Healthier Everyday S’mores Alternatives

Happy 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! 🙂 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

 

Must Start Running Again

Back in the day before kids and daycare payments, I used to run. A lot. I grew up going to my dad’s marathons and after visiting the Boston Marathon one year while I was in college, I decided to take running a bit more seriously. I ran around the cow pastures at Virginia Tech and spent hours on the treadmill in the winter, all whilst smelling the delicious Chinese food from next door. YUM.

Before I knew it, I was running marathons too. Huzzah! And while I was a moderately slow runner (I think my fastest time is 4:36), I was having fun and staying in shape.

Enter children. After my first, I was determined to run a marathon before my second kid arrived. So I signed up for a race and trained. The race was fantastic and I finished with a huge smile on my face.

NOT!

The race was a disaster. DISASTER. Training didn’t go well because, ya know, I don’t have as much free time on my hands anymore. And my first son started to dislike strollers pretty early on. Dreams of being that fit mom running with a fancy stroller faded fast. So training was terrible but I still got through those 26.2 miles. It was hard. I walked a lot and melted into a heaving, crying mess when I crossed the finish line. ugh. At least I finished, right?

I haven’t run much since that race; it beat me down. But now that I’m almost 4 months postpartum with my second son, I have the itch to run again. I’m going in with a different mindset, though. I know I can’t dedicate hours to running anymore, so a marathon is out of the question. My schedule changes a lot, too, so I have to be understanding when I miss a run.

I’ve decided to follow the AnotherMotherRunner.com 5k Finish It plan. This plan is made for moms so it’s flexible. Love it! Hope I can stick to it for the whole 10 weeks.

The plan is to start on Monday, so I have a few days to mentally prepare myself to wake up early, before the kids, to get my run in. That’s around 4:30 am. ouch. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Let’s hope for good news!

xxoo

Jennifer.

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Late Weigh In and Friday Favorites

Weight Change: -2.4 lbs

Starting Weight: 139

Current Weight: 128.4 

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 chocolate 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. Because you have to laugh. 🙂

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! Usually, it’s easy to pinpoint what’s going wrong (larger portions; no exercise; boredom) and fix it to get back on track. 

What do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?

Weigh In – 7/6

Weight Change: -1.4 lbs

Starting Weight: 139

Current Weight: 130.8 

Goal Weight: 125

So today was weigh in day, again. Funny how they sneak up on you like that. But after attending a couple of BBQs for the holiday weekend and dealing with my new back-to-work schedule, I’m surprised I did so well. Honestly, I didn’t try that hard the past week. I still tracked, but I was also very lazy with what I ate (had my hand in the animal cracker bag too often). I really think I’m still losing easy baby weight (my son is 3 months old) and it’s going to get harder very soon. I need to buckle down and focus.

Today’s meeting was all about being assertive. Now I am NOT an assertive person. I’m very quiet. While I’ve become more vocal since having kids, I do most of my speaking up on their behalf and remain quiet when it comes to myself. This needs to change. I need to put on my big girl pants. ugh.

So in honor of being more attentive to myself, I’m listing out goals that I want to accomplish this week. If anyone gets in my way, hopefully I’ll remember about this week’s meeting topic and be a voice for myself.

Hopefully these goals will carry on to weeks thereafter, but…baby steps. 🙂

  • Don’t eat off my toddler’s plate.
  • Measure/count and track EVERYTHING.
  • Work out 5 days this week.
  • No Diet Coke or flavored sparkling water that looks healthy but isn’t because it’s also loaded with chemicals.

Next Thursday I’ll be back to update you all on my goals. I know I’m not perfect, but at least two better be checked off.

What goals did you set for yourself this week?