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could you tell me where you find the PB2??? whole foods?? Trader Joes??

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Anonymous

Hi!  Thanks for the question! Oh man…I love PB2!  Personally, I buy it in bulk (packs of four 1 pound bags) directly from Bell Plantation, the producers.  I know you can also buy it from Amazon as well.  I haven’t seen it in Trader Joe’s but I’ve had a few people tell me they found it at Whole Foods.  

Good luck!

Hi, I just came across your blog and find it very encouraging! I'm trying to lose 30 pounds after having my first baby and I also just started C25K! I actually have a question though about your curly hair. Your curls always look great in all your pics and I was wondering what products you use? I have extremely curly, thick hair and live in the humid south so I'm always looking for the holy grail of products for curly hair. Thanks so much!

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Anonymous

Hi wonderful Anon!  Thanks for such a great note to start my morning! Good luck on C25K! 

Now, about my hair.  It took me a long time to find it, but I recently discovered the perfect product for my hair.  I used to just use a curl gel and light hair spray but Birchbox (If anyone is interested in joining and wants to help a gal out, this is my referral link!) recently sent me the perfect product.  

Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls is my current hair obsession. I have been using it since September-ish and it is life changing.  Super soft curls with ZERO crunch.  And its been really great in the humidity we have been having here in Chicago lately. I have seen it a few places like Target, but sometimes Birchbox has it as a buy one get one free deal so I stock up there! I also use Miss Jessie’s Creme de la Curl Cleansing Creme and Creme de la Creme Conditioner, both of which I really love.  Basically, I’m a Miss Jessie’s fan! I also use a light hairspray (nothing fancy, currently I’m using a tresemme product) after I apply the creme and before I defuse it.   

And that is basically it!  Thanks for the question!

Thanks so much for the lovely note Lisa!  I’m really glad you liked the tuna salad!  And the melt sounds delicious.  The addition of cayenne sounds awesome! I will definitely be trying that soon! Yum!
Thanks again and I’m glad to have you as a reader! 

Thanks so much for the lovely note Lisa!  I’m really glad you liked the tuna salad!  And the melt sounds delicious.  The addition of cayenne sounds awesome! I will definitely be trying that soon! Yum!

Thanks again and I’m glad to have you as a reader! 

Alexis- I love your site, I have been following since new years! I know that you are a librarian, (congrats on the promotion btw) and I was wondering if there were any books on health/nutrition that you have really liked. Or just some of your favorite books in general! I am always looking for a great summer read :)

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Anonymous

Hiiii! Thanks for the lovely note!  And thank you for the congratulations!  I’m super excited about the changes!

As for books about health and nutrition, I’m going to be a very bad librarian and admit that I haven’t read any!  O_O  Even worse, I work at a culinary school and we HAVE books about nutrition, but most of them are textbooks (i.e. boring to read).  I have read a couple weight loss books that I enjoyed.  Half-Assed by Jennette Fulda was pretty good.

But I have lots of summer reading suggestions!  If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern…its a lovely read! Silver Linings Playbook was also great.  I just read Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson for a book club and really enjoyed it.  Currently I’m rereading Divergent and Insurgent in preparation of the movie this fall!  And of course I can’t forget to mention my all time favorite book in the world, Gone with the Wind.  It truly is a classic and I adore it.  

Thanks again for the note and the question!  So glad to have you here!

Just wanted to let you know that I love the new banner on your site! Keep up the great work even if your Monday began by taking the north staircase I know with this beautiful weather you will do an awesome job keeping up with your C25K goals! Because of some inspiration from your blog I am working to run my first 5K in a few weekends, and have changed my eating habits :) Also your blog turned me onto Panera's hidden menu, which has showed me that I can actually enjoy a salad, so thank you!!!

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Anonymous

Thanks so much friendly Anonymous!  I’m really loving the fresh look!

And thanks for the kind encouragement! I’m planning on going for a run tomorrow morning! And congrats to you on the awesome changes you have made! I can’t wait to run my first 5K! And yay for having fun with the hidden menu….I’m glad you love it as much as I do.

Thanks again!

Hi there! I just came across your blog from Emilybites which I also just found through weight watchers. I just started WW yesterday and it seems extremely easy. Almost too easy. Do you end up using all of your daily points and bonus weekly points? I feel like I will not lose weight if I use them? I also wanted to ask you if you exercise a good amount or is the weight loss mainly from ww? Thanks!!

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Anonymous

Hi and welcome!  Emily is fantastic and I’m obsessssssed with her recipes!  So yummy.  

Welcome to WW! I can honestly say that joining this program has been one of the best decisions of my life.  It does seem easy, because it is!  If you follow the plan, it will work! I also love the plan because it is adaptable to the twists and turns of life.  Things happen and life gets lifey but Weight Watchers helps you learn how to handle those situations.  

As far as my points go….I 100% use all of my daily points.  They are there for a reason….your body needs the nutrition! Also, I found that if I undereat I am way more hungry the next day and end up going overboard with food.  I also eat most of my weekly points.  Again, they are there for a reason!  They also help with the flexibility that makes Weight Watchers so wonderful and easy to do.  I try and save a few weekly points just in case I miscalculated somewhere during the week, but only about 10.  And I definitely eat my Activity Points.  I earned those! 

And as for the exercise. I lost my first 60 pounds without doing much activity.  Then I plateaued for about a year and gained 10 pounds.  I knew I needed to add activity in but just wasn’t mentally there yet.  Now that I have been adding activity I have pushed past the plateau and am losing the weight that I gained.  I’m a huge fan of the ActiveLink, ESPECIALLY for people like me who struggle with getting active.  It is a great tool that has really helped me integrate activity into my weight watchers lifestyle. 

Ok, that was a lot of information! I’m so glad to have you here….please feel free to ask questions whenever you have them!

Hi! Just found your blog. Also doing WW. Just got back into the swing of things. Do you go to meetings or online?

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Anonymous

Hi! And welcome!  Originally I only did online….for the first 10 months or so.  But I was at a plateau and needed a change so I started going to meetings. I really love the support and accountability that meetings provide!

I just received my first order of DAVIDsTEA! I was wondering how you make it. Do you add sugar and milk? Drink it dtraight? I've never been a tea drinker, but a friend recently had me try some tea she made and it was delicious. Then I read about DAVIDsTEA on your blog and HAD to try it. I ordered Birthday Cake, Creme Caramel, Creme Brulee, Mint Chocolate, Cookie Dough, Red Velvet Cake, and Copabanana. Can't wait to try them!

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Anonymous

Those flavors sound ah-mazing!  Yum! 

So, usually when I drink tea, my favorite is English Breakfast with cream and sugar (or almond milk and splenda!).  When I got my DAVIDsTEA I decided I wanted to try them with as little additives as possible so I could truly have a 0 PointsPlus snack.  Also, I’ve been trying to wean myself off of Splenda and move towards honey.

So I tried all of them plain first.  And if I thought they needed anything extra I added honey.  I have tried milk in a few of them and honestly, I didn’t think it needed it.  So far I have enjoyed all of the teas (that I bought) without milk and with very little to no sweetener.

I would give it a try and see what you like!  I feel like people sometimes take tea so seriously, but really it’s super versatile and can be really fun! There is no wrong way to enjoy a yummy cup of tea. :-) Let me know how it goes!

I am a weight watcher member also. Where can you get the PB2? Also, how many cookies did the recipe for banana oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies make? Thank you!

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Anonymous

Hello! I buy my PB2 directly from Bell Plantation, the company that makes it. And the recipe for the cookies made about 16 cookies!

Hi Alexis! I really like your blog - just started following it. I'm 25, also from Chicago and on WW - I noticed that some of the WW points are off on your recipes. You need to use the recipe builder to get accurate PP values. If you build a whole recipe the points will change rather than putting them all in as separate things (Put a banana in the recipe builder and it goes from 0 to 3 points plus! Annoying I know but it is more accurate.) Hopefully it will help in your weight loss journey!

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Anonymous

Hi!  Thanks for the note!  There are different schools of thought when it comes to counting fruit in recipes.  I have tried it both ways without any major changes on the scale.  I have spoken with several WW leaders and other members about it and it really is a personal preference.  Thank you for the suggestion though!  

Just out of curiosity, what is your daily point allowance? Also, do you typically use all of your weekly points?

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Anonymous

Hello!

Currently I have 41 daily PointsPlus.  It really depends on the week if I use all of my Weeklies.  I usually use about 25-30 and leave the extras for those Points that I most likely miscounted somewhere along the week.

Hi, i was just wondering, on your page it says you started May 2011, but the goals page shows no activity for 2012. Did you take a year off? Or did you make a mistake on dates? I am also a 20 something trying to lose half my weight. :)

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Anonymous

Hello!

So, to answer your question, no I did not take a year off. Well, not exactly.  I stayed “on program” but wasn’t putting in 100% of the effort so I ended up plateaued for almost a year.  Not cool, but I’m finally motivated to get my butt moving and have started losing weight again.  You can see all of my ups and downs with the scale by clicking the Weight Loss link up above.

Thanks for the question and good luck on your weight loss journey!

I am a newer reader and I was wondering what is your long term goal? I know you have lost 50 pounds but are you wanting to lose more or is 50 where you are happy at? I have been doing WW for 9 weeks now and have lost 20 pounds so I am doing well but what would be an important tip to keep me motivated?

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Anonymous

Thanks for the question! Way to go on the 20 pounds!! That is fantastic!  

My (very) long term goal is to lose 170 pounds.  That is a huge number so I try not to focus on it. Instead I look at the next small goal. Currently I’m working towards getting back to 60 pounds lost.

As far as keeping motivated, I set goals and rewards for each step along the way.  At the beginning it was mostly small things like mani/pedis.  And when I hit 50 pounds I bought myself some pretty souvenirs in India. Next up I’m working to lose 15 pounds to get me and my husband to Greece.  The rewards don’t need to be that big by any means.  It could just be a fun night out or a new book or movie.  Find something that motivates you….just not food!  

Good luck!  

Hi Alexis.. I have a question, I know you probably get so many of these so I understand if you can't answer it. I love following your blog and following you on facebook. Im on my 7th week of WW and I keep reading about the points plus program and the 360 program, what do you follow and whats the difference? i just do it on my own I wish I could go to meetings but just cant afford it. I just want to know if im doing things right. Thank you so much... and thank you for the blog updates love it

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Anonymous

Hi!  Glad to have you!  So, I may not have this right, but I this is what I think.  I don’t think there is a huge difference between the PointsPlus and the 360.  From my understanding, the 360 added the focus of spaces and routines along with the PointsPlus tracking.  I have really liked the changes so far and find the routines to be really helpful! But aside from that, I don’t think much has changed.  I hope that helps!