55 and over.)


Sunday, I had some pork ribs and potato skins instead of a healthy dinner when we watched the Super Bowl.  I only ate non-Nutrisystem food on other time during the week when I went to a movie screening Tuesday night (more about the movie later this week).

We ate at Panera and I choose very wisely!  I had the chicken noodle soup and half of chicken Fuji apple salad.  Never did eat my baked chips that came with it.


Sunday we hiked by a nearby lake and my husband took this picture of me on the way back.  Very beautiful but hot (80’s) and I was happy when the four mile trek was over.


With five days of exercise and seven days of tracking I lost another .8 pound which brings the total loss to:

-47.0 Pounds

Three more pounds to the big “5-0″ and the fifth week in a row with a loss.  Woo hoo!

 Challenges Ahead

If you asked me last Thursday about this week I would have said no problem.  But then my world was rocked Friday morning when it was announced the company that employs me is being sold.  I have to admit to emotional eating the past two days.

I am ready to get back to the business of losing weight starting today with my 5 am Kaia FIT class to be followed by a healthy breakfast.


How did your week towards great health go?