Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 The Year In Review

As in the past, here's the yearly Year In Review.......the good, the bad and not in any particular order.


10.
We lost Morgan this year.  Though he wasn't with us long, he was well loved.

9.

Grandboy Miles turned a year old!
8.

We found out we're to be grandparents again!
7.


Halloweening for the grandboys!
6.

We've been in the homestead for NINE years!
5.

Another Ocean City Vacation with my sister, nieces and great-nephews.
4.


I have somewhat of a new obsession with the sky!

3.
Celebrated a birthday with a friend I hadn't seen in a very long time.
2.

Life with Rooker is always interesting.

 1.
My first photo bomb!





The Next To Last Post of the Year

Almost my last post of the year....my top ten for 2016 post will be posting at 11:59 p.m.  Don't expect much with it though....not much happened this year.

I don't make resolutions, mostly because I never start them much less finish them...sad but true.

I'll be bringing in the New Year at home, in my pajamas, with my hubby and pets.  We will probably continue our binge of "The Vikings" and we may not even make it to midnight.

With our Best Buy gift cards from a few posts back, I decided I wanted a new tablet.  I have 2 android ones, but the one was about 4 years old and the other, though nice, isn't top of the line.  So I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab A that came highly recommended from the Samsung guy at Best Buy.  I had it for 2 weeks before I decided to return it.  Why?  It wasn't any better than the two I already had - the specs even matched!   I found it hard to believe that Samsung was still putting out a tablet with older specs.  Well......they do have a better model, though it will run me $200 more!

No.......

It was then I looked at the area I never do - the iPads.  I've never been an Apple person mostly due to cost and I'm so far invested in android apps, I didn't want to repurchase; however, the iPad mini 2 was a good price with the specs I was looking for.  So I gave in.......Best Buy naturally was out of it; but I just ordered it from their website and it's to arrive on Wednesday.

So we'll see....



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

An "Ah-Ha" Moment

I was out doing some last minute Christmas shopping and was looking down a candy aisle when the thought of “those weight watcher people certainly don’t eat like me” laughingly went through my mind.

It was that thought that brought me to a complete stop….I was correct, they don’t eat like me and they are losing weight….and well, I’m not.
It made me think of the quote: “You can’t keep doing the same things and expect a different result.” 
Hmmmmm……..

I need to get my butt in gear. Not after the first of the year but NOW. Time to hop back on the weight loss wagon and get moving.

I’ve decided to do a modified version of Weight Watchers. It will not be Smart Points, I don’t like SP and I’m never going to; fighting SP has prevented me from losing weight. I’m not blaming SP; I’m blaming me for fighting it for too long. The saying find the weight loss plan you like or else you won’t stick to it comes to mind here; I can’t do SP, because I don’t like it!

I think I’ll stick with Simply Filling. Why SF doesn’t require the weighing, measuring, tracking….I’ll start by doing that. I can’t depend on the “stop eating when you’re full; not stuffed” rule – if I were able to do that, I wouldn’t need Weight Watchers.

In case, WW has left you in the cold on Simply Filling, it is the no count option. You eat from a list of certain foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, fat free dairy, lean proteins, light breads) which you need not count any points for. Anything off the list comes out of your weekly points allotment. If you are a Weight Watchers member the information is available here:
Simply Filling at Weight Watchers

Printable Simply Filling Food List at Weight Watchers

I highly recommend this FaceBook group:
Simply Filling My Weight Watchers Plan of Choice

Go into your app/website settings and change your tracking method to Simply Filling.

Also, I’ve just learned a little trick you can do, if you don’t like losing weekly points…go into your tracker settings ONLINE (can’t do it on the app).  Change your settings from Losing to Maintaining.  It will then allow you to set your Daily (if still counting points) and Weekly points to what you want (to a certain max of course).  Nice hidden feature!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

And Life Goes On

It's been way too long since I've blogged; but I haven't given up.

The Advocare Spark drink was a bust.....its taste was horrible and I felt rather weird, spacey on it.  I didn't continue with it long and I hated myself for looking for an "easy fix".

Slimming World became too complicated, I do think it's a plan worthwhile but it's too much to know and not workable for me.

So Weight Watchers it is but I've decided I need to simplify it to get it to work.

For one I've chosen 3 types of breakfasts to choose from in the mornings; 3 I can prepare quickly plus an additional one for grab and go.  I'm going to do the same for lunch and snacks; dinner wise I'm going to plan those out for the week.  I've decided there really isn't a reason to worry over that stuff now; wait to the first of the year and move on.  That doesn't mean I plan on eating all over the place through the holidays, it just means I'm not worrying over points right now.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Advocare Spark Energy Drink

As I mentioned before, I got a 2 week supply of the Spark energy drink that is so popular these days.
I opted for the fruit punch flavor since the other two ladies in my office were using that flavor and liked it.

This is only day 2 for me, so I can't give a full review of it yet....but so far......

You're to put one tube of mix into 8 oz of water.  I put one tube into a 16 oz bottle of water and shook it up.  This may just be me, but it was way too flavor overpowering - I never put a whole dry mix tube of Crystal Light in 16 oz of water because it's too much.  I can't imagine drinking this with the recommended 8 oz!  Today, I opted to fill my WW tumbler which holds 20 oz and put it in that...a little better for my tastes.

You can really taste the vitamins in this; I can't say the flavor is great, each sip I taste vitamins.  I already know I won't be doing this long term; but that's okay.  In the event you are wondering, 14 days cost me $22.00.  Here's the box specs:


I know of a person that got sick off of what she assumed was this Spark drink.  The person selling her the stuff said no way....it's nothing but vitamins.  Hmmmmmm........I see things other than vitamins in this.

One, because it's an energy drink, we have caffeine (120 mg); also take a look at the "other ingredients" listed - sucralose is Spenda-artificial sweetener- and there's artificial flavoring.  Not as healthy as they state.  Then there's the things I can't pronounce which normally means not good.

I have no issue if you feel this stuff helps your weight loss; I see people post their Spark drinks as their afternoon pick-me-up; again I have no issue with that but I'm betting some plain old water, a cup of coffee or a healthy snack may get you there too.  What happens if you decide to stop using it after extended use?  How's your body going to feel then?

I realize there are a lot of programs out there right now Advocare, Thrive, Vi that are really helping people lose lots of weight and maybe doing the whole program of Advocare instead of just Spark would be entirely different.  I just can't see spending $150 to $300 a month for the rest of my life on it.  I would rather learn to eat correct portions, choose healthier options and find substitutes for my cravings which in turn leaves me money to buy REAL food rather that some powders and such.

Maybe it's just me???


Sunday, November 27, 2016

I Signed Up For Slimming World

So I did it and signed up for Slimming World; I was wrong about the price though....it was 3 months for $30 coming to $10 a month, but that was still affordable and cheaper than one month on Weight Watchers (and yes, I'm still going to attend my WW meetings).

Anyway, I doubt I'll continue with it after the 3 months but I like learning something new and do think it's a doable plan for many.

First I was correct in saying it was in line with Weight Watchers' Simply Filling Plan.  However, Slimming World is much less restrictive than Weight Watchers in this area.

Slimming World has a listing of what they call "free" foods.  That means you can eat as much as as you want of anything on this list; don't be fooled though - we know we shouldn't eat as much as we want....if you can't control that, read the labels and measure.  Their "free" list is just like WW Simply Filling list - fruits, veggies (even the starchy ones), lean meats, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, rice, pasta, grains (but not bread), beans and lentils, fat free dairy.  Where WW would want you using whole grain pastas and such; SW allows all of them.

They then advise to have "Healthy Extras", 2 from the A list and 1 from the B list daily.  The A list includes dairy products (and you're not limited to fat free), high fiber whole grain cereals, B list is multigrain breads, wraps, etc..dried, canned and cooked fruit, some cereal bars, soups, nuts & seeds.  Not all brands are included so you need to check the data base on those.  I'm unaware of the criteria they use to be included on the list or not; which is one of the downfalls of the plan.

Then you have your "syns" (which are like the points); I was alloted 10 a day for anything not on the lists above.  They have an online calculator to help with that. I'm unsure on whether I use them daily, can save them up for weekly use or what......Syns are the only thing you count.

I'm suppose to get a booklet in the mail to explain the program; yes info is on the website but you know, sometimes it is easier to just sit down and read instead of navigating through a website.

My confirmation email never came through; I've had it sent numerous times but it doesn't arrive.  I tried to have it changed to my gmail acct but they send an email to verify the change and it never arrives.  <<sigh>>  I tried communicating at their FB page; but they advised to send an email, which is no use since I can't receive emails from them.

There is no app for your phone.  The website is available mobile.....but we all know that a mobile site and an app are not the same!  In this day and age....they should have an app available.

But I am interested in moving forward and learning more about this plan and how it could fit into my life!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Slimming World USA

Slimming World is a UK "diet" plan as popular (if not more) as Weight Watchers and they are big competitors over there.  Slimming World (SW) is now available online for the USA!

SW kept popping up as an ad in the middle of my FaceBook page so I gave it a click - they did offer me an impressive price - 3 months online for $10.00; and I may do that just to give it a better look; but I'm unsure what the regular cost is.

However, I did do some research because their website doesn't tell a lot, nor does their FB page...but I did find some blogs online of people on the UK version and got some information.  You have a list of food that you eat off freely - as much as you want within reason; an allowance for "healthy extras" and you get an amount of "syns" to use throughout the week for "treats". 

It's almost comparable to WW Simply Filling plan!  I imagine that "allowance" and "syns" would be similar to "points" on WW.  Their program is more equal to Simply Filling from Points Plus and/or "Core" from Original Points - in other words they aren't going to restrict your "sugary" treats as Simply Filling on Smart Points does.  They believe (as the old WW did) that you can lose weight eating all your favorite foods, nothing is off limits.

I'm wondering how much competition SW will give WW in the US?

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When WW ditched their message forum and went to "connect" (which I've yet to figure out); some members made their own boards at ProBoards.  These boards are much less restrictive then they were on WW as in if you want to hate a WW plan - you can and you've got lots of company, lol!  Anyway....I bring this up because as everyone knows next week is the week WW normally upgrades their "diet".

Last year was a big upgrade with Smart Points; in 2010 it was a big upgrade with Point Plus....however on the norm (which I'm sure will be this year) they just give "tweeks", rename and such.  I've been looking forward to some "tweeks" with this program, hoping they ease up on the "restrictions" they claim they don't have, but actually do.

According to the powers that be at the proboard sites the "tweeks" are minimal.  As a matter of fact there are no tweeks to Smart Points as they feel the program works so well and is so well received.  The program will focus on the psychology part of weight loss and the app will be fantastic!

I think we all know the app won't be fantastic, they've screwed that up so much there is no going back.  I don't know about the psychology part, it is a huge part of weight loss, but I don't know if WW should be in the business of therapy.....so I'm thinking we're looking at another year of the same stuff we already have been through. 

Definitely nothing I was looking forward to......<<sigh>>.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

S T A Y C A T I O N

I'm on staycation this week!  If you're unfamiliar with what that is.....it's a stay at home vacation!

Right now I'm house sitting at my one sister's, but they are due home tomorrow.  My charges since Friday have been a miniature goat, a miniature horse and a beagle.  Very easy to do - you just feed everyone in the morning or evening and that's about it!  The dog is very self-sufficient as she has a dog door, so there's no walking or anything like that.  I just need to be here - lol!  In exchange, my sister adds funds to my account at the vet's office (she works there).

I also got a new phone yesterday!  The Samsung S7 Edge....working on getting it all set-up to my liking.  Love doing my upgrades at Best Buy.  Because all the phone plans seem to now require that you lease and/or payments on the phone now, we had them relook at our old plan through Sprint.  We discovered we only use 4 gigs of data a month between us!  We went from an unlimited plan to a 25 gig plan and with the phone costs, it comes to about $25 more a month.  (I'm a county employee and I'm pretty sure we get discounts so I'm hoping to bring that down more when I get back to work).  Anyway, since we both upgraded to S7's, we each got a $250 Best Buy gift card!  So we used some of that for Otterbox cases and car charges and still have about $300 left over!  We could of got an additional $200 gift cards per phone if we traded in our old phones, but we opted to keep them since you never really know when you may need a spare phone (my old S3 went to my stepson when his broke and he couldn't afford a new phone).

My big disappointment with the phone, was that Otterbox's Defender case for the Edge is only available in black.....how boring is that???  I have found some skins online though, so I'll get one or two to spruce it up!

Weight Watchers has been ho-hum, I haven't tracked in quite a while....but still attending meetings and pretty much staying the same weight wise.  Just need to reboot in that area, but it probably won't happen over the holidays.  I *am* going to give a 2 week trial on the "spark" drink though and I'll give results here.  I'm not big on these things, but I need help and perhaps this will help.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere

If you don't know, I'm a HUGE Walking Dead fan - H U G E !!!!!

That said, I LOVED the Season Premiere - please be aware this post may contain S P O I L E R S!

Of course the BIG question since the last season was - Who Did Negan Kill?  Comic book readers know this kill went to Glen....but also knew the show doesn't necessary follow the comics.

Way back in season 6, Glen fell off a dumpster and we watched in horror as a herd of walkers pulled his insides out as he screamed.  When that happened, I was shocked!  Never saw it coming - it was actually a well played out scene.  When you can surprise your audience - that's a good episode.

Then they ruined it......Nick actually fell on top of Glen when they went off the dumpster and it was his guts you were seeing ripped out - good ole Glen was able to slide under the dumpster and live.  It just seemed like a cheat.

The second half of the season was all leading up to Negan.  I waited with baited breath to see this scene come to TV.  Then they ruined it with a cliff hanger.  Mind you, I don't mind cliffhangers; however for this scene to work....you needed to complete the scene.

The problem with this cliffhanger was that for months that's all you heard about - every theory, etc...  By the time it arrived, I felt more like - let's just get it over with and move on with the story.

The season premiere was not a disappointment.  I cried.  And rather than one, Negan took out two!  Abraham and Glen.

In my opinion.....since Abraham was the first kill; they should of done that at the season finale; then when you came back - kill Glen.  No one would of been expecting that second kill!  But I don't write the show, lol!

Again, I LOVED the episode, I really did; but those are just little things I notice that I think could of been better thought out.

So Negan killed Abraham and Glen; took Daryl and left the rest to mourn.  It was a depressing episode.  I know there are many that felt it was too brutal - but I disagree; the audience needs to know exactly how Negan is.  And for those thinking Carol is coming back and gonna whip a** like she did with Terminus.......well, you can hope, but I've got doubts about that.  Negan will be around for a while.



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weight Watchers Meeting

I've been gone awhile but not completely!  I am still here.


We had an interesting meeting this week.  Our group also has a FaceBook group where we can talk all week long and share things.  The day before the meeting someone had posted that they felt really guilty because they had eaten "one" cookie.

In my humble opinion, "one" cookie isn't going to fail you (and it didn't for her); but we all understood how being addicted to food is a challenge.  Several of us stated such and stated our own struggles to the point that it often becomes work and consumes our lives.  Our leader immediately posted that we needed to discuss this at the meeting.

But when we got to the meeting, she started the conversation with wanting to hear from her "whiners".  This was a little insulting, in my opinion, we weren't whining, we were stating the facts of the struggles we all deal with.  No one was truly planning on quitting, we were all just struggling with our journey.  Oh, there was some advice offered:  "Concentrate on eating healthy stuff, don't concentrate on the treats"    "Being pre-diabetic keeps me on track"      "It took me 2 years to lose the weight, you can do it too"     But frankly, it's stuff we've all heard before.

I made the comment that I was sick of counting points......but that seemed to fall on deaf ears.

But it brought me back to the Simply Filling Technique....Weight Watchers best kept secret.  So I'm journeying on with that!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A Half True Comment

Visiting boards talking about Weight Watchers......I find those supporters of Smart Points (and I must say I have no problem with anyone supporting a program they love; I do have issue when those supporters have a need to put down anyone on any other program) one of the most common comments about SP coming from the supporters is "I don't understand how anyone can starve on this program, all fruits and vegetables are 0 sp and you can eat as much as you want."

That comment isn't entirely true; potatoes, corn, peas - all have a point value to them, starchy vegetables are not 0 sp.  Guess what?  The same was true on Points Plus!  That isn't a "new" thing that came out with Smart Points; it already existed.  As a matter of fact, vegetables (with exception of the starchy ones) were 0 pts on the original point plan!





Saturday, October 8, 2016

Going Pointless

Right now I'm trying to refocus myself and just watch what and how much I'm eating; but it does feel liberating to not count a point.

Hubby had a birthday this week and guess what?  I ate cake!  You heard that right, and not just any kind of cake the kind with the really sugary sweet sickening icing on it!  And I ate another piece of it last night - YUMMY!

One of the reasons I enjoyed Points and Points Plus was because I could eat all my favorite foods and still lose weight (that was their big advertising).  Those programs taught me how to get portions under control, not deprive myself and gave me guidelines to achieve in a day (water, veggies, fruits, dairy, vitamin, etc...) AND I lost 40 lbs AND never once felt like I was on a "diet".

Smart Points gives me no guidelines because you should eat those things anyway and guess what? The point values encourage you to deprive yourself - oh, they won't tell you to do that; they'll say "if you have the points, eat it" but they fail to tell you that you won't have any points left for anything else. 

There are lots of successful people out there doing Smart Points and raving about it...it detoxed them off of sugar, they never crave anything sugary............but guess what?  Sugary things were never MY craving; salt-yes, sugar-no.  But guess what I'm craving now?  Yep, Smart Points has me wanting sugar - weird isn't it?

That's because we're all different - one size doesn't fit all.  Smart Points doesn't fit ME and that's okay; if it fits you I say Go For It!  However, if you are a Smart Points person, don't knock the people that want to do the prior plans or "assume" they want to lose weight while eating nothing but junk food.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Ask yourself why did WW support the original points for 10 years?  TEN years - if it was such a bad plan, why encourage it?  Why did they support Points Plus for 5 years?  Neither of those plans became "bad" over night!  And WW can say "Well new studies show...."; nope!  Sugar being bad isn't a new study - studies have been stating that FOREVER; ask yourself why WW waited so long!

I won't argue that Smart Points may seem the healthier plan - but it really isn't if I'm constantly craving sugar.  WW has ALWAYS had a healthy type plan that didn't involve points - it's called Simply Filling.  All Smart Points is, IS the Simply Filling plan with points.  So they gave points to Simply Filling and changed the calculation so you'll avoid sugary things.  That's it, nothing more.

I HATE Smart Points - and I'm proud of that!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

I Hate Smart Points

Weight Watchers Beyond The Scale Smart Points Program - Members lost 15% more weight in their first two months than with the previous program.


Weight Watchers is proud of that statement......Smart Points triumphs!  I just got the September/October Edition of Weight Watchers magazine in the mail (have no idea why it has arrived so late), page 82 offers me some recipes on satisfying snacks (the Smart Points way of course).  The first one starts with 1 Brown Rice Cake.  I'm sorry, but anything that starts with a rice cake won't be satisfying my cravings, but it gets better...on top of that rice cake we are to put 1/3 cup cooked edamame (mashed) and 1 tsp sesame seeds for an Open-Face Edamame for 4 sp.

Doesn't sound appetizing and definitely the photo does it no justice; I would never waste 4 pt (of any point program) on that! EVER!

I hate Smart Points.  Did you hear that?  I'll yell it I HATE SMART POINTS.
I love my meetings, I love my leader, I love the people in the group....but I HATE the program.  It's not doable for me short-term or long-term.

I'm going to tell you something about dieting......one diet does not fit all.  What works for one, may not for another - that's why there are so many different programs out there.  If I prefer Points Plus or the Original Point System over Smart Points, why should I be harassed for that???  Why shouldn't I be able to do the program I want?

And that's what I'm going to do....it may be Points Plus, it may be Points, it may be Calories.....but it won't be Smart Points!  Oh, I'm still going to meetings and such....but I'm not doing that very restrictive "lifestyle" change they've forced on me.

Now I want to tell you something.....I'm having cake tonight and maybe some ice cream too.  It's hubby's birthday and we're celebrating!  And tomorrow, I'll get right back on track!

 

 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Weight Loss Goal and Old Blog Posts

When I restarted this blog, I restarted my start weight on the sidebar.  However, this journey with Weight Watchers actually began in 10/07/15.  At that time, I weighed in at 183 lbs.  This week I weighed in at 174 lbs.  9 lbs. down, made my first goal of 5%.

Doesn't seem like much in a year does it?  Remember though, I've only been half doing the program, not really making the effort.  I NEED to get back to making the effort.

So yeah, I made a goal.....but I know I can do much better.



I'm going through my other blog and will be pulling certain postings over to this one; so you'll see some posts with some old dates on them!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

So Isn't Kevin Spacey & The Walking Dead Suppose To Be On This Blog Too?

Why yes, yes they are as well as movies and life in general.

Frankly, my life in general is work and weight loss - sad I know, but it's the truth.

I'm a huge Kevin Spacey fan, have been since 2004.  I've had the pleasure of seeing him in concert (Atlantic City Beyond the Sea tour 2004), on Broadway 5 times (Moon For The Misbegotten 2007), an on stage interview (NY Times Arts & Leisure Weekend 2011), an on stage speech in support of the arts (Kennedy Center D.C. 2011) and a Shakespeare play twice (Brooklyn 2012).  I also got to meet him at the stage door in 2007.  I hope to add many more times to this list.  If you go to my other blog - The Dog Ate My Sofa you can find the posts regarding all of that.  I don't update over there anymore, but I didn't want to lose all the fun times either!

I am a huge Walking Dead fan.  It's the only show I must watch when it's actually on (no taping or such).  I'm up to the same place as the show in the comics and decided to wait to the upcoming season is over to continue on.  I LOVE this show; yes, there are some things that never make sense but I just tell myself it's based off a comic, so don't expect reality.  And I watch each episode about 4 times before the next one comes on....but I've seen the whole series numerous times.  I'm that addicted.   Anyway, once the season starts there will be some walking dead posts.

CC and I hit a movie just about every week; again I plan on reviews here, but have been lazy about it. Horror movies (scary, not torture or slasher) are my favorites.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Points, Points Plus and Smart Points Are Not The Same Plan

I've been doing extremely bad food wise.  I'm hoping once my week starts over, I can get back on track.


I think I need to explain the point systems.  I'm still coming across people who don't think anything has changed but the name.  Case in point, my one cousin recently decided to rejoin WW online.  Two days later she has her favorite Halloween candy posted.  Someone asked her about WW and she replied she could still have them as 18 of them is only 140 calories.  I asked the point value because 140 calories really doesn't mean much in WW, she replied 3 pts.  That would be fine, but it just didn't seem correct to me because this particular candy is mostly sugar, so I searched the tracker plus rechecked with my calculator and yep they came to 8 pts!  I handed her the sad news and explained what nutritional values are needed to figure the new point system.  It made me wonder if she had joined online why she didn't know this.  I then remembered I had gotten her a calculator and such several years back and I'm betting she was using that, which is fine do the program you want; but there is no sense paying WW if you're not doing the current program - especially the online version.

Points, points, points.......WW introduced points many years ago.  In my opinion, the original point plan known simply as "Points" was just a fancy way to count calories.  It was much easier to remember that something was 2 pts rather than 113 calories for instance.  I'm sure there was more to it than that, but that's how I see it.  Points were calculated by calories, fat and fiber.  The plan evolved over the years it existed (1997-2010) but how the points were calculated did not, however there may have been a new plan name, we went from banking points to a weekly point allotment, etc..  But calories, fat and fiber was how you got the points.

At the end of 2010, WW introduced what they called Points Plus.  Points Plus existed from 2010 to 2015 and points were calculated from fat, carbs, fiber and protein.  This caused many "snacky" type treats to go up in points much to the dismay of many members.  Daily points & Weekly points increased as well.  This is still my favorite of all the plans - mostly because "carbs" are my evil, lol!

At the end of 2015, WW retired Points Plus and introduced Smart Points.  Smart Points are figured by calories, saturated fat, sugar and protein.  Needless to say all those sugary treats jumped in points by quite a lot.  This is definitely the healthier version of the 3; another change was that instead of everyone having the same amount of weekly points, everyone's weekly points are different depending on their activity level.

So you can take one item and get a different point value depending on the plan; you can't mix and match the plans; and you certainly can do one of the older plans if you want and can get a hold of a calculator for that program (check ebay) HOWEVER, if you do online it will be Smart Points; if you go to meetings it will be Smart Points.  Keep that in mind!

Also watch when using online recipes, does it say points (pts), points plus (pp) or smart points (sp)..if you are unsure, run the recipe thru an online recipe builder (sparkpeople has a good one) and then figure the points from the nutritional values; if you are doing Smart Points, use the WW recipe builder on the website.



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Weight Watchers Simply Filling Plan

I've had a busy week and it's about to get busier!

I was house sitting for my sister last week which involves a dog, goat and miniature horse.  Today I start house sitting at CC's which involves 2 dachshunds.  My weeks also involve work and my own crew at my house.  I think I won't be getting regular sleep until next Saturday, lol!

I haven't been doing well Weight Watchers wise, I'm just out of sync.  I've begun to relook at their Simply Filling Plan as the less points I have to calculate, the better.  With Simply Filling (SF), I can look at a list of food and eat from that without counting the points.  If I eat off the list, I still have my weekly points to accommodate.  If you're a WW member and know nothing about this plan (which wouldn't be surprising, WW doesn't advertise it), you can go here to learn more:  Simply Filling Plan and a printable list is here:  Simply Filling PDF.  The idea is to eat off this plan until you are "satisfied" not "stuffed".  The foods are "filling" foods so you can stay full longer.

Now let's face it, if I were able to stop eating when I'm "satisfied", I wouldn't need Weight Watchers! However, I've decided to continue weighing and measuring and staying with the normal portion sizes, but if I find I need a little more....I can do so without a point worry.  You can still use the WW App by simply going into your settings and switching from tracking to simply filling.  If you're a FaceBook member, I highly suggest this group:  Simply Filling - My Weight Watchers Plan of Choice to help with your journey.  There's lots of information there.

What you will discover with Simply Filling is that everyone makes their own "tweeks" to the program.  Remember that one person's tweeks may work for them, but not you and vice versa; and by "tweeks" I don't mean adding potato chips to the Simply Filling Food list, lol!  For instance, one "tweek" I'll be making is in the dairy section - all fat free dairy is considered SF and I can do fat free with milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and such; but when it comes to actual cheese (slices, hunks) I can't do fat free, so my "tweek" is to do reduced fat instead and not count the points for it (on the norm you would have to take from your weekly allotment).  I can get away with this because I don't eat a lot of cheese.  If you're a cheese hog, you may not want to make this tweek.

The food list says I can eat any light bread and it is considered SF.  My light bread of choice is Aldi's Fit & Active Bread (white or wheat) but when I search it on the tracker it doesn't come up as SF, it wants me to count points.  This will happen sometimes, I have no idea why WW doesn't consider it SF as it comes out to 1 pt per slice like all the others and WW's can't even explain it to me.  However, I got around it by creating my own entry for it and putting 0 values in the nutritional area and thus it comes to 0 pts.  I put the "SF" in front of the name so I know that it is a SF entry; because if I switch to points, I'll know not to use that entry.  Again, it's a "tweek" I made as it makes no sense to have a food list that says I can eat light breads and then the tracker picks and chooses which brands are and aren't.  

If I find my weight stalling/gaining - tweeks will be the first place I'll need to look at.  Just keep tweeks in mind when doing it - to tweek or not tweek, that is the question!

Friday, September 16, 2016

#TheGoal30 Challenge Finale


Okay, so I didn't get them all complete; the pink highlights equals the things that kind of got done.  Number 1 was to walk at least 10,000 steps twice - I did that once; Number 27 was to clear the work desk clutter - I did that, but it was all back the next day, lol!

But that's how I did - how did you do?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Trying to Get on Track

I'm really trying to get in the right mindset so I can lose this weight again.  It is so hard though.  I've always said if your mind is in the right place, the rest will follow.  My mind hasn't been in weight loss mode for some time.

CC and I restarted back at Weight Watchers last October!  Last October and I've lost 5 lbs. tops and I've lost that several times!  Not good.  I don't know if it's me or if it's Smart Points....I'm having a hard time figuring that out.

I'm house sitting for my sister most of this week and then all next week for CC.  It'll be very busy as I also need to take care of my animals as well.  I'm hoping to get under control sometime within this time period.  I only needed to catch myself once in a mirror here and it somewhat horrified me!  I really do need to lose weight, not only for health reason but just for myself as well.

I'm hoping the Fall weather that is coming in stays for a while, it does make it easier to do longer dog walks.  Exercise is just not at the top of my list.

But I need to get my butt in gear!

Friday, September 2, 2016

A Quick Update

I just signed up for a Paint Nite and thus can knock No. 28 off  my #TheGoal30.  I still don't think I'll get everything done, but I'm still trying!!

Paint Nite was a tough one.  When I started doing these, my goal was to do one every month - I enjoyed them that much.  I'm no artist but it was something fun and different to do.  Last October my nephew and I discussed doing one together.  He was very artistic and I was eager to do something harder and hoped he could be there and help with that; he was interested in seeing how they do things in hopes of maybe getting a job doing it.  It was a win-win for both of us.  He died just 3 weeks after that conversation, before we ever got the chance to choose one.  That put a damper on Paint Nite's for me....I had 2 to get through after his death that I totally faked enjoyment through; and I did one that was a fundraiser for a project to build a place to help with addictions; I hated that one, it was the longest night of my life and I hated my final painting.  I think that one was hard because of the addiction thing; he had died from an overdose and that just put it back in front of me.  I haven't done one in a long time; so we'll see how this one goes.

I've been rather unhappy weight loss wise these past two weeks.  I keep thinking I'm doing so well and then turn around and lose very little or gain.  It's a frustrating process.

I have been doing very well with tracking and at least that gives me a place to look and see where I can do better!

So I'm just moving on........

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ordering Out

I'm really not sure how much of the #TheGoal30 I'm going to get complete....I get excited when I can mark off but when I look at the list, whew!  There's still a lot to do!

I have done well eating out at work (#8).  We have a local bar that does this awesome Hot Roast Beef Sandwich once a month - the beef tastes just like my mother's!  The special was this week, so on Wednesday we called the order in; since we do "to go" we get the gravy on the side.  To lighten things up a bit, I took my own bread to work (2 slices for 2 sp).  So I ditched their bread and used my own! With gravy on the side, I only used half of it and instead of french fries, I got mashed potatoes instead!  I figured lunch at about 13 sp; that still seems like a lot but had I used their bread and fries, I was looking at probably 20 or more sp.

On Tuesday, I opted to go to Panera Bread, but I got online and figured everything out ahead of time.  If you go to their online ordering area (I wasn't ordering online but it was the only place I could find this feature), it would let me customize any sandwich.  I chose the Frontego Chicken Panini.  As is, this sandwich will cost you 21 sp - yep, you read that right!  I lightened it up by changing the Focaccia bread to Whole Grain Bread; opted no mayo and went with spicy mustard instead; traded the mozzarella cheese for swiss and made the swiss cheese a "light" portion.  So what point value did I end up with?  7 sp!  Just those few changes took off 14 points!  I then wrote down what I wanted and went to the restaurant and ordered!  I even went with the chips (4 sp) instead of an apple since I saved so many points.

One thing I did learn from their customizer; if you switch out the bread on any sandwich to Whole Grain Bread, it knocks the calories nearly in half!  Still want your mayo?  Order it on the side (yes they'll do that) and control how much goes on.  And order your cheese "light"; you aren't getting a reduced fat cheese, just the amount they put on it.  You'll find this customizer at:  Panera Bread.

On Thursday, I went to Wendy's where 1 small chili, a side salad with light ranch dressing and 1/2 pack of croutons and 4 chicken nuggets cost me 13 pts.  This one was the most unsatisfying...it left me hungry!  I do love their chili though and maybe a large portion (7 sp) will be the way to go next time!




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Pumpkin Brownie Dilemma

At our Weight Watchers picnic, one of the desserts were these awesome brownie (made in a pan that made them individually and gave a well in the middle) filled with sugar free Cool Whip and drizzled with sugar free chocolate syrup.  They were wonderful and only 4 smart points........so we thought.

While out and about Saturday, CC bought the ingredients for these brownies - which only consist of a family size brownie mix (use only the mix) and a 15 oz. can of pumpkin.  She even tracked down the closest baking pan she could find which were individual little bundt cakes.  But over the weekend as I plugged this into the WW recipe builder, I could not get anywhere close to 4 sp; it was much much more!  I pulled out the recipe we had gotten at the meeting and relooked at it, it was then I first noticed that it was a points plus recipe - not a smart points one; but at second glance I realized the servings for this recipe was 24!  TWENTY-FOUR....that meant something very very tiny; what we were served was at the least a double serving!  When I changed the serving size on the builder to 24 servings....wow, I got 5 sp.

I texted the sad news to CC who was very depressed since she loved these and had been eating them all weekend - she was able to make 8 mini bundt cakes and well....that was pretty high points.  I told her to shake it off and if she loses this week, well then continue eating them and counting them as 4 sp, lol!

None-the-less, I did some research and came across a homemade brownie recipe at I Am Baker.  There's lots of brownie recipes there, but I chose the Homemade Brownie Mix one.  You can make this up and keep in the cupboard and just add the wet ingredients when you're ready to bake!  The recipe makes 9 brownies and if made exactly as is comes to 11 sp each - YIKES!!!!

So I opted to "lighten" it up.  I've come up with three variations, all of them start with these basic ingredients:

1/2 cup of baking Stevia
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour ( I used white)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

With recipe #1, I added a 1/2 cup eggbeaters, 1/4 cup butter (melted) and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. 4 sp  SECOND PLACE

With recipe #2, I added 1/2 cup eggbeaters and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. 2 sp  WINNER

With recipe #3, I added a 15 oz. can of pumpkin  2 sp   FAIL

As a reminder - none of these will taste like the store bought brownies, however, if you have a sweet tooth - they'll definitely do.  As far as the taste test - #1 and #2 both are tasty, but I'm partial to #2 because it has the less points.  At present #3 is still in the oven, I'm thinking a full can of pumpkin was way too much; perhaps 1/2 a can would be better.  Anyhow, hubby chose #2 as his favorite also. If 3 ever gets done, I'll let you know!!


Anyway, with this I was able to take off #16 on the #The Goal 30; and I realized #20 was exactly the same as #16 - so I changed it to "Lighten a recipe"....so I was able to mark both off!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Goal 30 So Far

So #TheGoal30 day challenge is off to a start and I've knocked off No. 30 due to blogging/tweeting/instagraming about the challenge; last night I knocked off No. 22 which was to watch a documentary on health/food.

I chose "Hungry for Change" on Netflix.  It dealt with how pre-packaged meals make you crave more therefore addicting you to it and thus causing weight gain and such with sugar being the biggest evil.  It was an interesting watch and eye opening in many areas.  It kind of lost me though when the people in it started saying you need to eat whole organic foods only and when at all possible go to a farm to buy your milk and vegetables.  Yeah, I get that but that isn't doable for a lot of people.  But there is some good info in this documentary, I learned a lot.

I also hit 1/2 of my No. 1 - to walk 10,000 steps twice in 30 days.  Yesterday I managed 13,597!  Mostly thanks to going to yard sales, shopping and dog walks.

I know my fitness goals may not seem like a lot.  Most people already walk 10,000 or more a day.  I'm just not an active person, so these smaller types things are actually a big stepping stone to me!

We did eat out at work on Friday which put my No. 8 to work.  I got the crab cake sandwich and it came with fries (yikes!).  I ditched the roll and ate just the crab cake (I always eat them plain so there's never a worry about tartar or cocktail sauce), I ate 1/4 of the fries then ditched the rest and ate the grapes that I had brought.  So I did very well!

Yesterday while shopping I bought a notebook for my prayer journal (No. 14) and today I get to put No. 24 to work at my Parent's house for Sunday Dinner!  My Mother is an awesome cook and it's hard to stay under control there - wish me luck!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Goal 30 Challenge

It was brought to my attention through Brooke Not On A Diet's FB page, who heard it from No Thanks To Cake.....etc..... about the #TheGoal30 Challenge.

What you do is set up 30 goals for yourself to do in 30 days!  The goals can be whatever you want really, but it should be things that move you forward and to the better!

I decided to give this challenge a try as it seemed doable - it's not a competition and no type of goals are set for me to achieve.  IT'S ALL ABOUT ME!!  Here are my goals:



I don't plan to do them in order and though some may just be a one time thing...at least it's something to work on doing!  As of right now, I've completed #30 - I've blogged (you're reading it), tweeted and posted on Instagram about the challenge!  So I get to mark that one off!  It will be interesting to see how things are 30 days from now.  Plus this will give me some things to blog about!

I tried to make my goals simple and easy; setting a goal like "lose 10 lbs in 30 days" would stress me out which in turn would make the goal unachievable.  However, the goals in there (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 25, and 26) should help with the Weight Watchers diet.  Others are just for my own personal growth including spiritual.  They are things I've been wanting to do and this challenge gives me the push forward. 

If you go to Instagram and put in the hash tag #TheGoal30, you'll find other on the challenge and be able to see what goals they've set.

There's no set dates for this challenge - so start your days anytime!!  Come join the challenge!


Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Weight Watchers Picnic!

Last night we had a Weight Watchers picnic!

One of the lovely ladies at our meeting opened up her home to us and we each brought something "Weight Watchers friendly".  My contribution was steamed shrimp.  We also had chicken, veggies, fruit, salads, potatoes, salsa & chips and a few other things that I can't remember off hand.  CC made some chocolate pb balls that were to die for and our hostess had made this individual 4 sp cakes that were awesome!  Once I have those recipes in hand, I will share.  The party ended in the pool, but CC and I just sat on the side; though it was nice seeing people who were very comfortable in their skins - I hope to be there someday.

All and all it was a great night.  We discovered that there are several who used to attend our original meeting - we all just don't remember each other for some reason.  But we've all reconnected now.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Three Pound Loss!

So my first week doing Smart Points correctly and completely resulted in a 3 pound loss - I was thrilled!

I'm still not loving it entirely; when I hear people say: 

"I've done all the point plans and this is the only one I never felt hungry on."

"All my sweet cravings went away and I could care less if I had them anymore."

I could just gag - neither of these are true to me!

It wasn't until the meeting this week that I realized most people aren't aware that the points plan changed.  CC and I were telling everyone we were doing Smart Points and the new lady next to me asked me what we were talking about; what was meant by Smart Points.  She apparently did the program 14 years ago - I explained to her that she did the original Point plan and that there had been another Point plan between that one and Smart Points and the nutritional values to calculate the points are entirely different.  She seemed surprised.

Anyway, I normally don't crave sugar, I crave salt.  So my sugar cravings aren't going away....and sometimes I'm just hungry for something more sustainable - pizza for instant.  Yes, I can have pizza but the points are rather high so I often rethink having it; but there are some days I just want that "I'm stuffed and can't eat another thing" - I know that seems silly, but it is there, lol!

I'm really really hoping I can continue and get back to losing this weight AGAIN.

Also one of my favorited blogs is back - Beth's Journey - Beth has one of those famous weight loss blogs, glad to see her back!

And my lunch today:



It totaled 9 sp, but only ended up being 6 as I didn't eat the yogurt - I was just too full!  But in the event you are wondering what you're looking at:  3 oz. albacore tuna (1 sp); 16 reduced fat wheat thins (4 sp); 1 light babybel cheese (1 sp); cucumber (0 sp), 2 clementine oranges (0 sp), 1 cup of grapes (0 sp) and of course the yogurt (3 sp).  I get rather bored with sandwiches, so this is a nice alternative.





Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A REVAMP

I'm revamping Stratcat Online and all the old posts are gone - yep, I did that intentionally!  New start for me, so I want the blog to be new.

Keep Watching!


ALL POSTS PRIOR TO THIS ONE ARE FROM THE OLD BLOG.  I'M GOING THRU IT AND PULLING OVER THE POSTS I WANT TO KEEP, SO IT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Stratcat Online Is Back!!

Any future postings will be done at:

StratCatOnline


Yep, the original blog is back!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Yard Sales!

Spring is here and CC and I are finally starting our yard selling.  We don't sell, but love going to them.  If you're someone that sells and really want to have a successful one, may we suggest the following:

1.   Stained and overly worn clothes are a no-no; these are trash.  You obviously don't want to wear them and neither do any of your buyers.

2.   Don't expect the price you paid for the item.  If you're looking for top dollar, then sell on a FB Yard Sale site; Craigslist; Ebay; Auction, etc...

3.    Longaberger.   Remember like 15 years ago when no one could get enough of those Longaberger baskets and pottery?  Remember when they convinced us how those items would go up in value? Remember how we all over bought thinking it was a good investment?  Yeah, well we all know that didn't happen.  And guess what?  No one wants Longaberger and they really don't want it if you price it for what you bought it for - it's no longer worth that.  As a matter of fact, Longaberger is worthless....so if you really want to get rid of it, you need to price it cheap.  CC and I hit several sales yesterday with Longaberger cheaply priced...the buyers still weren't buying it.

4.   PRICE YOUR ITEMS!!  No one likes yard sales where nothing is priced!  How lazy are you?  Don't hang "Make An Offer" signs either, because you won't accept the offer anyway.

5.   Watch what you're talking about, buyers listen.  CC and I were once at a yard sale, where a truck drove down the street.  The lady began telling her friend about the guy that was driving the truck...how he had done bad things but had really overcome everything and got his life together.  Unknown to them, one of their customers was the guy's wife.  She left without saying anything but within minutes he was at the yard sale to say he didn't appreciate them talking about him (yes, what a big tough man he was verbally attacking 2 women - and yes I say that sarcastically).  Anyway, once he realized the "talk" was more about how great it was he had overcome everything...it ended nicely. But keep in mind - your customers are within ear shot of your conversations!

6.   If you're prices aren't negotiable, don't hang signs that say they are or make announcements that they are.  I once was looking at a wine rack priced at $5.00.  Prices were negotiable, so I offered $3.00; yeah well the woman could not let that go for less than $5.00 she had paid a whole lot more for it and the $5.00 was actually a steal.  So the price wasn't negotiable then right?

7.  Clean the items - dust them off; no one wants to feel like they need a shower after leaving your sale!  I've been to sales where there are dead bugs laying in dishes

8.   Nothing is worse than seeing signs or an ad that says "Community Yard Sale" and 95% of the community are not participating!  It's not a community yard sale....just saying!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"Unofficially" Weight Watchers

I came across another unofficial Weight Watchers app which is becoming my very very favorite.  Weight Watchers could learn a lot from the designers of this app.  While Weight Watchers' app continues to "semi" work with no true end date in sight for full and correct function; this app will give you that.  I should also mention that the WW app issues are all with one program-Smart Points.  With this app you can do either Smart Points, Points Plus, Original Points or Count Calories.

You read that right....yes, it is possible to offer more than one program.

When I first started looking for another app, iTrackBites was often recommended.  The problem was that they had gone full force with the iPhone app; but kind of left the Android one in the dust.  Recently they did a full upgrade of the Android app (Yay!).  If you head on over to the Google Play store now; you can get this app (and all the extra features) for a one time cost of $1.99!!  You can't beat that; this price is only temporary and will last to the next upgrade; then the cost increases to $3.99 and the extra features come at an additional cost.

The special price isn't available to iPhone users; and even if you miss the special deal with Android, the app is still worth the full price cost - it is also worth the additional costs for the extra features.

I feel it's a shame that you pay for WW and they can't offer a correct functioning app and you have to find it elsewhere....but at least when you leave WW, you still have a functioning app!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale

I'm a HUGE Walking Dead fan....I mean H U G E !!!

Once the TV series started, I also dove into the comics when a friend bought me 2 issues.  I've never turned back.  Though the comics are great...I'm partial to the TV series as that's where I started.

Let's talk this season's finale:

Like just about everyone....I hated the way it ended.  Let's kill someone, but not show you who...we'll save that until next season.  A cliffhanger!


I didn't hate it because it ended with a cliffhanger; I hated it because to get the total impact from that particular death, you needed to complete the scene.  I'm rather thinking by October; the tension and emotions the audience was feeling will be gone and well, the death won't have as much impact as it should.

Besides that though, I LOVED the episode.  I hear lots of complaints about the episode; but the complaints are pointless because they were pretty much explained, pay attention people!!

1.   How did The Saviors know that anyone would be leaving Alexandria?  
   
Where were you the week before?  Remember that Glen, Daryl, Michonne and Rosita had ventured out and been captured; Daryl was even shot and injured.  Sooner or later they knew the rest would come looking for them.  But, Maggie got sick (which I believe was just a tool used to have her in the final line up).  There's rumors among fans that the Enid is a Savior spy and gave Maggie poisoned pickles so they'd have to go out; but that seems a little far fetched to me.  If Enid were a Savior; Negan and crew would of showed up long ago.  (When the Wolves were the enemy, rumor was that Enid was a Wolf....she can't be everything).

2.  How did they know when and where they would be?  How'd they roadblock with logs in such a small amount of time?  How'd they get them to an exact location?

The Saviors have been watching Alexandria, we know this because on the episode where Dwight kills Denise; he tells Daryl and Rosita what a nice place Alexandria is.  Also, when Carol meets the truck of Saviors on the road; they know exactly where she came from and tell her so.  So they've been watching and learning (something Rick failed to do).

 I seriously doubt that the log roadblock happened overnight; remember The Saviors live in the area and know it well plus they control the whole area.  I think the logs have been there for sometime; an obstacle they use to keep track of who's coming and going - make it difficult.

There are lots of Saviors, much more then you can imagine; so they can be everywhere.  Every time Rick and crew hit a roadblock; they had to back up, pull out a map and find another route.  In the meantime the Saviors kept blocking them in...even if they had turned around they'd of been blocked from getting to Alexandria.  So they blocked them, maneuvered them and got them right where they needed them to be.

3.  If there are so many; why'd they waste so much time on capturing Rick and crew?

Again, pay attention.  Negan told them it was "Career Day" and he wanted to show them exactly what he was capable of doing.  Plus it was a tool to break them down, play with them, let them feel the fear.




4.  They played up Negan so much until his reveal; but he came across as comical.

That's Negan - he's exactly the same as in the comics.  Negan is bigger than life and I think on The Talking Dead they described him as "The Star of his Own Movie"....that would be accurate and if you re-watch the scene, it was like watching a play.  We got the audience there and all in place and then we swing open the door and "here's the man" - TA-DA!


And isn't  Jeffrey Dean Morgan GORGEOUS!!!  What a great Negan!  It's going to be hard to totally hate him; he's too sexy!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Walking Dead

I'm a HUGE Walking Dead fan....I mean H U G E !!!

Once the TV series started, I also dove into the comics when a friend bought me 2 issues.  I've never turned back.  Though the comics are great...I'm partial to the TV series as that's where I started.

Let's talk this season's finale:

Like just about everyone....I hated the way it ended.  Let's kill someone, but not show you who...we'll save that until next season.  A cliffhanger!


I didn't hate it because it ended with a cliffhanger; I hated it because to get the total impact from that particular death, you needed to complete the scene.  I'm rather thinking by October; the tension and emotions the audience was feeling will be gone and well, the death won't have as much impact as it should.

Besides that though, I LOVED the episode.  I hear lots of complaints about the episode; but the complaints are pointless because they were pretty much explained, pay attention people!!

1.   How did The Saviors know that anyone would be leaving Alexandria?  
   
Where were you the week before?  Remember that Glen, Daryl, Michonne and Rosita had ventured out and been captured; Daryl was even shot and injured.  Sooner or later they knew the rest would come looking for them.  But, Maggie got sick (which I believe was just a tool used to have her in the final line up).  There's rumors among fans that the Enid is a Savior spy and gave Maggie poisoned pickles so they'd have to go out; but that seems a little far fetched to me.  If Enid were a Savior; Negan and crew would of showed up long ago.  (When the Wolves were the enemy, rumor was that Enid was a Wolf....she can't be everything).

2.  How did they know when and where they would be?  How'd they roadblock with logs in such a small amount of time?  How'd they get them to an exact location?

The Saviors have been watching Alexandria, we know this because on the episode where Dwight kills Denise; he tells Daryl and Rosita what a nice place Alexandria is.  Also, when Carol meets the truck of Saviors on the road; they know exactly where she came from and tell her so.  So they've been watching and learning (something Rick failed to do).

 I seriously doubt that the log roadblock happened overnight; remember The Saviors live in the area and know it well plus they control the whole area.  I think the logs have been there for sometime; an obstacle they use to keep track of who's coming and going - make it difficult.

There are lots of Saviors, much more then you can imagine; so they can be everywhere.  Every time Rick and crew hit a roadblock; they had to back up, pull out a map and find another route.  In the meantime the Saviors kept blocking them in...even if they had turned around they'd of been blocked from getting to Alexandria.  So they blocked them, maneuvered them and got them right where they needed them to be.

3.  If there are so many; why'd they waste so much time on capturing Rick and crew?

Again, pay attention.  Negan told them it was "Career Day" and he wanted to show them exactly what he was capable of doing.  Plus it was a tool to break them down, play with them, let them feel the fear.



4.  They played up Negan so much until his reveal; but he came across as comical.

That's Negan - he's exactly the same as in the comics.  Negan is bigger than life and I think on The Talking Dead they described him as "The Star of his Own Movie"....that would be accurate and if you re-watch the scene, it was like watching a play.  We got the audience there and all in place and then we swing open the door and "here's the man" - TA-DA!


And isn't  Jeffrey Dean Morgan GORGEOUS!!!  What a great Negan!  It's going to be hard to totally hate him; he's too sexy!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Aldi's Fit & Active Bread

Oprah raves about bread while on Weight Watchers...we've all seen the commercials...we're all tired of hearing it.

Guess what?  You could ALWAYS eat bread on Weight Watchers, not just on the Smart Points program.  So that commercial makes totally no sense what-so-ever.

I'm rather picky about my bread.  The lower point ones are normally extra thin or small; or have this spongy, airy taste to them - blah!  I just don't like them.  I buy them, use one or two slice, the bread goes bad and it goes into the trash.

However, I discovered Aldi's Fit & Active Bread - it's 1 Smart Point per slice (for those on Points Plus, it is still 1 pt) and it tastes just like the real thing!  I'm not kidding - I love it AND the whole loaf gets eaten.  It comes in both a multigrain and white version and I can't sing it's praises enough:


Once you taste it, you'll never want another kind and will make a special trip to the store just to get it!

Bread came up in our last meeting...so imagine my surprise when the lady in front of me was talking about this bread and said once she read the ingredients she would never eat it.  Why?  Because the ingredients included "bamboo fiber".  She's not eating bamboo.

I looked it up...not only is bamboo fiber in most gluten free products, it is loaded with  nutrients and people in other countries have been eating bamboo for years - it is readily available in their grocery stores - fresh, canned and frozen.  Now I'm not saying it is totally healthy....but the chances of it hurting you are small.  There's always someone that will have an ill effect to everything.

But if you're looking for a good bread, low in points but not in taste - this is the bread you want!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

See Ya Soon!

Yes....it's been a long long time.  I bet you thought I was never coming back - quite frankly, I almost didn't.  I've never been a "good" blogger, but I tried!  Anyway, I thought I'd give it another whirl...

Anyway, I'm hoping to get some regularly posting up....I may start with doing a theme to keep the ideas coming.

See ya All Soon!