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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

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

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

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

Dips Without Chips

The problem with most traditional dips is two-fold. First, they are served with chips. In nutritional parlance, chips are basically a crunchy vehicle for salt and grease. Hey, I guess someone had to say it. The second problem is the dip itself. Read Full Post

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

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

I Eat Whole Cantaloupes

I know calories. I mean, I’ve worked for HMR for over 25 years, so I better know calories! But recently, some calorie information really struck me in a new way. Melons, like honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe, are only 10 calories an ounce. Read Full Post

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

Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… an entree??

Whether it’s business, pleasure, or a quick trip to see family over the holidays, taking HMR Shakes, Entrees, and Bars on a plane can feel daunting. I’ve taken HMR meals on planes many times without difficulties. Here are some tips and tricks to make your air travel easier… Read Full Post

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

Top 10 Ways to Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Day

One of the best ways to manage your weight more successfully and increase your overall nutritional profile is to add more fruits and veggies to your diet. But in today’s challenging food culture, that’s certainly easier said than done! Here are our top 10 ways to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day… Read Full Post

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

How Our Home Environment Can Make Us or Break Us

The culture we live in today IS NOT supportive of weight management—calories in our most popular foods are so high that even 5 minutes spent in an unsupportive environment can undo a weeks’ worth of healthy eating. Because of all this, it’s up to US to create supportive and “safe” food environments that allow us to stay in control of our weight AND health. Read Full Post

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

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

Picnic Beans

My parents were consummate party throwers. Nothing wild, mind you, but they were either hosting or attending get-togethers sometimes 2-3 times a month. Backyard cookouts, company picnics, church pot lucks, beach parties, kids’ birthdays and just plain old ‘hey, lets have a party’ were occasions to get everyone together and ‘bring a covered dish.’ Read Full Post

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

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

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

I recently wrote about how much I love using my crockpot. With a big family to feed, and small children underfoot, I am able to make healthy and delicious meals without a lot of fuss or time spent in front of a hot stove. I will now share my love and appreciation for another helper in my kitchen: the food processor. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes, motivation, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: how to

More is More! Pump up the Volume for Better Weight Management.

Whip it! Blend it! Soup it! Add more fruits and veggies! Get out the blender or Cuisinart and pump up the volume! Here’s the skinny on why eating more will help you lose more weight. Read Full Post

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

Hacking Your HMR Entrees

(Hack: modifying an item to create additional functionality) At first glance, preparing an HMR entree seems very straight forward. Open the box, microwave for 1-2 minutes, add spices or vegetables, and eat. In fact, there are a lot of other creative ways to enjoy entrees. Let’s take a look at some of the tips and tricks veteran HMR dieters use.   Read Full Post

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

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

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category: how to

Shake up the Afternoon to Stay Full and Satisfied

Every day around 3:30 p.m., I find myself craving something sweet that is also healthy and filling. Having a shake gets me through to 5:00 when I leave work and carries me to dinner time. Here are some of my tried and true favorites… Read Full Post

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

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

Even a Coach Needs a Coach

I have been on this weight management journey for over 25 years. I have told myself many times, “I know what to do, I just need to do it.” I would start for a week, then stop. I would do a 10-minute DVD with weights every other day, then after 2 weeks, I fell out of the routine… Read Full Post

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

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

Weight Loss Slowing Down? Watch Out For Those BLTs (Bites, Licks, and Tastes)

In spite of everyone’s best efforts, sometimes eating off the diet happens. Sometimes it’s a full meal. More often, its tiny bites, licks, and tastes that, while they may feel inconsequential, can really add up and slow weight loss down. Read Full Post

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

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

Take Control of Your Food Environment

Let me tell you a story about Rebecca* and her attempt to stick to her diet in the face of an un-supportive environment. Perhaps you can relate to her experience… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, mood, strategies
category: motivation

Cook Your Way to Long-Term Weight Maintenance

These days, it’s easier than ever to find simple recipes with few ingredients that pack a culinary punch. If you don’t consider yourself a cook, and you feel overwhelmed in the kitchen, start with a plan to make just one new recipe a week. Here are a few quick tips to get you cooking… Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, 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

The Importance of Good Hydration All Year Long

Most of us know it’s important to stay hydrated, but what may be surprising is that our fluid needs in the winter can often be the same as at the peak of summer, when heat and humidity are excessive. Our internal regulation of fluids is managed by thirst, but dehydration can trick us into making poor decisions. Read Full Post

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

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

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Spices, Coffee and Cocoa

In the first four "Make a Shake, Make it Great" blogs, we discussed using add-ins like diet soda and sugar-free flavored water, sugar-free syrups, sugar-free puddings and jell-o, and extracts. In the last blog of this series, we will wrap things up wiht spices, coffee, and cocoa.   Read Full Post

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

The Social Network for Health

If you have made the decision to lose weight, get healthy, and change your lifestyle by joining the HMR program, one of the most important things you can do to be successful is build a supportive community. Read Full Post

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

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

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Extracts

In the first three “Make a Shake, Make it Great” blogs, we discussed using diet soda and sugar-free flavored water, then sugar-free syrups in your shakes, and finally sugar-free puddings and Jell-o®. The next stop in our series is using extracts in your shakes. Read Full Post

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

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Sugar-Free Pudding or Jell-o

The third in a series, this blog focuses on ways to add variety to the flavor of your shakes by using sugar-free pudding or Jell-o®. Read Full Post

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category: food & recipes

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

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category: how to

Dynamic Entree Duos

Many HMR foods go together just as well as some of your old favorites. Let’s take a look at some entree + entree combinations that have become HMR classics. Read Full Post

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

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

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Sugar-free Syrups

In the first ‘Make a Shake, Make it Great’ blog we discussed using diet soda and sugar-free flavored water. The next stop in this series is using sugar-free syrups in your shakes. Read Full Post

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

The DVR is my Secret Weapon

While working on my health over the past 25 years, I’ve discovered that if I want to sustain a high level of physical activity, I need to have a variety of strategies to do it. I’ve also learned that I need a “go-to” activity that I can count on, no matter what. Read Full Post

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

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

How Asking “How?” Can Help You Succeed

Achieving long-term success with our weight and health requires making a lot of changes. There are real challenges to our success out there. But often our biggest obstacle to success is the way we think about ourselves, the way we pose our questions and the answers we accept. Read Full Post

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category: how to

Sneaky Chef: The Purees Edition

I got into the habit of making purees regularly when I was making my own baby food. It was so simple to pour a puree into an ice cube dish and freeze it for later use. I’ve continued to do this to be able to have quick and easy access to some extra vegetables that can be easily incorporated (or hidden) in other foods I prepare. Read Full Post

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

Working with a “Coach” to Improve PA

Recently, I recognized that I was “going through the motions” when it came to my PA. While I was tracking it and doing it, I wasn’t excited about it or getting stronger or faster. So, in a quest to improve my speed and strength, I decided to look for ways to work with a “coach” in addition to working with my health educator. Read Full Post

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

Sneaky Chef: The Beans Edition

In a previous blog, I wrote about how I incorporate zucchini into foods. Here, I’m going to share some tips on how to include extra servings of beans into your family’s meals. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, Recipes, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: food & recipes

This Fall, RESTART Your Weight Loss

You know you have to do it when the jeans that fit you back in May don't fit now. With the change of seasons, maybe it’s also time to RESTART and get serious about getting your healthy lifestyle back on track. Read Full Post

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category: how to

Sneaky Chef: The Zucchini Edition

I know there is some debate about being a sneaky chef. I’ve read the pros and cons. A sneaky chef finds a way to “hide” fruits and vegetables in meals and baked goods without it being too visible to the eater (typically kids that might otherwise refuse to eat these vegetables and fruits). Read Full Post

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

Lettuce Play with Our Food

Were you ever told not to play with your food? Well, I give you permission to play with your food. I don’t mean sling your Chicken Pasta Parmesan across the room, or finger paint with 70 Plus pudding. No, I’m talking about playing around with HMR Shakes and Entrees to create fun, new recipes that you can really get excited about! Read Full Post

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

6 Quick Tips to Quiet the Hungry Horrors

Have you reached your goal weight only to discover you cannot seem to control the urge to eat everything in sight? Do you feel like you are fighting with yourself over wanting high-fat, high-calorie junk foods? Here are some things you can do right away, when that out-of-control feeling around food starts to happen… Read Full Post

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

Kale in a Fruit Smoothie? Yes, Please!

During the summer, I see a change in the foods I crave. I find myself wanting more fresh greens, and less “stick to your ribs” comfort food. I also crave more shakes, or more precisely, fruit smoothies. Well, I have a recipe that satisfies my yearning for the green stuff and the fruity drinks I love… Read Full Post

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

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 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

Fruits and Veggies – More is Better!

Most Americans think of fruits and vegetables as low-calorie foods that promote weight loss. But the power of plants to heal, revive and rejuvenate has long been known to man. Sure, eating more of these nutritional powerhouses will make weight management easier, but the benefits of a plant-rich diet go way beyond the scale. Read Full Post

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

Top 5 from the Trenches: Memorial Day Survival Strategies

It’s that time of year again! The official kick-off to summer: Memorial Day Weekend. But the summer months can be difficult with BBQs, weekend trips, ice cream block parties and, in general, a more carefree attitude that can all contribute to some serious episodes in The Gap™. With that in mind, here are our Top 5 Memorial Day Survival Strategies. Read Full Post

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

Sleep Your Way to Weight Loss?

The connection between weight and sleep has been receiving a great deal of attention lately. It seems that every few months there’s another study saying that people who sleep less weigh more. What does this mean for people who are trying to manage their weight? Should we add sleep to the list of things you need to focus on? Read Full Post

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

Common Phase 1 Challenges: The Shakes Can Be Too Sweet

Adding variety to your shakes by using add-ins is important. Because, what tastes really great this week might seem mundane next week. But, what do you do when the add-ins you use make the shakes too sweet for your taste? Let’s take a look at some non-sweetened options for variety… Read Full Post

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

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

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

Autumn Chili

One of the problems with traditional fall foods is that they can have me packing on pounds faster than the Red Sox fall out of 1st place in September. With that in mind, I started working on some classic fall recipes that are full of flavor, have lots of vegetables, and are low in calories. Read Full Post

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

How to Turn a Bad Day into a Good Week

We’ve all had them. The days that don’t go as planned. The days we forget our lunch, end up shopping while hungry, or find ourselves somehow in the food court. So whether it’s a chocolate cake delivered with good intentions, or the BBQ ribs you just couldn’t pass up... a high-calorie day doesn’t have to ruin your week. Read Full Post

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

What Does it Mean to Be “In the Box”?

Being “in the box” in the HMR Program means being on track with your diet, staying on the plan, and not cheating. By staying “in the box” you increase your chances of reaching your goals. It puts the hazy gray world of dieting into crisp black and white. Read Full Post

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

Soup: The Weight-Loss Secret that Comes in a Bowl

Allow us a moment to ponder the lowly bowl of soup. When you think about it, soup is just a main course with water added, right? It’s the same amount of food and you’ll eat just as much, right? Well, as it turns out, not so much. Read Full Post

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

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

Freeze, Frappe, or Float

Depending on where you hail from in the U.S., you may know them by different names. Where I’m from, when you blend ice cream and soda together you get a “freeze.” I’m talking about those blended, thick, frosty, icy shakes that are reminiscent of malt shop fare. One big sip and you have instant brain freeze. Read Full Post

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

Hacking Your HMR Shakes

Preparing an HMR shake is pretty easy – powder, water, ice, blend. Given how creative HMR dieters can be, I wanted to share some of their tips and tricks for making shakes in different ways. If you are looking for new flavors, textures, high or low volume, or just want to try something different, I think this blog will be worth your time. Read Full Post

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

How High-Volume Shakes Save Me From the Hungry Horrors

While preparing dinner for my family, I can often find myself looking to snack on anything that is around me – and those calories can add up quickly! Making a high volume shake to drink at that time keeps me full for 3 hours – on 200 calories or less! How can you beat that? Here are 5 favorites… Read Full Post

by jennyb on 09/09/15  

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

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

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, planning, strategies
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

Make a Shake, Make it Great: Use Diet Soda or Sugar-free Flavored Water

HMR makes 2 basic flavors of shakes: vanilla and chocolate (the Chicken Soup and Multigrain Hot Cereal also count as shakes, but we’ll talk about them in another blog). While most people think the vanilla and chocolate shakes taste really good on their own, at some point they might want, well, something else. Read Full Post

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

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

The Secret Life of a Five-Bean Entrée

All HMR entrees lead a secret life, and the Five-Bean entrée is no exception. Here’s the secret: they also make great soups. Read Full Post

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

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

The Can Man: Adding Volume to my HMR Entrees

My 27 years with HMR have been an exciting ride, and I have seen a lot of changes to the program. One big addition that I remember vividly was the introduction of the HMR Entrees. Read Full Post

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

Health Outlook: Keep Your Fruit Close and Your Veggies Closer

Eating more fruits and veggies helps us maintain or lose weight and ensures we get the nutrients and vitamins we need to protect and fuel our bodies. Here are some benefits of specific fruits and vegetables, as well as some easy ways to get them in—strategies I use every day. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, strategies, nutrition
category: motivation

Eat More 1s, 2s, and 3s To Keep Calories Low and Health High

Eating more 1s–3s lets you eat more food for fewer calories, making it easier to lose or maintain weight. And there are other health benefits to eating more 1s–3s. Look at some of the research that supports the many and varied health benefits of vegetables and fruits. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, strategies, nutrition
category: motivation

Top 5 from the Trenches: High Volume Fruit and Veggies

Hello from the clinic trenches! Dieters in my classes tell me all the time they need to find foods that are easy to grab, high in volume, convenient and delicious. What is the answer? Fruits and vegetables! Recently, I polled my classes and here are the top 5 strategies for getting high volume with veggies and fruits. Read Full Post

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

Girl about Town: Every Little Bit Counts

We know we need to make the time to get regular exercise – but we’ve all got crazy-busy lives, right? However, nothing helps you feel as good, as energized, and as ready for your day as good ‘ol physical activity. So why do so many of us resist doing it? We feel like we just don’t have the time. Read Full Post

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

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

Just Keep it Simple!

If you are trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, one of the best things you can do is reduce the number of food decisions you need to make when you’re hungry. Here's how to keep it simple using meal replacements, giving you a low-calorie way to start the day… Read Full Post

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

Top 5 from the Trenches: High-Volume Shakes

Ever wonder what other HMR dieters’ favorite recipes are? Welcome to the first in a series of “Top 5” lists all about our most popular (and most filling) recipes, according to HMR dieters. We’ll explore everything from high volume shakes made with fruit, to entrees with veggies, as well as grab-and-go veggie and fruit snacks. Read Full Post

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

You Can’t Outrun Your Fork

For someone who started running to lose weight 20+ years ago and hasn’t looked back since, the last thing I saw coming was an injury that would put a halt to physical activity as I knew it. Aside from missing the physical act of running and the camaraderie of my running group, I was worried – really worried – that I’d gain weight. Read Full Post

tags: HMR, exercise, 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

The Daily Battle with the Snooze Button

It has always been a battle between me and the snooze button. Every night I set the alarm early to get up and go to the gym and, come morning, end up hitting the snooze button. And then again. And then again. Although getting in a workout at any time is great, a morning sweat session has many benefits… Read Full Post

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

Girl about Town: Hot Drinks for Cold Days

All summer long, when it’s too hot to cook or I just want something cold and refreshing, I’ll happily blend up a fruit smoothie or make a shake with a no-calorie add-in. However, in these colder months, I haven’t been as excited to have an icy cold beverage… Enter hot drinks. Read Full Post

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

Do You Prancercise?

At HMR, we believe that simply “moving your body through space” equals exercise – no special equipment or classes necessary! However, I can’t help but laugh sometimes at the extremes that some people will go to in the name of exercise! Read Full Post

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

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

Empty Nest – Empty Fridge!

After signing the lease for the last of the kids to move into their own apartment (and the college years almost wrapped up too!), I’ve hit what is fondly known as the “empty nest” stage! Can anyone else relate? Is it what you expected? What I don’t think I could have ever expected is that it would change my routine around meals. Read Full Post

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

A Conversation with Jason

Jason Asciola has lost 164 lbs. in the HMR Program in Auburndale, MA. He is now in Phase 2 – still losing some weight and working on maintaining his weight loss.   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, motivation, in the box, mood, strategies
category: motivation

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

Top 5 from the Trenches: PA Strategies for a Busy Day

When you are ridiculously busy, perhaps going from appointment to appointment or running around with the kids all day, it can feel completely overwhelming to think about exercising, on top of everything else. But, those days can actually be the most important ones to fit some exercise in… Read Full Post

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

No Longer Black and White!

I am a person who sees things as black and white, and that attitude carries over into my diet. Being regimented like this was very helpful while I was dieting in Phase 1. The problem came when I had reached my goal and no longer had to officially diet. I was either “eating healthy” or “eating whatever I wanted.” Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, 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

Being "That" Mom When Faced with The Gap

I’m so excited that my oldest child is turning five and is now old enough to participate in organized team sports. During Opening Day for Little League I was confronted with an issue I did not expect – The Gap! I don’t know why I was surprised. Gap foods are everywhere, so why should I be surprised that they would be at sporting events for kids... Read Full Post

tags: strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
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

Is it Really More Expensive to Eat Healthy?

How often have you heard people say they choose fast food because it is less expensive than healthier foods? How much data is there to support that claim? The answer – not much! It is possible to eat healthy foods without adding on extra costs. If you are trying to cut costs, here are some practical ways to keep food costs down… Read Full Post

tags: motivation, money, strategies, nutrition
category: motivation

Healthy Families: Bringing Vegetables and Fruits into Meal Times

As a mom and, I hope, a healthy role model for my daughter, we work on healthy behaviors as a family. One of the things I am constantly working on is finding ways to incorporate a variety of vegetables and fruits into my family’s snacks and meals. Here are some strategies for boosting your family’s fruit and veggie numbers… Read Full Post

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

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

March is National Nutrition Month

March can be such a challenging month, weather-wise. At least in the northeast, it truly can come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. The cold and gloom of still-wintery weather can lead to hibernation from healthy behaviors. So what can you do to reverse this? Read Full Post

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

Family Matters: Being Active Together

One of the resolutions I made this year is to be more active with my family - particularly with my 7-year-old daughter. The troubling headlines about childhood obesity do not paint a pretty picture. According to the CDC- approximately 17%, or 12.5 million, children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, strategies, kids, mommy blog
category: motivation

5-2-1-0: Eating through the Rainbow

Eating through the Rainbow…what a fun way to inspire kids to eat different colors of fruits and vegetables! As part of the 5-2-1-0 program that I recently blogged about, my daughter’s primary school, along with the School Nutrition Program, participated in this 5-2-1-0 activity: Eating through the Rainbow. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

Working Out in Winter Months

I’ve previously written about working out with my kids in tow. In thinking about exercise recently, I’ve come to realize that I rely on the outdoors, and more specifically on good weather, for most of it. Living in the Northeast with cold, icy winter weather makes me realize that I’m going to need to do some adjusting as it pertains to my regular exercise routine. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, strategies, kids, mommy blog
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

After-School Snack of Champions

With the influence of HMR on one shoulder and a gourmet chef on the other, I try to make my kids after-school snacks that are fun, delicious AND healthy. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, HMR, Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
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

Banishing the Baking Blues

This time of year, it is so fun to be in the kitchen with my children creating cookie masterpieces! However I also struggle with having baked goods in the house as I could easily eat a lot of calories in baked goods several times a day. This has been a dilemma for me until I found some recipes for baking things that are not meant to be eaten. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, Diet Tools, motivation, mood, strategies, kids, mommy blog, holidays
category: motivation

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

My Winter CSA Share

In a previous blog I waxed poetic about the benefits of having a CSA share. But did you know that a CSA share doesn’t have to just be for spring, summer or fall? Yes, there are also winter shares, and shares that go year round. Read Full Post

tags: Recipes, Diet Tools, motivation, money, strategies, kids, mommy blog, nutrition
category: motivation

The Kids are Back in Town

Ah, the joys of a visit from the kids! I look forward to the stories of friends, classes, life decisions and just the chance to catch up. However, along with the pleasures of bringing the babes back into the nest, comes the challenge of having to blow up the “I can do what I want on my timelines” routine. Read Full Post

tags: motivation, exercise, strategies, kids, mommy blog
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

Starting Over: How an Injury Brought My Exercise to a Whole New Level

December 23rd, 2010…a date that will be in my memory forever. It was the day I tore my Lis Franc joint in my foot – an almost guaranteed career-ending injury for most professional athletes – and an injury that would forever change my physical activity. Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, motivation, exercise, mood, strategies
category: motivation

Yoga with Irene

Imagine you’re stuck in a small log cabin in Vermont with 3 young children while Hurricane Irene is storming outside! I know what you’re thinking – how fun! A day filled with baking bread and crazy art projects! Not so much. That's where we rode out the storm, and my husband and I pulled out all the tricks for what to do on a rainy day. Read Full Post

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

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

Kids and Kabobs

I recently decided to introduce vegetable kabobs to my kids since food on skewers is so interesting to little children. I mean really, who doesn’t like food on a stick? Read Full Post

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

Recipe Substitutions: Great Taste, Less Calories!

A common question I hear is, “how can I make some of my favorite recipes lower in calories but still have them taste good?” Well, making small ingredient changes to the fat content of a recipe you love can often cut a lot of calories and have very little impact on the overall quality and taste.   Read Full Post

tags: Weight-Loss, Recipes, Diet Tools, strategies
category: food & recipes

Veggies Undercover

Several years ago, there was a raging debate over the wisdom of hiding pureed vegetables or fruits in children’s food. Parents with picky eaters were at the forefront of this movement. They reasoned that since vegetables and fruits are so important for good health, it was okay to get this nutrition into their children in whatever way they could. Read Full Post

tags: Diet Tools, motivation, strategies, kids
category: motivation

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