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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

This post on my experience in Paris has taken me forever to write. I’ve revised and written it 1,000 times but no matter how hard I try I just can’t seem to do it justice. For three euphoric days Michael and I ran around the City of Lights and, like most first time visitors, tried to see as many attractions that we could. If you’ve not had a chance to visit yet, let me forewarn you… Paris will steal your heart. Crepes, baguettes, French champagne, glorious architecture and the flashing lights of the Eiffel tower – everything about Paris is bliss. Day 1:…

Travel is my passion. In my mind there is nothing better than hopping on a plane or a train and embarking on an adventure. Hotel life is the life for me. I love everything about it! As a working mom though, I don’t get to travel as much as I would like. My husband knows this and while he might not share my enthusiasm for hotel life, he also loves to see the world. This year marked 20 years of marriage for the two of us. TWENTY YEARS, PEOPLE. That is 7,300 days and 175,200 hours. I think we can all…

Remember when I declared that I was working on making this year my best ever? Well, I’ve been dissecting that a bit trying to uncover what it would take for me to feel truly accomplished in 2016 and I during that process I found that my idea of  “accomplishment” has drastically changed. For quite some time career recognition has been a huge priority in my life. (Second only to being a good mom, natch.) That was pretty much it for me. I got my identity from my job and what I accomplished. And while I always want to do an excellent…

I feel the need to address the elephant in the room… ME. Yes, me and my lack of updating lately on this site. I know, I know. I made this big ole announcement about how I had found my blogging voice and how I was super excited to be writing again and then I was eerily silent. I’ll spare you the sordid details but it involves travel soccer, archery lessons, white knuckling it through the end of the school year and a coworker leaving. (Good times!) I was still writing for Pursuit Of It All but not as much as…