Blog Post Index

  • Touching Others With Your Heart – Big Smooches Mary This lovely hand-made card was just part of an incredible gift sent by BC Mary S. ‘Be You BRAVELY’ could be our motto and sums up beautifully all I’ve learned doing COD. To express ourselves in truth and not hide because of size or other fears. This is true freedom, whatever our body goals may ...
  • Motherless Day Mother’s Day is Tough when you are missing your Mom Spammed by Deals for ‘Mom’ Part of our culture is spending money to celebrate each other and occasions. My inbox has been inundated with deals and last chance offers to honor Mom on her special day. I wish I could join a “Do not remind” list for ...
  • Blown Into Chaos by Devil Winds The Santa Anas wreaked absolute havoc in our yard. Do you ever get tossed by “Devil Winds” in your life? Here in Southern California, our Santa Ana Devil Winds lately tossed everything pell-mell and pummeled our back yard with leaves, branches and chaos. I felt the same inside. I am absolutely terrified by the sound, the shaking ...
  • Pondering DIScouragement and The Well-Worn Path Sometimes the well-worn path can be a good thing. Do you ever take words for granted? After listening to last week’s episode, it struck me how the meaning of the word ‘discourage’ is really all about whether or not we have courage. So I looked up the entry of its prefix DIS on Dictionary.com Dis- a Latin prefix meaning ...
  • Thoughts? More COD again? Hey BCs – Let me know what you think. Want to start up our conversation again? I think I have some new thoughts (and things to let go of) on my eating/body/bravery journey lately, but I HATE just talking to myself. Thinking about new weekly episodes, 30 minutes or less. Want to hear more? ...
  • We Were Tired of Eating at Home One of the last times I was with both of my parents. You can see Mom and I are peas in a pod. The opal necklace she’s wearing I gave her for her 60th birthday and she never took it off. Now I have it and can’t believe I’m almost to 60 myself. We Were Tired ...
  • Changing For The Braver – Celebrate Each Act of Bravery I celebrated doing two brave things by buying this crocheted butterfly bracelet and visiting the camellias at Descanso Gardens How Much Do You REALLY Celebrate Your Small Milestones? This was a question my acting teacher asked us in class. The process of acting can be scary, thrilling, emotional. It takes risk to reveal yourself on stage ...
  • Facing Future – Screw Fear – The Past is Passed! I like this photo. The look on my face reminds me of my iconic accidental selfie hiking shot that is the logo for this show. I see clarity and peace — not worry about my body, fears, or anything else. A moment to capture! Big Hugs and Smooches to those of you still using the ...
  • Merry Christmas! Unexpected Holiday Adventures This beer is SANTA size. I had no idea when we agreed to the large, that THIS is what it meant. Too big for me to drink all of it, could barely lift it. But it made me laugh and I loved our start to the night. Last Call! Send your audio in by the ...
  • The Purrfect Holiday Gift – Time Tiger looking THRILLED to have his cat-mama dress him up in holiday splendor. Hmmm, is this the equivalent of the crying kid Santa Photo? Holidays are CRAZY busy! OMG, my calendar is filled, filled, filled to the brim with events, shows, classes, meetups, dinners, friends, and other items of personal growth and holiday cheer. (I’ll let you ...
  • One day she decided to just be herself… Here I am pointing to my new daily inspiration. I found this magnet in a cool, hippy dippy, zen store on my way to stand-up comedy class. Check out the wonderful poet and artist who made my inspiring magnet, Marylou Falstreau So what does COMEDY have to do with it? Well BCs, since last we spoke/wrote/thumbs-upped on Instagram ...
  • Self Acceptance Takes Practice and Bravery I was inspired to take this shot by Demi Lovato’s recent spontaneous body acceptance-based, no make-up, nude photoshoot. I liked how my eyes look. I feel pretty even though I still weigh over 200 pounds. Self acceptance is about who you are, not what’s happening. What does Voice Acting Have to Do With Body Image? I’ve been ...
  • Whistle While You Heal – Update Post Show I drove down to the park for my first walk after all of my GI tests. It felt good to get outside, even though I was SHOCKED at how tired I was after. I was hoping to release a bonus show but… Medical concerns have taken precedence for me. Last week I had a full GI work-up ...
  • Learning Compassion for My Body Here’s a tongue in cheek photo of how it felt to accidentally learn my scale number after all of these months. But guess what, it was within one pound of what I’d guessed when I told the ER intake nurse my weight (they don’t weigh you there). So I guess I DO know my body ...
  • Angels Never Give Up Here’s a quick kiss for my furry angel, Tiger the Cat, from yesterday morning. A bit blurry because hard to selfie a wiggly cat! Life isn’t Always What You Expect If doing Compulsive Overeating Diary has taught me anything at all, it’s that life doesn’t always go the way you might expect. When I first decided to ...
  • Laurie’ s Guts Mark and me on an early morning bike ride in Ventura. Even by the ocean, it was HOT HOT HOT! This was taken right before I headed off to explore the urgent care options around Ventura – thanks to my guts. You gotta have guts to say good-bye! In English, having guts is the same thing as ...
  • Those Were The Days My Friend I have fun taking selfies from the podcast rock for show 120 Sometimes you just have to go slow I was having SUCH a time editing all of the little features and writing the transitions for the last show that I despaired ever getting out and actually recording it. The task loomed larger than usual in my ...
  • Still Here, Show Not Out, Blame it on the HEAT… Or is it something else? Ahhh sweet relief. Dang AC going out during a heat wave. Get ready for the ‘I’m TOO dang HOT WHINEFEST of SOCAL!’ Where the F is the Last Show Laurie? Ok, ok, I know that most of you aren’t even CLOSE to being as critical of me as I am of myself. You know, schedule hell, get ...
  • Zero Hour – Last Day to Participate – How Does it Feel? Close up of writing group founder, Samantha, and me right after she read her story, the Collector, for the last show. As you can see from my hair style and outfit, I had no inkling that Sam would ask Mark to take photos for her. But then again, it was a good moment to remember, ...
  • Mark’s Birthday and Countdown Reminder – Aug 8 is the Deadline to Say Good-bye Mark is in his happiest place – snapping photos of the beach while bike riding in Ventura. We had SO much fun in Ventura for Mark’s Birthday https://instagram.com/p/5yLyGEp1tc/ Weird to Travel Unplugged I deliberately went to Ventura sans computer and recorder. I wanted to focus on Mark, the moment, and to just rest in the downtime vs. my ...