I Need a Challenge

I need a challenge

There are times when I find myself in a rut. I get to a place where I just hit that proverbial brick wall and can’t seem to move anywhere, with anything. My problem is always finding that boost to get me over it. What’s your brick wall? Is it food? Time? Energy? How are you tackling the … [Read more...]

Yoga for the Morning

Yoga for the Morning #shrinkingjeans

A few weeks ago fellow Sisterhood writer Ann wrote a post about the benefits of waking up early. I use to love waking up early but now that I’ve given up my daily coffee fix, I’m finding it harder and harder to get up and out of bed. And the longer I stay in bed in the morning, the later into the … [Read more...]

Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Runner

Top 10 Ways to Annoy a Runner #shrinkingjeans #running

I took to the interwebs for a little blogging inspiration, thanks to a suggestion by my friend, Megan, at our last race.  We had a very positive experience (both running quite well and the race was nicely organized) but we still had little things that annoyed us during the race.  Since I "run" in … [Read more...]

Exercise in the Morning: (Trying to) Rise and Shine

morning exercise

We are in the middle of the summer and where I live it's been hot and sticky. Hot and sticky makes it tough to keep up my regular activity level. Who wants to sweat in an exercise session when you are already sweating in a house that lacks this modern marvel called air conditioning, or for those of … [Read more...]

The Unintentional Workout

The Unintentional Workout #shrinkingjeans

Have you ever had an unintentional workout? I think you know what I mean – you started out doing something that should be easy to accomplish, and before you know it, you’re knee-deep in sweat and wondering how you ever got into the situation you’re in. It happens to me more often than I like to … [Read more...]

Sisterhood Shots: July Photo-A-Day

Sisterhood Shots Photo-A-Day

The 1st of the month means a brand new edition of Sisterhood Shots! This is a fun and creative way to document your weight-loss/fitness journey or an awesome addition to what you have done so far. Grab your camera and make our photo-a-day part of your daily routine. If you’ve not participated in … [Read more...]

Dealing With Hip Pain: My Latest Setback

hip pain

Full disclosure: this is a little bit of a venting session. Sometimes I feel like a 27 year old trapped in an 88-year-old's body. I've always been extremely active and enjoy exercising, playing sports and living a healthy lifestyle. I've been relatively healthy my whole life, but there are times … [Read more...]

Fighting stagnation

Fighting Stagnation

In December 2014, I weighed 15 pounds heavier than I did when I gave birth to my daughter nearly two years previously. It wasn’t that big of a deal – 15 pounds isn’t that much, right? Well, that’s true – but it’s also not true. Fifteen pounds can be a lot – especially when it’s 15 pounds away … [Read more...]

How Depression Can Derail Your Fitness Efforts

Depression and exercise

Everyone experiences times when they’re sad or blue, and times when motivation to exercise seems hard to come by. But if the sad times or blue moods last a long time and start interfering with your ability to function, you may be depressed. If depression is something you’re struggling with, if … [Read more...]

Sisterhood Shots: June Photo-A-Day

Sisterhood Shots Photo-A-Day

Welcome to the June edition of Sisterhood Shots! It's the time of year to be outside and get active! If you're starting a weight-loss/fitness journey, or you're in the middle of one, Sisterhood Shots is a great way to help document your journey. Each day, use the photo prompt list to capture a … [Read more...]

13 Latin Songs to Spice Up Your Workout

13 Latin Songs to Spice Up Your Workout #shrinkingjeans #playlist

I would like to share with you a Latin Workout Playlist.  But first, let me give you a little history. Back in the day (my much younger, pre-marriage days), I was a salsa dancing queen. I loved hitting the dance floor with my bestie, who happened to be fluent in salsa and merengue.  I was not … [Read more...]

YOU Are My Inspiration

My Mosaic Submission #M3489403

As the co-founder of the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, my goal when this site started back in 2008 was to inspire and motivate women to take control of their weight so they could live healthier lives. I had previously lost a significant amount of weight, and remembered how long and lonely the … [Read more...]

Thinking Out Loud: Making Changes

Thinking Out Loud: Making Changes #shrinkingjeans

Before I get into this post, I need to emphasize that I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, personal trainer, or anything like that.  I'm just a normal girl trying to figure everything out just like the rest of you.  Before you start any kind of diet or fitness program, consult with an expert. That … [Read more...]

Sisterhood Shots: May Photo-A-Day

Sisterhood Shots: May Photo-A-Day

The May edition of Sisterhood Shots is ready, and we can't wait to see what you capture through the lens of your camera in May! Our photo-a-day challenge is a great way to help document your weight-loss/fitness journey, and if you have been on your healthy journey for a while, this can be a great … [Read more...]