Weekly Weight: 215.4 lbs

The Scale: January 7th, 2022

Good morning my darlings. What a mess it is out there. Most of the world looks like it has been encased in glass. And honestly the afternoon doesn’t look like it is going to get much better. Yesterday’s power was spotty almost as if the powerlines were sending out Morse code messages. Twenty minutes out equals a dot and forty minutes out is a dash.

I am not fluent enough in Morse Code to know exactly what was being said but I like to think a rough interpretation would be: Help, this Ice is too heavy for me to carry.

We ended up losing power for a few hours sometime in the night, but it was back on in the morning and all the clocks were flashing at us. I think it may be the first time all of our clocks were showing the exact same time.

But you didn’t tune in for the weather report, you came for the weight report. The first of the new year. If you have been following along then you know that I took December off from the scale. It was a gift to myself and a kindness to others. While I didn’t plan to go completely bonkers, I wasn’t going to let concerns over my calorie count dominate the holidays. I was going to enjoy being with friends and family and let the weight take a back seat. Especially as celebrations were less through video cameras this year than last.

Over all I did fairly well. My last weight post with the scale in November was 212.0 so there was a bit of a gain over the holidays, but it wasn’t too devastatingly bad. And to be fair, the treats I did indulge in, were the sorts of treats that only come around once a year. They aren’t everyday things. I think that was my biggest fear. That I would use the rich holiday foods to start indulging in everyday items. You know the sort of thing…

After a wedge of that baked brie with apricot jam, surely a candy bar won’t actually matter.

But I am happy to say that didn’t happen. I stuck to small portions of the special holiday treats and did not let them lead me to indulgences that are available year round. I’m not saying that a wheel of brie coated in apricot jam and then wrapped in prosciutto and puff pastry is in any way diet food (which is why there was a gain over the holidays) but it isn’t something I typically make on a Wednesday evening either.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind having it more often because it is delicious. I just know I shouldn’t. So we are starting fresh with the stats. while I will still list my original starting weight as a reminder (and encouragement), today’s weight is where we start off 2022.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

This week’s weight (and the start of 2022): 215.4 lbs

While I am happy with the healthier aspects I’ve built into my life and understand that stress and elements well beyond my control took a toll on my weight loss plans, I feel that I now have a better handle on things. And I have a good feeling about this year’s weight loss. I look forward to chipping away at that number and hope to see a significantly smaller one at the end of this year. More important than the number though, I’ve figured out what I need to be healthy and happy, and that, more than the number on the scale, is my ultimate goal.

Weekly Weight: The December Break, December 3rd, 2021

I believe I mentioned this just before taking off for Thanksgiving, but I am going scale free this holiday season. That’s right. it is my gift to myself. There will still be walking and monitoring the food I take in to make certain I don’t overdo it. When I have my regular meals at home I will log the foods in and keep track of calories as normal.

However there will be no scale.

Part of that is because there are so many gatherings and special events this month that my actual meal plan is more or less only about half of the food that I will consume this month. egular meals will be skipped and canapes served, both by me and by other people.

Yes, I will try not to go over board with the holiday treats, but I am not going to go to a friends house and ask them how many calories are in their homemade eggnog. Partially because if you are drinking homemade eggnog then you should really either just enjoy it and not worry about it or skip it all together.

Just know it is highly caloric, have one glass and don’t go back for five additional ones.

Admittedly with the eggnog my friends make, three eggnogs would have you spinning. They are a bit potent. Delicious, but my decision to stick to only one isn’t solely calorie based. While this is the season of joy and celebration it is also the season where a little bit of personal restraint isn’t a bad thing.

This season I will be practicing some restraint, but enjoying myself as I spend time with those I love. Having to get on the scale would just add a layer of stress that I think I can do without this year, so I am.

It is part of my, ‘treat myself with some of the kindness I generally reserve for other people’ program for the new year. I know, I still need to work on my titles. But the theme is there as is the intent. I think that sometimes I can be too hard on myself. I’m sure several of you out there suffer from the same thing. It seems to be quite common. So This year I am going to remember that I sometimes deserve a little kindness too and give myself a break.

As for fitness. This week I had only one missed day of walking. It was the first of the month when everyone seemed to realize the end of the year was almost neigh and there were projects to complete. The following day, I made up for the lack with an extra walk slipped into the day. So even without the scale I feel relatively balanced and good about what I accomplished. And as the end goal of my weight loss is more to feel good in my skin than to hit an actual number, I am pretty happy with that assessment.

i will say though, it was really hard not to get on the scale this morning. Habit, and sheer perversity made me want to step on it even though I knew it wasn’t part of the plan. I think that for the rest of the month i may take the scale out of the bathroom and slide it under the bed. It may be less of a temptation that way.

for now, I am feeling pretty pleased with myself and I’m ready to tackle whatever Friday holds and ease myself into the weekend. I hope you have a fantastic one yourself.

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The Daily: November 30th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is shining brightly and it tempted me out into a long walk this morning. Unfortunately the wind was bitter and slashed like knives. My throat and lungs feel a bit on the raw side because of it. I was planning on a second walk later this afternoon, but i think that now, a session with my weights in doors may be a better idea.

I think that the indoor workouts in the sunroom may become a bit more frequent from here on out. Or at least until we get through the windy season. The cold I can deal with, but that wind. It just causes things inside to ache. But I am well stocked up on indoor workout gear so it should be fine. Most of my stuff comes from ProsourceFit. I’ve always found their products to be top quality. Currently they have a 60% off sale for cyber week so if you are looking to add to your personal collection this is a pretty good time. I love their yoga mats, but the big winner for me are the leg weights. Not only are they great when doing actual workouts, but they are fantastic for at the desk work outs.

when I am trying to think of the right wording for a tricky e-mail, I will occasionally put them on my ankles, push back from the desk and do seated leg lifts in my chair while my brain thinks up the right words.

All right, I admit, sometimes it devolves into chair dancing. Luckily there is no one in the office to see it. And I’m certain it burns some calories even if it probably doesn’t work out the intended muscle groups. And if I am going full confession, sometimes I shift them to my arms and do a little arm waving dance to whatever song is stuck in my head. Oddly enough yesterday it was the Kung foo Fighting Song. No clue why that popped into my brain.

Just don’t tell anyone, okay?

Today’s Look:

Primer: Fig and Rouge blurring primer

Foundation KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Primer infused Bronzer

Blush: Rodial Blush Drops

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Chella Manifest Bronze Quad

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers Mascara

Lips: Mischo Beauty Lip Gloss in Madam

Setting Spray: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist

As I am still testing out a lot of new products, some of these are the same as yesterday. The tart mascara from yesterday reached the end of it’s life and has been sent off to the land of fallen mascaras. Today I picked out the Pretty Vulgar mascara from my selection of open products and sadly found that this is it’s last day as well. There is almost no product left. I believe I have a second unopened one in the unopened product drawer which I will be taking out soon, if I have it. This is one of my favorite mascaras. It does really well lengthening the lashes and the curve of the wand does really well in shaping the lashes I really like how my lashes look with this mascara. The effect isn’t as great today as there was very little product left. Empty or not it is a pretty enough container that I actually want to keep it around for display purposes. To be honest I probably will keep it around until I open up a new one and put that one out to look at. It is just such a pretty looking mascara. I know, packaging isn’t everything. But since this is pretty packaging with a fantastic product, I’m okay with ogling the pretty packaging.

In keeping with the makeup recently received in subscription boxes theme I seem to have going on this week, I used the Chella eyeshadow quad today. It came in a Glossy box this month. It looks oddly almost identical to the quad I used yesterday. On the eyes the brown has more of a reddish tone though and it is not as patchy to apply. I actually applied it using the exact same colors in the exact same places that I did yesterday. The look is slightly different. To be honest, I don’t find it much more appealing than yesterday’s quad. While it is less patchy, it isn’t all that pigmented and to be honest I have these shades in better formulas elsewhere. The thing that might save this is travel. I am not certain if I have these shades in a smaller travel palette. I know I have them in larger ones. Once I finish testing them I will compare and investigate the drawer. While larger palettes have much more variation and I may keep them for one color, I will only keep quads like this if I don’t have the shades in a travel palette. That will determine if this stays or is passed on more than anything else at the moment, at least with the small shadow quads.

I’m trying not to keep what I am not going to use. Its one of my goals in the new year so I am trying to get a jump on it. there may be an end of December quick declutter just so I can start fresh in January.

The final change today in the line up was with the lips. I just could not face another day of the rose flavored lip oil. Since it is a lip product with a want that I have used, I can’t pass it on to anyone so I may use it as something pretty on the dressing table, until I run out of space and let it go. I don’t think I am going to be wearing it again. I just hated the taste.

By contrast the Mischo lip gloss has almost no taste and almost no scent. It provides a very light wash of color. I know i used the lip gloss at least once before but I didn’t remember how it performed. And I know it came in an IPSY a while ago. so I decided it counted as subscription box makeup. The light color is nice. The formula is a little waxy and like any lip gloss it leaves lip prints and wears off fairly quickly. While it is nice, I think it is something that I will use and then discard without feeling the need to replace or purchase additional colors. If future products come in subscription boxes then I will use them, but I won’t purchase it on my own. After the rose oil yesterday though, I am inclined to look on it more fondly then I might otherwise.

I’m still getting to grips with the new products in the line up and as I use them more, I’ll report back, but those were the changes made today and how I feel about them. I am sad to see my Pretty Vulgar mascara run out and the eyeshadow and lipstick weren’t my favorite, but I think I am starting to get the hang of the liquid blush at least. So that is something. It isn’t a spectacular look, but it will do for working at the desk today. And now it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your Tuesday is fabulously productive.

Or at least fabulous.

Snacktime: Daisy Cottage Cheese with Strawberries

I have a long time fondness for cottage cheese. I know, it gets a bad rap. A lot of people don’t like it. Some think it’s bland and boring, others that it is tart and slightly sour. Some hate the texture.

Personally, I like the slightly sour taste and enjoy the texture. Plus it is something I grew up with. For me cottage cheese with applesauce was a breakfast staple. In cold weather it was almost always oatmeal in the morning, often with a swirl of maple syrup. When the weather was warm there were grapefruit halves sprinkled with sugar or cottage cheese and applesauce.

So when I saw the small snack sized container of Cottage cheese with strawberries, I had a wave of nostalgic good feelings and scooped one off the shelf to try as my afternoon snack. It is slightly over my usual snack time calorie count as it sits at 140 calories per cup (I generally try to stick to 90-120 cals) but I figured it was only a small amount over and I was only having one during the week, with fruit making up the rest of my snacks this week.

I’m actually using grapes as the grocery store had a really good looking bunch. The amount I measure out only comes to around 100 calories so I figured one day of splurge wouldn’t hurt.

I like the container. It is neat and easily portable. if you have an office fridge then it is easily tucked away. when opened, it has two compartments, the strawberries contained in the upper lid away from the cottage cheese until you mix them. I know it is a little extra packaging, but I do like the separation of products. (more on that in a minute).

The strawberry part of the mix is more like a thin strawberry jam. It slid easily out of the container and into the cottage cheese and was quickly mixed. No muss no fuss. Personally I think it is a little too sweet. It is as if they are trying to negate the slight sourness of the cottage cheese with extra sugar. While I liked the cottage cheese, and daisy is a good brand for cottage cheese, I did not care for the strawberry jam. It was too sweet.

What I did like was the reminder that I do like cottage cheese. And while I do like the separation of products until I am ready to mix them. I really am not a fan of so much packaging. Once in a while I can justify it, but a consistent repurchase I can’t. As the strawberries weren’t really to my taste (even though I love strawberries in general) I think that a little bit of cottage cheese mixed with a fruit substance might not be a bad snack.

I think that Buying a larger container of cottage cheese and measuring out a small serving and then adding my own fruit like bits…like applesauce, might be a better alternative. While I do work from home, if I was to take my snack elsewhere, reusable containers would be my preference. It would also be easily accomplished with the containers I have at my disposal. I have small containers designed to contain a servings worth of salad dressing that would be perfect for applesauce and many containers appropriate for the cottage cheese. It would be a simple enough thing to create and I think better to do so at home than to purchase the premade pack from the store. This way I get to waste less and create my own ideal flavor combination.

While the Daisy Cottage Cheese with Strawberries gets a thumbs up for concept, it is a thumbs down for execution. While it inspires, it will not be repurchased.

Weekly Weight: 211.8 lbs

Good morning my darlings. It’s time again for the weekly weigh in. well, the good news is that the scale didn’t say 212 this morning. And it is less than 212 so that is progress. A loss is better than a gain, so I am okay with that. However I realized something this week.

I realized that while I intend to keep up with my exercising, for the next month there will be so many interruptions to my meal planning that weekly weigh ins may actually do more harm than good. Since I am going to be out of town next Friday, I was planning to take off next week’s weigh in. I think however I may not weigh myself until New Years.

I know, there is the fear that not routinely weighing myself for the next few weeks is going to help me get off track and let me pack on the pounds. I am aware that the scale is a tool that helps me focus on losing the weight.

However I think that with no meal plan and lots of once a year foods coming up on the menu, a focused monitoring may actually drive me crazy. I think it might actually cause me to add angst to my holiday season and to possibly add weight through stress and stress eating. I am still monitoring what I eat, controlling my portion size, even if I can’t control meal time and menu options.

While I talk about the items I plan to purchase during the sales, I think this holiday season the gift I am really going to give myself is the gift of kindness. Getting on the scale when I know things are not in my control, is not kind. In fact it is downright mean.

I know there is the possibility that even with my monitoring and workouts I may gain a few pounds over the holidays.

But you know what? That’s okay.I don’t want to gain weight., I still want to lose it, and I will still be working out. But if i don’t lose anything between now and January first, I am okay with that. If I gain a few pounds between now and January first, I will be okay with that.

Okay I won’t be happy about it, but i am not going to beat myself up about it. I’ll just get back into menu planning, regular meals and take the weight off. Slowly and steadily as I have been doing up to this point.

During the holiday season I run around trying to make everything perfect. I pick out gifts that I know people will like and try to make certain everyone has as happy a holiday as possible. Often I forget that I need to be happy too. So I am giving myself the gift of kindness and while I will still post each friday about my efforts to stay on track and continue my workouts during the holidays, I will be skipping the weigh in until the beginning of the new year.

A few weeks of not monitoring my weight won’t kill me and who knows, it may just end up being the best present ever.

The stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 212.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 211.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 34.2 lbs

And so with this morning’s weigh in recorded,. I will be stepping away from the scale for a few weeks. I am happy that at least I am stepping away at a loss. Admittedly it isn’t much of a loss, but it is still a loss. I’m good with that. And as nervous as I am about not stepping on the scale each week, there is a part of me that is looking at all of the upcoming gatherings and is relieved that I have taken that pressure off. I think the relief means that this is a very good decision right now, regardless of the outcome.

Whatever you are doing this holiday season, what ever your plans and goals I hope that you too recognize that everynow and again you need to treat yourself with a little bit of the kindness that I know you show to others.

Weekly Weight: 212.0 lbs

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the end of another week. This week was mostly sunny with yesterday’s walks called on account of rain. Also at the beginning of the week I didn’t realize how often I was stopping by the candy bowl. I think a lot of my calories came from fun sized snickers this week.

But they have been put away now and I will hopefully lower my sugar intake by forgetting they are there. All in all I am very happy with this week’s loss. I’m happy that the scale keeps moving in the direction I want it to. I am trying to to get too obsessed with it before the upcoming holiday season. I know I say that every year, but then we pass Halloween and planning for the Thanksgiving feast starts and then I start making deals with myself.

‘well you know you are going to eat that sweet potato pie, so maybe you won’t feel so bad if you work a little harder before hand to help balance it out.’

I know that isn’t how that works. You can’t burn calories now so that three weeks down the road you can indulge with no consequences. Even if I by some miracle lost 20 lbs before thanksgiving (which won’t happen without medical intervention) then when I got on the scale after Thanksgiving and gained back a pound I would think ‘I gained weight’.

Weight loss now may put me in a better place afterwards, but I can’t stockpile calorie burning. I know that, you know that, everyone knows that. And yet each year, I have the same conversation with myself. And once I’ve annoyed myself with the same old runaround I sit down and remind myself that celebrations are part of life and that it is fine to enjoy them. And that I am only eating one piece of pie, not the entire thing.

We’re edging into the year where the goal, between the family feasting and friend’s parties, is to use my calorie burning activity to maintain my weight instead of gaining. Oddly enough, that takes off a lot of the pressure. Thanksgiving is generally the food kick off so until then I know I am going to keep chipping away at my weight without making myself crazy and then after that I will be fine with maintaining my same weight until New Year’s Eve.

Of course New Year’s day I’ll get on the scale and sigh, vow to eat more salads and go back to chipping away at my weight. It is the annual system.

I know for many of you that sounds a bit tiresome. For those of you who are trying to lose weight and are feeling anxious about the food this holiday season just remember these few tips.

  • At heavy meals, watch your portion sizes. You may suspect Great-Grandmother’s dressing recipe can put meat on your bones just by looking at it from across the room, but if you love it and try to avoid it, there is a good chance you will remember that it is only made once a year and then raid the fridge consuming far more of the leftovers than you would have if you just had a little portion at dinner.
  • If there are plates of nibbles out around a gathering, take a minute and look at what is out. Are there things like potato chips or chocolate kisses that you can get at any time of year? Maybe give them a pass. Instead pick a few of the things that are only around once a year or that your host made especially for this party, pick three or four at most and then put one of each on a plate. Don’t graze from the platter and don’t refill your plate. If a plate is not available, take one item and then step away from the platter.
  • Remember that there is more to life than your waist line. Enjoy spending time with family and friends. If you happen to over indulge, chalk it up to once a year madness and don’t beat yourself up about it.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 213.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 212.0 lbs

Lost this week: 1.0 lbs

Lost over all: 34.0 lbs

Over all as this holiday season gets underway remember to give yourself the gift of kindness this year. That’s usually the one most of us forget to pick up.

Snack Time: Larabar Lemon Bar

As most of you know, a good mid-afternoon snack is a key part of my diet plan. While I generally try to avoid snacking, mostly because I find when I do my calories quickly escalate without me noticing, the afternoon snack is different.

Most meals, I cook at home. I like cooking. I did even before I started my diet plan. I really enjoy the process. Plus I found out very quickly that I really liked playing around with different spices and flavors. I found this out mostly because my babydoll was diagnosed with high blood pressure and we had to cut out a lot of salt laden products on his doctor’s orders. This knocked out a lot of processed food from out eating habits as well as a lot of restaurant meals.

We still go out to eat, but it is a once in a while treat rather than something we do routinely. Our local grocery store can sometimes be limiting, so we do drive out of town to a larger city for some things. We also use the internet a lot, especially for hard to find spices. In addition places like Vital Source has been a huge help in securing quality product as well (we like to eat fish about once a week).

However life gets busy. Sometimes I will make extra portions of a meal that I know freezes well so that on a day when my schedule is swamped, we can have a great meal in a very short period of time. I know, some of you are thinking it is a good idea and you don’t see the problem (or what this has to do with snacking).

The problem is portion control. It is one of my biggest weaknesses. “This turned out really well. I like this recipie. Oh there is still a lot left, maybe I’ll have just a little more.”

If you are going to make multiple portions for saving then you can’t nibble around the edges of the other portions. Not only will it make your planned meal too large but it will short you on a meal at later times. For me the mid-afternoon snack is a very important tool in making sure I stick to my portion. The snack needs to feel substantial without adding a lot of calories. On days when I know I am making extra portions of a meal I really enjoy and know I will want to take extra, it needs to feel like an extra treat. If it does then i feel like I already indulged for the day and am less like to indulge a second time.

This is also why sometimes my snacks aren’t the healthiest of items. Sometimes a guilty indulgence is what I really need. It is also why I generally pay close attention to the calorie count when I have those indulgences. If I am having cinnamon bears then I am counting each one of those little guys to get the portion correct. And then I am lining them up like soldier and destroying them like a rampaging giant. But that is another story.

Often time my afternoon snack is fruit.

Today we are going to talk about the Lara bar. I picked this up because I know a lot of people who swear by it. I also picked it up because it was not cookie dough flavor. While I generally like the flavor of cookie dough, in a snack bar I often find it too sweet and to cloying in the mouth. Occasionally it is very good, but it isn’t my go to. The lemon bar looked like much better bet.

I do have a confession though. You know how I mentioned calorie count earlier? Well I generally try to keep my afternoon snack around the 100 calorie range. Sometimes it will go up, sometimes down, but that is generally the target that keeps me satisfied and makes me feel like I had a bit of a treat.

My confession: I didn’t read the calorie count on the label.

I picked it up, thinking, Its a three inch long power bar, how caloric could it be? It turns out that little bar is 200 calories. I know, packed with nutty fruity goodness. But still it is 100 calories more than I planned to consume. It wasn’t particular problem as I just extended my walk a bit, but it is something to be aware of. Those proteins bars can be packed with calories, as well as good things.

This one does have good things in it. And the taste was very nice. It is a fresh lemon that is tart enough to make you pucker pared with the nutty almonds. I really enjoyed the flavor. It was very fresh tasting. My problem is actually that some of the lemon peels included in the mix were overly large and rock hard. I couldn’t chew them and had to take them out of my mouth as though they were orange seeds when i was eating an orange. The lemony burst was delicious, but the removal was not that pleasant.

And while I could, in theory break the bar into two pieces and use half of it on one day and half of it the next, there is no natural break. It is a bar that is meant to be eaten in one sitting. It is not like the E3 Bars that are deliberately broken into three pieces so you can decide how much you want to consume. This is one whole thing.

I will say though that the calories mean I will treat the Larabar Lemon bar sparingly and go in with the full knowledge of how many calories the product holds. The taste means that I want to eat it again because it was just plain yummy. The overly large and really hard lemon pieces mean if I do pick up another one of these it will be with caution. I’m just not sure the taste is enough to move me past the lemon peel bits. They are tasty, but at one point, I thought I chipped a tooth. I might go for something tasty, but less hazardous in the future.

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Snacktime: Candy Club Grapefruit Slices

That’s right my darlings, you read that right, I said candy. I know what you are thinking, ‘Mimsy, weren’t you working on losing some weight? How exactly does the candy play a roll here?’

So glad you asked.

Here is the thing, yes I am trying to lose weight and yes, Candy isn’t something I indulge in often. In fact even though I am slowly eating most of the crunchy and savory items from my Tokyo Treats Box, most of the candy in it was passed on to someone else. Mostly because I am more of a savory sort of person.

See here is the deal. Yes I try to limit things like sugar and I tend to avoid empty calories, part of my “dieting” is building a healthy and sustainable life. For me that means that I do not really demonize anything. I try for moderation instead. There are a few candy’s that I like to eat, but I only have them once in a while and I portion them out.

Snacks for me are a little varied. while I do prefer something that feels substantial like a Chomps Stick (the Cranberry habanero is my favorite) or even an energy bar (kind of groovin’ on the Orange Cranberry Energy Cubes from E 3 Foods at the moment – I love that you can easily break one bar into three squares and control how much you eat.) I do occasionally have a treat.

I still stick to the basic guidelines though. A snack is no less than 50 calories and no more than 120. Generally if it is less than 50 calories then I don’t feel like it is enough and either tend to eat more than I should for a snack or go looking for something else. the something else usually ends up blowing my calorie count.

I know not all calories are the same. A snack like a Chomps stick will leave me feeling full and satisfied while candy is a momentary pleasure that doesn’t really stick with me. So when I substitute something like candy for my afternoon snack I make certain that dinner is a simple well contained unit that I can’t over eat. Sometimes I make meals designed to have left overs so that they can be frozen and on nights where things get busy we can have an easy meal relatively quickly.

if I make candy a snack, then I don’t do that. Tonight is actually a salad night. Everything is measured and counted and once assembled, I will have one salad, no leftovers. So there will be no over eating on seconds. Mostly because there are no seconds. Its a simple system.

This week I have been using green grapes as my afternoon snack. One cup is about 105 calories if you were curious. And yes, I do measure them into a measuring cup. Today I decided it was time to break out the Candy Club. You can order the individual containers or you can subscribe to their subscription service. It is a really great subscription and it lets you choose sweet or sour as your main focus for your box. I chose sour, and most of it was, but there were also some sweet in there as well. You can also order the individual treats you like, I just like trying new things that I might not have picked out for myself. Which is why I like most subscription boxes and variety packs when it comes down to it. I like a little surprise in my treats. Candy Club always surprises me.

I love the subscription, but it is one I dip into and then back out of a lot, which is why I don’t review it on a consistent basis (although there are a few subscription posts for it). The box is good and I like the variety. The Grapefruit slices were in my last box. Each of the candies are contained in screw top containers which keep the candy fresh until you open them and If my baby doll doesn’t find my secret stash and eat the candy collection then they last a while without going stale.

The best part (besides eating the candy) is that the jars have clearly labeled calorie counters and it tells you how many pieces are in a serving. Since five pieces is 100 calories, five pieces is my treat. The grapefruit slices are great. they are fruit, a little sour and a little sweet. It isn’t mout puckeringly sour, but it is a tang. I think they are moving up the ranks to be one of my favorite candies. But only one day a week for candy and today was that day. Tomorrow, it’s back to the grapes.

But the treat was a nice break.

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Snacktime: Verb Energy: Peppermint Mocha

Yes it is time to turn our attention once more towards snacking. As you may recall I ordered a four bar variety pack from Verb Energy a while ago. I adore variety packs, especially if they are a product I don’t know much about. And until I ordered the pack I only knew what I saw on the website.

And that was that Verb Energy bars are vegan, have only 90 calories and have as much caffeine as an espresso. All of which sounds pretty good to me.

As part of keeping on track with my calories, I like to have a snack in the mid-afternoon. I generally find that a small snack can not only make me feel like I have had a special treat but also keep me from over indulging at dinner time. while I have no real rules for my snacks I generally find that they have to be more than 50 calories for them to make any impact and I like to keep them under 120 calories so they don’t get out of hand.

All in all that is a pretty wide range.

In addition there are many afternoons when i find myself dragging. A little hit of caffeine wouldn’t be a bad thing.

However how thins sound on paper and how they taste in real life are two entirely different things. As I mentioned, I ordered the four pack of bars. This is actually the fourth of the pack. The last one. The salted peanut butter was far too salty and dry for my taste and made me very thirsty. It’s taste was okay (it tasted like a no bake cookie) but not something I would go back for very often. the second bar was the blueberry Crisp which was dry and crumbly and had a taste I couldn’t stand. The third one I actually liked. It was the double chocolate.

And while I know some of you are rolling your eyes and saying ‘Oh, she liked the CHOCOLATE one’, the truth is that the flavor was strong enough to remain dominant so that it actually tasted like what it was supposed to and not like the base components of the energy bar. In addition it had more moisture to it. So I could eat it without feeling like I needed to pound back several glasses of water.

while I welcome the chance to include more water in my day, I don’t think that eating something that dries out my tongue is the way to do it. Of the previous three bars, the only one I would purchase is the Double chocolate one.

But this leads us to the Peppermint Mocha. I’ll be honest, this is the one I was most interested to try. I love peppermint and I think that peppermint and mocha are both strong enough flavors to triumph over the base flavors of the energy bar. And as a side note it isn’t that i don’t like the base notes. The base flavor isn’t bad, but it tastes like floury oats mixed with brown rice and agave which isn’t really my choice for an energy bar.

Which I’m pretty sure the company knows as they don’t sell the base flavor but mix in other flavors. So to the Peppermint Mocha, Batman!

Ingredients: Gluten-Free Oats, Organic Agave, Almond Butter (Almonds), Brown Sugar, Organic Crisp Brown Rice, Organic Quinoa Crisp, Cocoa, Natural Flavors, Organic Green Tea Caffeine, Sea Salt

First off, the bar is much more moist than the other bars. Even the Double Chocolate. It actually came out of the package in one piece and not cracked. It has a very peppermint-y mocha scent to it. The scent is however stronger than the taste. it does taste of peppermint and mocha. However it is more like I stored the plain bar in a box with an open container of mocha powder and an open box of peppermint tea leaves. It is like the scent partially penetrated the outer layer of the bar but didn’t go all the way in.

After chewing and swallowing the bar, the flavor is very much a brown rice and agave mix. which isn’t bad, but not really my thing. I don’t believe that this is going to be an energy bar i reorder any time soon.

Of the four I tried, only the double chocolate actually tasted like the flavor it was supposed to taste like. I think that there was enough cocoa in it to penetrate all the layers of the bar and dominate the flavor. The other flavors just couldn’t compete with the mix in the base bar. Which is strange with this one as peppermint usually takes over anything it is a part of. With this, it was only surface flavor and I was left with brown rice and agave.

I think this does reaffirm my love of the variety pack though. Out of the pack of four I found one that I liked enough to reorder and three that I have no desire to try again. In theory, this bar should have been my go too as on paper everything sounded designed to suit me. But some times, you just have to try things in person so you can really know for sure. And now I know. If I order a bag, it will be the Double Chocolate.

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Snacktime: Verb Energy Blueberry Crisp

Welcome to another snack time trial. I recently ordered a four pack of Verb Energy bars to try out. I ordered the trial pack because I liked the idea. A small snack that has a hit of caffeine sounded like a really good idea. And when I looked at the ingredients list it listed all things I have no problem consuming. And so I ordered the pack.

This is the second flavor from the trial pack that I’ve tried and it is labeled Blueberry Crisp. The full sized pouch (which the link will take you to should you be interested) is $19.95 for 12 bars. So it comes to about $1.66/1.67, which isn’t too bad. each bar is a serving and it has 90 calories. So in general it fits into the snacking calorie range for me.

I know I’ve mentioned this before but I find a snack in the afternoon does keep me from overeating at dinnertime. It is one of my favorite diet tricks. And I am fairly lenient on those snacks. As long as the calorie count stays within range I can use the snack as an indulgent moment. So if I am craving chocolate I can have a square of Dove Chocolate as my snack. Sometimes I need something that feels far more substantial than it is and for that Chomps Sticks are fantastic because they are also in the 70-90 calorie range but give you the feeling of sinking your teeth into something far more substantial.

As a dessert I love blueberry crisp. And the ingredients in this led me to think the flavor profile might be similar.

Ingredients: Gluten-Free Oats, Organic Agave, Almonds, Organic Crisp Brown Rice, Maple Sugar, Blueberries, Organic Quinoa, Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavors, Organic Green Tea Caffeine, Pink Himalayan Salt

I have to be honest. I hated this blueberry crisp energy bar. First off it is very dry. I had that same problem with the first of the trial pack I tried but i thought the fruit might help. Like that first one , this bar broke a it came out of the package. The texture of the almonds in the bar is nice, it gave it a bit of crunch. That is the only nice thing I have to say about this. It tasted like the filling from a very stale fig newton that was rolled in oatmeal dust. I got the crunch of almost and a bit of oat flavor and then some generic ‘fruit’ flavor that tasted very stale. The only reason I said stale fig newton is because of the color. If I closed my eyes and took a bite then I couldn’t identify the fruit. To call it blueberry is actually an insult to blueberries.

To be honest, I couldn’t finish it.

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The first one I tried (the salted Peanut butter) wasn’t bad. Just a little too salty for me. The other two I have to try are Peppermint Mocha and Double Chocolate. Given the ingredients lists for those I think they will have a similar texture, but I think that the flavor profiles may work better with those textures than the blueberry crisp. I think the blueberry as a fruit was just too subtle for the mix of everything else they put into this bar and it simply didn’t work. At least not for me.

I really hate that I have so little positive to say about this but I just did not find it enjoyable. I have my fingers crossed for the next two bars though as I think the flavor combinations should be enough to make the bars taste like their labels. Butt for now, for me, this Blueberry Crisp is an utter failure as an afternoon snack. I am throwing away the rest of the bar and slicing an apple. It may not have the caffeine, but it has the calorie count, a great deal of good fiber and it will take the taste of this energy bar out of my mouth.