Spring is Almost Here! What are You Looking Forward To?

If April showers bring May flowers, then what do March showers bring? In our house we are beyond ready for spring: enough with the cold, enough with the snow, and enough with the puffy jackets. I’m diagnosing these two girlies of mine with a serious case of cabin fever and the hubby and I are tired of spending all our weekends indoors.

What is your favorite part about spring? In four words, my favorite thing about the upcoming season is this: end of daylight savings. It is so nice to leave the dental office where I work and have a little sunlight left over on my drive home. Just those fifteen minutes in my car watching the sun set leave me refreshed and ready to spend some time with my wonderful family. My other favorite thing about spring is that it’s followed by summer. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I am actually ready for swimsuit season! Not only have I been eating healthy, which I have discussed here before, but my husband and I have been swimming laps at the local Y when we can and I’ve been using my Tummy Tuck Belt five days a week! No longer will I fear our family’s summer vacation, and thank goodness!

What are your favorite parts about spring?

Happy 2013! My New Year’s Resolutions are here!

Hello readers and happy New Year! I am so sorry that I have been a bad blogger so far this month, but truthfully, the holidays really wore us out. Not to mention we all caught the flu last week and still aren’t feeling 100%. We’ll just say there has been a lot of family time and not much computer time around here. Even though I’m a little late, I do want to share some of my resolutions for 2013.

Live Healthier – This is a big one that my husband and I talked about a lot over the holidays and we were lying around feeling miserable last week. I’ve decided to start planning out our meals better, using more veggies and not keeping as many sweets in the house. Not only do we want to cook healthier meals for the entire family, but we’ve decided that it’s time to join a gym and commit to regular exercise. Personally, I want to recommit to my Tummy Tuck Belt and using it while when I am working out and at work or around the house. More than anything, we want to teach our daughters that it is important to take care of your body and live a healthy lifestyle all the time (not just for a couple months at the start of the year).

Be More Organized – Our little house is nearly overflowing now that we are a family of four. Not to mention that the girls acquired too many toys and playthings over the holidays! Since we are definitely staying in our house for several more years, I am committed to being better about tossing things we are no longer using and only keeping the necessities. Do the girls really need 20 Barbies a piece? Is there any reason I’m hanging on to clothes I wore in college? No and no. So off to the Salvation Army they go!

Learning to Curb Your Cravings

Hello everyone! Can you believe it’s already November? The holidays are nearly upon us and I feel like it was just a few weeks ago I was writing about summer vacation and fresh produce! Our family had such a fun time last week celebrating Charlotte’s first Halloween – although Sarah just couldn’t understand why her little sister wasn’t excited about collecting (and eating) candy. I did my best to stay away from the sweets on Wednesday night after we circled the neighborhood, but I couldn’t say no to a candy apple! Sarah was dressed up as Belle, her favorite Disney princess, and Sarah was an adorable little bunny.

In my last post I talked about how hard it is sometimes to stay away from cravings – a difficult task when the holidays are filled with all kinds of delicious food. I did a little research online and found these tips for curbing your cravings:

  • Give in a little and treat yourself every once in a while.
  • If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up – just try to make the next several meals very, very healthy.
  • Drink plenty of water – sometimes you think you’re hungry when your body is really craving water.
  • Chew a piece of gum.
  • Eat on a regular schedule and don’t let yourself get too hungry – it’s easier to justify unhealthy food when you’re starving!

My top way to stop myself from overeating or sneaking chocolate out of the cabinet is to wear my Tummy Tuck Belt. When I am about to eat something unhealthy, I think about my Tummy Tuck Belt that I have on under my clothes and how I’m trying to lead a healthier lifestyle and lose weight and suddenly, I realize I don’t need that second donut. What is your best tip for curbing your cravings? Let me know!

As Halloween Approaches, The Sugary Temptations Never End

Fall is finally here and we are really loving it! It’s so nice to have a reprieve from the sweltering summer heat and we’ve fallen back into our regular schedule. Sarah, our four-year-old is back in preschool five days a week and our nanny is just so great with the girls that I don’t feel as sad leaving them each morning to head to work.

What are some of your favorite things about fall? Sarah is already excited for Halloween and has been begging us to help her carve a pumpkin every time we go to the grocery store. Of course with Halloween comes all the delicious candy that I’m trying to avoid. Reese’s and Tootsie Rolls and caramel apples – oh my! While my Tummy Tuck Belt helps me appear slimmer just by wearing it, my goal is to also eat healthier. So while everyone else (i.e. my husband) is chowing down on sugary Halloween treats like my favorite, candy corn, I’ll be eating carrots. Hey, at least they’re orange! I’ve also been using Pinterest to find some healthy meals that the entire family can enjoy. Have any of our readers used Pinterest for meal planning? Let me know what your favorite healthy recipes are, I’m always ready to try something new!