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The podcasts episodes below are about creating better habits and becoming a better human! Listen in as Dr. Peggy and Jenny take on a new habits challenge every 30 days and share their insights as the challenge unfolds. They will also dig into the literature on habits to help inspire you to stick with your good habits and say goodbye to those habits that aren’t serving you. It’s time to work on improving the most important project you’ve got. That’s YOU! Let’s get after it!
In Episode 56, Jenny and I share our mid year 19 for 2019 list updates to that you can get an idea of how our goals for the year are shaping up so far. We also check in to see if we are living up to the word of the year that each of us chose back in January.
We get back to some of our regular segments including ‘You Win Or You Learn’ and ‘What Are You Diggin’ Lately?’ which we are tentatively renaming ‘Oooh Me Likey’
In Episode 55, Jenny and I continue our chat about motivation with Sean and Dave from Scotland who also have a podcast which is also called The Improvement Project.
We continue our random banter with all sorts of fun personal development tidbits as well as random hilarity. They are pretty great! We also answer another listener question about motivation to get up early to go to the gym.
In Episode 54, Jenny and I chat with Sean and Dave from Scotland who also have a podcast which is also called The Improvement Project. They are super fun and hilarious and we answer a listener question about motivation.
In episode 53 we wrap up a year of habit challenges. We will then give you a sneak peek of what to expect as we head into our second year of podcasting.
In Episode 52, Jenny and I celebrate one full year of podcasting by turning the microphone around to you the listener and asking you the question: What habit have you been working on in the last six months that has made you a better human?
In episode 50, we are doing a deeper dive into a recap of each month and each challenge of our year of podcasting and finding out which habits stuck.
Jenny’s diggin’ a houseplant called ‘Janet’ and I’m diggin’ a book called Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
In episode 50, we are doing a recap of our year of podcasting and our monthly self improvement challenges and revisiting why we started to do this podcast to begin with!
Jenny is diggin’ a skin care line called Ordinary and I’m diggin’ a menstrual cup called Lunette.
My win is related to cleaning out my closet and how it makes me feel like I can now accomplish anything and Jenny’s learn is related to her relationship with sweets.
In Episode 49, we wrap up our May monthly no complaint challenge. We ponder whether we even care about not complaining.
Jenny is diggin’ sleeping with the windows open and I’m diggin’ Mastermind groups.
Jenny’s win is related to making plans with friends and my learn is, yet again, related to my challenge to keep exercising on the regular.
In Episode 48, we share all the fun from our road trip to Detroit to see our online pretend best friend Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft at their live Happier podcast event.
We were soooo excited about every part of this adventure and in this podcast you’ll hear some of our random conversation in the car on the way there and back as well as some audio that we recorded in the event itself!
The audio isn’t great because we were in the car and because I was using the microphone from my iPhone. It’s still worth a listen though so check it out!
In episode 47, we check in to see how Jenny and I are doing two weeks into this month’s challenge where we are being mindful to stop complaining, criticizing and gossiping.
We explore how complaining might have some positives and then we jump into our book report which is Will Bowen’s book, A Complaint free world.
I’m diggin’ Chelsea Handler and Jenny’s diggin’ a netflix movie called Wine Country.
My win is related to healing up after my hot wax incident last week and getting some new headshots taken and Jenny’s learn is about making an intentional decision to change up a habit.
In episode 46, we check in to see how Jenny and I are doing so far with this month’s challenge where we are being mindful to stop complaining, criticizing and gossiping.
Then we share some compelling research about how complaining actually rewires your brain for negativity.
I’m diggin’ an episode of The Goop Podcast featuring Brene Brown and Jenny’s diggin’ a cool co-working space in St. Thomas.
Jenny’s win is related to getting back on track with her abstainer ways and no more sweet treats and my learn is related to an unfortunate hot wax incident.
In episode 45, it’s a new month and it’s time for a new challenge. This month we are going to improve our awareness about the words that we say and be mindful to stop complaining, criticizing and gossiping. We know that our words are a reflection of our thoughts and together they are extremely important in what we attract and the life we lead!
I’m diggin’ a TV show called The Fix that has a connection to our online pretend best friend Gretchen and Jenny’s diggin a Netflix show with Brene Brown called The Call to Courage.
My win is related to a pretty fantastic Duolingo streak and Jenny’s learn is related Easter candy overindulgence and getting back on track.
Book Report: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey – 044
In episode 44, it’s time for our book report. This month’s book is The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.
This book was instrumental in helping John and I take control of our financial situation and we hope that it will help you too!
We also check in to see how Jenny and I are doing with our 19 for 2019 lists. We are more than a quarter of the way through the year, so it checks out that we should be more than a quarter of the way through our lists. How are you doing with your 19 for 2019 list?
In episode 43, we are digging into the details of building a budget and how it isn’t so scary after all.
We also check in to see how Jenny and I are feeling about this month’s financial awareness challenge which is monitoring spending and creating a budget with the Mint app. I hope that you are playing along with us.
I’m diggin’ one of Gretchen’s podcasts and Jenny’s diggin’ a podcast by Brooke Castillo
Jenny’s win is about her new fireplace and my learn is a reminder to check in with your accountability buddy when the going get’s tough.
In episode 42, we are digging into how your past experiences with money can have an effect on your current financial situation.
We also check in to see how Jenny and I are doing with the new challenge which is monitoring spending and creating a budget with the Mint app. I hope that you are playing along with us.
I’m diggin’ Michelle Obama’s book Becoming and Jenny’s diggin’ non-alcoholic beer. (the reason why becomes clear when she shares her learn)
My win relates to John and I getting back to regular workouts and Jenny’s learn has to do with operating the BBQ after consuming some alcohol.
In episode 41, we start a new challenge and this month it’s time to take control of your finances. Jenny and I will be using the Mint app to monitor our spending and we will get serious about creating a budget. I hope that you’ll play along with us.
I’m diggin’ dairy-free ‘cheeze’ cake Jenny’s diggin’ the Netflix TV Show Russian Doll.
Jenny’s win is about changing her car’s tires and my learn is related to the powerful teacher known as pain.
In episode 40, it’s time for our monthly book report. This month’s book is by our online pretend best friend and it’s all about decluttering. Gretchen Rubin’s new book is called Outer Order Inner Calm and Jenny and I loved it. We both share our favourite bits and takeaways.
I’m diggin’ the fact that spring is finally here and Jenny’s diggin’ the new season of Queer Eye.
My win is related to tax time and Jenny’s learn is related to spending a birthday party with a bunch of energetic and not always cooperative 6 year olds.
In episode 39 we discuss how it can sometimes be hard to let go of certain items as you start the decluttering process. There are some very common questions and obstacles that people face when decluttering, and in this episode we are going to help you walk through them.
I’m diggin’ the resort where John and I went snowboarding last week and Jenny’s diggin’ a Netflix TV show called After Life. Jenny’s win is related to taking some time off last week and my learn is related to taking some time off from one of my regular habits last week.
In episode 38, we discuss how the first week of our decluttering challenge went and what we have been getting rid of. We share some stories and studies from the Rockstars of the Minimalism world who always have something cool to say about living life with less and how having less stuff really does make you happier. The state of your environment has a huge impact on your well being.
I’m diggin’ a book that John and I listened to on a recent road trip and Jenny’s diggin’ making bread. My win is related to improving a habit by hanging out with people who are better at that particular habit. Jenny’s learn is related trying to keep going with an exercise streak.
In episode 37, we introduce our March decluttering challenge which is all about doing our best to create inner calm through outer order. We introduce the book that we will be reading this month. Hint: It’s by my online pretend best friend
We share some staggering statistics about how much ‘stuff’ we all have and then we get into the details of how exactly the challenge will work this month as we play the MinsGame.
I’m diggin’ a new skincare routine and Jenny’s diggin’ a fun and silly group that sing songs that seem like they are for kids but we both find them entertaining.
Jenny’s win is related to (surprise surprise) decluttering and organizing her son’s closet. My learn is related being hangry and rude to John and then resolving to do better.
In episode 36, we wrap up our gratitude challenge by checking in with each other and reporting how each of us feels overall about taking on this habit this month.
In Habits Corner, we discuss the concept of ‘Imitating the Close’ and how the people that you spend the most time with have a huge impact on your habits.
I’m diggin’ an episode of the podcast Happier in Hollywood and Jenny’s diggin’ a Netflix documentary about Mr. Rogers.
My win is the fact that I’m back on track with learning Spanish with the app Duolingo after losing my streak a few weeks ago. Jenny’s learn is related to her attempts to intervene in her son’s nail biting habit.
In episode 35, we discuss how common it is that successful people practice the habit of gratitude. We list off some of our favourite online pretend best friends and what they do to practice gratitude.
We check in to see how our gratitude challenge is going and then Jenny and I each share our favourite failure.
I’m diggin’ a new podcast that my friend Ali just started and Jenny’s diggin’ the budgeting app Mint.
Jenny’s win is really a win for both of us in that we finally got our spouses sorted and we all went out for dinner! My learn is related to my resistance to staying on top of my finances.
In episode 34, we discuss how once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for. We check in on how our gratitude practice is going and then Jenny and I both share what we are grateful for. We also check in to see how our 19 for 2019 lists are coming along.
I’m diggin’ a slow cooker chicken stew recipe and Jenny’s diggin’ mascara. That’s right….mascara.
My win is related to the books I read in January and Jenny’s learn is related to the ever encroaching temptation of technology.
In episode 33, we jump in our next challenge which involves creating habits around gratitude. We have so much to be thankful for and we can create a more positive outlook on everything by practising this habit! I’m diggin’ a fun fiction book that I just finished reading and Jenny’s diggin’ another fun website for young hip ladies. Jenny’s win is related to her awesome treadmill habit and my learn is related to my efforts to learn Spanish.
In episode 32, Jenny and I discuss what to do about jet lag and we also discuss the benefits of napping. I’m diggin’ masterminding with a like minded friend and Jenny’s diggin’ a new YouTube channel. My win is about getting back on track with meal planning and Jenny has a hilarious learn related to eating a tuna sandwich on an airplane.
In Episode 31, it’s time for our book report! We check in with our monthly sleep challenge and then we discuss Arianna Huffington’s book The Sleep Revolution. I’m diggin’ Tidying Up With Marie Kondo and Jenny is diggin’ Jordan Page on YouTube. Jenny’s win is related to her theme word for the year: recreation and my learn is related to a terrible flu that I’m still getting over.
On this episode 30, Jenny and I discuss our bedtime routines and offer some tips on how to make your sleepy time sleepier. I’m diggin’ a budgeting app and Jenny’s diggin’ ginger turmeric shots to fend off sickness. My win is related to home and auto insurance and Jenny’s learn is related to this month’s upcoming book report. We also discuss vision boards and how they may keep you focused on your goals for 2019.
On this episode 29, Jenny and I check in with one another to see how our bedtime and wake up time challenge is going. Then we discuss our morning routines and how they are helpful to improving our daily success.
We both choose a word that will be our guide for 2019 and help us as we tackle our goals.
I’m diggin’ a TV Show called Brooklyn 99 and Jenny is diggin’ a podcast called The Robcast . Jenny’s win is related to being consistent with her daily treadmill walking habit and my learn is that John and I still haven’t gone back to the gym.
On this episode 28, Jenny and I jump into 2019 with a new challenge that is all about getting more and better sleep! Most of us are not prioritizing this important habit and it’s time to take a closer look at it and see how we can change our habits to get more rest.
I’m diggin’ my new wake up light alarm clock and Jenny is diggin’ her son’s Garmin Vivofit Jr.. My win and Jenny’s learn are both related to the potential stumbling blocks that the holidays can sometimes deliver.
On this episode 27, Jenny and I are more than halfway through the 24 hour trial separation from our smartphones and we discuss how we are handling it. Then we talk about how to ease back into a more productive relationship with our phones moving forward after this challenge. Then we dive right into our 19 for 2019 lists so make sure to tune in to hear our plans for 2019!!
I’m diggin’ the Duolingo App and Jenny is diggin’ Tim Horton’s green tea. Jenny’s win is related to her visit to adult gymnastics with John and I and my learn is related to trying to keep up the habit of going to the gym on the regular.
On this episode 26, Jenny and I discuss how week 2 of our digital detox went and then we discuss how mindfulness can help while breaking up with your phone. Then we help you get prepped for your trial separation from your smartphone. We also review how our 18 for 2018 lists went and encourage you to make a list of 19 for 2019!
I’m diggin’ the beginning of snowboard season and Jenny is diggin’ an awesome sketch comedy show. My win is related to keeping myself together while Christmas shopping and Jenny’s learn is related to holiday season burnout.
Read the show notes and listen to Episode 26 here.
In this Episode 25, we continue with our digital detox. Jenny and I review how week one of this breakup with our phones went. One of us did better than the other (I’ll let you guess who!) . We are using the book How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price as we we start the process of getting after the details of the second week of our digital detox by learning how to quiet notifications on our phones and reorganize apps. I’m diggin’ a book I read on vacation called Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson and Jenny is diggin’ splitting meals at a restaurant. Jenny’s win is related to a new green smoothie recipe and my learn is a tough one this week after John and I had to say goodbye to our cat Calvin
In this Episode 24, we start our digital detox. Jenny and I are definitely both addicted to our phones and it’s time to make some changes to create a new relationship with this technology that is both more positive and sustainable. We introduce the book that we will be reading to guide this month’s challenge which is How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price. We answer the question: How many hours each week are you on your phone? I’m diggin’ My Huatulco Vacation and Jenny is diggin’ Matt D’Avella once again. My win is related to time slowing down and Jenny’s learn is related to a break in her meditation streak.
In this episode 23, we continue with our challenge that is all about relationships. Jenny and I share what happened when we intentionally practiced the fourth love language of Quality Time. We then challenge you this coming week to practice the love language of Physical Touch by offering warm greetings and farewells to those people that are important to you. We answer the question: Can you think of a time when someone’s physical touch made a difference to you? I’m diggin’ an awesome coffee table that John made and Jenny is diggin’ salt dough!
In this episode 22, we continue with our challenge that is all about relationships. Jenny and I share what happened when we intentionally practiced the third love language which is Giving Gifts. We then challenge you this coming week to spend quality time with those people that are important to you. We answer the question: What is your favourite way to spend quality time with loved ones? I’m diggin’ an episode of our online pretend best friend’s podcast and Jenny is diggin’ Matt D’Avello, a minimalist film maker!
In this episode 21, we continue with our challenge that is all about relationships. Jenny and I share what happened when we intentionally practiced the second love language which is Acts of Service. We then challenge you this coming week to give gifts to those that you love. We answer the question: What is the nicest gift that you’ve ever received? and Why? I’m diggin’ scarves and the fall weather and Jenny is diggin’ dry shampoo!
In this episode 20, we continue with our challenge that is all about relationships. Jenny and I share what happened when we intentionally practiced the first love language which is words of affirmation. We then challenge you this coming week to perform acts of service for those that you love.. We answer the question: What is the nicest thing that someone has ever done for you? and Why? I’m diggin’ black coffee and Jenny is diggin’ an author who has written a great book about habits!
In this episode 019, we introduce our new challenge that is all about relationships and we will start by challenging you to practice the first love language which is words of affirmation. We take a quiz to find out our primary love languages is and we even convince our spouses to play along! We will be using Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages. We answer the question: What is the greatest compliment you’ve ever received? and Why? I’m diggin’ an awesome movie and Jenny has been doing some DIYing and is diggin’ a tool that helped her build an awesome new desk. Jenny’s win this week is about a perspective shift and I share a re-learn about accountability around exercise.
Monitoring Your Eating: Challenge Wrap Up – 018
In this episode 018, we wrap up our month of focusing on all things food and eating! We discuss how Jenny and I did with the challenge and we talk about some of the gems that Tommy Caldwell shared in Episode 17 that should help people with the more psychological emotional aspects of eating. I’m diggin’ Halloween camping and Jenny is diggin’ a ridiculous, yet hilarious Instagram account. I’ve got the win this week and it’s related to something that I talked John into and Jenny’s learn is related to losing her meditation streak.
In this episode 017, we share our first ever interview on The Improvement Project! I got a chance to sit down with Tommy Caldwell, who is the author of our book this month, Heavy Brain. Tommy is the founder of Hybrid Fitness in London, Ontario as well as the Author of the MetFlex-Rx Diet and his Bestselling book, Heavy Brain. Tommy works as a health and fitness based behavioural change coach who provides cognitive behavioural therapy practices and strategies to his in-person and online client’s. He has some really fabulous knowledge and is a great guy and this interview takes what Jenny and I have been discussing this last few weeks and takes it to the next level!
In this episode 016, we discuss how things are going as we continue with the challenge to monitor what we are eating and drinking day to day. We then get into some deeper conversation by exploring why we eat and drink the way we do. We talk about staying in an uncomfortable place and exploring the emotions there instead of immediately self-medicating with food. Peggy is diggin’ the luxury of her backyard hot tub while Jenny is into a book this week. Jenny’s win is related to getting up an hour earlier each day and Peggy’s learn is about skipping dessert.
In this episode 015, we get started on our new challenge for October which has to do with habits associated with food and drink. We discuss how we are using an app on our phones to take advantage of the strategy of monitoring to hopefully make an improvement in what we are consuming each day. We also talk about our reaction to something being forbidden and then you’ll hear that Peggyis diggin’ something cooking related this week while Jenny is into SNL. Our win and learn segment features body related topics for both of us!
In this episode 014, we wrap up our September daily exercise challenge and introduce our new challenge for October which has to do with habits associated with food and drink. We discuss how each of us handles a setback and then we both are diggin’ a TV show this week. Jenny has a meditation related win and my learn is related to this month’s exercise challenge.
In this episode 013, In this episode, we discuss how things are going with our exercise Challenge 3 weeks in. It’s also time for our Book Report for this month and we discuss the book Spark by John, J. Ratey, MD. We then discuss how we are inspired and/or persuaded to do something new. Peggy is diggin some fun daily notes that show up in her email and Jenny discusses a cool way to remove makeup. Let’s get after it!
In this episode 012, In this episode, we discuss how things are going with our exercise Challenge 2 weeks in. Jenny wasn’t feeling well for this recording but toughed it out as we discussed whether or not we are competitive and how that serves us! I also share my love for NFL Football and the New York Jets and Jenny is loving her socks in the cooler weather.
In this episode 011, Jenny and Peggy take on the challenge of the foundational habit of daily exercise. They discuss how to use the strategy of consistency to improve the odds of keeping this habit and exercising every day. Peggy is diggin adult gymnastics and Jenny shares her love for a TV show called Silicone Valley. Peggy has a flossing related win and Jenny shares a personal learn about some exercise challenges.
In this episode 010, we wrap up our month long meditation challenge and then we dig right in to what we will be doing in September. We also explore the habit strategy of The Clean Slate. Jenny shares a podcast that she’s diggin’ lately and Peggy is a little bit embarrassed to share that she has a bit of a crush on a celebrity. We also explore a win from Jenny related to getting up in the morning to meditate and Peggy’s learn is related to our mindfulness exercise from 2 weeks ago related to eating.
In this episode 009, we check in to see how our meditation challenge is going and then we dig right into this month’s book related to mindfulness and meditation by discussing Dan Harris’s book 10% Happier in our Book Report!
In this episode 008, we are in week 3 of the meditation and mindfulness challenge and it’s time to check in and see how things are going! We discuss the strategy of scheduling to create a new habit and also how it may help with your meditation practice. We introduce another mindfulness exercise about paying attention to eating when you eat and we also ask the question:“Do you suffer from the Disease to Please?” Both of us are diggin something star related this week.
In this episode 007, we are in week 2 of the meditation and mindfulness challenge and it’s time to check in and see how things are going! We discuss the basics of meditation and how we are feeling a week into the challenge. We introduce a mindfulness exercise using your non-dominant hand and we also ask the question:“Do you like abundance vs simplicity, do you like a lot of choices or few choices?” Both of us are diggin something beauty related this week.
In this episode 006, Peggy and Jenny discuss the benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation and they introduce the next month’s challenge. They also also ask the question: What are areas of your life where you feel in control of or out of control? Both of us are diggin something beverage related this week.
In this episode 005, Jenny and I wrap up our first month’s challenge. You’ll hear how I did over a month of flossing my teeth, making my bed and drinking more water every day. We ask the question: “Are you a rule follower or a rule rebel?” and you’ll hear a green juice related win from Jenny and a weeds (that’s weeds….not weed) related learn from me. Let’s dig in!
In this episode 004, it’s time for our Book Report for this month. Jenny and I discuss the book Better Than Before by my online pretend best friend Gretchen Rubin. If you want to know how to create new healthy habits or kick some bad habits, this book is key. Better Than Before is essentially our habits bible and you’ll get a glimpse into why in this episode.
In this episode 003, we discuss the strategy of monitoring and how it can help you to improve your healthy habits. You will also get an update on the monthly challenge and know yourself better by answering the question: Are you a moderator or an abstainer?
In this episode 002, we discuss habit triggers and how they can help you to create and keep better healthy habits. You will also hear how the first week of our first monthly challenge went. Subscribe to the show to join us on the journey to becoming a better human!
In this episode 001, Peggy tells Jenny what her first 30 day habits challenge will be. We also introduce several segments that you will hear regularly when listening to this podcast. Subscribe to the show to join us on the journey to becoming a better human!
In this introductory episode 000, you’ll get to meet Dr. Peggy and Jenny and find out a little bit more about each of them and why they are interested in habits. You’ll also hear what this podcast can do for you! (That’s why you’re here isn’t it?!)