Cheating Ourselves

A trip to New York City is always energizing, but the visit I recently returned from was an especially exciting adventure. I went with the four winners of our “Mommy Movement Challenge”, a weight loss/lifestyle competition in which moms throughout Southern California were encouraged to form teams and lose weight following our Lean for Life […]

Creating “Chances To Change”

When people ask what I do for a living, I rarely say I run a company that offers a medically-supervised weight loss program. Instead, I tell them I’m blessed to be in the business of helping people improve their lives. That’s true because the changes that result when people lose weight and improve their health […]

Finding Inspiration

When I recently attended the Orange County Business Journal Women in Business Awards, I expected to be inspired. As one of the judges for this year’s competition, I had already reviewed the nominations of 214 remarkable women. I struggled to narrow my selections down to a “top ten,” and when I saw the secret list […]

Everyday Superstars

You’d think after 25 years of seeing people become Lean for Life, very little would surprise me. But there is something that does. I’m constantly amazed and impressed by the generosity of the many men and women who succeed on our program and then write or call us, offering to share their success stories in […]

Walking the Talk

“How many of you love your children?” I was speaking to a group of parents at a middle school about raising healthier kids, and the response to my question was predictable. Every parent in the room raised his or her hand. “Then why are you killing them?” I asked. The expressions on their faces changed […]

“Go and Make It So”

Success is rarely a random occurrence. Our thoughts—and what we visualize as possible for ourselves—are incredibly powerful. Last weekend, I attended a baby shower for my niece. The nautical-themed invitation suggested that instead of including a card with the gift, guests consider bringing a children’s book with a special message written to my niece’s soon-to-arrive […]

The Benefits of Moving More

I come from a long line of strong women who lived full, active lives. My grandmother, Nanny, was a woman in constant motion. She lived to be 95 years old, and I think she would have made 100 if my grandfather, the love of her life for 71 years, was still living. I vividly remember her […]

Inspiring Moms to Get Healthy and Become Role Models

Writing a book is an incredible journey. It starts with an idea and evolves through a long, often challenging, always exciting process. It ends with a tangible, finished product that you—and hopefully many other people—will hold in their hand. Writing and publishing a book like The New Lean for Life is the first phase. Letting […]

Get Your ZZZs:Snooze To Lose

Did you know that sleep—or a lack of it—can impact your weight as well as your overall health? Studies show that nearly one-third of American adults get less than six hours of sleep a night. This is significant—and a real problem with potentially serious consequences. A team of researchers from the University of Chicago found […]

Conquering “Sit-itis” By Moving More

Do you have any idea how many hours a day you spend sitting? I recently asked a friend that question and she was quick to respond: “Hours? Sitting? I don’t have time to sit around doing nothing!” I assured her I wasn’t accusing her of being lazy and explained that I was actually asking a […]