Friday, July 1, 2011

Woo-hoo Friday! Tips, Tricks and Inspiration

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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