Wednesday, January 09, 2013

My FitBloggin' session with Margo, and special podcast TODAY

I'm excited to report that I will be speaking at FitBloggin' 2013. I will be co-presenting with Margo of Nacho Mama's Blog. We will be leading a discussion about "Getting Back from Gaining Back."  I am really looking forward to it.

Neither of us have attended FitBloggin' before, but I have been wanting to go. Both of us proposed similar sessions, and Roni contacted us to see if we would be willing to join forces.  We have never met or even spoken to each other on the phone, but we are about to change that today. We will be doing a special episode of her podcast live at 6 p.m. Eastern Time (3 p.m. Pacific). Here's a time zone converter if you want to join us live.

Ever since I heard that we would be presenting together, I have been catching up with Margo's most recent podcast episodes and blog posts. I am really enjoying the podcast. She is a Weight Watcher who is this close to her goal weight. It sounds like we originally joined Weight Watchers around the same time. She seems to have gotten pregnant every time she got to her goal weight. I had different reasons for regaining: Grad school, a demanding job, etc.

As of this morning, I am 28.2 pounds from my goal weight. I realized I hadn't posted a picture in a while, and I wanted to help Margo (and my readers) visualize where I am and where I'm going. First, I tried the awkward take-a-picture-of-myself-in-the-bathroom-mirror approach:

That didn't work all that well, so I got a friendly-looking stranger to take a picture of me while I was out on my walk today. I wanted a picture where I looked happy, because I am. One of the keys for me moving forward has been letting go of all the nasty self-talk about regaining and moving forward in a positive, self-compassionate way, which includes lots of exercise, fresh air, and healthy food.

The only picture I could find of me at goal is the one below, taken almost 10 years ago at COSI, which is a kids' science museum. I'm on a prop bike that is there for pictures like this one. What I loved about the way I looked and felt was that I always felt ready for anything. That's my real goal.

I hope you will check out the podcast, either live or later on. And, if you are going to FitBloggin', please come participate in our discussion, which will be all about dealing with regain and moving forward in a positive direction by finding sustainable, healthy habits.


  1. I'm so excited for you! And the photos are great, even the awkward ones you took yourself. You look fit and healthy. Speaking at FitBloggin' will be a wonderful incentive for you to stay on track with the healthy behaviors you've been implementing already. I'm VERY happy for you!

  2. SO excited for you Jen! Such a great idea for a session. Wish I could be there! Looking forward to the podcast :)


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