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Got a Stamp? Then Make a Boy’s Birthday Wish Come True

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 23, 2014 in Emotions

danny2You don’t need to walk a 5K or set up a fundraising page to help someone with cancer. You don’t need to cook prepared meals to give them or help with chores

Although those actions are generous and noble and can mean the world to your recipient, if you’re looking to brighten the day of a person battling cancer, you don’t even have to leave your desk … except maybe to walk to the mailbox.

The Little Fat Girl Inside: Maintaining Weight while Traveling

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Jul 22, 2014 in Goals, Health, Nutrition

I knew that one of the challenges I would face during my weight maintenance efforts was travel – especially vacation travels.  Traveling takes me out of the comfort of my routines – routines for exercising, for meal planning, for meal prep, and more.  In addition, in the past, my mindset during a vacation has always been … “hey, it’s a vacation and that means eat whatever I want!!”  However, as my husband and I planned to spend a week in D.C. over the Fourth of July week, I knew that I had to adjust that attitude.

5 Ways to Bring More Fruits and Veggies to Your Diet

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 21, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

480585269The following post was written by Amber McGuerty with Woman’s Nutrition Services Department.

You’re trying to eat right and exercise more. You’ve cut out fast food and are getting to the gym, but what about your intake of fruits and vegetables?

The recommended number of daily servings of fruits and veggies is five, but no one tells us how to get that into our daily diets.

Kelli Richmond’s Dream Lives On with Kelli’s Kloset

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 17, 2014 in Motivation

In case you missed it, Kelli Richmond’s legacy was solidified with a brick building on North Boulevard in mid-city Baton Rouge.

Richmond, who died in May 2012 from ovarian cancer and whose name adorns the fifth floor window overlooking Airline Highway at Woman’s Hospital, dreamed of giving back to women in her shoes, who were fighting cancer but needed help from someone else. In 2014, her dream came true.

The Plate Method to Eating Healthier

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 14, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

We all know that an apple is healthier than a donut — though that fact doesn’t make many of us happy in the morning.

But nutrition and eating healthy get a bit more complicated when it comes to figuring out how much food is a healthy portion.

5 Do’s and Don’ts to Stay Healthy with Ice Cream

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 11, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

488363209I scream, you scream, we all scream for … well, you get it.

July is National Ice Cream Month, and if that doesn’t whet your sugary sweet appetite, then a few minutes outside in the July heat will certainly have you screaming for the cold treat. While the occasional scoop won’t hurt, too much Ben and Jerry’s will put your nutrition goals on a rocky road.

The Little Fat Girl Inside: Bumps in the Road

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Jul 08, 2014 in Goals, Health, Motivation, Nutrition

As with most journeys in life, the path of my maintenance journey is not always linear and not “bump-free.”  It would be nice to report that the planning and focus that I apply toward maintaining my weight guarantees success every day – but it does not.  There are moments (and days) when my past food behaviors surface and divert me from my efforts.  So what happens … and what to do when it happens??

During the first ten weeks of maintenance, I have experienced two particularly “bumpy” days.  On both days things were relatively routine until the evening hours.  Then what started as a seemingly safe snack became a snack binge (eaten in private).  One carb led to another, to another, and so on.  Intellectually, I knew what I was doing was not healthy (and not part of my plan!); emotionally, I chose not to stop.  Of course, once the off-path decision was made, the question was how to move forward from that point.

Give Today Your All

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 07, 2014 in Motivation


Whether you’re trying to lose weight, lower your stress level, or looking for new ways to eat healthy, each day is a new day to tackle your goals.

If you fell short of your goals yesterday, then put that behind you and start fresh today. Yesterday is gone, but today is another chance to get it right.

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 04, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Lil’ Fat Girl Inside: Celebrating Non-Scale Victories (NSVs)

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Jul 01, 2014 in Goals, Health, Motivation, Nutrition

As I move forward in this life-long maintenance journey, I anticipate that remaining motivated and committed will always be a challenge.  In an effort to continually jumpstart my motivation, I am focusing more on the positive and on the many victories that I experience – victories that are no longer reflected on the scale as lost pounds, but victories nonetheless.

My first introduction to NSVs was on the MyFitnessPal website, where I record my food, exercise, and daily thoughts.  I had no idea what an NSV was!  It didn’t take long to discover its meaning and to understand how important these non-scale victories are to both weight loss and weight maintenance.  I found that recognizing one’s personal NSVs was the first step to celebrating them and using them as ongoing, intrinsic motivators.  NSVs do not need to be monumental accomplishments – in fact, they seldom are.  Besides, sometimes our personal NSVs can be pretty funny.

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