logoAfter indulging at Blissdom, including all the Little Debbie 100 calorie treats they so generously provided,  I figured out it was time to get back on the Weight Watchers wagon. It’s not a difficult transition, and I am a firm believer in eating what you want, just in smaller portions. So while I DID eat the oh-so-yummy chicken recipe I posted last week, I ate a small portion and had a big salad and veggies on the side. I actually LOVE fresh veggies, but I detest prepping them…oh, and paying for them – $1 for ONE bell pepper? No thanks. I would however pay through the nose for a tomato that actually tastes like, say…a TOMATO???

That brings me to my next update – I need a GARDENING mentor. Someone who can tell me what , when, how and why…I want to grow veggies that taste how they are supposed to taste. I have a 10×15 area that is about 75% sunny, and it needs a lot of work. I would like to try tomatos, peppers (sweet and hot), cucumbers, squash, onions and garlic. Maybe even some fruit… Am I being realistic or getting in over my head?

Oh! Speaking of fruit – I found the BEST thing for anyone wanting to eat better. Wal-mart carries a store line of flash frozen unsweetened fruit – I know, frozen fruit had been around forever, but this not a big mass of frozen fruit and syrup – so you can pour out a little bowl of fruit to snack on as-is (YUM!), put some in your oatmeal, or have a little fruit salad with lunch. The BEST part? A CUP of these fruits – peach slices, raspberries, or blueberries are only 50 calories! That’s ONE point!! (ps – did you know 1 pt roughly translates into 50 calories?)

Ok, yeah, I get a little excited about fruit.

Last but not least, I was to be one of a few women interviewed for an upcoming article in Hallmark Magazine about Aprons – and unfortunately Hallmark has published it’s last issue. While I am REALLY bummed that the article won’t be coming out, I am REALLY bummed that we have lost another great magazine and more jobs were lost.

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  1. Ummm…gardening mentor…yes! And if I’m not CALI enough for you, I have another one for you friend.

    Just thought I would come over and commiserate a bit over the Hallmark article 🙁

  2. I’m a WWer, too! Welcome back! I’m a lifetimer, but I’ve found that it’s so hard to keep off. Ug. I sort of go up and down 5 pounds a lot. I guess that’s kind of normal. At least we WWers know what to do when we need to get back on track!

    I have no gardening advice. At all.

  3. I just wanted to say that I joined WW online again after being off the wagon for a few years and seriously needing to get back on it! I have the same philosophy that you do about eating what you want because if I don’t, then I fail. I cannot deny myself like most diets require. So I do eat smaller portions and up my veggies and fruits. Thanks for the tip about the frozen fruits I will be checking that one out!!

  4. You should check out a website and a book called Square Foot Gardening. The guy goes around the world teaching people how to grow stuff in 6 inches of soil. It works. I suck at growing things and we did great with our square foot garden last year…even in the Phoenix desert! Haven’t had time to get back into it this year. Good luck!

  5. No gardening advice from me. I helped with my first garden last year, and I was more of the “supervisor.” Plus, I’m willing to pay more $$ (except it isn’t too much more at Trader Joes) for pre-scliced pineapple, melon, etc…

    Really wanted to comment about Hallmark. You’re going to see more and more magazines go by the wayside with newspapers. My questions is, all those advertisers, where are they going to spend their advertising budget? I have tivo and don’t watch a single commercial, and I know that’s hurting t.v. land with demanding higher $$ for commercial time. They can put as many ads as they want on the web, I ignore them… all of them. I delete the spam e-mails…

    And I’m also on WW, for the 5th time! This time I’m sticking with it…

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