Healthier Everyday S’mores Alternatives

HappyĀ National S’mores Day!

S’mores are essential in my house during the summer. My husband makes them over his fire pit. But he’s so hardcore that he also makes them regularly in the microwave after dinner. He’s a s’mores addict.

Now I certainly can’t eat them as often as my husband. I’d gain 5 pounds in a week. Not cool. I do, however, frequent s’more flavored treats that are a bit less in Weight Watcher points. Here are some of my favorites!

My favorite bar, by far (HEY, I’m rhyming) is the Clif Kid Z Bar. These are marketed to kids, but I love them myself. In fact, not even sure my kid has even had them. I tend to hoard them and eat them all in secret.

Luna Bars! I love these bars. I lived off Luna Bars when I was in college. The s’mores flavor has always been one of my favorites.For a quick meal replacement, I like Think Thin bars. I wouldn’t eat these everyday, but they’re good in a pinch. The s’mores flavor is one of the better ones.This candle just makes me happy. And it’s calorie free! šŸ™‚ In my opinion, Bath and Body Works candles are starting to surpass Yankee Candles. AH! There, I said it.

Now, I don’t own this pillow, but it sure is cute. I would totally snuggle with it.So there you have it. Enjoy National S’mores Day any way you want. Splurge and have the real deal, or snuggle with a s’mores scented pillow. Either way, enjoy the summer while it’s still here!

xxoo

 

Late Weigh In and Friday Favorites

Weight Change: -2.4 lbs

Starting Weight: 139

Current Weight: 128.4Ā 

Goal Weight: 125

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve checked in with a loss, but here it is! Very happy to be that much closer to my goal weight. Only a few more pounds to go.

I’m crediting A LOT of my weight loss to Weight Watchers new focus on protein. Every morning I drink a chocolateĀ Premier Protein shake, either in my iced coffee or on its own. They’re really good and with 30 grams of protein, keep me pretty full. I’m not a huge meat eater so these shakes have been game changers for me and protein intake.

Anywho…here are my favorite from around the web this week!

Kate Middleton’s outfits from her recent travels. She’s so classy. I don’t really have a desire to ever dress so fancy so often, but I’m still envious of her wardrobe. And her hair. haha.

Seth Meyers take on the week.Ā Because you have to laugh. šŸ™‚

Interesting ready on the safety of boxed macaroni and cheese. This is a staple in our house. When I can, I make a big batch of homemade mac and cheese, but honestly, life gets busy. I buy the blue box or store brand.

Since I’ve been losing a good bit of weight and the summer heat has been soaring, I’ve noticed that I’m wearing a lot more dresses. Mostly light, t-shirt dresses and I get them all off Amazon. Seriously. I JUST discovered clothes shopping on Amazon and I may never go to a mall again. So convenient and so cheap.

Love. This. Levaca dress. So. Much. It’s so flowy and comfortable. Perfect for warm days. Twirls well too. I have it in dark grey and want it in every color available.

This Zeagoo dress is perfect for summer events, like weddings or parties. I paired mine with a black belt just to hide the middle seam.

Tank dress. Hot summer. Enough said.

Have a great Friday, everyone!

xxoo

Jennifer.

Why I’m A Weight Watcher

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. I’m just sharing a wonderful program that works for me. Thanks!

To get things started, I want you all to know that I’m a very small person. I’m only 4’11” and it is extremely hard for me to keep weight off. On the flip side, it’s very easy for me to put weight on. HA! *eye roll* When I put extra weight on, I feel very uncomfortable, both mentally and physically. My small frame just wasn’t made for the extra pounds.

After I had my first son, I followed the Weight Watchers (WW) program and kept weight off. I was running a lot (I used to run marathons) and was still young, so it was pretty easy if I tracked my points and didn’t eat too crazy.

Recently I gave birth to my second son and the weight loss has been much slower this time. I was getting down on myself because the weight fell of quickly after my first. Why were things different now?

I rejoined the program when my newbie was 5 weeks old. Now that’s he’s 3 months old, I’m almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’ve learned that the number doesn’t matter as much anymore. WW’s has changed, for the better, since I was a member years ago. The focus is more off the scale (officially called Beyond the Scale) and revolves around living a healthy life overall. A healthy weight is just the byproduct of moving more, eating better (focus on less sugar and more protein), and positive self-talk.

I’ll admit, as someone who struggles to maintain a healthy weight, healthy self-talk is hard. Especially in these days of perfect social media posts. But I’m working on it. I want to be happy and present for my kids, not obsessed with what others are thinking and how I look on the outside. With the new habits I’m learning through WW Beyond the Scale, I know I’ll get there.

Just want to note, I do keep an eye on my weight because that is a weekly part of the WW program. I’m not obsessive about the number anymore, though. I really only think about it once a week when I weigh in. Keeping a healthy weight means that all the hard work I’m putting into living healthier is working. If my weight goes up, I need to catch myself before it spirals out of control, which it can easily do and put me back down a path of negative self-talk and lethargy. Not funsies!Ā Usually, it’s easy to pinpoint what’s going wrong (larger portions; no exercise; boredom) and fix it to get back on track.Ā 

What do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?