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7 truths for new Weight Watchers members

1. You’ll quickly feel overwhelmed. From the outside, the program seems simple. Count points, lose weight, right? Not exactly. I think a lot of first timers have trouble sorting out all the “rules,” and sometimes it’s hard to figure out where to even begin. Don’t freak out! Over time, you’ll know the points values of your favorite foods by heart, and IT WILL GET EASIER. (NOTE: If you choose to go to meetings, the leader will always offer a new member orientation after the regular session. Don’t miss it!)
2. There will be food you don’t know how to track. Weight Watchers has a list of millions of foods in its database, but it doesn’t know the recipe for Aunt Susie’s strawberry cheesecake lush – and neither do you. Rather than freak out over calculating the precise points values, find a substitute or make a best guess. Tracking estimated points values – even if you’re wrong – is better than not tracking at all. Don’t sweat it. 
3. All of the Weight Watchers food will be delicious – and ex…

What we're eating: Zucchini lasagna

Every now and then, I surprise myself. As I've stated before, I'm NOT a regular chef in our house. Most of the meals I make come from the Crock-pot (translation: they don't require much effort). Kyle is definitely the master of the kitchen. 
But last week, my neighbor Matt brought over some zucchini and asked if we wanted some. I instantly said yes because I have been dying to try using zucchini as a substitute for pasta, something I've seen all over Pinterest lately. Veggies = zero points, so it was worth a shot!
Since I DON'T have one of those contraptions that makes spaghetti noodles (not yet at least), I decided to try making lasagna. Now, lasagna isn't easy (with or without noodles) so in my normal fashion, I took a combination of several recipes to create one I thought I could handle. 
The result? A HOMERUN! Kyle, Kenlee and I agreed this was a delicious meal! (OK, Kenlee ate more cheese and turkey than zucchini, but she still cleaned her plate pretty we…

7 truths for new runners

I get so excited when someone tells me they’ve started running. I wanna hug them and shout, "Welcome to the club!" For me, running is more than an activity – it's a lifestyle. And it's definitely a growing community as more and more people across the country have lined up at a starting line in recent years.

I've written before about how I got started, but now that I've been at it a while, I wanted to reflect back and add some more. So, if you're new to running, here's a list of seven things you'll likely find to be true: 
1. It’s going to suck. At least, it will suck at first. I’ve never heard a story of a new runner who took off and swiftly covered three miles. If you’ve never run before or if it’s been a long time, you’ll want to start off with running/walking intervals to ease into it. I used the Couch to 5k app on my smartphone, and it told me when to walk and run during my workouts over the course of eight weeks.  
2. You’re going to want to q…