Putting the Focus Back on YOU

Putting the focus back on YOU. #shrinkingjeans

As a mother of four boys, I know the struggle of trying to find time for you. It has taken me almost 13 years to finally figure out that not only am I worth the time and effort, I owe it to myself and my family to do what I can to be the best me that I can be. Now let’s be clear, that “me” … [Read more...]

JuneYears Resolutions

JuneYears Resolutions

Funny thing about that month of June. While I'm personally partial to it (ahem, it's my birthday month!), one can't help but notice that at the same time June is ramping you up for summer, she is also bitch-slapping you in the face because the year is half over. HALF. OVER.!! Remember back in … [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...]

90 Days Until 50

90 Days Until 50 #shrinkingjeans

In exactly 90 days, I will turn 50 years old! The age that I've always thought of as officially being OLD! The age that most people think you've lived half your life. The age of "over the hill" and "black balloons" (and believe me, if any of my friends decide to surprise me in this way there will be … [Read more...]

Toot Your Horn Tuesday

Toot Your Horn Tuesday

Hello, fellow Shrinkers. How've you been? It's Tuesday which means it's the day of the week we celebrate the big and small victories that we've experienced lately on this journey of ours to get fit and healthy. We often get fooled into the notion that success is only measured by what the scale is … [Read more...]

Toot Your Horn: What Are You Proud Of?

toot your horn: what are you proud of this week?

It's Tuesday and time to toot your horn! In case you are new around these parts and have not a clue what I mean when I say "toot your horn" let me take a minute to explain myself! We are here to encourage you and help you in your health and fitness journey and one way we do that is by letting you … [Read more...]

The Older Sister / Fitness Inspiration

Fitness Inspiration

Being the older sister here doesn't mean that I know it all. As a matter of fact, some days I feel like I know very little about this quest for health and fitness. But, some days I find inspiration in all kinds of places. Today's post is inspired by a former preschool mom who is on her own quest … [Read more...]

Motivational Tips for Whole30 and more!

dock-oceanSJ

***I was sitting in front of my blank computer screen trying to come up with ideas on what to write about for this post and had NADA, NOTHING! Nothing was coming into my brain. I had originally thought I might do a Vlog but decided I didn't feel like listening to my graveling, congested voice and I … [Read more...]

Let’s Get Some Motivation

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Back in the early days of Shrinking Jeans, we used to have something called The Monday Project. Almost five years ago today, our assignment was to make a motivation board. The idea was to make something that you could look at to remind you of your goals and to keep to give you motivation when you … [Read more...]

Dear Me, 2015

Dear Me, 2015

  For several years we did monthly (or weekly) projects and for a couple of years we had "Dear Me" letters assigned to us to write by the lovely Christie O! I'm revisiting the idea so that we can sit down this week and write a Dear Me letter. Here are the guidelines. Have fun with it, but … [Read more...]

New Year, New You: Weight Loss Challenge Kick-Off

New Year, New You: Weight Loss Challenge

We are now five days in to the new year! You've had your Christmas cookies, your midnight toast, and your hangover munchies... now it's time to get serious about YOU. New year, new you! We want you to bring your best self forward during 2015, and we are here to help you do just that with a brand new … [Read more...]

Kicking off 2015: Challenges, Goals, Changes

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So, we're already FOUR DAYS in to the New Year. How's it going? How are you feeling? How are those goals and resolutions looking? I have yet to jump into anything - my own personal detox will start tomorrow....the same day I start back at work AND classes start again. I thought I may as well pile … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Attainable

5 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Attainable

The Psychology of Resolutions Lots of you are probably reluctant to, once more, make a New Year’s Resolution to improve your fitness. You’ve done it before only to see the motivation lessen and the old habits right back in place by mid-January. Why set yourself up to fail? But consider this - … [Read more...]

Time To Think

gir_armscrossed_thinkingSJ

    Christmas was just hours ago (or maybe you haven't had your celebration of choice, yet) but it's the end of the year and a lot of us like to use this time to think about the progress made over the year and the progress we want to make in the upcoming year. I know that this final … [Read more...]

Five Lessons I Learned By Not Training for a Race

Five lessons learned by not training for

This is a post about lessons learned when you are not looking to learn a darn thing. It can apply to runners, walkers, anyone really who has ever felt "I'm not ready for this" or "How did I get myself into this mess?" About a month ago, I ran the Across the Bay 10k. If you're not in the … [Read more...]