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The First Time is Always the Hardest

September 5: A few hours ago, anxious as heck, I sat in the parking lot at my local gym, waiting. On a whim I signed up for a membership last week with some friends and tonight was my first time visiting said gym. We were taking a 30 minute #HIIT class and while I was excited to try it, I was crippled with fear and anxiety. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. My belly gets in the way of everything. I’m not bendy in any way. Like at all! And, I have hip issues. I hate being watched.  My anxiety made me get to the gym 40 minutes early. Scared I’d be late. Scared to show up after the class started. Everyone looking at me. So I sat in the car waiting. Fretting. Beating myself up for letting myself “go” all these years. If I had stayed in shape, I wouldn’t be scared I’d throw up in front of everyone. I fretted until the very last minute before the class started. But knowing I had a friend waiting and counting on me made me move my butt out of that car. Inside the gym, I swipe my pass and I can

WW and Trying New Things: Breakfast Cookies

Since joining WW I've tried to go out of my comfort zone a little, forcing myself to try new things. One of those was trying new recipes. I have to say, this recipe from WW was really easy to make, was super fast in the oven, and tasted great. And as someone who hates eating breakfast, this was a fast and easy way to get some nutrients into my body early in the day (it paired really well with my coffee!). Bonus: it was gluten and dairy-free AND my kids loved it (probably because of the chocolate chips).

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

2-3 Personal Points per serving 
Serves: 16
Serving size: 1 cookie


  • Banana(s):  3 small, ripe
  • Uncooked old fashioned oats: 1.5 cups
  • Powdered peanut butter: 1⁄3 cup
  • Table salt: 1⁄4 tsp 
  • Mini semisweet chocolate chips: 1⁄3 cup


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Stir in oats, peanut butter powder, and salt, if desired. Fold in chocolate chips. 
  4. Scoop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pan to form 16 cookies; flatten cookies slightly. 
  5. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Serve warm.


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