Quick Low(er) Calorie Trick or Treat ideas

Hey, everyone! If you’re one of those people who hesitates to buy Halloween candy for those adorable li’l trick or treaters who’ll be pounding at your door tonight, because you KNOW, you just KNOW, there won’t be as many as last year, and you’ll have to muster all your willpower to keep from scarfing them all down yourself — don’t panic! I’ve got some helpful hints for you. (Granted, it’s a little late in the day, but c’mon — it’s free! You get what you pay for, ya know.)

Anyway, the #1 best way to avoid being triggered by your treats is super easy: just buy stuff you HATE.

Me, I absolutely can’t stand even the basic concept behind Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (peanut butter and chocolate? Brrr – now THAT’S ghoulish!)

Tip #2 is, get stuff you like, but get GOOD stuff. Low calorie stuff. It’s out there, really! You just have to look beyond the “candy” aisle. Here’s what my Trick or Treat bowls look like:

Just two simple treats that you can indulge in (relatively) guilt-free:


Tootsie Roll Midgees, 5 for 120 calories. (25 calories each, if I did the math right.) Even if you scarf down 10 that’s STILL less than your standard candy bar – and mmm, are they good! (A bit chewy, though, so take out your dentures first, Gramps.)



Check it out – cute little boxes of raisins! Nature’s candy, y’all! I got the generic store brand, but Sunkist has ’em too, and at about 40 calories a box, they’ll satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

(Important: don’t cram the Tootsie Rolls AND the raisins together in your mouth at the same time. See, raisins get stuck in caramel, and… you know what? Just trust me on this.)

Thus endeth my Halloween tips for 2017! Hope you have a BOO-tiful evening!


It’s Bloggerin’ Time! Starring Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in!


Good morning, campers!
Rise and shine!
‘Cause once again
It’s Weekly Weigh-in Time!

Ready? Here we go!


Wow! So even with all my illicit road trip meals of KFC and restaurant mac ‘n cheese, I STILL managed to lose almost two pounds? Sweet!

It’s all about the calories, folks! Just keep countin’ ’em, every day, and let the laws of physics do their magic!


That’s it for today! Hope you have a great Monday!

(Oh, and happy birthday to my fellow dieter, hubby Steve! I stopped by an antique mall in Phoenix and got him some non-digital scales, for those times when the digitals seem to be going nuts. These are the kind where you can just turn the wheel a little bit to calibrate – and perhaps cheat a little, if you’re having a bad day. He loves it!)

hubby steve

Even though, being powder blue and obviously made for a giggling teenage girl, it may be a little too fluffy for his big manly feet!


Friday Five: 4 Food Ideas for your Hotel Fridge, and One to Avoid

Hey, everyone – this’ll be my first Friday Five written entirely on my smartphone, with my travel-weary thumbs, so yay for me! I assume you’ll forgive the occasional, inevitable tpyo.

Anyhoo, if you do any travelling, and you’re counting calories, you might want to stock up on these. Each has less than 100 calories, and are really good for when you don’t feel like putting $5 worth of change in the hotel vending machine for some salty chips that have 400 calories per bag and aren’t good for you anyway.

1. Buddig Deli Slices – prepackaged turkey, beef, ham, or chicken. 9 slices per package, 90 calories per bag. Sure, they’re frowned on by health & wellness gurus, but since I’m not one of those, who cares?

2. String cheese. Lots of different brands to choose from here, some better than others. My personal fave is Frigos Light CheeseHeads. They’re only 50 calories each, and they’re super stringy, which makes them load of fun to nosh on while reading a good book by the pool.

3. Next in line is good ol’ reliable Yoplait Light Yogurt. There are lots of good flavors to choose from, and grocery stores often give great discounts if you buy in bulk. My personal fave flavors are Cherry, Vanilla, and Key Lime, mmm! Nice for breakfast in the room when you don’t feel like trudging down to the flimsy hotel continental breakfast.

4. Diet soda. Oh yeah, it’s bad for you. Pure poison. Dieters beware, am I right? Well, tough turkeys. I know I’m going to want some at some point, and again, why pay extra at the vending machine which doesn’t even work half the time? Buy your own and savor the illicit fizz.

5. Here’s one thing I DON’T recommend you stock up on, or at least don’t buy more than one: frozen dinners, like this:

Yeah, wouldn’t it be nice to keep a few on hand just in case you don’t feel like leaving the room at all? (Because who doesn’t love staying in hotel rooms for days on end, right?) Here’s the problem: where do you PUT ’em? Check out the fridge in my room:

Notice anything missing? Yeah, that’s right: no freezer compartment. And the thing is, I’ve stayed at this particular hotel about a thousand million times over the last 20 years, and you just can’t predict whether a fridge will have a freezer or not. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. It’s the luck of the draw.

And even when they do, it’s just that tiny little shelfie thing that you can’t fit more than one  frozen dinner into, and don’t even think about trying to shove any ice cream in there too. 

Let’s face it: Hotel fridges kinda suck. So take my advice, and stick to the little refrigerator-type snacks. They’ll keep better, and they’re better for you.

And the whole experience will just make you that much happier to get home, so it’s all good.

How about you? What are some of your favorite – or not-so-favorite – road foods?

(And today’s unused pingback is: Orange!)

Weekly Weigh-In, and I’m Off!

Rise and shine, campers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means!


That’s right! Grab your coffee, and gaze in awe at my Rhymin’ Monday Weigh-in! Ready? Here ’tis:

Yippee, honeybee!
Let’s raise a cacophony!*


Gotta love those WordPress prompts!

(*Hey, YOU try finding a rhyme for “223” – there’s not as many as you’d think.)

So what are you up to this week? Me, I’m gettin’ ready to hit the road and visit some family members. I think I’m ready. Hang on.

archer drinking

Just a little more!

Yeah – I’m ready! OK, folks, that’s it for now. Maybe I’ll post a little more often this week, too! Well – we’ll see.

we'll see

Aww, not always!

Have a great week, and remember: rhymes are a GOOD thing! Yes they are!


Stop looking at me like that!

Friday Five – More Pingback Fun!

Today’s Friday Five is basically just a bunch of random thoughts, in which I’ve subtly incorporated miscellaneous WordPress Daily Prompts from the past week or so, because why not?

  1. When your body releases weight, where exactly does it go? I assume a lot of it goes here:

    But as Rhoda on the old “Mary Tyler Moore Show” once speculated, maybe some of it just kind of floats around in the air, waiting for us to succumb to the allure of that giant chocolate donut.


  2. I can’t express how grateful I am that you’re reading this blog! Not that it takes much bravery to read a blog. I mean, basically you just have to bookmark it, and/or follow whatever prompt it was that led you here. So it’s not super-risky or anything. Basically, you’re just moving a finger or two. Still, at this time of the morning, even moving a finger can be difficult. It’s nice of you to do it, and your loyalty is much appreciated. Thanks!
    (All right, ENOUGH!! Someone’s gonna get hurt!)
  1. Hey, next week I’m going on a trip! Yes, I’m throwing some old clothes into my old clunker car and driving across the desert to beautiful, shopping-mall-infested Phoenix, Arizona! Should be fun, huh? Well, we’ll see. It’ll be my first opportunity to “road-test” my calorie-counting diet, so I’ll keep you posted if any interesting challenges pop up along the way.
    road trip
  2. The biggest challenge I had this past week wasn’t the diet, but the exercise. Every day, I planned to go out and do a walk, or lift some weights. And every day, I found an excuse to succumb (sorry!) to the allure of a good book and/or a comfy chair. Still, the nice thing about doing diet AND exercise is that if you slack off on one, you’ve still got the other, to keep you balanced.
  1. I’m debating whether to take the old Weight Watchers scales with me on my trip. Most hotels don’t put scales in their bathrooms (their insurance probably won’t cover the damage from enraged road-food munchers), so it’d make it a little easier for me to weigh myself daily, as I’ve been doing.Or I could just go rogue — wait till I get home, and do a one-off once-a-week-just-for-this-week-only weigh-in. I’ll probably make the decision at the last possible second, based solely on whether or not I remember to actually take the scales with me, or just drop them in the desert somewhere on the way.

That’s it – thanks, everyone! See you on the other side of the weekend!

Weekly Weigh-In, and Non-Scale Benchmarks

Good morning, loyal followers! I’m happy to report this week’s weigh-in is:


which means the ol’ Weight Loss Train is chuggin’ along nicely! Still not seeing the measurements budge, which is weird because I’m SEEING (and FEELING) some significant differences. For example:

  • Clothes that have been uncomfortably tight for a couple of years are suddenly loose and comfy again!
  • Going up and down the choir loft stairs at church no longer involves panting, wheezing, and inability to continue singing after Communion without sucking down half a bottle of water!
  • Rising from comfy armchairs is no longer a slow, well-choreographed ballet designed specifically to avoid damaging arms of chairs (or knees of me!)!
  • Underarm “wings” still there, but no longer seem quite as aerodynamically sound!

So, in spite of the maddening refusal of the tape measure to echo my optimism, things are still looking pretty good!

What are some non-scale type benchmarks YOU look for when you’re losing weight?