EP75: Creating Accountability In Your Fitness Practice

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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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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)


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

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.

EP55: A Bioenergetic View Of Nutrition With Jay Feldman

Jay Feldman is an independent health researcher.  He graduated with honors from the University of Miami with degrees in Neuroscience and Exercise Physiology.  Jay helps people who struggle with chronic conditions and weight loss get back in control of their health.  

In this Episode we talk about:

-What bioenergetic nutrition means and how you can benefit from looking at nourishment this way for long term health.

-How your emotions and disposition in life is heavily linked to your energy levels and how you're fueling yourself.

- How restrictive dieting (like fasting, keto and low carb) can be beneficial to a point but as the body begins to adapt to a low energy state symptoms will begin to manifest because of nutrient deficiency.

-What you can do to offset a low energy state and get healthy again.

EP51: Three Tools For Measuring Your Body's Physiology

EP51:  Three Tools For Measuring Your Body's Physiology

n this episode Maja and I talk about why you can't lose weight sustainably until your thyroid is functioning optimally. We explain how the thyroid is your master regulator of your metabolism and how it works in your body to produce energy (C02, heat and water).

We teach you how you can use your own physiological feedback using low tech tools (like body temperature and pulse) to find out how your thyroid is functioning. Explaining how this can be invaluable information over time and how you can use it to help your metabolism work better.

EP46: Why Is Nutrition/Dieting Info So Confusing? | Nutrition Truths Exposed With Kyle Mamounis

EP46:  Why Is Nutrition/Dieting Info So Confusing? | Nutrition Truths Exposed With Kyle Mamounis

Why is there so much conflicting information in the nutrition industry? We discovered it may come down to the source of our information.

Kyle shares with us how research science works in the nutrition science world and how critical thinking isn't being used as much as we think. He also shares with us the origin of school and what it's become today. Finally, we talk about how sugar is the new saturated fat.

EP45: Shift Your Beliefs & Raise Your Metabolism With Kate Deering

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About Kate:

For over 20 years Kate Deering has been involved in the health and fitness industry helping men and women of all ages achieve optimal health and wellness. Kate’s practice is based on a holistic approach to health and wellness by looking at the entirety of a person’s well-being.  A person’s well-being includes diet, stress, exercise, posture, sleep, digestion, hormones, mind-set and lifestyle.  Kate believes maintaining all of these key components are vital to a person’s overall health and happiness.  Her expertise is based on certifications as a CHEK Exercise Coach, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach 2, Olympic Lifting Coach, Resistive-Stretching Practitioner and Certified Nutritional Consultant.

Within one year, after spending significant time reading, researching and personal experimentation, Kate healed her body and her metabolism.  Along the way, her entire belief system about what constituted “true health” shifted 180 degrees from what she had been practicing during her almost 20 years in this industry.  Good health was a no longer defined by how many hours she could work out, how much will-power she had, or how low her body fat could get. Good health is now defined by a lack of injuries and sickness, great sleep, good digestion, healthy skin and hair, lean muscle and a warm body, overall happiness and emotional well being.

In this episode...

Kate Deering is back on our show for a second time.  We're so honored to have her on to talk about how you can raise your metabolism by changing your beliefs and by focusing on what you really want.  So many times we sabotage ourselves because of beliefs we picked up from diet dogmas, society and our parents. 

Since our brains are programed for weight loss, we can forget about what really matters most when it comes to our quality of life and overall health.  It can be scary for most people to completely change the way they eat so that's why it's crucial to connect with your purpose behind the change and habit so that you're better able to make a longer lasting more sustainable change.  

Kate explains how this all leads back to raising your metabolism ultimately because you're lowering your stress and supporting your body's recovery system.  Kate shares with us the best way to get your mind on track with your body for metabolic success.

Kate Deering is author of "How To Heal Your Metabolism"  Stop blaming aging for your slowing metabolism

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EP37: Train Your Brain, Fix Your Body with Zachariah Salazar

EP37:  Train Your Brain, Fix Your Body with Zachariah Salazar

Zachariah Salazar is a Z-health Performance master trainer.  He's a self educated practitioner who's dedicated to helping people discover their ultimate performance and pain free living.
Using simple neuroscience techniques he helps people live a pain free high performance life.

In this episode he shares with us his take on the fitness industry and what he thinks it takes to find success in your fitness practice

EP36: Strategic Vitality with Christa King

EP36:  Strategic Vitality with Christa King

Christa King is the CEO & Founder of Fitlandia. She’s also a recovered dieter. After reaching her highest weight of 192, she hit a wall and was determined to crack her own code for a making a healthier lifestyle change. Leaving a successful, 23-yr career in hospitality behind, she became a certified hypnotherapist, life coach, and nutritional therapist. By putting these pieces together, she saw what was truly missing in the diet and fitness industry: a holistic approach that starts with strengthening the mind. Her signature Mind Zoning® process helps people create new neural pathways in the brain to enable them to make a permanent, lifestyle change.

In this episode my takeaways were...

  • How coping or celebration strategies create neural connections and thought patterns that we go to during certain times of stress.
  • How you make a distinction between good sugars and bad sugars.
  • Getting clear on what you want through Christa's Mindzoning meditations - She explains that getting into a relaxed state helps you better connect with your inner wisdom and subconscious mind.

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.

EP31: Estrogen Misconceptions With Kyle Mamounis

EP31:  Estrogen Misconceptions With Kyle Mamounis

In this episode we speak with Kyle Mamounis who shares how his own series personal dietary experimentations and how living in the extremes created his passion in the studies of nutrition.

We discuss the history of mainstream misconceptions in estrogen therapy, evolutionary cycle for why we need estrogen, his study in rapid estrogen signaling and how estrogen receptors binding to cells affects cellular dysfunction. 

We talk about the similarities in how endotoxins and estrogen both proliferate the cell by causing a increase of calcium accumulation and excess of bulk water leading to cancer growth and how muscle contraction is a positive sign for a slow metabolism and hypothyroid symptoms.

EP29: Boundary Setting, Perfectionism & Money Confidence With Maddy Moon

EP29:  Boundary Setting, Perfectionism & Money Confidence With Maddy Moon

In this Episode we talk about healthy boundary setting, what that looks like and how to start your boundary setting practice.  How this leads to getting out of perfectionism and people pleasing behaviors and begin the road to self confidence.  As well we talk about money confidence and how you can begin to change your beliefs around money for the better.

EP27: The Bone Broth Episode With Tressa Yellig

EP27:  The Bone Broth Episode With Tressa Yellig

Tressa Yellig is the founder of Salt, Fire, and Time, a retail store/classroom and the co-owner of the Broth Bar, a dedicated bone broth cafe offering positive & delicious experiences of traditional foods, add ons, and other organic food products in Portland, Oregon and throughout the US.   

She specializes in variety of health supporting cooking styles, advocate of nutritional philosophy of traditional fats, sprouted grains, pastured meats, raw dairy, & fermented food. She provides educational classes and loves teaching nostalgic simplicity of whole foods.

Tressa shares with us tips on how to make the most nutrient dense broth as well as how broth plays a major role in our regeneration.



We talk with Josh and Jeanne Rubin of about how to avoid energy wasting/depleting by learning how to self regulate your autonomic nervous system. Josh and Jeanne describe how you can use easy metabolic breathing techniques, cold showers and real food nutrition to bring your body back into a state of hormonal balance and avoid issues like sleep apnea and asthma. Josh and Jeanne Rubin of EastWest Healing are redefining what it means to heal in this day and age.



"Health is never found at the extremes", Andrew Johnston

According to Andrew, health and performance are synonomous...the healthier you feel, the more you realize your ultimate performance. Andrew has been a career endurance athlete most of his life and is  the author of "Spot On Nutrition", "Holistic Strength Training For Triathalon", and "Holistic Respiration".  He's been a renowned coach for countless other top endurance athletes and shares with us his perspective on quality of life, performance and the biochemistry of breathing and how it relates to your metabolism.  

Since Andrew is a leukemia survivor and continues to perform at a high level of performance he's inspired countless others and has even had a documentary made in his honor called "Living is winning".  You can connect with Andrew and check out his books and watch "Living is Winning" at



How to heal your metabolism and stop blaming aging for your slowing metabolism.

In this episode we talk about why the current beliefs on health and fitness don't work... work out more and eat less.  How important mind set and beliefs are in healing, why most people don't heal/lose weight and why sugar is not the evil substance we've been lead to believe and so much more.

Kate is the author of "How To Heal Your Metabolism" and has been a fitness and nutrition coach for over 20 years.  She holds certifications with the Chek Institute and Z-Health.  Kate's also a certified olympic lifting coach. 

EP11: Brian Mckay On Emotional Rebounding

EP11:   Brian Mckay On Emotional Rebounding

Today we talk with Brian McKay of Pain Free Fitness and the Optimum Human Podcast.  Brain shares his journey in health and fitness, rebounding and integrating yourself after an emotional breakthrough or spiritual experience.

Brian got into exercise after a bad breakup and injured myself shortly after starting one of those DVD home workout programs. He ended up finding Elliot Hulse on Youtube, who introduced him to Paul Chek.  Loving what the Chek Institute was about he began using holistic exercise and was soon lead to the Highest level CHEK practitioner in the State of Michigan.  Brian worked with him as a client for 6 months during which he took his first course at the CHEK Institute. He mentored me for the following 3 years until he broke out on his own to form Pain Free Fitness.

EP10: Resistant Starch & The Glycemic Index

EP10:  Resistant Starch & The Glycemic Index

Is resistant starch healthy? It's a confusing subject because the answer is yes and no. A resistant starch is a food that is resistant to digestion, but you can turn a resistant starch into a more digestible food just by preparing it differently. We talk about this and the glycemic index as well as which sugars are better for you than others.

EP8: Movement and Energy

EP8:  Movement and Energy

What's the balance between too much movement and not enough?  Today we explore the paradox between the two and talk about how you can find balance in the middle.  We share tips to avoid aging faster and how stress hormones suppress your metabolism.

EP4: Getting from a low to high energy state

EP4:  Getting from a low to high energy state

What does it mean to have low energy and what can you do about it.  Sometimes low energy can be adrenalized energy.  If we are living on stress hormones this means we cannot produce energy efficiently.  Learn how you can make a change for the better.  We'll also talk about movement and what kind of stress is good when it comes to exercise.