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Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: May 18th, 2017

There are a lot of things you say before you become a parent that you will NEVER do when you have kids. Whether it’s never drive a minivan, or put your kids on a leash. Then once you become a parent, things change. We talked about all of those things and Meagan is making a list of all the things Jonny has said that he will never do and she is going to put them in a time capsule and see if those come true once he has kids.... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: May 17th, 2017

What do you do with all of those little mementos from your kids, whether it’s artwork, school assignments, or in the case of one or our listeners, BABY TEETH! Do you keep them or toss them? Meagan offered her best advice in today’s Ask Meagan. We also talked about some more updates about American Idol, and one restaurant’s TOP SECRET recipe revealed! Also Mary Jo from the OutCenter joined us to talk about Lake Effect Pride!... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: May 12, 2017

A very busy Friday with our SuperMom winner being revealed. We talked about Mother’s Day, Meagan is down in Florida so Kristen was the special guest co-host and her husband is taking her on mystery birthday weekend in Traverse City. Plus we talked about the Turtle 5k happening tomorrow and Cindi Clawson told us what we have to look forward to when it comes to weather this Mother’s Day weekend!... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: May 9th, 2017

Some kids like to escape every once in a while, whether it’s out of their crib or out the window, it happens. We had a few stories about kid escape artists this morning. We also had a couple kids in this morning as guest co-hosts: Meagan’s son William and her nephew Jack. They joined us because they are going to be in High School Musical Jr. at St. Joe High School! We also talked with Alloyd from Benton Harbor Promise and the raffle that is going on right now! Listen now to learn more!... [Read Full Story]

The Sarah Diaries: The Boy Who Was Embarrassed

A few blogs ago I mentioned that I dated a guy who was embarrassed to be seen with me in public. I’m not even sure what was going through my head at the time. Wait… that’s a lie, I know exactly what was going through my head “This guys hot and he’s interested in ME?! WHHHAAAAATTTTT?!?!?
When I met him, I was at such a low point in my life. I was questioning everything, including my existence. I’m pretty sure he could sense it, which only added fuel to the fire – or blood to the water for a shark. Externally, I think I came off as being close to normal, but inside I was a hot mess. I spent more time crying during that 6 months than I think I have in the last few years combined.
At first I didn’t think much of it, we both had crazy schedules that never seemed to mesh so trying to plan dates never went smoothly. It was so much easier to plan for at home than working around places being open or closed, movie show times, etc… The few times we did go out, I could tell he felt uncomfortable being seen together. Typically they shifted to the beach or a park after dark, where no one could see us. After a while I started questioning him about it. Was he embarrassed, secretly married or seeing someone else? He always said the right things to halt the questions in my mind. He told me he loved me, and I was so desperate for something to feel like it was going right I went along with it.
Looking back, he had it made! Basically he got everything he could have wanted from me, minus money. That is the one things I will say, he never asked me for a dime. Emotionally, mentally, and physically though, he found a gold mine. A woman who could boost his ego, take care of his needs, and he never had to be seen in public with her.
Everything came to blows the day after my birthday, which he completely forgot about. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t hurt, so I started to call him out on all these things that made me question what I was doing with him. He was notorious for finding excuses as to why we couldn’t walk in to any location together. Those that we did, it needed to be dark inside, nothing bright with good lighting. (Heaven forbid a girl get some good lighting on a date!) Instead it was always dark, and we seemed to be hidden in the corners.  When it came time to leave, it was “You first, I’ll meet you at the car in a couple.” Or “Wait here, count to 10 and then leave.” (What the….?!)
I can laugh about it now, but at the time, I was flooding with emotions. The cherry on top came a few weeks later after we ended it. I was broadcasting live at a local event when a woman came up to me and asked if I knew him. I responded yes, and she looked me up and down with this look on her face of “poor girl” and informed me he had been seeing someone else the entire time we were supposedly “together“. Let me tell you… It’s hard to be upbeat, and professional when all you want to do is cry. I held it together, got home, and sobbed my way through an entire bottle of wine.
Thinking back, it really shouldn’t have surprised me, there were no walks along the bluff holding hands during the day, playing pool or bowling dates, romantic dinners or anything that would have clued anyone in that we were a couple. Honestly, now, I don’t think I can classify it as being in a relationship with him. Just 6 months of trying to tread water and not get pulled under by the rip-current.
I’ve seen him out, seen him at various places with different girlfriends over the years. I won’t lie and say it didn’t hurt, because it did. It’s also made me realize I’m so thankful I didn’t continue to fall deeper in a relationship that wasn’t. Seeing how differently he acts with them versus how he did with me really put an exclamation point on how I view it now.
Everyone deserves someone who’s excited to be with you. Who joyfully wants to be seen sitting, standing, talking, hugging, holding hands, etc… with you. Not someone who treats you like a shameful secret. I only wish I would have realized it before that 6 months happened – or at the very least, shortly after it started.
Cheers!
-Sarah
Sarah@983thecoast.com
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The Sarah Diaries: Squat Challenge – What Was I Thinking?!

While scrolling through Facebook, there it was. A post from a high school friend about a 30 day squat challenge she was doing again. This was her 3rd time doing it and she was recruiting friends to join her. Ironically enough, I had just pinned a 30 day squat challenge on Pinterest, so I figured, what do I have to lose!
The very next day (because why start that day) I knocked out the 50 squats my challenge called for. Over the last 2 weeks I’ve gradually increase my number to 140 as of yesterday. I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a struggle, and my legs haven’t been on fire. Oh, the burn!! It’s day 30 that I’m currently terrified of. 250 squats! Steph and I have chatted about the challenge a few times, and each time I tell her how sore I am she laughs. I don’t really blame her though…
Before you ask, yes, I do break them up throughout the day, because 250 squats in one sitting is just not happening! But they’ve gotten easier. Which I guess is the point. Well, that and to give you that JLo/Kardashian rump. Pretty sure it’s going to take a few more months of me doing the squat challenge before I’m anywhere near that caliber.
I decided for entertainment purposes to add up the number of squats that it calls for over the 30 day period and was impressed and yet slightly terrified at the end number: 3,300! In 30 days! If I pull this off, it will rank up there with completing my first 5K!
Prior to starting this challenge, someone asked me if I knew how much I’d lost because they “could see changes.” I’m not very good about actually weighing myself, which is a positive and negative. That night I jumped on the scale to see, and ended up sobbing hysterically on my bed after seeing the number. Nope, not good tears, tears of self hate, anger, and sadness. I weighed in 3 times not believing the number, even changed the batteries thinking that might make a difference, but no matter what I did, it kept telling me I GAINED 10 pounds! I chucked the scale under the bed yelling “You’re staying there until you recognize and correct that number!“, and began wondering why I was killing myself with eating better and going to the gym if I was only going to GAIN.
To make matters worse, my friend that has been doing this journey with me had recently announced she was down 8 pounds and here I was, gaining. UGH!! Let me pause and say I’m super happy for her, but hearing her success and then seeing my “failure” hurt. Bad.
After 2 weeks of squats, I decided to weigh in again. One of the guys at “the other job” told me he thought I was down about 10 pounds, I laughed. Last night right before I climbed in bed, I pulled my scale out again and had a nice long talk with it. (Because, apparently talking to your scale helps it give you a lower number! Ha!) Sure enough, I stepped on and braced myself for no change, or even worse, another LARGER number. Only, he was right. Down 10 pounds! I’ll take it!
I guess the point I’m trying to make is, don’t get caught up on the number on a scale. It would have been so easy for me to just throw in the towel and say “I quit!” Instead, I took a risk, and just kept swimming… or I guess in this case, squatting along.
Now I’m wondering what 30 day challenge I’ll start after this one is done!
-Sarah
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Jonny & Meagan Sweet & Condensed: May 3rd, 2017

Today we talked about our Ask Meagan question that had to do with a mom receiving a letter from her daughter’s school because they were concerned about what was packed in her lunch. Then we starting talking about our favorite school lunch items. We also talked about Lory’s Place Run Walk, Rock. Also we talked about Listen to Your Mother coming to SW Michigan!... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: May 2nd, 2017

There is another show that is getting rebooted and that is Roseanne, but we don’t understand! Didn’t that show get weird and “jump the shark” in the last season, we talked about that show and other shows that got weird. Plus we talked about picking your boogers. A girl and her dog doing awesome things, plus Heather from Be Healthy Berrien stopped by to chat about Workplace Wellness.... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: Apr. 28th, 2017

High School Superlatives, you know the Most Likely to____ that every yearbook does. Well we thought we would go back in time and see what we would change our to and get a more accurate description of what we turned out to be. You should hear what Jonny’s fiance said about him. Plus we talked with David Harker about the weekend weather and also Jenny from Celebration to see what movies will be out this weekend!... [Read Full Story]