Anxiety is normal. kinda. Plus! My diet. NEVER EASY!

Thanks Dr. Drew for always making me feel better. You are a terrific doctor!

Dieting is a constant way of life for me… and frankly for most of my friends too!
I have maintained my weight loss so far for about three years. And it takes great effort.

the black clothes didn't really make me look thinner.

the black clothes didn’t really make me look thinner.

There are days I eat healthfully- meaning fruits, vegetables plus lean protein and other days I put so much garbage in my mouth I cannot believe it.

Food shame still exists for me as does my love of the poptart.

One thing I have found that works well for me lately [Read more...]

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5 years later, my mom is still dead.

My mom: October 2007 and late June 2008

My mom: October 2007 and late June 2008. She died July 8, 2008

Crying in my bed because 5 years later, my mom is still dead.

While she is frozen in time at 65 years old, I am getting older.
My once excellent eyesight has changed.
I need glasses.
Like really.
Things sometimes double when I look at them.

I went to the eye doctor- ok I went to two eye doctors, spoke to a third at length on the telephone , emailed my cardiologist, and texted with another general practitioner about my concerns.
I did this, because like my mother, I have anxiety that makes me somewhat hypochondriacal.

And also ever so slightly crazy.

I admit to being a touch crazy because my mom was two touches crazy.
I am proud to have that part of her in me.

All doctors thus far have said my eye issues are due to aging mixed with stress and exhaustion. I need glasses with prisms in them to help my tired eyes focus.

So I took some of my mom’s glasses and had my prescription lenses put in.
I put these glasses on, these glasses that once belonged to my mother, and I can see.
Truly remarkable.

One pair of her glasses is red and kookie.
I love these. They feel extra comfortable on my face.
Like when I am wearing them, she is with me.

so what if they're a bit big for my face!

so what if they’re a bit big for my face!

My mom would be so happy to know [Read more...]

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MORE book recommendations from listeners and audio of my cardiologist @DrYaghoobzadeh talking heart disease!

THANKS  to everyone who called into my show a couple of weeks ago to give book recommendations! These are terrific!

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

The World of The End by Ofir Touche Gafla

Lexicon by Max Berry

No One Could Have Guessed The Weather by Anne Marie Casey

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews

The Last Summer Of The Campersdown by Elizabeth Kelly

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour M. Hersh 

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

The fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The Three Day Affair by Michael Kardos 

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger


Here’s audio of my awesome cardiologist Dr. Yaghoobzadeh talking heart disease and James Gandolfini.

just jenny with cardiologist dr. yaghoobzadeh 06.20.13

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Happy Father’s Day Daddy. I LOVE YOU!

My dad and me this past spring!

My dad and me this past spring!

My dad has two moods: happy and hungry.
That’s slightly simplified but for the bulk of my life it did seem that way.

Whether or not my dad was having a richer (or tougher work and/or) emotional life- he made sure we believed all was well at all times.
And for the most part it was.
Some would even say we (my brother, sister and I) had a magical childhood- complete with the adequate dysfunction of every household yes, but magical none the less in many ways.

For instance, how many 6 year olds get to sit in a recording studio while Dolly Parton is recording what will be the GIANT hit “Here You Come Again?!”
Not many, but I did.
In fact, Dolly Parton got to know me so well (because of my dad!) that she told me “Jenny one day you’ll be a star..”
I’m still working on that one Dolly!
We got to watch while Barbra Streisand strummed her guitar during one of our vacations at her house in Malibu.
We got to do a lot of really extraordinary and fabulous things because my dad took us with him while he was doing the extraordinary and fabulous things. [Read more...]

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