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Shifting Dreams to Reality in 2015

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jan 29, 2015 in Exercise, Motivation

The following post was written by Marilyn Hunt, Membership and Retention Coordinator at Woman’s Center for Wellness

There is something so magical to me about the new year; I am filled with hope as I dream of opportunities for growth in the upcoming year.  As someone whose business it is to help others achieve a lifestyle of health and wellness, I sometimes wonder why so few of us actually achieve the New Year’s resolutions we set out to accomplish on January 1.  I do not believe our failure is due to laziness or unattainable goals but more likely due to a lack of planning (insert my father’s voice here saying, “You don’t plan to fail, you fail to plan…”).

Since I have an abysmal track record when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, this year I decided I had to change my mindset; viewing resolutions as any other goals I would set throughout the year.  A dream or a resolution is something we would like to achieve, whereas a goal is something we are working to achieve; in other words, passive versus active engagement.  So, how would I go about shifting my dreams to reality?

The Little Fat Girl Inside:  Came Out to Play … and Eat!!

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Jan 27, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

It’s been a little over two months since my last blog entry.  That’s partly because sometimes chronicling my maintenance journey can be a difficult task.  On the up side, I get to share some of my success stories and some of the tools and “tricks” that I am using to win the maintenance battle this time.  On the down side, self-reflection and forthright sharing can be painful.   I guess, though, there are lessons to be learned on both sides.

talamo1Since my November posting, I have enjoyed a two-week vacation in Sicily (amazing!) and the holidays of Christmas and New Years – all filled with good food, drink, family, and friends!  Regrettably, “filled with good food” began to take on a life unto itself.  In other words, the “little fat girl inside” began to enjoy excesses of cake, cookies, ice cream, chips, cheese, bread, pizza, and more!!!  I guess she had been “trapped” inside for over 250 days of maintenance and just went wild.  So there’s my confession … one that I have been struggling and hesitating to put on paper.  Yet the reality is that this weight maintenance journey (or likely any maintenance journey) is bound to have its share of setbacks (even big ones at times).  The critical story is so then what do I do…???

Super Healthy Tips for Your Super Bowl Party

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jan 26, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

The following post is written by Nutrition Services with Woman’s Hospital.

superbowl_foodThe big game is here and the place to be is in front of a TV with your closest friends and family cheering your team on to victory.

But while you’re enjoying the game (or the commercials), your waistline may not be having such a Super Sunday. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest calorie fests of the year for many Americans, and the average football fan eats about a day’s worth of calories during the game.

Don’t ruin the party by chowing down on thousands of unnecessary calories this year. Woman’s Nutrition Services has tips to keep you in the game and your diet on track.

Controlling Portions to Save Calories

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jan 23, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

The following post was written by the Nutrition Services Department at Woman’s Hospital.

When it comes to food, there is one simple rule: We eat what’s on our plate.

A common trend today is an increase in portion sizes on our plate. But more food coupled with our nutritional need staying the same has resulted in our waistlines expanding, bringing a decrease in our health and an increase in diseases like diabetes.

In this age of “supersized” foods, one way to combat the jumbo trend is disciplined portion control. It’s easy to gauge how much is too much and what is just right with a few easy tips.

CDC: Fighting the Flu Easy as 1-2-3

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jan 20, 2015 in Health

The flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. So far this year, 40 states, including Louisiana, have reported widespread disease activity, which has led to 20 deaths in children across the country.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created three simple steps that can protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):

Staying Active in Falling Temps

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jan 19, 2015 in Exercise, Health, Motivation
The Advocate

The Advocate

“Oh the weather outside is frightful, and more time on the couch would be delightful…”

Baton Rouge is starting to get cold, with temperatures falling below freezing at night and barely making it to the mid-40s during the day. While that seems like perfect conditions to snuggle on the couch with a blanket, a good book and a fire going in the fireplace, it doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and enjoy your regular exercise activities.

Take a Break for Tea and Its Health Benefits

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jan 15, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

teaWhen it comes to Sunday nights in January, many of us are glued to PBS watching the Crawleys and their drama inside their Yorkshire estate.

Whether you’re a Lady Edith or a Dowager Countess of Grantham, you don’t have to be a lord or lady of Downton Abbey to enjoy tea time. And you don’t have to be on the other side of the pond either.

January is National Hot Tea Month in America, and everywhere people are enjoying the taste and the health benefits of tea time.

Stress Tips For The New Year

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jan 13, 2015 in Emotions, Nutrition

The following post is written by the staff at the Woman’s Center for Wellness.


With the new year comes new year resolutions, and one at the top of many people’s list is to reduce stress. But how?

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When working properly it helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. Beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships and your quality of life.

How much stress is too much differs from person to person. Some people roll with the punches while others crumble at the slightest obstacle. You need to know your own limits and recognize when it is becoming too much.

Is It Safe To Work Out While Sick?

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jan 12, 2015 in Exercise, Health, Motivation

From temperatures in the teens at the beginning of last week to ones in the 60s by the end, Baton Rouge’s rollercoaster weather is not friendly on the immune system.

Sniffles, sneezes and flu-like symptoms can derail that exercise enthusiasm just as the New Year starts. But is it really bad to go for a run or head to the gym when you’re not at 100 percent?

How to Keep Yourself Motivated With Your Resolutions

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jan 06, 2015 in Goals, Health, Motivation

Here it is again, that time of year when many of us resolve to start exercising. Most people start with good intentions, but give up by February.

Woman’s Center for Wellness has some answers to questions that are common this time of year.

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