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Walking the Talk

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”

“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

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

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

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

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 […]

How A Box Of Cookies Inspired New Book

How A Box Of Cookies Inspired New Book

When I tell people that a box of cookies led to the creation of The New Lean for Life, they often think I’m joking. But it’s true. In 2012, one of our Lean for Life patients returned from a vacation in Paris with a gift for me—a box of gourmet dark chocolate European tea biscuits. […]

A New Year,  A New Book!

A New Year, A New Book!

It’s an exciting time of year!  Not only are the holidays in full swing, but we’re just days away from the official release of The New Lean for Life! And as I look forward to the New Year and all it will bring, I’ve also been reflecting a bit on the past. Before there was The New Lean […]

They All Won – And All Lost!

They All Won – And All Lost!

If you live in Southern California, you may have seen news coverage for Lean for Life’s “Battle of the Badges” finale, which took place December 4 at Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Headquarters in Monterey Park. The event marked the end of a weight loss competition in which two LASD teams—10 women vs. 10 men—faced off […]