Holiday-Pig Out or Victory-You Are In Control!

Hello all, Happy 4th to everyone!

Before we talk about the holiday and how we are absolutely in control of our success for the day, I just wanted to let everyone know that I recently went on a two day cruise. I was very successful in keeping my food under control and at my usual weekend weigh in, I gained .2 of a pound.

Two tenths of a pound and I even treated myself to a dessert! However, I would not be doing justice to my readers if I didn’t tell you about the cruise. It leaves out of the Port of Palm Beach and it calls itself a celebration. It was anything but a celebration. Friends, if you want to blow your weight loss success for two days, you can find a much better way to do so. The customer service was lacking, the food with the exception of the dining on the second night was not what you would expect from a cruise line and the entire two days were nothing but disorganization and disappointment.

Save your money and buy yourself a cute little dress, or new golf clubs, but don’t waste your time on this ship, its not worth it!

As for the 4th, we all love Bar-B-Que! Here are some tips that will help you stay focused and successful.

Fruit is a wonderful partner to any dish. Fruit salads are not only colorful but very easy to make and if you are invited to someone’s home, I am sure the hostess will be delighted if you offered to make a festive fruit salad.

Salads have come a long way, and this time of year there are certainly many fresh vegetables to choose from to make our salads colorful and filling.

Bread is not the enemy. There are many delicious low calorie, high fiber, good tasting breads to choose from and since most buns have a top and bottom, why not split the bun, and have that 2nd hot dog, or hamburger. One bun, twice the protein! After all, an open face sandwich is a great way to show off your creativity when it come to your weight loss journey.

Keeping cool with plenty of water is easy, especailly with the help of light lemonades or Crystal Light. If you haven’t tried Crystal Light, now is your time to enjoy a new flavor. There are many light and low calorie ice teas that will compliment your out door fun.

We can create many new dressing recipies with low fat or fat free mayo, yogurt or sour cream. If you haven’t tried greek yougurt in your recipies, this may be the time to try because greek yogurt is full of protein.

Who doesn’t love the way meats taste on the grill! Well the newer and leaner cuts of meat are just the answer. We can marinade, rub, and season with many low calorie and tasty dressings and rubs. Turkey or chicken sausage has come a long way as far as flavor. Cooking on the grill ads flavor and your guests will love the lighter tastes.

Desserts can be festive and low calorie with low fat or fat free Cool Whip. We can make individual strawberry shortcakes with premade cake shells. The strawberries can be cleaned and cut ahead of time and kept in the fridge with just a little water and a packet or two of your favorite sugar substitute and you can create a festive and delicious dessert. Spoon the strawberries onto the cake/dessert shells, top with fat free Cool Whip and your guests will love their own individual dessert!

And of course, don’t forget the Jello desserts. Mix in some fruit, or fat free cool whip to your favorite sugar free jello flavor and the desserts are colorful, flavorful and just the right end to a day of food and fun.

Happy Holiday to all and as always, remember you are never alone in your weight loss journey.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

by Mary Ann Senatore, your weight loss friend

Self image is a strong motivator or it can be a deadly weapon. If you started your weight loss journey at 220 pounds and successfully lost 30 pounds, when you look in the mirror at 190 pounds you are probably feeling good about yourself. Your clothes may fit differently, your face could have new definition, and you are probably in a smaller size. Although you may not be at your goal weight, you feel good about yourself, and 190 pounds is not such a bad number, is it?

Since you feel good about yourself, you are portraying a positive image with motivation to continue on your weight loss journey. Next, your journey takes you to 185 pounds and that person looking back at you in the mirror is smiling, and feeling good, and compliments are starting to happen.

Let’s face it, the first time a friend, family member or coworker notices that you have lost weight is an unsolicited motivator and certainly an ego boost. Your journey continues as we all enjoy compliments and you achieve a weight loss of 40 pounds.

Look at all of the things that have contributed to your success. You have a new relationship with food, your clothes fit better, you are in a smaller size, and you are enjoying positive and inspiring comments. What was once an enemy has become a friend, and that is your mirror. Since you like what you see, you are encouraged to continue. There is a new person looking back at you and you are liking this person. Positive self image coming from within is creating an external positive force field.

Life being what it is, throws you a curve. A health issue comes up, or it’s the holiday season, or perhaps bad weather keeps you from enjoying your outside activities. Maybe out of town guests arrive and you feel like you have no control over your food. All of these things can affect weight loss. Women are affected especially by hormones or too much rain in any given week. There will always be weight loss challenges, and with those challenges can be setbacks.

Remember how your felt that day when looked in mirror and you smiled at the person weighing 190 pounds? This number on the scale seemed like a good number at the time; putting in motion a chain of positive events.

Whatever the factors were that occurred at 180 pounds, you gained some weight back, and finally you got on the scale and there was that number again, 190 pounds. This are you are angry at 190? Do you feel like you lost control, or are disappointed? Are you feeling like you let yourself down, and now you have to give back those compliments or perhaps aren’t even worthy of them?

What happens next unfortunately can be negativity setting in. How can our feelings change simply by seeing a number on the scale? This is when the weight loss journey is the most challenging.

A good suggestion to get past these feelings is to just pick yourself up and get back in the race. For those of you old enough to remember Frank Sinatra, that’s life. If weight loss was a perfect science there wouldn’t be a need for dieting.

The mirror can be a friend, but when it can seem like an enemy, avoid it. Remove as much negativity as possible and move forward. Remember that good feeling when you saw 190 on the scale the first time? Savor that feeling, and use that as the stepping stone for positivity. There will always be weight loss setbacks, but before a 5 or 10 pound gain becomes a complete gain, take time regroup and move forward. You will be glad you did.

Forgive yourself. You can’t waste time beating yourself up over it. Just start over with the attitude of succeeding. Be kind to yourself, otherwise you may just give up completely and give in to your unhealthy way of living. Remember that each new day is a new beginning.

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