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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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Oct 2, 2017

Fall is my favorite for so many reasons (let’s be honest, mostly puffy vests and Uggs).  But I’m particularly embracing this fall because of some of the things that are going on around me. 

 

All around me I see people using their voices, taking a stand, letting their values shine and expressing gratitude.  YES! YES! YES! AND YES!  

 

More of all of this, please.  

 

Listen in to hear what I’m most excited about this month – inspired by some listener emails and reviews.  

 

Happy SHAMELESS October to you!  

 

xoxo, Sara 

 

Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 155: Silence Is Not An Option

Book: I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

 

Sep 27, 2017

Ingrid Ortiz is a Self-Love & Confidence coach helping women end their struggle with comparison, so they can pursue their passion and live life to the fullest.  She pivoted from a career in personal training to guide women in a more powerful and profound way.  

In this episode, Ingrid shares her very personal experience of nearly ending her own life.  Her very serious suicide attempt nine years ago was a turning point in her life and today she is helping other women find the things she was lacking as a young woman feeling hopeless and desperate to escape her world. 

 

Listen in to hear Ingrid share:

  • How her mess became her message
  • How she survived a serious suicide attempt
  • How she found a safety net and recovered from hopelessness and despair
  • The power of FOMO and the Comparison Trap and how to steer clear of both
  • How to identify and tap into your spiritual gifts
  • The ONE THING we’re not taught in college that we need more than anything else

 

Links Mentioned:

Ingrid on Instagram

Ingrid on Facebook

With Ingrid: Crush the Comparison Intensive

Ingrid’s Free Workbook: Crush the Comparison Trap 

More Info on Spiritual Gifts: Spiritual Gifts Quiz  

App: Kill the NewsFeed 

 

Sep 25, 2017

Vinnie turned 5 over the weekend.  How did that even happen?

 

I remember so many days in Newbornland when I thought I wouldn’t make it until 5pm and now I’ve made it 5 YEARS?! 

What???

 

How???

 

The truth is I don’t know.  Because motherhood is magic and you don’t know most of the things you need to know until the exact moment you need to know them.  So, I don’t know much of anything… Yet…

 

What I do know is that motherhood has surprised me a million times over.  Some of the things I thought would be awesome have not been that awesome (hello, natural childbirth and nursing.)  And the things I didn’t even know to keep an eye out for have been nothing short of magical and mystical and just beyond words.  

 

Basically, motherhood is an anomaly.  

 

It’s weird and unpredictable and inconsistent and abnormal.  But it’s also THE. BEST. 

 

It’s hard and frustrating and exhausting and infuriating.  But it gives me more energy and enthusiasm than ANYTHING.  

 

It makes me laugh and cry and scream and melt EVERY. DAMN. DAY.

 

Listen in to hear my 5 biggest surprises in motherhood so far.  Warning: be prepared to laugh (at me or with me, your call.)

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Sep 20, 2017

Elizabeth Friedland is the Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Appirio, a global tech consultancy. She's spent more than 12 years in the public relations and communications world, working in both Indianapolis, where she currently lives, and New York. Outside the office, Friedland writes, directs, and produces award-winning short films. She is also an advocate for foster care; in addition to being a proud foster mother to five children since 2015, Elizabeth is a member of the Foster Success Leadership Council, part of the nonprofit Connected by 25, an organization dedicated to providing the financial, educational and social support to assist Indiana youth as they age out of the foster care system. 

 

I was so excited for this interview because I have been thinking a lot about foster parenting in recent months.  I am also so intrigued by Elizabeth’s decision to do this as a single woman.  I learned so much in this interview, from the logistics of fostering to the emotional challenges of raising a child for a period of time and then sending them off to someone else for permanent placement.  

 

I know you are going to adore Elizabeth as much as I did.  I can’t wait for you to hear her story.  I hope she inspires you to consider fostering or sharing this story with someone else who might be in a position to foster.  Please to share this episode!

 

Listen in to hear Elizabeth share:

  • What inspired her to become a foster parent as a single woman
  • What is required to become a foster parent
  • How she got started fostering and what the first year looked like with 5 different babies
  • Her different relationships with the biological families of her foster babies
  • How her most recent placement has changed her heart and what she’s doing about it
  • The myths and truths about fostering
  • How you can get involved with foster kids without committing to being a foster parent

 

Links Mentioned:

Sep 18, 2017

Before heading to Paris, we decided that if we were going to visit the Eiffel Tower we needed to go allllll the way to the top.  So we bought 3 Eiffel Tower Summit tickets.  Vince and Vinnie were very excited about this.  I was excited about the idea of it.  But I was not excited about the actual doing of it – the endless ride in a glass elevator to a tiny landing way high up in the sky on a structure that most certainly could topple over at any given moment. Not. My. Thing. 

 

We did make it to the top.  And – SURPRISE – I did not die.  

 

Once back on firm ground (thank you Baby Jesus), I was able to walk about from my Summit experience with some positive and powerful insights that I think might be helpful to you.  These lessons apply to everyday life – not just high in the sky adventures:

 

  • Sitting with discomfort will eventually get more comfortable
  • From way up high you can see how much you're missing out on 
  • You can cling to what is comfortable and comforting, but little reaches out of your comfort zone create momentum and progress
  • There is relief in doing something hard and scary and it feels magical and powerful 

 

Listen in to hear about our European adventures and specifically about me surviving the Eiffel Tower Summit – where I thought I would most certainly die.  Not exaggerating. 

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Sep 13, 2017

Robbin Rockett, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and single parent of three young children. She hosts the podcast Solo Parent Life and each week takes on a variety of issues facing single parents, including dating, finances, stress management, parenting, and co-parenting, and brings in experts, therapists, and authors for frank and friendly conversions that offer guidance for solo parents to become more mindful in their own self-care. Robbin speaks with integrity and from the heart about the people, books, blogs, and resources that have helped her as a solo parent.

 

Being raised by a single mom myself, I was really interested in hearing Robbin’s story.  I love what she had to say about the power she found in her divorce – even though it was understandably isolating and scary, as transitions tend to b e.  She shed a lot of light on how to process change and adapt to a new life.  She also talked about the importance of acknowledging the losses in divorce, rather than trying to just push past them. 

 

Listen in to hear Robbin share:

* The power and importance of group therapy and solo therapy

* The unexpected gifts she experienced in her divorce

* How divorce ultimately lead her to a more confident and powerful place in life 

* The importance of acknowledging and grieving the death of the family that takes place in divorce

 

Links Mentioned:

Robbin’s website: www.SoloParentLife.com

Robbin’s Free Online Summit: www.SoloParentLife.com/summit

Book: Hold Onto Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers 

Book: True Refuge 

 

Sep 11, 2017

Many of you know I recently had a fairly major surgery.  What most of you don’t know is that I had a boob job.  It’s probably not what you think – as we often jump to a lot of conclusions when we hear about a woman altering her body. 

 

 

Listen in to hear what I did, why I did it and what I encourage you to do with your own body.

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Sep 6, 2017

Tonya Leigh is the founder of French Kiss Life, a destination for women who want to inject more elegance, style and joie de vivre (enjoyment!) into their daily lives. Her mission is to inspire women to style their minds, bodies, lives and success – from the inside out and the outside in. 

 

Through a vibrant online community of over 50,000 women, online programs and immersive LIVE experiences, Tonya infuses a French flair into her teachings to encourage women to slow down and cultivate well-lived lives no matter where they live in the world.  

 

She is a proud mama of a 19-year old daughter and her little guy Winston, an English Golden retriever.  She lives in a small mountain town in Colorado but you’ll often find her sipping Champagne or tea at a cafe somewhere in the world.   

 

I loved chatting with Tonya about how she came upon her own desire to French Kiss Life and how she is helping women all over the world French Kiss Life.  You’ll hear her share some real life stories that prove that life isn’t always pretty and things definitely don’t always go as planned – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a life you love madly around the chaos and the grit. 

 

Listen in to hear Tonya share:

  • Why you need to break the rules and embrace your own GPS
  • The truth about other people’s judgment
  • How to plant your kids in a BIG pot
  • How to emotionally manage yourself and take control of your feelings
  • What is the most important question you must ask yourself

 

Links Mentioned:

 

Sep 4, 2017

September is a pivotal month.  School is back in session (can I get an AMEN?!) and we are rapidly approaching fall and the final quarter of the year.  Over the years I have noticed this to be a time women are ready to hunker down and take care of some serious business.  Whoop! Whoop!

 

I want to encourage you and support you in taking back some of your time this month.  I want to invite you to dedicate some time to focusing on yourself, your routines and the things that bring you closer to your goals.  

 

Listen in to hear some specific details on how you can build better routines specifically around movement, fuel, and sleep this month.  

 

Oh – and – excuse me while I name drop…. But I also share my recent celebrity run ins with Dr. Drew, Gretchen Rubin, and Heather McDonald in this episode.  So, LISTEN IN!  

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Aug 30, 2017

Lahana Vigliano is a holistic nutritionist and the founder of Thrival Nutrition. She has her bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science + is currently finishing up a post-graduate program through the Clinical Nutrition Board. She started Thrival Nutrition to help empower and teach people how to get more out of life by feeling your absolute best through nutrition, exercise, and natural remedies. Outside of her passion for nutrition, she is a wife + mother of two. Which is where the journey all started!

 

Lahana was a very young mother – she graduated high school (and concurrently completed her first year of college, because she is 100% badass) while pregnant.  She now has a 7 year old son, a 4 year old daughter and a business she has built from the ground up, based on values she loves and lives.  She is excited to live to be 150 years old with her great, great grandchildren underfoot, while feeding everyone healthy (and delicious!) food. 

 

Listen in to hear Lahana share: 

  • What it was like to become such a young mother 
  • How others doubts fueled her to be successful in every way
  • How she pivoted when something wasn’t quite clicking in her professional journey
  • Tips to help your picky eaters eat more healthily
  • The power of kiddie smoothies (and how to make them super tasty)

 

Links Mentioned:

Website: www.thrivalnutrition.com

Thrival Nutrition on Facebook

Thrival Nutrition on Instagram

 

Aug 28, 2017

I had a funny situation recently where I pushed some limits that I would have never pushed 10 years ago – back when I was a little more controlling and a little more anal….  

 

It has taken the last 15 years as an entrepreneur + 5 years of motherhood + a few years of infertility for me to realize that, as Marie Forleo says, “Everything is figuroutable.”

 

Today, when my back is against the wall, I know I am never without options.  I can create my own outcomes.  Damn, that feels good.  

 

I don’t need to control it all, because I can figure it out as I go and I can create options as I need them.  Sometimes, I can even break the rules.  Whooooop!!  

 

Listen in to hear the recent story that made me realize how far I’ve come with this – and you just might fund some nuggets that inspire you to push some boundaries, break some rules and create your own outcomes.

 

 

 

Aug 23, 2017

As the CEO of BLH Consulting, Sharon Lipinski helps people transform desired behaviors into common practice. She is the author of "365 Ways to Live Generously: Simple Habits for a Life That's Good for You and for Others” which helps people make the 7 generosity habits a reality in their daily life. She is a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist, a speaker, TV personality, and coach dedicated to helping people create the right habits so they can be happier, healthier, and more productive at home and in their work. 

Founder of the non-profit Change Gangs: Virtual Giving Circles, which helps people make small donations that make a big impact by pooling their small donations with the donations of other people who care about the same cause. They’ve donated more than $58,000 to great charities around the world. She also maintains the largest repository of information documenting the tools, strategies, and accomplishments of some of America’s eight hundred charitable giving circles. 

 

I loved all the data and details Sharon laid out about habits and will power in this interview.  It was so insightful and HELPFUL.  She offered a ton of practical tips that I know will help you as you determine what habits you want in your life to support your goals.  

 

Listen in to hear Sharon share:

  • The 3 reasons your will power fails you
  • Why habits are more powerful than will power and how they actually bypass will power
  • Why scarcity mindsets keep us stuck in the same bad situations
  • How to use the Minimum Requirement Strategy when starting a new habit
  • How to reward yourself and how NOT to reward yourself for success with habits and goals
  • The power of generosity and how to build habits around generosity

 

Links Mentioned: 

Aug 21, 2017

I’ll let you know up front that I was uncomfortable and nervous about recording and releasing this episode.  I wasn’t sure where to start and I was worried I wouldn’t know how to finish.  But I know I know that silence is not an option.  Because we have seen over and over again that silence is death. And I won’t be an accomplice. 

 

I hope that you will listen in and learn today.  I hope you’ll find something meaningful and valuable.  I put together this episode so you could hear my experiences over the last week and perhaps glean something new and impactful from what I’ve learned as I’ve been researching.  

 

Many of us don’t know how to take action that will be meaningful.  I believe that learning is one of the first and most powerful ways you can START.  Please START and encourage others in your life to do the same.  

 

If this episode was meaningful and valuable to you, please share it with others. Here is the link to share: http://shamelessmom.com/episode/silence-is-not-an-option

 

Links Mentioned:

SMA Episode 69: How to Be A Nasty Woman

VICE documentary – Charlottesville: Race and Terror

Article: White Feelings 0-60 for Charlottesville

Donate: BLM Charlottesville

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless (hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

 

Aug 16, 2017

Dana Skoglund is a certified yoga health coach, yoga teacher and mother of 2 rambunctious young boys. She has been studying yoga since 2000, and teaching since 2004. Eventually her desire to take her health and wellbeing into her own hands and to learn how to keep her family healthy led her to Ayurveda in 2011. 

 

After implementing the daily routine of Ayurveda and noticing the profound impact it had on her energy and happiness, Dana began coaching clients into these better body habits in 2013. Dana aims to inspire others about the importance of healthy habits in crafting the life of their dreams. She is deeply passionate about travel, adventure, learning, movement of any kind and the arts.  

 

This was a fascinating conversation, where I learned so much about myself.  I know you’ll learn a lot from Dana, too.  Dana shares a ton about Ayurveda, which is so enlightening (and will make you eager to implement simple new habits!)  This episode is packed with helpful tips and powerful insights.  Take notes!

 

Listen in to hear Dana Share:

  • What is your dosha and why it’s important to understand it
  • How following the cycle of the sun aids in digestion and improves health
  • How you can make simple changes to honor the cycle of the sun
  • How you can change the way you use time and how to use exercise to create time
  • How to change your habits without feeling overwhelmed
  • 5 ways to dramatically improve sleep

 

Links Mentioned:

Aug 14, 2017

This episode is the sister episode to Stop Saying Sorry (Episode 149).  So, if you haven’t listened to that episode yet, go back and do so now!

 

Now that you’re done apologizing for everything all day everyday – let’s do some fun stuff.  Moving forward, I’m giving you permission to be a quitter, to be imperfect, to live bigger and bolder, to try something scary, to forgive and to be POWERFUL - starting today.  

 

This episode is all about moving ON and moving UP.  My hope is that if I give you permission today, you will give yourself permission tomorrow and everyday after that.  Cause I happen to have it on good authority that you are a total badass and perhaps you’ve been selling yourself short lately…

 

Listen in to all 29 things I’m giving you permission to do – TODAY.  Now.  

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Aug 9, 2017

Charmaine Ironside owns and operates two successful Fitness studios in Calgary, Canada with her husband Patrick. She also owns The Diet Dropout, a thriving online coaching business where she helps women overcome challenges with weight, food, and mindset on the road to living their best lives in their best bodies.

She enjoys all the hats she wears, including being a mom to 2-year-old daughter Kennedy, a wife to an incredible husband, and an entrepreneur who is constantly looking for ways to help people live better lives. Charmaine is an eternal optimist who lives life to the fullest, taking full responsibility for her own joy and success.

 

I always love a good convo with a fellow fitness professional.  I was especially excited to hear Charmaine talk about her personal journey with dieting and weight loss.  As it turns out, we are very similar – raised by awesome moms who also happened to be chronic dieters.  We both started dieting at very young ages.  That will mess with a little girl’s self-image for a lifetime…

 

Listen in to hear Charmaine share:

  • Her journey in emotional eating and how she overcame it
  • How she uses personal development to support habit change
  • The correlation between self-care and your relationship with food
  • The power of kindness and gratitude in behavior change
  • How to b e more intuitive and less restrictive
  • What you need to know about intermittent fasting and the keto diet
  • How dieting disempowers you and removes your self-trust

 

Links Mentioned:

 

 

Aug 7, 2017

I have something new for you this week and this month  and every month moving forward – YAY!  

 

It seems impossible that it’s already August, right?  I mean, you might be elated because SCHOOL – it’s almost here again.  But you might also be bummed – where did summer go and did we really do all. the. things??? 

 

I know I’m not ready for summer to be over.  While Vinnie’s Summer Bucket List is nearly completed, I’ve barely begun mine (typical #momlife, right?!)

 

As I was mourning the rapidly approaching end of summer this morning, it occurred to me that every darn month is like this – the months come too fast and they go too fast.  They all seem significant and pivotal for some reason, too.  Like I don’t want any of them to escape until I’ve had my way with them.  You with me???

 

So, my brilliant idea for the SMA…

 

I’m going to start a new tradition for our first episode of every month.  The first Monday of every month will be the “3 Things to Think About in [New Month]” episode.  This way, I can give you some pointers on setting intentions and goals for the month that are relevant to where we are in the course of the year.  I think this will be SUPER DUPER helpful for you (and for me – whoop!)

 

Tune in to today’s episode to hear 3 Things to Think About in August.  This will help you formulate a PLAN for the rest of summer, as well as give you some SUPPORT and GUIDANCE for the upcoming transition into a new school year.  This is good stuff, mamas.  Promise. 

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: http://www.KINDsnacks.com/shameless(hop over here to try 10 KIND bars for free – just pay shipping!)

Aug 2, 2017

Renee Metty, M.Ed is a Shameless Mom to 3 kids, ages 7, 9, 11 and is the Founder and CEO of With Pause™. She believes that one’s greatest asset is the quality of attention you bring to every aspect of your experience. Through speaking, workshops and training, With Pause™ boosts your ability to develop richer connections, manage stress, collaborate effectively and renew your mental clarity. 

Renee works with businesses and schools, who are seeking clarity, calm and a more meaningful life. Her approach cultivates mindfulness balanced with compassion while cultivating presence.

Renee is also a Certified Body Language Trainer, allowing her to further support people through their mindfulness practices, daily habits, and communication patterns. 

 

This interview was so fascination to me.  Renee identifies herself as a Type A personality, just as I do.  But you’ll notice that she is slow and careful with her words, the opposite of me.  She has trained herself to slow down and live calmly, even in the midst of chaos.  If you’re Type A, you will love this interview – especially everything Renee shares about the silent retreats she has attended (which sound terrifying to me!) 

 

Listen in to hear Renee share:

 

  • The power of living in perpetual self discovery
  • What it feels like when you cut your speed in half and slow down your life (and her experience doing this through multi-day silent retreats)
  • Why mindfulness cannot be practiced without compassion
  • 3 micro practices you can start doing today to become more mindful
  • The difference between gratitude and appreciation
  • The power of non verbal communication (spoiler: it’s 13 times more powerful than your words)

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Jul 31, 2017

We apologize so much it’s actually offensive.  Your empty apology for being late means nothing.  Your apology for taking up space in an elevator minimizes all women.  Your apology for taking 24 entire hours to reply to an email minimizes the value of you and your time.  

 

JUST STOP ALREADY.  

 

Before I jump down your throat too much, I will tell you I am WITH YOU.  I do it too.  But I’m really working on doing it a lot less.   Because I want to be seen as authentic and strong and of value – because I AM. 

 

Also, I’ve started to catch Vinnie apologizing inappropriately – for little things that aren’t his fault - that haven’t actually hurt anyone.  My apologizing is teaching him to minimize himself.  Fan-freaking-tastic. 

 

If you are an over apologizer, or you know someone who is, you need this episode.  

 

If you want to model genuine apologies, connection and relationships to your kids, you need this episode.  

 

I am NOT AT ALL SORRY for imploring you to tune in.  This is a good one. 

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

 

Jul 26, 2017

4 years ago, Julie Fry was fed up with too much travel and not enough control of her schedule or her family life.  She left her corporate sales job and decided to buy a blog, BusinessAmongMoms.com to have more control over her life and spend more time with her kids.   She quickly learned she was way too extroverted for a purely online company and pivoted to serve women entrepreneurs with community, education, and support for their businesses through networking and educational events.

 

Since then, Business Among Moms or BAM, has grown to 20 chapters across the country, and nearly 1000 members. 

 

Along the way Julie has learned about herself and the power of connecting women.  She has created something she truly loves and that fuels her mind and her soul.  

 

While Julie has been busy growing her dream and serving women all over the country, she has also learned how to best serve herself as she lives valiantly with blood chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  

 

I so appreciate Julie coming on the show to talk about building her dream business and building a life she loves around a life with cancer.   

 

Listen in to hear Julie share:

  • How she decided to buy a business and how you anyone can start this journey 
  • The joy in connecting women
  • How to let mommy guilt GO
  • How she was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and her prognosis today
  • How to slow down and still live big

 

Links Mentioned:

Julie’s Website: www.businessamongmoms.com

Business Among Moms on Facebook

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30-day trial)

 

 

Jul 24, 2017

I recently received an email from Shameless Mom Marie.  It was the exact email I needed at exactly the time I needed it – because if you are always on the lookout for well timed events, you’ll find they tend to happen all the time ☺.

 

Marie shared with me her journey of infertility and the crossroads she is currently at.  All of her thoughts mirrored thoughts I’ve had over the last year.  It was pretty amazing to read her words and feel like we have been sharing a brain! 

 

If IVF had worked for us last summer, we would likely be due to have a baby right about now.  I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately.  But I’m not thinking about it more than normal – because I have thought about our IVF experience and our infertility situation on one level or another everyday for the last year.

 

Actually, I’ve thought about my fertility every day for the last 7 years – when we first started trying to get pregnant the first time.  

 

WOW. 

 

7 years is a long time to thing about something every single day.  That’s 2,555 days.  Perhaps I need a new hobby….

 

I wanted to take this episode to reply to the email Marie sent me and share with you where I’m at today – a year after failed IVF – at the time of my once potential due date.  

 

Thank you for listening.  It means a lot to me to be able to share here.  And I am sending ALL THE LOVE to the mamas out there who can relate first hand to my story on any level. You are not alone.

 

 

Links Mentioned:

Photo Credit: Kelsey Moll Photography (thank you Kelsey for our fabulous family photo session!) 

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

 

Jul 19, 2017

Shawna Kaminski has been a fitness professional in the industry for over 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education and too many certifications to count. She is a teacher at heart, having taught school for 20 years. 

 

She’s a #1 best selling author of Lose Your Menopause Belly available on Amazon.

 

She’s owned a small group training studio, multiple fitness boot camps, and she helps thousands of online fitness clients worldwide with her fitness and coaching programs.  She’s appeared on national TV as a fitness expert, authored articles in numerous publications and created curriculum for international fitness businesses.

 

Shawna is in her early 50’s, has two children and a one-eyed rescue dog. 

 

Shawna is back on the show today to talk about her book and give us the lowdown on the truths and myths about aging, menopause, metabolism and how you can love yourself at every stage.

 

Listen in to learn:

  • Can you cure menopause?
  • Lifestyle hacks to manage menopause symptoms
  • Why you need to know about your cortisol, HGH, and insulin
  • The truth about menopause and belly fat
  • Why you want to incorporate metabolic resistance training into your fitness routine
  • Why sleep and stress management are just as important as nutrition and exercise as you age
  • Why small steps to change your lifestyle are better than giant leaps

 

Links Mentioned:

Book: Lose Your Menopause Belly

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

Sponsor: http://www.kindsnacks.com/sma (use this link to get 10 KIND Snacks for $10 + free shipping)

 

Jul 17, 2017

Last Thursday morning I tortured myself with a Tempo run (which involved hard running for 1-4 minutes, with rest intervals in between). To distract myself from the pain, I started mentally calculating how many workouts I've probably done since I started working out (in secret) 22 years ago (after never breaking a sweat in my youth).

I figure I've logged at least 5,500 workouts in at this point.

 

That means:
* 5,500 times I SHOWED UP even if I didn't want to (which is often). 
* 5,500 times I did something I didn't know I could do (I doubt myself at the beginning of almost every workout)
* 5,500 times I did my best, regardless of how ugly or imperfect it was
* 5,500 times I proved I can do hard things

 

These 5,500 workouts have translated into:
* Setting higher goals in all areas of my life
* Trying new things, even if they are scary or I'm not sure I can do them
* Remembering that I am strong, powerful and capable - even when life tries to show me otherwise
* Knowing that I am in control, no matter how crazy things get
* A sense of pride in everything I do - even if it's imperfect

 

You don't have to do something 5,500 times to understand this or live this. But you do need to:

1. Start
2. Show up even when you don't want to
3. Allow for imperfections
4. Stay humble
5. Own your wins
6. Keep going

 

It's really simple, actually. Just START.

 

Here are some things you might have done 1,000-5,500 times without realizing the positive impact on your life:

Change your kids’ diapers first thing in the am

Eat dinner with your family

Walk your kid to school

Drive your kid to soccer practice

Pack school lunches

I know… I KNOW.  These do not seem like life altering tasks.  But they are.  Truly.  Listen in to learn why. 

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

Sponsor: http://www.kindsnacks.com/sma (use this link to get 10 KIND Snacks for $10 + free shipping)

 

Jul 12, 2017

Julia Freeland is an entrepreneur and a catalyst for change. She is dedicated to helping professionals, who have stepped away from their career to raise their children, understand their true value and launch the next phase of their lives.  Julia coaches her clients through an innovative reinvention process to help them RE-Discover themselves, RE-Invent their identities, and RE-Launch their careers and passions.  She is working to break the 1950’s homemaker stereotype and open people’s eyes the value of time spent as a parent.

Julia is an accomplished speaker, leader, facilitator and people development strategist. She helps experienced individuals identify and achieve their goals by inspiring them to consider new perspectives, challenge old beliefs, break through stasis and open up to learning again. 

 

Julia was a stay at home mom for years – and found herself in a situation of many, many stay at home moms, where she vastly underestimated her worth in her role and felt lost and alone as she navigated life after leaving the corporate world. Her perspective on her role as a stay at home mom greatly damaged her self worth and her marriage.  

 

I know you will learn a lot from Julia’s story and you will find yourself cheering as she shares what she has learned over the years.  You’ll probably get especially excited when she compares stay at home moms to CEOs.  I know I did!

 

Listen in to hear Julia share:

  • Why motherhood doesn’t have to stop you from dreaming about what you truly want out of life
  • Why your dreams are just as important as your partner’s
  • How SAHM moms are just as worthy and as powerful and skilled as CEOs
  • How laundry makes you more resilient (seriously)
  • Why you need to constantly evolve your belief system
  • The difference between perception of what we do and the reality of what we do
  • How to evaluate your self worth (and how does it compare to the worth you place in your kids and partner)

 

Links Mentioned:

Website: REvolveYOU.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReadytoREvolve/

Instagram: @revolve_you

Twitter: @REvolveYOU

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julia-freeland-revolveyou/

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

Sponsor: http://www.kindsnacks.com/sma (use this link to get 10 KIND Snacks for $10 + free shipping)

 

Jul 10, 2017

If I offered you a magical elixir that would give you endless energy would you take it?  I WOULD!

 

Today I’m going to give you 11 elixirs of sorts.  Trying any one of these things will likely dramatically improve your daily energy – trying a few other them together might just be better than coffee.  Seriously.  

 

Oh, and we’ll talk about coffee too!  Your coffee might actually be sucking your energy.  I say this as someone who loves my coffee, but is also acutely aware of its limits.

 

Cozy up and take some notes on this one – cause there are some golden tips in here that will get fired up and totally energized! 

 

Links Mentioned:

Sponsor: Aaptiv.com (use code SMA30 for a free 30 day trial)

Sponsor: http://www.kindsnacks.com/sma (use this link to get 10 KIND Snacks for $10 + free shipping)

 

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