So, you started a healthy journey–whether you are cleaning up your eating or starting to workout–and now you are feeling a little stuck. Don’t adapt that “well, I might as well finish the day or week out unhealthy and start up again Monday” mentality!

Here at the Skinny Mom office, we tested out a new method. Meet our “Piggy Bank”:

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It was just too easy to bop around downtown and pick up a quick bite to eat. Let’s just say we didn’t always pick the best options–there’s an Izzy’s next door. For those that have never chomped down on a corn beef sandwich…you are missing out on this Cincy staple. That being said, it’s not a good item to eat everyday for lunch.

To encourage everyone to make better choices and pack our Skinny Lunches we started a little competition. For every last minute unhealthy choice you had to donate your spare change to the Piggy Bank. The SM Team member with the lowest pig infractions wins the pot at the end of the summer.

Our little Piggy, Viola, is ever-present atop our metal conference table.

Making your choices visible and including others in on your change will keep you on track. According to Judith J. Wurtman, PhD and co-author, “The Serotonin Power Diet, Eat Carbs, Nature’s Own Appetite Suppressant, to Stop Emotional Overeating,” food is all about the relationship. Replacing that emotional connection with food with a companionship with a person will help fill that void. It may just alter your relationship with food. A diet companion that you see more than once a week increases your chances of maintaining a healthy lifestyle–as you are more likely to exercise together. Click here to read the full article on HuffPost.