Skylanders SWAP Force Game Coming Out Soon

(Disclosure: I am receiving a free Skylanders game truck party but all thoughts are my own.)

My son has been looking forward to a very special day coming up. No, it’s not his birthday or Christmas…it’s October 13th- the day the new Skylanders SWAP Force game comes out. Jacob has just started learning how to play the Wii that’s been collecting dust for the past couple years. He spends the majority of time playing with the figures that go along with the game, as his younger brother does.

They are both really excited that the new Skylanders game means new game figures. They can’t wait to try out the new figures because their top parts come off and can be “swapped” with another character’s top half to create new figures. Swapping them creates over 250 different characters! Learn more about the new game here.

Since they both love the game I jumped on the opportunity to host a Skylanders SWAP Force Game Truck party courtesy of Activision, makers of the extremely popular game. Jacob declared I was the “best mom ever” when I told them and my boys are both so excited about it. Our party isn’t until November but it’s going to be so fun!

Do your children love Skylanders, too?

Hidden Calories #KnockOutTheFat

I was pouring salad dressing on my salad the other day and I looked down and noticed that the Italian salad dressing I was using was not fat free like I thought it was…it had SEVEN grams of fat! Here I was having a salad with vegetables, grilled chicken, and shredded cheese thinking the cheese was the most fattening part of my salad but it turned out it was my salad dressing! It made me wonder how many hidden calories I had been consuming without even realizing it. I will definitely be checking food labels from now on. I tend to just assume something is low fat/low calorie but I need to make sure it is.

Other than that I did pretty good with eating this week. I attended a wedding where our meals were picked out for us so I had some pasta but tried to fill up on the “healthier” parts of the meal like the salad. And I skipped dessert which looked absolutely delicious. It was a pastry filled with ice cream and covered with chocolate. I also went out to eat one night with my family but the choices were only hot dogs and burgers so I chose to get nothing and eat a salad when I went home. I also bought my boys ice cream and didn’t get one for myself. I have been finding that it’s become much easier to say no to dessert, something I could never really do before.

Exercise wise I didn’t make it out to walk as much as I’d hope to with the kids. I have been using the Wii that I won from the conference to exercise with the Fit In Six game that I also got there. I like the game but it’s shorter workouts so I have to do multiple of them. I’ve been doing toning, cardio, and dance workouts. The weight loss is very slow for me and I think a lot has to do with the fact that I spend a lot of time at my desk working so along with what I’m already doing I hope to find some exercises that I can do while sitting down.

(Sorry about the horrible cell phone camera close up shot!)

This week I gained .2 pounds and now weigh 186.8. I am down 4.8 pounds since starting this challenge. My BMI is still 30.1.

(Disclosure: I am part of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Weight Loss Challenge. I am being compensated for participating in this 90-day challenge but all thoughts are my own.)