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

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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

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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

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The First Step Really is the Hardest

It was 5:20 a.m. and I just didn't want to exercise. Period. And it wasn't the kind of not wanting where the exercise was a simple annoyance or just another necessary evil. No, the idea of getting on the elliptical this one morning just seemed un-confront-able - even though the stupid machine (!) is right in my basement. Read Full Post

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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The New (and Improved!) BeneFit Bars Have Arrived

You asked and we listened! “More crunch” is a request we often hear from those looking for more variety with HMR foods. This request was one of the major factors in the decision to develop new bars to replace the original BeneFit® Bar recipes. Read Full Post

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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

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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

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Kitchen Essentials for Your Healthy New Year

Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of sale prices on kitchen essentials that make it easier to eat more fruits and veggies. Most of us know that when it comes to eating healthier - being prepared is key. Take a kitchen inventory and invest in the tools that can make a big difference. Read Full Post

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Misleading Labels: How ‘Zero’ Calorie Foods Contain Hidden Calories

We were having green beans and mushrooms with dinner the other night – one of my favorites. As usual, we had the no-calorie spray butter on the table and I noticed it was getting a little low. Funny, we had just bought a new bottle last week. Oh well, it has zero calories right? Read Full Post

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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

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

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

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Nice Arms Lady

Although my fitness goals have been different over the years, I realize that I always need to be asking myself if what I am doing is really helping me accomplish my weight and fitness goals? Am I bringing my “A-game” or am I bringing my “C+ game” and expecting an “A” anyways? Read Full Post

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Oh Hey! I Just Ran My First 5k!

Last weekend, I ran my first 5k – and it was SO MUCH FUN! Running has been something I’ve been trying to turn into a regular thing for a long time, but until recently, it just never stuck. Here’s what I did to keep on keeping on… Read Full Post

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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

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This Valentine’s Day, Love Your Own Sweet Heart!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year by making some crucial lifestyle changes that will have a huge impact on your heart health. Why not make this the year you commit to loving your own sweet heart? Read Full Post

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New Year, New You: Change YOUR World

For many of us, taking on the challenge of losing weight can set us apart from the crowd. While everyone else is eating bagels, we drink our shakes. Making healthy lifestyle changes often means we have to let go of old habits as we make room for the new. But why go it alone? Read Full Post

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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

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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

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Inspired by the Olympics

I am so excited for the upcoming Olympics. I’ve noticed that each year as the Boston Marathon approaches, there are more runners out and about (or maybe I just pay more attention to them). That got me thinking about how motivating the Olympics could be for physical activity. Read Full Post

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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

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From the Classroom: Results of the Triple Imperative Challenge

In the US today, dieting is down – big time. It’s a paradox: on one hand more Americans are overweight than ever before, but on the other hand, according a recent major survey on the health habits of Americans, concern about weight and weight loss are at an all-time low. Wow. Welcome to The Gap™. Read Full Post

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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

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Eating Healthy Fats

To many people working hard to lose or maintain weight, fats are often thought of as a 4-letter word. The calories of fats are twice as concentrated as calories from carbohydrate or protein, which is why they make foods so calorically dense in such small amounts. But we don’t need to avoid all fats. Some fats are actually considered healthy. Read Full Post

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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