Special Announcement: Opera Bites!

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As many of you know, aside from leading Weight Watchers meetings, I’m also an opera singer. I’ve been asked to keep people abreast of my performances, so I wanted to let you know that, if you have no hard and fast supper plans on the evening of Monday, April 29, you may want to grab at bite at Central Market’s North Lamar location and enjoy the Texas Community Music Festival. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy serenades from Candace Bellamy (5:30-6:30), the Austin Mandolin Orchestra (6:45-7:45), and One Ounce Opera (8:00-9:00). I’ll be singing several chorus pieces, the Vengeance Duet from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and two songs by Roussel for soprano and flute.

If you come out, please say hello afterward!

Interested about finding out more about performances? Please let me know in the comments!

Leader’s Thoughts: Wear an Activity Monitor All Day, Every Day

So, you’re wearing your activity monitor, you’re doing more than you ever thought you could, you’re tracking like a champ, and yet the number on the Evil Box is not moving as much as you think it should. Oh, baby, have I ever been there, done that! And, you know, you and I are not the only ones.

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Fun Stuff: WEST Austin Studio Tour

by Roy Moore/Control Images

“Love Explosion” by Roy Moore/Control Images

Hello, all! I wanted to give a little promotion to a citywide event taking place: the WEST Austin Studio Tour. You may be familiar with EAST, the East Austin Studio Tour, which takes place over two weekends in November. Last year, Big Medium, the organization responsible for the hugely successful EAST event, started a springtime counterpart for the artists who happen to live on the west side of I-35. In its second year, the tour takes place over two weekends, as well, April 27 and 28, as well as May 5 and 6.

I am beyond proud to share that my partner, Roy, is an exhibitor! I’d love for you to stop by #22 on the tour and take a look at his photography. I also want to let you know that, possibly unsurprisingly, the treats we have for visitors are extremely PPV friendly. One advantage to having a WW leader as a supporter…

Food for thought: Get some activity PPVs in as you take in the local talent: bike around the neighborhood looking at the open studios. It’s a tradition for hundreds of art lovers! You can also drive, park in the middle of a section of studios, and walk.

Have you been to EAST or WEST before? What did you think? Leave a comment!

What Is an Activity Monitor?

I’ve been hearing questions about what an activity monitor is, and whether this month’s routine is just an excuse to sell stuff. I get that, I really do. We’re talking about the ActiveLink and the pedometer that we have available in meetings, and there are big, full-color pictures of those items in our Weeklies.

Yes, those are available, and, yes, they’re great tools specifically designed for our members. But anything you use that measures your all-day activity is a fantastic choice. There are digital monitors and pedometers that you may buy and may already have that are perfect for our routine.
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Recipe: Strawberries with Strawberry-Orange Sabayon

Delicious strawberries are coming into season. After you pick yours, or pick yours out from the store, whip up this delicious recipe for a special dessert.

The lovely foamy pink sauce for the strawberries is wonderful, but use a deep bowl, otherwise the sabayon will fly out of the bowl when beaten.

Best Ever Desserts, from Weight Watchers Publishing Group

6 PPV
4 Servings

2 pounds strawberries, hulled
1/2 cup fresh orange juice, or Meyer lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp orange (or Meyer lemon) zest, (3-inch-long) strip, removed with a vegetable peeler
3 large uncooked egg yolks

Instructions

  • Chop enough strawberries to equal 1 cup; set aside. Quarter the remaining strawberries and divide evenly among 4 wine glasses or goblets; set aside.
  • Combine the chopped strawberries, wine, orange juice, sugar, and orange zest in a medium saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat and simmer until the strawberries are very soft, about 5 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve set over a small bowl, pressing hard on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard the solids.
  • Meanwhile, fill a medium saucepan with 1 1⁄2 inches of water and bring almost to a simmer over medium heat. With a hand mixer on medium-high speed, beat the egg yolks in a deep bowl until frothy, about 1 minute. Slowly beat in the warm strawberry mixture. Set the bowl over the saucepan and beat until the mixture is tripled in volume and very thick, about 10 minutes. Remove the bowl from the saucepan. Spoon the sabayon over the strawberries, dividing it evenly. Serve at once. Yields 1 1⁄4 cups sabayon and 1 cup strawberries per serving.

What’s Up in the World: Seasonal Produce

You likely know that seasonal produce is often the least expensive produce. Additionally, eating seasonal local produce ensures you have the freshest selections, because they don’t have to travel thousands of miles from the farm to your table. So when you’re deciding how to fuel your Live Life Active goals, consider your options at the store and neighborhood farmers’ market.

You may also want to consider earning some activity PointsPlus Values (PPVs) by picking your own produce. Enjoy a day in the lovely springtime weather with family or friends at an area farm. Take your dinner right out of the ground and even have some for a picnic while you’re out!

No time for a road trip? Just read up on what’s in season while you’re pondering your meals for the week so you’re sure to get the maximum freshness and value from your shopping trip. Oh, and if you’re walking, biking, roller skating, skipping, sauntering, sidestepping, dancing, or jogging to the store or farmers’ market, be sure to pick up an extra piece of April’s bounty to keep some spring in your step all the way home!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy the freshest produce? Share your thoughts below!

The Leader Living This Month’s Routine: Always Wear an Activity Monitor

The idea of someone or something watching, always watching, can be ominous, creepy, or threatening. If you’re an 80s music fan, you’re familiar with Rockwell’s song “Somebody’s Watching Me” and the classic from The Police, “Every Breath You Take.” Surveillance videos, GPS tracking, cookies on Web pages all smack of infringement into privacy reminiscent of Orwell‘s worlds and other dystopias.

“Okay, so an activity monitor, not so much like those things. But why use yet another gadget. I mean, really? I work out. I am pretty active. I bike to work, even.”

That was me, for more than three decades of my life. I didn’t see the point of fancy sports toys. I wasn’t an athlete, but I moved and even sweated. So why bother with anything to measure it?

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