Podcast Love

I love to listen to a podcast. I prefer it over listening to music. I enjoy people talking to me, or at me since I can’t actually talk back.

Anyway, I love Podcasts and I’ve been listening to two different Weight Loss related podcasts religiously. Months ago, I wrote about my love of the Half Size Me podcast. I still love it! Listening to Heather interview people who lost the weight and are keeping it off is absolutely inspiring. Heather has an incredible story and a wealth of knowledge and experience herself. I love listening to her. Heather, if you’re reading this, I feel like I know you and I appreciate you!

Alongside the Half Size Me show, I’ve recently started listening to a podcast called Primal Potential. It’s truly fascinating. I’m just getting to know Elizabeth and I’m hanging on every word. She’s also got years of experience and a wealth of knowledge on nutrition, how food and hormones work, and excellent strategies to put into place.

If you’re in the market for encouraging and helpful weight loss related podcasts, I definitley recommend these two. They are different in content (one is interview based and the other is informational based), but share the same message — habit change over time for lifelong sustainability and maintenance.

Honestly, I need other people to listen to these podcasts like I do so we can talk about it. Happy listening! -JJ



20 Ways to Distract Yourself When You Want to Snack

After spending a lovely 2 days with the cutest toddlers in the world, I learned something about parenting. I am not a parent, so when I say this you’re probably going to be like “Who doesn’t know that?”

I picked up on the fact that parenting is all about distractions. If the baby looks like he’s about to cry, divert his attention to another toy or quickly start talking to him about something else. My cousins are pros at creating distractions.

That got me thinking. Avoiding certain foods / living on a restricted diet is kind of the same thing. If I’m craving a cheeseburger, going to get in my car to drove to Sonic, and having a mental tantrum*, then I need to distract myself with something else.

*a mental tantrum is when the irrational part of your mind is screaming at you telling you that “one cheat meal won’t kill you!” or “you deserve a cheeseburger!”  Have we talked about how mental this life change is?

Basically, I’m comparing myself to a toddler.

In the spirit of distractions, I thought I’d share some ways that I’ve distracted myself from feasting on the wrong foods:

1. Pick up your favorite hobby. My favorite hobby is crochet. Yes, I’m an old lady.

10400802_10203359567851765_967675508299630354_n2Pick up your 2nd favorite hobby. Sometimes you don’t want to do your favorite hobby, so you need a backup hobby. My backup hobby is scrapbooking. I’m a big Project Life fan!

11709735_10204793629782417_2215781619523200207_o3. Clean Up. The simple act of picking up the trash in the living room leads to tidy-ing the living room which leads to vacuuming the living room. If I’ve got the vacuum out I might as well vacuum the rest of the downstairs. If I’m vacuuming the dining room, then I need to tidy up the dining room. See? This one just builds and builds. Pretty soon you’ll have your whole house clean and you didn’t cheat! Win Win!

11081341_10204115161981146_3889354301598844598_n4. Clean Out your Closet. A couple of evenings ago it wasn’t quite dinner time and I had already eaten my snack for the day. I needed to be as far away from the kitchen as possible. I spent an hour and a half cleaning out the dress side of my closet. Instead of watching the clock and waiting for dinner time I had a hands on activity that was actually pretty fun.

5. Go for a walk. As long as you don’t walk to a restaurant. Or a popsicle stand.

6. Text a friend. Tell them about your cravings, then ask them how their day was. Common courtesy.

7. Read a book. Or a Magazine. I recently read It was Me All Along and it was wonderfully inspiring. I also have the new Martha Stewart and Molly Makes magazine on my coffee table.

11411702_10204798194136523_6772038552515612928_o8. Daydream. Picture how you’ll look and feel when the weight is gone. I spent a lot of time mentally distracting myself with how things are going to be at this time next year.

9. Go buy supplies for your favorite hobbies. If you don’t want to actually do your favorite hobby, looking up new ideas to do with your hobby and buying fun supplies usually does the trick for me. Thankfully, I have relatively cheap hobbies.

10. Research new recipes. Just because you’re not actually eating right now, doesn’t mean that you can’t plan what to eat later.

11. Hang out with a friend. Sometimes just texting a friend isn’t enough. Invite them over, go to a coffee shop, or invite them to Hobby Lobby. Who doesn’t love meandering around HL?

12. Start a new show on Netflix.

13. Make your Bed. This could technically tie in with number 3, but it could also be separate.


14. Drink a glass of water.

15. Work on your iPhone photography. 

16. Encourage someone over social media. Look through your favorite hashtag and encourage a stranger.

17. Create a progress motivation plan. Lose x amount and you get a prize. Spend a little time dreaming of what your prizes could be!

18. Read through some blogs centered on something you’re interested in.

19. Look at this Pinterest Motivation Board!

20. You could always eat lettuce.

Maybe you don’t have to distract yourself as much as I do! Do you have any other ideas on distracting yourself from snacking? I’d love to read them in the comments! – JJ

Ideal Protein in Real Life: The Beach Trip Edition

As most Southern girls do, I love going to the beach. There’s something magical about leaving your phone in the room and getting lost in a good book while baking in the sun. I even like the smell of sunscreen.


A major lesson that I’ve had to teach myself is how to stay on track while on vacation. I’ve done it before (twice!) and I can do it again. In the past two months I’ve lost weight during a beach trip and a road trip to Dallas.

Typically our beach trips consist of breakfast in the room, hang out at the pool / beach until lunch, come up to the room for a sandwich, go back outside, come back inside to get ready for dinner, go out for a fabulous meal, go get dessert, snack until bed time. Unfortunately, that is not the best way to stay on track.


In preparation for my upcoming beach trip, I thought I’d share some tips on how to stay on track while at the beach!

1. Get Mentally Prepared

This is KEY to getting through the trip on plan. For me, I know that I’m going to be tempted by fried shrimp and snacks in the condo. I’m already coaching myself on saying no to old temptations. It may sound silly, but visualize yourself in situations and coach yourself through saying NO.

2. Bring your own food

The best way for me to stay on plan is by bringing my own food for breakfast, lunch, and snack. I’m not just talking about Ideal Protein products. The day before you leave cook up a bunch of vegetables and pack them in an insulated lunch box or bag. That way you aren’t stranded only sipping on a protein shake while everyone else is piling up their sandwiches. You’ll be living large with your vegetables!

3. Stick to Grilled Food when Eating Out

The first thing I want to eat when I’m at the beach is fried shrimp. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Shrimp is Phase 1 approved, but not fried shrimp. Most seafood restaurants offer broccoli or asparagus as a side. Order grilled shrimp or fish with a side of broccoli and skip the french fries, bread, and corn.

4. Focus on Yourself

The most challenging part of vacations is eating with other people who probably aren’t on your diet. When you’re the only one who isn’t eating french fries, burgers, or shrimp po-boys, it really does a number on your mind. There’s a little voice inside your head that says things like, “everyone else is doing it. one little bite won’t hurt. you’re on vacation! don’t be so strict.” That voice can be really convincing.

Focus on yourself. Focus on the food that is on your plate. Eat slow. Take small bites. Drink a lot of water. Eyes on the Prize.

I want to pause for a minute and talk about treating yourself on vacation. It’s totally fine to treat yourself on vacation! It’s just not fine for me to do that right now. I need / want to be committed to my program for the whole year. That includes vacations. I need to prove to myself that I am strong enough to make good choices while I’m on vacation.

5. Travel for Experiences not just for the Food

Vacationing is not just eating in new places. It’s all about experiences! Focus on enjoying the feeling of your feet in the sand instead of the burger you want in your hands.

Like I mentioned above, I want to stay on plan during my beach trip because I need to prove it to myself that I can do it. Am I going to deprive myself forever? No. Once I’ve lost the weight and in the maintenance phase (Phase 4), I’ll be able to splurge on vacations because I’ll be eating well during normal life. You better believe I’ll be eating a  Fried Shrimp Po-Boy when the time comes!

Do you have any other tips for staying on track during a trip to the beach? – JJ

Bonus — this is one of my favorite pictures from a beach trip last year!