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EP75: Creating Accountability In Your Fitness

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I think accountability, the act of being responsible for self, is a practice and depending on where we start and how well we know ourselves, it’s a process.

According to Brene Brown accountability is connected to courage. She explains since accountability opposes blame, we can see how not having accountability can keep us in a victimhood state of mind. One that paralyzes us and keeps us in shame without being able to move forward and find resolution.

I’ve gone through this myself and with many of my clients. Accountability is hard and most of the time we need someone to walk us through it if we’re not sure where to start.

The most uncomfortable part is finding the courage to be honest with yourself about what is or isn’t working. I’ve been in denial about what’s not working more times than I can count. Sometimes it takes a little push from the people who care about me most, but when I can be honest with myself and begin to take steps toward what could work, I find my life shifts into alignment.

When you stop hustling and guessing you can begin to make decisions that are based on your values. When you give yourself space to slow down and to reflect then you’re better able to make decisions from a place of awareness rather than not.

Coming from this place of awareness is incredibly helpful in shaping a foundational plan that’s based on your values (not someone else’s)

You no longer have to guess, self criticize or get frustrated because things aren’t working. Instead you come from a place of knowing what works and what doesn’t so that you can start moving toward your goal.

But you’ll never know this unless you look at what you’re doing first.

You most likely will make mistakes, but it’s a learning process. If we can avoid attaching ourselves to the shame of messing up and instead realize that messing up is part of the process of learning, our experience can be way more impactful.

Moving forward with courage instead of shame and blame is the first step in holding yourself accountable and trusting yourself again.

 
 

Accountability tools for Success

You don’t even have to participate in extreme dieting tactics if you don’t want to. All you have to do is become aware of how much you take in in relation to how much you move. It’s that simple.

Some people are not taking in enough and some are taking in too much without getting enough movement to offset the calorie intake. Some people are eating too much in one sitting and could benefit from splitting the bigger meals up and spreading them out throughout the day.

 

What these tools will help you see:

  • Your macronutrients ratios and discover what works best

  • What vitamins and minerals you’re getting and which ones you may not be getting enough of.

  • Your food patterns - if you’re eating too much in one sitting or not eating enough.

  • If you’re eating low quality foods you’ll quickly discover that you’ll not be satisfied with your normal calorie intake.

 

Tools I Use:

Cronometer - A food logging app. It tracks calorie intake and compares it to how much movement you’re getting each day. This app helps you discover how much you’re taking in comparing to how much you’re expending. Cronometer integrates with Fitbit and offers a paid option of splitting your meals so you can see how much you are eating at each meal. I find this to be incredibly helpful to know.

Fitbit - tracks; hours of sleep, gives you your weekly average weight, daily water intake and movement

Note: If your goal is to lose weight, You want to take your weight everyday first thing in the morning with the same scale. Then take the weekly average. That way you will see a true measure of weight rather than the day to day fluctuation (because you will fluctuate depending on the time of day and where you are in your cycle)

Temp and pulse - Use your temperature and pulse readings to find out how your metabolism is functioning and responding to changes you are making.

Mood - Your mood will always give you an indication of how your physiology is working. It will also tell you if you’re not getting enough energy or if you have tons of energy.


If you want to learn more about how I teach my clients to build a foundation of fitness and nutrition so they can live the life they love in the body they love contact me today for a free 30 minute consultation.

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EP69: Build The Body You Love With Kitty Blomfield

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Kitty Blomfield is a director at Nustrength Personal Training based in Brisbane Australia. She also has the Nustrength Youtube Channel with a series of different shows geared toward food prep, nutrition education and inspiring testimonials. She's passionate about empowering people through the right nutrition and strength training.

For many years Kitty struggled with body image and was your typical over-exerciser and under-eater. Her weight would yo-yo, she lacked energy, slept poorly, and suffered from terrible binge eating. It was so bad that she'd train six days a week for up to two and a half hours a day and would eat a low calorie and low carb diet.

In 2014 Kitty was introduced to the work of Doctor Ray Peat, Emma Sgourakis (The Nutrition Coach), Dodie Anderson and Rob Turner. Their research challenged her entire belief system around what constitutes ‘true health and fitness’. Since then, she's never looked back.

Kitty now only trains three days a week and does very little cardio apart from the occasional walk in the sun. She follows a structured and measured training program and eats to fuel her body now as opposed to depriving her body the way she used to.

As a result Kitty is the strongest she's ever been and she's in the best shape of her life but most importantly she feels the best she's ever felt. In 2015 Kitty competed in her first powerlifting competition and broke the GPC record for deadlifting in the under 75kg weight class. In March 2016 she competed at ProRaw8 and won the female deadlift only competition with a deadlift of 207.5kgs at 71.5kgs body weight.

She believes that if you want to be in the best shape of your life you need to love the process. If you focus on getting stronger in the gym, tracking and measuring your training and nutrition and nourish your body with the right food the physique will look after itself.

According to Kitty, there's something extremely empowering about being a strong female, she wants to help you become the healthiest, happiest and strongest version of yourself in and out of the gym.

 
 
 
 
 

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LION'S MANE TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK LATTE

This is full of anti-inflammatory properties from turmeric, along with ginger and of course Lion's Mane which optimized cognitive performance and supports the nervous system! Brain fog, BE GONE!

You'll need:

1 1/12 cups milk or coconut milk

1 packet Lion's Mane Elixir

1/4 tsp turmeric, pinch of fresh or powdered ginger (to taste)

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Heat milk on low until warm. 

Add all ingredients to a blender or mug, and froth or mix until thoroughly combined and frothy. 

 
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References Talked About in This Episode

The Nutrition Coach

Popping The Food Bubble

Dodie Anderson

EP61: Art Is Medicine & Medicine Is Art With Dr. Tumi Johnson

EP61: Art Is Medicine & Medicine Is Art With Dr. Tumi Johnson

Dr. Oluwatumininu (Tumi) Johnson, M.D. is a physician, dancer, and poet. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and was made an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine of NYU in 2011. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years and completed Yoga teacher training with Yogaworks in 2012.

A graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Dr. Johnson also has extensive nutrition expertise, with past experience running a weight management clinic in New York City. Tumi also served in West Africa as a Doctors Without Borders field doctor in nutrition clinics there. Her holistic medical practice is focused on helping people identify the underlying causes of their health issues.

She then uses her expertise to offer individualized holistic regimens that support people in achieving and sustaining their most vibrant well-being. Through her plant-based health plans, she has had many patients heal issues ranging from diabetes to hormonal imbalances to persistent weight challenges.

EP59: Understanding Biohacking With Luke Storey

EP59:  Understanding Biohacking With Luke Storey

Luke Storey, a former Hollywood celebrity fashion stylist, has spent the past twenty-one years developing and refining the ultimate lifestyle, based on the most powerful principles of health and spirituality, while at the same time embracing the technology and modern conveniences of urban living.

Using himself as a human research lab, Luke has explored a broad and sometimes extreme variety of measures to obtain optimal health, performance, and well-being. From surviving being injected with poisonous Amazonian frog venom, to three-week silent meditation trainings in India, to neurofeedback training in an isolation chamber, Luke has scoured the earth for the most cutting edge as well as ancient technologies of healing and personal transformation.

Luke has tenaciously applied the results of his field research and used them to not only completely transform his own life but also the lives of thousands of fans and followers through his various media channels and speaking engagements.

As a transformational coach, public speaker, and entrepreneur, Luke continues to share his strategies for healing and happiness to corporate as well as private clients, through his innovative and highly effective lifestyle design coaching system, Youtube channel, and wildly popular podcast, The Life Stylist. Since 2008, Luke has also served as Founder and CEO at School of Style, the nation’s most prominent fashion school for stylists.

EP58: How I Healed My Midlife Crisis With Christopher Ryan

EP58:  How I Healed My Midlife Crisis With Christopher Ryan

Christopher and his work have been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside, El PaisLa Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think. 

Chris has been a featured speaker at TED, SXSW, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House, and the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.

Even before co-authoring the New York Times best-seller, Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships (translated into 15 languages), with his wife, Cacilda Jethá, MD, Chris was on a wild ride. After receiving a BA in English and American literature in 1984 he spent the next two decades traveling around the world, pausing in unexpected places to work at decidedly odd jobs (e.g., gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York’s Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians translate and publish their research). In his mid-30s, Chris decided to return to school to pursue doctoral studies in Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School, in San Francisco, CA.

EP52: Soulful Success Coaching With Hanna Bier


Hanna Bier helps creative entrepreneurs, artists and do-gooders feel good in their own skin, so that they can confidently create the beautiful lives and fulfilling careers they've always wanted. She offers 1:1 coaching, e-courses and soulful podcast episodes for kind creatives who don't know how to achieve the success they desire (yet). Hanna is a Soulful Success Coach, Energy Healer, Family Constellation Therapist and a Priestess of the Divine Feminine. She runs the podcast 'Mystics On A Mission Show' and currently lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s how to heal, so I might as well share that.
— Hanna Bier

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why Hanna chose to quit her career in fashion and become a coach & energy healer.
  • Becoming humble and letting go of the need to prove and defend yourself and show off.
  • Her journey from a healing a traumatic childhood to becoming a soul-driven entrepreneur an empowering others to do the same.
  • The importance of healing your family issues and how this can help you live a happy and healthy life.
  • How Hanna found her voice and the importance of this connection.
  • Hanna's journey in discovering how to play and how this relates to her passion for comedy.
  • How everyone has such a different flavor of using their gifts to do something meaningful.
Comedy is saying life sucks, let me be specific.
— Mastering Standup by Steven Rosenfield


Resources mentioned in this episode:

EP50: Simple Steps To Calming Anxiety With Stephanie Dalfonzo

EP50:  Simple Steps To Calming Anxiety With Stephanie Dalfonzo

Born out of her lifelong journey of struggling with relationships, insomnia, feeling lost and stuck, Stephanie has become an anxiety expert out of necessity. After the stark realization that something had to change... she started the process of learning how to break free from the invisible bonds of anxiety and has spent over 20 years researching holistic, natural, and scientifically proven methodologies.

She literally wrote the book on how to overcome anxiety: “Goodbye Anxiety, Hello Freedom”. Stephanie knew that “one size fits all” would not work for her, or anyone else for that matter. This was her mantra in her quest for learning and healing which led her to extensive training programs and certifications in Hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping, Neurolinguistic Programming, Reiki, Yoga and more. 

EP44: Let's Talk About Your Relationship With Money with Dr. Renee Mudrey

EP44:  Let's Talk About Your Relationship With Money with Dr. Renee Mudrey

Dr. Renee Mudrey she is an educational psychologist and an associate professor of educational psychology and owner of Transcendent Heart Life Coaching Dr. Renee is a leading researcher and expert in emotion regulation emotion management and emotional health.

Dr. Renee shares her personal story of going through PSTD.  Impacted by her experience she started doing significant research about how to help herself in addition to traditional therapies.  She was able to connect with an amazing coach who taught her how to bridge psychology and emotional coaching. 

EP42: Connecting With Your Creative Self With Aaron Alexander

EP42:  Connecting With Your Creative Self With Aaron Alexander

Aaron Alexander is a movement specialist he's creator of the Align Method.  His philosophy is how you move through a room is how you move through your life. Every moment is an opportunity to cultivate your Mind, Body and Movement with effective education and intention. Moving well is simple and teachable, and he's here to show you what's possible.

His mission is to inspire millions of driven individuals to confidently re-inhabit their bodies to be strong, flexible and pain-free by moving functionally during every daily task. On a global scale, we’re reversing the effects of chair slumping and screen staring by helping you build your own momentary physical practice.

In this episode we discuss how to connect with your creative self and Aaron's personal journey and process with this.  How you're either in a state of creativity or a state of survival.

EP39: Exploring The Healthy Feminine & Masculine With Anna Rova

EP39:  Exploring The Healthy Feminine & Masculine With Anna Rova

Writer, podcaster, yoga instructor and location independent entrepreneur, Anna Rova is the founder of Girlskill – an online media platform, publication and podcast empowering women to live a life of freedom, joy and creativity.

A former email marketer, she loves being on stage sharing her knowledge on relationship dynamics, feminine/masculine energy and the power. Born and raised in Eastern Europe, she is on a mission to redefine female success and femininity. She believes in creating a thriving community of conscious and awakened women through providing inspiration, tools and resources that will help us all build a better, more sustainable world. She had also founded ManInside Show – a podcast about men where she’s interviewed John Gray – best selling author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.”

Together with her husband, Anna has travelled the world being on the road full-time writing her personal blog, recording podcast episodes with incredible women for the Girlskill Podcast, practicing yoga and spreading love and positivity. She is passionate about yoga, personal growth and spirituality, fashion design and writing fiction.

EP35: Reset Your Neural Program With Ashley James

EP35:  Reset Your Neural Program With Ashley James

Ashley James is an entrepreneur, coach and podcaster.

Her podcast is called Learn True Health with Ashley James where she interviews holistic health experts and doctors of Naturopathic medicine.

Through the interviews, her expert guests teach listeners how to gain health naturally through holistic medicine, diet, supplemental nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Ashley makes sure that listeners learn Natural Medicine Life Hacks for gaining energy, better sleep, a boosted immune system and an overall feeling of awesomeness!

In this episode we talk about how you can reset your neural programing with simple strategies.  She discusses how we can be in a hypnotic trance of negative belief about ourselves and shares with us how you can get yourself out of it.

EP28: Acai Berry Bowls, Kundalini Yoga & Micro Chakras with Rich Matusow

EP28:  Acai Berry Bowls, Kundalini Yoga & Micro Chakras with Rich Matusow

Richard Matusow is the CE-"OM" of Carioca bowls & Full Lotus PDX, a hub for people who strive for a happy, healthy lifestyle with classic acai bowls and donation based yoga. 

Carioca bowls name was inspired from the time when Richard lived in Rio De Janeiro where he experienced the beach culture and the “Cariocas”, the Brazilian people who embody health, wellness, and vitality and embraced the acai bowls.

EP23: PANYA WALKER - STEPPING INTO THE UNKNOWN COURAGEOUSLY

EP23:  PANYA WALKER - STEPPING INTO THE UNKNOWN COURAGEOUSLY

We talk about Panya's vision and mission for her life which is to learn to LOVE and LIVE FREE, and teach others to do the same.  We explore what might be causing you to procrastinate and how to create follow through and consistency in your life with key lifestyle practices.  Panya shares with us how re-creating yourself can be joyful by allowing yourself to step into the unknown courageously.

EP22: AMANDA SPICER - NON-TOXIC NATURAL BEAUTY RITUAL

EP22:  AMANDA SPICER - NON-TOXIC NATURAL BEAUTY RITUAL

Amanda Spicer is owner and operator of Pranic Forest, a small batch artisan apothecary company focused on chemical free, natural products. She calls herself a master herbalist, aromatherapist, intuitive energy channeler, cosmetologist and artist. 

She offers education about the practice of safe holistic beauty, herbal medicine and energy wellness.  She’s located in the rocky mountains of Calgary/Alberta Canada.  

Amanda has a very unique perspective on beauty care and health and we talk about the impact that beauty products have on the environment and on our bodies and why going natural is one of the best things you can do for your health.

EP17: JP SEARS - THE ULTRA SPIRITUAL INTEGRATED LIFE

EP17:  JP SEARS - THE ULTRA SPIRITUAL INTEGRATED LIFE

JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, YouTuber, author, international teacher, speaker at events, world traveler, and curious student of life.  His work empowers people to live more meaningful lives.  JP is the author of “How To Be Ultra Spiritual”.  He's very active with his online videos where he encourages healing and growth through his humorous and entertainingly informative videos, including his hit Ultra Spiritual comedy series, which has accumulated over 100 million views.