Focus on the good

It’s a bad habit most of us have, especially when it comes to our bodies. We look in the mirror and immediately focus on what we don’t like about ourselves....

Chasing after J. Lo

It was 2005. I was a sophomore in college at Florida A&M University. I tipped the scales at around 230 pounds. It was the most I had weighed in my...

Exposing “old love affair” to offer hope

I opened up to a room full of strangers about an old love affair, with my husband in the audience.  Now, the video is online for all the world to...

Pack your patience

It’s 2017 and many of us are off to a running start to tackle, once and for all, those weight loss resolutions. You’ve researched the best fat burning exercises and...

Be stronger

The other day while walking the aisles at Walmart, a t-shirt in their fitness department stopped me in my tracks. It said “BE STRONGER." At first glance, you might think...

A perfect mess

“You’re allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” That quote from Sophia Bush brought me so much peace when I saw it the other day....

Shhh! Your body can hear you!

Take a deep breath this morning, and reflect, on you. What thoughts come to mind? Are they positive? Encouraging? Or are you already beating yourself up for not doing this...

Dropping pounds? Pay it forward!

It was a joyful inconvenience. Every morning as I got ready for work, I would throw on dress after dress.  It seemed many of them got bigger and bigger as the weeks...

Mama Jennifer on a journey

My awesome mom, a math teacher back home in Louisiana, spent a huge chunk of her summer vacation with me in Virginia in 2014.  Instead of filling her days away from...

No finish line… workout evolution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQxI7cJYnX4 When I took the first steps on this weight loss journey, it was painful. Literally. With nearly 270 pounds on my 5'2 frame, my back was often in unbearable...

TV family helps me complete workout challenge

Love is a verb. It's one of my favorite sayings.  I have seen it in action from my family, friends, and colleagues at News 3. When I was promoted from...

Motivation on the go!

Lately, podcasts and audio books have been huge sources of inspiration and motivation for me on this journey.  Then I realized, I've been holding on to a stash of my...

Decide to Live Podcast!

I am so excited to officially launch the Decide to Live Podcast! If there were an emoji that showed confetti, pom poms, and a two-step all in one, it still wouldn't...

Decide to Live Podcast: Speak it into Existence!

It's hard to see the big picture when you're in the middle of a health and fitness battle.  You bust your  butt and wonder where in the world is the...

Meet Jessica Larché

“Your story is the key to unlock someone else’s prison. Don’t be afraid to share it.” I'm Jessica Larché, and I'm on a journey to inspire all of us to...

Overcoming Anxiety | Decide to Live with Jessica Larché

  Therapy is normal, needed and it changed the course my life. It took an abrupt encounter with anxiety and a panic attack while I was live on the...

Don’t Judge a Book | Kristen Crowley on Decide to Live with Jessica Larché

Kristen Crowley's unlikely path to morning TV news, and recent decision to walk away after 12 years, reflect the mother and fitness enthusiast's mantra, "I am built to do...

Defeating Depression | Ariane Aramburo on Decide to Live with Jessica Larché

The “Decide to Live with Jessica Larché” online talk show is AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW! The first episode of the season, “Defeating Depression,” features fellow morning news anchor, postpartum depression...

Rejection is a Blessing | Decide to Live with Jessica Larché

Tears make you tough

You know that saying, “There’s no crying in baseball”? I don’t know if they ever tried to lose 100 pounds and keep it off (I’m batting at an 85% success...

Celebrate the setbacks!

“The journey of thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu When I first read the wise words of this Chinese proverb, the message encouraged me to have...

Letting go: A lesson from my magic fightin’ gloves

They are ripped, torn and barely holding on. Yet, I cannot seem to part with a tattered treasure in my life. A pair of black and red weightlifting gloves has...

Actions over feelings

Most days, I set myself up to be motivated, positive and excited about tackling my job, my journey, and my life. I roll out of bed and into a gratitude prayer....

Count it all joy!

There’s a beautiful becoming process in any journey, especially when it comes to improving your health and wellness. I don’t mean just a physical difference.  I’m talking about a spark...

Words of wisdom for your journey

July 2022 marks 10 years on the journey that saved my life. The last decade has been filled with joy, pain, love, laughter, growth, vulnerability, fear, courage, setbacks and success....

Flax “Fried” Chicken

On my way home from work, a familiar, sultry, spicy scent hit my nose. I was passing by Popeye’s, and it was clear they were frying up a new batch...

Exposed: My first year of marriage

When my (incredible) husband and I celebrated our first year of marriage in 2017, we asked each other to use one word to describe our first year as Mr. and...

Can you spare 2% of your time?

Two percent of something doesn't sound like much, right? Think about it. If someone asked you for two percent of your lunch, you would probably pass that spoonful right on...

A Lesson from Lady Gaga

The onslaught of body shaming aimed at Lady Gaga after her 2017 Super Bowl performance set me off. There were people on the internet calling her fat. Apparently, it isn’t...

Time to cut ties

It’s the big break up that has been brewing for much of 2016. I have been in denial about this toxic relationship for months now.  The time has come to...

Yummy low carb mac ‘n cheese

Good food feels good to the soul, and there's no better time to dive in than Thanksgiving.  However, if you're like me and have a history with food, Turkey Day...

Push or pull?

During my workout the other day, I was flipping a huge tire up and down the street.  By huge, I'm talking 275 pounds. Then it dawned on me. I used...

The seed of gratitude

I was at a crossroads in my life several years ago.  I wasn’t sure where my career was headed. Do I stay or do I go? Where does God want...

None of your business

I saw a quote from motivational speaker Jack Canfield that struck a chord with me. He said “What others think of you is none of your business.” That’s easier said...

Play the cards you’re dealt

While on social media the other day, a post from a celebrity trainer caught my attention, made me think, and re-evaluate how we view our journeys. Jeanette Jenkins' post read...

Honeymoon hiccup

A hiccup on my honeymoon taught me a lot about love, marriage and my journey. My husband Sean is a gift from God. My best friend. My deejay on demand....

Lessons from my Daddy

My Dad left a smile and a whole lot of love with each and every person he crossed paths with in his life.  His laugh was huge.  His heart was...

Forgive like your life depends on it

When we think about starting a health journey, we focus on diet plans and gym routines. But when I started my journey years ago, God showed me there was something else...

Love is all you need

Many people ask me what’s my secret to losing 100 pounds over the years. Is there a special diet? Workout regiment? Here's the real deal: there is one very special...

Let us run with endurance…

Along any weight loss journey, plateaus are inevitable.  No matter how many calories you count or miles you run, there will come a point when the scale will not budge. ...

Do it because you can. Do it for Dante.

Finding the motivation and desire to exercise can be a tall order some days. The excuses to skip a visit to the gym or walk around the neighborhood are always...

The race is not given to the swift

In the picture on the left, I had just completed my very first Crescent City Classic 10K in New Orleans.  At nearly 260 pounds in 2010, walking the 6.2 mile...

Decide to live

The mirror is often the first place we become inspired to launch our weight loss journeys.  We notice the extra bulges here and there.  We poke and prod and frown and turn...

How to handle the holidays

The holiday season is truly the most wonderful time of the year.  Family.  Friends.  Food. More food. Even more food. Did I mention the food? I did? Okay.  Just making...

Get out of your own way

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate... Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us..."...

How a lie became the truth

I admit it. I lied.  I did it with a straight face. I lied because the truth was too painful to speak. Eventually, that lie became the truth. I was...

How to support your friend’s wellness journey

The journey toward health and fitness can be a lonely and difficult one sometimes.  Surrounding yourself with the right people can help make all the difference. At the end of...

Spaghetti squash saved my life

Spaghetti squash saved my life! Not literally, but spaghetti squash did manage to save me from my pasta cravings. For years, I had pasta in nearly every dinner.  Ground turkey,...

You can have rice and eat it too

If you’re from the South like I am (New Orleans born and raised), rice is staple in just about every tasty meal you can think of. Jambalaya. Crawfish etoufee. Red...

Falling in love with flaxseed

It wasn’t love at first sight (or taste) but eventually, I fell in love with flaxseed. My blood pressure and blood sugar are thanking me for this love affair. Our...

The problem with “before and after” labels

When you start to lose weight, and it’s clear to everyone that you’re making progress, the side-by-side pictures comparing your heavier self to your more slender physique seem like a...

How a folding chair turned my day around

It’s a warm weather task many of us dread. I honestly avoided it altogether before I started my weight loss journey a few years ago, but in the summer of...

The blessing of this burden

For years, I was at odds with God about my weight struggles. Why is this my burden?  Why couldn’t I have a super-fast metabolism like other people who can eat...

The hope of starting anew

You're ready to take a leap of faith and embark on your wellness journey. Congratulations! Deciding to live is half the battle. So, where do you start?  I could list...