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Operation Hibernation

With darkness settling in earlier and earlier these days I’m tempted sometimes to just crawl under the covers and wait it out till spring.

Well, that’s not gonna pay the bills, so I’ve gotta come up with a new plan.

Time for some cozy time by the fire. Yes, it’s only 7:30pm and I’m already in my PJs … don’t judge me!

Just because I’ll be getting into my jammies a little earlier doesn’t mean I won’t be doing my workouts every day and making my best possible food choices. Since my weight loss transformation, "indulgence" now means doing a candlelight yoga class before bed rather than hitting the snooze button and skipping my workout or sipping on a seasonal coffee drink.

Speaking of which, check out the post I did this week about those ubiquitous pumpkin spice lattes. I was shocked to see how much sugar was in even a tall skinny one. Yikes!

And maybe it’s because fall is more quiet and contemplative, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about how our emotions affect our health. "Finding grace on the broken road" is a thought-provoking look at practicing self-compassion and acceptance. Hard-earned lessons for this recovering perfectionist.

Now that my book is out (Have you got your copy yet? Click here for the print or ebook versions!) I’ve been up to my eyeballs in media interviews. Below you’ll find links to a recent Bellevue Reporter newspaper interview, an AM Northwest (Portland) television appearance, and a radio spot on John Carlson’s morning radio show. More to come this next week, too!

And now you see why I’m curled up in front of the fire by 7:30pm!

Have a happy, healthy (and cozy) week!

– Marilyn



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TV Interview: AM Northwest Portland

AM Northwest appearance September 25, 2015 [WATCH]


Radio interview: John Carlson KVI

Recorded September 28, 2015 [LISTEN]

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