In September I will be releasing a new ebook, Lean for Life, the last diet book you’ll ever need. I thought I would give you a little sample of the intro, my personal story, and why I decided to write it.
My journey to lean has been a long one.
I was a happily chubby kid. Growing up with two older brothers I understood that ice cream should be served in large bowls with plentiful scoops, and cookies should be eaten by the dozen.
During my teenage years my body weight evened out, but like many young women I looked at myself with a fine microscope and chose to find flaws. When I moved to Ireland at sixteen I felt like I had very little control over my life and turned to food. I developed an eating disorder and dropped thirty pounds below my healthy weight. Continue reading
My mom sent me this great article recently.
I teared up on #17. She has helped me get through a lot.
I am so grateful for my mom and all of the lessons she’s taught me in life. It got me thinking that I hope I’ve taught her a thing or two in return.
Here are 20 things I hope to teach, or have already taught, my mother:
We sit outside, under the glow of a heat lamp, a bottle of Prosecco and an heirloom tomato salad between us.
I’m struggling to look up. Unexpected tears are building in my eyes and I don’t want him to see. We’re talking about marriage casually, and feelings I didn’t know I still held on to are coming to the surface.
I try to explain without completely losing my composure that yes, even after walking away from one, marriage is important to me. I believe in celebrating finding someone you want to spend your life with.
Las Vegas is another world.
It’s like Disneyland for adults. Everything you’re told to be careful with is there in abundance – sex, alcohol, gambling, and 24 hours of stimulation.
I just returned from a work trip to sin city. Surprisingly, I feel more relaxed that when I left. Turns work trip with a large group of beautiful women was exactly what I needed. Continue reading
I am well known for my love of snacking.
In university I remember my French teacher stopping mid-lecture “You’re eating again?!”
Every job I have, no matter what the circumstances are, I find a way to eat well.
I wasted many of my younger years denying my body proper nutrition. Now eating well is an important act of self love and care for me. It also keeps me energized, mentally alert, calm and happy. When I forget to eat throughout the day I’m often plagued with mood swings, anxiety and fatigue. Continue reading
My cousin says that I’m a renaissance woman.
A renaissance woman is defined as a woman who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.
It is also a generous way to say that I have been a bit all over the place in my career. I see life as an education and I am always excited to learn new skills. Because of this I have been everything from a waitress, a chef, a nanny, a producer, a travel writer, a skincare advisor and more.
While I envy those who excel at one thing, I am trying to see the benefits of my multiple careers. For one thing, I have learned a lot, and I have respect for every job choice out there.
So why not share with you? Here are 10 lessons from doing well over a dozen jobs…
Today I finally finished Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide program.
The program is 12 weeks long, but I started in February and completed the program at my own pace, combined with my own diet plan (with recent help from my amazing friend Kristin) and workouts with Jenny.
It’s funny to say I did.
Because in a way, a couple of years ago, I walked away from what I had thought was love. So much so that I signed it on paper, made it official, declaring I wanted to spend my life with one person.
But when I walked away I decided to love myself. To acknowledge that things weren’t right and that it was worth finding the courage to admit I was wrong. To start life over. As one. Continue reading