Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Cancel, Cancel....

Today I cancelled my WW membership. 

I just don't like Freestyle.  I find it the worst WW program ever.

If a new program is coming, I'll give it a try; but until then, WW is getting no more money out of me!

Friday, August 30, 2019

An Update or Two

I actually had a one pound loss last week that had me scratching my head.  I had way too many no-no meals and treats!

This week my weigh-in was at home, but I had a point 4 (.4) gain.  I was extremely bad this past week and only a gain this small???  I'll take it!

I bought a Yonanas machine.  I've always been interested in these.  I haven't used it yet, I may never use it....but it was practically new and only $5.00 at a yard sale!  Everyone keeps asking me if I've used it, like I said I may never use it!

Another good buy I got was at Kohl's.  I've been wanting a waffle maker that flips and you can set for doneness (I tend to like my waffles crispy).  Kohl's had one ($39.99) on sale for ($19.99) and I had a coupon plus 30% I got it for $10.50!  I do like waffles and I like making them low point using protein powder and Kodiak mix.

UPDATE:  I used the waffle maker and it made the perfect waffle!!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

WW Wins

This week I had a point 6 gain which really depressed me.  I was expecting it but really didn't want it.  I know it's only pt 6 - but it still is a gain.

None the less, back on track sort of, kind of.  Remember when WW had quotes at the end of each meeting?  One that ALWAYS has stuck with me is:

"If you kind of do it, it kind of works; If you really do it, it really works."

I so wish WW still did quotes.

I want to talk a little about the "awards" WW gives out for tracking and attending meetings.  You get 5 "wins" per day for tracking breakfast, 5 for lunch, 5 for dinner, 5 for doing activity and 50 wins per week for attending a meeting.  As the wins add up you can trade them in for "awards". 

Let's do the math here.  The first award area requires 1500 wins.  If I'm perfect with it - I earn 190 wins a week.  Which means it will take me approximately 8 weeks to earn the 1500 wins.  That's two months of WW which is costing me $89.90.

I've earned 3 awards from the 1500 category.  There's nothing in the upper two (3,000 & 4,000) that interests me and frankly there isn't much in the 1500 category either...but I've earned them so I decided to order something for the $269.70 it cost me in WW fees to get there.

The first thing I chose was just a short limited offer of Elf cosmetics.  The picture was this:

This is what I got:

It also had a make-up bag with it but I've apparently misplaced it.  This was a nice win though and the value was approximately $15.00.

There wasn't much more to choose from, but I settled on the journal:

And here's what I got:

The Self-Reflect part only appears ever so many pages.  It's just a plain old journal that I could of picked up at any Dollar Tree store for you guessed it - $1.00.  For some reason I was expecting it to ask questions or something to help me write my story.

I just recently got another 1500 wins and decided to try again, this time I settled on the cup:

What I got:

Do not expect Tervis here and fortunately I wasn't.  Again another $1.00 purchase from the Dollar Tree.

I'm not saying that WW should have these high cost prizes.....but they could do a little better considering what I'm paying them!  Would a Tervis cup really be asking for a lot????  If you think the prizes in the higher categories are better, you'd be mistaken.  And the Kohl's gift card has never returned to the categories!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Ups & Downs & Stay The Sames

I stayed the same this week, which was disappointing because I just want consistent loss for a while, even if it's small.  Oh well....keep moving forward.

A familiar face was back at the meeting, which always makes me happy as we lose so many over the summer.

A quarterly WW Corporate meeting is hinting a new more personalized program coming for 2020.  I'm watching the boards for more information, lol!

I've decided this week for lunch I'm going with Tacos.  I found this recipe:  Crock Pot Salsa Chicken and thought that was a good start.  When I do tacos I want the hard shelled kind and they can average from 4-5 pts for 2-3 depending on the brand.  I found 2 shells for 4 pt ones, so that's what I'm using.

I just started following the WW Gays on their website and all social media.  They're really good and entertaining and I suggest everyone follow them!!  You'll definitely enjoy them!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Another Small Loss

So this week I was down another point 8.  It kills me that it was so close to a pound but just off.  But I keep telling myself that losing slower is better...more likely to keep it off.

The pork & sauerkraut, though tasty, didn't keep me interested this week.  Oh, it did for a day or two but after that I lost interest.

But no worries, I was choosy with my lunch choices!

I'm back to the mini ham sub for this week.  Possibly some chicken and egg salad as well.  I'll round it up with my cheetos and cucumber and fruit.

Well on a quick trip through the grocery store last night, I came across these:

They're a smaller version of the flatouts and the perfect size!  I always cut the regular ones in half.  Plus they're only 1 point!

So breakfast this morning was a flatout with 1 tbsp of pb:

For a total of 3 points!  The whipped pb comes in less points than others...Jif makes a whipped version as well.

I think breakfast this week will be egg wraps!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Quick Update

Last week I managed to lose .8 bringing my total loss to 6 lbs.  I would of liked to of lost more..but as long as it's a loss, I'm happy.

I've had a few stumbles the past few days and hope I can get back on track and at least maintain.

I did continue with my lunch prep and this week I decided on pork (3 oz.) and sauerkraut (1 cup) with mashed potatoes (1/2 cup) and corn (1/4 cup) for a total of 7 points.  Looks very tasty if I say so myself:

I'm kind of hit & miss with breakfast....I'm not always hungry in the mornings.

Dinners this week:

Little hamburgers and gravy at my Mother's on Monday!

Chicken breast on the grill on Tuesday!

Crabcake after my meeting on Wednesday!

Out with CC on Thursday - so dinner is TBA.

Not sure about Friday or Saturday yet!

May need to do some breakfast food one evening!

And I'm already thinking of lunch for next week -  Egg Salad maybe?????

Guinea Pig Fleece

I have guinea pigs.  I've owned guinea pigs since I was 8 and though I went a few years without...I have 4 now.  I just love guinea pigs.

Guinea Pig care has changed a lot since the olden days....  One of the newest crazes out there now is fleece to line the cage instead of using shavings of any kind.

If you're a good seamstress - you can make a living out of selling these liners.  It takes fleece and some type of absorbent material and TA-DA - you have a hot selling item.  Also use it to make dozen of cage accessories.  Don't believe me?  Run the term "Guinea Pig Fleece" through and see the number of things that pop up.

I'm not a seamstress.....I just don't have the patience to do any arts & crafts type things.  No desire...I've watched dozens of videos on you tube on how to make these person even did it with hem tape rather than sewing.  I can't do that either.  Most of the liners for sale aren't the size I need and though some will custom make them for can get pricey.

But being able to wash and reuse seemed a good way to save from buying shavings.  So I decided to give it a try.  You don't need sewing knowledge or hem tape to do my way...but you do need a regular cage - the type with the bottom that has the wire top that attaches.  I like this particular cage:

It's made by Midwest and is reasonably costs.  The photos always make it look smaller than it is.

When it comes to fleece (you want the 100% polyester kind) isn't absorbent to start.  Water will just lay on it.  You'll have to wash it several times with a fragrant free detergent that has no fabric softener in it.  You won't use fabric softener either and don't use dryer sheets in the dryer.  Wash about 3-4 times and it helps to add bleach or white vinegar.  Once you can pour water onto the fleece and it soaks through - you know it's ready.

Rather than spending money at a fabric store...I bought the $2.50 fleece throws at Walmart.

The first thing I did was line the bottom of the cage with 2 puppy pads:

Then I put 2 old towels on top of that (these also should be washed and dried without fabric softener and dryer sheets):

 Then I put my fleece throw on top of that.  I pushed it down flat on the bottom and along the edges (you don't want a hammock):

The I put the top back on...the top and clips will hold it in place:

And then I put the girls back in:

This is Laverne & Shirley; they are of the hairless variety called Skinny Pigs.

Keep in mind that you will need to spot clean the poos a few times daily...that is the one drawback to this type of cage bedding.

Before I do any more cages (I have 2 males with hair), I want to give this one a trial run!!