The Shameless Mom Academy

Sara Dean launched the Shameless Mom Academy to help moms lead more positive, powerful and purposeful lives #everydamnday. Sara is an award winning fitness professional, author, speaker, and transformation coach who spent the last 16+ years serving moms in the fields of psychology, sociology, health & wellness. But, it took becoming a mom herself in 2012 to learn that - holy cow - this is hard work, and if you’re not paying attention you can completely lose your own sense of identity while raising babies. Join Sara every Monday and Wednesday as she and her notable guests (such as Gretchen Rubin, Carrie Wilkerson, JJ Virgin, Susan Hyatt, Cathy Heller, Nichole Nordeman, Melanie Shankle, and Jadah Sellner) dig deep into topics like creating the confidence you crave; turn your struggles into strengths, building better boundaries, and tuning into tiny habits that can change your life. Discover how why thousands of moms all over the world are turning to The Shameless Mom Academy to live bigger, bolder, braver lives #everydamnday.
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Apr 27, 2016

Back in Episode 13, I shared with you that I’m a bit of a stalker.  Jill Coleman is someone I’ve been stalking for a couple years now.  Her story about the evolution of her relationship with food is something I relate to 100%.  


As I’ve taken a gentler approach with food in recent years, I have been so inspired by everything Jill has to say.  In fact, I’ve adopted many of her philosophies (especially when it comes to WINE – can I get an AMEN?!?)


If you struggle with food at all, you will learn a ton today!


Today Jill shares with us:

  • How to finally find and manage moderation in your diet (#moderation365)
  • The use of pre-emptive cheats to ward off binging and over the top indulgences (enter: wine!)
  • The truth about food scarcity and how it messes with your head
  • How to eat within reason and feely fully satisfied everyday (#satisfactionfactor)
  • How to recover and be a little more kind to yourself when you “fall off the wagon”




To read more fully about Jill and her philosophies about food, head over to:  


On May 3rd, Jill will be launching her TreadLift program here:


For more Shameless Mom info on “Bad” Food Days, check out Episode 03.


Apr 25, 2016

Before I start this episode on the topic of why you should not hustle I have to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who listen to this podcast, comment, share your stories or leave reviews! I woke up this morning and saw on iTunes that The Shameless Mom Academy is ranking in 3 categories for new and noteworthy! So thank you so much for your feedback!

Why you shouldn’t you hustle? I have five reasons why you shouldn’t! The hustle can have such an effect on your body not just physically but mentally as well. Your body needs rest and a chance to recharge so you don’t lose your mojo or passion. 

Today we learn:

  • Long term is not so pretty—for me personally I’m not going to lie some of it has to do with my age
  • You don’t want to burn out and lose passion—At 25 I burned out to the point that I wanted to get my tubes tied!
  • I went back to school for another field that didn’t work with kids—Don’t get to the point you burn out
  • You will lose your mojo—pace yourself
  • Not sustainable—my business has to be sustainable between 9 to 5, anything before or after those hours I’m not responsible for
  • It’s not fair to your loved ones and YOURSELF—If you’re busy hustling when do you have time for anything else?
  • The impact it has on your body…literally—don’t push yourself so hard it could affect your health
  • No space left for creativity—you need to rest and recharge
  • If you want something bad enough, you will make it happen— try to relax on deadlines to make sure this is what you want to do
  • You will make it work if you have to—don’t make it seem sacrificial 
  • You can’t quit right? WRONG! —When you quit something you are opening up the door for something new

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Apr 20, 2016


Craig Ballantyne is a Productivity and Success transformation coach, an author and a Fitness expert. His new book is called The Perfect Day Formula. He also created the successful Turbulence Training fitness program. 


Craig has been my business coach since before my son was born. He gets more done in a day that anyone I know. He keeps things simple and sets himself up for success each day. He’s our first male guest on the show, but once I started reading his book, The Perfect Day Formula, I knew so much of it was relevant to Moms and  I had to bring Craig on to share the formula!



In this show, Craig shares the following:


  • How Craig built his systems
  • The why behind the book and the freedom it can afford
  • What led up the the 3C’s
  • You can only control how you respond to things, not the things
  • Reactive people always struggle - can you relate to Craig’s description?
  • Reactive people never plan ahead and only respond to other people’s emergencies
  • Proactive people start the day off right because they started preparing for it yesterday
  • Why you should brain dump as often as you brush your teeth
  • How 5 minutes of clear thinking can change your life
  • Planning and preparing is what gets you ahead
  • Getting a small victory first thing in the morning is critical to having a great day
  • You don’t have to get up early to have the Perfect Day
  • Why setting up your own rules for each day sets you up for success
  • You make time for things you have a rule for
  • Everyone has interruptions to their schedule and problems accomplishing things
  • Control what you can control and don’t worry about the rest
  • Ways to reward yourself without just using sugar, caffeine and alcohol
  • How Sara completely gave up caffeine
  • The difference between a purity day and a regular day
  • The #1 thing you can do to own your day, each and every day!



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Apr 18, 2016

I got a lot of feedback from episode 3 when we talked about “having bad days with food”. There is no such thing! What you eat does not define who you are or what kind of person you are. If you haven’t listened to episode 3 you should pop on over and listen. To kind of tie in with episode 3 we are going to talk about sugar and cravings. I am going to give you some tips and tools to fight back against those sugar cravings! A lot of people believe that they eat lots of sugar because they have no willpower. This is wrong! It is not about willpower. If you have had sugar recently or eat it frequently then you will crave that sugar.  So let’s talk about some less challenging ways to get rid of those sugar cravings.

We are going to talk about:

  • “Pro pros” aka protein and produce—don’t give that junk food room in your diet!
  • Blood sugar break down—You want a slower breakdown of sugar so you can feel fuller longer
  • Crowding out vs quitting—quitting can sometimes make your cravings stronger!
  • Produce = more energy
  • The key to making sane choices—eating lots of protein or produce for your first meal of the day. (Hangry isn’t pretty on anyone)
  • Bulk up your meals—Using greens and veggies is a fantastic way to pump your meal up
  • Chop that stuff up! — nobody likes to see the stem of your spinach hanging out of your mouth while you are talking

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Apr 13, 2016

Every mom remembers what it was like to be a teenager right? And we all remember that predictability and teenagers is nonexistent. Imagine starting out motherhood with teenagers! Jen Briggs, a dear friend of mine who is a business and life coach has done just that! As you can imagine it’s probably not easy to maneuver into a family that was once three and is now four. Step mothers also get a bad rap in our society. Which by the way not all step mothers are evil. With her new marriage, kids, new business and recent move she is going to tell us how she makes it all work.

Jenn shares with us:

  • Trying to “fit” in—it’s hard not to take things personal when you are trying hard to please someone else
  • “Thirty Days of Yes” —you have to listen to this!
  • Outside therapy—sometimes it’s good to get an outside perspective. Sometimes just talking out loud can really help!
  • Make time to care for yourself—make dates for exercising and friends or things that will give you enough space to take care of yourself
  • Prioritize the things that make you happy and give you the most—what are your values?
  • Emotional intelligence—make better connections!

Links Mentioned:

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Apr 11, 2016

I am an amazing stalker and I totally own that! I’m not a creeper, because there is a difference! I try to use my stalking powers for good and that’s what we are talking about today. My stalking comes out of my desire to connect with certain people and figuring out how to create those connection opportunities! This is going to be fun, so join us!


There are lots of really great reasons to engage your stalking skills:


  1. To get to know people to expand my inner circle
  2. To make your inner circle more powerful
  3. To take a leap that will get you to the next level
  4. To hang out with people that are more successful than you
  5. You want to change and shift your inner circle
  6. You get to make authentic connections with people out of your “league”



I had the desire to do this at one point in my life when I joined a mastermind. I went to my first meeting without a website or any sort of online business. Even though it was scary, I was surrounded by people that were very successful in online business. This helped me more than anything I could have done alone in my business.

Ask yourself:  What can I learn about them so that I can start learning from them?


How do you start stalking?

Lead with a compliment.

Find common ground upon which to build a relationship.

If you have nothing else to offer to them, be their supporter, their cheerleader.

Make sure they know you are deliberate in wanting to have a relationship.


I was able to use these tips to connect with someone this past week that I look up to! I was able to make contact with Lewis Howes at an event.. I was very intentional about trying to connect with him, and I happened to connect 3 different times, so hopefully this will lead to more connections at some of his events in the future. At the same event, I was able to meet several other people that I admire, and I will be having them on the podcast. Even though they were out of my league, I still put myself out there and made the connection.

One of them was Jill Coleman - My guru for having a healthy relationship with food - check her out at

This isn’t super comfortable for me, but I approached my stalking at this event with no shame in my game, and it paid off! Don’t be afraid to be a stalker!

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Apr 6, 2016

I’m sure all moms can agree that life turns fast pace when you become a mom. It’s hard to slow down when you are trying to keep up with your kids, your house, being a wife, just everyday life. Sometimes you have to slow it down a bit. Learn how to balance everything in life but especially time with family.

 Maria Ross, our guest on the show today is going to share with us some tidbits that she uses to balance between life and business.  Maria is a brand strategist, author, actress, owner of Red Slice and speaker. She has received several praises for her book: “Branding Basics for Small Business”. And her second book called “Rebooting my Brain” is a really good read, especially if you have ever been through a health scare. She suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and this book is a memoir on her amazing recovery. Maria is an inspiration and this episode is definitely worth the listen!

Maria shares with us:

  • You have to slow down sometimes—not everything is going to be perfect 
  • The days are long but the years are short
  • Go to a lactation specialist if you need help—there is nothing wrong with asking for a little help!
  • Make sure to set work hours and then set time to spend time with family
  • Don’t try to cram everything into a small amount of time—you won’t be 100% trust me
  • Momentum comes to a screeching halt when you have kids—but the detox is actually good for business ideas!
  • If you are going to be “selfish”, exercise is a great thing to be selfish about—show your kids that exercise is important 

Links Mentioned:

twitter: @redslice

email: maria [at] red-slice[dot]com

Apr 4, 2016

Let’s face it, fitting exercise into our busy mommy lives can be a struggle sometimes. Today we are going to be talking about ways to make exercise part of your morning routine. The reason I say “part” of your morning routine is because when you have kids you just don’t know how your day is going to go! Obviously things happen, like your kid has a fever all night, so your workout is probably not going to happen first thing in the morning. But exercising can really help with certain struggles we may have with our kids and ourselves. 

Today we will talk about:

  • How I have found exercising helps me mentally—and how it can help you
  • Working out in the morning helps make healthier decisions
  • Exercising is not punishment!!!
  • Key elements to making exercise part of your morning routine and the whole family
  • Get up earlier, make exercise part of your identity and think of exercise as a gift not a punishment!
  • Interruptions are not good…try to the best of your ability not to have interruptions during exercising
  • Length of your workout doesn’t always doesn’t necessarily mean long and drawn out—don’t be ashamed of starting small

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