Friday, July 29, 2011

Flashback Friday: My Weight Loss

I am so grateful to all of you who left comments on my blog post yesterday! It was so encouraging to read your comments and hear about your own personal weight loss journey! Thank you.

I was also encouraged to get some much positive feedback about my first vlog! I might have to do that again!

This is the final day of our week of encouragement. How sad! Just because this week is ending does not mean that we need to stop encouraging one another.

Today, I would like to briefly revisit my own weight loss journey. I am not going to share my entire story, because many of you have already heard it. However, I would let's review the highlights.

- I have always struggled with my weight.
- In October 2008 my weight had gotten out of hand! A visit to the doctor changed my life. I was 24 years old and weighed 225 pounds. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Yikes! I joined Weight Watchers and never looked back!
- I participated in two 5Ks in the summer of 2009.
- After 13 months of hard work and a lot of discipline I weighed in to receive my Lifetime status with Weight Watchers! This is the lightest I have ever weighed in my entire life!
- I have maintained my weight loss for 21 months. It has not been easy, but I am so thankful for the way that God has used my weight loss to change who I am on the inside.
- I became a Weight Watchers leader in January 2011 to help others in their own personal weight loss journeys.

While typing this post I am overwhelmed by how far I have come since I first joined Weight Watchers!!

My Before and After Photos
Here are some of my before and after pictures.

More Details
If you would like to read more, I have written lots of blog posts about my weight loss journey. You can click the different links below to check them out.

I hope and pray that you have found encouragement this week. Don't give up!
Have a great weekend!

Visit Lauren for more flashbacks.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Haircut

Two blogs post in one day! I know that it rarely happens, but I really wanted to show you my new haircut! Back in April I wrote a post about potential hairstyles and I just got around to deciding what to do with my hair.

I am writing a blog post with all the details and pictures, but I am posting it on my Newsham Flight Log blog. So after you watch the video come on over and check it out!!

P.S. This is my first video blog post, so be nice to me! I was tempted to redo it, but I want you to see the real me.

Sharing Our Stories

*Preface*: I am really nervous that this post will be a flop! I almost deleted the entire thing! I know that there are many of you who read my blog and do not post which is okay. I am just asking that today you consider participating in this blog activity...just this once. Here goes nothing.

Did you take some time to go before the Lord yesterday? I did and I am so thankful that I was able to set aside some time to lay my heart out before the Lord. If you have not done this yet, I highly recommend it!

This week is all about encouragement!! Are you feeling encouraged yet?

I find other people’s weight loss stories very encouraging! Normally, this would be the time when I write about whatever I have to share with you, however today I want to hear from you!

Will you share your story with me?

Simply, leave me a comment about your weight loss story. It can be as long or short as you want it to be. Even if you are off track right now, tell me about some of the struggles you are having and how you are overcoming them.

Thank you in advance to those of you who take the time to share your story with us.

If you want to read some encouraging stories can check out the comments section.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WOW God Wednesday: Before the Throne


After Monday and Tuesday's blog post, I decided that this week at Living a Changed Life we are going to focus on encouragement!!

Thank you to everyone who has commented on these blog posts and shared with me about your own personal weight loss journey. It is comforting to know that I am not the only one who is struggling right now. Many of you have challenging circumstances that are threatening your weight loss efforts. Don't lose heart!

That is a picture of the Bible passage I read this morning during my quiet time. This was also the same passage that my pastor preached on this past Sunday. Just in case you cannot read the scripture in the picture I typed it out below.

"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." - Hebrews 4:14-16

Did you read what these verses say? Okay, let’s break it down.

This passage begins by talking about how Jesus is our high priest, which means that we have an invitation to enter God’s presence.

It goes on to say that Jesus is a high priest who is able to empathize with our weaknesses, because He was tempted in every way yet did not sin. Jesus knows what it is like to be human. He knows what it is like to live in a fallen and broken world. He knows what it is like to be tempted by Satan in every way. But Jesus never sinned.

Finally, verse 16 encourages us to confidently approach God’s throne, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need. Did you hear that!? With Jesus as our high priest everything changes!! Now we are invited to come before God to share our concerns and struggles that we may receive His mercy and grace.


Friends, have you approached the throne of God recently or are you trying to do everything in your own strength? I know that for myself, I have been doing everything on my own. After reading this passage I asked God to forgive me for thinking that I could do this alone.

If you are like me, take some time to go before God with your struggles. Ask God for forgiveness it there are areas of sin in your life. Tell God about your struggles with life and weight loss. Share your weakness with God, so that His power can be made perfect in your weakness! Rely on Him to be your source of strength!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Perfect Weakness


Yesterday, I shared weight loss success story to help encourage those of us who are be struggling to stay on plan. I want to thank those of you who left me a comment saying that you were struggling with your weight loss. God knew that we needed more than just a good success story, but we need the truth of His word to cling to during challenging times. God shared a very encouraging word with me that I am going to pass on to all of you.

This morning, while I was eating breakfast I read through this Proverbs 31 devotional. I knew that God would be speaking to me when I saw the title, “Perfect Weakness”. The devotion opened with one of my favorite Bible verses, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a (NIV).

Do you know that when we are weak God is strong? It is in our weaknesses that His power can shine through even the most challenging circumstances.

God is not expecting us to be perfect. He knows that we are human. He knows that we do not have it all together. He is also aware of our fears and insecurities. In this verse above He is not asking for us to be perfect, but He is asking that we come before Him and admit our weaknesses.

Are you feeling weak and weary of battling your weight loss? Take some time right now to cry out to the Lord in your weakness and trust in His perfect care.

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Perfect Weakness

July 26, 2011
Micca Monda Campbell

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a (NIV)

It started out like any other evening at home. Donny made dinner while Annie attended aerobics class after work. It was a good arrangement. Donny got to practice his cooking skills and Annie got to exercise. Once Annie was home, dinner was served.

Unknowingly, their lives were about to change forever. In the middle of dinner, Annie’s right hand suddenly went numb. Unable to hold her fork, she dropped it to the floor.

“Are you okay?” Donny asked. Annie felt ill. Her head pounded like never before. Something was wrong.

The next day, Annie’s MRI exposed bad news: a brain aneurysm. The good news was it was operable. Alarmed by the dreadful findings, Annie fell to pieces as the doctor explained the procedure. He would start by shaving her head where the incision would be made. Then, the brain specialist would remove the left part of Annie’s skull.

Her heart would have to stop for a split second in order to put a metal clamp around the artery in her brain. This would definitely affect her speech for a while. The doctor couldn’t guarantee how things would turn out, but he was hopeful. Distressed, both Annie and Donny melted with grief.

After sharing the news with friends and family, Annie sank into a deep depression. The unknowns of her condition left her scared stiff. Her mind raced with possible outcomes. She didn’t get out of bed or bathe for days until she visited her pastor. Surely, he could offer her the peace to face her illness. But peace didn’t come during their conversation.

“I need something more,” Annie confessed to her pastor.

“He is what you need,” the pastor said, as he pointed to the large cross hanging at the front of the church. Annie walked slowly toward the cross, knelt down in front of it, and cried out to the Lord. She didn’t ask God to heal her. She didn’t even ask to live through it. “Just give me the strength to do Your will,” Annie pleaded.

At the moment Annie placed her life before God, she was filled with His peace and power. She had no more tears. Annie knew in that moment, no matter what — live or die — everything was going to be fine.

Annie’s surgery was a success. Though it took several months before she could speak again and nearly a year to heal fully, she had something better than a life without trials or sickness. She had the companionship of Christ and the assurance of His strength and enabling grace.

The world’s philosophy says, “What can’t be cured must be endured.” Our key verse says the opposite. What can’t be cured makes us dependent on the power of God. In that dependency, His power is given and we are made strong. I’ve come to learn this truth myself. God doesn’t always remove me from my painful circumstances, but He supports me in them. This strengthens me like none other.

Something amazing happens when we faithfully cry out to the Lord in our weakness and believe in His perfect care. We experience His super-natural power and peace. Our faith suddenly becomes stronger than our fear, and our trust becomes a strong witness to others. Go ahead and be weak when the crisis comes. His strength and grace are sufficient.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your strong grace when my circumstances look bleak. In my weakness, I cry out in utter dependence on You. Make Your power known to me. Be my hope, my peace and my strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Our Morning Dose of Encouragement

Good Morning! It was another challenging weekend on Weight Watchers. I need to get my head back in the game. Our schedule has been busy and we have not been home a lot which makes it hard to prepare and fix meals! I work Weight Watchers tomorrow evening, which also happens to be my weigh in night. I am going to weigh in, take the gain that I know is coming, and then I am going to hit the restart button.

I thought that it would do all of us some good to take our eyes off of ourselves and focus on someone else. I want to share a Weight Watchers success story that encouraged me throughout my weight loss journey. I hope it does the same for you today!

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Mind Over Belly

Rebecca, Age 34, Height 5'4", Was 200 lbs, Lost 67 lbs, Weight 133 lbs



For most of my life, whenever anything upset me, I'd open the refrigerator. It could be the kids acting up or sad stories on the evening news &150 my solution was food. Weight Watchers helped me realize that eating wouldn't solve the problem; I'd just wind up feeling worse. Now when I'm stressed I reach for a book, turn off the TV or do anything except stuff my face. It's become mind over belly.

Light Bulb Moment
It was a typical Saturday &150 I ate like a pig. Very atypically, I woke up Sunday disgusted with my weight and determined to make a change. Later that week, some coworkers suggested Weight Watchers. Since my husband travels a lot and I have two kids, I signed up for Weight Watchers Online.

The Web site's BMI calculator was helpful throughout the eight months it took me to lose 67 pounds. At the beginning, my Body Mass Index was 36 &150 obese. I'm so proud that it's now in the healthy range at 23*.

Following the POINTS® Weight-Loss System would have been much, much tougher without the Recipe Builder. It showed me how to cook lower-fat versions of my favorite foods. I'd never tried egg substitutes before Weight Watchers.

In the beginning I needed lots of motivation, and I got it from the online community on the Message Boards. These wonderful people gave me reassurance that it gets easier &150 it does! &150 plus great tips. I've gotten so many small wonderful ideas like ordering a slice of pizza minus half the cheese.

The Couple That Loses Together&133
My husband signed up two weeks after I did. We're each other's biggest boosters. When we reached our goals we treated ourselves to a long weekend at a hotel without the kids. Our getaway included a spa day filled with glorious treatments. Facials aren't fattening! (Read more about Rebecca's husband Larry's success here!)

Larry and I have more energy now to play with our sons, and we are teaching them healthy eating habits. I'll measure their French fry portions instead of just grabbing a handful or two. I also give them water bottles instead of juice boxes with their lunch.

The Secret
People ask me all the time about the secret of my success. It's focus: I think about long-term goals instead of immediate gratification. In my mind's eye I pictured myself thinner. Now I weigh the same as I did in ninth grade! Being thin makes my life feel fat with promise.

Rebecca's Tips:

I promised myself I'd jog 30 minutes a day no matter what. Some days I don't feel up to it, but a promise is a promise. I lace up those sneakers.

I still track my POINTS values every day. It keeps me honest.

Balance is key. I'll plan a lower POINTS value dinner to allow for an afternoon snack to eat while I'm watching my favorite soap opera.

Buy snacks for your kids that come in individual serving sizes so you won't be tempted to share their goodies.

If you need help with a dinner suggestion, go to You'll be swamped with great ideas.

Give low POINTS value substitutes a try. My family and I have come to love turkey burgers, veggie burgers and light whole-wheat bread.

Friday, July 22, 2011

What a Week

I am so thankful that it is Friday!!

It has been such a long and busy week in our household. Monday I picked up Jon from the airport on Monday night and we did not make it home until 2am! I think that this event really threw off my entire week. I do not function well when I am tired and sleep deprived!

As a result, it has been a hard Weight Watchers week. I have been overeating. I eat to try and keep myself awake. Jon has been busy working and I have been home alone eating, because I am lonely. Do you hear a theme? I've been eating...a lot! I had a small victory yesterday when I resisted cupcakes at a work barbeque! Hey it’s not much but I need to celebrate anything I can, no matter how small it might be.

On top of that, I was not able to weigh in this week. I normally weigh in on Tuesday evenings, however my meeting was cancelled this week. I have this really weird thing about how I only weigh in at Weight Watchers on Tuesday evenings. I made this rule, because early on in my weight loss journey I was weighing myself multiple times a day. I weighed myself so much that I was stressed out, because my body would fluctuate throughout the week. So, I decided to stop stressing myself out and only weigh in once a week.

I know that I should weigh myself at home, but there is just one problem my scale is broken and the battery does not work! Figures!

I do not mean to complain, but I want to be honest with you about where I am at in my healthy eating journey. Just because I have made it to my goal weight does not mean that all of this is easy for me. It is extremely challenging at times.

So, what I am going to do in response to my bad week? Well, I am not going to quit. I am not going to give up and throw in the towel

I am going to start by remembering how far I have come. I want to let that motivate me to keep going. I am going to pray that God helps me get back on track and stay there. This morning I wore a pair of my tighter jeans, so that I could feel if my stomach is growing. I went walking on Wednesday evening in the 100 degree heat. I am tracking what I eat and will continue to try to stay on track! It is going to be challenging with summer barbeques and parties happening this weekend, but I am going to TRY.

Thanks for listening and letting me be honest about where I am at this morning!

If you are struggling, you are not alone! Make a plan to get yourself right back on track as soon as possible.

Just for fun I thought that I would share this comic with you. I received it earlier this week and it made me laugh out loud at work! It describes exactly how I feel here in Texas.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fitness Mistakes


Here is the latest Get Fit email from Dr. Jacobs.

Ten Common Fitness Mistakes
If you are experiencing pain while working out, not seeing the results you want or becoming bored, you may be making common exercise mistakes.

Many people don’t realize there is a right and wrong way to workout. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Loren Maine gives us ten common mistakes you might be committing during your exercise routine.

1. Exercise frequency - Too little exercise can lead many health problems. However, too much exercise can cause aches and pains, fatigue, weakened immune system, decrease in performance and more. Aim for four to five days of physical activity each week for around 30 minutes each day.

2. Keeping the same routine - Your body will stay at the same level of fitness if exercises aren’t new or challenging. At this point, your body is said to be on a plateau. Change is good!

3. Only practicing cardio - Your exercise program needs balance. A successful training regime should address both cardiovascular training and resistance training.

4. Keeping the same volume - When the body gets used to an amount of weight, fitness improvements are limited. Change the number of sets, repetitions and weight being lifting to avoid reaching a standstill.

5. Eating too little – You might not think that your diet affects your work out. If you aren't eating enough, your body goes into "protection mode" and actually stores fat to survive. Also, exercise performance will be hindered if the body is not properly nourished.

6. Skipping the warm up - Properly warming up reduces the risk of injury. At the beginning of the exercise routine, dedicate approximately ten minutes to prepare the targeted muscle group.

7. Lifting too much weight - Lifting weight that is too heavy alters proper posture. This can lead to muscle and joint compensations that increase risk of injury. Lift a weight that is challenging enough that the muscle fatigues by the last few repetitions.

8. Not drinking enough water - Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. Dehydration alters exercise performance and may cause dizziness, cramps, lethargy and more.

9. Working through an injury - Acute pain could turn into chronic pain if not properly addressed. If you have an injury, consult an expert and/or remember the acronym RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation.

10. Forgoing a professional fitness trainer –Utilizing a professional trainer keeps you on task, challenges your body and provides expert assistance. As a motivation factor, it’s easier to go to the gym when you know you have an “appointment.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Love Your Fruits and Veggies


Here is the Meeting Summary from July 12, 2011.

This week in the meeting room we had a special visitor....Mr. Potato Head! He helped to remind us about how important it is to dress up our fruits and vegetables!!

You know fruits and veggies should be a more important part of your diet, but it's hard to find ways to fit them in. Here's help.

If you're like many people, you may find it hard to work five servings of fruits and vegetables into your menu each day. Even a die-hard veggie lover might be challenged to hit this goal every day, but it's an important part of the Plan, so do what you can to make the change. It's worth it. In addition to (most of them) having 0 PointsPlus™ values, fruits and veggies offer the following perks:

- They make you feel fuller.
- They're rich sources of disease-fighting antioxidants.
- They reduce the risk of heart disease.
- They provide folic acid, vitamins and minerals.
- They increase energy, fight infection, improve regularity, keep skin healthy, promote normal blood clotting and build bones!

Fitting Them In
There are many ways to include more fruits and vegetables into your meals. Variety is key to keeping your taste buds happy and preventing boredom. When you go grocery shopping, pick up a fruit you've never tried before or spice up your green beans with a fiery peanut sauce instead of the usual butter spray.

Here are some tricks to try:

- Add vegetables to frozen entrees, pasta dishes, soups or wraps.
- Use frozen veggies to save time. Add them to recipes or eat them on their own.
- Snack on crudités with salsa, hummus, low-fat dip or dressing.
- Buy fresh seasonal, local or organic veggies, which are often more flavorful, think corn in the summer, squash in the winter.
- Mix fruits into green salads for a surprising new taste.

If all else fails, just remember to eat the rainbow!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy Monday

Jon has been gone all weekend. He comes home tonight and I cannot wait!! I have been blogging a lot over at our personal blog, Newsham Flight Log. God has been teaching me so much about so many different things and I cannot help but blog about it.

I had lots of things planned for this past weekend. I tried to be productive and keep myself busy so that I would not just eat the entire weekend. Weekends like this are such a challenge for me! It's hard being alone, because I snack and eat much more then I needed to. This is one reason that I do not like being home alone! I did overeat, but not as much as I thought I would.

I have been going without sugar-free foods and artificial sweeteners for several days now. However, things are going great! I do not have headaches like I did when I was eating those things all the time. I also do not feel like I am as hungry as I was before when I was eating sugar-free foods on a regular basis.

I do not have many pictures from this weekend, because Jon took our camera with him on our trip. However, I took this picture of me Sunday morning before church. What do you think?

Have a great Monday!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Giving Up Sugar-Free Foods


Do you find yourself hungry after eating Splenda or other artificial sweeteners? I do.

For the last several weeks I have been so hungry! I could not figure out what was wrong with me! Why am I so hungry? I tried to eat more fruits and vegetables, but I still experienced a high level of hunger despite my efforts to eat more healthy and filling foods. I have been chewing more gum, because The Biggest Loser advertises Extra gum, which is supposed to help curb your hunger.

It was not until this week that I feel like I have finally had a break though! You see, I heard on the radio that there was a new study out about how sugar-free gum and diet soda can make you feel more hungry. What!? I wanted the reporter to say it again. Had I hear her correctly?

I searched high and low for the study, but could not find it. I did find an interesting article at LiveStrong that you might want to check out.

I normally chew gum as a way to suppress my appetite. If I am hungry right after lunch, I will chew on gum to distract myself from the fact that I feel hungry. I have been chewing gum more often, because I have felt more hungry more often.

Not only that, but I wanted to learn how to like regular, plain, old oatmeal. I did not want all the sugar in the sweetened packets. Plus, I wanted to be able to save some money by buying the plain stuff. I decided that I could put some Splenda on top of my oatmeal to sweeten it just enough so that I would enjoy eating it.

Could these things I have done to help myself actually be causing me to be more hungry? How frustrating!

This happened to me once before about a year ago. I was drinking too much Crystal Light and it was giving me headaches. I decided that I would not drink it anymore and I had the worst headaches as my body went through withdrawals! I am frustrated that I let something like this happen again.

I am not a medical professional. But for me, I have decided to stop eating sugar-free gum, Splenda, and other artificial sweeteners, because I do not think they are good for me. They obviously give me headaches and increase my hunger levels. These are two things that I am not willing to live with just so I can eat something for 0 pointsplus+.

I am sure that I could consume these things in moderation and it would not be that bad for me. However, why eat them at all when I know that there are negative side effects that are harmful to my body?

The bottom line is to do what is best for you. You might be able to handle sugar-free gum, Splenda, and other artificial sweeteners. If so, that's great! But, if you have been suffering from some of these same things I have been talking about, maybe it's time to make a change.

Tell me about you? Are you experiencing some of these same things? Are there other natural sweeteners that you use instead?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday Night Meeting Success

I lead my favorite meeting last night and it went really well! There were not as many people as normal, but that was okay. I was nervous about 5 minutes before the meeting was about to begin, but I tired not to let it show. The members were kind and encouraged me that I was doing a great job as a leader, which was so nice to hear!

I really think that this experience is worthy on being on my Bucket List as a dream that has come true! I am so glad that this was something I was able to accomplish.

Here are a few pictures from my meeting last night!! Sorry for the poor quality pictures, but I forgot my camera and took these with my phone.

The Tuesday night meeting room. Normally, I am over at that white table weighing in members.

This is the other half of our meeting room. That's the entrance.

This is where I stood up front, see my flip chart!

Mr. Potato Head made a special appearance at my meeting last night!

I am looking forward to leading this meeting again this Saturday at my own morning meeting!

Oh! Here are a few more pictures I wanted to share with you from this past weekend. This past Saturday I spent a good part of the afternoon preparing for my Weight Watchers meetings this week. Like I told you yesterday, I knew that I would be leading my favorite meeting on Tuesday evening and I wanted everything to be perfect.

Here are the flip charts I made. What do you think?
Flip #1

Flip #2

Flip #3

This is me after getting all of my flips done on Saturday.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Leading my Favorite Meeting for a Day

My Tuesday night buddies! This photo was taken at our first 5K in June 2009

The Weight Watchers meeting that I faithfully attended was on Tuesday night. Now that I work for Weight Watchers, I am a receptionist at that same Tuesday night meeting.

There are several reasons why I chose to work this meeting. First, I love working with my leader Amanda, she is the best! Second, it fit in my schedule nicely, because I have devoted Tuesday evenings to Weight Watchers for a few years now. Finally, I love the Tuesday evening Weight Watchers members. It is a joy to be able to continue to see my Weight Watchers friends on Tuesday evening. I have met so many great people at my Weight Watchers meeting. I love being able to continue to cheer them on as they try their best to reach their own weight loss goals. Some of these people remember what I looked like when I first started Weight Watchers and they are always willing to remind me about how far I have come.

Tonight, I am going to have the privileged of leading my very favorite Weight Watchers meeting!! You see, my leader Amanda is gone on vacation this week and she asked me to sub for her while she is gone. It took me no time at all to decide that I could not pass up to opportunity.

I am so excited!! It’s hard to believe that I have grown this much in the last few years. When I first started Weight Watchers it was hard to believe that I could lose 5 pounds, but God. The Lord has done some much more in me and through my weight loss than I ever expected. It’s so humbling.

Please pray for me and that I will not be too nervous leading this meeting.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Points vs. Pointsplus


I became a Weight Watchers member in October 2008 and at that time I was following the points system. I feel in love with the Weight Watchers program and was faithful to count my points. I lost 90 pounds by following the Weight Watchers points system. Even after I reached my goal and Lifetime I continued to keep track of my points, so that I would be able to maintain my weight loss.

In November 2010, Weight Watchers launched its new pointsplus+ program. This was the biggest change that the company had made in years. At first, I was not excited about Weight Watchers rocking my boat. Why did we need to change everything when the points program had worked for me? I considered staying on the old plan and not switching to the new poinsplus plan. However, I had to trust Weight Watchers and believe them when they said that this plan was going to be better for me.

At first, I felt like I was a new member again, taking the time to calculate the pointsplus+ values of foods. I read over the new material several times to make sure I knew what I was doing! Weight Watchers did not change everything. You still have to weigh & measure your food, exercise portion control, track, be active, attend meetings, and remember to not deprive yourself. It took some time to get used to it, but I really like the new pointsplus+ plan.

I know that some of you have not switched over to the new pointsplus+ plan. I just want to lay out two changes that made all the difference for me.

A points value is made up of calories, fat, and fiber. Whereas, a pointsplus+ value is made up of the protein, fat, fiber, and carbohydrates. The new pointsplus+ formula breaks down food into its macronutrients. Weight Watchers has taken into account the latest science and looked at how your body process the food that you eat. As a result, the new plan will natural nudge you to healthier food options, because they will most often have a lower pointsplus+ value.

Zero pointsplus+ values on all fruit and most vegetable. Could it get any better!? I have been on the new plan since November, but I am still so excited about this change! On the old plan it was hard for me to choose a banana for 2 points when there were so many other foods that I could eat that were 2 points or less. Now, I have no excuse for not getting in my daily fruits and vegetables. Just remember that you cannot combine both programs. If you want to try the new program, you have to jump all in. You cannot track your points and eat the fruit for free. That won’t work.

The pointsplus+ plan is working for me. However, the most important thing to remember is to follow a plan that works for you!!

Which Weight Watchers program are you following? How has that plan worked for you?

Friday, July 8, 2011

New Things I've Tried

{Fiber One 80 Calories Honey Squares Cereal}
Have you the new 80 calorie fiber one cereal? Its quite tasty just dry and 3/4 cup is 2 pointsplus+. This is a great on the go snack! Go here to print a coupon to save .75c on one box Fiber One 80 Calorie Cereal.

{Jensen Orchards, Chip Veggie}

I tried these chips several weeks ago at the Weight Watchers 5K this year. Click here to read more about the 5K. I am a huge fan of Veggie Straws, but if you are looking to change up your routine this is a great option for you. I really like the Veggie Chips a lot, because the chip is thick and crunchy! They would be great to pair with hummus or another low pointsplus+ dip.

{MiO Liquid}

This past Saturday while leading my Weight Watchers meeting, one of my members told me about MiO Liquid. MiO Liquid is a water enhancer. This small egg like container makes 24, 8 ounce servings and doesn't need any refrigeration once opened. It's available in 5 different flavors and ran me around $3.28 a bottle. It is 0 pointsplus+ per serving! I bought one to keep in my purse, so that when I am out, I can add flavor to my water.

{Weight Watchers Ginger Snaps}

This is a new product for sale in the Weight Watchers meeting room. The Ginger Snaps are tasty and are like any other ginger snap, maybe even better. They are a nice, crunchy consistency, and an adequate portion size for a serving. The only thing is that there are only 3 bags per box and they are a limited edition. Make sure you buy them while you still can!

I hope that you have a great weekend and get a chance to try something new!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Recipe Review: Chicken and Rice

Chicken and Rice is a delicious staple in our home. I had never heard of this dish until I married my husband, Jon. My mother-in-law, Lisa was more than willing to pass on her wonderful Chicken and Rice recipe to me! I put it on my menu almost every month. It is also a great dish is you are taking food to a friend. I have had a few other Chicken and Rice recipes, but this one is my favorite! Enjoy!

Here are the ingredients

First, I always get my rice cooking in our rice cooker. It will cook while you do everything else and finish just in time to add it to the casserole.

Next, I make the soup mixture by combining both soups into a pan.

Then, I chop and add the onion to my soup mixture.

Next, I boil the chicken

and the broccoli in separate pots.

You should have four things going on at once, because the rice is in the rice cooker.

After the chicken has finished cooking, cut it up and put it in your 9 X 13 pan.

This is all my cut up chicken.

By this time, your rice should be done cooking.

Pour 2 cups of chicken broth (the water you boiled the chicken in) and add it to the soup mixture.

Stir until everything is mixed together.

Next, take your cooked rice and put it on top of the cooked chicken.

Then, pour your soup mixture over the rice.

Next, add your cooked broccoli.

Sprinkle cheese on top of layered casserole.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

I always divide my casserole into 8 portions and put them into plastic containers. This is final product! Yummy!!

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Chicken and Rice
By, My Mother in Law

1 cup broccoli
1 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup onion
16 oz fat-free chicken broth
1 can canned condensed fat free cream of chicken soup
1 can canned condensed fat free cream of mushroom soup
2 breasts uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 cup cooked white rice, cook rice

Mix Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Chicken, and bolied chicken broth and bring to boil. Dice chicken after it has been boiled. Layer it on the bottom of a 9 X 13 casserole dish. Put rice over chicken. Pour soup mixture over rice and chicken. Add broccoli and onions. Mix all together to make sure the chicken broth has gotten everywhere. Top with cheese. Cooking Time: 20 min, Preheat Oven 350 degrees.

Servings: 8

PointsPlus+: 5
POINTS® Value: 5

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Relieving the Pressure


I have two blogs. The first blog I created several years ago is our personal/family blog, Newsham Flight Log, and now I also have my weight loss blog, Living a Changed Life. In the last year as I have begun to blog about my weight loss my passion for blogging has multiplied!! I love blogging!! I enjoy being able to write honest blog posts about my struggles with my weight, life, and more. I consider myself so blessed to have such incredible readers, like yourself. Thank you for your comments, emails, and encouragement that you provide me on a weekly basis. You make me want to blog even more!!

I want to be honest with you about something. I have incredibly high expectations for myself. As my passion for blogging has grown, so have my expectations. I expect myself to write a blog post for Living a Changed Life, Monday through Friday. I do my best to meet my expectations. However, having two blogs makes this very hard. There are days that I just put the same post on both blogs. Is that cheating? Probably. My life is busy and I do not want blogging to become something in my routine that I have to do.

Why am I telling you this? For several reasons, first, I expect myself to blog Monday through Friday and I tell myself that you do too. Second, I don’t want to disappoint you if you visit my blog and I have not posted anything new. Finally, I do not want you worrying about me, if you do not hear from me that day.

As of today, I am setting myself free from my own expectations to blog every day. When I blog I want to have the time to really share with you what is going on in my life. I would rather give you a few blogs posts a week that are good quality, instead of just posting something to fill up space that day. Don’t worry, if I have something to share everyday of the week I will share it. However, if you don’t hear from me on a particular day that week, it just means that life is busy and you should pray for me.

I hope my honesty does not offend anyone. I just do not want you thinking that I have become a slacker in my blogging efforts.

I want to invite you to visit my personal blog, because there might be days where that is my only blog post for the day.

Thanks for listening and letting me be honest with you about what is on my heart!!


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