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Looking good and feeling great are two things that don’t come easy. Before I went into business for myself, I struggled with food, family, health issues, and my own self-esteem.

But somehow for me, the lessons I learned early in life sparked a fire in my belly and a passion in my heart. In turn, these led me to a career path that I was destined to pave.

For over 30 years, I’ve been fortunate to have made a difference in the lives of thousands of people with regard to weight loss, self-respect, and learning to live happier and healthier lives. It is my hope to make a difference in yours too.

It’s your life – come on, let’s make it the very best it can be!

Love, love, love,


An Easy Transition to Maintaining Your Exercise Routine During the Fall

walking through the autumn leavesFall is one of my favorite times of year. There is something beautiful in it for all of us.  It’s a season to renew, refresh and refocus on all the things that matter the most.

For me, I like to think of October as “the new year.”  It’s a time for me to gear up for the cooler temperatures, the holiday season and everything that comes along with the upcoming months.

It’s also a time to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, the crisp air AND exercising outdoors, while taking in everything our environment has to offer.

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Pasta-less eggplant lasagna (recipe by Chef Isabella)


Serves 12 at 5 PointsPlus® value

  • 3 medium eggplant, sliced about ¼ inch lengthwise
  • 3 small zucchini, small diced
  • 3 summer squash, small diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and small diced
  • 1small sweet onion, small diced
  • 15-20 basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb. low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups low fat shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups store bought tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13-baking dish and set aside.

Lay eggplant slices in a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes to partially cook it.

In a large skillet, heat the oil and cook onion for couple minutes then add rest of diced vegetables. Season with salt and pepper and the basil. In a small bowl combine ricotta, eggs, and mozzarella cheese with some salt and pepper. Set aside. When all vegetables are ready assemble the lasagna.

Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Lay half of the eggplant slices, slightly overlapping them. Add some tomato sauce and then sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese. Spread half of the vegetables over the sauce, and then spread half of the cheese mix over that. Repeat one more time the process, ending with some tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for about 40 to 45 minutes.

Lasagna can be baked the day before.Simply let it cool, slice it, refrigerate and then when ready reheat in the oven for about 20 minutes.  You might need a bit more tomato sauce to pour over just before serving.


Enjoy Meals with a Sensible Eater if You Want to Eat Less

friends eating-25602435_sWho you sit down to enjoy a meal with and how much they eat can actually influence how much you consume , a UNSW Australia-led study concludes.

This psychological effect, is known as social modeling. What it boils down to is that most people tend to eat less than they normally would if they dined alone when their companion consumes smaller portions of food.

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Maria Cebreco – Another Weight Watchers Success Story!


Losing weight can be difficult. And if you have any type of physical disability, it can even be more challenging.

Just ask Weight Watchers member Maria Cebreco. Due to Muscular Dystrophy, she has very little mobility, can’t stand up, raise her hands above her head, or drive. But her attitude and her wheelchair enable her to live her life to its fullest. Against many odds, she has earned her MBA and has even started her own business. And she has lost weight on the Weight Watchers program, without a key component—physical activity.

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The Most Beautiful– and Trying —Time of the Year!

Coming Out Ahead of the Game by January 1st.

TNY 2015 32942377_shis is the best time of the year. Everyone says so. The truth is, if you’re trying to lose weight and/or eat healthy, this is also a very trying time of the year. We’re surrounded by food and beverages and more food and beverages.

Stop for a second–no, make that a minute–and think just what it would mean to you if you could handle the holiday temptations like a rockstar! It’s not impossible, you know. In fact, all it takes is a little planning and a lot of focus on what you want your January 1st and beyond to look like.

So many of us go into the new year with the resolution, “I’m really going to do something about my weight this year.” That’s all good, but imagine if YOU went into the new year with a different resolution because you’re already working on getting to a healthy weight.

If you haven’t yet started to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors, especially as it applies to eating better, my advice is to start now. If you’ve already started, but are contemplating blowing off the month, please think again. December is what heroes are made of. If you can improve your relationship with food at this time of the year, you got the other 11 months in the palm of your hands. Read the rest of this entry »


The Goal is to Stay at Goal!

healthy excited womanWe all know losing the weight is only half the battle. In many ways, keeping the weight off can be just as challenging as the process of losing it. I know; I lost 50 pounds and have kept the weight off for 30+ years. It hasn’t always been easy, but absolutely worth it. Ask any person who has ever lost weight and they will tell you the same thing: to maintain our weight loss we have embrace our new behaviors and not let the old ones creep back into our lives.  We have to continually nurture our healthy relationship with food

When tough situations present themselves, fight them tooth and nail.  You have the power over food and the know-how, so let these facts be your momentum. Be your biggest fan and give yourself a constant source of power by making sure you get to your meeting! (Remember, as a Lifetime member, if you weigh in at least once monthly, within 2 pounds of your goal, you don’t have to pay a thing, plus we give you all the apps and web tools free of charge.)  At your meeting, your friends there will help cheer you on and keep you and your weight in check. It’s also your time to inspire others, share your weight loss secrets and get some advice from others about challenges you might be facing (Yes, Lifetime members face challenges…all kinds of them!)

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You Become What You Wear

How your wardrobe affects your mood and how people perceive you

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We’ve always been told, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but is this really true when it comes to the clothes we wear? Think about it, it’s one of the first things people notice when we walk into a room. It can affect their first impression, so if you’re feeling great, wear your bright, bold colors or wear that dress you absolutely love, but never get the chance to wear. If you show up to a party, a date or even a meeting wearing something drab and ill-fitting, people might assume you are trying to blend in and hide beneath your wardrobe. You are a wonderful human being–let yourself shine!

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The Star-Power Behind Reaching Your Goals

scThink of anything you’ve accomplished in life so far. What drove you to keep going no matter what came your way or who got in your way? What fueled you to accept nothing but success as the outcome?

Besides your ever- evolving arsenal of tricks and talents, there is one main, inner driver that can put you in overdrive to get whatever you set out to accomplish. That driver is “self-confidence. It’s the beam that puts a bright spotlight on your capabilities.  It’s the fuel behind persistence and tenacity. It’s the X-factor that you might not even realize you have.

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Read Between the Lines When It Comes to Weight-Loss Hype

mag rack.JPGThis week while you’re waiting to check out at the grocery story, take a look at the magazine covers lining the racks near the register. What you’re going to see are a million ways to lose weight over the holidays. Each issue touts its own particular spin on something that’s really not a secret: To lose weight you have to take in less food than your body can burn. It’s really that simple.

Now, when you make the decision to lose weight you can do this is a healthy way or you can go about it in a way that can actually cause your body more harm than good. I’m hoping you choose the former because you have a lot riding on that decision, namely your own well-being and long-term success.

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