Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Roundup, week of September 25th

What Happened Last Week?

We talked about ways to keep your motivation levels up. Remember, every day isn't easy, so having a support network, tangible evidence of your success and an overall goal in mind can be super helpful at keeping you on track.

Celebrations this week included Stay and Succeed awards for Kathleen and Laurie. Linda reached her 25 pound mark, as did Jan. Great work, ladies!

So What's Coming Up?

Many members have eTools access, but only a small number use it. If you visited our demo this past weekend in El Cajon maybe you're joining the small but successful group of eTools users. This week we'll discuss eTools and other tools available to you that will help maximize your success. It's never too late to try something new!

Clairemont Reminder

The countdown to October 15 continues. On that day, we'll be moving locations temporarily while we remodel. If that's news to you, scroll back a week and see my "Attention Clairemont Shoppers" entry for full information. Plus, keep attending your meetings - we're providing up to date information there for you.

Thought for the Week

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

Weekly Recipe: Loaded Breakfast Sandwich

When people think of breakfast foods, they often immediately think of cereal. To each their own and all, but I've never found cold cereal all that filling and wonderful. I find that a breakfast full of protein and healthy carbs (whole grains) does me best, and although there is milk in cereal, I prefer to chew things whenever possible.

This loaded breakfast sandwich seems like an easy way to get great fuel in the morning. Don't be hungry before lunch!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Attention Clairemont Shoppers!

If you attend meetings (or plan on attending them in the next few months) at our Clairemont meeting, this post is full of extraordinarily important information!

After the meetings end on Saturday, October 15th our Clairemont location will close for renovation. That's right: no more slatwall, no more high traffic carpeting. I can't wait for you to see what the new room will look like when the renovation is complete. It's going to look fantastic!

During the renovation our meetings will be held as usual at 5675 Balboa Avenue in the Balboa Mesa Shopping Center. If you're familiar with Clairemont, you might recognize that as the former Hallmark shop in the CVS/Vons/Kohl's shopping center, which is right across the street from the Target shopping center. If you are not familiar with the area, here is a map with directions from one center to the other. Prepare yourself now by figuring out how to get there!

Renovation is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks. Obviously that is subject to change depending on how everyone sticks to the project timeline. Your best bet is to continue attending meetings. Yes, that takes us into the fall holiday season - hey, I show up year 'round, you should too! Breaking news will be posted at our Facebook page and you can bet I will share updates on my Facebook page as well. I will also include any relevant information in my weekly emails, so if you're not on my mailing list, let me know and I'll put you on!

If you show up to the wrong location, don't worry! See that map up there? The two centers are extremely close to each other. No, it's not a sign from above. Just put the car back in drive and get your butt to the right location. No excuses!

While we are operating in the temporary location, we will be doing all paperwork manually. This means you MUST BRING YOUR MONTHLY PASS. We will not be able to look up any of your information, so come prepared. What we really will need is your monthly pass number, because that must be written on a sign in sheet. While it's not ideal, an expired pass will still be okay, since it will have your monthly pass number printed on it. You can always log into eTools and print a temporary pass (log in, and in the upper right hand side of the screen click on "Account Settings") if you can't find your current one.

Any change in routine is bound to cause some grumbling. Please be patient with us during this transition. I know there will be some hiccups, and we'll be relying on older technology. But I promise we will all be doing our best to give you the continued meeting experience you've come to expect from us. Your cooperation in this will really mean a lot and ensure that everything goes as smoothly as it can.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Roundup, week of September 18th

What Happened Last Week?

Collectively we agreed that our weight loss magic wands weren't working, but instead of just wishing to have a perfect week, we talked about how to actually achieve one. Let us know if you focused your efforts on a particular area this week to improve your progress!

Celebrations this week included stars for Julie (5), Karyn (10), Darcy and Nancy (15), Elizabeth and Denise (20), and Sunita (40). We also gave 10% keychains to Elizabeth and Amy, and gave Taryn a Stay and Succeed charm.

So What's Coming Up?

Do you think that tending to your own needs is selfish? Do you wish you had more time? This week we'll discuss how you can find secret pockets of time that will allow you to eat right and move more. Remember, we find time for the things that are important to us!

Thought for the Week

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. ~ Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin

Weekly Recipe: Turtle Ice Cream Cake

The recipes I post here are typically recipes I think sound good, or that I would choose to cook for myself. That's why, every once in awhile, I force myself to post something that I wouldn't eat - just because I don't like mushrooms doesn't mean YOU don't!

One thing I don't typically cook at home is dessert. Believe me, it's not because I don't like them! But because I don't often make dessert, I tend to overlook them when I'm posting links here. So today is one of those days where I reach out of my usual routine:

Turtle Ice Cream Cake

Look at that photo. I would eat a MESS of that cake, believe you me.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Roundup, week of September 11th

What Happened Last Week?

Back-to-school-time is often a time to get refocused on other things. Remember the basics of the plan (sticking to your target, making powerful food selections, making the plan livable and get moving) and try to keep the process simple. You can do this!

Congratulations to Linda who won the Succeed All Summer raffle prize this Wednesday. We'll hold Sunday and Monday drawings this week, so be sure you're there - you must be present to win!

Celebrations this week include a five pound star for Jennifer, a 5% target award for Darcy, a 10% keychain to Heather, and a 20 pound star for Jim!

So What's Coming Up?

If someone asked you to describe how you follow PointsPlus, what would you say? You might think you've named the key elements of the program, but consider: could what you left out hold the key to your success? You don't have to be 100% perfect to lose weight, but maybe a 1% improvement would get you those better results you've been hoping for.

Thought for the Week

Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure. ~ Edward Eggleston

Weekly Recipe: Eggplant Kibbeh

I made this recipe over the weekend, and it is phenomenal! I'm using it as part of my lunch, but it could also be a great side dish, or something you'd add some grilled meat to and call it a meal.

The recipe is from a vegan cookbook called Appetite for Reduction that I've been cooking from all year, and if you're interested in that sort of thing, I definitely think the book is worth your time. Since typing it all in here is iffy from a copyright perspective, I googled and found another blog who posted the recipe: Eggplant Kibbeh.

Since the information isn't at that entry, here are the nutritionals:

For 1/6th of the recipe: 130 calories, 1.5g fat, 28g carbohydrates, 9g fiber, 5g protein, 4g sugars, 0mg cholesterol, 400mg sodium

Cook's note: bulgur is a toasted cracked wheat that's a neat replacement for some other types of grain. I bought mine from the bulk bins at Henry's Market.