healthy snacking

Popchips and a Giveaway – CLOSED

I love coming home from work and finding a random box in the mail!

POP CHIPS! Woot! Last week the folks over at Popchips sent me a care package to try their product out.

Inside the box were a bunch of different flavors, a chip clip, and some coupons.

Popchips are:

  • Less than half the fat of fried chips
  • No trans fats, no cholesterol, no saturated fats
  • No fake flavors, colors, no preservatives
  • 100 calories a serving

So here comes the giveaway. They gave me a bunch of coupons and I want to share with my loyal readers! This giveaway was NOT sponsored by Popchips, I’m just feeling generous. πŸ™‚

What You Win:

1 coupon for a Free Bag

1 coupon for Buy 1, Get one Free

2 coupons for $1 off a bag

The coupons are good at: Whole Foods, Target, Wegmans, Ralphs, Duane Reade, Safeway, Fred Meyer and they expire 12/31/10.


How To Enter:

There are three ways to enter. You can do all three or just one.

1. Leave a comment here telling me one thing that you wish I’d write about on 110 Pounds and Counting.

2. Tweet this giveaway: “I want to win some free Popchips at www.110pounds.com” and leave a comment here telling me you did.

3. Write about this giveaway on your own blog and leave a comment here with the link.

I will pick a winner on Thursday. October 28th.

And the best questions you guys ask me will be written about in a “Ask My Anything” series of posts.

Good luck!

Healthy Snacking

What do you snack on? I’m a snacker during the week only. I rarely snack on the weekends because I’m usually too busy doing stuff to get hungry!

I used to bring snacks like this:

Lots of processed food!!

It was never filling and I didn’t really feel that great eating them. When I started running, my diet changed drastically. I quickly learned what food to eat as FUEL for my body. Instead of wasteful filler food like those snacks, I switched to fruit and veggies.

So instead of the food with bar-codes, I eat these things for snacks:

Medium sized apple: 80 calories.

String Cheese: 80 calories

Cup of Rainier Cherries: 90 calories

Serving of Cottage Cheese: 90 calories

Baby carrots: less than 50 calories

Cup of cauliflower: less than 50 calories

QUESTION: What are your snacking habits? How can they be improved?

Last night was another Twitter #fitblog Chat. I participated in the first part of the chat and then got distracted with dinner.

Here are a few of my thoughts about the questions last night:

Q1 Follow Up 1: how did the dietary/fitness change effect you in ways you weren’t expecting?

For me, the biggest surprise/change in losing weight was that I became an athlete. I NEVER would have imagined I’d be so athletic and so into fitness. I’ve comeΒ  a long way from being a lazy, 250 pound person that ate poorly and hated my body. Another surprise was that I became a RUNNER. Who would have thought that?!?!

Q1 Follow Up 2: what tips do you have now that you wish you could have given yourself when you first decided to make the change?

The biggest suggestion I have for people first starting out is to sign up for one or two sessions with a personal trainer to get a GOOD routine down and be trained on how to lift weights and use the machines properly. Injuries can be avoided! Another suggestion would be to get fitted for good running shoes BEFORE you start running! I waited way too long to do that. And finally:

STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH and STRETCH some more!!!

I will leave you all with another 100 calorie treat that I enjoyed this morning:

ICED COFFEE…..perfect for 90 degree weather! I added my own sweetener to save calories:

QUESTION: Did you participate in last night’s #fitblog chat? What were your thoughts?