Sunday, April 19, 2009

Track It! Move It!

Happy Spring!
As I am writing this, I am looking out my living room window at the beautiful peach blossoms :) They are SO beautiful with the snow capped mountains in the back ground. Wow, we sure live in a beautiful spot!

I sure missed y'all last week. We had a great family vacation and are really happy to be home again and to have missed the snow :) Did you all find a way to commit yourself to a bit more activity last week? Did you find a local 5k to train for? There are SO many around here and they are a lot of fun and a MAJOR accomplishment! I walked my first 5k was was so happy :) We all understand that how and what we eat is #1, but if there could be another #1, it would be activity. Activity is a huge component of a healthy life style. Research is showing, in ever growing numbers, that exercise is HUGE in preventing many of the diseases that plague our population. Find something, anything, and get out there. Thirty minutes, most days of the week, is the national guideline and one of Weight Watchers Good Health Guidelines. Activity not only improves our physical health, but our mental health as well. A walk outside for even 10 minutes can make the light in our hearts shine a bit brighter :) Get out there and MOVE IT! "I like to move it, move it! I like to move it, move it! I like to move it, move it! I like to MOVE IT!!!"
This week we are going to tackle some of our tracking mishaps. Tracking has been proven over and over by members and researchers alike, to have a tremendous impact on weight loss success ! Don't miss your meeting this week and see if we can't all help each other to get the motivation and tips to make tracking our secret weapon for weight loss success!! :)

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

POINTS® Value: 3
Servings: 2


3/4 cup(s) Nesquik Fat-Free Chocolate Milk, or similar product, chilled

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa, powder

1 1/2 tbsp sugar

1 1/2 tbsp reduced-fat peanut butter

1 1/4 cup(s) ice cube(s)


  • Place all ingredients in a blender; cover and blend until smooth. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Lemon-Ginger Asparagus

POINTS® Value: 0
Servings: 4


1 1/2 pound(s) asparagus, tough ends snapped off

2 tbsp canned chicken broth, or homemade chicken stock

1/2 tsp ginger root, freshly grated

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp scallion(s), minced

1/4 tsp table salt

1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium skillet. Place asparagus in skillet, reduce heat to medium and cook until asparagus are tender-crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes; drain well and place asparagus in a large glass serving bowl.

  • In a cup, combine broth, ginger, lemon juice, scallion, salt and pepper; pour over asparagus. Set aside for 30 minutes to marinate. Yields 1/4 of asparagus per serving.


Garnish with lemon zest, if desired.

This recipe can be doubled or tripled for larger gatherings

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Self Control... a Skill???

It was such a beautiful day today
. I love it when Spring acts like Spring! I think Spring has bipolar disorder here in Utah!
Have you ever told yourself, "If only I had some Self Control, I'd have no problem losing this weight!"? Does that sound familiar? Well, have I got some good news for you! ... well, us, I mean. This weeks meeting is all about ways that we can develop/enhance our own self control. It turns out that there is a lot we can do to get the most out of our current level of self control and even help to make it stronger . I am so excited to share with you some great strategies in the meetings this week! Yipee!!