I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! 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 12 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.
Never count on just your willpower to stick to a nutritious meal plan. Rather than beat yourself up for occasional slip-ups (or abandon the diet all together) use these clever ideas to set yourself up for diet success.
Failing to plan can easily lead to diet downfalls: unhealthy menu selections or the lack of nutritious options when you’re in a rush. Prioritize your diet and make meal-planning part of your routine, not a chore. If you go out to eat, look over the menu beforehand so you can make smart choices in the moment.
“Breakfast is one of those meals that can determine how crazy you’re going to eat at 4pm,” says Villacorta. Start your day with a 300- to 400-calorie meal packed with protein and carbohydrates to help you feel full longer.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Know your trigger foods — the ones you can’t stop yourself from devouring no matter how hard you try — and adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” approach. “We eat with our eyes, and if we don’t see it, we don’t reach for it,” says Thayer. If mac ‘n’ cheese is your weakness, hide it in the far back of your pantry, on the top shelf, or if possible, don’t bring it into your home at all. Only indulge if it’s available at a restaurant or a friend’s house.
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