Watch the First Trailer for Fear the Walking Dead

I am obsessed with Daryl. Norman (Daryl’s real name) is awesome and a talented actor. If you are not into the Zombie thing I suggest you watch the series because it is more than just Zombies.


AMC has released the first promo for The Walking Dead companion series, which reveals a pretty big spoiler. A newscaster notes that everyone should get their flu shot because five different states are reporting a strange virus, which definitively confirms that Fear the Walking Dead does take place during the initial outbreak of the zombie apocalypse—though it won’t just be a prequel.

The new series—which hails from Walking Dead execs Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert, along with Sons of Anarchy’s Dave Erickson—takes place in Los Angeles and stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam. Will they all survive?

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Chain Reaction – Weight Watchers

Chain Reactions

How smart steps – like prepping fresh vegetables – can lead to others.

One thing leads to another.

Here’s how to create a path that keeps you on Plan.

You’re sitting at the kitchen table staring at a now-empty bag of pretzels. How’d that happen? If you find yourself in a wish – I – hadn’t – eaten – that funk (and who hasn’t?), it can help to retrace your steps to see where things went wrong. Then you can plan a different path of actions to lead to a happier outcome next time.

Let’s see how you and the bag of pretzels might have had that unfortunate encounter: You came home late from work, ravenous. You were too hungry to wait to eat while you cooked dinner. There was nothing to grab in the fridge. So you open the pantry. There sat an open bag of pretzels. Score! Relieved to have something, anything, to eat right away, you ate quickly and mindlessly. You know the rest.

Now rewind this movie and give it a happy ending by changing just one or two actions: You’re still hungry when you come home, and still too hungry not to eat before dinner. Thank goodness there’s a container of colorful cut carrots and peppers in the fridge. Score! You much on your healthy appetizer while you cook up chicken breasts with rice, and make a salad. You sit down to your well balanced, satisfying meal, and have a handful of pretzels later as a snack.

Now You Do It!

First, think of a not so good eating event you’ve had. What were the steps that led you to, say,  have two slices of pizza for lunch when you planned on one, or to over do it at your mom’s dinner? Use the pretzel example and work backward to the beginning – planning lunch, or arriving at your mom’s house.

Then, create a path of realistic, doable steps that ends up with a healthy, satisfying on Plan meal. Consider things like hunger, timing, emotions, setting, access to ingredients, other people, and so on. (You can use this exercise for other Plan aspects, too: working out, or getting a good night’s sleep, for instance.)

Eating Food or Your Feelings? – Weight Watchers

Eating Food – or Your feelings?

How to figure out what’s behind an urge to eat.

Get at the real reason you’re tempted to eat.

We’re all had to eat when we weren’t physically hungry. And no wonder: Our 24/7 media beams ads that make even so-so food look good. Friends and family encourage us to join in (food-centered) celebrations. And emotions play a big role. There is a reason why they are called comfort foods. It’s not just sadness; boredom, fatigue, stress, and joy can prompt us to eat, too.

Call out these temptations for what they are: external cues that have nothing to do with whether you’re actually hungry. Then see how to steer the power back to your side of the table.

Tempted to eat when … the food is free or cheap? It’s hard to pass up what seems like a “great deal,” like an expense-account meal or a buffet. But remind yourself that it’s only a bargain if you feel healthy and satisfied after you’ve eaten; “free” food can cost you. At a buffet, scan the food, decide what you’d like to try, then choose your meal and enjoy it.

Tempted to eat when … it’s a special occasion? Weddings, birthday, baby showers are full of joy – and often, high point plus value foods. But the focus should be on the folks being feted, so stick with your plan. Maybe have a salad first. Eat slowly and savor every bite. Take small sips of your wine, and have a club soda before you decide to have a second glass.

Tempted to eat when … you’re bored, tired, sad, worried, or happy? Name the emotion you’re feeling. What can you do ease that feeling, without food? When you’re tired, for example, a 15 minute walk – or catnap – might help. Bored? Tackle a long-put-off  task. Anxious? Call a friend or blow off steam with a workout video. (Also see “What do I really want?” at right.)

Tempted to eat when … you’re being pushed? Whether someone is offering (and offering again) until you “can’t say no,” or you’re channeling a childhood rule to clean your plate, protect your Plan. Compliment the chef while taking care of yourself: “This is delicious! I’d love to take some home so I can enjoy it later, too.” At home, serve smaller portions, don’t eat off your kids’ plates, and pack away leftovers immediately.

Tempted to eat when … when it’s mealtime?  It’s noon and that means lunch, right?  Not necessarily. If you’re not hungry, go for a walk, get some air, and eat a healthy meal later. If your work schedule isn’t flexible, or you have a dinner reservation, plan your eating so that you  have an appetite when mealtime hits.

What do I really want?

Think back on a time you ate when you ween’t hungry. Then try this reframing exercise to help you find a non-food way to feed a feeling.


What I was really feeling?

How else I could address the emotion instead of eating?

Dining Out Secrets – Weight Watchers

Dining-Out Secrets

How to stay on plan when you’re eating away from home. 

Asking for a takeout box is just one of the secrets!

Dining out offers many pleasures: someone else is cooking and cleaning up, there are new tastes to try, and you get to enjoy relaxed conversation in a nice setting. But for many of us, it’s also a risky setting: What’s with those huge portions? How can you tell what’s in that sauce? And whoa, look at that dessert spread. The good news is, with a little preparation, you can handle it.

First, plan: Decide how many PointsPlus values you’d like to spend on this meal. Consider whether it’s a special event, for which you might want to recruit some of your weekly PointsPlus Allowance. But if you’re too tired to cook or strapped for time or in transit, you’re looking at a meal replacement that you should treat like any at-home dinner.

Then do: Decide how you’ll stick to your PointsPlus target for the meal. Having specific strategies can help make your plan a reality. Take a look at these tactics, listen to ideas in your meeting room, pick those that you find doable and effective – and plot out how you’re going to make your dining-out plan happen.

Dining-out Tactics

  • Discover Plan-friendly options in the cuisine sections of your pocket guide and the eat out guide.
  • Choose what you will eat ahead of time if possible: See if the restaurant has an online menu. Chain restaurant? Check the tracker online for specific points per serving.
  • Familiarize yourself with PointsPlus value estimating at the table: check out the “untrackables” videos on weight
  • Don’t go ravenous; eat a healthy snack beforehand.
  • Order first  so you’re not swayed by others’ orders.
  • Start with green salad, dressing on the side; or a broth based soup.
  • If the eatery is renowned for its desserts, pass up an appetizer (and consider sharing the desert).
  • Skip the bread. In fact, see  if that pesky bread basket can disappear off the table.
  • Ask the server if they can box up half your meal before you get it.
  • See if your meal can be grilled or broiled instead of sautéed or fried. If it comes with a sauce ask for it on the side.
  • Slow down! Put your fork down often. Sip water frequently.
  • Don’t keep eating something that doesn’t taste great.
  • When you’re done have your server remove your plate as soon as possible.
  • Plan your next two meals as if you fallen off track and you’ve got a get back on plan.

The Sleep-Weight Loss Connection – Weight Watchers

The Sleep-Weight Loss Connection.

You Snooze you lose (weight)

Here are some simple states:

Approximately 70% of Americans are overweight or obese.

40% of adults get fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night.

Is there a connection? Yes. Turns out, too little sleep may be a risk factor for being over weight or obese. In one study, middle-age adults who slept fewer than seven hours a night had a higher body mass index and were more likely to be obese than those who got more sleep.

Why wouldn’t you burn more calories the longer your up and about? At the very least you’d have more time to fit in exercise, right? Here’s why:

  • Changes in level of appetite – controlling hormones leptin and ghrelin, which might lead to cravings for high carb sweets and salty foods.
  • increased stress, which can mess with our ability to make smart decisions about food and eatings.
  • A compulsion to eat in order to keep energy levels up.

It’s not always easy to squeeze in more and better shut-eye this time of year. These tips might help:

Don’t let bedtime pass you by. Set an alarm (for the same time each night) so you’ll know when to hit the hay.

Power off. The light from any screen – TV, phone, tablet – can stimulate the brain and delay the release of sleep-promoting melatonin.

Keep your cool. Set your thermostat between 65 and 70 degrees and don’t pile on the blankets. A warm bath before bed can help; as your body temperature returns to normal after, it can also bring you to sleep.

Watch what – and when – you eat. Have that last cup of joe at least seven hours before bedtime. Try not to eat just before turning in: Body temperature rises during digestion.

Don’t over “to-do” it.  Be realistic about what you can accomplish each evening, so that you don’t find yourself in the middle of a project when your sleep alarm goes off. Jot down anything on your mind in a bedside journal so that you can deal with it tomorrow.

Danger Zone – Weight Watchers

Danger Zone: Making Challenging spaces (like in front of the tv)

weight-loss friendlier.

Take Control of Challenging Spaces

The supermarket bakery. The office vending machine. That drive thru donut shop near school. No matter where you find yourself, challenges abound. But with some smart tactics and a helpful plan tool (or two), you can navigate these spaces safely.

Danger zone: Supermarket.

Tasty samples, tempting aromas – and whoops, you showed up hungry, too!

Eat a snack before you shop.  If you’re stuck, buy an orange or banana, and eat it before you start shopping (sticking to that list you’ve already prepared).

Skip the “Free Sample” Table. Think of how long they have been sitting out! (If you do sample, track it. Every bite, lick, and taste adds up.)

Use the Barcode Scanner on the Weight Watchers mobile app to check the points plus value. Write them on the packages when you get home so you’ll always know.

Stick to the perimeter for produce, lean meats, and low-fat or fat-free dairy. Middle aisles (except the grain and canned food aisles) are more likely to be heavy on processed, high point plus value foods.

Danger zone: Workplace.

There’s your coworker’s candy dish and break room goodies. Lunchtime may be limited.

Bring your lunch instead of going out. Fancy a salad or fresh fruit with yogurt? Weight Watchers Fruit and Salad Solutions to-go keep ‘em fresh all day.

Stock up on healthy, nonperishable snacks. Weight Watchers snack bars are a good option and keep a water bottle handy.

Stash a pair of comfortable shoes under your desk for a brisk walk at break time.

Danger zone: On the Road.

All the eateries seem to be fast food joints plus all that sitting (car, train, bus, plane).

Research healthy options before you go. Choose a hotel with a gym. Check out menus online. Use the meeting finder to connect with local members and get area tips!

Pack healthy snacks, a bottle of water, and sneakers. Better yet, wear the sneakers and power-walk the airport during the layover.

Use the staircase instead of the elevators, and breaks as an excuse to move instead of hitting the convention “coffee hour.”

Danger zone: At Home.

There are leftovers in the fridge, brownies “for the kids” in the pantry, and a comfy couch with a snack table in front of the tv.

Showcase fresh-cut fruit and vegetables in clear containers in the fridge so you can reach them, not yesterday’s take-out.

Put splurge foods on a high shelf, behind  cans, anywhere they can’t catch your eye when you open the cupboard door.

Protect yourself while cooking. Chew gum, sip tea, munch on carrot sticks – all help all help discourage noshing.

Get ride of the table in front of the tv, bring in a jump rope or some hand weights, and pick those up instead of chips.

Defuse The Danger.

Circle the danger zone that is the most challenging for you. Underline the solution that would work best and most realistic for you. Add ones that interest you at your meeting.

Picture This: Mindfully Eating. – Weight Watchers

Picture This: Mindfully Eating.

It helps you stay in control, enjoy food more – and lose weight.

The benefits? You’ll eat less – and enjoy it more.

Do you remember what you ate for dinner last night? (Bonus points if you tracked it!) How did it taste? Distracted eating is more common than ever, thanks in part to our ever – present electronic pals: the smartphones, computer, tv. But they’re not the only attention grabbers. Think of all the times you’ve eaten when . . .

  • Driving
  • Reading a book
  • At a sports event
  • Working at your desk
  • In a meeting
  • On the phone (and yes, the other party can hear you chomping)
  • Talking with a coworker
  • Standing in the kitchen
  • Doing _________________(Fill in your own)

That’s a lot of distraction! When you’re doing something while eating, chances are good that …

  • You don’t taste your food
  • You don’t pay attention to PointPlus values
  • You lose sight of portion
  • You eat something that you might not have intended to
  • You eat past the point of satisfaction
  • You ________________ (Fill in your own)

But there’s a fix that’s simple, pleasure, and effective:  being mindful – neither worrying about the future nor rehashing the past. You just are, in the moment, here and now. And that can help you eat wisely and well.

Mindful Eating Means You … 

  • Eat more slowly, because the food (not the TV, the road, the chatter) is the focus.
  • May take in fewer PointPlus values.
  • Are more likely to enjoy your meal fully.
  • Can leave the table (you are sitting at a table, right?) feeling satisfied.
  • Feel more physically comfortable after the meal.

Along with your own ideas, and ones you hear in your meeting, here are a few more small actions that can help train your attention on your food:

  • Don’t just turn off your cell phone; put it out of reach and out of sight.
  • Leave the serving dishes on the counter on in the kitchen, so you must be consciously choose to go back for more.
  • Take small bites and chew well.
  • Always sit when you eat.

Paying Attention Pays Off

Tune into mindfulness regularly – not just during meal times- and you boost your mental and physical well being, according to research. Being mindful regularly …

  • Can help diminish anxiety, depression and stress.
  • Can help strengthen memory and attention.
  • May increase productivity and innovation (Google sometimes begins company meetings with a one minute mindfulness exercise!)
  • May even help you live longer, in a way, because you are simply more present for more moments in each day.

10 Things You Should Thank Your College Best Friends For Right Now

Thought Catalog


 If I was to give one piece of advice to anyone coming into college for the first time, it would be to make one really good best friend. In the years leading up to my departure to college, I had this idea in my head that I’d meet a ton of new people and make a shit ton of new friends in my new life. I remember my senior year, when dreaming of that wonderful place called college land, I told my best friend in high school I knew I’d make, at the very least, fifty friends. Little did I know, that wouldn’t be the case. For a lot of people in college, they find it unexpectedly difficult to meet people and make long, lasting friendships with their peers. This in part due to college “oneness”, or the feeling of being one fish and a very large pond while…

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Who’s Got Your Back – Weight Watchers

Who’s Got Your Back?

How to get the support you need, when you need it.

How to find – and get – the support you need.

No man or woman is an island – the power of your meeting is testimony to that. Think about how you feel after hearing a great insight from a fellow member, or when you get a pep talk from your leader. As you lose weight, maintain a weight loss, and live a healthier life, that support is priceless.

You can also get it from your family – partner, kids, parents, siblings – and friends. For encouragement, information – or a kick in the pants – also consider less obvious sources: coworkers, the message boards and community on weight, instructors at your gym, 24/7 chat on (etools subscribers only), the weight watchers Facebook page.

Your Support Network

To pinpoint the best source of support to get you through a tough spot, this exercise can help. Write a weight-loss challenges in the column on the left. Write what you need to overcome that challenge in the middle. Finally, who or what can help you? Write that support source in the column on the right. Now you have a line up you can approach any time you’re struggling with a particular issue!

  • Challenges: Write the areas and issues you find challenging: snacking at work, exercise excuses, overrating at family events,  etc. Be specific and detailed (this is for your eyes only!).
  • Solutions:  For each challenge, devise a fix (“Move the candy bowl off the file cabinet.” “Be accountable to someone for daily workout.” “Avoid food pushers.”)
  • Support Network: Write who (or what) can deliver each solution.

“Can You Help?”

Most people are happy, even eager, to help – but you have to ask! once you’ve identified your potential supporters, think about whether you want them toots doing something or to start doing something. It might even be a little tricky. Then ask: keep your voice neutral, focus on your needs, and be specific. Finally, remember to thank your supporter!

Sticking With It Advice from: Jamie Gerardi – Weight Watchers

Sticking With It Advice from: Jamie Gerardi, Senior Editor

Play Ball!

  • It’s hard being a New York Jets Fan these days. But Super Bowl Sunday still remains sacred on my calendar. Here’s how I intend to enjoy 2015, show down while stay on Plan:
  • Watch the game standing up. It’s a party, so it’s easy to migrate from spot to spot chatting with people. Plus, I am not on top of the chip bowl too long.
  • Contribute to the grub. My pigskin-friendly go-tos are Hearty turkey chili and zucchini fries.

The Main Event

  • I prefer a big lunch to a big dinner. A good midday meal seems to help me power through the day. But to make sure I don’t overdo my PointPlus budget, here are a couple tricks I use:
    • I try not to eat at my desk. It’s way to easy to get caught up in work tasks and start mindlessly noshing. Plus, since I am a lunch guy, I like to savor and appreciated it.
    • I use the “reverse leftovers” strategy. Many of my coworkers eat dinner leftovers for lunch the next day. I am the opposite. If my midday appetite lands me too big a sandwich, I bring half home, to be paired with a soup or salad for dinner.

Rapid Recovery

Even though I know the Plan well ( and think I’m pretty good at sticking to it), there are weeks when I gain. Here is how I rebound:

  • I pinpoint the reasons. If I know why the gain happened (oh, that week – long birthday celebration? Yeah, that’s probably it), I’m better able to prevent the next laps – and budget for the next extravagant event.
  • I strategize for the next week. Rather than wallowing in bummed-out-ness, I plan meals, workouts, and so on for the week ahead. So the next time I weigh in. The scale will confirm I’m back on track. It helps to take the initiative; it also works.

A Fresh Look

The right perspective can turn slip-ups into learning experiences. Take these recent experiences:

  • My exercise routine had been dormant for a while. Rather than beating myself up, I though “Maybe I’m just bored.” I was right. I changed my running route and added come challenging strength training. Before I knew it, I was back on a regular schedule.
  • I was embarrassed at how much fast food I saw in my Tracker. But then I thought “Hmm… maybe I just like burgers!” So I bought some ground turkey and spicy veggie patties. The next week, my tracker was in much better shape.