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One of my main motivators for my (yes, somewhat lackluster, but I’m trying to really make it work this time) weight loss efforts is P.   I want to be a good role model for her in all things – especially healthy habits.  I know my weight and overeating will have a big impact on her and I must STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT.  Or at least eat right!

So I was especially excited to hear from my WW pals about their new book, “Eat! Move! Play! A Parent’s Guide for Raising Healthy, Happy Kids” .  I have just started the book and it is terrific.   Read more here.

It’s great to have a trusted authority on weight management offer a family-approach.  I have learned through my repeated attempts at weight loss that I have to incorporate my family.  I can’t sit there eating cottage cheese and celery while they are having pizza night.  But I can find a healthier way to make pizza night with them.  That is the key to success – making it work in the real world, it’s what makes this a lifestyle change, not diet.

I am just starting it, so I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, here’s the most adorable sneak peek ev, one of the recipes from the book:

Hummus Heads

    Serves 2
    Prep 10 minutes
    Cook none  (MY KINDA RECIPE!!)
    2 romaine lettuce leaves, cut into very thin strips
    1/4 cup drained bottled roasted red pepper strips
    8 cherry tomatoes, halved
    4 pitted black olives, sliced
    1 Kirby cucumber, sliced
    2 whole wheat English muffins, split in half and toasted
    1/2 cup hummus

Place the lettuce, red pepper strips, tomatoes, olives, and cucumber slices in piles on a plate. Spread the English muffins with the hummus, then use the vegetables to make funny faces on them: lettuce or pepper strips can be hair, tomato or olives can be eyes, cucumber slices can be ears—use your imagination and have fun!

    Per serving (2 decorated English muffin halves): 279 Cal, 9 g Fat, 1 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 0 mg Chol, 819 mg Sod, 42 g Carb, 10 g Fib, 12 g Prot, 218 mg Calc.
    Kids Can . . .
    In addition to decorating their own sandwiches, kids can use plastic knives to halve the cherry tomatoes and slice the black olives.
    Reprinted from the book Weight Watchers¹ Eat! Move! Play! With permission from John Wiley & Sons Inc.

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"Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate." Charlotte Gray
April 2010