I’m on top of the world this week, friends. After last week’s gain, I was mentally prepping for another plateau week. But, guess what? HOT DAMN! It was a total surprise. It brings my total weight loss to a whopping -9.8. Can you even believe it?! And while the number on the scale was absolutely wonderful, I had a non-scale victory that was even better… clothing that no longer fits!  I have a cute little black dress that I wore to a holiday party that I had marked to be re-worn for a function in a few weeks. Well, I tried…

  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the way we talk ourselves. I was participating in an online webinar recently when the subject of self-talk came up. During the webinar the host asked us to identify and document negative phrases we used throughout the day. The point of the exercise was to open our eyes to how we treated ourselves and to identify the voice inside of our heads. What an eye-opener. I mean, I knew that I was hard on myself, I just didn’t understand how much of a drill sergeant I was in my own head. Barely…

Okayyyyy. So this week is kind of a surprise. The good news is that I followed the plan to the letter and I drank my water. And I resisted THESE from a well-meaning coworker: The bad news is that it was THAT TIME (TMI for sure) and I was so freaking exhausted and cranky. I wanted nothing more than my blanket and my bed all week which is probably why I saw my second bump of +.4 at my weigh-in. Now before you go feeling bad for me I have to point out that this is my FOURTH FULL WEEK…

You guys! I had a huge week this week! I lost 4.2 pounds for a total of 7.4 pounds so far. Squee! I’m hella excited! Of course, this program isn’t just about the weight loss. It’s so much more than that. Weight Watchers also has us focus on non-scale victories as well, which I really do agree are important. My non-scale victory this week was all about a mind-shift that I’ve been undergoing about putting myself on the priority list.I’m learning that I am worth the effort. Sounds silly when I write it out here but it’s true. The mom…

What are your thoughts on asking for help? Not emergency I-am-having-a-heart-attack kind of help, mind you. I’m talking about asking for help in a workplace or professional situation. Confession – I totally suck at it. I wasn’t always this way. Somewhere along the line, I began to get fixated on doing it all and doing it all PERFECTLY. There is something about being a working mom that created this pressure to “do it all” for me. I couldn’t just climb the corporate ladder, I had to volunteer for leadership roles on professional associations. I couldn’t just refine my professional abilities, I had to master the skills and teach lectures on the…

Hi friends! It’s been a great week! Now, you are probably looking at below graphic and thinking “how is it a good week if  you gained weight?”  Because, folks…. I rocked my healthy eating this week. I’M SO PROUD OF ME. Don’t get me wrong, ordinarily a weight gain while trying to loose pounds would set me into a tizzy but I’ve become very aware of what I am putting into my body and this week it was all healthy, non-processed foods. Lots of lean protein, lots of veggies and lots of good choices. I tracked everything and when the…

You may not know this yet but I am a bona-fide podcast junkie. I was what they call an “early adopter.” Something about the storytelling and medium just resonated with me. At present, I listen to no less than 20 podcasts ranging from business to branding to pop culture and true crime. I’m all in, man. A multitasker and information seeker by nature, I find that podcasts can be a great way to learn and be entertained while helping transform those mundane tasks (like those piles and piles of laundry) into an opportunity to further my knowledge or just have a laugh.…

I have no idea what to call these weekly check-in posts. I know I have to do them and I need a title but everything I’m coming up with seems so damn cliche. Should I give it a catchy title? Operation Reinvention? Jen’s Healthy Life Challenge? Operation Come Out of Hiding? Ugh. No idea. Not sure I like any of them. I’ll just throw one out there to see if it sticks. Anyway you probably don’t care about the catchy title, you’re just interested to see if I survived the week. Well, I’m happy to report that I FREAKING MADE…

Let’s talk about fear for a moment, shall we? Fear and I are very well acquainted. VERY well acquainted. I credit fear with some of my most epic decisions – leaving field hockey in high school, not auditioning for the community theater roles, not learning how to sing or dance, not studying abroad, my decisions to cut back on blogging, not pitching myself as a professional speaker at a local conference and on and on. Regrets? I have a few. I’ve been reading a book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert these past few days and there is a chapter…

You ever look at yourself in a picture or in the mirror and think: Whoa? Is that really what I look like? Or feeling like you’re 110 years old and grossly out of shape? Yeah, me too. I’ve been struggling with this for some time now. And by that I mean for the past two and a half years. When my husband had a health scare in 2015 it really rocked our world. So I decided to take a conscious step back on my personal priority list and instead focused all of my energy on him, relieving his stresses and rearranging our lives. I changed jobs and…