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50 Ways to Show Love Without Food



It’s just about Valentine’s Day around here and that means one thing . . . chocolate!



Love, right?



A commercialized day dedicated to romance and chocolate doesn’t have to derail your weight maintaining efforts.


I’ve created a list of things you can do to express your love that don’t add any calories.

So go ahead—love on someone. Happy Valentine’s Day!


Here are 50 non-food ways to show your love to...


Lose Weight with this Question



Why do you want to lose or maintain your weight?


Seems like a simple question.


Like one that’s easy to answer.


But “because I weigh too much” won’t cut it. At least not if you actually want to lose weight.


The answer may mean the difference between triumph and just plain humph.


Often an external event will prompt the desire to lose weight, but that leaves you with a sustainability problem. It’s true that the...


Get to Your Goal Weight This Year




I’m a sucker for all things organization.

I LOVE categorizing, calendaring and color-coding.


Who doesn’t appreciate pastel post-its and a fresh gel-pen set?


So when the first of the year rolls around, I’m ready to go!


This year I’m focusing on my productivity and I started with a whole planner system (there was a book and everything :).


So far so productive.


And the idea that’s made the biggest impact?



How to Make the Scale Your Friend



I have such a clear memory of this.


It was years ago (read: decades) and I had just picked up my favorite summer suit from the cleaners.


Readying for a date, I slip into the cute, cropped white linen pants and to my horror they barely close.




I just wore these comfortably a couple of weeks ago.


“The cleaners must have shrunk them!”

I went so far as to call said cleaners to give ‘em a piece of my mind . . .




7 Benefits of Taking a Break from Alcohol




With the holidays shrinking in the rearview mirror—our eating and drinking is settling down.


Or is it?


Breaking unintentional habits created in December may take more effort than we think.


One way to tackle it with intention: Dry January.


Dry January started in the UK in 2013 and has grown into a global event.


It’s a great idea.


Coming off the excesses of the Holidays, giving up alcohol during a normally un-eventful...


When You Know Better, You Do Better




"Do the best you can until you know better.

Then when you know better, do better."

Maya Angelou


Oprah talks about this quote from her treasured mentor as one of the greatest lessons of her life.


It’s a powerful concept.


  1. It lets your past self off the hook

I truly believe we do the best we can in any given moment. It’s not always pretty, but given the circumstances exactly how they were, we did the best we could. Now what? Learn from...


Dr. Fein's Detox



It’s probably not what you think.


I won’t be recommending any particular drink or supplements or fasting of any kind.


As it happens, there’s no need to do anything special to detoxify your body. Miraculously, it does it all by itself. 24/7.


Thank you liver and kidneys!


When they are functioning properly, these organs process the elements in your blood to use what it can and get rid of what it can’t.


Detoxifying means to...


Create Your Best Holiday




How was it?


Whether it’s Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, New Year’s, even a birthday . . . sitting down to evaluate how things went is key to your future happiness (and body size).


Appreciating the good and acknowledging and tweaking the bad creates an ever-improving experience each year.




The cycle goes like this:

  1. Plan as best you can
  2. Be present for the experience
  3. Debrief and learn


That’s it....


12 Party Tips for a Thinner Holiday Season




We had a neighborhood holiday progressive party last night. So fun!


I calculated my calories for the evening . . . ready for this . . . this does not include my breakfast and lunch . . . just the party food . . . 1320.


Just to put it in perspective, my daily total is 1250.


And this was me choosing well!

It just goes to show how different party eating is from regular eating.


I regret nothing.

I picked the best and quickly stopped eating the...


Maintain Your Weight During Party Season: 3 Easy Steps



Party Time!!


Whether it’s your work party, the big family gathering, your partner’s office event or the annual friends potluck this is the merrymaking time of year.


There are 3 potential trouble zones when it comes to parties and maintaining weight loss:


The timing.

It may be called for dinner at 8 but you’re usually done eating by 6pm.


The fare.

Heavy appetizers, open bars, desserts galore and seasonal faves. Very different from...



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