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My Weight Watchers Saga…


Dearest Readers:

I’m back! Have you missed me? Frankly, I think I’ve missed myself. Allow me to explain. Three weeks ago, I awoke on my Weight Watchers weigh-in day with a bit of a stomach bug. I stayed home. Jumping on my scales, it appeared that I was gaining — again!

RATS! I screamed, choosing to return to bed to sleep off the stomach bug. Sleeping is something I embraced since I have a rather serious case of insomnia. Last week, I promised to return to Weight Watchers for the dreaded weigh-in; however, my body decided I needed to stay home. I awoke early Wednesday of that week with a dreadful migraine headache. For those of you who do not recall, I have suffered from migraines since nine-years-old. I was hit by a car as a child. All I recall about that incident was feeling a gush of wind escaping my body as I hit the hood of the car. Reportedly, I bounced around like a dog, flying through the air, landing 60 feet across the highway of a “Dead Men’s Curve” landing on the sidewalk. Don’t ask me…I wasn’t there! When I did awaken, I looked into the beautiful blue eyes of a medical technician. In those years, we didn’t have EMS, or EMT’s, only ambulances. I remember attempting to turn my head, noticing a crowd of people overlooking me. I struggled to move – but I couldn’t. I saw my parents. I do remember saying, “I can’t move,” and the medical technician with the gorgeous blue eyes picking me up. My response was, “Mommy, he’s cute!”

Yes, at nine-years-old, I was checking out the guys. Silly me. I remained in the hospital for two or three days. The doctors said I had a brain concussion and needed to take it easy for a while. I do remember touching the crown of my head, feeling it squashing like a sponge as I pushed it. The pain it created was almost unbearable! No playing. No bicycle riding…skating…dancing…Nothing! The driver of the car that hit me was only 17-years-old and drunk! I do not know his name, nor do I know what happened to him; nevertheless, I do hope he learned a valuable lesson that afternoon about drinking and driving. The only thing I do remember about this accident were the severe headaches where my head throbbed, feeling as if someone was beating my skull with a hammer. I could not stand bright lights (still have trouble with them and probably will for the rest of my life.) I could not tolerate loud noises, and when I did get a headache, I was sick to my stomach. Friends have told me they can tell when I have a headache simply by my voice. Apparently, my voice is raspier than normally. I do know that when I have one of these headaches, it is difficult for me to focus, comprehend and make simple sentences. Yes, a writer who cannot communicate due to a headache. Duh! Fortunately, those severe migraines have ceased. Rarely do I get one, but when I do — it is truly a headache from Hell! Last Wednesday, my headache remained all day and all night long, leaving me to be not too nice to everyone around, including my four-legged friends.

It appears I am rambling a bit, doesn’t it? Today, I returned to Weight Watchers after a three-week absence. Much to my surprise, when I slipped on to the scales, I maintained my weight. No loss…No Gain! I was stunned and so proud!

Next month will be four years since I joined Weight Watchers. “And you’re still going,” my friends say. “Yes…still going…and still maintaining…” BUT — not reaching my goal yet. I confess, I have not discussed my goal weight with my leader, but I will say — for me — I have a goal in mind and that goal is only about 35 pounds away.

Meanwhile, I still exercise weekly. My NordicTrack treadmill is blessed with my presence at least four days weekly. When I started on the treadmill two years ago, I used one that was purchased in 1998 for my husband. After his zipper was placed in his chest — The infamous Zipper Club — he bought a new treadmill to use – to keep active. To be honest, the only activity he gets is a remote control, to exercise his thumb so he can watch TV and the golf he plays. So, two years ago, I decided the treadmill needed to be used for something besides a place to hang clothes to air dry. In mid 2014, that treadmill said enough, when the belt decided to split. Attempting to be conservative with our funds, I bought a roll of duct tape, to repair the belt. Guess what…It didn’t work! The belt continued to split!

Fortunately, I have a generous husband. He bought me a new treadmill. “One of my choosing,” he said. I chose the NordicTrack. Now, I have it inclined at seven degrees, walking at a speed of 3.2, for 50 minutes at least four times weekly. My right leg is fighting me now, wanting me to quit, but I ignore it and move! Not so bad for someone with asthma!

Today, when I returned to Weight Watchers, I was ecstatic that I did not gain. I really expected to see a two or three-pound gain. I think I’ll take a “maintained” as opposed to a gain, shooting to lose maybe one or two pounds next week. Meanwhile, the inches are melting away and I am proud of who I see now in the mirror.

The question I have for myself is — “Will this be the year that I achieve goal and lifetime at Weight Watchers?”

I certainly plan to. Stay tuned!

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Event Date: Through April 15th, 2015

Valentine’s Day at Jade Mountain Resort, Saint Lucia: All-Inclusive Total Romance Package

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Saint Lucia, February 4, 2015 – Lovers staying at Jade Mountain Resort in Saint Lucia celebrate Valentine’s Day every day of the year. The daily enchantment begins with the intoxicating views, sultry atmosphere, large sweeping rooms with private infinity pools with fourth wall missing, discreet butler and complete privacy. And to enhance the romance, many couples take advantage of Jade Mountain’s many activities and book the Total Romance Package; an adventure a day in the pure Saint Lucian waters, plantations and rain forests, jungle biking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and relaxing on the beach before a sunset cruise.

THE TOTAL ROMANCE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Accommodation for number of nights in suite category chosen, all tax and service charges, airport transfers both ways, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all drinks including house wine (but not bottled wines and champagne), welcome cocktail, tour of Sulphur Springs and Diamond Mineral Baths, guided tour of old French Colonial Plantation of Anse Mamin, drinks package in room fridge, tropical fruit display, use of tennis court and equipment, snorkeling, kayaking, mini-sailing, windsurfing, use of beach chairs and beach towels, a guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or two dives for certified divers, bottle of French champagne, one hour Swedish Massage, 1/2 day Jungle Biking in Anse Mamin Valley, two Jade Mountain t-shirts, half day sailing on skippered resort yacht Searenity, an anniversary certificate of US $500 to be used on a return visit. (unused features are not refundable).

Package rates for two persons sharing room start at $7,116 USD, through April 15, 2015.

Package Details and Options: http://www.jademountain.com/reserve/packages/romance2015.html.

Getting to Jade Mountain is easier than ever this year with new flights from various destinations in the U.S. on American, JetBlue and Delta, United Airlines, all nonstops to Hewanorra International Airport, just 60 minutes from the hotel.

For reservations call 1- 800-223-1108 or contact JADE MOUNTAIN at 758-459-4000, Fax 758-459-4002, Email: jademountain@ansechastanet.com, Website: http://www.jademountain.com

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ABOUT JADE MOUNTAIN RESORT:
The award-winning Jade Mountain resort soars majestically above the exclusive 600-acre beachfront estate. Jade is an architectural marvel that embraces and celebrates St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty – the view from your suite is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sanctuaries are grand sweeping spaces with extravagantly sized private infinity pools which appear to float out to nature and to the amazing views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea – views that make a perfect backdrop for hours of reverie. Jade Mountain has been named one the world’s top Caribbean hotels by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.

Many couples like to languish in their sanctuaries and choose a variety of the romantic in-sanctuary treatments such as:
Mini–Massage Course which gives couples the gift of loving relaxation. Learn how to massage each other and give strained areas a soothing touch. A spa therapist will go through the movements step by step to ensure that you can take a piece of paradise home with you. And Alchemy of Two which begins with a calming bath infused with male and female Elixir oils to sooth the senses. During this time poetry and delicious treats are given to each other signifying the support one has for the other. Once your energies are connected the journey continues with synchronized massages side by side using warming oils. Each person is anointed with specific oils to conclude these massages and your ritual finishes with handcrafted Jade Mountain Chocolates to offer each other.

Then there are the unforgettable romantic evenings. Couples can begin with The Lover’s Cruise with music and champagne. Roses for the ladies and gourmet canapés and a chocolate Fondue all while the sun is setting behind the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. For dinner savor the “Platinum Amour;” roses and candle light, champagne to start, gourmet dinner with wine pairing and Jade Mountain Emerald Estate Chocolate and chilled champagne in your sanctuary as a finale. There is even a “Gold” option which offers a solo musician, perhaps a guitarist, saxophonist, or violinist during dinner. When returning to your sanctuary, expect beds turned down, candles lit and petals around the private pools or Jacuzzis, an essential oil gift and chilled champagne. There is a menu for intimate private dining for those who wish to be alone. http://www.jademountain.com/cuisine/private_dining.html.

Jade Mountain is romance every day of the year. There is something for every couple and new discoveries to be made in the world of “Amour.”

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Valentine’s Day at Jade Mountain Resort, Saint Lucia: All-Inclusive Total Romance Package
Lovers staying at Jade Mountain Resort in Saint Lucia celebrate Valentine’s Day every day of the year. The daily enchantment begins with the intoxicating views, sultry atmosphere, large sweeping rooms with private infinity pools with fourth wall missing, discreet butler and complete privacy. And to enhance the romance, many couples take advantage of Jade Mountain’s many activities and book the Total Romance Package; an adventure a day in the pure Saint Lucian waters, plantations and rain forests, jungle biking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and relaxing on the beach before a sunset cruise. The Total Romance package includes: Accommodation for number of nights in suite category chosen, all tax and service charges, airport transfers both ways, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all drinks including house wine (but not bottled wines and champagne), welcome cocktail, tour of Sulphur Springs and Diamond Mineral Baths, guided tour of old French Colonial Plantation of Anse Mamin, drinks package in room fridge, tropical fruit display, use of tennis court and equipment, snorkeling, kayaking, mini-sailing, windsurfing, use of beach chairs and beach towels, a guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or two dives for certified divers, bottle of French champagne, one hour Swedish Massage, 1/2 day Jungle Biking in Anse Mamin Valley, two Jade Mountain t-shirts, half day sailing on skippered resort yacht Searenity, an anniversary certificate of US $500 to be used on a return visit. (unused features are not refundable).
Rates: Package rates for two persons sharing room start at $7,116 USD, through April 15, 2015.
Package Details and Options: http://www.jademountain.com/reserve/packages/romance2015.html.
Getting to Jade Mountain is easier than ever this year with new flights from various destinations in the U.S. on American, JetBlue and Delta, United Airlines, all nonstops to Hewanorra International Airport, just 60 minutes from the hotel. For reservations call 1- 800-223-1108 or contact JADE MOUNTAIN at 758-459-4000, Fax 758-459-4002, Email: jademountain@ansechastanet.com, Website: http://www.jademountain.com

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Music Notes, Press Releases

The Top 10 Workout Songs for February 2015


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The Top 10 Workout Songs for February 2015

Fort Wayne, IN – February 4, 2015 – Remixes rule in this month’s workout music round-up. Exactly half of the songs voted into the top 10 appear in re-worked versions. As always, this is a blessing for folks in search of musical inspiration, since these uptempo updates take existing gym favorites and accentuate their beats and momentum.
Songs getting a makeover include the latest from from Gwen Stefani, a club anthem from David Guetta, and the three way collaboration between Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, and Pitbull. Meanwhile, the other half of this month’s list includes a Taylor Swift song you might recognize from a Target commercial, a Fall Out Boy track that pays tribute to a scene from Pulp Fiction, and the follow-up to Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne’s breakthrough hit “Rather Be.”
By combining new music from Top 40 regulars and updated versions of recent hits, this month’s list strikes a fine balance between fresh and familiar sounds–both of which will come in handy when you’re ready to get moving.
Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie (Kaskade & KillaGraham Remix) – 100 BPM

Taylor Swift – Style – 95 BPM

Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea & Pitbull – Booty (Bali Bandits Remix) – 129 BPM

Robin Schulz, Lilly Wood & The Prick – Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – 123 BPM

Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman – 149 BPM

Jessie J & 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up (Aero Chord Remix) – 100 BPM

Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song – 74 BPM

Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love – 125 BPM

David Guetta & Sam Martin – Dangerous (David Guetta’s Banging Remix) – 128 BPM

Pitbull & Ne-Yo – Time of our Lives – 124 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Contact:
Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred
Email: mail@runhundred.com
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Losing Weight, Weight Watchers

Finding True Happiness With Myself and Weight Watchers


Dearest Readers:

Like many women, there have been many road blocks and detours in my life. Marrying at a young age — much too young — I recognized that happiness does not come from marriage, or from living with someone, or from the temptations of food. I have battled with weight problems all of my life. You probably know the drill. Diets…Diets..and More Diets. I tried high protein diets…Lost weight, only to gain again. I found success for a while after going to a doctor. I lost weight, only to gain again. Over and over I found myself on an endless spinning wheel of weight loss and weight gain.

In 2005, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. My doctor suggested losing weight, and so I stepped onto that spinning wheel once again. Three months later, I went back to my doctor, discovering a weight loss of 14 pounds. “I’m eating healthier now,” I said, ever so happy of my weight loss and A1C levels.

“I’ve got this,” I whispered to myself on the way home. “I want to lose 30 more pounds.” Little did I know how difficult weight loss would become.

I remembered the last time I joined Weight Watchers without success. Going to the meeting, I saw a beige curtain, with a doctor’s scale. When someone entered the curtained area, they closed the curtain, weighed and hopped off the scale, but the number on the scale was still revealed. Yes, everyone could see the weight of the previous person. I was mortified. I went to one meeting, never going back. If my memory is correct, liver was one of the foods recommended to eat once a week. Since my family would not eat liver and we rarely ate in restaurants, I knew I could not be successful with Weight Watchers; nevertheless, I wanted to continue my weight loss.

On March 3, 2011, I turned the TV on, watching a new commercial from Weight Watchers. Jennifer Hudson was speaking about how she has lost 80 pounds with Weight Watchers. Staring at her, I was envious. I remember saying to myself, “I deserve to be happy, and I deserve to lose weight. Maybe I should go back to Weight Watchers. I want to be slim. I want to wear clothes that compliment my body instead of covering and hiding my body. I can be slim – one day –someday. Sitting at my computer desk, a voice spoke to me. ‘Go to Weight Watchers…Go to Weight Watchers…’ I Googled Weight Watchers, reading about how they had new programs – with ‘confidential weigh-ins.’ I was curious. Just what is a ‘confidential weigh-in?’

Confidential weigh-ins…I decided it was time to start the journey. Rushing to get dressed I decided…today is the day…My first day in a long time…I will be the REAL ME…the one who enters a building with a gigantic smile on my face. I will lose weight. After all, I am SOMEBODY!

At 9:45, I entered the meeting area of my local Weight Watchers. I wanted to cover my head with a grocery bag. I prayed I did not recognize anyone at the meeting. Never did I establish eye contact. The leader approached me, introducing herself as Kathy.

“I’m new,” I whispered. She reached for my hand.

“Welcome to Weight Watchers.”

I thanked her, found a seat in the back row, holding my head down. Listening to the meeting, the tightness in my body eased. I left the meeting a bit confused. Just what could I eat?

At home, I read the literature, discovering all I needed to do was track my food intake, making certain to have 26 points daily. “Sounds easy enough,” I said.

Yes, I am still a member of Weight Watchers. March 11, 2015 I will celebrate four years as a member of Weight Watchers. Have I reached my goal?

Absolutely not. I haven’t even discussed my ‘goal weight’ with my leader — Yet! For now, I am somewhat in limbo. Bouncing back and forth. The holidays were a nightmare for me. I gained almost 10 pounds and was so furious with myself, I missed meetings due to the holidays and a cruise to the Bahamas.

When I did force myself to return to the meetings, I discovered a weight gain of two pounds – not the 10 I thought I gained. I missed the meeting last week due to a stomach virus. Tomorrow is my regular weigh-in day. I think I have gained; nevertheless, if I have — I will face the music and get back on track.

Losing weight is easy for some people. For me, it is a struggle. Nevertheless, I am determined. I have changed my eating habits considerably and I work out every week – usually five days weekly. My exercise routine includes walking on the treadmill, inclined at seven degrees, with a speed of 3.3 for 50 minutes. By the time I finish, I am dripping wet! My goal is to incline my NordicTrack to 10 degrees. You must realize, I have asthma and if I push myself, I end up gasping for breath. After the treadmill, I do aerobics. My exercise routine is a slow progression. I must say, the inches are melting away. I am able to wear clothes I never thought I could. My shoulders are slimming down, and a few weeks ago, I discovered I actually do have ribs and collar bones! Rejoice! Eureka! “Yes, I’ve got this!”

If you are curious about Weight Watchers, go to the website, https://welcome.weightwatchers.com/ and read all about it. I encourage others to consider joining at a meeting, not online – however, if you are the type of person who can work alone and do it all by yourself, then online might work for you. When I joined in 2011, I started to join online. Fortunately, I listened to that little voice in my head, deciding to go to the meeting — just to see what ‘confidential weigh-ins’ are all about. At our meetings, the confidential weigh in consists of two small scales sitting on the floor. NO BEIGE CURTAIN! As I approached I thought — that can’t be confidential…all the people have to do is move a bit closer to the line up and read what he or she weighs.

Surprise! I was incorrect! When I got on the scales, I expected the scales to moan or groan, so I looked down to read the number – but –the number was not visible.

I glanced at the receptionist writing on my card. “Where’s the weight?” I asked.

“We’re confidential now. Only the person behind the desk can see the number.”

I laughed. “No beige curtains?”

“Nope…not anymore.”

Silly me. She was familiar with the beige curtains!

After almost four years with Weight Watchers what have I learned? Simple. I’ve learned so much it might take an entire chapter to discover all that I have learned. I’ve made friends — loyal, supportive, kind friends, and I’ve learned that all of us who enter the Weight Watchers meeting have felt the same way. The first visit, I recall walking in, just wanting to be invisible. I did not want others to discover what I weighed, nor did I want them to laugh at me. No one did. I’ve discovered all of us at the meetings, even those at lifetime, have walked in those same shoes. The dreaded shoes of weight gain, and together, we join hands to encourage everyone. When we see someone returning to the meetings after a few absences, we smile at them. Many times I embrace them, telling them I have missed them…and many times, they will hang their heads in shame. I smile and say, “But you’re back…”

Together we can do this. So for now, smile and welcome to Weight Watchers! Together we are on an amazing journey!