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Trying Something New

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Routines. I live by them and when I’m off, I’m really OFF!

Now that classes are over and I’m on my own (on the job front that it) It’s going to be even harder to find that routine. Honestly, I’m scared, in a ‘change is scary’ type of way. Work gave me a haven on the diet front. I’d eat breakfast with the toddler, pack my healthy “snacks”, munch all day (mostly) without temptation, and come home to cook a healthy dinner. Everything just fell into place. I have a feeling the next few weeks will be a transition period until I find my new groove.

That, being said, I’m trying something new! If you noticed I’m writing this in the morning! I never write in the morning. For the life of this blog I’ve always written before bed. Then when I added a community and a second blog to my online portfolio that bed time became later and later and later.

Now that I’m taking on clients the time I start my own posts and site maintenance is even getting later. If I keep my current pace up I won’t hit the hay until 3AM and with a toddler at home that’s just unacceptable (although I think I do my best work at night). Plus he is uncanny at *knowing* the days I needed to burn the midnight oil and wakes up exceptionally early, accordingly.

So in this morning post I will do a classic Roni quick updates list that I had originally planned for last night.

  • Diets In Review asked if I’d do another guest post giving some insight into Weight Watchers Meeting. So if you aren’t a Weight Watchers member you might want to check out my abbreviated recap.
  • Liza emailed me and asked if I’d complete and post a survey groups and weight loss. She is doing a class project for a Social Communication and New Technology class at UCLA. I’m a sucker for academics so if you have a chance today please give the survey a look. It’s ONLY 10 questions. ;~)
  • OK, I already posted about the EVIL kettle corn, well I also picked up Chocolate Cookies and Cream Breyer’s Free. OMFG (I’d rather not curse but internet shorthands are OK, right? ;~P It is TOO good to be true. It’s is by far the best fat free ice cream I’ve every had. Even the husband and the toddler are hooked! Unlike the vanilla it is 2 points a serving, but still. I may have to portion out the rest to prevent myself from just gabbing the quart out of the freezer.
  • I went a little snack happy last night but I did play racquetball for over 2 hours yesterday! Ahhh the joys of being jobless. ;~) It was SO much fun and I’m really going to try to get the husband to join me. I’m shooting for once a week.
  • Speaking of the husband. He is showing signs of wanting to make healthy changes (FINALLY I may be rubbing off on him). I’ve notice a decrease in his snackage and he actually asked me to show him some ball moves AFTER he worked out. SHOCKING! He hasn’t worked out is years.
  • Wednesday is my big weigh in after almost 6 weeks of “trying to be one of ‘those’ people”. I have to admit, I think I put on a few pounds. I feel “thicker”, if that makes any sense. I’m not sure if it’s all the weight lifting or I added some fat by all my recent snack attacks. Either way after Wednesday’s weigh in I may count points for a week or two to help get me through this transition of schedule.
  • Finally (phew- I had a lot to tell you again), I’ve partnered up with Vitalicious and I now have my own VitaStore (that’s what I’m calling it anyway). So if you buy Vitalicious products online throw a purchase my way, you’ll get 10% off and you’ll be supporting my site (and recent decision to quit my job! ;~P) Just be sure to use the coupon code, WRN53108.
  • Wait, wait, one more thing. I’m SUPER behind on Ask Roni questions. Really, I can’t keep up. First, I want to say I will answer you all, I promise. You just need to be patient. I’m planning on possibly adding a weekly video feature here where I answer the questions in "person" like I did for GreenLiteBites. It’s faster then me typing and honestly I think I do a better job speaking then writing (who am I kidding! I suck as both LOL). What do you think? OH! and Pastaqueen from Half of Me is going to answer a few with me on Friday as part of her book tour.

OK, OK, that really is enough. I have to make breakfast! WOW, it’s weird for me to say that after posting. Coincidently, the toddler is not up yet! LOL




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Discussion

There are 19 comments so far.

    Miss July...not...yet

    May 20, 2008

    you sound busy! I love that you have decided to stay at home and do more stuff there. Lucky toddler…have you considered writing a book like HG? I would buy it! :-)

    Alisha

    May 20, 2008

    As my child would say, “HOLY SMOKES” you are a busy woman! But it sounds like all fun stuff, nothing boring or have-to stuff. And just a warning to some about Breyers Free…1/2 c. is 1 WW point, but a whole cup is 4!! Some people don’t recalculate for the two serving and just add the one point twice, but in this instance it is a killer!!! But I’m so glad it’s out there because it really tastes like REAL ice cream!!

    HAVE A GREAT ONE!

    Kate

    May 20, 2008

    Wow, a busy woman you are!

    I am totally a routine person too, and it’s much, much harder for me to stay OP when I am out of my normal routine. I can’t imagine how hard it is staying in one being as busy as you are!

    Girl

    May 20, 2008

    keeping yourself busy will keep you away from the refrigerator) thats a good choice

    Red

    May 20, 2008

    As for “feeling” thicker, I think that’s natural when you’ve been off your game a bit.

    I know my perceived weight can slide by 20lbs based on how i’ve been doing recently in the gym and in the kitchen.

    Liza

    May 20, 2008

    To Roni and anyone who has completed my survey: thank you so much! I’ve already gotten over 100 responses – that’s impressive! I’ll post a note about the results as soon as I type them up… Thanks again!

    Scrumpy's Baker

    May 20, 2008

    I’m anxiously awaiting some tips as you learn how to deal with the new at-home more situation. I work from home and really struggle with the snacking!

    Anonymous

    May 20, 2008

    Liza, not sure if this matters, but I think there is a small typo in the survey.

    It reads: “To what extent do you identity with the blogger?” I think it should be identify. Not a big deal, just wanted to give you a heads up in case you wanted to change it.

    Crista

    May 20, 2008

    you are super duper busy………i like routine though as well..it keeps me going….

    good luck on all your trying to do….I did the survey..glad I could help..I agree with you on being one for academics..since I did go to school to be a teacher…

    MizFit

    May 20, 2008

    lemmie know if you want an accountability buddy for working at home.

    I found that initially it was not good for me (hello SADDLEBAGS! as I ate at the computer) but once I got into a groove I was ok (and lost the bags)

    happy to help if I can save you from making my mistakes.

    M.

    watchinmyweight

    May 20, 2008

    Wow…you are busy! I admire you for taking the leap to work for yourself!! :)

    I wrote on my blog today about routine…as soon as I change one thing bam…I mess up.

    Good luck on all your ventures! I know the toddler will be soooo happy to have you around…he will be a great helper! :)

    Later Gator

    May 20, 2008

    I like that you’re blogging in the morning. Since I’m normally in bed by 9:30, I don’t get to read them till the next day.

    Good luck with all your work, you busy lady!

    Anonymous

    May 20, 2008

    Alisha – FYI – Breyers Free – 1C equals 3 points not 4. Two servings 180cal/0g fat/6g fiber…double check your slider and point calculator on WW online… it’s on the lower side of 3 points…

    Anonymous

    May 20, 2008

    oops -let me clarify -that is for the Breyers Free Flavos: Vanilla, Strawberry, French Chocolate, Cappuccino Chocolate Chunk, Caramel Swirl and Mint Fudge all equal 3 points if you have a full 1 cup serving.

    The Chocolate Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Fudge Brownie do equal 4 points per 1 cup serving.

    Sorry Roni for diverting off topic I just didn’t want anyone to miss out on this delish ice cream. :)

    MsPpod

    May 20, 2008

    I have to say, if it wasn’t for your review of Breyers free ice cream I would have never bought it. I love it-love it. I had honestly thought I would have to give up ice cream in my life because after 9 years of being on WW I still couldn’t have ice cream in the house. This stuff is GREAT and for some reason, a little is enough for me. Thanks!!!!

    Alisha

    May 21, 2008

    anonymous….I must have a different Breyer’s Free carton than you because mine is 110/0/4 per serving and that adds up to 220cal/0 fat/ 8 g. fiber in 1 c. which on WW online adds up to 4 pts. Is there a different Breyer’s Free Vanilla out there?

    Alisha

    May 21, 2008

    So I called Breyer’s and they are having problems with the ice cream labels…some of the testers for NI are showing 90 cals for 1/2 c. and some are showing 110. Just so happens that my package was printed with the 110 so be careful….maybe things have more than we think!!! :) AHHHHHH

    Cristy

    May 21, 2008

    Hi Roni…I just so happened to pick up the Breyers Ice Cream last week (Full of hope… but not expecting much!) and WOW, it is soooo good. It really tastes like ice cream… good old fashioned, full of fat, creamy ice cream.
    I also used your link and bought some vitamuffin mixes. I love that stuff and it was cheaper online than it was in the store… before your 10% off!
    Thanks for all the great websites… I LOVE Blog to Lose!

    energy supplement

    May 21, 2008

    wow! you are a BUSY! i’m so glad you wrote about this.. i snack all the time at my job.. so any helpful advice would be wonderful! i love the blog! keep it up!