WNY Bucket List: Time to Relax!

Health & Wellness, Writing

Breathe in deeply. Welcome to January and a New Year! Along with the regular resolutions we all start off the year with, eating better, getting more exercise, starting yoga or mediation, same story different year. Why not start off this year with a smaller commitment, one you can easily accomplish with minimal efforf and make […]

January 11, 2018

Doctor Appointments

Health & Wellness

After seeing a commercial now about for the 27th time about 3D mammography at Roswell Park I feel like the universe is reminding me, I’m past my checkup date. Dear God does this commercial play every hour? I haven’t even had the TV on all day! Sigh. Damn it. I’m listening. But see that’s the […]

January 2, 2018


Health & Wellness, Personal

So. I have diabetes. Type 2. I was officially diagnosed in the beginning of the year and I’ve pretty much been sitting around for the last 11 months embarrassed and ashamed. THIS IS ALL MY DOING. I COULD HAVE STOPPED IT. I’ve been told for years, at least the last five years that I’m pre-diabetic. […]

December 1, 2017

Mental Health IS Physical Health

Depression, Health & Wellness

I just saw this sentence come through on Twitter: Is mental health just as important as physical health? Mental Health IS Physical Health.  I don’t understand. The brain is a part of the physical body, right? Why have we not moved past this already? This should not be a conversation. It should just BE. If […]

November 5, 2017

Mental Health Screening Tools

Depression, Health & Wellness

Mental Health Screening Tools Oy vey. Despite knowing what my results would be today, because it’s been a rough few weeks. I took this depression screen test that I saw come through the Mental Health Association of Erie County Facebook feed. Same one you get at a doctor’s office, the questions are familiar and ingrained in […]

September 6, 2017

Health Reminder

Depression, Health & Wellness, Mind and Spirit

Health. Ugh. This. Hit. Hard. Today. I’ve had a VERY BAD week. Monday was the worst. Bottom crawling, called doctor to make appointment. Tuesday/Wednesday I slept a lot. A lot, a lot. Naps after work that really just meant going to bed at dinnertime and waking up to play on Twitter before sleeping again. Today? […]

August 31, 2017


Health & Wellness, Mind and Spirit, Personal, Synchronicities

I woke up this morning with myself on my mind. SELF CARE IS NOT OPTIONAL. IT’S NOT SELFISH. IT’S NECESSARY. NO APOLOGIES NEEDED. This is a lesson I’ve been coming around to learning the last few years. It’s ESSENTIAL. Why do I find myself feeling guilty or apologetic when needing to take care of ME […]

August 7, 2017


Health & Wellness, Randomments

VAGINA! First of all, really? Surveys have found that between 35 and 65 percent of women are uncomfortable saying the word “vagina” –It’s 2017 — ‘vagina’ should be a part of our everyday vocabulary I don’t really understand why someone would be uncomfortable with a word, that’s the name of a body part. Leg, hand, head, heart, liver, vagina…penis, eyeball. All […]

July 8, 2017

Weight, Weight Don’t Tell Me!

Health & Wellness, Personal

I’m an idiot and I totally deserve how I’m physically feeling right now. It’s almost like I unconsciously willed myself to it. Funny how the world works, eh? Weight, Weight Don’t Tell Me! Over the last year one of my very best friends has been on an inspiring weight loss journey. As in close to […]

July 3, 2017


Health & Wellness, HWMMS, Synchronicities

Synchronicity: Sometimes you get a wink, not from the Universe, but from a friend. I’m listening. (Or at least trying…) Perfect example of Synchronicity? Me desperately wanting to find my FitBit to start wearing again, blogging about it, having my cousin invite me to a weekly challenge and still not finding the FitBit—only to have […]

April 16, 2017

Gut Punch

Family, Health & Wellness, HWMMS, Personal

Gut Punch. You know that feeling. That punch you in the gut feeling of just BAMYESTHATSITGULP. Well, I just experienced it. And I think I know why I’ve been so obsessed with watching the Kennedy story. Just now, I finished watching “After Camelot” “Have a family it’s the only important thing and the thing that […]

April 10, 2017

Me, Myself and?

Health & Wellness, Personal, Synchronicities

I? Me, Myself and I Somehow four months have gone by. My goal for this coming year was to focus on Me, Myself and I. One of the most important parts of this equation meant getting healthy. I was losing weight, taking baby steps. Wearing the fitbit, drinking extra water. And then BAM I hit […]

April 8, 2017

Mirror, Mirror

Depression, Family, Health & Wellness, Personal

Mirror, Mirror. And Just Like That Off the Roller Coaster. I really hate myself sometimes. I start doing good things for myself and moving forward and then I hit a wall, get stuck in the muck and erase any forward progress. it happens all the time. It happens with healthy eating, healthy habits, writing…you name […]

April 2, 2017

Menstrual Migraine?

Health & Wellness, Personal

I’m 43 years old. I’ve had my period since I was, oh, geez—Summer between 6th and 7th grade? Or 7th and 8th? HOW DO I NOT KNOW THIS? I know it was right before going to a pool party at my friend Heidi’s house. And I was terrified of Toxic Shock Syndrome and tampons, so […]

March 15, 2017

Bikes? YIKES!

Health & Wellness, Personal, Synchronicities

I can’t make this up. AND THIS IS WHY it is SO SO SO important for me to be keeping track of these things instead of just letting them pass on by. One of the million things going through my head last night before falling asleep, ok, early morning because I did not fall asleep […]

March 1, 2017


Health & Wellness, Personal

Zap. The world is making my brain hurt today. Warning. It’s gonna be one of those duck and hide and sleep and leave me alone weekends. Yeppers. There’s this one “line” in my brain that keeps pulsing with a zap, sort of like pain, but not really, more annoying. Upper right side.

February 17, 2017

Tests. No More Avoiding.

Health & Wellness

No more avoiding. Today, the tests begin. Journey to a healthier me. Save

December 30, 2016


Health & Wellness, Mind and Spirit, Personal

AAARRRRRRUUUUUGH! I’m currently one penguin feather away from losing my ever-loving mind right now. I just might throw my phone/laptop/computer/car keys—so I can’t drive to a computer— in the toilet so no one can contact me until after the New Year. AND I have a mean headache on my lower right side of my brain. […]

December 28, 2016

The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health

Books, Health & Wellness

The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health I’ve been listening to this book on Audible and I’m completely fascinated by the content. Not surprised mind you, despite my state of unhealthy morbid obesity I read A LOT about natural and healthy living. This […]

December 11, 2016

All Things Jennifer Favorite Things: Fitbit

Health & Wellness, Shopping

In the interest of taking care of myself, knowing I’m beyond woefully neglecting my health… I just ordered this. I was doing REALLY well with challenges a few months ago and then ye ol’ Fitbit I thought I resurrected from the dead, bit the dust. Flex 2 also tracks SWIMMING. And when you are a […]

November 28, 2016

Fitbit Time!

Friends, Health & Wellness, Shopping

Fitbit Time! Inspired by my friends Elise and Mike, I’ve started wearing my Fitbit again to get moving. Anyone else out there? Come friend me and let’s cheer each other on! Funny aside…when you accidentally type in your weight 100 pounds less than what the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale,states, you get lots and lots […]

June 13, 2016

Life goal…

Health & Wellness

Life goal…not dread going to my yearly doctor appointment because I continue neglect my health and personal well-being. To face the shame, disappointment and complete inability to take care of myself sends me into a tailspin every single time. Believe it or not outside of morbid obesity and the evil depression, I’m sort of healthy. […]

June 7, 2016

THIS is What Depression Really Looks Like

Depression, Health & Wellness, Personal

Depression. My friend just shared this link and as I read and scrolled through each photo, I started to cry and cry. This Is What Depression Really Looks Like But of course, people experiencing depression, anxiety, and many other mental illnesses often look exactly like somebody who isn’t, as we found when we gathered stories and […]

March 18, 2015


Depression, Health & Wellness

DEPRESSION SUCKS. I WISH PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THE DIFFERENCE between being sad over stuff and clinical depression. Dealing with both at the same time, sucks. Physically not being able to get out of bed and feeling like not existing—not the same as being sad over stuff. It’s not just people I loved died. It’s not just […]

February 21, 2015

Feng Shui for Fertility

Health & Wellness, Home Sweet Home, Mind and Spirit

The other day I was browsing one of my favorite websites, mine! Bwhahahahaha. No really. I stumbled upon this old blog post about Bedroom Feng Shui from a few years ago. This came at the perfect time because our current bedroom happens to also be full of clutter and I need to seriously go through […]

January 19, 2015

Immune System Building Plan

Health & Wellness, Personal

Immune System Building Plan I’M SICK OF GETTING SICK! Here’s the DAILY plan. Once I can you know, walk without being in pain and coughing! 30 minutes of exercise. No. Excuses. Henri wants to take walks. Drink half of body weight in water. I fell out of this after I stopped working. Green Smoothies. Must […]

July 6, 2012

Top Three Most Painful All Things Jennifer Physical Aliments (To Date)

Health & Wellness, HWMMS, Personal

Top Three Most Painful All Things Jennifer Physical Aliments (To Date) 1. 2009.  Swine Flu. I do not wish this upon my enemy. 2. 1997. I remember having an earache that hurt so much I THREW the bottle of ibuprofen into my housemates bedroom because I seriously thought I would take the entire bottle if […]

July 6, 2012