• All I Want For Christmas

    December 8, 2010

    Mid-morning, I drove to NuVal for the annual “state of the union” meeting, which happen to have a little holiday flair thrown into the mix.

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    If you’re wondering, I still work for NuVal. I just do the majority of my work from home. I blog Monday through Friday at Trading Up Downtown and manage NuVal’s Twitter accounts (@NuVal & @TinaTradesUp), so my boss lets me work from home.

    I actually prefer to work from home, but I definitely miss my coworkers. It was nice to see everyone today and catch up. I might have to visit the office a little more often!

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    When I arrived at NuVal, everyone gathered in the conference room to hear the head of the company give a presentation, which summarized NuVal’s successes over the past year as well its goals for the coming years.

    Since this time last year, NuVal has expanded from 3 retailers to 14 retailers!!  NuVal is on the move, baby! (FYI: There are only 11 retailers listed on the NuVal website, but there are more to come!)

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    After the presentation, we enjoyed lunch from the The Chateau in Braintree. Holy yum! Good pick by our Office Manager!

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    I loaded up my plate with mostly veggies (raw, marinated & roasted), a little bit of meat (Italian sausage & meatballs), and a piece of buttery garlic bread.

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    As always, I left plenty of room for dessert! ;-)

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    We also received Christmas presents at the meeting. In Boston, ya can’t go wrong with Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards! :-D

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    Once the lunch ended, I headed home to find a special package on my front porch: Mama Pea’s Holiday Dough Balls. Yes, you read that correctly. I have the authentic Dough Balls in my possession.

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    This is truly all I wanted for Christmas. For real. My in-laws recently asked me for a Christmas list, and I could not come up with a single thing that I wanted. Ok, well, I wanted Dough Balls and cold hard cash, but nothing else. I eventually came up with a hand blender that I saw on Ellen! ;-)

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    Feel Great Weight

    My sleep schedule has been so messed up lately. I finally made the connection between sleep and what I chose to eat: Why a Lack of Sleep Is Ruining My Diet.

    What’s on your Christmas list this year?

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 8, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Ahhh SO JEALOUS! I’m dying for those dough balls!

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    Alaina December 9, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I really want a garmin forerunner, cold-weather running gear and a food processor. :-)

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    meemsnyc December 9, 2010 at 1:30 am

    That lunch does look good, especially the desserts!

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    Mads December 9, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Mama Pea’s Dough Balls are exploding on the internet! Why don’t I know who this Mama Pea person is?!?
    I really need to get on it and start whippin up a batch of dough balls.

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    Dana Haidan December 9, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Hi Tina,

    I can’t express enough how much you inspire me. Your blog broke the vicious cycle of yoyo dieting i was trapped in for years. Thanks to your blog, i finally learned for once and all how to balance between my workout routine and eating habits without making my weight loss goal to take over my life and feel like a burden. You taught me how to live healthy and enjoy life, and i can’t thank you enough for that.

    Best,
    Dana

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    jen December 9, 2010 at 7:06 am

    NuVal is at Meijer and I love it!

    Yummmm. Balls.

    Jen

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 9, 2010 at 8:38 am

    So jealous of the authentic dough balls! :D I’ve been wanting to make these, but I’m sure mine wouldn’t taste anywhere near as good as Mama Pea’s!

    I’m asking for some Lululemon clothes and a Garmin 305!

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    Heather December 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Oh those goodies look super tasty! But what’s with that hideous tablecloth???? GO BEARS ;)

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    Angela (the diet book junkie) December 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    oh yeah, dough balls are now on the list, other than that i have absolutely no idea. and i haven’t even thought about what i’m getting anyone else either. christmas shopping is so much more fun in theory. sigh… :)

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    kate December 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Theres a Chateau in Chelmsford too. My parents love it, I wonder if its the same owners!

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    Lacey @ Lake Life December 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    So glad you got your Christmas wish :-) That lunch looks awesome!

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    Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise December 9, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    We are planning on going back to Tahiti this year (in May ) so we are holding off on Christmas and Birthday presents once again ( We always do this…..exotic plane tickets for 2 are always the best presents anyway! )

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    Grace December 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I love using Nuval, it’s so helpful when trying to decide between two different brands as well as reminding me whats more nutritious. I go to Big Y and most of the items have a NuVal score attached but I find myself getting frustrated when there is none (because I really want to know). Also, it’s been a great way to help explain to my boyfriend the types of food he should be investing in without getting too technical. Thanks Tina!

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    Jennifer (Savor) December 10, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Go NuVal – here is to continued success!

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    Julia December 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I am a new fan of Nuval! Just spent an hour in BigY looking at all the values for food when I was there to buy one apple. I think it is great! I love that it shows common “low” calorie or 100 calorie pack foods are not as healthy as people think. It’s great to have a genuine program that is based on the nutrition as a whole not calorie counting or a fad diet!

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