Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Time For A Diet Posting

I have several things to share in regards to my diet.  First, I'm not very big on any of the frozen dinners (Smart Ones, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, etc..) they just all taste really bland and they don't keep you full for a long period of time.  The other day, however, I was in the grocery store and came across these - Lean Cuisine Dips with Pita Bread:


They have several varieties of dips with pita bread.  I purchased the spinach artichoke one and I must say it was very good.  You get 2 servings in a box and each serving is 5 pts.  But it does make a nice little snack:


I do recommend these.  Another find while grocery shopping was this - Kraft Mago Chipotle Dressing:


Coming in at 2 pts. for 2 tablespoons - it is worth every point.  I like salads but often find them boring...this dressing has really kicked it up for me and I've been eating a small salad everyday for lunch!

Another great find is this Weight Watcher App:  WW Diary
This a a FREE android app that I've been messing with for quite a while - however they've done some upgrades which are extremely good and if you want anything additional it only costs $1.00 a month.  I've opted to give the pay version a try (you can cancel at anytime).  I can pay Weight Watchers $13.00 a month to weigh me and then $12.95 a month for their e-tools....or I can weigh myself for free and pay $1.00 a month for this app.  It's kind of a no-brainer.  I do not advise, however, for everyone to dump their Weight Watcher meetings and get this app...but if you're a lifetimer that is just fighting with a few pounds over goal, it may be worth it.  The app does have a scanner on it but the database is very small...however you can scan a barcode and if the item isn't in the database, you can add it.  If you truly don't want to give up that scanner, there is an unofficial one available as well:  WW ScanCalc  Again, it's a FREE app.

A Little Bit More of Brooklyn

As in my last post, I must once again give praises to the Aloft Hotel in Brooklyn.  Though I was on the 12th floor this time (last time was 22nd), I had the exact same view:



Saturday, February 25, 2012

So It Ends...For Now...

Well my Spacey trips are now over and boy am I ever tired!

Left Friday morning at 6:45 a.m. and headed to Harrisburg, PA to the Amtrak Station.  Trained left at 9:00 a.m. and arrived at Penn Station in NYC around 12:15 p.m.  From there I hopped the Red 2 Line Subway to Hoyt Street in Brooklyn and walked the block to the Aloft Hotel.

Again, I cannot sing the praises of this Hotel enough - same great room, view, service, cleanliness...it's just wonderful and you can't beat the rates.  And it's only a few subway stops from Manhattan...making it a cheaper alternative than staying in the city.

Anyway...Met up with Jill and her friend Emma and Pamela (this was my very first time meeting Pamela after chatting online with her since around 2004 and we should of met a whole lot sooner and hopefully will catch up again) for dinner at Scoppello which was right around the corner from the theatre.  I had the Caserecce Con Sugo Di Funghi E Salsiccia, which is homemade short pasta with sweet sausage and mushrooms and is absolutely EXCELLENT.  After much talking, food and a bottle of wine...we headed to the theatre.

I was on the opposite side of the theatre from last time and in the very front row.  The stage to the theatre isn't risen...it's at floor level, which means if you're in the front row...you're in the play.  Yep, your feet are resting right on the stage and don't stretch your legs out or you may end up tripping an actor - they are that close!  The only real issue I had with sitting this close was that sometimes an actor was blocking your view and you couldn't see what was going on.  This may not be an issue with the center seats, but it is with the side ones.  I much preferred my third row side seat last time - still super close but a few steps higher that you can see past the actors.

Anyway, I can't say I preferred one performance over another, as I said last time Kevin does a WOW performance and all the actors are exceptional!  You don't have to know the story because the performances just pull you right in.

There was one particular moment in the play, during one of Kevin's speeches where he looks directly into the audience (he does this a lot); but this particular one, apparently my seat was the chosen focal point, that man looked directly at me, our eyes locked and my whole body shuddered from top to bottom.  Obviously, I don't believe he picked me out of the audience...I know performers have focal points within the entire theatre...I just happened to be in the chosen spot and the words were spoken directly to me for a brief second.   It was actually a weird feeling....lol!!

I was so tired when I got back to the hotel....it had been a long day.  This morning I got up and walked down to Junior's for breakfast.  I ordered 2 scrambled eggs with bacon and they bring me this huge platter which was much more than 2 eggs, about 7 slices of bacon, hash browns, juice, coffee and then she wanted to know what kind of danishes I wanted!!  I opted out of the danishes so she brought me toast....but seriously, I only ended up eating about 1/2 of everything.

Then it was back to the hotel to check out, onto the subway, then the wait at Penn Station for the train to Harrisburg - WHEW!!!

I must say I'm becoming the little expert with the NY subway lines (it actually isn't as difficult as the maps make it look) and I even was answering questions at Penn Station for some first timers who were confused over where the trains were - lol!!  

On the way home hubby and I stopped at Wolf's Diner a little place we discovered on my last trip that we made a point to go back to.  Little diner with homemade cooking and great service...and VERY cheap!

Always enjoy the trips but always glad to get back home! :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I Quit

It's been coming, I'm sure you've seen it.  The hints have been there.  But today I decided that I'm quitting Weight Watchers.

It has nothing to do with Weight Watchers.  I consider them a great program and I've learned a lot.  I eat less and much healthier than I ever have and I highly recommend them to everyone.

But, I just don't need them anymore.  I know the program, I have the tools to do the program.  I don't attend meetings anymore, I just weigh-in once a month and since I'm still averaging 2-3 lbs. above goal...I'm basically paying them $13.00 a month to weigh me.  I can weigh myself for free!!  If I ever find the weight truly packing on, I'd be right back, but for now I just don't need them.

It's very liberating!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prayers Please

I'm going to put a prayer list on the side bar for some friends; please remember them.

Mary Ann - a friend from long ago whose husband died very suddenly
Liz - a Spacey pal who recently lost her mother
Jill - a Spacey pal with a sick father
Lisa - a Spacey pal with a sick father
Joanne - a Spacey pal with a father who is healing
Tricia - a Spacey pal with a sick mother
Mindy - a Spacey pal with a sick father
My own father who is recovering (once again) from pneumonia

Yes, things aren't well in Spaceyland these days :(

Saturday, February 18, 2012

What A Great Day!!!

Today CC and I went shopping.  Nothing new, of course, but we haven't done an all dayer for a while.

We started at the Flamingo Restaurant, where we had Blueberry Pancakes.  The pancakes at this place are HUGE and for some reason I always think I can eat two of them....never happens, but I do try each time.  We've gone here several times and this was the very first time that the service was bad.  Yes they were busy (they always are)...but the service wasn't good at all.

We then just thrift shopped and regular shopped in Chambersburg.  We hit a few new thrift shops.  One in particular was run by a church.  It was about the size of my living room (which isn't saying a lot for size) and the minute you walked in all you could smell was cat pee!!!  Needless to say, we didn't buy anything there...we were only there for several seconds as the smell was that over whelming.  Another memorable thrift store moment was in one of the shops in the downtown area.  I'm walking in the back of the store and there's this couch.  On the couch is this man sleeping and snoring......when CC got back there, this guy in a three piece suit with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth came walking out....  it was kind of creepy, we politely but quickly moved to the front door - lol!!

We ate lunch at The Texas Lunch and we each got french fries with our sandwiches.  Yes, not Weight Watchers friendly, but sometimes you have to splurge a little.  The day ended at the movies where we saw "Safe House" which was excellent.

Tiring but fun day!

Next weekend will be Kevin Spacey again!!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Alrighty Then....

The one thing I learned this past week on Lose It, is that I eat way too many calories.  Oh, it maintains me where I am (didn’t lose or gain) but it’s way too much to be in lose mode.  Looking at the Weight Watchers end, even though I’m not using over 29 daily points and using all weeklies, it apparently is too many points for me to lose (though it shouldn’t be).  But seeing the calories of even healthy items (fruit for example) is a big eye opener.

On the Lose It forum, someone wanted to know what a point equates to.  Hmmm…that is a good question.  What is a point?  We know it’s a calculation involving Fat, Fiber, Carbs and Protein but why not just track those items?  I think another WW at Lose It nailed the answer:  At one time points were much easier to keep track of then calories, however, with so many apps available to do the tracking for you, everything is easy now. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Weight Watchers supporter, I’m where I am today because of Weight Watchers and I defend them every time someone on the forum takes a jab at them (it seems all the WW people there do defend them).  I plan on still going to the meetings, weigh-ins, etc..  I’m just done with paying for their app (I’ll use it again when I’m back at goal and maintaining because it’s free then).  CC and I also don’t always stay for the meetings, though we stop in for the monthly weigh-in, weekly and any freebies…the meetings are designed for those losing not maintaining – WW needs to have meetings specifically designed for Lifetimers.  That would be a huge help.

I also think that Lose It will give me the opportunity to compare calories to points and that I’ll be able to figure out the correct daily point target for my body that will help it lose and then maintain.

Weight Loss is always a learning process.  And thank God for apps, because it's hard to get away from points once it's engraved in your brain - lol!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LOSE IT!

I’m a Weight Watcher person…I really am.  I think they have a good program and if you follow it correctly, you can lose weight.

But I’ve been having a bit of an issue being LIFETIME.  Because I’m weighing in monthly anywhere between 1-3 lbs. over my goal…I have to pay.  And for some reason staying on plan isn’t helping get those few extras pounds off that need to go away so I don’t have to pay.

I love the staff and members at my meeting.  It’s a good social time and everyone is in the same boat – we need to lose weight.  I like that support.  But, staying on plan isn’t helping get those few extra pounds off and it’s getting frustrating.

Today I was introduced to a site called LOSE IT via Roni's Weigh.  It’s a calorie counting, free website.  I discovered from the forums that there are many Lifetime Weight Watchers that just couldn’t do it anymore….they needed a change.

I downloaded the phone app and fell in love with it!  Weight Watchers android app, though useful, is clunky, slow and not user friendly – I find their bar code scanner extremely slow (and God forbid if it wants you to sign in again); but Lose It’s app is crisp, clear, fast and very user friendly.  I’ve downloaded it to my phone and tablet both and they sync to each other as well as to the website.  I absolutely LOVE IT!!  And I can’t praise their bar code scanner enough (though it doesn't count points, of course)!

I’m not giving up on Weight Watchers…I plan on printing out my daily food intake from Lose It and calculate the points.  I’m interested in how the points average out into calories (too much free fruit can slow your weight loss).  But more than anything it’s a free app that I can use in place of the paying WW one – and that’s a plus in my book!  I’ve tried others, but this is the only one I found that I really like!

Lose It doesn’t give you the “extra calories” for those little extra things like Weight Watchers does with their weekly anytime points.  But it doesn’t prevent you from going over either (nor scold you)…it will just show your calories over for that day and as long as you aren’t doing it everyday – you should be all right!

Yes you have to be disciplined...but you have to with any diet, right???

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Thirty-One Party

I'm having a Thirty-One Party and Everyone Is Invited!!


It takes place completely online:


Go to:  My Thirty One and then click My Events under the consultant's name.  Then just choose to shop next to my name!  It's that simple.  Everything will be shipped directly to your door.  There's a link at the top to view the full catalog (which is very helpful to see all the different prints, especially if your not familiar with the products).


I highly recommend the Organizing Utility Tote - don't know how I ever managed without it!!


Thanks for looking!

Aloft Hotel - Brooklyn, NY

When in New York I stayed at the Aloft Hotel-Brooklyn - I know I've mentioned this several times, but this is an extremely nice hotel.  Very modern, very clean and staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.  I can't sing their praises enough.  What you see in the photos, is exactly what you get!

Some photos I took:

This was my king sized bed - very comfortable!!
This was the TV, desk area.

I fell totally in love with the bathroom - absolutely love the sink!!  Under the bathroom counter was a small refrigerator.

This is the small closet, shelving area across from the sink.

Ice bucket, coffee pot and 2 bottles of water (missing from photo) - all FREE!!

Hard to get a good photo of the shower, but I would so give up my bathtub to have a shower stall like this!

Daytime window view - hey it's Brooklyn!

Night time view!

Did I mention they had FREE internet (wired and wireless) and there's even computers you can use in the lobby.

I just booked again for my next trip...and due to a special got the room this time for $119.00 (that includes all the taxes and fees).  Can't beat that.  Two of the ladies I'm meeting for the very first time are booking here as well.  You just can't beat the price or location - it's like a 10 minute walk to the theatre!

This site:  Oyster has much better photos than I took.  I do notice that from looking at these some of the rooms have different layouts, but for the most part they are all the same.