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THE moment that led to my 35-pound weight loss.

THE moment that led to my 35-pound weight loss.

Mommy, look! I took a picture!”   My little Emily was so full of joy, proudly showing me a photo that she’d snapped with her daddy’s camera. A photo of me. In a swimsuit.   To her? It was a work of art.   To me? It was disturbing.   This was eight years ago, and…

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If I’m so smart, why can’t I lose weight?

If I’m so smart, why can’t I lose weight?

It’s a really good question.   It’s also the title of a book that changed my life — written by a woman named Brooke who went on to become my personal weight loss coach, then friend, and later, my business collaborator.   So many women wrestle with this question.   I hear the pain, the…

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5 really good reasons to stop dieting, forever.

5 really good reasons to stop dieting, forever.

I’m a huge fan of safe, sane and permanent weight loss.   Dieting? Not so much.   I define “dieting” as “a way of eating that is un-joyful and unsustainable.”   For you, that might mean “the Atkins program.” For somebody else, it might mean “going Paleo.” Or “South Beach,” “going raw-vegan” or “doing a…

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What if I told you …

What if I told you ...

What if I told you about an industry that openly and unapologetically abuses women … and girls?   An industry that …   : Provides dangerous misinformation. : Damages women’s physical, mental and emotional health. : Actively encourages women to starve, punish and repress themselves. : Increases your risk for nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, and…

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Trying to change your life … and struggling? The must-do step you might be skipping.

Trying to change your life … and struggling? The must-do step you might be skipping.

Back when I was a personal development virgin, I hired a very smart coach.   When I told her that my number one goal was to drop 30 pounds and get back to my pre-baby body, she said:   “Great goal. Let’s start here: what’s one part of your day that you’d like to change?”…

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Got the backslidin’ blues? How to reboot a good habit that’s been slipping away.

Got the backslidin’ blues? How to reboot a good habit that’s been slipping away.

Confession:   My morning routine has been a little out-of-whack, lately.   Now that my teenagers are on summer break — and don’t need to ride the “mom-taxi” to school every morning — I’ve been allowing myself to sleep in, long past my usual wake up time.   For a little while, it felt pretty…

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Valuable feedback … or just noise? Three questions to help you tell the difference.

Valuable feedback … or just noise? Three questions to help you tell the difference.

“You’re sharing too much about your personal life on your blog. It’s inappropriate.”     “Those shoes are way too colorful for a job interview. Totally unprofessional.”     “Do you really think THAT’S how you’re going to land a husband?”     Whether you’re running a business, looking for love, working on your body,…

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Still don’t believe that more FUN = more MONEY? Crankypants: read THIS.

Still don't believe that more FUN = more MONEY? Crankypants: read THIS.

People: working yourself to the bone is a terrible business model.   It’s a surefire recipe for burn-out, and your best (and most profitable) ideas rarely arrive when you’re stressed, panicked, exhausted or chained to your desk.   And yet, despite my constant preaching, most of my clients & friends refuse to believe that more…

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Want more courage? Create some new “firsts.”

Want more courage? Create some new “firsts.”

Remember the first time you rode your bike down the street, without training wheels?   Or the first time you swam all the way to the deep end of the pool, and back?   Or the first time you got a real, grown-up apartment — all on your own?   Or the first time you…

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“What feels most like LOVE?” The question that led to my 35-pound weight loss. (And so much more).

“What feels most like LOVE?” The question that led to my 35-pound weight loss. (And so much more).

My little Emily was six years old when she picked up her daddy’s camera and snapped a photo of me in a swimsuit.   “Look, mommy,” she said proudly, showing me her work of art.   I looked at the image and wanted to delete it, immediately. It literally made me feel sick.   I…

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