In Episode 256, AJ rejoins Trev to chat about #successfulpersonproblems, and the guys respond to a listener voicemail about the “punctuation walk” (awesome) and whether or not it’s possible to separate an artist’s work from their personal ideologies.
Then Trev sits down for Part 2 of his chat with eating psychology coach, wellness advocate, and spoken-word poet Tessie Tracy to talk about go deeper into what drives our body image and behavior—as well some personal sharing about their own food and fitness journeys. Tessie also shares the first four steps of her seven step process for identifying, connecting with, and ultimately overcoming self-love obstacles.
“We have these images given to us saying, ‘healthy equals this.’ Not expanding our definition of health to something more is very limiting.”
Happiness and the power to create real, lasting, positive transformation in the world is, I’m learning, rooted in the practice of vulnerability. Which is another reason I believe the work Tessie does is so important. We can’t do a (meaningful) thing until we get real with that person in the mirror. Until w get comfortable asking—and responding to—the uncomfortable questions.
A good one to start with: how do I feel about my reflection?
A good followup: why do I feel that way about my reflection?
And a third: how am I backing those feelings up?
In this episode, Tessie and I both get a bit vulnerable with this line of questioning—chatting about body image for men, emotional eating, and the first four of Tessie’s seven step process in identifying, connecting with, and ultimately overcoming self-love obstacles:
- Reveal: Self-Discovery
- Relax: Living Slow and Stress Management
- Restore: Embracing Emotional Expression
- Redefine: Defining Your Own Health (as opposed to letting “others” define it)
That last one is a biggie. How often are we told how to be? What’s appropriate and attractive, and what’s not? What to wear, what to eat, how to workout, what to drive, how to pose for pictures?
And what if we threw all that away? What if the only thing we needed to figure out was what makes us feel great? Authentic? And then—what if that was our highest priority in life?
IAs my grandmother always used to say, “You’ve gotta take care of Number One.” #truthbomb
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