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What's black and orange and slim all over?

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Slim·Fast.

There’s an event I’ve been preparing for since May of 2006. No, it’s not a big vacation, or a much-anticipated wedding, or another child … it’s my husband’s 25th college reunion. It’s a time to reconnect with people we haven’t seen for 5 or 10 years or more, to reminisce about what used to be, and to share our plans and hopes for the future.

Reunion, what’s the big deal, you ask. Those come around every 5 years or so, right?

Yes, Princeton invites alumni back every year to celebrate, but the major reunions are every five years. When you’re back for a major reunion, it’s an all-out party weekend, chock-full of activities from community service projects and educational panels to music and entertainment. There’s fun for all ages, with face painting, scavenger hunts, and bouncy castles to keep the kids entertained! It all culminates in the P-rade on Saturday afternoon.

And if you’re going to march in the P-rade (or be anywhere near campus, for that matter), you had better like orange and black, as you’ll be seeing (and wearing!) a lot of it! More than 20,000 alumni and guests return each year; that’s a lot of tiger stripes!

For the past 5 years I’ve been collecting orange and black clothing and accessories. Orange bangles on a clearance rack? I snap them up! Black shorts that will fit my six-year-old this summer? I’ll take two pair! Orange flip-flops? I add add six pair to the shopping cart!

Orange, like the camera, adds 15 pounds. OK, that’s not entirely true. Aside from amassing reunion clothing, I’ve added a little personal padding since the last time we saw this gang. I’d like to shed 5 or 10 pounds and be more comfortable during the Reunions 5K fun run which benefits a local after-school program.

The best way for me to shape up is to be more active and to watch my food choices. I’m back on the treadmill, plugged into an audiobook, three mornings a week. That’s walking (not running) three or four miles, whatever I can get done in the hour or so I have.

When the afternoon rolls around and I need a pick-me-up with my cup of tea, I’m choosing not to reach for the kids’ school snacks. Instead, I grab a pack of Slim-Fast snack bars; they’re only 100 calories each, and the built-in portion control keeps me from grabbing another handful like I tend to do with pretzels or chips. There are five flavors to choose from; my favorites are Chocolate Mint and Chocolatey Vanilla Blitz. I tuck a package of Slim-Fast snack bars in my handbag when I’m on the go; it keeps me from acting like a hungry tiger and over-indulging if I get the munchies on the road.

There are two months until Reunions, and I’m confident I can reach my goals, share my elevator pitch about our family, walk/run the 5K without panting (too much), and march in the P-rade in my questionably fashionable orange attire.

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102 comments to What’s black and orange and slim all over?

  • Sand

    I don’t have a particular upcoming event that I’m aiming for but my goal is health and fitness for life!

  • Barbara Long

    I am planning for two events, vacation next month and my husband’s class reunion in September. I am exercising regularly and trying to eat better to look my best for both events.