Hope Wissel

Become a Quick Change Artist

Have I caught your attention?  I wanted to share with you a few tips I have picked up over the last few weeks at Weight Watchers which could bring immediate results.  No, there is not a magic wand BUT they are some simple suggestions for better living.

Last week, I edged up on the scale .4 pounds. I know, not a major thing but it brought me to tears.  Silly, right?  The truth was, I felt like the ANT (Automatic Negative Thoughts) were flooding in and taking over.  With the help of Michelle, I took some deep breaths and we talked about simple changes I could make…

#1 – More Protein….. are you a “just coffee” in the morning kind of gal?  I’m not sure when the switch happened but it seems like for years, I have just had a cup of coffee or two in the morning then nothing until about 11 or 12 when we have lunch.  I am now learning, I need to eat more protein to jump start my body in the morning.  So, as I am writing this – I have already had a hard boiled egg with my coffee and I am getting ready to snack on some almonds. What I love about this, is it is quick and easy with no mess.

#2 An apple a day may or may not keep the doctor away BUT if you eat an apple about 3PM, it will help with the mid-afternoon slump. Have you ever known anyone to fall asleep eating an apple? Okay, Snow White but it doesn’t count.  

#3 Wear your favorite color.  It can be you lipstick, a scarf, a dress, shoes or even your favorite purse/tote.  Don’t you feel better when you have your favorite color on?  I know I do.

#4 Office Snack Stash, do you have one?  This one could be a bit tougher but why not leave it with a coworker.  Why?  You will need to take a walk to get to the snack plus you get a break and some conversation during the day.  Built-in portion control, right?#5 Swap words to keep things positive.  Do you suffer with ANTs (Automatic Negative Talk)?  Why not change your words like “difficult” to “challenging” or “failure” to “temporary setback” or my favorite “impossible” to “just you watch me”.

#6 Surprise your Body with a change in activity.  I don’t necessarily mean hours at the gym unless you enjoy it.  I mean, make your physical activity more interesting for your muscles without taking more time.  What if you walked sideways or backwards (as long as someone is guiding you) to change things up?  Always walk a flat surface, why not try walking steps multiple times or find a hill to walk up and down?  Take the stair whenever possible to get those “other” muscles working.

#7 Have kids?  Do you make them follow rules for screen time or social media?  Why not try it yourself?  I know scary, right?  Limit your at-home device time to 30 minutes a day during the week and see how you can fill your new found free time.

#8 Find you Happy thought.….We all have a happy place we go to when things are stressful.  Now, it may not be the actually place but in our minds we go there, right?  Next time you catch yourself stressing about something, STOP and go to your happy place.  You will be surprised in the change it makes when you interrupt negative thoughts with a more positive daydream.

#9 What’s something you love but never really have time for?  Sitting down for breakfast? Going to the movies?  A mani-pedi? Drawing?  Take the time TODAY! What can you do today to bring it back into your life?

Will all of these things be the magic wand to losing weight? No but it will help us to have a better quality of life.  It is the little things we do each day to make a positive change in our lives and others which improve our mood and change our lives.

What are some of your “quick change” ideas?  We would love to hear them..

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday – 3 Ingredient Apple Cake

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TODAY is the day!  Belinda and Ashley are arriving in Phillie this morning.  I am on my way to the airport to pick them up.  So excited to have them home for Christmas.  It seems like forever since the wedding in August.

Thank you Made 2 B Creative for today’s recipe.

 

Ingredients

1 box Duncan Hines® Signature Spice Cake Mix
3 large eggs (beaten)
1 can Duncan Hines Comstock® Country Apple

Baking Instructions

In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix, eggs and pie filling.
Stir together until well mixed.
Bake in greased Bundt pan, 350 degrees for 35 minutes or test with toothpick for doneness.

I haven’t tried this but it sounds yummy!  I have to admit that I have horrible memories of using bundt pans in the past.  I am sure they are more advanced now!  I always made a mess!  LOL.

This is one of those cakes that can be used as a dessert or for brunch.  A perfect thing to have on hand when unexpected company drops by this holiday season.  How about serving it warm with some ice cream?

It travels well too if you pack it up in a Thirty One Family Fun Thermal.  Take the party anywhere with this thermal that’s perfect for picnics, tailgates or block parties. With new Leak Lock lining you can even fill it with ice and use it as a beverage bin. Easy to tote with a detachable shoulder strap. Approx. 9.5”H x 14”L x 10”D.

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If you try the recipe, let us know what you think.  Or if you have other SIMPLE recipes, share them with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!