15 Signs You’re The Mom Of Your Friend Group

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1. You always run to comfort that one crying girl at the party, no matter if you know her or not. There’s something inside you that just needs to tend to and care for others, and this is heightened if someone is in visible distress.

2. Before any outdoor adventures, you’re always the one who asks, “Did you put on sunscreen? What SPF are you wearing?”

3. You ask, “How are you?” not out of formality, but because you genuinely want to know HOW that person is doing. Are you well? You need anything? Do you want to talk about life or your childhood? I’m here for you. Come tell Mama all about it (creepy?).

4. You remember birthdays. All of them. Even the ones that you have really no business remembering. Oh, that random dude in your Econ class? April 19th. #neverforget

5. You do…

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Fitness from Weight Watchers

Fitness

Every little bit counts

How much exercise should you do? For starters, whatever you can do; anything is better than nothing, and consistency is key. We recommend 20 minutes of activity at least 4 days a week, gradually adding minutes every couple of weeks to get to 50 minutes 4 days a week.

Not ready for that? Even snagging a few minutes here and there can add up to toned muscles, flexible joints, and calories burned. Such “micro-workouts” are a good way to ease into activities, and you can incorporate them into everyday life.

Question: I stayed up way too late last night. Today, I’m wiped out. Should I exercise today?

Answer: the short answer: Yes. If you think you could get through your regular routine safely, go for it. The longer answer: Do what feels right. There’s a downside to working out when you’re running out of fumes:

  • Even if you don’t drop a kettle bell on your toe, you aren’t likely to push as hard as usual or get the full benefits of your exercise efforts.
  • Earlier in the day, a brisk walk or 20 minutes of a favorite exercise video might perk you up. But if you can only work out in the evening, make sure doesn’t keep you from hitting the hay. While studies shown a clear link between exercise and sleep disturbance (previously the recommendation was not to exercise within 3 hours of bedtime), doesn’t wedge in a work out if you know it’ll wind you up afterward or steal time that could be spent in bed, making up for last night’s lost zzz.

Bottom line: missing one workout will not set you back either fitness or plan wise.

When should I work out?

When ever you’re most likely to work out is the short answer. And yes schedule it into your day – put it on your calendar like every other appointment you have so that you’ve already carved out the time for it.

Reasons to work out…

In the morning

∑      You’re an early bird.

∑      The gym is less crowded. (Depends on how early you are up and the gym attended.)

∑      It’s done before something unexpected come up and you end up missing your workout.

∑      You set a healthy tone for your day; good choices often follow

∑      You only have to take one shower.

During your lunch hour

∑      The time is already built into your day.

∑      Moving can help set offset the negative health effects of sitting a lot.

∑      You’ll get an energy boost to help you through the rest of the day.

After work/evening

∑      You can make it a social activity by working out with a friend or two.

∑      It’s a healthy alternative than watching tv, snacking, etc.

∑      Interruptions may be less likely.

∑      You’re a night owl: Evenings are when you are more energetic.

True or False: Once you reach your weight-loss goal, you can dial down workouts.

False! Regular exercise may be important to maintaining pound loss that for helping banish them in the first place. Take it from those who know: Folks n the national weight loss registry say that they get around 42 minutes of moderate activity every day.

Here are some good reasons why exercise – both cardio and weight training – are key to maintaining weight loss:

∑      Burning calories is even more important now, as you ease into a less restrictive eating plan. The American College of Sports medicine recommends that adults get 150 and 250 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week to maintain a healthy weight. (That’s about 20 to 35 minutes per day.)

∑      Weight training builds muscle, which burns more calories at rest than fat does. Once you’re at your happy weight you feel good, regular strength training can help boost your metabolism.

∑      Exercise is a mood booster. When you feel good you are less likely to over eat.

∑      Exercise is a super snack distraction. Eating on the treadmill? Gross! When you are on the move you can’t eat.

Skip it.

Jumping rope isn’t just for kids. Research suggests that just 10 minutes of steady jumping can deliver the aerobic benefits of a 30-minute jog and two activity points plus values. Plus jumping rope engages muscles through out the body from the ankles to the shoulders; builds bone strength, improves balance, and may even protect knees from injury by strengthening the muscle groups that support them.

Learning the ropes

Choose the right one. Skip the face rope with weighted handles and opt for a lightweight rope with foam grips that won’t slip out of sweaty hands. To get the right length, stand in the middle of the rope and bring the handles toward your chest; they should reach your armpits.

Wear supportive sneakers and make sure you’re in a space with enough room in front, behind, and above you.

Start with single jumps. Once you’re comfortable, speed up and eliminate the extra hop.

Challenge. Alternate between jumps with both feet together and skipping with one foot at a time.

Beat the “Don’t wanna exercise” blues. 

Sometimes exercise sounds as appealing as trying to push a truck up a hill. Sometimes it is harder to get dressed for the gym but once you are dressed it is silly not go go.

Join the resistance.

Some resemble giant scarves, others oversized rubber bands, or stretchy tubes with handles on each end.  But they all work the same way. Pulling on a resistance bands helps your muscles to work harder – and get stronger – especially because they provide variable resistance (as they stretch, the resistance increase). what’s more bands…

  • Help improve coordination – you need to stay balanced and stable in order to control the band.
  • Are convenient and portable: Stash them in a drawer or fold them into a suitcase.
  • Won’t break the bank: A single band can cost a mere $6; sets as little as $20.
  • Are perfect for beginners – no heavy weights to heft or drop on your toe.
  • Are versatile: Besides strengthening muscles, you can use them to stretch.

Band Basics Tips for choosing and using elastic bands and tubing:

    1. Choose the right tension or thickness. You should be able to do 8 – 12 reps of a move, meaning you get to 8 easily, but 12 is tough. Once you can get 12 reps easily, go up a tension or thickness level.
    2. Check for holes, rips, or worn spots before you work with a band.
    3. Don’t use bands on asphalt or concert. Abrasive surfaces can cause tears.
    4. Do each move slowly and with control so that you work against resistance from start to finish.

Make your fitness comeback

If you’ve fallen off the workout wagon, no worries! Here’s how to revive your workout routine.

Check your emotions at the health club door. An exercise hiatus can bring up guilt, frustration at lost ground, uncertainty about having to begin again. Focus on the fact you’ve recommitted to your workout. That makes you a winner already.

Do something you love (or at least enjoy).  Or try an activity that is new to you. Your initial goal is to start moving, fall back in love (or at least “in like”!) with exercise and renew your fitness habit. If joining a bowling league is more appealing that unfreezing your gym membership, go for it.

Re-start slow. Without regular activity, the body can loose many of the fitness gains earned through exercise. So do you need to start from scratch? That depends on what you were doing (cardio fitness tends to fade more quickly than muscle strength); how inactive you became (if you kept up some activity, you’re more likely to have retained some degree of fitness); and how long you’ve been hibernating. If it’s four or more months then you should go back to basics.

Call in a pro.  A session or two with a certified personal trainer might help you gauge your fitness level and pump you with enthusiasm. One option: Check out the personalized  one on one sessions or group classes on wello.com to learn moves in the privacy of your own home.

Let’s get something straight

4 reasons to perfect posture

  • You’ll look thinner. When you slump, your belly sticks out more. to instantly appear leaner, imagine a string through the top of your head pulling you upward, so that your neck lengthens, your shoulders shifts back, and your belly pulls in, And chins up please.
  • You’ll help prevent injury during exercise. When you stand up straight and use proper posture while working out you are least likely to pull or stain muscles and more likely to move correctly. if you aren’t sure how to preform a move correctly book a session with a trainer or try the exercise videos on weight watchers.com.
  • You’ll protect your back. Poor posture can lead to disc problems and conditions like spinal stenosis. Strengthening your ab muscles, as well as the extensor muscles in your back , will help correct your posture and take pressure off your spine. Exercises that focus on strengthening the core, like yoga and Pilates, are especially effective ways to do this.
  • You’ll help save your joints. Good posture can stave off osteoarthritis by taking pressure off your neck, hips, and knees.

Move to the groove.

Why work out to music? Because it can …

  • Make exercise seem easier. Music can help boost your mood and squash anger, tension, and other negative emotions. The feel-good effect can also keep your mind off discomfort and fatigue, a phenomenon researchers call “dissociation.”
  • Help you work out harder, especially during  repetitive activities (walking, running, rowing, etc.) where we tend to sync movement with tempo.
  • Help improve your skills. one reason: it ups  the fun factor, which can boost motivation to learn.
  • Help put you in the zone, which psychologists call a “flow state,” meaning you’re so absorbed in what you’re doing you ignore everything else. Sweat and forget!

To max your music …

  • Save workout songs for workouts (not for the car or the shower) to keep them fresh and motivating come exercise time.
  • Remix your playlist before you tire the tunes. Research shows that listening to music you don’t enjoy can make a workout feel harder.
  • Mix it up. Variety is key to motivating music.
  • Keep it upbeat, choosing songs with a positive message or that focus on activity.

Beat it!

A song’s tempo helps dictate how fast or slow you move, so it’s important to get it right. Use this guide to ideal beats-per-minute (bpm) when you create a playlist. (Look for tablet/smartphone apps that will calculate the bp for your favorite songs and/or help you find music that matches the tempo you want.)

Should I still exercise when I’m sick?

Maybe. If your symptoms are above the neck – sneezing, sniffles, minor sore throat – but you don’t have a fever, and you want to exercise, go ahead.  (It may even open up your nasal passage temporarily if you’re  congested!) Just dial down your effort a little: Go to a Pilates class instead of Zumba, take a walk rather than run, plug in an exercise video at home rather than hit health club (especially if you might be contagious – gym equipment loves to harbor germs). If you start to feel really lousy, stop.

But it’s best to play hooky if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your symptoms are below the neck – chest congestion, hacking cough, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, overall fatigue, or body aches.
  • You have a migraine or other severe headache.

Resume your regular routine once you’re feeling better and are fever-free – just don’t hit the treadmill running. Take it slow at first. And if you had a nasty stomach bug, you may want to steer clear of the gym for a couple of weeks, as some viruses can remain contagious for that long. But do get back to your work out – studies show that regular activity can boost immunity, so exercise can help keep you from getting sick again.

Gym Classics

These retro moves aren’t high-tech, but that’s what’s great about them: no fancy gear needed.

25 Things Every Woman Should Have By The Time She Turns 25

Thought Catalog

1. Enough confidence to no longer feel the need to justify what she eats, who she dates or what she wears, not only to other people, but to herself. 

2. The goal of a bank account with a few months’ living expenses in it, if she doesn’t have that already. Just in case.

3. Only the phone numbers, Facebook friends, weekend plans, and roommates she actually wants.

4. A best friend who is like a sister.

5. A space of her own.

6. A good idea of what she needs in a romantic relationship, not just what she wants, or what she thinks she needs, and the willingness to explore different people and other ideas to find what exactly that is.

7. A closet of what she considers to be her “staples,” and among these things, something to wear to an interview, funeral, wedding, impromptu Friday night drink at a casual bar…

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Say When – Weight Watchers

Say When

Why meal schedules work – and how to create your own.

They say timing is everything. When it comes to your daily meals and snacks, that’s especially  true. Imagine you rate your hunger on a scale on 1 to 5 with 1 being running on empty and 5 being overly stuffed. Eating somewhere in the middle range, rather than at either end of the scale, can help you make healthy decisions about and how much to eat. Creating a meal schedule is a smart way to make it happen.

It may seem counter intuitive, but planning meals and snacks can make you less likely to think about food. Once you’ve squared away the when and ideally what and how much (in terms of your PointsPlus budget), you free up that mental space. And this approach helps you allot your PointsPlus budget wisely, enjoy balanced and nutritious meals and have time to pick up any needed ingredients at the store.

Create your meal schedule

Past. Take a look at yesterday’s tracker. How did your eating correspond to your hunger levels

Future. Plan meals and snacks no more than four hours apart. Distribute your points through out the day. Don’t squirrel them away for late; you might wind up overeating because you get too hungry. Try to include what you plan to eat, and the pointsplus values.

Fend Off Food Pushers

Fend Off Food Pushers

They’re everywhere during the holidays – But stick to the plan. Protect your plate! How to ensure your choices are truly your own.

As you look down the road to January 2, the holiday season, do you see a minefield of events that  you must navigate oh-so-carefully. The neighbor’s open house, the well-meaning relative’s  special dessert, the expense – account holiday lunch, saying “no thanks” again & again can feel awkward and maybe even a little harder than usual.

But if you’re prepared, you can dodge like a pro. Take the time to mentally rehearse what you’ll do and how you’ll respond. That way you can defuse situations where food you don’t necessarily want is being pressed on you like these scenarios:

The push: It’s the family holiday dinner and everyone just has to try Uncle Jim’s “famous” mud pie!

Push Back: Compliment the chef, the side step by saying “it looks wonderful” “I am going to take some home for later.”

The Push: At the office party,  the buffet is packed, drinks are flowing, and your co-worker is raving about the “so good” or d’oeuvres being passed around.

Push Back: Keep your hands full: a plate of crudités and such in one hand and a seltzer-water in the other. Keep a lid on the alcohol, not just for the point value, but drinking lowers inhibitions. Go watch the guy from accounting sing karaoke instead (it will keep you away from the food too).

The Push: Your department’s annual luncheon is a restaurant with a set menu or limited choices.

Push Back: Portion control is your friend here. Decide a head of time how much you’ll have then ask for a to go box before the meal begins and put away what you’ll save for later.

When Snacks Attack – Weight Watchers

When Snacks Attack

Keep a journal; take a walk, and other strategies for outsmarting the urge to munch. Fight back with these outsmart-the-urge tactics.

 

Do you mindlessly munch pretzels at 3 o’clock or pillage the pantry in the post-dinner hours? Having a regular eating schedule and making healthy choices will help you take control of the snack monster. If you still find yourself vulnerable at certain times of day, try these strategies. And remember, if you are truly hungry; eat (and track!) a sensible snack.

Late Morning

You’re running on empty. Fuel up wisely in the a.m. with a balanced meal (like apple slices with peanut butter and a light English muffin) and you’re less likely to be scouting for something to eat by 10.

You want a diversion. Dollars to donuts, food isn’t the answer. Better for your mind and body is to take a walk, get some water, or listen to an upbeat song.

It’s the mid-morning coffee break. What do you really want? It’s probably the camaraderie. Stick to a cuppa and conversation.

Mid-Afternoon

You’re an autopilot. Do you tend to hit the vending machine or scavenge the cupboards at 3 p.m.? Swap in a healthier habit – running errands, doing a mini mediation, or hitting the gym.

You’re stressed. Instead of grabbing chips, pop in some sugarless gum, Skype with a friend, or driver’s seat, like picking a spot for your next vacation.

You need a reboot. Tension tends to peak mid-afternoon. Hit your mental reset button by taking two minutes to chuckle at a silly cat video or do a few jumping jacks to blow off stream.

After Dinner.

You can barely remember what you ate. A meal scarfed at the counter is soon forgotten. Instead, take the time to relax, catch up with family members, and savor every mouthful – you’ll be much less likely to show up in the kitchen an hour later.

You cave a reward for surviving the day. Instead of a brownie, find other sources of comfort: Dip into a great book, write in a journal,, do a mani/pedi, take a leisurely stroll, or climb into bed early.

You’re bored or lonely. Instead of cozying up to the fridge, book up your evenings: Learn a language at the adult school, plant an indoor herb garden, volunteer, or join a book group or bowling league.

While Watching TV

Your hands are just sitting there, empty. Keep them engaged. Knit, scrapbook, snuggle, organize your wallet, clip coupons, soak your feet, lift weights, stretch, or sip hot tea.

TV and Sacks – they just go together. As a creature of habit, our behavior is often automatic. If you always sit in the brown chair with your nachos on the glass side table, change your ritual – even if you just sit on the couch instead – so your brain will be forced to write a new script.

A food commercial sends you straight to the pantry. Make it harder to snack. Try chewing a minty gum (it makes food taste weird). Put snacks in sealed container on a high shelf. Turn off the kitchen light and put a chair in front of the fridge. Simply seeing those obstacles can stop you in your tracks and remind you of your worthy goals.

 

Party Without Panic – Weight Watchers

Party Without Panic

Get a winning game plan – and go for it!  You go game, thanks to these tips, tricks, and tactics.

Even seasoned Weight Watchers members can feel a pang of alarm at the thought of attending a party, being away from control and predictability of home. And now here comes the Super Bowl or even like it. It’s pretty much a perfect storm; high pointsplus value food (and usually a lot of it), beer and soda (a lot of that too), and sitting in front of the television for hours, not necessarily at your normal mealtime. It helps to have a game plan – even if you’re not a fan of football or what ever even you’re watching (or the commercials), these strategies will work for any party. So you can have fun without losing control. Call it a win-win (even if your team loses)!

  • Set your points plus budget before you go; pre-track if you can.
  • Don’t go hungry; eat something healthy beforehand.
  • Sit as far away from the food as possible; better yet stand and cheer.
  • Keep your hands full with a plate, glass, and napkin.
  • Be picky, try one pig-in-a-blanket but don’t finish it if it’s not good.
  • Focus on lower points plus value offerings: pretzels, raw vegetables, black bean dip, and such.
  • Station yourself out of the orbit of the keg or cooler.
  • Alternate glasses of seltzer and beer.
  • Use smaller glass.
  • Go for what looks good (yes homemade nachos; no, store bought football cookies) and track it.

 

You’re still a winner!

What if in spite of your planning, you overdo it? First of all, chances are good that being simply mindful aware means you ate and drank less than you might have. Then, track it the best you can, plan your next meal as healthy, low points plus value one, pop some antacids and move on.

What to Eat Tonight? – Weight Watchers

What to Eat Tonight?

Meal Planning Smarts: Strategies to help you get dinner on the table.

For the most of us, dinner is the main meal of the day. Give it the attention it deserves! Even if you’re a seasoned member, the “What to eat tonight” activity on the back of your what to eat book sets up a good framework for building a meal. Add in the ideas here (and from your meeting), and you’ll have a solid template for creating plan-friendly meals any night.

Tasty resources

Along with our cookbooks and mobile app you can get thousands of recipes and meal ideas on WeightWatchers.com. Or just list ingredients in the search bar on your home screen and hit “enter.” Voila! Recipes. Or go to “Find and Explore” in the PointsPlus tracker (under MyTools); click on recipes to search by PointsPlus value, prep time, difficulty, and so on. And don’t forget community recipe swap!

Food Factors

PointsPlus Values: How much you can have and/or want to spend.

Prep Time: Be realistic. Factor in cleanup time, or add time if you’re slow on prep (or have a little helper).

Ingredients: What’s on hand, including leftovers, vegetables, or fruit that you need to use soon; what you’ll need to pick up at the store.

Who’s eating: If you’re cooking for more than yourself, you’ll need to heed others’ preferences; can you leave out ingredients?

Getting it together

More ideas from the “Mix and Match Dinner Builder” on pages 26-27 of your What to Eat book.

  • Steamed vegetables, 4 oz cooked wild salmon, ½ cup cooked brown rice. 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce, 1 tbsp sesame seeds = Asian Style Salmon and Vegetables
    • (10 pointplus value)
  • Crudite and salsa, 3 oz cooked 93% lean ground beef patty, 1 light hamburger bun, 2 tbsp steak sauce, 2 tbsp blue cheese = Blue-Cheese Burger Deluxe
    • (8 pointsplus value)
  • Roasted Veggies, 3 oz cooked lean pork chop, ½ cup cooked quinoa, 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 10 large olives – Roasted Veggie, Pork, and Olive Quinoa
    • (7 pointplus value)

 

5 meal boosters

Jarred roasted red peppers (packed in water): add to wraps, chop and blend into pasta sauce or scrambled eggs.

Canned water-packed tuna: mix into pasta, combine with raw chopped vegetables and nonfat yogurt for sandwich filling, and flake into couscous.

Frozen vegetables: good as a side, stir-fries, toss with broth and seasonings for soup, cook with pasta.

Fat-Free Salsa: ladle onto baked potatoes, mix into meat loaf, use as omelet filling.

Dried Fruit (cranberries, cherries, etc.) + nuts: adds texture, flavor, and color to salads, fish, and chicken.

Taylor Swift Basically Dressed Up as Elsa From Frozen at the Grammys

I ❤ taylor swift she is one of my favorite artists.

TIME

As all eyes were on Taylor Swift at the Grammy Awards Sunday night—including a side eye from Pharrell—we couldn’t help but notice there was something awfully familiar about her teal Elie Saab gown. Elegant and regal, the whole look kind of reminded us of Elsa, the princess star of the hit Disney movie Frozen.

It’s not the first time Internet fans have compared her to different Disney princesses—see here and here and here. Not to mention, a couple of years ago when she posed as Rapunzel for an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot as part of a promotion for Disney Parks.

Just a thought.

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Weight Watchers – Is this food worthy of me?

Is this food worthy of me?

How to treat yourself right

 

Once the holidays hit it’s every where: the sweet, the savory, the splurges, from office parties to family events to random cookie – tin offerings eating healthfully in the month of December can feel like a losing battle.

 

Don’t throw in the towel

Just take a step back and make choices that are right for you. Scanning the buffet table, you just know those warming trays of congealed chicken marsala and crusted – over baked ziti will be “blah” at best – but how can you actually heed that wise little voice in you head? How do you turn good intentions into healthy actions?

Ask yourself not merely if the food is worth it but if it is worthy of you. You deserve nothing less such a refreshed mindset puts the power in your hands so you can feel good either way: when you enjoy a planned indulgence and when you choose to say “No Thanks.”

Make right for you choices. Be picky. Those boxed treats from the store may look tempting, but chances are a special homemade dessert you’ve planned is really delicious. Use different words to turn down foods. Think how you’ve felt after eating a similar food.