Weight Watchers – Week 14 of Meetings

After my implosion at Weight Watchers three weeks ago (See that +5.6 at the top?) I am more than happy to say that I am almost back to where I was pre-huge weight gain.  10620639_787318251306759_8840325201327620626_n

I know that I have portion control issues and a binge eating disorder, but I had not been treating myself as such.  I had still been occasionally buying foods that I should not have in my house. 
For example: I’d buy a bag of candy corn with this fabulous logic –
“It is only 4 WW points per serving and I earn almost 10 every day working out.  I’ll bring the candy corn home and limit myself to one serving each day as a reward post workout.”

Guess what would happen?
I would do great the first day and count out exactly one serving.
However, the second day… I would DEMOLISH the rest of the bag.

From now on my goal is to try and prevent things like this when grocery shopping by asking myself, “If I eat this entire bag in one setting will I get upset?” 
Grapes? Nope.  Toss them in the cart.
Chicken?  No.  Put it in the cart.
Huge bag of gluten free pretzels?  Yes.  They don’t go in the cart. 

This doesn’t mean I won’t ever get treats.  It just means that I will only buy treats where I can ask, ““If I eat this entire bag/package in one setting will I get upset?” and answer no. 
Hello single serving size treats. 

What is your favorite individually sized treat?

Gluten Free Snacking on the Go

Thank you to LÄRABAR for sponsoring this post and the accompanying giveaway; however, all opinions provided are completely my own. 

LÄRABAR was wonderful enough to send me a fabulous LÄRABag full of all sorts of goodies.  I couldn’t wait to dig in, and dumped everything out right away to check out my awesome haul.  IMG_7408

The LÄRABag was chocked full of stuff!  I was really excited because everything that LÄRABAR makes is 100% gluten free.  Since I have been gluten free for almost a year now, that is really important to me.  I am always looking for gluten free snacks I can grab on the go.  In addition to that all the products are also non-GMO and Kosher so you know you are putting quality stuff made from the best ingredients into your body.  IMG_7409
LÄRABAR RENOLA is their new grain-free, gluten-free blend of non-GMO fruits, nuts, and seeds.  It is granola done right!  LÄRABAR RENOLA comes in three flavors: Berry, Cocoa Coconut, and Cinnamon Nut.  It comes in fabulous single use servings that are perfect for snacking on the go, or pouring over Greek yogurt in the morning (my new favorite breakfast).  IMG_7410
LÄRABAR is the Original Fruit and Nut Bar TM with each bar containing 1/4 cup of fruit or more.  These bars are made from whole foods which makes them perfect for gluten free snacking on the go because I can satisfy my hunger without eating junk, which is something that I am really working on.  IMG_7412My absolute favorite flavors are:
– Chocolate Chip Brownie
– Chocolate Coconut Chunk
– Coconut Chocolate Chip
Can you tell I LOVE chocolate and coconut?
However, if I am wanting something a bit more fruity and refreshing I really like the Lemon Bar and Key Lime Pie. 
Want to try your own?  Visit the LÄRABAR coupon page for $0.50 off one bar.  Great deal!

Well tonight after work I was STARVING, but knew if I didn’t get out the door quick I would lose the daylight and would not be able to head down my favorite trail, so I tossed a LÄRABAR in my pocket and headed out the door. 
I was trying to enjoy my time on the trail.  I love being outside.  It helps me calm down and let go of the stress of a busy day at work.  The light was shining through the the trees, there was a great breeze blowing, it was a fabulous 70 degree day (which feels nice and cool for Charleston), but all I could think was – AHHHH…..I am HUNGRY!!!!IMG_7415
Thank heavens I had thrown that LÄRABAR in my pocket. 
That is actually how these awesome bars were invented.  Lara Merriken, the founder or LÄRABAR, found herself on a hike in Colorado, hungry, and craving a natural food that would fit her active lifestyle perfectly, and LÄRABAR was invented.  I love that she was outside working out, hiking, and thought of a way to make a better snack to take with her.      IMG_7414

I felt wonderful eating this on the trail and continuing my workout.  Since it is all natural ingredients it fills me up without messing with my stomach at all.  For example, the ingredients in the particular bar were: dates, semi-sweet chocolate chips, almonds, walnuts, cocoa powder, and sea salt.
How amazing is that?  All stuff I can pronounce and that I know what it is.  It turned my hunger into happiness very quickly.  I mean come on – gluten free, chocolaty, and made from great ingredients.  That is a win-win situation. 
IMG_7416Grab a LÄRABAR and hit a trail near you.  National Take a Hike Day is on 11/17/14 and you can share your experience on your hike using the hashtags #eatclean and #getoutside. 

LÄRABAR will definitely continue to be my go to for gluten free snacking on the go.  It is so easy to take on the trail with me, on my other workouts, and even to just toss in my purse in case I get hungry when I am out and about.  I was really impressed by LÄRABAR.
Don’t forget to visit the LÄRABAR coupon page for $0.50 off one bar. 

Would you like to win your own LÄRABAR variety pack to try? 
What about some fabulous new LÄRABAR RENOLA too?
Enter to win a variety pack of both –
– Visit the LÄRABAR product website and telling me which flavor you want to try first to #eatclean. 
– Be sure to comment below for your entry. 
*Winner will be drawn randomly.  Contest ends on Monday, October 27th.

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