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I am beach-bound in a few hours for the long weekend. The hubby and I are spending the next four days at the Jersey Shore with his family. While I am thrilled for an extra few days away from the office and for some fun in the sun, I am also starting to feel the impending doom that comes with the start of bathing suit season.

Why didn’t I lose those last 5-10lbs before Summer? Will this swim skirt mask my dimply thighs or draw extra attention to them? Does laying flat on my back on the lounge chair minimize belly rolls or lend itself to the dreaded stomach sprawl? Keep Reading…


As I mentioned on Monday, I am stock-piling Memorial Day-appropriate recipes for the upcoming long weekend.

I just added three to the recipe section of this blog:
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Ranch Burgers
Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

What are some of your favorites?

Some of my other BBQ accoutrements include:
Chicken! Marinade with Lawry’s marinades or brush with Kraft light BBQ sauce.
Grilled veggies – peppers and onions on a skewer with some garlic salt and spray butter, 0 points
Grilled potatoes – slice potatoes thin, spray with olive oil or cooking spray, season with Mrs. Dash, wrap in foil and grill until brown. Points vary based on oil used. One potato is 3 points.
Corn on the cob, 1 pt per ear
Watermelon, 1 cup for 1pt

Don’t forget the value of a green salad! Bulk up your meal and fill your plate with 0-point veggies and some light dressing.

I don’t know about you, but holiday weekends can seriously de-rail me if I go into them with a “free-for-all” mentality. But with a plan, I can come out of a long weekend without a large gain. Who knows, maybe with the right planning and mentality I can even score a loss.

Later this week, I will post some great BBQ recipes, so stay tuned…

For Memorial Day Weekend, I’ll be going to the Jersey Shore with family. I will be away from the blog so try not to miss me too much! While “down the shore” as the Philadelphians say, I need a plan and I need some go-to foods.

Here are some of the snack-y items I plan to bring along: Keep Reading

As I noted last Monday, I wanted to show you all a full week of what I was eating in photos. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap some shots this weekend so there will be a few holes in the last 3 days of my menus. I fully intended on being the crazy restaurant patron taking pictures of my food, but got lost in good conversation and forgot to bust out my camera.

That said… here was the weekend in food…
Going in with 22 points/day and 27 flex remaining

Earned 4 activity points with a morning run.

2 cups coffee with fat free half n’ half and sugar free syrup
Total: 40 calories, 0 fat, 0 fiber = 1 point
Oven-Baked Omelet.
Total: 140 calories, 3g fat, 1g fiber = 3 points

Breakfast Day #5: Baked Omelette

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Thursday was the first day in this “Week in Food” where I faced a social challenge. My sister-in-law is graduating from grade school this month, and the school held a special ceremony known as the May Procession. My beautiful sister-in-law was honored during this ceremony by being chosen to be the May Queen.

The food challenge surrounding this event was simply one of planning. The ceremony started at 7p.m. There was no time to eat a real dinner and make it from work to the Procession on time. My dinner consisted of some pre-packaged snacks. Not an ideal meal under ordinary circumstances, but having the right items in my glove box for a dinner on-the-go made it manageable by my Weight Watcher point standards.

FYI: I don’t recommend opting for fiber bars and beef jerky over a real dinner when a real meal is available.

My Sister-in-Law, The May Queen

Thursday (22 point target, no activity points, 29 flex remaining)…
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Wednesday morning I was asked to sub for a spinning instructor at the gym. I had already planned to go to ZUMBA with a friend at night so I earned even more activity points than I’d planned. The early morning spin session left me a bit more hungry than usual so you will see some high calorie/point items during my daytime menu.

Then, later in the evening I got especially hungry and binge-y. An evening alone coupled with a heavy exercise day led me to make a few poor choices and dip into a few extra flex points. That’s why they are there for but in the future I will be aware of the challenges I face on heavy exercise days and plan accordingly.

I counted 4 activity points for my 45 minute spinning class and another 4 for the hour-long ZUMBA class.

Wednesday (22 point target + 8 activity points)…

2 cups coffee with fat free half n’ half and sugar free syrup
Total: 40 calories, 0 fat, 0 fiber = 1 point
1 cup strawberries.
Smoothie: 1 scoop soy protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk, 1tbsp ground flax seeds.
Total: 256 calories, 8.5g fat, 6.3g fiber = 5 points

Breakfast Day #3: Smoothie, Strawberries

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Tuesday (22 point target, no activity points)…

2 cups coffee with fat free half n’ half and sugar free syrup
Total: 40 calories, 0 fat, 0 fiber = 1 point
Light Yogurt Mixed With 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds.
½ of a Thomas’s Everything Bagel Thin topped with ½ ounce of Weight Watcher cream cheese.
Total: 222 calories, 6g fat, 7.3g fiber = 4 points

Breakfast Day #2: Bagel Thin, Cream Cheese, Yogurt, Flax Seeds

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Hot Sundae

Fictional girl singing group, Hot Sundae, sang "Put your mind to it, go for it, get down and break a sweat!"