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My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets (and how I use them to make my life easier): The Blender Edition

I do most of the cooking for my family and rely on my favorite kitchen gadgets to help me make quick, delicious and nutritious meals. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Finishing the Day Strong

At HMR, we talk about getting a strong start to your week with diet and exercise. I find it is equally crucial to start and finish the day strong, whether I’m trying to lose weight or maintain. Here are my top 5 strategies that have helped me finish my days strong… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

Top 5 Ways to Manage Your Calorie Budget

A lot of people in the weight-loss business would have you believe that there’s magic in maintaining a healthy body weight. The truth is that there are a few simple things you can do to manage a healthier body weight when you’re ready to make a commitment to change. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

Eight Ways to Get off the Couch and into the Stretch Zone

You have lost some weight - maybe a lot of weight! And up until now, you have had a pretty good routine going... but... the last couple of weeks you have had a nibble of this and a taste of that… NOW is the time to STRRRRETCH! Here are 8 new ways to get off the couch and into the Stretch Zone… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, planning, strategies
category: how to

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets (and how I use them to make my life easier): The Crockpot Edition

I like to tease my husband that the local Best Buy® store is his best friend. He likes to spend time there visiting his favorite gadgets and daydreaming about bringing them home one day. Since I do most of the meal prep and cooking in the house, I thought I would introduce you to my best kitchen friends (i.e. gadgets that make my life easier)... Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, mommy blog
category: motivation

Travel with Your Healthy Behaviors in Tow

Since joining HMR, I have developed a new approach to vacations. I still enjoy time with family and friends, and I do go to restaurants. But no matter what, I have a few things I have learned to do in order to keep healthy behaviors in place when I’m away from home. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, holidays
category: how to

Help! My Friends and Relatives are Sabotaging Me!

Sometimes it can feel like it’s just not possible to lead a healthy lifestyle, and that everyone is working against me. But I have determined that my health is of utmost importance. So, while I can’t change (and certainly don’t want to) everything about my friends and family, I can make some changes that will better support me in these situations. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

On the Road… and on the Decision-Free Diet

My frequent flier miles say it all: 1.5 million miles. That’s A LOT of travel AND a lot of opportunities to get into trouble with my diet. Over the years, I have been in different phases of dieting while being on the road. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, in the box, planning, strategies, travel
category: how to

Eating More and Weighing… Less?

I have always been a “high-volume” eater, meaning I need to eat a lot of food to feel full and satisfied. I figured that eating less was my only hope for losing weight. After many failed attempts to cut back on food, I finally came to terms with the fact that I would always be a high-volume eater. Here are a few strategies that I now do every day…   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

Losing the Next Ten

So, you’re on a roll with your weight-loss program. You have met your goal to lose the first ten (or 20 or 40) pounds. Congratulations! Now you’re cruising along for the next ten. Your plan is to keep doing exactly what you’ve been doing and not change a thing, right? Well, yes... and no. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, exercise, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

Tell Your Honey to Take a Hike!

So many holidays and celebrations are centered around food. It doesn’t have to be that way! Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, holidays
category: motivation, how to

The Super Bowl: Who’s Going to Win?

Super Bowl is arguably the biggest football event of the year. To have a successful weight management day, take a look at some of these delicious recipes. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, how to

Cold Weather Weight Loss: Heating Things up with Entrees

One of the most successful ways to navigate the challenges presented by a busy schedule is by planning ahead with ready to go meals for the whole family. Get out your planner. We’re going to heat things up with HMR Entrees. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

Cold Weather Weight Loss: Heating Things up with Shakes

HMR shakes are a dieter’s dream because they taste so darn good! But a frozen breakfast can start to feel like punishment when the kitchen floor is cold beneath your feet and there’s whisper of frost on the windows. Did you know that your dreamy HMR shakes taste just as delicious – maybe even better – when you heat them up? Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

Suffering from Holiday Diet Fatigue? Pump up the Volume!

This might be a good time to take a step back and review what’s been happening the past few weeks. So far, you’ve survived Halloween, Thanksgiving, holiday parties, Hanukkah (for some), and Christmas (for others). But, we’re not quite done yet. New Year's Eve is coming fast. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes

Holiday Gatherings: A Survival Guide

Holiday gatherings can be high-calorie minefields, but they don’t necessarily have to result in weight gain. By using our planning skills, keeping records, and implementing “More is Better” even on a day when we plan to eat "out of the box," we can protect the weight loss we have worked so hard for. Here’s how… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Are You Mismanaging Your Calorie Budget?

If you struggle to maintain or lose weight, try imagining your calories as dollars. Once you know how to calculate your calorie budget you can figure out how to manage your funds. Because when it comes to food we make 3 common mistakes… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Diet Tools, motivation, planning, strategies
category: motivation

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Holiday Travel

If you are like many Americans, the upcoming holidays mean travel. Travel might be by car or by plane, close by or far away. Whatever it is for you, it has the potential to wreak havoc with your weight management if you don’t take the time to do some planning ahead of time. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies, travel, holidays
category: how to

Top 5 Ways to Stick to Your Holiday Diet Plan

If your intention is to stick with your diet this holiday season, the best thing to do is plan ahead. Many of us find it hard to disappoint family and friends, even if it means putting our diets in jeopardy. Here are the top five ways to stick to your holiday diet plan… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Have a BLAST the Day after Thanksgiving

Congratulations. You made it through the holiday. The guests have gone home, or you are packing your family up and heading out yourself. You breathe a sigh of relief. But don’t sound the “all clear” just yet. Pick a focus area for the day after and BLAST it! You will refocus your efforts, protect your diet, and give yourself an opportunity to try something new! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

The Phase 1 Thanksgiving Challenge

Most people know that breaking a diet, even one time, can drastically reduce weight loss… So, here’s HMR’s challenge to everyone in Phase 1: Stay “in the box” 100% over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s take a look at how you might do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

A Blast from My Past: The Counter-top Blender

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get stuck in a rut with your daily routines? One of my preferred routines was to make my daily HMR shake with a Braun® hand-held immersion blender. It wasn’t until I was stretched out of my comfort zone that I realized how much of a rut I was in. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

From Ghoulies and Ghosties… Deliver Us!

The time between Halloween and New Year’s is known as the “national eating season,” which can make sustaining momentum with your weight difficult. Here are some successful strategies for staying on track during, and after, Halloween, which can have you on the right track with your weight management going into the holiday season.   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies, holidays
category: how to

On the Road: How to Take Your Exercise with You

Traveling for business or leaving home on vacation does not mean that you have to leave your exercise habits behind. Here are some of my strategies for fitting in exercise when I’m traveling. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, exercise, planning, strategies, travel
category: how to

A Train, a Plane, and a Hotel Room

I had a trip planned to Boston, MA from my home in California, and I wanted to make sure I arrived at my destination without having gained weight. So, I did an experiment: to see if I could stay on track, eat healthy and arrive at my destination without blowing my calorie budget on snacks along the way. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, travel
category: how to

Navigating a Restaurant Menu

Navigating a restaurant menu is one of the biggest challenges we face when trying to successfully manage our weight! However, we can still enjoy dining out if we apply these simple calorie-saving strategies… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, planning, strategies
category: how to

Common Phase 1 Challenges: Family Pizza Night

“I just started the diet and my family is sitting down for Friday night pizza – it’s killing me. I can’t imagine life without a slice of pizza. How do people deal with this ongoing issue of not having your favorite foods anymore?” Let’s take a look at what you can do to move beyond difficult situations like this one and stay “in the box.” Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

No-Bake Entree Recipes

Sometimes you just don’t want a hot meal; like lunchtime, summertime, and lazytime. Give your microwave the afternoon off with some easy, throw-together meals like this one - no heat required. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

The Vacation Question: To Eat (Junk) or Not to Eat (Junk)

Think about your vacation as an opportunity to really focus on your practice of leading a healthy lifestyle. On your next vacation, commit to a plan to treat your SELF well. Start with these basics… Read Full Post

tags: HMR, planning, strategies, travel, holidays
category: how to

Common Phase 1 Challenges: The Road Trip

Whether you are traveling somewhere for a few hours or several days, being on the road can present special challenges for those in Phase 1. With a little planning though, you can survive a road trip and stay “In the Box.” Here’s how… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, in the box, planning, strategies, travel, holidays
category: how to

The 4 O’clock Shake

When is the toughest time of the day to resist higher calorie foods? Whenever I ask this question, people always seem to know which time of the day is the most challenging for them. Read Full Post

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category: how to

Yikes! The Gym!

The GYM... Do you cringe when you hear the word? If you do, you’re not alone, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Trust me, after over 25 years as a fitness trainer, I have learned some ways that will help you make the gym your best friend. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies
category: how to

Ready-to-Go Snacks: A Good Offense is the Best Defense

Snack foods are big players in the game of weight management. Building a good offense is your best defense. To be more successful managing your weight, practice crowding out high fat, high calorie foods by keeping a wide variety of ready-to-eat low calorie snack foods on hand. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

Girl About Town: The Lost Weekend

We all know how it is. Friday comes (TGIF!) and a whirlwind of freeform activity ensues: dinners with friends, birthday parties, watching “the game,” Brunch (with a capital B), not to mention all-day affairs like weddings, family parties, etc. These types of weekend activities tend to involve lots of eating (and drinking) and not so much exercise… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: how to

Myth Buster: Why Eating After 8:00 Doesn’t Matter

It’s a long held belief among dieters that not eating after a certain time is a secret to losing weight. Alarm clocks are set, rules in place, and no matter what happens, these dieters will not touch a morsel, not a speck of food after 8:00 p.m. But it’s not the time of day they were eating that mattered – it’s what they were eating and how much. Read Full Post

tags: planning, strategies
category: how to

Top 5 Ways to KEEP Your Fitness Resolution in the New Year

Many of us look at the start of a new year as the perfect time to recommit to our health and fitness. And it is! But as Januarys come and go, so do good intentions. So what are the tricks to make your exercise plan stick? Here are the top 5 ways to stick to your New Year’s fitness resolution… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies
category: how to

So You Made a New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight. Now What?

Now that January 1st is behind us, many people like to get a fresh start and make New Year’s resolutions. Coming off of the holidays with all the high-calorie holiday “treats” that cause weight gain, the resolution to lose weight is a popular one. Here are some tried-and-true strategies anyone can do to lose weight and keep it off. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Healthy Hanukkah Helpings

Unlike other Jewish holidays, such as Rosh Hashana, where apples and honey are the most recognized food of the holiday or Passover, where bitter herbs, eggs and harroset play a prominent role on the plate – Hanukkah is all about The Gap. Here are some Decision-Free and Healthy Solutions/Phase 2 ideas for a low-cal, healthy Hanukkah celebration. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, holidays
category: food & recipes

Sneaking in Physical Activity during the Busiest Time of the Year

No matter how busy I am all year long, December is even busier. Along with work, family, and maintaining a household, there’s all of the prep and activities for the holidays. Yikes! So, what’s an overly busy person to do? Short bouts! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: how to

What Do You Do When Plans Are Up in the Air, but You Are In the Box?!

How many of us can say that we’re prepared 100% of the time? Not me, that’s for sure! But there are some things you can do to make sure your environments are set up to give you the best chance of meeting your minimums and staying “In the Box.” Check out these ideas to see what you can do to prepare for the unexpected. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

Social Eating, Business Luncheons, & Holiday Meals - EEK!

In Phase 1, it can sometimes appear easier to say, “I just can’t be ‘in the box’ today – it’s a special occasion.” But let’s talk about why it’s important to be “in the box” anyway. Here are some ideas for dealing with “social eating…”   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: how to

5 Steps to Create a Personalized Plan for Long-Term Success

When you join an HMR program, one of the first things you will learn is how to keep records. A commitment to record keeping will serve you long after you lose the weight. Your records are your personalized plan for long-term success. When you keep great records, you’ll never have to guess about weight loss again! Here’s how to do it… Read Full Post

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category: how to

Short Bouts Count

It’s really easy to fall into black and white thinking with physical activity. If you don’t have time for your regular 30-minute routine, you sometimes don’t do any. If this way of thinking kind of sounds like you, I have some good news for you... Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies
category: motivation

Top 5 from the Trenches: Late-Night Snacking Edition

Have you ever had the late-night munchies? Maybe you turned on the TV and found yourself bombarded with commercials for pizza, beer, and other high-calorie foods. It’s easy to want to eat at night, even if it’s simply out of habit rather than hunger, right? Here are some strategies to beat the late-night munchies blues… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies
category: how to

5 Healthy Foods to Stash in Your Desk at Work (or Anywhere Else)

Does this sound familiar? You wake up late and don’t have time to prepare a lunch before bolting out the door. Or, more frustrating, you make a healthy, low-calorie lunch the night before and forget it at home. Here are 5 essentials to keep in your desk at work so you'll always have a healthy lunch on hand. As a bonus, you may save some calories and money as well. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

Common Phase 1 Challenges: I’m Too Full to Finish All My Shakes/Entrees/Vegetables-Fruits

I saw this request for support recently on the HMRdiet Forum: “I am a newbie to the Healthy Solutions diet and was wondering if anyone ever has trouble meeting the min food requirements? I often find myself full but still need to get in more MRs and VF. I shouldn't complain - this is the first diet I've ever been on in which I NEVER get hungry. Yet I wonder if I should still eat even when I'm not hungry.” Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, planning, strategies, nutrition
category: how to

Have a Star Spangled (and low calorie) 4th of July

I was talking to some friends the other day about their July 4th plans, and I noticed a theme: their plans were centered on food. And high-calorie food at that. Now, there is nothing wrong with celebrating with food – the key is to find ways to celebrate without having a weight-gain day. Let’s take a look at how to make that happen. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

How to Boost Your Family’s Veggies and Fruits

If you’re looking for some ways to get your family eating more fruits and veggies, here are some top tips that we’ve shared in the past… if you're new to the HMRdiet community, this blog is new to you! For the rest of us, it's a great reminder of some key strategies for incorporating a variety of vegetables and fruits into your family's snacks and meals. Read Full Post

tags: planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: food & recipes

Top 5 from the Trenches: Holiday Strategies

As we all know, the holidays are a tough time to maintain healthy eating behaviors and keep exercise in place. Here are some holiday-themed vegetable and fruit strategies that may help you get through holiday parties and events this season. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes

The Phase 1 ‘Stay In the Box through Year End’ Challenge

During the holidays, you may ask “Do I eat off the diet, or stay ‘in the box?’” Well, staying “in the box” is a virtual guarantee of weight loss and those that don’t will likely struggle. So, here’s the challenge to everyone in Phase 1: Stay “in the box” 100% over the holidays. Here’s how to do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

Taking a Bite out of Holiday Weight Gain

Whether you are in Phase 1 or Phase 2, the year-end holidays can be challenging. It seems like when the Halloween candy first appears in stores, to Thanksgiving, on through December’s holidays, and perhaps ending with Super Bowl Sunday in early February, Americans are faced with one over-eating occasion after another. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: how to

How to Avoid “The Freshman 15”

I clearly remember packing up the car before the long drive to Geneva, NY. I was heading off to my first year of college and could not wait – I was excited for it all. All but one thing: The Freshman 15. No one actually ever taught me how to maintain my weight, so I was under the impression weight maintenance would simply just happen. Was I wrong! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, exercise, planning, strategies
category: how to

Labor Day Reboot – HMR-Style

Ahh, Labor Day. End of summer, back to school, one last picnic or BBQ, anticipation of leaves turning colors… a long weekend of eating in The Gap. Wait, hold on a minute… scratch that last one because it just doesn’t have to go down like that this year! Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, holidays
category: food & recipes

The Big Move

This summer was an exciting time for me—I moved in with my boyfriend to a completely new apartment and to a different part of the city. Living together is great, but also was an adjustment, and took some additional planning and problem-solving to ensure I/we kept healthy eating and exercise in place amidst all the changes. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes, planning, strategies
category: how to

To Dine Out or Not to Dine Out – That is the Question

“Will I ever be able to go to a restaurant again?” Ah, such a complicated question, and an important one too. When a restaurant meal is in the cards, there are several wonderful strategies to ensure that the meal is both pleasurable and healthy, while keeping the calories as low as possible. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, travel, holidays
category: motivation

BBQ Survival Guide: Cookouts with a Healthy Kick

Memorial Day has become synonymous with the official kick-off of summer. And over this long weekend, almost everyone is having a backyard barbeque. The good news is that you can host or attend a summer BBQ with friends and family that can be delicious AND healthy. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes

Top 5 from the Trenches: Environmental Control

There are a lot of things you can’t control in life: taxes, your children (at least mine!), who wins the World Series…etc. But the good news is that when it comes to dieting and your health, you have more control than you think! Here at HMR, we call it ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, or “EC” for short. Read Full Post

by jennyb on 05/08/14  

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
category: how to

On the Road Again: Top Tips for Healthy Travels

Here at HMR, we just got back from our annual trainings in CA and FL. Overall, it’s a great time, but with so much that gets packed into these days, it can be easy to let my healthy routines fall to the wayside and go with the not-so-healthy flow when I’m away from home. But even with a busy schedule, it IS possible to take care of your health when travelling. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies, travel
category: how to

The Phase 1 Thanksgiving Challenge

Most people know that breaking a diet, even one time, can drastically reduce weight loss… So, here’s HMR’s challenge to everyone in Phase 1: Stay “in the box” 100% over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s take a look at how you might do that without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, motivation, in the box, planning, strategies, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

Be Different this Holiday Season, and Get a Different Result

October 31 marks the official start to National Eating Season, a nine week all-you-can-eat feast which usually ends with regret and resolution on New Year’s Day. The “start my diet tomorrow” mentality is in full swing through the holidays but the truth is that most people never lose the pounds they gain during this time each year. Read Full Post

tags: planning, strategies, kids, holidays
category: how to

Top 5 from the Trenches: Beating the End-of-Summer Blues

You know how the end of summer goes right? One last beach weekend, one last trip to the ice cream or fudge store. Get in one more BBQ before the weather turns cold again. Many of us really struggle during this time of the year... Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, planning, strategies
category: how to

Girl About Town: Drinks After Work?

  Hello friends! If you’re like me, you’ve always got something going on – work events, hanging out with friends, family gatherings… the list goes on and on. So fitting in time to exercise, when I’ve got a jam-packed day of LIFE, or trying to manage my food calories when I’m going to the 3rd birthday pa... Read Full Post

tags: motivation, planning, mood, strategies
category: how to

Introducing the 2013 HMR Triple Imperative Challenge

The days are getting longer… the weather’s getting warmer… the birds are singing. Looks like it’s that time of year again for… The HMR Triple Imperative® (TI) Challenge! If you already participate in a Phase 2 class, you’re probably already hearing about the Challenge. If not, read on for some background and to learn how you can get involved. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies
category: motivation, how to

How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

We’re in the thick of the holiday season and the temptation to blow off healthy habits is lurking around every corner. So here are my top 5 strategies for keeping healthy behaviors in place through the holidays. I hope these will help you keep pushing into your stretch zone, while the rest of America is having eggnog and fruitcake! Read Full Post

tags: HMR, motivation, planning, strategies, kids, holidays
category: motivation, how to

Are You Planning to Stay “In the Box” on Thanksgiving?

Been to the HMR Forums Lately? There’s something really great going on over there! With Thanksgiving fast approaching, people are using the Weight-loss Forum to reinforce their commitment to stay “in the box” and keep losing weight. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, holidays
category: food & recipes, motivation, how to

Challenging Yourself

Don’t let the end of the year be a good reason to wait to set fitness goals. Every bit of physical activity counts and can improve your health as well as your weight. In fact, it is believed that physical activity is the #1 behavior we can adopt to protect our health. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, planning, holidays
category: motivation

My Gym Dilemma Continues

A few months ago, in an attempt to save a little money, I joined a less expensive gym. Unfortunately, at my new gym, there aren’t as many options for classes and for me, with group exercise classes, I feel like I’m getting a “more intense” workout that includes all the major muscle groups and is actually fun! Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, planning, strategies
category: how to

Are You Ready for a PUSH?

Here’s a question for YOU: are you happy with your current weight and level of fitness? Are there healthy behaviors and strategies from the past that have fallen out of your routine? If so, is it time to take on a “push” to build more momentum around your health behaviors? Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, exercise, planning
category: motivation

Dixie Dog and My Workout Rut

Have you ever had a life change that completely disrupted your routine? Whether it’s moving to a new home, caring for a sick relative, or, in my case, the addition of a 4-legged family member, major life changes can be a huge blow to your regular workout routine. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies
category: how to

My Gym Dilemma

Recently, on a walk with one of my co-workers, we got to talking about our workout routines, mainly all the planning that goes into making a workout actually happen. Read Full Post

tags: exercise, planning, strategies
category: how to

New Year’s Resolutions: Useful or Useless?

Over dinner with a friend, we began discussing New Year’s resolutions, which led to a debate on whether they were useful or useless. “They are worthless!” he exclaimed, “No one ever keeps them, and then people feel like failures!” Of course not everyone follows through with a New Year’s resolution, I thought, but they are definitely not useless. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, Diet Tools, motivation, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: how to

No Time for Morning Exercise?

No time for morning exercise right? Or at least that used to be the case. As the kids have gone, so have my excuses. I’ve learned that there are advantages to staying on the same morning schedule that used to be my norm when the kids were home, and using that time to exercise. But the reality is that it can be easy to talk myself out of it. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, planning, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

How to Pick a Diet

So you’ve made weight loss a priority for the New Year. But this time you want to make sure you actually have a chance of success. Sound familiar? In fact, studies have shown that 82.5% of people pick a diet that is virtually guaranteed to fail. Weight loss can be successful, however, if you know what factors are important to consider. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, Diet Tools, motivation, planning, strategies, nutrition
category: motivation

Healthy Hanukkah Helpings

Unlike other Jewish holidays, such as Rosh Hashana, where apples and honey are the most recognized food of the holiday or Passover, where bitter herbs, eggs and harroset play a prominent role on the plate – Hanukkah is all about The Gap. Here are some Decision-Free and Healthy Solutions/Phase 2 ideas for a low-cal, healthy Hanukkah celebration. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, in the box, planning, mood, holidays
category: food & recipes

Girl about Town: The Well-Stocked Pantry

Recently, a friend of mine dropped by for a visit – and I was so happy to see her. What I wasn’t so happy to see was my empty fridge. I wanted to put together a nice healthy lunch for us, but my cupboards looked bare. What’s a girl to do when a delicious meal needs to be whipped up on a moment’s notice? Head to the pantry! Read Full Post

tags: planning, strategies, nutrition
category: how to

Are You Planning to Stay “In the Box” on Thanksgiving?

Been to the HMR Forums Lately? There’s something really great going on over there! With Thanksgiving fast approaching, people are using the Weight-loss Forum to reinforce their commitment to stay “in the box” and keep losing weight. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, planning, mood, strategies, holidays
category: how to

Girl about Town: Party Down at the Pot Luck

This past week, my lovely friend Caroline celebrated her birthday and I managed to whoop it up with the b-day girl without breaking the calorie bank. Here’s how it all went down… Read Full Post

tags: Recipes, motivation, planning, mood, strategies
category: how to

Fast Food for a Family of Five

Before having my children, even as far back as when I was single, I’ve always thought of the HMR Entrees as the starting point of my meal, kind of a “hamburger helper” if you will. I am a volume eater and like a big plate of food, so I have always added vegetables to the entrees. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, in the box, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Farm Fresh, Any Time of Year

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, we belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for vegetables and fruits. We have done both summer and winter shares and I have gotten pretty good at finding new recipes to use up these fresh goodies. Read Full Post

tags: Diet Tools, motivation, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly… of working out with kids in tow

I often find myself wondering “what was I thinking?” when I’m in the middle of a “workout” and I’ve tried to bring the kids along or, even harder, include or involve them. That’s when I started thinking about the pros and cons. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

Girl About Town: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

One of the ways I make sure I get some exercise almost every day is that I am a bona fide walker. My commute to work has a mile-and-a-half built in each way, my neighborhood has some great walking routes that I frequently explore, and when I’m in town, I run errands by walking from place to place. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, planning, mood, strategies
category: how to

CSA Share, How Do I Love Thee?

CSA Share, how do I love thee, let me count the ways: I love the bounty of fresh vegetables and fruits you provide. I love the new vegetables we have never tried that push us to try something new. I love the interest you pique in my children when they see interesting shapes and colors among the produce. Read Full Post

tags: Diet Tools, motivation, planning, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

Diary of a Demo

It all started on a Saturday morning run with my friends. We’ve met up every Saturday for 7+ years to slug out a few miles together and update each other with what’s going on in our lives. I’ve thrown a few BeneFit Bars their way over the years, but they’ve asked me very few questions about dieting. Today was different. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, Recipes, Diet Tools, in the box, planning, strategies
category: food & recipes

What’s on the Menu? Lots of Calories!

Would knowing the calories on a restaurant item influence your choice of food? Would seeing that the burgers on a menu could “cost” you over 1200 calories make a difference to you? Would you select a different food item or would you ignore the information? Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, planning, strategies
category: motivation