Weight Watchers Review 2014

weight watchers review

Hey, Shrinkers!  It's your Ghost of Christmas Past, Mel from thedailymel.com. For those who might not have been around the Sisterhood very long, I used to be one of the Contributing Writers here.  Christy asked if I would be willing to come back and cross-post my recent review of the new Simple … [Read more...]

A Bittersweet Farewell

Every now and again, the time comes when one has to step back and take stock with where things are in their life and where they are going. For me, that time came a few weeks ago. After the New Year arrived, I really started taking a long hard look at myself and doing an inventory of my life. I … [Read more...]

Putting Things into Perspective


So often in our busy lives, it gets easy to lose focus and perspective on what's really important.  I know this has been especially true for me lately.  Between first having the flu and then later coming down with a severe sinus/upper respiratory infection, I've been sick for almost half of this new … [Read more...]

Award Show Special K Giveaway ($100+ value)

This giveaway is now CLOSED!  Congratulations to Deanna G. who is our winner!  Please email me your mailing information (including phone number) to mel at shrinkingjeans dot net.  Thanks!     Award show season is here in full swing. Several of the big award shows have already … [Read more...]

Applebee’s Under 550 Menu Review {Giveaway}


Congratulations to Alexis {Diva on a Diet} who is the winner of the $25 Applebee's gift card!   Like me, I'm sure many of you have probably cut way back on the amount of times you eat out at a restaurant in the name of trying to save some calories and fat?  C'mon, we've all heard … [Read more...]

New Year’s Weight Loss Challenge {Check-In #3}

Happy Wednesday, Shrinkers!  Here we are at Wednesday already, so that means it's time for our third weigh-in check for the New Year's Weight Loss Challenge.  Are you still hanging in there with us?  Are you still sticking to your goals/resolutions? If you've fallen a bit to the wayside, there's … [Read more...]

Dear Me Letter – the Link Up Edition

Wow, I don't know about the rest of you shrinkers, but this week has FLOWN by for me.  I can't believe it's already Friday, but I'm glad it is!  Bring on the weekend! LOL If you were paying attention earlier this week, Christy (one of our awesome editors) gave us all some homework.  The task was … [Read more...]

Ready, Set, GOALS! The Link Up

Hello Shrinkers!!  If you were paying attention, a couple of days ago Lissa challenged all of us to come up with goals for the next 8 weeks for our new weight loss challenge.  Did you come up with yours?  Did you blog about them?  Well, it's time to link up! Now I know from reading the comments … [Read more...]

Finding Strength to Reach Your Goals

As difficult as it is to believe, January is upon us!  Counting today, we only have THREE days left until we ring in 2013.  I don't know about you, but it seems like we were just ringing in 2012 a couple of months ago, right?! Naturally, this time of year generally means most of us are taking a … [Read more...]

Travel Off the Beaten Path

I love to travel.  One of my favorite places to visit is San Francisco.  I don't know what it is about this city, but I just love it. Given my love of the city, I've been fortunate enough to be here all week on vacation with my BFF, Tracy.  Since we've both been here in the past and had … [Read more...]

Spice Up Your Life

Being on a weight loss program, people seem to love to spew their opinions make observations about what I'm eating.  There's one recurring theme I see to hear it all the time.  "How do you do it?  Diet food is sooooooo boring and has NO flavor." I have to admit, it's really easy to fall into that … [Read more...]

Great Maintenance Challenge Check In – Week 1


Wow, can you believe it?  Thanksgiving was nearly a week ago already!  How is that even possible?!  Since it has been nearly a week, you know what that means, right?  It's time for our first weekly check-in for The Great Maintenance Challenge! Did you indulge in too many goodies?  Did you let … [Read more...]

Alone for Thanksgiving

Ahhh, the Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving. It has become almost as iconic as Thanksgiving itself.  It depicts the whole family gathered around the holiday table with the ginormous turkey that Mom/Grandma slaved over in the kitchen all day cooking to perfection. In days gone by, this is … [Read more...]

Healthy Thanksgiving: Recipe Roundup

As difficult as it is to believe, Thanksgiving is now less than two weeks away for those of us here in the U.S.  How is that even possible?!  This year has just flown by it seems.  Given it's so close, it's definitely time to start thinking about Thanksgiving cooking and menu planning. For those … [Read more...]