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Hey last year Erin and I represented FBG in the 3 day 60 mile cancer walk. We are doing it again this year in Cleveland and Erin will be crewing the Atlanta event as well.

We are inviting you to support us this year by joining us or donating to help our team reach the fund raising goal.

The event is July 31-August 2 and is one of the best things you will ever do!

So please think of joining us!


Remember this weekly post???

What, it isn't Friday? Oh, you will have to forgive me my days this week have been all off.

Once upon a time I took on the challenge once a week to present you with a great snack or food option that was low on calories and high on taste (ah, there is that old marketing background coming back to me). This little venture fell off the wagon along with my 5K goal time, goal dress size, and my goal to learn to can.

But like all those goalst this little baby is back with a vengeance and today I bring you a recent favorite: Special K snack crackers.

Now, I know in the the past I have been the poster girl for Special K products. I should be getting a commission from them for the number of people I have "brought into the fold." These just happened to stick out at me from the grocery aisle. I made my choice and picked up these 90 calorie packs instead of the 100 calorie chips I was going for. It was the right decision.

These little crackers are packed with so much taste and were the perfect addition to my lunch and a lot healthier than the 100 calorie baked Chettos I was planning on buying.

There are currently two flavors available the tomato and herb and the multi grain. I am a huge fan of both but admit to liking the tomato and herb more than the other. They are a great snack time treat, lunch treat, or a treat to satisfy that salty crunchy urge that you have.

As always I will send a box of either flavor to the first commenter! And let me know if there is something that you want me to try.

You MUST Look at These Recipes

On Weight Watchers' website, there are revamped recipes for your favorite Super Bowl snacks (heck, you can enjoy them all the time if you wish). You can find the article and links to several recipes HERE. If the link doesn't open for you, let me know and I'll post the recipes themselves. There are things like Jalepeno Poppers, Buffalo wings, Guacamole, Layered Mexican Bean Dip. Go check it out!

Also, I have a website I'd like to recommend...Hungry Girl...it's run by a real life woman who loves to eat yet struggles with weight issues. They redo a lot of classic recipes so that they are lower in fat and calories. The site also is a partner with Weight Watchers and includes points values on lots of foods. Coupons are available once in a while, too, as are links to free samples. There is also an email subscription you can sign up for with more recipes.


Feeling down

Hey all. It has been ever since I posted here. I have wanted to several times, yet something holds me back.

You know, I have posted so many ups and downs here. I've gotten hugs, kicks in the pants, and advice. This community is great for so many reasons. You are all beautiful and strong women and it is good to know I can always come here and find women that know exactly what I feel like.

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Old New Year's Challenge?

Um....hi! Remember me? Remember my big challenge?

Not so much?

Me either, apparently.

November and December, and I don't want to put to fine a point on this, were utterly and terribly wretched. Just big fat sucky suck. And I dropped the ball, as it were, and I apologize profusely.

Do over?

I'm revamping the challenge, and it now goes from whenever you signed up before to March 31, on account of that seems like a good amount of time plus also that's my birthday. As fine a day as any.

Your original sign up still counts, if you're interested. If you're not already signed up, see this post for more information.

Ooooh....Nutrition Information.....

Got an email from hungrygirl.com that included links to nutrition info for both Olive Garden and Red Lobster....

HG BREAKING NEWS... Olive Garden and Red Lobster Spill Nutritional Stats!

The infamous Olive Garden and the home of the crimson crustacean, Red Lobster, have finally released nutritional info for their ENTIRE menus! While both chains have been providing stats for their "light" menu selections for a while now, it's good to know what else we can enjoy guilt-free besides the pasta marinara and the same old shrimp cocktail -- and what to AVOID at all costs! We did a little snooping and found some stats that may surprise you. Those addictive bottomless breadsticks at Olive Garden have 150 cals and 2.5g fat each (POINTS® value 2 - 3*), and a serving of that Alfredo dipping sauce they're served with has a whopping 380 calories and 35g fat (POINTS® value 10 - 11*). Eeeks! But a lunch portion of the Garden's zesty, veggie-packed Shrimp Primavera contains a reason able 510 calories and 9g fat (POINTS® value 10 - 11*). As for Red Lobster, the Bayou Seafood Gumbo may seem like a decent starter, but it packs a wallop with 470 calories and 17g fat per bowl (POINTS® value 10 - 11*). Stick with a bowl of the low-fat, 160-calorie Manhattan Clam Chowder instead (POINTS® value 3*). For dinner, the Garlic-Grilled Jumbo Shrimp (complete with garlic butter sauce!) is a great option with just 365 calories and 6g fat (POINTS® value 7 - 8*) -- but stay far away from the Seaside Shrimp Trio with its 1000+ calories and 58 grams of fat (POINTS® value 25*).

*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.

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Monday Monday...I like today

Today is weigh-in day for my Weight Watchers Online...

I'm down almost 2 pounds from last week!

How did THAT happen?

Needless to say, I'm pretty stoked!!

Comfort food does me in every time

I made roast beef, mashed potatoes, and my mom's homemade frozen sweet corn. I didn't make gravy but I still ate WAY too much.


I had 22 points at supper.

My daily points are 32.

I'm sorry. I let myself down.

Although, I did get on the elliptical this morning and earned 3 points.

I will do a Pilates routine tonight once my stomach deflates.

My favorite quick bread

I love pumpkin bread, plain and simple. It's yummy and nutritious and sooooooo good.

1 can pumpkin (15 oz)
4 eggs
1 cup oil (today I used 1/3 c olive oil and 2/3 c canola oil...you can also substitute up to half of the amount with applesauce)
2/3 cup water
3 cups sugar (I only use half)
3 1/2 cups flour (I use 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and 2 cups white flour)
2 teaspoons Baking soda
1 1/s teaspoons salt (I only use 1 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

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Makes 24 servings. Each serving is 5 Weight Watchers Points when prepared the way I made it today.

Hello again!

Hi all!

I know that it's been a long time! Many of you know that 2008 was not my best year, in fact I would say that it was a awful,horrible, no good year. That being said I didn't gain any weight, but I didn't lose any either.

I have been trying to think of a way to jump start a healthier lifestyle. I think that what I need is some accountability. So, I think I'm going to try keeping track of everything I eat. I signed up a calorie counter at this site http://www.my-calorie-counter.com/calorie_counter.asp . Along with this I think that I will try to give a weekly reports here of how I am doing. That way you all can kick my ass if I need it!

Feel free to join me in my counting. Misery does love company!

Here's to a productive 2009!