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...]

Traveling Athletes and Gas Station Nutrition

Traveling Athletes and Gas Station #shrinkingjeans

Are you among the many athletes, referees, coaches, athletic trainers, and support crews—including parents, partners and siblings—who spend too much time on the road, traveling from one sporting event to the next? If so, your food budget is likely tight, your encounters with unhealthy foods are … [Read more...]

What makes a good coach?

What makes a good coach? #shrinkingjeans

Have you ever worked with a coach?  Have you participated in an online support group for your weight loss or athletic goals?  My guess is, if you are here at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, you probably have in some way, shape or form.  While I've never hired a "professional" coach, I've … [Read more...]

Wednesday Check-In!

Wednesday Check-In!

  Happy check-in day, Shrinkers! It's time to see how we did this past week, so strip down to your birthday suit (you know you weigh-in naked!) and step on that scale. If you had a loss this week that's great; if not, don't get upset. Remember, we count all the accomplishments we had … [Read more...]