Helpful Tips and Hints

My exercise program

Because my energy was so low, getting out of the house and getting to the gym usually felt like too much for me. I ended up wanting to invest all of my energy into the actual work out, not the preparation and travel time for the work out. Therefore, I did most of my work […]

Sleep: Get as much of it as possible!

I cannot overemphasize the importance of getting a lot of sleep to lasting, healthy weight-loss. Being an insomniac, I can identify with you if you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. I still struggle with insomnia. I simply do the best that I can to get as much sleep as I can, whenever I […]

Naming your vegetables

April 1, 2012 I found it very helpful to name my vegetables. Prior to making a salad, I would come up with names for each vegetable that was going into the salad. This way, I felt a personal connection with each vegetable on its trip down my gullet. Some of my favorite names came from […]

Social Situations / Drinking

There are several strategies that you can use if social eating / drinking is an issue for you. The following article, from, a weight-loss website, outlines four of these strategies: From the article: “So what’s the solution? Lock yourself in your house for the rest of your life? Of course not. It’s not easy, […]

Rewards! Plus: do NOT have a scale in your home.

Reward yourself! When you have accomplished your goals for the week or the month, give yourself a small reward that makes you really happy. Your reward should, of course, have nothing to do with food. My own reward system was fairly simple. First off, and this is VERY important: do NOT have a scale in […]

5 things to remember

5 things to remember when planning your daily menus: 1. Variety 2. Nutrition 3. Something that I call “Fullness Quotient”: how full any one food, or any one combination of foods, makes you feel, compared to how many calories are in that food. This is individual for every person: my “Fullness Quotient” for a particular […]