You’ve done it, I know you have, so don’t even try to deny it. No surprise, so have we. In this episode of The Naked Broad View Jill and I discuss good gossip (yes, it can be helpful to vent to a trusted friend!), bad gossip and the ramifications of both.
Does wearing makeup and coloring your hair negate your feminist ideals? What’s the difference between a lipstick feminist and a stiletto feminist? In this week’s episode of The Naked Broad View Jill and I tackle some of the questions that feminists battle with among themselves and discuss how this impacts our everyday choices. Listen in!
From newscasters behind the anchor desk to sports reporters in locker rooms, women in the media are clearly held to a different standard of attractiveness than are their male counterparts. But beyond this double standard, there is an even darker side to the way female reporters are harassed and threatened for daring to express their views. […]
It’s 2016 … Can we say anything anymore without someone being offended??? Is that true, or is it just that groups of people who had previously been marginalized and silenced finally have a voice? Listen in to this week’s Naked Broad View podcast as Jill and I discuss the important distinction between being personally offended […]
Oversharing – what Jill and I refer to as “emotional vomit” – can put a tremendous strain on a friendship. But where does it come from, and why? If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of oversharing you know how uncomfortable it makes you feel, but frankly I’ve also been on the giving end […]
All day, every day, there’s a dialogue going on in our heads. As we interact with others that voice tells us how to interpret other people’s actions, comments, even their mannerisms and body language. We’re sizing them up, basically. As we do so we’re evaluating all of those behaviors vis-à-vis ourselves; that is, “Why did he say […]
Even in 2016 we still hear rape victims blamed for their actions, as if somehow they were “asking for it.” “She shouldn’t have gone to that bar alone.” Or “She shouldn’t have dressed that way. Doesn’t she know how slutty she looks?” Listen in as Jill and I discuss why these outdated and harmful attitudes […]
In the 9 years since I lost 120 pounds I spent most of it NOT indulging in cheat meals. (And truthfully, expending more than a little bit of energy judging those who did.) But I’ve done a complete 180 on cheat meals within the last six months. In fact, I’ve reversed my position entirely on this […]
Most of the time we don’t blink an eye at gender-specific products: women’s deodorant that smells like baby powder, shaving cream (which probably comes out of the same giant vat) in the blue can vs the pink can, and of course the uniquely pungent Axe body wash. But as Jill and I started talking […]
As part of my recent “Personal Empowerment Project” Jill challenged me to push outside my comfort zone and do something that really intimidates me: eating out alone! What I discovered is that, despite my fear of looking like a conspicuous loser, doing things alone is actually pretty liberating. In this episode of The Naked Broad View […]
We joke about it and it’s the subject of innumerable country western songs: the overprotective dad who threatens bodily harm to his daughter’s date when he shows up at the door. But is it funny? Is he just being a “good dad” keeping young suiters in line? Or is there something else going on below […]
Go ahead, ask me how much Audrey makes me laugh. Good grief this girl is a riot! In this episode of The Messy Middle Audrey and I talk about how we eat, day in and day out, after each having lost 120 pounds. What does it take to lose the weight and keep it off? […]
Admit it, you’ve done this before. You’re on a date and you order the salad (dressing on the side, please) because you think it’s more ladylike and therefore more acceptable. As women, we internalize so many messages that society levies against us. One of those messages is that a big appetite is unfeminine and therefore unattractive. […]
Talk about a loaded word … Say the word “feminism” in some crowds and it’s like yelling “FIRE!” in a crowded movie theater; everybody runs for the exits. But what does it really mean to be a feminist in 2016, and what are feminism’s origins? Despite the recent “I don’t need feminism because …” campaign, […]
THE MESSY MIDDLE is back! Audrey and I have each lost 120 lbs and in this episode of The Messy Middle we talk about the role of exercise in our weight loss journey … and Audrey confesses to the ONLY New Year’s resolution she’s ever successfully completed. (Spoiler alert: it involves running a 5K in […]
Elizabeth, or Beth, or Liz, or Lizzie (her name changes depending on how much she weighs) is the central character in the book 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, by Mona Awad. The title caught our eye, but the text is what got us talking. Listen in as Jill and I discuss our […]
Welcome to the premiere episode – both audio and video – of The Messy Middle. My partner-in-crime (or sister in psychosis, as she so graciously refers to me) is Audrey Slade. Audrey is … how shall I say this … freaking amazing! As a young mother, she left an abusive marriage with nothing but her […]
Women are earning more than ever, though women who work full-time, year-round still earn only 78 cents on the dollar compared with men, and during the last decade little improvement has been made in closing the gender wage gap. While broader issues of wage fairness are vitally important, when Jill and I sat down to talk about […]
New research shows that the quality of our friendships affects not just our happiness and overall mental health, but our longevity. Pull up a chair as Jill and I talk about why we believe in the power of female friendships and why these relationships deserve just as much attention as our romantic ones.
In this week’s episode of The Naked Broad View, Jill and I discuss the recent flap about Amy Schumer’s statement after she dissed Glamour magazine for including her in a piece they did on “Plus Size Women Who Inspire Us.” Amy’s reaction – and the ensuing media firestorm – raise some interesting questions about the […]
Yes, “living authentically” may be a cliché these days, but we know someone who does it in the most hardcore, badass way that we just had to have her on our show. In this episode of The Naked Broad View, Jill and I talk to Stephanie Earling, a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, and tattooed […]
As women we’re conditioned to be polite and deferential, but at what cost? Whether it’s in the workplace or in our personal lives, women are taught that asking for what we want is too aggressive so our communication style ends up being wishy-washy, leaving us hoping that people will figure out what the hell we’re trying to say. […]
There’s a method to our madness … with food, anyway. In part two of our interview with yoga instructor and eating psychology coach Elisa Jordan we break down the 11 phases of eating psychology. Each stage can be beneficial, but it’s easy to get stuck in one phase at the expense of balance. Listen in […]
Jill and I sit down to talk with yoga instructor, eating psychology coach and former opera singer (Wha??? Yep!) Elisa Jordan. Elisa has been up and down the scale, and up and down the body image and self-worth roller coaster. In this episode of the Naked Broad View she shares how she came to find […]
For years “plus-size fashion” meant frumpy clothes that we wore to make us look smaller. But what if “trying to look smaller” doesn’t jibe with your vibe? What if wearing cute clothes that express your personality is your right, no matter what size is on the tag? Jill and I say it’s more than time to […]
Even with all the gains women have made in breaking out of traditional roles in their modern lives catcalling is still a thing. In fact, its a daily fact of life for many. Are women just being “too sensitive”? The men who do it say they’re just acknowledging how beautiful a woman is, and what’s so […]
The experts offer conflicting advice about whether or not we should talk to kids about their weight, but either way only good things come of helping kids foster a positive relationship with their bodies. Teaching kids to love and appreciate their bodies for what they can do and how beautiful they are is the best way to pass […]
Why is it still okay to shame people about being fat? Is it really just because we think they’re unhealthy? But what do we really know about someone else’s health? Listen in as Jill and Marilyn talk about the prevalence of this phenomenon and how destructive it is, not so much to the person being […]
I recently had the privilege to sit down with Weight Watchers personal coach and leader Dale Snyder to talk about the new “Beyond the Scale” program. Listen in to learn what’s so smart about “SmartPoints” and why losing weight is just part of what makes this new program so exciting!
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What do you do when the people you count on the most for support are actually trying to undermine your success? Listen in as Marilyn shares strategies for how to deal with saboteurs, enablers and their antics. In this podcast Marilyn looks at: Who the typical saboteurs are What their strategies are What their motives are […]
Whether it’s the stories we tell ourselves about who we are or the stories we tell ourselves about those around us, the inner dialogue we have plays out in our heads all day long and affects everything we believe. Listen in to the third installment of The Naked Broad View as Jill and I discuss […]
A little bit of meal prep goes a long way when it comes to assembling healthy meals in a hurry. Busy weeknight dinners are breeze with Marilyn’s favorite tricks for prepping lean proteins, complex carbs and healthy fats ahead of time. In this podcast you’ll learn how to: Prep lean proteins for super-fast weeknight meal assembly […]
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Turns out, both health and happiness are an inside job! That is to say, we each control how happy and healthy we choose to be. Now obviously forces beyond our control can affect us, but how do we choose to respond? And how can we proactively maximize our own health and happiness? Listen in to […]
Maybe you just joined a gym. Or you’re determined to start going again after a break. You walk in and are faced with a sea of treadmills and other equipment. Not really sure what to do, you hop on a treadmill and push start. But a few minutes in you’re huffing and puffing, plus it’s […]
You’ve seen my posts about it … maybe you’ve even taken the food addiction quiz … but you’re still not sure. Do you have a full-blown food addiction? What is that anyway? Could the program help your obsessive cravings and out-of-control overeating? Listen in as I describe what the program is, what it’s not and […]
Confession: I have a lifelong fascination with competitive bodybuilding. The pictures I’ve seen of men and women up on stage, their physiques honed and chiseled to anatomical perfection, seemed like an alien species to me.“Who looks like that? And how in the world do they achieve it?” I wondered. And I’ll admit, I had a […]
I thought I had my body image issues licked after having lost 120 lbs., but then I realized something that shook me to my core. At that moment it occurred to me that I’d just transferred my sense of okay-ness from “I’m bad because fat = bad” to “I’m good because thin = good”. But shouldn’t we be striving […]
Obviously healthy living – moving my body, making good food choices, having meaningful relationships, practicing self-care – is really important to me. When you honor your values, you practice them all the time, including when you’re entertaining guests in your home. I recently threw a dinner party where I put this principle to the test! Listen […]
I was just coming off of one of those weekends when I recorded this podcast. You know the kind … dinner out with friends one night, a birthday party the next night, running errands all day Saturday and then a football game on Sunday (with snacks, of course!). What’s a healthy eater to do?!? Listen […]
I used to joke that I was a lifetime member of Weight Watchers … not because I’d ever reached my goal weight, but because I’d been dieting my entire lifetime. Maybe that’s just the nature of dieting; it leaves us feeling like time’s standing still … and we’re not getting anywhere. When I finally decided I’d had […]
What a kick to hang out with renowned Seattle chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau on their weekly broadcast “Seattle Kitchen.” Listen in as we talk about everything from the role of exercise in healthy living to ordering “off menu” to keep your restaurant meals as healthy as possible. What fun!
In an unexpected turn, I had to have emergency surgery to remove my lap-band last week. Listen in as I tell what happened and how I expect this to impact my healthy living journey for the rest of my life.
Where do you come down on the whole “lean in to change” approach? Are baby steps better than going “cold turkey”? Or should we rip off the band-aid and make all of the healthy lifestyle changes we need to make in one fell swoop? No surprise, I have an opinion. (Ahem.)
In the decades that I was obese, food became a quick fix in my stressful life that helped me cope with chronic dissatisfaction and unhappiness. It became an unhealthy substitute for true pleasure and contentment. Now I regularly practice self-care and have found this to be the best antidote to slipping back into my old ways. Listen […]
We make a joke out of it: over-the-top indulgent food. The more decadent it is, the better. The more ooey-gooey cheese or mountains of whipped cream or greasy patties stacked to the sky … the better. Is it because we’re obsessed with “getting our money’s worth” or are we chasing gratification in all the wrong […]
There’s a special place in heaven for yoga teachers, in my opinion. Roll out your mat and listen in as I talk to one of my favorite yoga teachers about some of the different types of yoga and the amazing benefit of making the mind-body-spirit connection.