Tammy Helfrich

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Jen McDonough on What Can You Do? {Podcast Episode #07}


Jen McDonough, aka The Iron Jen, joins me today on the podcast. Jen has an incredibly inspiring story. She is a full-time working mom to four awesome kids and a wife to one incredible husband. She went from being a couch potato to becoming an Ironman Triathlete. She and her husband have paid off over $182,000 worth of debt, and just had their Debt Free Scream on the Dave Ramsey Show. She has written three Amazon Top 100 books, and has achieved incredible successes in her life. But what she really wants to share with us is that if she can do it, YOU can do it to.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • You have a choice to become Bitter or Better
  • Asking “What can I do?” instead of “I can’t do that”
  • Focusing on planning for their kids’ future versus keeping them busy
  • Getting off your butt and moving
  • Not waiting for the perfect time. There isn’t one!
  • Surrounding yourself with greatness

Jen’s story inspires me. She is just like you or me, but she made a decision to become better. She has changed her life, and changed her family’s future. Whether you are working towards paying off debt, or trying to get healthier, or just make change in your life, I think you will be incredibly inspired by Jen.

You can find her on her blog at www.theironjen.com, where she writes about inspiring entrepreneurs and helping people live their passions. She also hosts a weekly radio show called the Iron Focus Academy, where she interviews platform building experts from around the country that are geared to help busy entrepreneurs grow their business.

I’d love to hear what inspired you most about Jen’s story. Share in the comments.




  1. Beyond awesome interview Tammy and Jen! Loved it! Yes, being intentional and taking incremental steps (baby steps!) you can do whatever you choose to! I especially love what you shared about pulling your kids out of hockey. We were the “odd parents” who did not have their kids doing every extra-curricular thing – and it was the best thing for all of us. You always inspire me!

  2. Tammy
    Thank you so very very much for letting me be on your show! You are a great interviewer and I appreciated you putting me at ease!!

  3. So glad others also think it’s OK to choose the quality time around the table at dinner instead of multiple activities! We are close to being debt free too. Thanks for the extra motivation! Great interview.

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