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Tales from the Scale: Back to Weight Watchers

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Saturday I went back to my usual early morning Weight Watchers meeting and it was good to reconnect with my weight loss buddies there and of course, the best leader around.  The topic was about using dietary fiber to feel full.  I have no problem getting enough dietary fiber now that I have a fruit or vegetable with ever snack and meal.

Food Plan

I ended the week with extra weekly points and did a good job of healthy eating all week with the exception of Monday when I was traveling home.  Even then it wasn’t that I overate but that there wasn’t enough fresh fruits and vegetables.

easter_mealsThe picture above shows some of the meals I had this past week.  My favorite snack is any vegetable dipped in the amazing spinach and kale Greek yogurt dip from Trader Joe’s.

Our Easter meal included lean ham steak, fried potatoes, steamed asparagus and gluten-free cornbread.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures before we dug in!

Weigh-in

My weight was a little off the last reported weigh-in but that could be attributed to the difference in scales and the fact I was weighing with clothes on since it wasn’t my home.  :)

The total loss since starting my journey January 5, 2013 is:

-31.0 Pounds

I happily accepted the 5 pound star.  It was hard work getting that 10 pounds off again and it’s a new “low” for this time with Weight Watchers.

Challenges Ahead

My aunt passed away early this morning so my challenge is not to try to eat my feelings away.  I’m relieved she’s no longer in pain but very sad she lost her battle and that my cousin lost her mother.

Thankfully, there’s nothing else going on this week to take me off task and I hope it stays that way.

How did your week towards great health go?

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Weekly Chronicles: Easter Edition

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If you celebrate Easter, may yours be joyous as we remember the resurrection of Jesus.  We are having Easter dinner at home; just the two of us.  I bought a ham slice so we’re not stuck with tons of leftovers.  To go with that we’ll have asparagus spears, fried potatoes and gluten-free cornbread.  Yum!

Whatever your day brings you, enjoy some of the articles and giveaways I found this week.

Around the Web

If you missed out on discussion regarding the controversial Kirstie Alley remarks, I like the take on it at Feed Me, I’m Cranky.

Midlife Boulevard shares the different ways Easter was celebrated now and then in the writer’s life.

Push-ups are my achilles heel.  FitKnitChick has a article on how to progress from knees to toes successfully.

A Boomer Girl’s Guide talks about becoming the oldest generation in your family.  It’s something my husband and I have discussed several times as we’ve both become the oldest in our respective immediate families.

Try this healthy egg salad recipe from Grace, Grits and Gardening.  I love the idea of using Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

Giveaways

Don’t forget to enter the two giveaways going on here at Weight Chronicles.  The Nakd Bars sampler box giveaway closes April 22nd and the ENERGYbits Swag Pack giveaway ends April 25th.

Two Savvy Sisters is giving away a Burton the Kind Scarecrow children’s book.  Enter by midnight April 26th.

Enter to win a beautiful Keekaroo Height Right high chair at Wealth Informatics before it ends April 24th.

More Time to Travel is hosting a giveaway of the book Home Sweet Anywhere which ends April 29th while Friend for the Ride is giving away a copy of Fencing with Breast Cancer.

Enter to win Kombucha soda at Celiac and the Beast on or before April 24th.

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff is giving away a wood watch.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  This one ends April 30th.

Enter to win a copy of Budget Bytes (cookbook) at Surviving and Thriving.  Entries close Tuesday evening.

This closes another edition of Weekly Chronicles.  Have a wonderful Easter or weekend and see you later!

 

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Giveaway: Boston Strong with ENERGYbits

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ENERGYbits, a Boston-based company whose plant-based fuel is loved by runners, will be exhibiting for the first time at this year’s Boston Marathon Expo to welcome the runners and community back.

I know it’s not easy to run any distance let alone the 26.2 miles in a marathon. ENERGYbits spirulina tabs make it easier and they have quickly become a runner’s dream fuel.  If you’re in Boston get FREE samples at the expo booth 1934 today or tomorrow.

If like me, you can’t make it this year, take advantage of ENERGYbits’ offer of a 20% discount on all purchases with promo code: MARATHON.

Giveaway

ENERGYbits is also giving away anENERGYbits swag pack to one Weight Chronicles reader.  I have no idea what’s in it but just a sample of ENERGYbits would be great!  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 no compensation for hosting this giveaway. Any opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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Five Things Friday

It’s been a while since the last Five Things Friday so I’d thought we’d catch up.  Here’s what’s been happening around my house.

Internet Connection

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I didn’t post much last week thanks to technical issues which interrupted the best laid plans.  It all started with my attempt to save money on my bill for cable internet. When I signed up for it a couple of years ago the modem was included until it wasn’t.  The rental price recently jumped to $6.99 a month which was just enough for me to go buy our own.

It worked horribly!  If two or more devices accessed the internet at the same time we were brought to a crawling pace at best.  Then I found out the modem was no longer supported by vendor even though it was on the cable company’s list of approved devices and sold by Amazon.

I bought a different one which was highly rated and we are now back to normal.  It’s amazing how a slow internet connection was so disruptive but I’m glad we’re back to normal.

 Enterprise Rental Car

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Last weekend I traveled to Kansas to visit family.  I decided to start charging my cell phone before leaving the rental car agency so I wouldn’t be on the road with a dead phone. It was then I realized the white cord I packed was the Kindle USB cord, not the iPhone cord. The representative showing me how the car worked immediately volunteered to lend me his personal cord if I could return it Monday when dropping off the car.

Words can’t express who grateful I am for his kindness (and yes I returned the cord). I am now an Enterprise fan thanks to their awesome customer service and one employee who went above and beyond.

Root Canal

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I had the second part of my root canal done today (appointment number four for this tooth in the past month). It went smoothly and I’ll get the “permanent filling” next week at my regular dentist’s office. It’s really only permanent until next year when I have more benefits to replace the crown.

Taxes

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I’m a proscrastinator so waited until the last possible day to prepare and file our tax returns. Fortunately, they’re pretty simple now that we don’t have enough to itemize. We had to pay a bit in Federal taxes and got back 2/3 of the same amount from the state.

Exercise Routine

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With everything going on the past month, I haven’t’ been on my regular routine. Things should be settling down now and you will see the return of Workout Wednesday next week.

What’s been going on with you this week?

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Avocados from Mexico Prize Pack Winner!

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Thank you to all who entered the Avocados from Mexico prize pack giveaway.  I’m thrilled to announce the winner. Congratulations to:

Soha M.

Don’t forget to enter the current giveaway for a sampler case of Nakd gluten-free bars.  Entries close April 22nd.

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