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A Year of Eating Healthier: One Family's Journey

Meet the Rebucci family, from Chester, New Jersey! Over the course of 12 months, Regina Ragone, Family Circle's food director/registered dietician, will guide the Rebuccis onto the path of better nutrition.

By Regina Ragone

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Lisa Rebucci
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Meet Lisa Rebucci

Age: 47

Favorite Foods: Lisa has a sweet tooth so cookies, cakes, chocolate and pies are her weakness.

Healthiest Habit: She dropped 15 pounds last year by focusing on portion control and drinking a lot more water. Now the whole family fills up on H20—you won't find soda or juice in their house. Lisa also cooks dinner nearly every night, so no high-calorie take-out or restaurant meals for them.

Needs Improvement: "I love to cook, but I'm probably cooking with way too much fat and butter," Lisa says. "I'd love to go through my recipes and slim them down." She would like to drop another 20 pounds.

Workout Regimen: At least three times a week, Lisa grabs her iPod and goes for a walk. Since she does dog walking and pet sitting for a living, she gets in extra steps with her job. Lisa belongs to a gym, but hasn't made a visit in nearly a year.

Long-Term Goal: "I'd like to learn how to cook healthier and look at recipes in a different way," Lisa says. She hopes the entire family will become healthier together, and aims for herself, Marc and Kyle to lose weight.

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