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Friday, November 16, 2018

Tabletray dinner & other 🦃 traditions

Traditions.  I am all about traditions and I am all about the holidays - especially Thanksgiving!!!! Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays; from the table settings to delicious food to crazy family time...gimme. it. all!!!

I take this holiday so very serious, that I host this holiday every year. Nothing is more fun to me than researching Pinterest and searching around for the best table decorations, recipes, and family entertainment ideas. I love having people over, the buzz and excitement of the house, watching the family talk & laugh, and the smells of all the food cooking!  I embrace all that the day brings - even the sometimes crazy times, and the more the merrier when it comes to sharing this day!!!

Darren, however, thinks Thanksgiving is the #6 best holiday (WHAT!)!  And it may not be for the reason you think!!!  As I savor in the hustle bustle of the day, the filled house, and together time, Darren would rather sit & watch the Cowboys and eat his dinner on a table tray.  That is what he grew up doing, his tradition, and sometimes the crazy, busy, loud togetherness can get to him.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Do you and your significant other agree with the traditions? What excites you the most about this holiday? Is it family time? The food? Watching football? Or your table design? (Or table tray design?!?)?  Please share your thougths and what you are thankful for this year! And if you want to watch our video on pea burbling, click here!

Be sure to listen to our podcast for our tips on keeping Thanksgiving in check with food - along with Darren's diet change of going gluten free, listen here! And if you have any great gluten free recipes to share - or any fun Thanksgiving traditions, we would LOVE to hear them! Message me today!



Thanks for reading & listening!
Be sure to listen, subscribe, and share our podcast! And for more on healthy tips and LIVING with cancer, visit www.jendelvaux.com today!

Jen & Darren Delvaux


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Self-awareness, Scanxiety, Gender Reveal parties, & apparently some Fantasy Football


How crazy, that almost 10 years ago, my husband knew that he had brain cancer? I mean, seriously....out of all the things that his symptoms could be, he KNEW that it was brain cancer. Even his medical doctor laughed when Darren scheduled his initial check-up appointment, saying, "It is about a 99.9% chance that you DON'T have brain cancer".  But they ran some tests anyway, and....​

Gulp.

Darren has a self-awareness like no other.  I am seriously sometimes blown back by how accurate he is. Of course there have been times when uncertainty and unknowing has crept in but, but for the majority of the time, he has been spot on with his intuition and self-awareness of what is going on with him.

For almost 10 years, then, we have regularly scheduled and Darren has received a MRI. And, for 10 years, the scanxiety has crept in. (Scanxiety is the very real feelings of anxiety and nervousness before a scan).  Sometimes the scanxiety is overwhelming and can send me into a bit of a nervous turmoil. And there have been sometimes when the scanxiety has become almost routine and not as overpowering. But, believe me, there is always some level of scanxiety.  At least for me. Darren has, for the most part, been his normal positive and upbeat self about the most of them.  Maybe it's because he is one of the very rare people who find MRI's relaxing and takes a nap during the procedure.😴

For the caretakers, family members, and patients who experience scanxiety - of any level - we have some tips and our thoughts about how to prepare for the experience of them. With Darren's next MRI being tomorrow, I am experiencing the higher end of scanxiety. There have been things going on with Darren recently which have heightened my nervousness.  Darren, my self-aware guru, is feeling great and even thinks he knows why he is experiencing some of the symptoms. It always makes me feel a little bit better when I know that he isn't as nervous - probably because he is so accurate with his physical awareness.  With MRI's, health, life, relationships, etc. it is always reassuring when you have someone who is able to ease your mind; however that may be, in one way or another, don't you think?

We would love for you to check out our latest podcast on scanxiety.  Click HERE to listen and be sure to share with someone who may need to know that they are not alone in their scanxiety.  Everyone may experience something different - and at different levels of heighteness, but the tips and tricks are helpful to all.  We also talk a bit about Darren's dialed in self-awareness and toss around the idea of sharing the MRI results like a gender reveal party. (Kidding, of course, but only Darren would have that idea!!).   If anything, be sure to take a listen to find out how Darren is doing in his Fantasy Football league.😝

Your friends,

Jen & Darren Delvaux



P.S. Our podcast is Mr. Worldwide & His Bride, available on iTunes - and we so appreciate your listening and the SHARING of it! We also would love to hear from you, please be sure to visit jendelvaux.com for more on LIVING with cancer, health/fitness tips, and so much more!

Monday, November 12, 2018

How brain cancer made my husband look like Pitbull...


Why you think they call me, Mr. Worldwide?
Let's show 'em why they call me Mr. Worldwide 
Why you think they call me, Mr. Worldwide?
Let's show 'em why they call me Mr. Worldwide 
Hold up 'cause I am worldwide

Halloween 2017

IS IT PITBULL or DARREN DELVAUX?


You know who Pitbull is, right?  Or Mr. Worldwide as Pitbull calls himself? Listen, I'm not saying my husband IS Pitbull but, let's be real...there is quite the similiarity in looks between them.  We will let you be the judge of it - take a look at the picture and tell us if you see it?? BUT, before you do, you have to hear how this all came about:

Birthdays are a celebration, right? Who doesn't look forward to their birthday?!  Cake, time with friends and family, gifts, and celebrations!  It's another trip around the sun...it's spending time with loved ones, reflecting upon your life and relishing the opportunity for more fun & memories ahead!  Well, that was me...I used to LOVE my birthday!  Until, however, one fateful birthday changed that for me. It was my birthday, September 19th 2009 that changed my perspectives on this celebration.  It was this day that Darren, my husband, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Our story, and our journey, with brain cancer has come a long way over the years since that diagnosis. And, thankfully, I've had many less life-altering birthdays since that one several years ago. But, our story and our journey thru this diagnosis has been a wild one.  Believe me, we have many, many stories and many, many ups & downs since he was diagnosed. But, it is his positive attitude that makes this cancer diagnosis even remotely bearable. 

So what does this have to do with Darren looking like Mr. Worldwide?  Well, since the diagnosis, Darren has shaved his head (Stage 1 of Mr. Worldwide transformation complete) and is LIVING his life like Mr. Worldwide. I'm not saying it's been champagne wishes and caviar dreams (...oh wait, that's Robin Leach....not PitBull), but living life to the FULLEST and embracing his inner rockstar has absolutely helped channel Darren's inner Mr. Worldwide, too.  And the fact that he sings incessentaly, knows every song lyric (of any artist) by heart, and rocks the Hugo Boss sunglasses better than anyone I know.

To hear about Darren's diagnosis, what made him buy those Hugo Boss sunglasses, and more about his transformation to Mr. Worldwide, please check out our podcast; Mr. Worldwide & His Bride available on iTunes. You can click HERE to listen! It is episode 1 of our series and can't wait to share more on his cancer diagnosis, how he is LIVING with cancer, parenting tips, marriage advice, and insights on running your own business. With brain cancer, a teenage daughter, young son, and working from home - we have juggled it all & been thru it all.  Join us as we share our tips and tricks on managing it all PLUS living life like --- you guessed it -- Mr. Worldwide and His Bride. 


P.S. And be sure to let us know your decision; does he look like Pitbull? Yea or nah? And when you vote, be sure to introduce yourself and share a little about you!

Friday, November 9, 2018

10 tips for a healthier weekend!

Happy Friday!! 
Here are 10 tips for a healthier weekend!! 👊🏻
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1. DO YOUR WORKOUTS in the morning before you head out for the day.💪🏻
2. SPLURGE in a healthy way.
3. Eat like you do on THE WEEKDAYS.
4. DON'T GO HUNGRY to a party.
5. Schedule some RELAXATION time.
6. Do something active - GET OUTSIDE.🍂
7. Get enough SLEEP.💤
8. Prep for the WEEK AHEAD.
9. Don't have a lazy Sunday, BE PRODUCTIVE!
10. Order WELL while ordering out.


What would you add?? 

Your friend & coach,

Jen Delvaux

Monday, November 5, 2018

Gratitude every day!


If you have been following me, you will know that I am passionate about practicing gratitude and doing personal development daily!

It didn't come necessarily easy - it was a habit that I had to learn, but once I did, I won't stop! From listening to podcasts to reading different books, it is something that you can incorporate into your daily walks, as you get ready in the morning, as you make dinner, etc.

My challenge groups all incorporate some sort of personal development, I think a mindshift makes a big difference in not just your person but your health/fitness journey, too.  Agree?

I would love to share more and help you in your journey!

And, for our podcasts, Mr. Worldwide & his bride, be sure to subscribe and follow for LIVING with cancer, marriage talk, parenting advice, and so much more!

Your friend and coach,

Jen Delvaux


www.jendelvaux.com



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Happy new month! What goals do you have?!


It's that time again!!!! NEW FRESH MONTH!! Grab a pen and paper and write down your monthly goals/dreams!! THIS month is one of my favorites!!!!!! 
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Here are a few of my goals for this month:
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1. Be present in every moment - need help with this, too? Join my Mindfulness group HERE🙏🏻
2. Less popcorn🍿 (it was getting a little out of control 🙈)
3. Help 5 coaches reach the next level in their business 💎
4. Once a week do random act of kindness❤️
5. Add 10 new coaches to my sisterhood tribe!! Interested? Join the glimpse HERE👯
6. Weekly date nights with Darren💋
7. Focus on what I CAN control (our latest podcast is all about that).
8. Salad a day!! 🥗
9. Record 2 episodes a week on our podcast Mr. Worldwide & His Bride🎧.
10. Help and empower 20 women to become their personal best💃🏼!!


What goals do you have? Interested in learning more about anything? Connect with me today! 

Your friend & coach,

Jen Delvaux

www.jendelvaux.com

Monday, October 29, 2018

6 reasons why you can't get rid of those love handles!

Love handles are stubborn and annoying!  Agree?

For more tips and information, be sure to connect with me on Instagram (@jendelvaux) ! 


Your friend & coach,

Jen Delvaux

www.jendelvaux.com