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Bzees and Athleta Sip + Style Charity Event


Last week I had the pleasure of attending an evening Sip + Style event hosted by Bzees and Athleta at the San Diego UTC Athleta location.  There were four reasons I wanted to attend although any one of these is reason enough!

  1. I love Bzees shoes
  2. First time at the Athleta store
  3. Proceeds went to Autism Tree Project Foundation
  4. See blogger friends


We had the opportunity to learn about the new Bzees Fall line (flats, slipons and boots) and the innovation put into these shoes. Bzees shoes are light (just six ounces!) and so comfortable.  I had a previous pair that I ultimately had to get rid of because my shoe size changed and I could no wear them. 🙁

Here’s why the designs are so unique:

  • air-infused outsoles
  • free foam footbeds
  • dynamic stretch uppers
  • antimicrobial
  • machine washable


Let me throw in there stylish to boot (pun intended).  There was plenty of time to get styled in our choice of Bzees along with Athleta clothing.  Let me tell you, my pocketbook is glad I didn’t know about this store before because I loved their collections.  I love that they have clothing to take you throughout the day (including work) not just during workouts.


I selected the new grey lifetime slipons and will be traveling in them this weekend.


The cushioned instep is like walking on clouds.

Food & Drink

Of course there was food and drink to enhance the styling going on.


California Fruit Wine hosted a wine bar wagon with a variety.  I didn’t partake (that designated driver thing) but they looked refreshing and were enjoyed by many.

This sushi table by Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar was swarmed all evening and I heard it was delicious (not a sushi person)! What I did enjoy personally was the sweet to cap it all off.


This truffle tower of goodness was from Frost Me Gourmet.  The hazelnut chocolate with sea salt was de bomb!

The best part? Proceeds from the evening went back to Autism Tree Project Foundation, which assists with education, advocacy, early intervention and mentorship to support children and families touched by autism.

You can support this charity because  Bzees will be donating $5 from every pair of shoes sold using code OLIVER to the Autism Tree Project.  Thank you Bzees for this opportunity to support the foundation and a great evening.


Free Coffee: National Coffee Day Tomorrow + Giveaway

This picture is what I feel like until I’m halfway through the first cup in the morning.  You’ve seen what happens when I dress before coffee!

Of course, this isn’t unique to me or even Americans.  Nope, it’s so beloved there’s an International Coffee Day with many countries participating.  For the US and Canada (among others) the day is tomorrow.

Remember, there are health benefits to drinking coffee. Here are five places you can get free coffee on September 29th:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Krispy Kreme (plus a free donut)
  • Lamar’s Donuts (get free coffee coupon on their Facebook page)
  • Peet’s Coffee (free coffee with purchase of breakfast item)
  • Pilot Flying J (free coffee coupon on their Facebook page)

Do you know about any other freebies tomorrow?

These offers are for regular coffee, but my favorite coffee house treat is a BIG nonfat latte with sugar-free caramel syrup. I’m not the only one thinking about coffee today.  Take a tour of coffee blog posts today starting with Coffee Comfort in a Cup at Train with Bain.

Coffee Giveaway


Since we can’t go get that free coffee together, I’m going to send a $10 USD Starbucks eGift card to one Weight Chronicles reader. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.  Use the gleam form below to enter and good luck!

Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway


Recipe: 3-2-1 Cake


Do you get chocolate or sweet cravings? It’s hard to satisfy those cravings unless you actually eat something chocolate and sweet.  My Weight Watchers coach told me about a dessert that she thought would help me named 3-2-1 Cake.


  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 box any flavor cake mix



  1. Mix the two cake mixes together well in a gallon storage bag.
  2. Measure 3 tablespoons of cake mix with 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave safe dish.

cake-batter3. Microwave for 1 minute.

Serve with your topping of choice.  It’s delicious and just hit the spot.

What’s your go to  low-calorie dessert when you want something sweet?

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Tales from the Scale: A Worthy Detour


It’s been two weeks since my last Tales from the Scale post and the reason is that little boy in the picture.  My grandson, who lives across country, was here for two weeks while his mom did her military reserves duty.

Besides working (only took two workdays off) I didn’t have time to think about tracking, working out and being healthy while taking care of a child whose entire diet consists of less than 15 food items.  Unfortunately, right now that means no fruits and vegetables pass his lips.

Having said that, I wouldn’t have missed spending this time with him for anything!  It was rewarding, tiring and oh so worth it.

Food Plan

My husband took my grandson home on Friday and not so coincidentally that’s the day I started tracking again. 🙂  We didn’t eat too badly but I’m sure my portions weren’t the best and where my husband and I overindulged was pastries and after dinner ice creams.  These are naturally two of things the grandson would eat.


We ate dinner out once at Outback.  I selected the petite filet mignon and a sweet potato.  I don’t use that cinnamon butter they put on the potato (you can see it off to the side on my plate).  A better option would be to have the cheese and croutons removed from the salad; have to remember that next time.


I weighed in Saturday morning (a day late) only because it was a little crazy Friday getting them packed up.  I had gained two pounds bringing the total weight loss back down to:

-35.0 Pounds

I hope to lose a few pounds before leaving for a cruise in November so will be working hard at better choices.



This grandma got tired so didn’t get up to make any of her 5 am Kaia FIT classes the past two weeks.  But I was definitely more active at home than normal.  We went to the beach, to the pool at night, to San Diego Safari Park, and to Legoland.  If I was tracking I had earned activity points with the walking and swimming.

It was also a lot of fun and I wish I went to the pool more often this summer.

Challenges Ahead

This week my challenge is to track every day and get back to regular exercise.  I have a evening event Wednesday with cocktails and appetizers so that will require vigilance on my part to enjoy but not overdo.

What’s your challenge this week?


Winners, Winners, Winners!

Thanks to everyone who have entered the three most recent giveaways hosted at Weight Chronicles.  I appreciate you taking the time to visit and engage.  These are the winners randomly selected by Gleam and confirmed.


The winner of one of either The Vampire Diaries or The Originals Blu-Ray is:

Laurie N.


The winner of the Mamma Chia Vitality Granola Prize Pack is:

Colleen I.


Last but not least the winner of the Orkin Back-to-School Prize Pack is:

Dusty S.

New giveaways will be coming soon so stay tuned!