• 31Oct

    It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is November 1!  The holidays are rapidly approaching and if you are like me, my holiday to do list hadn’t even crossed my mind…well, until now…

    The older I get, the more difficult it becomes to come up with creative holiday gifts.   Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried to give more experiences than material goods – a good bottle of wine or air travel gift certificates – something that will create a more lasting memory, but at times, I still come up short of ideas!

    If you are stuck in the same dilemma, why not consider giving the gift of Good Measure Meals?  Not only will your friend or family member be grateful to not have to cook for a week or month, but you are also giving back to a good cause – Open Hand Atlanta.  But… the holidays are not the only time you can purchase Good Measure Meals!

    The convenience of GMM makes it a perfect gift for:

    • New moms and dads who are too tired and busy to cook healthy meals for themselves.
    • Singles who struggle to cook for one person.
    • Busy professionals with no time to cook or shop.
    • Retirees tired of cooking.
    • Friends or family struggling to prepare food due to surgical recovery, cancer treatments, arthritis, or other health conditions that cause fatigue.

    To give the gift of Good Measure Meals, please email Customer Service or call us at 404-815-7695.

  • 17Oct


    When I went to college, I did not gain the Freshman 15, but rather the Freshman FORTY. I’m not sure exactly how or why this happened, although late night pizza and all-you-can-eat dining halls probably didn’t hurt.

    After college, I slowly lost the weight over two years. Between changing my diet, stopping bad habits (eating late) and exercising, I shed the pounds. Now over 10 years later, I’ve managed to keep off the weight.


    What have been the keys to my success?

    • Trying on my fit-like-a-glove jeans regularly.  Almost everyone has one pair of jeans that make you feel your best.  I try them on every couple of weeks.  If a muffin top is forming, it’s time to cut back on snacks and treats and add a workout or two in for the week.
    • Setting a cut-off weight. This is my weight that I vow to never exceed again and is within 5-10 pounds of my where I feel best.  My jeans usually keep me in check but I hop on the scale at least once a month just to be sure.
    • Finding activities that I love. I hated going to the gym.  I found walking boring and not challenging.  So I kept trying new things until I found activities that I loved.  I learned that I don’t like exercising indoors, so I do a combination of tennis, boot camp and running outside at least five days each week.  Fortunately, I live in a climate where we can do most of these outdoors year round!


    But what else works?  If these things don’t work for you, what are other tips to help keep the weight off?


    The National Weight Control Registry is a group of 10,000 people who have successfully maintained a 30 pound weight that loss for a year or more.  Women make up 75% of the registry and most participants are college-educated.

    As a part of the registry, participants complete annual lifestyle questionnaires. Recently, researchers reviewed the questionnaires of 3,000 ten-year participants.

    Researchers found that registry participants usually:

    • Keep track of their food intake.
    • Count calorie, fat grams or use a calorie controlled weight-loss program.
    • Eat a low-calorie, low-fat diet (~1,800 calories per day, less than 30% calories from fat).
    • Eat breakfast.
    • Eat at restaurants an average of three times a week and fast food less than once a week.
    • Eat similar foods often.
    • Don’t splurge at holidays and special occasions.
    • Walk about an hour a day or do other activities to burn the same calories.
    • Watch less than 10 hours of TV weekly.
    • Hop on the scale at least weekly.


    Have any of these tips worked for you?  Have you lost a substantial amount of weight on Good Measure Meals? If so, how have you maintained the weight loss? Share your stories with us and we will highlight your success in future posts!


  • 03Oct

    Are you free on October 16?

    Looking to get active and support your local community?

    Join us for the AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run 2011 in Piedmont Park!

    AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run continues to raise much needed funds for organizations throughout metro-Atlanta, including our own Open Hand, that provide programs and services to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

    Does a 5K sound unimaginable?

    A 5K = 3.1 miles.  Even if you haven’t been training to run a 5K, most people can walk 3.1 miles, especially at a slow pace.

    It’s a little late to start the Couch to 5K program that our own Philip wrote about below; however, if it’s something you want to achieve, his recommendations for training apps are excellent tools to help you reach your goal down the road.

    In the meantime, what steps can you take for 5K success?

    1. Stay hydrated. Although it probably will not be hot the day of the race, hydration is important to feel and perform your best.  Start drinking half of your body weight in ounces each day for the week before the race.  Avoid alcohol for 48-72 hours before the run/walk.
    2. Start walking. Before beginning any exercise program, always check with your physician.  If you haven’t been exercising lately, but would like to do the AIDS walk, start slow by doing 1 mile at an easy pace three times per week for the next week or two.  Stretch your legs properly after each walk to ease soreness.
    3. Eat light the morning of the race. A 5K does not require “carb loading” or any special training diet.  On the morning of the race, eat your usual breakfast but avoid any high fiber foods (vegetables, salads, beans), spicy foods or greasy/fried foods which may upset your stomach.   If you don’t normally eat breakfast, try one of the suggestions below:
    • Toast with peanut butter and banana slices with milk
    • Cereal or Oatmeal with milk and fruit
    • Yogurt with fruit

    Remember – you will only burn about 250-350 calories finishing a 5K, depending on how fast you walk or run – so if you are watching your waistline, skip food as a reward for your accomplishment and embrace the extra calorie burn for the day!

    If you want to participate, please join Open Hand’s team for the walk or 5K Run!  100% of the funds we raise will be directed to Open Hand.

    Hope to see you at the finish line!