I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 13 nieces and nephews (it's about to be 14 because yet another one is due in October!). 5 great-nephews & 5 great-nieces. And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 9 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens, Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
With a little planning you can enjoy all the parties and celebrations you want and still fit into your favorite jeans after it's all over! Here are some tips from H-E-B!
Rich holiday drinks quickly add calories to the party fare. Instead, stick with a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a small cocktail made with fresh juice.
Find a home workout DVD and get moving. Most require minimal or no equipment. Climbing stairs is great for your legs and your heart. While watching tv, squeeze in some push-ups, crunches, or leg lifts. No gym required.
Stuck in traffic or standing in line? Tighten your abs or do some shoulder rolls. You won't burn too many calories but you'll feel better.
Never go to a party hungry. This will only cause you to eat more throughout the evening. Snack before you leave.
Eat slowly and savor every bite. Choose small portions of your favorites and then fill up on veggies. Afterwards, step away from the buffet so you won't be as tempted to refill your plate.
High-calorie sauces, gravies, and dips are not your friends.
Offer to bring a healthy dish to share. That way you'll know there's something better for you to nibble on. Your host will appreciate it, and chances are, others will want something healthy as well.
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