Some title, right? I have a lot to tell you today! Make sure you check out my fun little announcement at the end of this post. First– the weekly snack. This week’s featured snack is one that I enjoy quite often: Laughing Cow Light wedges and Light Rye Wasa Crisps. My friends and I love Laughing Cow wedges so much that we have nicknamed them. One wedge, or one “moo ha ha” as we call it, is 1 Weight Watcher point. Two “moo ha has” will cost you 1.5 points. Don’t ask me why. I do enjoy WW math, and I’m not complaining!! “Moo ha has” are wedges of soft and spreadable cheesy goodness that go well with a host of things. They also come in a fun package!
Today’s suggestion involves smearing some yummy “moo ha has” on some Light Rye Wasa Crisps. Again with the interesting WW math: a serving (2 crisps) is 1 point. A serving and a half (3 crisps)… is also 1 point. I like to have 3 crisps and 2 “moo ha has” for a lovely crispy and cheesy afternoon snack. If I don’t have an extra point to spare for the crisps, I eat my “moo ha has” on celery or grape tomatoes.
Laughing Cow light wedges come in three different flavors: Light Swiss Original, Light Garlic and Herb, and Light French Onion. I love all three! You can see two types in the photo along with the crisps and my fun little piece of Laughing Cow paraphernalia. I spent some time in Portugal back in September, and I had the pleasure of grocery shopping while I was there. It’s always so much fun to check out grocery stores when I’m traveling! The supermarket where we bought our beach grub had a few little freebies for us. One of those items was a cute little insulated bag featuring my favorite cow with the Portuguese words for “the cow that laughed” (according to my free translator.) I knew that the bag was meant for me!
I know that Laughing Cow wedges are pretty widely available since my mother is able to find them in my little hometown. I bought some Wasa crisps while I was home for the holidays, which makes me think that those aren’t too hard to find either. I’ve also had crisps of the same sort made by Ryvita and Kavli, and I enjoy them all pretty much equally. If you can’t find one brand, perhaps you can find another. Just make sure to check the points as all varieties are not created equal.
Ok, now on to the Friday business of telling you how my week went on Weight Watchers. First, my points stats:
Daily Points Target: 22
Weekly Points Remaining: 0/35
Activity Points Remaining: 24.5/27
I ate my weekly points, as usual, and had most of my activity points left at the end of the week. I think that’s pretty good and pretty typical.
Saturday: 65 minutes of cardio combo (elliptical, running and walking with incline on the treadmill, jump rope intervals and stairmaster) with 10 minutes of core exercise and stretching
Sunday: 45 minutes of strength training,35 minutes of cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching
Tuesday: 45 minutes of strength training, 35 minutes cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching
Wednesday: 60 minutes of kickboxing
Thursday: 65 minutes of cardio combo with 10 minutes of core exercise and stretching
Once again, this was a pretty typical week. Because I was sick for most of the week, I didn’t earn as many activity points as I sometimes do, but I was in the ballpark. Too bad you don’t get points for napping or blowing your nose! If you are wondering why I keep mentioning how “typical” the week was– keep reading.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have mentioned how stubborn the scale has been, and lamented the fact that I’ve been hovering around the same number for so long. I’ve been trying to rethink the way that I decide what to eat (or not to eat) during the course of a day, and I’m trying to decide how many more pounds I really want to lose. I have been thinking things through a lot, and I think I’m making some good progress. I don’t know if my body just decided it was time to let go or if it was responding to the positive changes occurring in my mindset. I also don’t discount the fact that I was fighting a cold. What I do know is that, following a pretty typical week, I had a very atypical week on the scale. Last week, I weighed in at 160.4. This week, I weighed in at 155.8 with a 4.6 pound loss!! Whatever the reason, I am, understandably, excited! This is a brand new number that I’ve never seen before. I also haven’t had such a large loss in quite some time. Will it stick? Time will tell. For now, I’m claiming it and doing a little happy dance!!
In other news, I’ve realized that this is my 50th post!!! I feel like I just started doing this yesterday! How is that possible? I’m having so much fun that time (and posts) are flying by. I decided that a little contest (my first ever) was in order to celebrate my 50th. Since this is a Friday snack post, I thought it only appropriate that I give the winner a couple of snacks featured in previous Friday snack posts. The winner of my little contest will receive a bag of Lesser Evil Black and White Kettlecorn and a bag of Gerbs pumpkin seeds in your choice of mild, spicy or lightly salted.
How to Enter:
There are several ways to enter, but I’m sorry to say that this is only open to U.S. residents.
- You may enter by commenting on this blog post and answering the following question: When are you most likely to experience a snack attack?
- If you have a blog, you can earn a second entry by linking back to this post in your blog.
- If you do not have a blog, you can earn a second entry by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “50th Post Snack Giveaway” in the subject line.
On Friday, March 6th, I will randomly choose a winner. That’s right– a whole week (well…almost) to enter and to spread the word! All entries must be in by Thursday, March 5th at 11:59 PM EST. These snacks are yummy ones, and I hope you will be the winner!! Thanks for celebrating with me!
In other important contest news, here is your BSI reminder!! BSI entries need to be in to me by midnight on Sunday, March 1st. This week’s featured ingredient is the lovely black bean. I hope you can find some time in your weekend to come up with an awesome creation!!
Alright, now it’s time to get on with the business of the weekend! I hope you will be having fun in your kitchen cooking up something good (with black beans, of course). I have some weekend kitchen plans of my own, and I can’t wait to share them with you over the next couple of days. Happy weekend!