Friday Free-For-All – 12/01/17

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Thanks for all your kind thoughts about Harley. She was truly a special pup, and will be missed.

We are officially under contract on our house! Things are far from certain, and the situation is still fairly complex, but we are absolutely delighted to have taken a concrete step in the right direction. Next comes all the inspection BS, hiring a lawyer, making sure financing is good etc. If all goes well, we will close in mid-January. Keep your fingers crossed!

My sister in law Emily comes home from Prague tomorrow! She is bringing her boyfriend, Jirka, and they will be home for almost the entire month of December, which the whole family is excited about. Tomorrow is also my father in law’s birthday, AND we’re seeing a show, so it’s big doings around here!

Christmas music season is in full swing for me. I know some people (like Ben) can’t stomach it until basically the week of Christmas, but I’m obsessed. We have a local radio station that plays Christmas music non-stop from Thanksgiving until Christmas, and you can bet I’ve been tuned in constantly.

I have a new snack obsession. Plain Greek yogurt with Honey Nut Chex. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, it’s delicious. You get a nice crunch and sweetness from the Chex, almost like granola. But I’m not a super huge fan of granola, whereas I could eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, you’re getting a good mix of protein and carbs. Give it a try! I’m sure you’ll thank me later ūüėČ

How do you feel about Christmas music?

#Chewsday Reboot Week 4

A few weeks ago, I recommitted myself to the #Chewsday Challenge.  As discussed, my original plan was perhaps a little too ambitious, so this time around I’ve decided to add in one challenge at a time, with the goal of slowly and realistically building toward overall healthier eating.  The challenge for Week 1 was no booze on work nights.  Week two, I added in fruits and/or veggies with every meal.  Last week, I started only one serving of treat per day.

How is it going?

  • No booze on work nights. ¬†This is still going fairly well. ¬†I did have one beer on Tuesday night, but I thought about it long and hard before making a conscious decision to indulge. ¬†It was one single, lonely beer sitting in the fridge, and I put it out of its misery ūüôā
  • Fruits and/or veggies with every meal. ¬†This is also going surprisingly well. ¬†Even if I don’t have produce with a particular meal, I usually end up having fruit as a between meals snack, which I feel sort of evens things out. ¬†Yes, some days are better than others, but on the whole, I’m eating more fruit and veg, which is a good thing.
  • Only one serving of treat per day. ¬†This is still sometimes a challenge. ¬†Obviously, this weekend was tough because of the wedding and dinner party. ¬†I slipped up on Saturday and had some chocolate covered sunflower seeds in the afternoon, and then had the Dacquoise at the dinner party, but on the whole, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. ¬†I’m trying to be more conscious of the treats I have and when I have them, and that’s what matters.

This week’s challenge: ¬†protein at every meal. ¬†I don’t think I eat enough protein during the day–particularly at lunch, which usually leads to excessive snacking and eating way too effing much at¬†dinner. ¬†If I eat more protein all throughout the day, I’m hoping that overall, I’ll take in less calories and less junk. ¬†Graze has been pretty good getting me yummy snacks, but I plan to also buy some bulk almonds to keep in my desk at work¬†for protein power on days when the runger strikes. ¬†AND I’m going to pick up some chocolate covered sunflower seeds so that when I can’t resist the craving for sweets, at least I’m getting some protein too.

I found this awesome protein chart on Pinterest (where else?), so I’m hoping it will be a helpful guide for all of us.


If you’d like to join in on the #Chewsday Challenge, come find me and my accountabilibuddies on Twitter. ¬†Tweet us your eats, triumphs, challenges and questions and use the #Chewsday hashtag. ¬†I promise, we’re a good time. ¬†Especially if you like cupcakes. ¬†And Disney.

@RaeisaDarlin (me)

@PrincessRunners (Lisa)

@KellieEbe (Kellie)

@paradeinpink (Nicole)

@Vixen1267 (Kimberly)

What’s your favorite form of protein?


Office Snacking Made Easy: Graze

I learned about Graze through Sarah at Healthy Simple Smart.  As soon as I saw her post, I knew I needed to try this service out.

For $6 per box, Graze will deliver individually sized snacks to your home or office. ¬†I chose to have my boxes sent to my office, since that’s where I do most of my snacking. ¬†You have two options: ¬†The Nibble box, which is an assortment of over 90 different snacks, or the Calorie Counter box, which only features snacks less than 150 calories. ¬†Obviously, I chose the Nibble box; a 50 calorie snack is totally useless to me. ¬†You can also choose to have deliveries once per week, or every other week.

My favorite part about this service is that you can rate the snacks you’re given–after every delivery, you can visit the website and tell them what you thought. ¬†If you “like” something, they’ll send it to you occasionally. ¬†If you “love” something, they’ll send it to you more often. ¬†You can also “trash” something, and they’ll never send it to you again. ¬†All of the snacks default to “try”, meaning they’ll send it to you once so you can taste it, and then decide later if you like it, love it, or want to trash it.

Using the website, you can totally customize your boxes–if you have dietary restrictions, allergies, or aversions, you can make sure you are never sent something you won’t/can’t eat. ¬†There are multiple categories for the snacks, so you can explore easily. ¬†Each delivery contains 4 snacks with specific nutritional information for each snack.

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My first box had:

  • Salted Fudge and Peanut Cookie: ¬†baked salted peanuts, fudge pieces, mini chocolate cookies and redskin peanuts (220 calories, 7 g protein)
  • Scrumptious Blueberry Swirl: ¬†blueberry yogurt raisins, raspberry infused cranberries and blackcurrants (150 calories, less than 1 g protein)
  • Smoky BBQ Corn: ¬†jumbo salted corn and smoked cashews (140 calories, 4 g protein)
  • Fruity Mango Chutney: ¬†fruity mango chutney with black pepper dippers (80 calories, less than 1 g protein)

All of these snacks were delicious. ¬†I would definitely eat any of them again, however, I “trashed” the mango chutney simply because the calorie count and protein are so low–I’d rather receive other snacks that are more filling.

So far, I’m really excited about Graze, and I’m actually planning to switch from every other week to weekly deliveries. ¬†$6 is a great price, especially considering that when I buy snacks at the grocery store, I spend way more than that. ¬†These snacks are portion controlled, so I’m less likely to over eat, and they are super tasty.

If you’re interested in trying Graze, please consider using my invitation code: ¬†W5TZXP36B. ¬†If you use this code, your first and 5th box are free (first box is free anyway), and if 2 of you use my referral code, I get a free box too! ¬†Sarah, if you’re reading this, I was going to use your referral code but I missed the box to enter it–I’m sorry!

I was not asked to review Graze, and I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I purchased the service myself, and all opinions expressed are my own.