Honeymoon hiccup

A few weeks ago, I married the love of my life! My husband Sean truly has a heart for God, and a sense of humor that keeps me in stitches. ...

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....

Lady Gaga and the “not enough” syndrome

I’ve had to take a deep “woosaw” nearly every day this week since the Super Bowl. Not because my team didn’t win (maybe next year, Saints), but because of the...

Journey anniversary: 3 keys to staying on track

This week marks a huge milestone on my health and fitness journey. It has officially been five years of getting my life together! Seriously, the last five years have been...

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...

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...

Actions over feelings

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

Count it all joy!

Count it all joy! There’s a beautiful becoming process in any journey, especially when it comes to improving your health and fitness. I don’t mean just a physical difference.  I’m...

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...

Can you spare 4% of your time?

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

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...

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...

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....

Push or pull?

I'm going to ask you a simple question that could decide the direction of your life. Push or pull? During my workout the other day, I was flipping a huge...

The seed of gratitude

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

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...

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.” Now, that’s a...

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 should look at our journeys. It said...

Forgive… and get fit!

When we think about starting a weight loss journey, we immediately think about diet plans, and hours at the gym.  All the sacrifices to get in shape. But when I started my...

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...

Love yourself enough to lose

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

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 workout can seem difficult at times.  The excuses to skip a visit to the gym or walk around the neighborhood are always within reach....

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...

Choose 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...

Getting 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. Nearly a decade later, that lie has become...

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...

How to help your friend lose weight

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

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, spaghetti sauce, parmesan cheese, cheddar...

You can have rice and eat it too

You can have your rice and eat it too! Well, sort of… If you’re from the South like I am (New Orleans born and raised) then you know rice is...

Falling in love with flaxseed

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

Don’t call it ‘before and after’ picture

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

Losing weight has been an issue my entire life. Even in my childhood years, when I was extremely athletic, the extra pounds seemed to stick around. For years, I was...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Lessons from my Daddy

My Dad was the kind of man everyone wanted to be around, all the time.  He left a smile and a whole lot of love with each and every person...

Exposed: My first year of marriage

My husband and I recently celebrated our first year of marriage.  Woo hoo! We asked each other to use one word to describe our first year as Mr. and Mrs....

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