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Real life mom: a month of success and accomplishments, month 8

Heather and her family
Heather and her family
Photo by David Dirks

Heather continues down her path of fitness and weight loss and she continues to inspire those that know her. She has continued to run a race a month and has lost 25 pounds thus far! Heather has been a wonderful role model and example to all of us. She has proven that if you set your mind to it and stay the course you can lead a life of health and fitness. She has wonderful support from her family and friends, she runs, lifts weights, and she joined Weight Watchers to keep her on track. See what she has to say about the nutritional side of her journey....

M: Heather how has Weight Watchers affected your goal of getting fit and healthy?
H: Although the daily exercise I do is so important, I have learned that it's only part of what I need to do to get my body healthy. I cannot simply eat whatever I want to because I exercise. Watching exactly what I eat helps me continue to lose weight, slowly and effectively. With Weight Watchers, I am able to more effectively manage what I eat on a day to day basis. I have learned to understand and follow proper serving sizes and adjust recipes to become healthier for my family and me.

Although I am new to being athletic, I have followed Weight Watchers after the birth of my children. I noticed when I strayed away from watching what I ate, I gained weight back. Following a specific and healthy plan, keeps me accountable to what I consume.

M: Do you have a favorite meal?
H: I don't have a favorite meal, but I have learned to replace different types of foods and still cook a variety of foods for my family. I use turkey meat instead of ground beef and for myself, I eat eggbeaters instead of eggs. I am a huge fan of Orowheat Sandwich Thins, Thomas' Betterstart Light Muffins and Bagel Thins. They each are about 100 calories a serving and high in fiber. I use them for the majority of our meals instead of regular bread. I also try to always keep bananas on hand for a healthy mid day snack or Kashi TLC Bars- they have a dark cherry chocolate granola bar, that is a great treat!

I am a huge ice cream fan! When I realized how many calories were in my regular ice cream that my husband and I were eating, I was shocked. So, I was happy to find Dreyer's Slow Churned Light Ice Cream- we enjoy it frequently during the week, at around 120 calories a serving on a low-calorie ice cream cone!

M: Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share?
H: A great weekday lunch is a modified chicken salad. I make a batch for the week, so lunch is prepared ahead of time. Roast 2 chicken breast (boneless, skinless) in the oven, with a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cut into small bits & mix with 2 chopped green onions, 2 chopped celery stalks, 1 tablespoon relish, 1 teaspoon mustard, and 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise,

Each serving is about 1/2 cup. I usually eat it on an Orowheat Sandwich Thins, with 1/4 avocado and topped with sprouts.

M: Do you have any tips you would like to pass along?

H: If I could pass on anything, it would be to start reading labels, nutritional information, and to plan ahead when dining out. I have found that on this journey, that my daughter is interested in what are healthy foods. I am excited that she is starting to realize what is and what isn't good for her.

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