Monday, April 30, 2012

Weight Loss Motivation Monday - Guest Blogger

 I am trying to lose 20 pounds before New Years!! No one said it was going to be easy. But as I said before, I am willing to work to get my body back!! I'm following Weight Watchers, exercising and trying to stay motivated. I know that many of you many have a lot more than 20 pounds to lose, but remember whether you have 20 or 120 we all have to do the same thing. We have to make changes in our eating habits. There is no finish line. If we want to maintain the weight loss,  we have to continue eating healthy and consciously all the time.
For the next 8 Mondays, I've lined up Guest Bloggers to share their weight loss success and how they overcame some of their struggle. ( If you would like to share your story email me
Today's guest blogger is Wendy who has done a fabulous job taking off  over 17 pounds in the last 3 months on Weight Watchers. Here is Wendy's story:
After having two children within 3.5 years, I didn’t feel right about my body.  I felt heavy and uncomfortable and none of my clothes (besides maternity clothes) fit me anymore!   I did lose some of the baby weight from my second child, but even with exercising and eating what I thought was healthy and low calorie, the weight wasn’t coming off. 
My best friend had success with Weight Watchers (WW).  Therefore, I decided to give it a try.  Based on my current weight, I get 26 points for the day.  Once I started determining the point values of my favorite foods, wow was I in for a wake up call! 
No wonder I had stopped losing weight.  The cereal bars I had been previously eating (2-3 a day) were worth 4 points each!  The chai latte drink I had been drinking in the am was a whopping 5 points (just for a drink!). 
 I’m happy to report that within 3 months, I have lost 17 pounds.  My goal is to lose 20 pounds total and keep it off!  Keep reading to see the changes I made and the new habits I formed to get the results! 
                                                                 Before Picture

                                                               After 17 pound weight loss

Why I love Weight Watchers
The main thing that I love about WW is that even though you do have to count points, you are not counting calories (calories are obviously included in the point calculations, but you are not focused on them).  You can eat what YOU want.  It’s EASY to eat healthy and feel satisfied and stay within your points range.   Fruits and vegetables are 0 points. 
 My husband (who, by the way is not on the plan and has lost 10 lbs since I have started) likes to think of WW as a budget.  Someone gives you $100 for the day and it’s your choice how you choose to spend it.  If you want to blow all of on a pair of heels, then go for it and have nothing else to wear!  But if you want to bargain shop and buy lots of things on sale, you will get more for your money.  For example, I was eating something as part of my lunch which was 4 points.  My best friend told me about a similar product that was only 1 point each.  So I’m saving 3 points on lunch and therefore treat myself to something else in the evening!!  Eating out was definitely challenging/scary when I first started WW.  See my tips below for my favorite go-to meals when I am out. 

I am currently doing the WW online program. 
I do not attend meetings, but I know that many WW successes have attended them and learn great things.  With working part time and with two little ones at home, it’s hard for me to find time to attend the meetings.  But I have the Weight Watchers app on my iphone, and I use it to track everything I eat so I feel accountable and I enter my weekly weight on Wednesday mornings.  It’s great because when I go food shopping, I use the points calculator on my phone right in the supermarket to figure out the points of whatever food I want to buy.
Here is a typical breakfast for me (I told you I am constantly eating!):
Breakfast - Oatmeal with fresh berries (3 or 4 points) and 1 cup decaf coffee with fat free creamer and stevia (1 point)
AM snack – banana (0 Points) and WW cheese stick (1 point)
Another AM Snack – Red pepper slices (0 Points) and or Greek Yogurt (3 or 4 points)
It doesn't always go so well
There are definitely those days that I just want to eat whatever I want and forget to track ( record what I'm eating) and I do eat whatever!  It’s important to give yourself some days off.  Otherwise you will go crazy.  If I overindulge one day or even for an entire weekend, I do my best to get back on the WW train the next day or Monday morning!

Recipe for a Weight Watchers Style overnight no cooking required oatmeal- so easy,
convenient, healthy and delicious

Here are some of my habits/tips since starting WW 
·         Every week, I plan my menu and make my shopping list for the next week.  I have to stay organized and always ensure I have the proper foods on hand so I can easily eat healthy. 
·         I use my crock pot at least once a week every week.  I make recipes that  include lean protein, veggies and carbs.  The recipes are healthy, easy and my husband and both of my girls enjoy it.  I prep veggies the night before and throw them in the crock pot in the morning.
·         About twice a week, I roast vegetables and use them as fillers in my wraps for lunch or as a side dish for lunches or dinners.  My favorites are butternut squash, mushrooms, eggplant, onions, zucchini, and summer squash.  I use PAM spray and season veggies with salt free seasoning such as Mrs. Dash.  I eat leftover roasted veggies as an appetizer while I prepare dinner.
·         I snack on lots of fresh veggies – peppers, carrots, sugar snap peas and baby tomatoes.  I don’t snack on useless snacks anymore that provide no nutritional value and/or fiber to fill me up – for example, pretzels, crackers, chips, cookies are totally out.
·         I’ve become conscious of serving sizes.  When I make a crock pot recipe and the serving size is 1.5 cups for 8 points, I really do try to just eat the 1.5 cups of the recipe.  I also eat on our appetizer size plates, not our gigantic dinner size plates. 
·         Let’s face it, sometimes I am still hungry after a meal.  If so, I try to eat vegetables or a banana or fresh fruit like pineapple, cantaloupe or honeydew.  
·         I eat constantly throughout the day, about every 2 hours.  I don’t go anywhere without snacks for the kids and myself!!  I never let myself get super hungry because then I make poor choices.
·         I drink a lot of water – I aim for 64 oz/day.
·         I love spaghetti squash and use it in place of pasta.  I make pasta for my husband and girls and I use the same sauce, but on top of spaghetti squash. 
I roast in the oven for about 45 minutes on 375.
·         I love reading blogs of others who have success on WW and have become addicted to researching recipes!
·         I exercise about 2-3 days a week and take group fitness classes.
·         If I eat lunch out, I try to order the following:
        Egg white omelet with veggies; veggie burger and salad.

Tip :  A trick that I use to help me stay on track is to plan my meals/snacks for the entire day in the morning.  I log all of my foods that I plan to eat for the day into my points tracker on my iphone in the morning and it shows me if I have any extra points to use for the day and this way I can plan accordingly.

0 point Appetizer : Here is a quick snack or appetizer idea that my best friend Melissa invented -
Trader Joe's veggie mix which includes chopped carrots, cabbage, celery, peppers and other veggies too.  Top veggie mix with balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and a few dashes of Frank's red hot sauce for a 0 point delicious snack or appetizer. 
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mushroom, Cilantro ( and feta) Omelet

Looking for a fast, but healthy and low calorie snack or meal that is of course gluten free?
Think eggs and omelets!
Omelets are fast and simple to make,  a great source of protien,  and can be combined with any kind of vegetable.
This mushroom and cilantro omelet took me only 7 minutes to prep and make.
I was proud of myself that  despite being in a hurry, I ate consciously.  I keep my fridge stocked with vegetables and fruits which makes it easier to make a healthy choice, even when in a hurry.

 I grabbed a little handful of the  fragrant cilantro, and sliced a little plate of scallions, washed a few sliced mushrooms and made my omelet.

It was 4 points+ on Weight Watchers and delicious.
If I wanted a little more substance,( and more points) I could have added some  creamy feta cheese on top of the mushrooms before cooking, or topped it with salsa ( which is 0 points) when it was done.

The herbs and feta are a mouthwatering combination and healthy too. It's so important to include fresh greens in your diet everyday. The chlorophyll can help cleanse toxins out of your system and the minerals help nourish all of your cells.

2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup scallions , sliced
2 mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
Optional: 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Optional: top with salsa

Spray a non stick pan . Add eggs and top with remainder of ingredients. Turn over 1/2 omelet when done.

Add grated cheese for some extra substance
                              Top with salsa
                        Another fast and easy, yet healthy and low in calories gluten free snack or part of a meal.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Weight Loss Motivation Monday - Go Girl!

I've come to realize that (for me), the difference between eating consciously and eating whatever I want, starts in what I tell myself!

  I can talk myself into eating healthfully and consciously, or talk myself out of it in a split second! AND I have done both!!!Sometimes a  GF cookie, ice cream, or an extra serving of dinner just looks so good, and I want it so badly. I might tell myself I'll just have one piece or its a special occasion and I should not deprive myself. (  but there are so many special occasions: birthdays, holidays, dinners out with friends, anniversary's, graduations, births, parties etc.)

Mostly, I overeat or eat unconsciously because I don't have a plan to follow. I find without a plan and a goal.. I'm at the mercy of too much food even healthy food or sugar, starch, and fat..and all the goodies out there. ( It can be addicting for me and hard to get off it once I start)

A few weeks ago I realized that after two -three years of yo yo dieting, gaining and losing and then finally gaining and gaining, I ended up with 27 extra pounds in three years!!! I have now lived with that 27 pounds for a year and half , and I've come to think of myself as pudgy.

Prior to gaining this weight , I had been slim and shapely for over 9 years when I went on a weight loss program to lose 50 pounds.I kept it off for over nine years. During those nine years, I had a daily plan that became a daily habit, just like brushing my teeth..

I planned my meals, planned my exercise time, and had mini goals .. I lost weight, and I sculpted by using hand weights and built muscle. It made me look shapely and small . I became a size 4/6.. Unbelievable.. but true, and I was almost 50 years old at the time!!

I never thought I could be a slim person; I never thought I could never be a small or a size 6 ( let alone a 4)!!! But I was happy and slim  for years!

Thoughts are powerful and persuasive...what I tell myself does seem to matter.

I have a choice; I can plan and be prepared everyday no matter if it is a party day, a birthday or a dinner out. I can plan my exercise routine for everyday and stick to it.

My plan is to get my previous size six body back!! How am I going to do that ?.. I am going to work for it by  following a plan and sticking to it. This is what I do..

  • Plan my menu for the week ( or a few days)
  • Shop and make sure everything I need in in the house
  • Strategies- use a crock pot, wash and cut up veggie snacks in advance
  • Be prepared- Keep Weight Watchers 1 point cheese sticks and hard boiled eggs                 handy,take my snacks to work, shopping, to a friends house, and the gym.
  • Plan my exercise- make time for me and stick to it- lift weights, do a exercise CD, go to the gym for a scheduled class.
  • Take my gym clothes and sneakers in the car so I don't have to stop home after work
  • Keep my MP3 Player charged , so I can listen to my inspirational CDs, books, or music while I exercise which helps make the time go and feel enjoyable.
  • Drink more water- carry water with me.
  • Read inspiration web sites of others who offer ideas and success stories.

After the last three year struggle, ( which started with an injury that prohibited me from exercising)
 I am finally am realizing that I cannot diet.. I get it!!
I have make permanent healthy eating choices.

Tip:  I read somewhere that there is no finish line for eating consciously, no finish line for exercising, and no finish line for making healthy choices. 
These habits need to be ongoing..  a healthy diet is a healthy body.
I'm starting week 2.. last week I followed my plan even with a dinner party Saturday night.. I still had a great time and focused on what I could eat, rather than what I couldn't eat.. It worked out great and I lost 3 pounds last week..

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What did I have to give up to have a healthier body ( you'll be surprised what it is) ...

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Simple Carrot Ginger Soup for Two

bowl of pureed carrot soup

mug of carrot soup
Carrot Ginger Soup in a mug

This is my very quick version of a delicious healthy carrot ginger soup that feels like a comfort soup when you are sick. To say that this carrot ginger soup is fast and easy to make,  is an understatement.

I was starting to come down with a sore throat and a cold. I was feeling the chills,  so, I wanted something hot to eat that could be made quickly. I had some sweet organic carrots in the fridge and a piece of fresh ginger. I made the two ingredients into a quick soup that turned out to be surprisingly soothing and delicious. It is gluten free, fat free, low calorie, and vegan and the color is bright and appealing. 

I liked the soup so much, I ate two large bowls.

What was so great about this soup?
  • It was soothing- It's the kind of soup you could eat when your sick, like a comfort soup.
  • It was light but filling.
  • It tasted great
  • It took under 10 minutes to make
  • It's made with two healthy ingredients ( carrots and fresh ginger)
  • It could be topped with Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream for an extra special boost
  • Carrots are good for you,  full of beta carotene and antioxidants
  • Ginger has many health giving benefits as well
  • It was good enough to serve to company- really
  • It could be served chilled in the summer-yum
  • It is salt free- know anyone on a low salt diet? 
  • It is 0 points on Weight Watchers- '
  • It is gluten free
  • It is vegan
  • You can add other spices as well; when it was done cooking I added 1 tsp of ground cumin
It's a very simple soup,  but, it tasted great, and I'll make it again.

Great Tip**** Freeze your Ginger! If you don't use fresh ginger very often, you can freeze  peeled leftover ginger and keep it for up to 6 weeks in your freezer ( see directions for peeling and freezing ginger at the end of this post). Then , next time you need a piece, just go to your freezer.

Scroll down to see how to peel ginger..


4-5  large organic carrots, sliced into thirds
6 cups water
1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger ( or more to taste)
Cracked pepper to taste
Optional: Add 1 tsp of cumin after cooking

Place carrots into a sauce pan with 6 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and allow carrots to cook until soft.  Turn off the heat, add grated ginger, and allow to steep for 5 minutes covered. Blend in the blender .. and eat immediately.
carrots in a saucepan cooking
This is a portion for one


                   blender with pureed carrots

                         carrot soup
                                   Simple Carrot Ginger Soup
 How to peel ginger easily:                      

Just take the back of a spoon and lightly scrape the ginger.. The skin will come off easily and the ginger will ready to use. Once peeled , it grates easily for any recipe.

How to Freeze Leftover Ginger:
If you don't use all of your ginger right away, place the peeled leftover ginger in a ziplock baggie and freeze it. It will stay fresh for about 6 weeks (or more)  and will be available for your next recipe. Also, frozen ginger is easier to cut.

All of my recipes are gluten free and many of my recipes are vegan.
I do have some vegetarian recipes that use eggs and very few recipes that use cheese.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Vegetable Soup

 The last 5 days I have focused on conscious eating and self care.
I've cut back on calories and consumed many high fiber vegetable dishes and soups.

 I have to admit that the first 3 days I was edgy and irritable

but then I started to feel less bloat, more energetic, and more comfortable.

It actually hasn't been that difficult; it just took lots of planning.

Basically, I've been doing about 1200 healthy calories a day.
I've planned my menus, made sure I had everything I need in the house, and planned a realistic exercise regime.

For me planning is the key:
  • Planning helps me make good choices.
  • Without a plan, I end up eating whatever looks good or available at the moment.
  • My plan helps me be a conscious eater not a spontaneous eater.
  • A plan also helps me eat a more balanced and satisfying meal.
  • I plan for protein, veggies, fiber, raw food etc.
  • I plan a low calorie snack.. so after lunch I know I will be having a mozzarella stick or a Greek Yogurt. Both are full of protein and satisfying .
  • The protein helps stabilize my blood sugar and keep me energized.

The hardest part has been making the time I need for me. 

I don't like being on a diet and exercising takes planning and takes work. But I've decided that I want to feel happy with my body again, I want to go to the closet and know that my clothes fit, and I want to feel that I am eating healthfully.

This has been my basic menu for the past 5 days; I hope to get more adventurous, but right now I'm keeping it simple and do-able.

Breakfast has been fresh vegetable juice ( romaine lettuce, celery, beets, carrots, kale, parsley, cucumber and radishes) made in my juicer. I;ve timed it- Juicing takes me 6 minutes from taking the veggies out of the refrigerator ( I keep them organized in a bin , so I just pull out the bin) , wash them, juice them, and clean the juicer! 6 minutes is worth it to have the benefit of all those fabulous health giving raw enzymes flood through my body and nourish it with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!

Snack: Fruit ( apple, orange, or grapefruit)

Lunch: Fresh raw Salad, 1 cup  cooked vegetable, protein (1/2 cup chick peas, or  1/2 cup black beans, or 4 ounces tofu, or 2 eggs etc)

Snack: Weight Watchers brand cheese stick ( tastes great and low calorie)  or no fat plain Greek Yogurt ( 100 calories) ( could add fresh fruit)

Dinner: Homemade low calorie soup;  Salad, protein, cooked vegetable

This simple soup provides fiber, nutrients, and flavor without the carbs and calories.

Love My Artichoke Soup
This soup has a great flavor for a low calorie , low fat vegetable broth.  It is made from frozen artichokes, red cabbage, spinach and tofu offering lots of fiber and taste.

Soup Recipe:


1 large onion, peeled and sliced in half moons
1/2 bag frozen artichokes
2 carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
2 cups red cabbage, chopped
1/2 bag frozen spinach or 3 cups fresh
2 cups vegetable broth + enough water to cover vegetables
Himalayan Salt and Cracked Pepper to taste


Saute 1 large onion in cooking oil spray in a Dutch oven.
When the onion turns translucent, add garlic, 1/2 bag frozen artichoke hearts, 2 cups of red cabbage, 2 carrots, parsley, and 1/2 bag frozen spinach or fresh spinach
Saute everything for about 10 minutes. Then add enough water to fully cover the vegetables ( but not too much), Cook down until all the veggies become soft. The flavors come from the vegetables, but add salt and pepper to taste.

Exercise: 45 minutes on the Treadmill or 1 hour walk outside, or yoga class + 20 minutes cardio on the treadmill.
I've been lucky. I've found friends to exercise with. For me, the companionship makes a difference and keeps me going. When I don't have a friend , I make sure I have my MP3 player and listen to an inspirational CD  or some upbeat Latino music.
Last night I took a yoga class at my gym,  and I slept like a baby.

Tip of the Day: I end each day with a plan for the next day.
After dinner, I plan for the next day.
I check to see that I have what I need for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
I plan my meals for the day and I follow them.
I plan a time when I can go to the gym or get out for a long walk.
I relax and meditate for even 5 minutes at the end of the day.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Spicy Rösti (Potato Pancakes Baked)

Spicy Rosti is a delicious grated potato side dish that is actually easier to make than it looks.
 It is a Swiss recipe somewhat a cross between hash browns and potato latkes.
The grated potato mixture is made into mounds and then baked in the oven.

I searched the Internet and found out there are many variations of Rösti recipes, some made with fried onions others with meat. This recipe is vegetarian and is made with fresh hot chili ( which I personally left out because I don't like hot) and grated cheese. I also tried a version without the cheese and it worked well too.

 It is my Secret Recipe Club selection from my assigned blog, New Yorker By Heart,.

I was intrigued with this recipe for Rösti  because although I frequently make many ethnic recipes, I tend to choose more Mediterranean, Italian, Greek, and Spanish type recipes. This was a first for me. I have never made a Swiss recipe before.

I chose this recipe because it is naturally gluten free, vegetarian, and can be made vegan.  I made 1/2  of the mounds with grated cheese and the other half without any cheese. Both variations were good  Great ! The secret seemed to be to leave the mounds in the oven long enough for them to get really crispy! My husband loved them.

2018 Update: 

I tried a variation where I left out the chili, cumin, and chili powder and made them for Hanukkah! They were the perfect baked latke- I also tried them using cauliflower rice instead of potatoes- the possibilities are endless!

Spicy Rosti

3 large baking potatoes (about 750 g), scrubbed clean ( I used
3 eggs
1 fresh red chilli, seeded and finely chopped ( I left it out)
Salt, freshly ground pepper
1 ½ tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. chipotle powder (or chili powder) you decide
5 scallions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. dried parsley (or 1 handful of fresh, finely chopped)
1 ½ tsp. onion powder
Salt, freshly ground pepper
75 g of grated cheese ( optional)

Scrub potatoes well and coarsely grate the rind on. Wring as much liquid from them as possible. It is easiest in a clean tea towel - . Getting the twisted potatoes in a bowl and mix them with the rest of the ingredients. Stir it all together well and then add little mounds on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

I got 9 pretty big out of this portion. Spray with a little olive oil - or brush them lightly - but you can also put them in the oven without. Put them in a 450 degrees oven for 15 minutes. Take them out, sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and put them back in the oven. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, until golden and crisp. Take them out and serve immediately.

Step by Step Pictorial

Gather ingredients

Grated potatoes
Grate Potatoes and ring out liquid well

Mix grated potatoes, hot chili, eggs, scallions, parsley, grated cheese and spices 

Place on mounds on cookie sheet

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weigh to Go - Day 1

Today I started a diet. My goal is to lose 27 pounds. How did I determine 27 pounds?

I joined the Spark People weight loss online which is a totally free site with lots of good tools and gadgets for wieght loss  to help me record, get inspiration and advice, and be accountable to myself.

I used one of their gadgets to enter information about my height, etc. ( they also have an iphone app) and it said that I needed to lose 27 pounds. It also told me , it should take me 6 months to lose it.  Yikes! I hope I can lose it sooner than that.


I had gained about 10 pounds a year ago after injuring my shoulder. I didn't get that weight off, and now I've been overindulging since the holidays ( I mean since Halloween), and I no longer have any clothes that fit properly.After this last all inclusive vacation in March, I realized I'm over the edge.

 I've been thinking about starting a diet since January, but I have always found  a reason to break it such as another holiday, a birthday, a dinner out, lunch with friends, I just feel like it, etc.

I have some important events coming up and I want my old body back.!!!
I do realize that I will have to work for it, not just by being careful about what I eat, but also getting back into my old routine of  exercise, lifting weights, and doing sit ups.

Going to the gym, planning my food, and eating conciously is a habit. A habit that I did for a very long time. However, after my shoulder injury, I had to stop going to the gym and somehow, I got off course. I think the exercise helped give me energy- when I don't work out, I look to find that energy through food!
.. but I also got lazy. My biggest excuse has been that it is the winter! I hate getting into my gym clothes, cleaning the frost off the windshield, warming up the car and going to the gym. I never mind in the summer, so I have no more excuses...

I will admit that for me,  dieting is not easy. It means I have to plan all my meals in advance and shop and cook consciously. I need to record everything I eat, pass on desserts that I love, and limit what I eat.

I know everyone says NEVER SAY IT'S A DIET make Lifestyle changes  ...

Generally, I eat very healthy food. I love salads and vegetables and fruit,  but we eat out alot and this past year, we traveled alot. That's how I packed on this last 15 pounds of extra weight this year on top of the previous 10 last year. Also, I have not been faithful to getting to the gym, which is essential for me.

So, today I started my diet.  lifestyle change.
 I will be conscious of calories, drinking  more water, and getting to the gym to do weight lifting and Cardio on alternate days.

This is my meatless monday menu:
Breakfast Today: Fresh  Vegetable Juice- Easy to digest and provides lots of nutrition BUT low on fat and calories.

My trusty juices that I have used for the past 25 years

My Rainbow drink -Fresh carrot, romaine lettuce, beet, radish, cucumber juice, parsly, kale -yum

. I love to fresh juice.It feels so fresh and healthy and the "green" is so good for me. Only fresh juice can offer so many amazing enzymes which our bodies need for digestion.

Lunch: A 2 egg omelet that I stuffed with 1/4 cup cottage cheese and chopped parsley

Snack: Apple

Dinner: Homemade vegetable soup ( artichokes, red cabbage, onions, tomatoes,) , 1/2 cup cubed tofu, spiralized Zucchini topped with 1/4 cup tomato sauce,  1 raw carrot. to munch on while I made everything. ( spiralizers are about $25-$30 on Amazon, I have the Joyce Chen spiralizer and love it)

This is raw zucchini spiralized into a pasta look topped with sauce

I used my sprializer to shred a raw zucchini into a pasta look
 Snack:  Pear

I would love for my readers to join me on a 8 week getting started diet ( and then keep going)
Starting April 30 I am going to have guest bloggers who have been successful with their weight loss tell their story and offer ideas, tips, and advice. ( Do you want to be a guest blogger, let me know

TIP OF THE DAY:  Pack a weight loss friendly snack with you no matter where you go
When you leave the house to go anywhere, pack a snack you can eat. If you are out and get really hungry, you may not be able to find a good choice to eat. So, whether you are going shopping, which always takes longer than you thought or just going to the gym. Pack a piece of fruit, some nuts, a string cheese, bring along water, or some other appropriate snack to keep you eating consciously.

I love to read your comments:
Please leave a comment about what you eat, any tips that work, and what program if any you are following.


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I need 6  more guest bloggers who want to write a blog article about their efforts,solutions, struggles, suggestions and some  successful weight loss, how they do it, and what they eat etc
If you have a story to share, or inspriation, or solutions, or suggestions and would like to write a guest post to help inspire others please let me know.

Will be shared on the following blog hops:
My Meatless Mondays ;Mouthwatering Mondays ; Homemaker Mondays ; Midnight Maniac Meatless  ;  Monday Mania ; Melt in Your Mouth Mondays ; Made By You Mondays ; Made With Love Mondays ; Happy Homemaker Mondays ; Make a Food-e Friend Monday ; Menu Mondays ; Mangia Mondays; ; Motivate Me Mondays; ; Made It Monday; Making Your Home Sing Monday; Making Monday Marvelous Day; Making the World Cuter Monday; Amaze Me Mondays; Muffin Monday; Motivated Mondays ; Homestead Barn Hop ; Make Your Own Mondays ; A Marvelous Monday ; Savvy Homemade Monday  Just another Meatless Monday, ,  Seasonal Sundays at The TablescaperMeet Me Monday  Mix it up Monday Must Try Monday  Making you crave Mondays Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday Green Backs' Meatless Monday Veggie Mama's Meatless Monday On the Menu Monday

Tasty Tuesdays; Tempt My Tummy Tuesday ;  Made From Scratch TuesdayNaptime Creations Tasty Tuesday Link Party; Show Me What You Got  ; Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie  ; Tuesday To Do List; Tuesday Time Out Inspiration Party; ; Anti-Procrastination Tuesday; Tea Party Tuesday; Tuesday Confessional; Topsy Turvy TuesdayTuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training ; Tutorial Tuesday ; Tuesday Time Out ; Domestically Divine Tuesday ; Take a Look Tuesday ; Terrific Under $10 Tuesdays ; Hearth and Soul Hop ; Frugal Tuesday Tip  Tuesday ;  Slightly Indulgent Tuesday Traditional Tuesdays,  Fat Tuesday  Allergy Friendly lunchbox  Jennifer Cooks, Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo, Jo's Health Corner, Allergy Free Vintage Cookery, Fitness Friday, Whipperberry, Food Renegade, Natural Mother's Network, Butter Believer, A Well Seasoned Life, Six Sister's Stuff, The Sweet Details  Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbits.

Works For Me Wednesday; Real Food Wednesday; Whatever Goes Wednesday; What’s On the Menu Wednesday; We Did It Wednesday; Penny Pinching Party; Friendly Wednesday; Passionately Artistic; Show Off Your Stuff; What I Whipped up WednesdayThis Chick Cooks; Your Whims Wednesday; Show and Tell Linking Party Wednesday; Wow Me Wednesdays; Wild Wednesday Hop; Show and Share; Wow Me Wednesday; Sweet Tempatations; ; Success U-Wednesday Link-up ; The Mommy Club ; Create and Share ; Workshop Wednesday ;   Foodie Wednesday      Living Well Wednesday  Ducks in a Row  Frugal Ways, Sustainable Days   Gluten Free Wednesday, Gold Star Wednesday,  What's on the Menu Wednesday, Welcome Wednesday,  Gluten Free Pantry  Beyond the Peel  Healthy2day Wed 
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