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Field trip, Disturbing News and a Chinese Buffet....

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Yesterday started out pretty good. I Volunteered to go on a Field Trip with my daughter's kindergarten class to the Children's Museum and I was pretty excited. It is the first Field Trip she has been on since we got here. We piled on the bus and headed out, the kids were so excited. We explored and had a good time. I was impressed with how many parents were there. I've never seen so many parents on a Field Trip before. Probably half the classes parents were there, which allowed us to have groups of 2 to look over on the trip. Piece of Cake! emoticon

I noticed that there was a lot of chatter going on, and the adults kept gathering in groups discussing something pretty important. I'm still meeting people so I'm still kinda quiet and didnt' want to intrude but the curious person I am, I really wanted to know what was going on. The teacher came over to a mother I was standing next to and they started talking quietly, and eventually they both broke into tears. Now I am a person who carries great empathy for others, so when I see someone upset, regardless of what it is, I just want to go over and hug them and comfort them. But not knowing them very well, I felt awkward to act on that. The teacher saw the look on my face and called me over. She said, "You need to know this information too, cause it affects you as well" Then she proceeded to tell me what was going on...

She found out the night before that is being forced to resign. She has no choice in the matter, it's either she resigns or they officially fire her. They feel that she is not meeting her evaluations to their expectations and that her last day is Friday, Tomorrow! She was marked down on things like the kids don't always raise their hands before they speak and that she is so soft hearted with her students. Honestly, Our children love her, the parents love her and that is mostly because she is such a nurturing teacher. Most of our children, or I should say all of them have some sort of quirk or something, and she adapts to each child effectively to help them succeed. We as parents are appalled at this news. The school told her to take the last 3 days off of the week and she declined, she told them she is not leaving her students like that. These are 6 years olds, in kindergarten. And she is just supposed to say goodbye one day and never come back without explanation? She said no and she will finish out her week and she will tell her children she is leaving.

There is only about 46 teaching days left of the school year. We has parents just don't understand how this is supposed to be in the best interest of our children to take away the only teacher they know with so little time left in the year. Regardless of their reasoning for dismissing her, for the best interest of the children, she should at least be able to finish out the year with the students. We see no positives coming out of this for the children's sake, and we are all very upset about it. We also have no complaints as to the way she teaches and how well our children are doing. So we as parents have banned together very quickly to voice our opinions and fight the district on this. We are in the process of getting a meeting in place with the superintendent to be heard. I'm not sure what will come out of it, but I know my daughter will be devastated as will probably all the children in the classroom if we can't turn this around. emoticon

So the Chinese Buffet...that's where DL wanted to go for dinner. I had no idea what to expect, but I figured as long as I made veggies choices and unfried meat choices I should be okay. I was praying they would have brown rice there. And to my surprise they did!! So I made one plate with a scoop of brown rice, broccoli beef, Stir fry Green Beans, Lemon chicken, a sushi roll, and a very small egg roll. I felt I did fairly well. I did have a ragoon, which is not food for you and a couple of bites of orange chicken, as well as macaroon and cream puff, well half a cream puff. (it was gross) They were only bite size. I'm not sure if I went over my calories, I had 900 left for the day, but am unsure of how to track them. I can say that I feel icky when I got home and really just wanted to throw up. Oh well...I figure It could of been way worse...No guilt, today is a new day! emoticon

Here are a few pics from our day...


Alyssa with her class at the Children's museum, Hanging off the raptor's tail, she's in the black pants with the blue coat.


Alyssa swinging high on the playground at school during recess after our trip!


Alyssa with her Teacher, Mrs. Oliveraz....she is gonna be so sad when she learns she isn't coming back. emoticon

  
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SALINA78 3/12/2010 2:05PM

    What a LOVELY field trip!

That is SO sad about her teacher!
I hope you all are able to convince the school otherwise. :(

I think it sounds like you did great at the Buffet!
Where did you go? Sounds yummy!

I LOVE the pic of Alyssa on the swing and the beautiful mountains in the background!

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CHOOSE2LOSE2014 3/11/2010 11:00PM

    how sad to let the teacher go I dont think that is rite at all.. I could see it if she was a bad teacher but for students not raisng a hand thats just wrong...I hope it works out ok for your daughter , I have a daughter in kindergarten too and that would be upseting... Sounds like u made good choices at chinese food... Chinese makes me feels sick too..... emoticon

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LESLIES537 3/11/2010 10:43PM

    Yay for field trips, boo to saying bye to the teacher emoticon I think you made some very wise choices at the buffet though! I wouldn't be able to resist a crab ragoon either emoticon

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BARBARA_G 3/11/2010 9:00PM

    I'm so sorry that the teacher is being fired. I'm glad you and other parents are banding together to fight it. I totally agree with you it's not in the best interest of the children to remove a teacher this late in the year unless the teacher has done really bad things. I hope you can turn it around.

Today is a new day! You'll be fine!
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CARRIEDD 3/11/2010 6:31PM

    That is so sad! I hate when Schools do this to the kids. It is not in the best interest of the kids at all! I really hope this goes well for your daughter. Way to go on making good choices at a buffet. That's a danger zone for me lol!

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BMVMOM 3/11/2010 1:36PM

    It is so frustrating to have good teachers but because of quotas or "standards" set by people who are not in the class rooms are dismissed as not being productive. I feel for you and hope all is well. Sounds like you did ok at buffet, could have been worse. lol

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Feeling refreshed...

Monday, March 08, 2010

If you read my last blog from this morning than you know how frustrated I was. I have to tell you I am feeling much much better. After venting and having breakfast this morning, I got my butt up off the couch and started getting some chores done around the house. I Got the dishwasher emptied, scrubbed both bathrooms sparkly clean and started Laundry. I tell you Getting down on your hands and knees and scrubbing a shower like crazy is a great way to release some pent up frustration. After I finished cleaning I put on my running shoes and did the BL power sculpt and than did the BL Cardio Max (both 30min long)...It's been a while since I've done that workout and it felt great! I was really sweating hard and feeling the burn! After I finished that I pulled out the vacuum and ran it through the house as well!

I'm feeling much more grounded right now. And I'm gonna use that to keep going through the day and the rest of the week. I really want this and I want to be at peace mentally too. And I know that they are all wrapped up into one! emoticon

  
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OK2LOSE78 3/9/2010 4:48PM

  AWESOME!! I can only hope that one day I get to where you are! :)

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BMVMOM 3/9/2010 11:33AM

    Way to go on using that frustration to get things done and relive stress too.

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BARBARA_G 3/9/2010 8:33AM

    I love how you dealt with your frustrations. You put them to excellent use! Now you have a sparkling clean house, and got some exercise in on top of what you got house cleaning. Beats trying to eat away your frustrations. I'm very proud of you!
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CHOOSE2LOSE2014 3/8/2010 9:42PM

    good for you, Im glad your feeling better...

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SALINA78 3/8/2010 9:37PM

    Woohoo!
All that productivity is AWESOME!
Glad you are feeling uplifted!
YAH!

We must get together...that will help, too. :)

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CARRIEDD 3/8/2010 5:59PM

    Way to go on getting those frustrations out!

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Moodiness...Fustration....Complaining....V
enting...(sorry, it's long)

Monday, March 08, 2010

I have been extremely annoyed with my family this past weekend. I'm not sure why I'm on edge. Many reasons I'm sure. I have not been having a lot of patience that past few days, and now I feel guilty for showing it. I know everyone gets on our nerves at times but when it's your partner and child, well you can't just not talk to them and stay away for a while! Sigh....

I think it started when I got up Thursday morning and discovered that DL was not working. Why? Cause that is what his job does, constantly changes his schedule at the last min. It's extremely frustrating, cause we just never know if he will get his hours for the week or not. So I was immediately annoyed cause now I had to change my whole daily schedule to accommodate him being home. Sounds petty but when something throws off my "plan" in my head it really throws me. Then I sat there thinking to myself, Okay since he's home maybe I can get him to go hiking with me at the local trail. So I told him, "Hey change your shoes and come hike with me for an hour" He actually looked at me in his snotty way (he can be really snotty sometimes but never acknowledges that he had this problem, LOL) and said "Um NO!! I'm not doing that!" Okay so then I was really disappointed cause I'm trying here to include him, and he's said before he would do this with me and now here's a chance and he turns me down. Going hiking on the trails alone out here is not good idea in my opinion, so I was frustrated that he wouldn't go with me. I just put on my shoes and left, didn't come back for over 2 hrs. I went for a 4 mile walk in my neighborhood fuming the whole time. I was annoyed cause I just didnt' have anyone to call up and say "hey, want to go for a hike with me?" Anyway....I moved past it and did my walk and than went to the fitness room to put in some time on the elliptical too.

Friday wasn't so bad. However, it's my errand day. Which I had to complete with him, ( I sound horrible complaining bout him, I'm sure it's more my mood than him) and he was driving me nuts again. We got into a tiff cause we had paid off a creditor last month and than a statement came in with a balance on it. They claim it was interest. Ummmm, how can you charge interest on a zero balance...and when he was on the phone with them to straighten it out, they are saying that it was actually more than the statement said. This is so wrong to me. I was angry cause they were ripping us off. But instead of fighting them he just paid it. I was mad, why would you pay something that isn't right. He claims it's not a big deal and it's over with. REALLY?? If you paid everybody off every time they ripped you off, you wouldnt' have any thing. He just looks at me and said, I already don't have anything!! I was so hurt....You dont' have anything I said? No roof over you head, food in your kitchen, clothes on your back, you new tv , you xbox with internet so you can game with your friends, YOUR FAMILY??? Seriously?? I almost wanted to cry.

That night I went out for much needed girl time with a friend of mine. We went to the Cheesecake Factory. OMG!! BAD BAD BAD Food....but tastes so good. I thought I did pretty good though, I had a Weight Management Spicy Chicken salad, it was very tasty and used barely half of the dressing they gave me. My downfall was taking two pieces of cheesecake home. 1 for me and 1 for DL. It was our first venture to the Cheesecake Factory, so we had to try it. It was fantastic. I went over my cals just a bit with the cake of course. but if' I hadn't had it I wouldn't of even hit my min cals for the day. No guilt, just enjoyed it.

Saturday I was supposed to go out with my Tucson BFF (we call each other that cause we have totally hit if off and have become super close but we are both from somewhere else so we of course have BFF's back home) and her family from out of town. But DL lets me know he's committed us to dinner at our old neighbors house cause he is gonna go fix their jeep for them. I honestly wasn't in the mood, it's a long drive there cause they live out past Catalina highway and while I enjoy their company sometimes I'm just not comfortable around them. We have a considerable age difference between us. She always cooks really heavy meals and I wasnt' sure what to expect and always wants me to throw a couple of beers back with her. I just wasn't feeling it. I Kept my meals light so I wouldnt' over do it at their house. So by the time we got there I was starving and ready to eat. We walk in and it's very clear that dinner was not in their plans. I was confused. My daughter hadn't eaten yet nor had DL. It was 630 and I finally just had to throw it out there and ask. I felt rude and didn't want to impose. She just looked at me and said, "oh no, we had sandwiches earlier we weren't planning on dinner" IKES!! Okay, so I apologized and explained that DL said we were having dinner here so we didnt' eat so I needed to go get something for us. She said not to worry she would order pizzas. (NO NOT PIZZA!!) Okay what do you do? 2 hours later!! she finally orders pizza and while we are waiting for it come my daughter is rudely curled up on the couch whining bout how hungry she is. Which I dont' blame her but still! It was just awful. My kidney was bothering me and I can't sit anywhere in their house cause of their cat and I forgot to take meds before I went.

SO Sunday I was uncomfortable all day. My kidney was aching horribly, I have stones that haven't passed yet so it acts up every so often. It's much better today. And my head was a mess cause of the cat situation. I was in a horrible mood yesterday and my family was just getting on my nerves!! LOL

Sigh...sorry for the long drawn out venting, complaining blog! It's been a long weekend for me and I'm so glad it's over. I am by myself today til 3 and I really needed it! I'm gonna get some stuff done around the house and do laundry, and get my workout done.

Here's to a new week! May it be so much better than the weekend was!

  
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OK2LOSE78 3/9/2010 4:53PM

  Here's to a better week love! We all have those moments! Love ya much! óż

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CHOOSE2LOSE2014 3/8/2010 9:41PM

    I know how you feel with the kidney stones because I have problems with that too and that hurts so bad.... I have not had a stone sense last august thank god... Sometimes life just gets in the way, Hope you have a great week... emoticon

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CARRIEDD 3/8/2010 6:05PM

    We have all been there. Maybe not exactly but we have. Thsoe situations suck! Things will be alot better this week!

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TINK9305 3/8/2010 6:02PM

    Hugz!!!! I hope you have a better week. Maybe we can get together after the kids get droped off at school Friday. :o)

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BMVMOM 3/8/2010 4:53PM

    That is what we are here for to help each other out. We share your joys and triumps and we will share your sorrows and down falls. Sometimes we all just need to vent. Hope your week gets better and will be thinking of you.

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SALINA78 3/8/2010 3:29PM

    Bummer!
I'm sure venting about it all really helped.

Yay for a better day today!


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KELLYGIRL1977 3/8/2010 12:55PM

    Sorry to hear about your weekend. I hate it when I can't get over my mood and then things around me don't cooperate either! You at least had a nice walk where you could vent to yourself, rather than picking a fight with someone. I would be more likely to do the latter. LOL

Hope you have a better week girl! Don't let this bog you down! emoticon

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Never doubt what you can do!!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

When I joined SP On Nov, 4, 2008 I had no idea where it was gonna take me. I was looking for a calorie tracker that was free so I can have a better idea of what I was putting in my mouth. I had been trying to live a healthier lifestyle since that Sept and had already lost 15 lbs (I believe) on my own by moving my body and trying to make healthier choices. Coming across SP was a God send. It was full of information and tools to help me be successful. And the amazing sense of support that is within this website is just mind blowing. emoticon

When I set up my goals my Yearly Fitness minutes goal was approx. 7500 mins. For the entire year. I thought at the time that I was not going to make that. It seemed so high and how was I possibly gonna make this goal. I decided I wasn't going to pay attention to that goal, I was just gonna do this and do it the best I can. It's taken me some time compared to a few others. But Slow and Steady works for me, cause this is a life change not a diet and it was NOT gonna work any other way for me.

It's been 16 months since I joined SP and as of today I have more than Doubled my first Yearly fitness goal! I find this completely amazing! I am so proud of myself. I never believed that I could do 7500 min in a year and here In 16 months I have now completed 15, 029...actually more than that if you counted all the minutes this summer that I didn't log in during my summer vacation!

Over 15,000 Minutes?? WHO ME??? Yes ME!! I did this!! And I feel Fantastic!! From my highest weight ever in 2002, I have now lost a total of 73 pounds and if I lose 1 more lb, I will finally reach my true 50 Lbs loss since I started this journey in Sept 08!! I am itching to reach that milestone, I just can't wait to get there!! I'm so freaking close I can taste it! emoticon

I have been more focused than ever. I've been really working hard this past 8 weeks. Probably harder than I ever had since I started my journey. Are things moving as fast as I want them too...No...but it's okay, cause it will come and I can be patient. As long as I know that I am doing all the right things, than I will reach my goals. When I think I haven't lost much in the last 8 weeks the reality is that I've lost 7 lbs in that time, lost 3.5 inches on my waist alone...(more in other areas too, just don't remember off the top of my head) and my belly is really starting to go down. I've done great! And I am so Proud of my self!

Never doubt what you can do, cause I just proved to myself that I can do way more then I ever thought I could. If I can do this...ANYONE can do this....will it happen overnight? NO! Will it be easy? NO! Will there be bad days? YES! Should you give up because of a bad day, bad weekend or bad week? NO! NO! NO! Can you get through those bad days? YES! Can you do this? YES! YES! YES! emoticon

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!! YOU CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!! ONE DAY AT A TIME, ONE STEP AT A TIME, ONE BITE AT A TIME!!! emoticon

  
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CARRIEDD 3/4/2010 10:52PM

    You have done such an awesome job on your journey! And you inspire me so much!

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SALINA78 3/4/2010 8:18PM

    You have done AWESOME!
GREAT GREAT BLOG!!!

I feel this has been my hardest 8 weeks and slowest losing ever. LOL!
But when we look back at what has added up in that time it's AWESOME!

SO PROUD OF YOU , Kris!

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LOLABURKE1 3/4/2010 8:12PM

    Great blog!! Congrats for all your amazing success!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHOOSE2LOSE2014 3/4/2010 9:53AM

    I absolutely love your blog, You have done an amazing job and you look great too.. I do need to remember that this weight is not going to come off overnight and I need to just enjoy this process rather than stress out about this process.. I have a bad habit of comparing myself to others, Like the ones who lose 30 pounds in one month but then again I have to wonder how healthy is that, really??? I dont think it is healthy and if my weight comes off slow then so be it... Your rite this is a lifestyle change.. You motivate me and inspire me and for that I thank you.. Keep of the good work your doing great...

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BARBARA_G 3/4/2010 8:38AM

    I love your blog. What great accomplishments! I'm so proud of you! I wish you the best in losing that one lb this week to make the 50 lb. This calls for a major celebration, just don't celebrate with food. LOL. Yes it's all a matter of just keeping on keeping on and it will happen!
Have a fantastic day,
Barbara

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CK2SUMMERS 3/3/2010 9:32PM

    I so needed to hear this. I need some new motivation in me. I can't seem to break this 200 mark and I want to so badly. I always seem to take two steps forward and 1 step back. I let schedules and life get in the way much too often...

I can't wait to start blogging about how great I feel and healthier I feel!

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KELLYGIRL1977 3/3/2010 7:58PM

    Wow, so much to celebrate! You are right to look at the overall picture, because in the midst of a pound here and there, we can become really discouraged with our progress! 7 pounds in 8 weeks is amazing! Especially when you have already lost SO much! Get ready to celebrate again, because you are about to hit another major milestone in your journey girl!

You should be very proud of yourself!

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HAPPYMOM8 3/3/2010 7:19PM

    emoticon Testimony! Congratulations! Pat

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ANGIEFAYE818 3/3/2010 6:43PM

    So true, love your blog! I am getting more confident with each passing day! I know that FOCUS is a major part, and I'm telling myself, don't let up!! Thanks for sharing! We will do this!!!
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10 of my favorites that I've discovered along the way!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Okay...so we all start on this journey knowing that we have to make healthier choices Right? . It's amazing when you start out cause we start thinking, "Oh we can't have our favorites anymore...the food is gonna be unsatisfying and gross...blah, blah, blah" Well, I have learned that is so untrue...in fact I find that these healthier foods are more satisfying than that junk we used to stuff in our face everyday. So along my way I have found some new favorite foods....I thought I would share them with you...

1) Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw...

Why do I love it...It's fairly inexpensive and it's so versatile, I toss it in salads, eggs, sandwich wraps, spaghetti sauce, stir fry....whatever I think I can throw it into I try it....


2) OroWheat or Arnold Sandwich Thins...

Why do I love them...Are you kidding me? 100 calories a serving, and that serving makes an entire sandwich, or toast, or a breakfast sandwich or a hamburger bun, we even made sloppy joes on them..sure they are thin and don't always hold up super well when you put hot stuff on them...but toast them a bit and they do better. I am a sandwich lover...so this is a great alternative to other breads....and they have a good amount of fiber in them. ( I've tried the Nature's Own Version and they just don't have the flavor that the other ones have)


3)Silk Light Plain Soymilk and Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Why do I love them...Well Honestly, I've discovered along my journey that Milk does NOT do my body good. SO as much as I have turned my nose to alternatives in the past, I learned to embrace them and found what worked for me. I used the Soy as my base for protein in smoothies, morning cereals and oatmeal or just alone if I need that boost before a workout.


Now Almond Milk...I recently discovered Almond Milk and honestly if it had Protein in it, I would use it exclusively, However, it lacks in protein, yet is low in calories IF you drink the Unsweetened variety. I prefer the Unsweetened Vanilla, it has 40 calories per 8 oz, it's a nice low cal companion with cereal or in coffee. If my calories are adding up a little to much than I will use Almond Milk instead of the Soy milk to keep cals low.


4) Banana Nut Cheerios

Why do I like them...YUMMO!!! They are just so yummy....110 cals a serving and pair them with the Unsweetened Almond Vanilla Milk and you've got a 130-160 calories snack of YUMMINESS!!!! That's all I can say about that one! LOL


5) Thomas Bagel Thins

Why do I like them...these little guys are new to the market but I think they are fantastic. I LOVE bagels but as we all know they can be high in calories and high in carbs. These little guys are like the bagel with the middle cut out. Which for me is just fine, I think they are more than sufficient and they are only 110 calories a serving, 24 carbs and 5 grams of fiber. I've tried the Everything version and I think they are great. They are also versatile, you can make an egg white sandwich on them, or sandwiches...whatever you heart desires...


6) Dannon Activa Yogurt

Why do I like them...Well I love yogurt, so if that yogurt can help things move along a little better than so be it! I used to eat the Light flavors vs the reg flavors, but honestly i got really tired of Vanilla. I just couldn't find the light versions in other flavors that appealed to me. I also thought they tasted alittle to artificial. So I switched to the reg flavors and don't feel guilty about it. They have 110 cals per serving, (same as yoplait light) 2 g of fat and 17 sugars ( I know that is a lot, but you will find that approx amount in yoplait light too) but the sugars are not artificial and I like the flavor better. They are a great wake up and eat in the morning grab and go snack. And they really do help push things out of the Body! emoticon


7) La Tortilla Factory Low carb Whole Wheat Tortillas

Why I love them....Are you kidding me? I am a Taco Fan! I LOVE Mexican food with a passion. We had taco night in our house once a week. We now have it once a month...when I found these I was in heaven. Other Whole Wheat tortillas just didn't appeal to me. I didn't find them to have to fiber content that was sufficient and they still had a lot of cals to them. These little guys are only 50 cals a piece and have 7 g of fiber as well. Two of these filled with extra lean ground turkey and taco fixings and you have a very filling meal. They are also great for sandwich wraps, and breakfast burritos!


8) Fiber One Bars

Why I love them....I have the worst chocolate cravings as I'm sure most of us do...if I didn't have these I'm not sure how I would get through them. I know these are not the healthiest food out there but they are a good alternative to a candy bar. Plus the have good fiber too!!


9) Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Why I love them....They have great flavor and smell so good when they are cooking. I break mine up in a salad to add protein for lunch. You can even put them between a Sandwich Thin and top with lettuce, tomato and onion...YUMMY!!


10) My Water Bottle

Why I love it....Well, it's a 32 oz bottle, and I know if I drink two of these than I have made my 8 glasses for the day, however I always drink 3 1/2-4 off these a day!! I got my bottle at walmart....they are carrying them again for the spring summer season, they cost like $4, I recommend one if you don't have a portable way to gauge your daily water intake.



So I've shared mine with you!! What are some of your favorite discoveries since you started on your journey??

  
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OK2LOSE78 3/9/2010 6:39PM

  Oh, I almost forgot:

I LOVE Promise fat free "butter"
AND: Frank's buffalo sauce, super yummy AND it makes you drink water, which makes you full! :)

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OK2LOSE78 3/9/2010 5:56PM

  Here are a few of things I love and help me too:

Extra sugar free peppermint gum
Swiss Mocha sugar free decaf coffee
Sugar free peppermints
Kellogs Special K cereals
Reduced sugar Chewy granola bars
90 calorie rice cake delights
A pretty aluminum (sp) water bottle


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SALINA78 3/4/2010 8:19PM

    LOVE this!
Somethings I already love and some I will have to try now!
Thanks!!!

Good idea!

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CARRIEDD 3/2/2010 7:00PM

    I have been looking for bagel thins and cannot find them! I love them though! I have never tried almond milk I will have to look into it! Great list and gotta love water water water! its so refreshing!

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CHOOSE2LOSE2014 3/2/2010 5:15PM

    great ideas and I like the vanilla milk idea too..

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BARBARA_G 3/2/2010 5:14PM

    I really like your ideas on how to use cole slaw. I definitely will keep those in mind. I've never seen the black bean burgers but surely will keep an eye out for them and give them a try. They sound yummy.

I like frozen fruit and vegetable blends for their variety and ease of use.

My breakfasts are oatmeal/skim milk/fruit. It's low cal, filling and energizing

Thanks for sharing,
Barbara

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V-RON_CAN 3/2/2010 2:52PM

    These are a few of my favorite things too! I don't know what I did without the low carb tortillas, and I just discovered broccoli slaw last week. It changed my life.

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KHAUCK 3/2/2010 2:06PM

    Awesome blog!!

I will be rediscovering my favorites as I have just jumped back in to this! Thank you for your comments on my blog...truly appreciate it!

I have to say off the top of my head...my past loves and soon to be true loves---in no particular order:

1. Salmon
2. Silk--Very Vanilla
3. Nuts
4. DanActive dairy drink 'vanilla'
5. Eggs
6. oranges
7. Kashi Go Lean cereal

That's all for now. I will have to expand on my blog tomorrow didn't want to fill up no your blog! lol

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STEPHANON 3/2/2010 1:57PM

    Good suggestions! Many of these are favorites of mine as well. I haven't tried the broccoli cole slaw, but it looks like something I should pick up - I can think of lots of ways I would probably use it. Thanks for sharing!

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KELLYGIRL1977 3/2/2010 12:31PM

    Great suggestions, I think that I might just have to borrow a few! I have many favorites of my own, but one that I will share is Oikos organic greek yogurt w/ honey...YUM...it is like dessert..without the guilt!

I also make homemade trail mix with peanuts, mini chocolate chips, and raisins. I weigh and pre-bag it for a quick grab and go. Thanks for sharing!

I may have to use your blog idea to share more!

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KRYANPRINCESS 3/1/2010 10:14PM

    Yum!! Yes Chocolate Cheerios are good too!! Great alternative for the kids in place of Coco Puffs!! Another chocolate cereal favorite it Kellogg's Frosted Mini Bites Chocolate Bites...they remind me of oreos in milk!! emoticon

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BMVMOM 3/1/2010 8:49PM

    I use the same things you do. Wow you in AZ and me in MO. What a small world. FYI have you tried the Chocolate Cheerioes yet. YUM it helps with the chocolate cravings which I am struggling with too.
Thanks for sharing.


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LESLIES537 3/1/2010 7:58PM

    Great blog!! I love those suggestions, I even jotted them down! I've also found some granola bars from South Beach Living, the Potein Fit ones have 8 g Protein, 140 calories, and paired w/ an orange it makes a good breakfast that really holds me over! Plus they come in yummy flavors like Peanut Butter and Chocolate!

Thanks so much for sharing your great finds! emoticon

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LAROSEBAUGH 3/1/2010 7:34PM

    Pretty much all of yours too, lol. I kept saying "ME TOO!"..except I hate bananas so I eat the chocolate cheerios!

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