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It was inevitable, considering where I work, that at some point I would have to post some book recommendations.  Two titles revealed themselves to me today.  Although I’ve not read either (one I have the other, I will have to purchase) they both seemed promising so I thought I’d share them any way.

The first title I spied on our new non-fiction cart at the Howard County Library – “52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You” by Brett Blumenthal.  The title alone intrigued me.  From skimming through it (and reading the back cover) it seems to adhere to many of the same things we learn in Weight Watchers.  I loved the first line on the back cover and I quote “Let’s face it: change is easier said than done, especially when it comes to managing your health amidst the chaos of everyday life.

The basis of this book is to make 1 small change each week and in a year’s time you’ll be healthier and happier.  Very much the same thing we learn at Weight Watchers.  Our leader, Pat,  often asks when someone has a celebration “What did you change or do differently?”  Each of us changes many things from eating healthier to exercising more to controlling our portions.  I think this book can only help me on my journey and support what I’ve already learned from the wise and wonderful members of Weight Watchers.  I highly recommend reading it – check your local library or buy from your favorite bookstore.

The second title came to me via Facebook this afternoon.  I happened to check my news feed when I saw a post from Weight Watchers Supermarket Foods about a new cookbook “Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook“.  Again I haven’t read these recipes yet so I can’t really say how great this book is but I’ve not been disappointed by any of the Weight Watcher cookbooks I’ve bought so far.  What I really like about this link on Facebook was that the site selling this book links to many vendors including Kobo, Sony Reader and iBooks so for those who love e-books you have options and for those who love “tree books” you can order from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Books a Million among others.  I downloaded samples from both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com for Kindle to use on my Asus Transformer Prime tablet.

I’m looking forward to both of these titles (one in “tree book” form) and the other (the cookbook) I’m going to purchase in e-book format so I can use it on my tablet while cooking.  I don’t think you could go wrong with either one as you will gleam some piece of information or a recipe that can change, even if it’s a small one, how you are doing things today.

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Life Just Got a Little Easier

Life for those of us who shop and try our best to stick to our points just got a little easier.  Weight Watchers just released a new app for Android and iPhone that is a real-time saver at the grocery store!

The new Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner app scans the UPC barcode on packages and then automatically calculates the PointsPlus value.  On top of that greatness alone it will allow you to track right from the app so you don’t have to get out of it and open the other app or use the mobile site.  It also keeps a history of items you scanned (helpful if you use certain products on a regular basis).  And if for some reason it can’t find the UPC barcode in the database it offers to bring up the calculator so you can figure it out manually.

Not only all of these great features but it also allows you to add it to a shopping list!  I really love this because I’ve been playing with several apps lately that keep your grocery list on your phone via an app.  I’ve really liked ZipList as it also puts the items in order by whatever store you are shopping.  It also has a list of recipes sites (not the official Weight Watchers site but one that uses the PointPlus program) and you can click on a link that will add the ingredients from the recipe into the shopping list.  But with ZipList if I came across a new items at the store that I didn’t know the points value for I had to exit the app and then go over to the Weight Watchers app to use the calculator.  Now with the new barcode scanner app from WW I can have both my shopping list, scanner and calculator all in one place.

The is the best early Christmas present WW could have given a person like me.  Thank you!

Healthy 2 Go

One of the hardest parts of staying on my weight loss journey has been choosing healthy choices when I’m on the go.  Fast food restaurants are a plenty but they often don’t have many options.

I’ve discovered a surprising place that stocks fresh fruit and vegetables in individual packages, string cheese and even yogurt – Royal Farms!   Most convenience stores attached to gas stations seem to only stock sweet treats and fatty snacks so I was very surprised to find that Royal Farms also had healthy alternatives.

This is great for a quick snack while you are gassing up your car but what if you really need a full meal?  I would recommend if you have a smartphone that you either access the site Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone or download the app (for Android and iPhone).  Practically every restaurant is listed and they have calculated the Point Plus value for items on the menu.  This helps making a decision as to which restaurant to eat in as well as what food to eat a whole lot less stressful when you are on the go!