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February’s theme for The Good Curves is Spirituality and working on our inner selves. In this episode of TGC podcast, Cass and Cari are focusing on self-talk and affirmations. We’ve provided a summary of the episode below and our #StrongerBetterNow worksheet to help you start creating your own affirmations. Make sure you also get on the list for our February giveaway of Rebekah Borucki’s book, You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life. I hope you enjoy the episode, we reveal a lot about ourselves in these and am sure you can relate to some of the stories we tell haha! Summary * Confessions, affirmation and confirmations and what they are! * Awareness is important is so important for changing self-talk * Know what you say to yourself first and maybe take a log. * Being stuck in the story you tell yourself and how to rewrite it. * Why…

Cari Li got to talk to Judy Arazoza of Grateful Fitness about the importance of midlife fitness, table manners and gratitude! Join her Free 5-Day Fat Loss Fixer starting January 15th: http://bit.ly/5_DayFatLossFixer Get in touch with Judy: Website: www.judyarazoza.com Instagram: @judyarazoza Facebook: Grateful Fitness Here’s a quick summary of the interview: Growing up in Rochester, New York, being the youngest of 8 she talks about her experience with synchronised swimming and gymnastic. Judy shares the sweet story of how her and her husband Eduardo met. How she managed to run a business, keep to workouts and eat well even with 4 kids. How she transitioned from cardio to weight training. The importance for weight training especially for women over 50 to build bone density. Switching to mindful eating and how each woman’s diet is different. Why she decided to leave the competitive lifestyle. How she keeps her priorities in line…

“ ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ “ – John Keats (a poet I used to adore, back when I was a kid and knew that poetry existed) As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to get mired in the small, countless details that come to our attention. Things like “hmmm, running out of milk,” or “laundry needs doing again,” or “hey, that driver cut me off!” I especially get lost in reviewing conversations I had at work the day before, thinking about bills, or trying to plan my day. Sometimes really big things come up, both good and bad. Someone’s getting married, having a baby, lost a job, lost a friend. That’s just life. It has its ups and downs. If you have a network of people around you, it makes the good times better and the hard times a little bit easier to bear. But there…

“Is it going to make me big?” is the first question I always get from my female clients when the topic of weightlifting comes up. To be honest, it’s quite disappointing and I wish it was “is it healthy / good for me?” If lifting weights is a resource that improves your quality of life, how important are the aesthetics of it? Yes, I understand… it’s always nice to look good but I don’t think you see how much the benefits of lifting outweigh the chances of you getting big. See, lifting helps women burn fat more efficiently, increase their bone density, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, control cravings, balance hormones… I can go on and on. You want to know more details, read this article –> Asian Women Don’t Need to be Small!  Let’s talk about “getting big”… Maybe you see how a male friend of yours gained…

Spring is unfolding. Our days are beginning to fill with light, and we can step outside without worrying about coats, boots, salt, and snow. It’s the season of renewal, of emergence, of growth. In the spirit of that, I have been contemplating what’s important to me, and what I want to bring forward through the rest of the year. (Should I have done this around New Year’s? Maybe. But it was so cold, and I had a new dog, and…really, who cares?). The first thing you should know is that I believe very strongly in the goodness of people, and the potential for us to make the world a better place. I believe this despite a lot of evidence that people can do evil things, that everything has a cost, that our societies are deeply, deeply flawed, and that life is flat-out unfair. As someone who is not religious, this…

Hilariously pathetic is when I’m lying down staring at the ceiling laughing and crying at the same time because I’m so fucking awesome but my life is a fucking joke. Hilariously pathetic is when I laugh at my conversation with God because he has a humbling sense of humor. Hilariously pathetic is when I know I have a big purpose but continuously fuck shit up. Hilariously pathetic is when I have such a good thing going for me so I purposely find a reason to ruin it. Hilariously pathetic is when I realize my “good idea” was really a very dumb one. Hilariously pathetic is when God tells me to do something and I fall on my face to learn the lesson. Hilariously pathetic is when I walk into a situation knowing that I shouldn’t as though I’m in an annoying scary movie. Hilariously pathetic is life. Hilariously pathetic is…

I’ve never been into fashion or makeup. In fact, for a long period of my life, I was scornful of feminine or “girly” things. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with what society expects from women, wasn’t comfortable with the way we are sexualized or diminished by a myriad of little things. Pants not having real pockets. Clothing sizes that don’t make sense. Fashions that do a 180 every three months. Uncomfortable shoes that slow me down. Being cold all the time. Haircuts that require a lot of fluffing and gel, which don’t work for my thick, super-straight hair. And bigger things, like being asked “if I can really carry all that” or being told to “smile more.” I’m still not excited about any of that. But after a few years of furtively buying men’s clothing, cutting my hair very (very) short, and avoiding the mall, I found that I still hadn’t…

Focus on you. Keep your eyes on your path alone. Don’t let distractions sidetrack you. If they do, it’s ok… just come back to your path. It’s a meandering path, but that’s what makes it an adventure. There’s portions of it that are a steep uphill to climb, but there’s also the breezy downhills that make an effortless stroll. Either way, you’re moving forward. Don’t look at another’s path for their’s is unique to them and yours is sacred to you. Blessings, obstacles, experiences, people and lessons all show up differently because God and the Universe planned it that way. Don’t be jealous of anyone else’s journey for you are living through things they never have the opportunity to experience. You are touching the lives they may never get to touch. You are changing the world in ways they will never get to change it. Your light shines and your people…

When I was 14 years old I had my first panic attack. I was in the car having just left the store with my then step-mom. I remember my heart racing like I’d never experienced. I honestly thought I was having a heart attack. My whole body felt frozen within my own skin, desperate to crawl out. I reclined my seat and rolled down the window for fresh air. I don’t remember how long it lasted, only that I was completely overtaken by whatever it was. Over the next year I spoke with my doctor and he eventually diagnosed me with anxiety. At 16, when I started taking birth control, my hormones were all out of whack. At that time, my doctor and I decided to start me on a low dose of anxiety medication to offset what the birth control hormones were doing. Through the years I have been…

A popular way to deal with poor eating habits is to withdraw yourself from all the situations that could tempt you into eating what you’re not supposed to. I’m guilty of doing this in certain aspects of my life, food used to be one of them. An example: Not attending social events where there may be “bad foods” or removing everything “bad” from your house. That practice, to me, doesn’t bring me any freedom. Instead, I rather engage in the process of finding my triggers. Engage in what goes through my mind when I can’t stop eating something. Engage in the reasons why I have to fill certain cravings. What I mean by “engage” is to bring your awareness to the connection between mind, body and soul. The body is very smart and has reasons to act the way it does. Think about why you are turning to food. Think of why your hunger is out…