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3 Ways to Stop Feeling Shame About Your Weight and Body

A few weeks ago, I got married. It was a beautiful day. Even though I wasn’t the best bride in-planning (thank you, now husband!), I had a great time with lots of laughs and some very good stories. A couple of those stories are that the back closure of my dress popped off and I broke a chair  – ha! After the wedding, I was joking with a girlfriend that thank god my body image issues are behind me. If they weren’t, my breaking a chair and busting through my ...

Dropping the Idea of How “IT” Should Look: YES. It’s Possible for You.

  Here, I was. On the side of the road. In my hometown. Being pulled over for driving 5 miles above the speed limit (eye roll). As the officer came up to my car, asking me why I was speeding, I apologized. I told him I didn’t realize I was speeding and that I was just trying to make it to my yoga class on time. He asked for my license and registration and walked to his car. He came back shortly, handing over my license and registration.   Officer: ...

When a Comment About Your Weight is Made…

Just as I was walking back from dinner, my girlfriend shot me a text about a comment someone made on my new Facebook profile photo. “Jane Doe’s {name changed for privacy} Facebook comment? I mean come on. Don’t ask that on Facebook.” I had no idea what she was talking about. I deleted the app a couple months back. But, my girlfriend had me intrigued … and a little concerned. What in the world could have been said? I downloaded Facebook and saw the comment… It was from a woman, ...

Be The One Who Shows Up

When I was 16, I wanted to work at this restaurant called Java Grill. It was a burrito joint that did burgers, smoothies, and coffee drinks. It was a seat yourself, grab your food behind the counter kind of place. It was about a 20 minute walk from my house and I could get tips. I wanted a job and I wanted my own money.  So, one random summer day, I went in and applied to be a counter person. Right after I handed in my application, I was told ...

The Truth About Losing Weight & Finding Love

In my late teens and early twenties, I was obsessed with counting calories. I didn’t even see food. I saw calories. In other words, I was entirely focused on calories. So calories were all I saw. In my mid-twenties, I’d obsess whether or not the new guy I was dating liked me back. Here, my focus was on someone else’s feelings (or lack of them) for me. And since I was insecure and fearful of being alone, all I saw were signs that my new romantic interest just wasn’t that ...

Dating & Want to Throw in the Towel? Read This.

A few years ago, the man I thought I’d marry, dumped me like a hot pancake. One unexpected night, he shared the news with me at our kitchen table that he was no longer in love and the next morning he was gone. I wouldn’t see him again until a month or so later when we overlapped briefly in our moving out schedules with a heartfelt, tear-felt “goodbye.” I had thought I was (hands raised, pumping with joy in the air) forever done with dating. After this scenario, that just ...

Here’s the Tool I Use Daily to Stop Being So Mean to Myself

What do you tell yourself? One of the first things I have new clients do is start paying attention to their thoughts about themselves and their body. How often are you assuming or making up stories? Would you talk to your daughter, sister or mother the way you talk to yourself? When you 1st start tuning-in to the thoughts and stories you’re telling yourself  – it can be exhausting and super scary. THIS is part of the process. Remember, you can’t really tackle something unless you’re aware of it. And ...

Don’t Quit, Rest.

I just finished up my 12th move in the last 13 years. Crazy. But beautiful at the same time. It’s a running joke in my family that my cat has moved more than most people. Some moves were for love. Some were for education. Some were for heartbreak. Some were for a change of city. And some were just for moving on. What each move has taught me is how to let go of what was and enjoy the new now. Resiliency so to speak.   It’s this resiliency – ...

The Blame Game: Do You Have it All Wrong?

I’m in the middle of recording my course, Ditch the Diet. Get MORE. And let me tell you, with two dogs randomly barking, a cat who likes to follow me around everywhere, a fiancé coming in and out, and with a microphone that picks up every little movement, sound, and flip of paper … recording is taking much longer than anticipated. Every opportunity I get for use of a quiet office space or dogs being removed from the home (or walked!), I jump on it, like a spot in ...

The Real Reason You’re Not Achieving Your Goal

The other day I was sitting at my desk. Fuzzy socks on. Sweats rolled up. Giant coffee mugs everywhere. Notebooks open. Curly hair piled high … Thinking. No – that’s a lie – I was more like on the verge of overwhelm… But with a brief meditation session and the words from a past mentor ringing in my brain –  don’t get lost in your goal, focus on your actions –  I brought myself back down to a grounded space. With those words, I flipped myself around like a hot ...