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by Heather Robertson
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By Heather Robertson
Many years ago, The Hubbs and I went out for Valentine’s Day dinner and waited for more than an hour-and-a-half to be seated.
Hubbs is not a big fan of waiting.
Well, the place was packed, so it wasn’t super cozy or intimate. We left feeling like we paid way too much for what was not the most enjoyable experience. So we decided from then on that we would do Valentine’s day at home.
This was long before we had kids, so now we have three more reasons to keep the tradition alive.
So here are my top 5 simple reasons why we celebrate Valentine’s Day at home:
You can save money
When you’re on one income, spending $50 on dinner, plus another $30-40 for a babysitter can get expensive.
You can eat more food for less points
When you go out to eat the food is always so much higher in points than when you cook it yourself.
You get to eat dessert in your pj’s
You don’t have to wait
There’s no waiting to be seated. No lines. No standing shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds of other people who are just as hungry as you are wondering who will turn cannibal first! 🙂
You can actually relax
You can be more relaxed at home, knowing the kids are in bed. And since the babysitter-meter isn’t running, you don’t have to rush home.
And here’s a breakdown of my Valentine’s Day dinner:
Entree: Chicken Fajitas Salad
- chicken breast
- bell peppers
- homemade fajita mix
- light sour cream
- reduced fat cheese
- side salad
Dessert (of course!): Chocolate-covered Strawberries
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
- 14 – 16 strawberries
By the way, we split this dessert between us; although, I could have easily eaten them all on my own! And for those counting, 1 strawberry = 1 point on Weight Watcher’s Points Plus plan.
So, that’s how we celebrated the day of love! Please let me know in the comments section some of your favorite “romantic” meals.
by Crystal Guillory-Gould
So Heather announced she was starting this website about the weight loss and maintenance journey and I volunteered to write. I was given the deadline and opened the document and was stricken with the dreaded “blank-page” syndrome writers get from time to time.
I do want to know why Dr. Oz hasn’t talked about this on his show?
All of a sudden I realized this is what happens when a person is told by their doctor that they need to lose weight, but they aren’t advised how. Sometimes the person has an idea to partake in the cabbage (or any flavor) soup so the pounds can come off quickly.
More often than not, the pounds return, which leads to another insane cycle of crash dieting. Eventually the endless loop may cause health issues as well as a severe case of discouragement.
I imagine that scenario sounds all too familiar to some of you reading this. To be honest, that was familiar to me since I was in that cycle for so many years. I can’t tell you how many forty-day diets were started and ended with abandon after Easter. Yes and pounds did return causing me discouragement and wondering if things will change.
So, one day I decided to upgrade my life, and I’d like to share 5 tips with you that helped me along my weight loss journey.
1) Getting active
I advise people to start by walking, even if it is for 10 minutes at the very beginning it is the start of a journey. As time goes by increase the time walking by a few minutes and improving one’s speed. Little things like taking the stairs and getting the farthest parking space (except at night-use caution) can assist in the journey as well. Eventually I joined a local gym and was instructed in the machines such as elliptical and weights which aid in the process. To those unable to join there are exercise videos that are available online and at one’s public library.
2) Watching portions
I remember going out someplace and was served a huge plate of grilled chicken, so I thought I given the family portion by mistake. Imagine my surprise when I was informed that was the individual portion! (In case you are wondering, I didn’t eat the whole thing but had a small part with the rest going into a container for a future meal or two.) So I can’t say this enough, getting measuring cups and spoons make for a great investment. Oh yes, the kitchen scale is a great thing to have too.
As you progress on the journey you discover how little it takes to be satisfied.
3) Tracking the food
Writing down your food and portions is important so you don’t lie to yourself about what was consumed or how much. I am old school so I use pen and paper, but to those who like to use online resources there are websites with that kind of tool. Such websites offer support so you won’t feel alone on your journey.
4) Getting a balanced diet
Yes, I realize that this is a catch phrase, but it’s true. When a person acquires the recommended servings of lean protein, dairy, fruits and vegetables each day they are satisfied longer. When a person is satisfied longer, there isn’t the need to eat constantly. Granted there are other reasons why a person eats, which brings us to another point…
5) Cutting out the stress eating
Eating out of stress was a major factor in my life, which led to my weight gain. As I embarked on this journey, I began to examine if I was really hungry or if it was stress, and if it was stress, I would need to find another method of dealing with it. Sometimes getting away from that problem with a little walk (if you are able) can help one’s mood and prevent the stress eating.
As I stated before, these aren’t new ideas but they’re the things that have helped me. I have kept this beast away for nearly two years and I want to keep it away. While some days are easier than others this journey is worth it. I am worth it!
Don’t stop believing!