Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Roundup, week of July 31st

What Happened Last Week?

Fun without food
How could it be?
Look at this list
And you will see
Lots of choices to keep us busy
We can dance at Zumba
'til we both get dizzy!
Join a club
Or go to the zoo
Take a bus trip and I'll go too!
Fun without food
Won't be so bad
Being without YOU would make me sad!
Let's get together and plan some fun
And enjoy this warm weather while there's still some sun.
Being together is what it's about.
So let's ditch the food and let's go out!

Hopefully you got some great ideas on how to plan fun activities that aren't food centric. Thanks for all your brainstorming!

Celebrations this week include a five pound star for Nancy, a 10 pound star for Deborah, Marlene and Amy, and a 10% keychain for Linda.

So What's Coming Up?

Snacking gets a bad rap, but it's really a great way to fuel your body and stay in control of your hunger. Snack smart and you'll stay on track!

Thought for the Week

Stop living life for what's around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street. - Grant L. Miller

Weekly Recipe: Chilled Yogurt Soup

Right now as I post this, it's actually a rather cool day, but I'm sure warm weather won't stay away for long. I'm a huge fan of soups, but if it's 90 degrees, who really wants to sit down with a cup of hot broth?

Chilled Yogurt Soup with Spinach and Chickpeas

Martha Rose Shulman, you've done it again. Now I can have soup no matter the weather!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Roundup, week of July 24th

What Happened Last Week?

This summer you might be going to barbecues, having cocktails, going on vacation, you name it. You have choices to make. Will you make the right ones? Be proud of yourself when you do!

I don't have Sunday's celebrations, but I can tell you that we celebrated 10 pound stars for Francine and Kim, gave Jan a 15 pound star, and had Jeff reach his 5% target. Summer celebrations!

So What's Coming Up?

Fun = Food... That's a pretty common equation for us, isn't it? It can be hard to train our brains to consider ways to socialize that don't involve food or drinks, right? We'll explore fun options that your friends won't be able to turn down.

Thought for the Week

Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs. - Maxwell Maltz

Weekly Recipe: Brown Rice Salad with Tomatoes & Sugar Snap Peas

Is this thing on? I'm back! And I was googling for something completely unrelated when I found a link to this week's recipe.

This will be on the cooking schedule this weekend!

Since I value not alienating my coworkers with my terrible onion breath, I will likely skip the red onion and use scallions instead, which won't be so potent.


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Roundup, week of July 10th

What Happened Last Week?

Imagine how easy it would be to lose weight if you had a personal chef, personal trainer, and unlimited amounts of time. Yeah, right! Dealing with real life is necessary, and so we make do with what we've got.

Some of you that are doing GREAT with what you've got received awards this past week. We gave a first five pound star to Lynn, and a ten pound star to Caroline and Robin. Kathy, Melissa and Tammie all received their Stay and Succeed charms.

So What's Coming Up?

You know that eating fruits and vegetables improves health and weight loss. But sometimes it can be hard to get enough and enjoy them. We'll share tips this week for making fruits & veggies as appealing as possible, and talk about how best to prepare them. Remember ZERO POINTS PLUS!

Thought for the Week

When things go wrong don't go with them. - Elvis Presley

Weekly Recipe: Russian Watermelon

I have to be honest: sometimes when it comes time to post the weekly recipe, I have no clue what to post. Today was just that kind of day. So I decided to log into eTools and see what I could find.

It's hot, so a chilly dessert seemed in order. I narrowed my search to desserts within the range of 0-4 PPV. Then I decided to filter only 5 star rated recipes. And then I hit the jackpot. Sometimes a name just catches your eye, you know?

Russian Watermelon

Not surprisingly it involves vodka, so you know, if that's not your thing this won't be for you. But I have a feeling some of you out there might be interested.