I'm feeling really great about my eating and weight today! But I'll go ahead and admit that it wasn't a particularly great week. Technically the numbers show a tiny loss, but I know I didn't do anything to warrant a loss. It's just a lucky fluctuation, so I'm not actually going to log my weight today. I'll pick back up with reporting next week.

Despite not having a super great week overall, I feel like I've really had a great turnaround in my weight loss approach in the past 3 days!  Last week I told you that I didn't feel like things were working for me. I couldn't find the motivation to eat well or even exercise (which isn't typically a problem for me). And I was feeling really depressed about my lack of progress. So I decided to switch things up a little bit…

I've decided to go back to the old Weight Watchers points system, and I've seriously been in heaven! I do want to say that I really admire those of you who are successful on the Points Plus WW plan. It's definitely an overall healthier way to eat– monitoring your carbs and protein is really smart. And I loved getting free fruits and vegetables, which is why I took so long to switch back to the old system (I love my all fruit smoothies!).

But it just wasn't working for me. I totally felt deprived, because I felt like it was so much harder to squeeze in my daily dose of something sweet. And that deprivation feeling was driving me to a cycle of  nighttime peanut butter granola binging, guilty mornings, and starving during the day (because I was trying to save points for all of the peanut butter granola I wanted to eat that night!).

But by replacing carbs + protein with calories in the points calculating, I found that my range of acceptable treats widened up drastically. And just having more options there has really helped to keep me [happily] in check for the past 3 days! And I definitely feel more comfortable looking at calories in food– it's way easier to wrap my brain around calories than carbs– to gauge what I want to eat.

I know that I'm pretty  much being a quitter. I won't deny that at all. Points Plus was just too hard for me, and I'm giving up on it. But I feel really great about my decision to go back to the old points system. It's already working 10 times better for me, I can tell that I'm going to have success in weight loss, and I'm still tracking what I eat and focusing on healthful eating. But I'm also better able to allow myself desserts without feeling guilty and going over points, and I'm loving it!

On that note… does anyone know where I could get my hands on some old WW material (not the Points Plus stuff)? Or do you know of a good “classic WW” app? We're using iTrackBites, but we haven't been very impressed with the database and lack of bar code scanner (but it does let you track in decimals, like recording something as being 1.6 points instead of 2, which I love)… If you have any good suggestions for me, please let me know!

A #skinny #Reese's #Milkshake that tastes just like a DQ blizzard! But for only 200 calories (even the mini serving at DQ is 360 calores with twice as much fat!!)

This milkshake is AWESOME. It tastes just like a Dairy Queen Reese's Blizzard. And all you need is 1 Healthy Choice or WW brand Fudgesicle + 6 Reese's minis (not miniature Reese's Cups)! Of course, it's quite a bit smaller than a DQ blizzard, but that's the point isn't it? Portion control!

Nutrition Information by my calculation: 200 calories / 8 g fat / 5.5 g fiber / 29 g carbs / 5.5 g protein

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Skinny Saturday: Skinny Reese’s Cup Milkshake


  • 1 Healthy Choice or WW Fudge Pop (in the ice cream section)
  • 6 Reese's minis
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetend almond milk
  • Optional: fat free whipped cream for topping


  1. Microwave the fudge pop for 10 seconds. Use a knife or fork to scrape it off the stick into blending cup.
  2. Blend it up with the 6 Reese's mini cups and 1 tbsp of almond milk. Top with fat free whipped cream if desired.

Notes about this Recipe:

  • I wouldn't suggest trying to blend this in a full sized blender unless you're making more than one serving at once. Otherwise I don't think it will blend very well. Try to use either a single sized blending cup (my Ninja came with 2), or use this nifty trick to do a single serve blend using a mason jar and a standard blender base (like Oster). Or, you might even just be able to mash the fudge pop and the reese's together using a fork!
  • Substitute other 1/2 servings of your favorite candies for other tasty variations!