Woo-hoo! It's Friday! As a stay-at-home mom, weekends are pretty much like all the other days to me except we get to see a lot more of dear hubby. I love Fridays, though, because that's the day I share with you my week's gleaning of tips, tricks and a little inspiration for your journey!
Since we are coming onto a holiday weekend in the US, we'll focus on that.
First the Tricks: Consider a plan to maintain for the holiday weekend. If you are hosting or attending a holiday gathering -- especially one that spans a couple of days -- maintaining may be a more reasonable plan than weight loss.
Trick #2 is painstakingly obvious: If you are contributing a dish or two to the holiday festivities, make it a guilt free one. Take a giant salad, a fresh fruit salad, Homemade Hummus with low-fat pita chips, or anything else you really love that is filling, fresh and easy on the waistline.
Tip of the Day:
Do you ever wonder about whether organic foods justify the cost? Are you harming yourself or your family by buying "regular" produce? The debate on these questions rages on but I have settled on a happy medium. I carry with me a list of the produce most likely to contain harmful pesticides -- The Dirty Dozen -- as well as it's companion list, the cleanest fruits and vegetables, and it helps guide my decisions. We all have to make a personal decision about these matters but this list helps me hit the middle ground.
Finally, The Inspiration of the Week. I know from personal experience that teaming up can make weight loss more fun and successful. I lost my first 45 pounds with dear hubby. I am making the second half of my journey with my friend Tammy; we are succeeding together. Here's a great story from Woman's Day about a married couple who underwent a huge transformation together. Enjoy.
Happy 4th of July everyone. I am grateful for the freedoms I enjoy and often take for granted. Have a thankful holiday!
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