Quick, yummy, low-points dessert!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week! I just got back from a trip, and I am working on a blog post about sticking to your health and fitness plan while traveling. For now, I wanted to share a dessert idea. I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a sweet tooth. Sometimes it can get pretty overwhelming when it hits, and in the past, I didn’t know how to make the right choices. A lot of people will tell you that fruit will satisfy it, but I think you and I know that isn’t always the case! Here is a quick and easy dessert that is very low in points, and satisfies my sweet tooth!

1/4 cup Fat Free Sugar Free Jello pudding, prepared with 2% milk
1 tbsp. Lite (or fat free) Cool Whip
1 reduced fat graham cracker (meaning 1 sheet with the 4 little squares)
Fresh strawberries
3 Weight Watchers Points, as prepared here

I hope you enjoy this dessert! Please let me know if you have any other dessert ideas!

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Weight Watchers updates and more!

Happy Thursday everyone!  I have a few informational odds and ends to share, and a question at the end, so I wanted to post a quick update for you!

Anyone who is a member of Weight Watchers (particularly online members using the app) may have noticed some changes in the food lists.  The good news is, they have added thousands of new foods and updated restaurant nutritional information.  The bad news is, some foods have disappeared from the list.  According to a recent post on their site, they are hard at work to get everything completed and ready to go!  Below is a link to the post for your reference.  I do not work for Weight Watchers, but thought this would be useful information for fellow online members who cannot live without their app!  Happy tracking!

Weight Watchers Update info:  http://community.weightwatchers.com/blogs/userblog.aspx?blogid=1039387&cid=sm_fb#sf5369970

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I am planning on writing a future blog post on continuing a healthy lifestyle while on vacation.  If you have any tips, please let me know in the comments!

A healthy, beautiful, blessed life.

I’m sure everyone has heard that the 30’s are the best years of your life.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t believe it.  I was absolutely terrified to turn 30.  I know that technically I was no longer a child in my 20’s, but to me it was a prolonged adolescence.  Even though I was an adult who was responsible for my own life, I was still figuring things out.  There are so many decisions to make, so many paths to choose, that it all seemed very overwhelming.  As I neared 30, I began figuring things out.  I started becoming more comfortable in my own skin.  When I turned 30 last year, I knew I still needed to make some changes, but I wasn’t quite ready.   In February of 2012, I hit the refresh button on my life.

There is something you should know about me, in order to get the full picture here.  I have struggled with my weight for most of my life.  Healthy foods were just not for me, and I certainly wasn’t into exercising.  I just liked to eat and I didn’t like to do what was necessary to burn the calories.  Every once in a while I would get on a health kick and lose 10, 20, 30, or maybe even 70 pounds.  However, I was always doing it because I felt like I should, not because I wanted to.  I didn’t try to find healthy things that tasted good, and I certainly didn’t try to find exercise that I enjoyed.  Being on a diet was not supposed to be fun.  It was work, so there was no way I could enjoy it.  My attitude was never in the right place.  So, a few months (or weeks…or a year…) later, the weight would slowly creep back on until I was back where I started.

This year, something just clicked.  I decided I was going to let being healthy become my lifestyle, not something I was forcing myself to do.  I started Weight Watchers once again.  This is a program that I tried twice before.  I was pretty successful at it too.  I lost 70 pounds the first time and 20 pounds the second time.  However, my head wasn’t in the right place, so I quit and it came right back on.  I knew this program worked, but I was too lazy to put in the effort.  This time, something was different.  I was different.  I wanted to change my life.  So the journey began.  I started working out regularly, finding things that were actually fun.  I started tracking what I ate, which became like a game.  I found healthy versions of the foods I always loved.  Right away, the pounds started coming off.  The results were definitely encouraging, but most of all, I liked how it made me feel.

As I began sharing my story and my progress with others, people began asking me questions about it.  I found that there are so many people in the world with stories just like mine.  We are different ages and come from different backgrounds, but our struggles are the same.  I wanted to create this blog to expand the circle even more.   Here you will find personal stories on health, beauty, fitness, and faith.  As I also struggle with sensitive skin, you will find an occasional beauty review as well.  I am not an expert by any means, but I hope that you will be able to relate to my story and feel encouraged to share your own.  Maybe you will even hit the refresh button yourself;  and start your own healthy, beautiful, blessed life.

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13