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Want to Feel Loved, Successful & Confident? Do These 3 Things

I’ve been going to yoga just about every day for almost 3 years now. I still can’t do a flying half moon pose … or lots of other poses for that matter. And you know what? It’s fine. I don’t really care. But, I do care that I show up. That I try, have fun, connect with myself, and walk out of that room feeling less in my head space and more in my heart space. You see, even being a yoga teacher, I’m still a student in every way ...

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 ...

If “Off-Limit” Foods are Sabotaging You, Read This

Peanut butter used to be my “vice.” I always wanted it, but never let myself have it. At the time, it just didn’t fit into my self-imposed diet plan. It was too high-calorie. Too small of a portion size. Too much fat. During my time in-between undergrad and grad school, I used to waitress and bartend at the Harvard Club. Bartending always threw me for a loop because I never knew any of the drinks customers were ordering. If it wasn’t wine or a martini … I’d be asking the ...

Body & Self-Love Advice Every Woman Needs

The other day I received an email from a reader that hit me hard. It echoed so many of the same thoughts and beliefs I had at her age. But more importantly, I think so many of us echo these same thoughts and beliefs –  at any age. If you’ve ever felt like your body was holding you back, your body wasn’t good enough, or your disordered relationship with food and your body image was taking over, keep reading. This one is for you.   THE QUESTION (names removed to preserve ...

4 Ideas to Let Go Of if You’re Struggling With Losing Weight & Loving Yourself

4 Ideas to if You're Struggling With Losing Weight & Loving Yourself
Getting healthier and losing weight is a big decision. It’s something you show up for daily. It’s a commitment, a conscious choice, and let’s be honest – it takes effort. The funny thing is that we’re conditioned to think that it’s mostly physical work that goes into achieving a weight loss goal – exercising more, choosing healthier foods, cooking more, etc. And yes, all of these things definitely do make for a healthier you and are important (no doubt), but the real crux of the work for lasting change is ...

Are You Exercising the Wrong Way?

  It was dark out. I was exhausted. And was just about to step off the train from a 12-plus hour day. I so badly, just wanted to go home, rest, eat, and call it a day. But, I had packed my gym bag that morning and there it was, hanging over my shoulder, nagging me to workout. The thoughts raced through my mind: The only workout you ever regret is the one that never happened. No pain, no gain. Excuses are for quitters. So, instead of going right, I ...

Are Your Beliefs What’s Really Keeping You Stuck in Dieting Craziness?

  We all have beliefs, stories and thoughts that make us who we are today. Sometimes they hold us back; sometimes they propel us forward. Which do yours do for you?   Mine were holding me back… I remember it like it was yesterday. But it was over 12 years ago now. It was about 9 p.m. on a Friday, and I was hungry (so hungry). So, I ate the only thing I had around, which I wasn’t petrified of eating this late – a 100-calorie pack of fat-free pretzels. ...