Do you struggle with finding the line between maintenance and vanity when it comes to your appearance and health?
Prefer not to confront conflict and shy away from hard conversations with friends?
A little tired of the participation trophy culture we live in?
Yeah? Me too.
And let me tell ya… you’re gonna want to put your big girl panties on for today’s podcast episode, girlfriend.
I brought on my friend, Bianca Olthoff, author is Play With Fire and How to Have Your Life Not Suck (just released yesterday!), and MAN!! She is challenging us in all the best ways.
My fave quote from the episode is, “If you are not dead, God is not done.”
If you are not dead, God is not done.Bianca Olthoff
If you need a gentle but solid kick in the pants to help you get up, own the life God gave ya, and do the hard things, this is the Adulting 101 lesson they SHOULD be teaching in schools now days.
Or just find the most recent episode titled, Yes, You CAN Adult Today, on your fave podcast platform.
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Can you believe it was only two months ago that we were ringing in the New Year, 2018 turned into 2019, and it was time to tackle all of those New Year’s goals?
It feels equally like 10 years have passed, and no time at all.
How are those goals you scribbled down into your journal going? Was one of them to get into shape? Work out more? Eat healthier?
Whether you are smashin those fitness resolutions or maybe more slackin on them – no judgements here, sister, but I do have an episode for you to put that pep back in your step.
To get us all back on track, I pulled in the best of the best. She’s an author, former U.S. Marine (yep!), and the expert trainer behind Carrie Underwood’s legendary legs: Erin Oprea. She’s here to whip our butts into shape and teach us a thing or two about drive, perseverance, and effective work outs.
Erin Oprea is one tough cookie, let me tell ya. Not only does she now train some of the fittest names in country music, but this woman also made history when she was appointed to lead the first female platoon attached to the infantry in a war zone. WHAT. What can this woman not do?!
Ladies, you’ll leave this episode equally equipped and motivated from Erin’s story and knowledge. Listen in for:
And we are here to remind all of you:
Whether it’s our fitness journey, business endeavor, or career goals: there will be ups, down, failures, and successes –it’s those lows you’ll need to push through to experience those successes.
And the best part?
YOU get to define what success looks like for you. No matter the number on the scale, no matter the opinion of others, no matter what society tells you.
Sister, you are worthy and capable of breaking any limitations placed on you by yourself or others. Wake up, drink your new beet juice recipe, and get your mindset ready for the day.
PS – Check out my Instagram stories for Erin’s beet juice recipe!!
Grab Sarah’s e-book on healthy eating for the busy gal here!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a health or fitness goal?
Now raise your hand if that health or fitness goal somehow transformed into this slippery little slope of obsessive thoughts, negative body image, and judgmental food voices in your mind?
Well, sister. If you’re hand is still raised, I’m standing over here with you, beside you, and cheering you on into freedom.
I’ve been down that road and taken that journey. I remember how isolating it was when I would obsessively think about every little calorie taken in at a meal or burned off in the gym.
But I’m here to tell you that there is freedom to be found in your relationship with food. You CAN eat healthy without obsessively thinking about the healthy food.
And someone else who know knows this journey well is my friend, Sarah Grace Spann. Sarah is the Founder of Fresh Fit N Healthy, the author of the book Chasing Freedom, a former D1 athlete, and a Registered Dietitian with an MS in Exercise Physiology. So yeah, she definitely knows her stuff – which is why I knew she would be perfect for the show. Sarah is one of those people who can assist you with the science behind healthy eating along with also giving you a fresh perspective of yourself in the middle of your fitness journey. It’s a gift, really.
In this episode, Sarah and I dive into breaking old food habits, how you can be confident before you hit those fitness goals, and the real danger when we begin to link our own morality with our food decisions. You’ll learn details on the hormones that make you feel full, how to correctly pair your meals and snacks, and the true effects of stress on your body.
I love Sarah’s perspective on a healthy food relationship, and I also so respect her for the knowledge she has gained on the science and research behind nutritional eating. So if you already have a healthy relationship with food or exercise, but want to know more on nutrition, how to fuel your body well, and learn some ‘science-y’ things (this will make more sense when you listen in! 🙂 ) – you’re in the right place.
Sister, your health is so important, but please remember your health is more than just the food you eat – it includes your mental and emotional state as well. I want to see you stepping into your most healthy lifestyle yet, and I’m hoping my conversation with Sarah serves a small piece of that journey.
It’s time to break up with those unhealthy thoughts cycling through your mind and begin your healthy and balanced relationship with food- and yourself.
I’ll be honest.
This past Sunday, I looked up 3-day cleanses to do before thanksgiving. Its been over five years since I really struggled with disordered eating but every now and then, especially around the holidays, I begin to overthink it a little.
I had full plans to eat suuuper clean (like more clean than normal) and workout extra hard every single day this week so I wouldn’t feel ‘guilty’ for what I ate on thanksgiving…and then yesterday morning I overslept and missed my workout and today was so crazy I didn’t remember to eat lunch and then ate whatever I could find by four o’clock.
Note to self: that is not a healthy way to roll.
Moreover, that mindset is a problem and I’m bringing it up because maybe you tend to do the same from time to time.
On a holiday dedicated to gratitude, I think far too many of us grumble about the imperfections we believe our bodies have or how ‘this ruined our diet.’
And grumbling is the enemy of gratitude.
Perhaps we need a serious perspective shift.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about discipline and a healthy lifestyle but when it begins to become something I have to control and manipulate too closely, I have to check myself.
I invite you to take this as your gut check, too.
Personally, I know that to have a healthy perspective and not slip back into disordered eating, I need to be disciplined at all times, not just around a certain day. However, I don’t need to punish myself for partaking in a holiday, whether that punishment comes before or after the day itself.
So I’m just passing this on to you if you’ve at all struggled with body image or restrictive eating or binging or all three: Your worth is not in what you weigh and I know they say ‘you are what you eat.’
But I’m here to say: No, sister, you’re actually not what you eat.
You are YOU, not the calories you consume.
Please, be thankful that you have a body to care for, as imperfect as you might think it is.
Take care of that one precious life you have, make healthy choices as consistently as you can, but don’t punish yourself for having a piece (or two) of pumpkin pie today, okay?
Do you ever feel that you just don’t have enough time to work out? Maybe you schedule your workouts each week, but then they just don’t seem to happen? You desire to prioritize physical activity because it’s important to you, but how can you fit it in with all of the other responsibilities on the to do list?
I’ve been there. Good intentions, but not so good follow through.
If you’re desperate to find ways to sneak physical activity into your day, you’re in for a treat of work out tangibles, friend!
Listen in to learn six tips and tricks to strategically steward your body with a busy schedule. You’ll learn:
Whether, you’re a student during finals, mom during soccer season, or employee that’s putting in the travel hours, you’ll find the way that is right for YOU to work those muscles during your busy day.
It IS possible for you to be a good friend, mom, and student all while keeping physical activity a priority. It just may take a bit of creativity!
Listen in here on Spotify!
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Know someone with a full schedule that always chats about wanting to work out more? Send this episode to them and share these fun and effective work out tips! You’ll work that bootay and cultivate some funny stories along the way!