Earn Your Happy Podcast | Motivation | Self-Love |

Earn Your Happy Podcast | Motivation | Self-Love |

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Get all the inside secrets and tools you need to help you bust through your fears, connect to your soul and get focused and clear so you can elevate your life, business and relationships… Listen in as Lori Harder, founder of the Bliss Project, 3X time fitness world champion, fitness expert and cover model, turned self love junkie - lifestyle entrepreneur and author digs in shares the goods! Each episode is designed to give you the tools, ideas, and inspiration to take action in your life. Tune in for an inspirational guest, a story or a "quickie" of motivation to get you out of a funk or blast you even further on your rockstar journey! Stop waiting until you are happy and go out and earn it! I promise to make sure we have some fun along the way - you can't take this life too serious. It's time to fall in love with the process and take back your control! Oh and please make sure to share the episodes that give you goosebumps and leave us a review!

Episodes

98: Find Your Fit Method with Zlata Sushchik  
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Zlata Sushchik is a lifestyle coach, sports nutritionist and founder an online fitness coaching company called Sexyfit.

She grew up in Moscow, Russia and moved to the US when she was 16. Throughout her career as a fitness competitor she was awarded top 5 placements at 26 shows including top 3 national titles. Her work has been featured in Muscular Development, Flex Magazine, Rx fitness and countless other publications. Sexyfit method has helped women lose over 6,500 pounds by providing virtual nutrition, fitness and accountability coaching to help you live a healthier, happier and sexier lifestyle. Zlata is known for her no nonsense, no BS approach to health and fitness.

At Sexyfit, she is focused on creating a foundation for sustainable lifestyle to help you get in shape and most importantly create the habits to keep your sexy fit body. She resides in San Diego, enjoys long walks on the beach, caramel cupcakes and kale smoothies. She collects Nike shoes and is a member of four local gyms #FitGirlLife Appearing for her second time on Earn Your happy, she is ecstatic to share with us the announcement of her new book! A tid-bit of background on Zlata (in case you missed her first episode) at 16 years old, she moved to the USA from Moscow, Russia. Fascinated with the American foods and sweets (along with natural puberty and just plain ol’ growing up,) Zlata tells us that her “body type” wasn't always what it is now.

“I’ll never forget being kicked out of dance class as a little kid, being told verbatim 'Your gut is disgusting.'”

As if that weren't traumatizing enough, she recalls herself having low self-esteem through middle school, her high shool breakup and even college. Not allowing herself to get stuck in the “body shame” rut for long, she came out on the other end, stronger and more confident than ever! Competing in over 28 fitness shows and with continuous self-development work, Zlata is the epitome of SexyFit!

“I am so grateful for what I have been able to create stemming from my challenges, from me falling flat on my face.”

Zlata’s boo, The SexyFit Method was created to complete food freedom, love your body and reclaim your life. It is a step by step guide to “start over” if you wish. To find the real you and to love her/him hard! She’ll help clear that path for you and educate you on “Five Steps to Your Transformation” along with a 21 Day Jump Start Fitness Plan. What are you waiting for!?

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Confidence Strength Habit forming Perseverance Body image Fitness Wellness Accountability Sexy Resources: The SexyFit Method Book

Looking for the perfect balance of SEXY and FIT? Head over to sexyfit.com and you can also find Zlata on social media @iamsexyfit

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97: How To KEEP YOUR NEW HABIT  
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"It’s falling in love with the day to day, one thing at a time. It’s falling in love with the journey.”

Being able to “fail out loud” is just as important, if not more, than being able to celebrate out loud! It’s recognizing that you are human and you will come across human set-backs, along the way, but continuing to push though and not allowing that to deter your goal. Having someone who is on the same page as you or even an entire tribe on the same page as you, (my Body + Soul tribe) is vital! They will be your backbone and your extra push on the days when you'd rather sit in PJ’s and watch Netflix, but know you should be hitting the gym and meal planning!

“Unless you are in supported ground and soil, you will not be able to grow where you are.”

Which brings me to today’s big topic…HABIT. It’s now the second week into 2017 and the buzz/enthusiasm for new goals is starting to die dow, but that doesn’t mean yours should! Despite what you have heard, thanks to the audible book I have been listening to “The Answer,” it takes about 66 days (on average) to change or form a habit. It’s only January 12th, moral of the story…DON’T.STOP.NOW.

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Commitment Celebrating small steps Planning Health Wellness Growth Support Tribe Habit Resources: New Year 60 Day Challenge! Psycho-Cybernetics by: Maxwell Maltz The Answer by: John Assaraf

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98: Conquer Your Year - Your Map To Getting Clear with Natalie MacNeil  

Natalie MacNeil is an Emmy Award-winning media entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of She Takes on the World, The Conquer Kit, and Conquer Your Year. She is also the creator of SheTakesOnTheWorld.com, one of the top sites on the planet for entrepreneurial women. It was recognized by Forbes on “Top 10 Websites for Entrepreneurial Women” and was featured by ForbesWoman on “Top 100 Websites for Women.” Today, Natalie and her team are focused on transforming businesses around the world through The Conquer Club, a 12-month implementation incubator for ambitious entrepreneurs.

Natalie is frequently quoted and interviewed in the media. She has appeared in top media outlets like Time, Glamour, People StyleWatch, Inc., Forbes, ForbesWoman, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Entrepreneur.com, Globe and Mail, Mashable, and more.

Starting her career as a Media Producer, Natalie tells us that being an entrepreneur wasn't always the plan.

“She takes on the world was always my side business, or my 'accidental' business.” I

t all came about as Natalie was traveling the world, producing of course, but also creating her first blog known to us as “She Takes On The World.” Starting out with only a couple dozen subscribers, she is proud to say that she has turned her blog into an outlet that has reached ten’s of thousands of women, all over the world!

“Now, with my third book out, it has allowed me to travel the world and serve ambitious women who are creating success on their own.”

Such an honor to have Natalie on today, to give us incredibly impactful and powerful advice. Fully believing that entrepreneurship is the new “Women’s Movement,” she lets us know that manifesting your dreams and becoming successful isn't out of reach for anyone! In fact, its only a stones throw away.

“No one is a natural born entrepreneur, you just have to start with a vision of what you want and WHY you want it.”

Specifically created for those who have a vision and are truly pushing for it to become a reality in 2017, Natalie has created The Conquer Kit which can be found and purchased on the website below. We are all on this earth for a purpose and with a purpose. Give Natalie and I one-hour of your time and I can assure you, you will be well on your way for a successful and prosperous new year AND new life.

In This Episode You Will Learn: Entrepreneurship Creating a plan Masterminding Organization Scheduling Time-blocking Blogging Resources: She Takes On The World by: Natalie MacNeil The Conquer Kit at conqueryouryear.com My 60 Day New Year Challenge!

For more information about this powerhouse visit shetakesontheworld.com or conqueryouryear.com for a planner made specifically for the growing entrepreneur!

 

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95: The BEST WAY to Get SUPPORT You Need for Your GOALS in the NEW YEAR!  

Are you looking to knock your New Years resolutions out of the park, but don't know where to start!? Well…you’re in the right spot! Today’s quickie is all about creating or joining a support tribe to be on the journey WITH you and to keep you motivated and accountable with every move.

 

“It’s about becoming a new and better version of your already-amazing-self, in order to reach those goals!”

We’ve all started something and then fallen off the wagon, am I right!? But there is no better time than NOW to begin and actually follow through. Trust me, your future self will thank you! Join me on my new and improved 60 day workout challenge! For the first time, I have created real-time workout videos so you can workout at home and feel as if you are right there with me!

In The episode You Will Learn About: Internal Success External Success Finding your tribe Creating healthy habits Fitness Challenges Meditation Resources: My Cookbook! The New Year 60 Day Challenge

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94: LEAP of FAITH into the NEW YEAR with Alexi Panos  

A leader in the Emergent Wisdom movement, Alexi Panos is on a mission to make personal development mainstream through her books, youtube channel, workshops, international speaking and working with her non profit, E.P.I.C. in Africa. She’s one of Origin Magazines TOP 100 CREATIVES CHANGING THE WORLD, and is a featured expert in the films THE ABUNDANCE FACTOR and RISEUP. She’s authored the books 50 WAYS TO YAY! and NOW OR NEVER, both by Simon & Schuster.

Growing up with divorced parents, Alexi takes us back with her, to remembering the long 8 hour road trips she took often, in order to see her Mom. Being only eight years old, the hours seemed extra long and drawn out but she specifically remembers to the audible books her Mother would listen to, to stay awake on the drive.

“I just wanted to listen to Madonna and dance in the car but my Mom always had on Mariann Williamson and Tony Robbins. I must admit, I kind-of secretly liked it.”

Jumping forward to her teenage and young adult years, the memories of the audible books and the lessons they taught, came in handy quite often.

“I came from a small town in Pennsylvania, and it reminded me that I can have a life of my choosing.”

A few fun facts that you may not know about Alexi are spilled in her interview as well! Trying out for a newspaper singing audition (which started as a dare) ended up leading her to a record deal with Def Jam and Murder Inc., allowing her to tour from the age of 17-19 with then popular rapper, Ja Rule. Where are my hip-hop lovers at?! Touring the world seems like everyone’s dream, am I right? But it was the last stop of the tour that really hit home for Alexi.

“I was in Cape Town South Africa on the tour bus, and looked to my right to see a shanti town on the side of the road. Looked back at the tour bus and it was as if the two worlds didn't match. As if my entire reality just shifted.”

Returning back to New York, Alexi left the music business and picked up a bartending job, simply to make the months rent. She was no longer willing to “sell her soul for fame,” as she put it. With the little money she did have, Alexi and her business partner soon created E.P.I.C a non-profit organization giving back and making an impact, internationally! Alexi is the perfect example of following the things that ignite your soul, at all costs and whatever it takes! Its important to know that for your own person growth, that you truly understand you will always be a work in progress. There is never a defined finish line, it is all about the journey there. I couldn't think of a better podcast guest, other than Alexi, to give us all that extra push of inspiration to catapult us into 2017! New Year. New beginnings. New ideas. New you.

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Synchronicity Leaps of faith Journey Finding yourself Perspective Shifting Soul searching Perseverance Resources: 50 Ways to YAY by: Alexi Panos Now or Never by: Preston Smiles and Alexi Panos E.P.I.C. Non-profit Organization Lori Harder's New Year 60 Day Challenge

Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube @alexipanos and visit www.alexipanos.com.

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93: SIX STEPS We Take to ACHIEVE OUR GOALS with my husband Chris Harder  

Excited to have my favorite person and #1 fan on today’s podcast, my amazing husband! Chris and I have been married for over 11 years and have been work partners-in-crime for over half of that time!

As 2017 rapidly approaches, we are thrilled to be able to share our tips and tools for a prosperous New Year. Listen in for “Our 6 Steps To Achieving Our Goals:”

Set your goals Create a clearing time blocking daily habits Change what “your best” is Redefine your rewards Find and enroll your tribe 60 day challenge One day at a time be present full time faith patience Resources: Please email customerservice@loriharder.com for SERIOUS ISAGENIX INQUIRIES ONLY Lori Harder's NEW YEAR 60 DAY CHALLENGE

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92: AMP UP Your RELATIONSHIPS with Preston Smiles  

Preston Smiles, Personal Freedom Coach, is like nobody in the speaking or personal development world. Breaking all the rules, Preston is carving out his own path as an emerging Next Generation Thought Leader. He has been on the cover of Millennial Magazine with his wife Alexi and also won the Millennial Mentor Award by Elixir Magazine, and recently launched his book LOVE LOUDER- 33 Ways to Amplify Your Life (published by Simon and Schuster). 

Preston is a force to be reckoned with. Generating millions of views with his message of LOVE, AUTHENTICITY and CREATIVITY, Preston Smiles is making a huge impact with his loyal social media tribe, using his unique gift to make complex ideas simple and relatable. Going through different stages, and feeling as if he has lived in many lifetimes, Preston shares with us how and why he began making it his life’s mission to preach LOVE.

Growing up Dyslexic, in the 80’s, the public school system decided to place Preston in Special-Ed classes. Feeling as if he were less than or “uncool,” his mission was to prove them all wrong. Making friends with all the “cliques,” dominating in all sports and always on top of the latest clothing trends, Preston outwardly seemed fine, but was still really a hurting young boy on the inside. Joining a gang at the young age of 11 and partaking in illegal activities, Preston was taken out of his first school and moved into a predominately “white” school, which made him the cool new kid as he called it.

“I began to notice that underneath all of our stories, we are all dealing with the same stuff.”

But the saga continued…Fast forwarding to his twenties, Preston experienced a personal health scare that changed his life. Turning his “mess into his message” is just putting it lightly. He is now one of our most influential speakers and a proud preacher of love.

Surrounding himself with constant positivity and acts of kindness, his name “Smiles” is well fitting. His advice for attracting the right kinds of love is heartwarming and his outlook on life is the guideline I believe we should all follow. If you're looking to spark or RE-spark the flame in your relationship, you've come to the right place.

“Love is all there is, was and ever will be.”

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Relationships Love Growing Synchronicity Positivity Fate Attracting Vibes Sabotaging Resources: Love Louder by Preston Smiles Thrive Live Event Now or Never by: Preston Smiles and Alexi Panos

 

Couldn't get enough of Preston? Amp up your life at prestonsmiles.com or follow him on social media @PrestonSmiles

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91: Everything You Need to Know About MASCULINE and FEMININE ENERGY and How It PROPELS Your Relationships and Life FORWARD with Christine Hassler  

Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination.

In 2005, she wrote her first best-selling book and began her life’s work as a coach, keynote speaker, author, retreat leader, and podcast host. Christine began coaching in 2004 and is a known for catalyzing radical self-reflection while offering practical direction. Her third book, Expectation Hangover is the guidebook for how to transform adversity into opportunity.

Dedicated to inspiring people to make the changes that lead to fulfillment, she hosts a weekly podcast, Over It and On With It, where she life coaches people live on the air. Christine also runs a business-training program teaching entrepreneurs how to build a prosperous career according to their “Secret Sauce.”

As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country at conferences, and corporations. She has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E! and many others. She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Cosmo. Christine grew up in Dallas, graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and received her Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Christine is active in volunteerism and loves living a healthy lifestyle.

She currently resides in Los Angeles and loves spending time with her family and friends in Austin, Texas. For those of you who may not dabble in your personal “energies” much, or even for those of us who think we are pros at understanding and truly feeling our energies, Christine is back on today to switch things up for us!

Being it is her second time around on the Earn Your Happy podcast, I knew that this topic was one I think we could all use some EXTRA knowledge in… Did you know as a man AND a woman, we all have both masculine and feminine energies?!

“We’ve been living in the illusion of separation and living mostly in ego, like we've come up with constructed personalities and we are sort of now just getting back to the knowing that we are all one, that we are all connected.”

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Expectations Vulnerability Diversity Showing up Feminine Energy Masculine Energy Balance Resources: Over It and On With it Podcast by: Christine Hassler Expectation Hangover

Do yourself a favor and check out christinehassler.com or find her on social media @christinehassler on Instagram. Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com

90: How Your WORKOUT CHANGES FAR MORE Than JUST Your BODY with Holly Perkins  
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Holly Perkins is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. She is the author of Lift to Get Lean (Rodale, 2015) and the leader of Women’s Strength Nation. Holly is a contributing writer and expert for Women’s Health, SELF, Fitness, Shape, Prevention, Men’s Health and LIVESTRONG. Holly’s mission is to empower women on a personal and spiritual level by leading them into the weight room on a journey of physical strength. Shape magazine named Holly as one of the “Top Trainers to Follow” in 2015.

Raised in a small town in Pennsylvania, Holly’s mom was pressing to make sure she chose a career path and was adamant that she pursued whatever she dreamt. With that being said, around the time Holly was in high school, she had no choice but to start to think about her future.

“I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I loved fitness!”

Following her bliss, as she calls it, she eventually graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, beginning her career as a personal trainer at a high-end, celebrity focused gym in New York. Although her work life couldn't have gone better, Holly hit a low point in her personal life, escalating her passion even more, for fitness and strength training.

“During that phase, the only thing that got me through was my practice and commitment to strength training.”

Fast forwarding to present day, her main message is now to help specifically women, cultivate their personal strength thru strength training! She really hits home as she gets deeper into the “WHAT’S.” What’s really stopping you from loosing the weight? What’s the real reason you wont put on that bikini? She stated it perfectly….

“If it was as simple as just getting into those skinny jeans, you would have already done it. We all have the knowledge and the information out there to do it, it’s actually not that hard. Its all of the other aspects of your motivation and your happiness…what really drives you.”

Getting in shape is just the icing on the cake, it is sorting thru the deep rooted issues and reasons and coming out on the other/better end, that will keep these results long-lasting and meaningful!

“You have to expose your body to a challenge, in order for it to overcome and get stronger.”

These challenges she speaks of, are most likely the ones that you think are “the end,” but let me tell you now…they are really jus the beginning! The job loss, the break up, the pay cut, the loss of a loved one, list the goes on.

Let’s try to turn the “Why is this happening to me?” into “What will I learn from this?” Holly’s amazing advice is guaranteed to turn your frown upside down, dust the cobwebs off your inner strength and allow your Super Woman to SHINE! It’s about time!

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Strength Training Conditioning Fitness Health Wellness Women Personal strength Challenge Leaps of faith Super power Resources: WomensStrengthNation.com Lift to Get Lean by: Holly Perkins

Follow Holly on her most active channel, Instagram @Hollyperkins or find her on the web at HollyPerkins.com.

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89: QUICKIE! It's SELFISH to NOT CARE for YOURSELF  

One of my favorite topics, yet one that I feel most of us forget about the fastest…self care. How could you possibly begin to love or care for others, without doing the same for yourself first?!

“It is selfish to not care for yourself”

Whatever story matches yours, maybe you're a Mom, a CEO looking after tons of employees, or a Nurse with long shifts, WHATEVER the case may be, it is vital to look after yourself just as much as you would any one else!

So why the bad rep? Why is it “bad to be selfish?! NEWSFLASH…it’s not! In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you will be criticized anyways!” Starting now (because I am asking you to take a second for yourself,) answer the following questions:

How do I show up the I don’t make time for myself? How do I show up when I don’t take care of my physical body and health? How do I show up when I don’t sleep? How do I show up when I don’t eat foods that make me feel healthy? How do I show up when I keep putting off that thing I know would make me feel good?

Time for me to get real… “

If you want your children to be happy and the people around you, you WILL get selfish, you will be a little bit selfish! It doesn’t mean in life, that you are a selfish person, it just means that you put self care first.”

Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first.

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Self care Self love Preparing for the New Year Creating habits Routine Time management Selfishness Resources: My Holiday Survival Guide My HoliBurn Challenge

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88: Cravings, Boundaries, Play, and Pleasure with Alexandra Jamieson  

Growing up outside of Portland, Alexandra describes her childhood as “growing up with hippies.” Always eating healthy, straight out of a garden to be exact, Alex as a young child always craved sugar.

“When I found out that the church down the street served cookies and kool-aid every weekend, I started going to church…by myself, just to have the cookies!” 

By the age of 15, like most teenagers, Alexandra finally got to decide her own diet and what she chose to eat, especially now that she had a job and was making her own money. This continued for about 10 years, until she began to get extremely sick in her mid 20’s.

“I had migraine headaches about 3-4 days a week and put on about 20 lbs. even after the extra college weight.”

The first doctor she visited, wrote her a prescription for a cocktail of different meds, but it wasn't until her second (and different) doctor visit, that they actually found the core of the issues.

“He asked what I had been eating, and gave me a list of foods to eat and a list of foods to avoid. I wanted to cry! The list to avoid was everything I loved.”

It may have been a bottom-point for Alexandra during that time of pain and disappointment, but it turned into a love and passion for food, molding her into what we would call a “Food Junkie!” She attended culinary school at The Natural Gourmet Institute and began diving headfirst into nutritional research, specifically geared towards healing foods. Flashing forward to present day and the (thankfully) healthier Alexandra, she shares the story of how she met her husband, Morgan, and the film they produced together, that not only changed their lives, but the lives of the millions viewers who have ever watched “Super Size Me.” (And if you haven't, I HIGHLY recommend it!) Listen in as Alexandra shares the science behind cravings, the power of healing foods and her extensive amount of nutritional knowledge, that I believe is vital for a healthier happier YOU!

“You cant just take away sugar, you cant just take away the foods that give you that dopamine hit. You have to also add in fun and play and pleasure in equal amounts.”

Going off of what Alexandra said, it’s about taking away AND adding in…it’s called a balanced life!

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Sugar addiction Eating healthy Food awareness Diet Wellness Self care Cravings Resources: Alexandra's 3 FREE Meditations Super Size Me

See more from the lovely Alexandra at alexandrajamieson.com and make sure you download her AMAZING & FREE meditations, through the link above! Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com

87: QUICKIE! Make This YOUR BEST HOLIDAY SEASON  

Before the holiday storm arrives, if it hasn't already, I'm here to help you recharge!

It's important for your own sanity and for those in your company to set a daily recharge, for yourself, to really be able to live in the present and enjoy the most beautiful time of year!

Set agreements for your holiday company, don't be afraid to ask for help when you're feeling overwhelmed, but the key is to remain grateful that you even have this family/friends/things on your agenda! Could you imagine your life without it?! It would be so boring without the chaos!

"We want to wrap every memory in awesomeness!"

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Agreements Permission Recharging Making a set plan Gratefulness Resources: My Holiday Survival Guide

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86: Get MORE By DOING LESS - and The SCIENCE to Back It Up with Shawn Stevenson  

Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast on iTunes.

A graduate of The University of Missouri – St. Louis with a background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides Wellness Services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews.

As an aspiring athlete, Shawn had a bright future in football and other sports. Staying active and playing sports was a way of life, until a tragic incident at the age of 15. Breaking his hip while running on the school track, Shawn came to later find out that he had Degenerative Bone Disease and Degenerative Disc Disease.

“My physician at the time told me I had the spine of an 80 year old, when I was only 20 years old.”

As the years went by, due to lack of motivation and ability to be as active as he once was, Shawn began packing on the pounds. Not only was this disease effecting his body, but also his sleep. The pain it brought on from switching comfortable positions in bed, was unreal.

“I would take a special cocktail of medicines before bed, just to knock me out. But it was pseudo sleep, not the high-quality type of sleep.”

With the hopes and all of his trust of his future solely in the doctors hands, it didn't take long before Shawn realized that it was up to HIM to get HIMSELF better. “I cut away the possibility of anything else, besides me getting well.” And so the journey began…to where Shawn is now! Fast forwarding, and healing (Spoiler alert!) Shawn has become a Best Selling Author and a health/sleep genius! His joy became being of service to those around him, to sharing his story and helping heal those in need. Whether it be love and relationships, health and nutrition or even just the advice to become your own leader, Shawn holds a space to help us all! With absolutely, amazingly insane health and sleep tips, Shawn’s interview on todays podcast is one that I highly recommend you tune into! Did you know you could lose fat while you sleep? …count me in!

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Relationships Love Abundance Diagnosis’ Optimizing nutrition Movement Sleep Heath tips Willpower Helping others Resources: The Model Health Show (podcast) by: Shawn Stevenson Sleep Smarter by: Shawn Stevenson

For the ultimate guide to maximizing your sleep and your heath, head over to theshawnstevensonmodel.com or follow him on social media @shawnmodel Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com

85: QUICKIE! 5 Ways To STOP WORRYING  

"Living in worry invites death in a hurry.”

There’s a reason it’s called “disease.” It is living in a state of dis-ease. Worrying creates certain toxic chemicals which are then sent out to our body, putting us in a state of despair. Crazy to think, but choosing positivity over negativity can actually add years to your life!

“Worry does not take away tomorrow troubles, it takes away todays peace.”

I’d love to share the 5 things you can start doing NOW, to switch your mindset:

Setting aside a “worry time” Pray Except what you cannot change Workout! Meditate

And now that I’ve gotten your attention, I’m really just here to turn all your worriers, into WARriors!

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Worrying Living in the future instead of the present Stress Anxiety Disease or Dis-Ease Switching your mindset Resources: loriharder.com/challenge

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84: Shift Your METABOLISM for PEAK ENERGY and FAT LOSS with Mark Sisson  

Health and fitness expert Mark Sisson is the Best Selling Author of The Primal Blueprint and one of the leading voices of the Evolutionary Health Movement. His blog, MarksDailyApple.com, has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom’s diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being.

Mark’s efforts to promote primal living extend to a line of nutritional supplements, a book publishing company, a Primal Kitchen line with healthy mayonnaise, salad dressing, and other functional foods, and the burgeoning Primal Kitchen Restaurants fast casual restaurant chain.

Mark is a former elite endurance athlete, with a 2:18 marathon and a 4th place Hawaii Ironman finish. His latest book, Primal Endurance, applies the primal eating and lifestyle principles to the challenge of endurance training—helping athletes overcome the common conditions of burnout and carbohydrate dependency.

With the combination of Evolutionary Science and Modern Genetic Science, Mark shares his overflow of knowledge with us, in the field of health and wellness.

“It’s all about the food you eat, the types of movement you choose to do, your sun exposure, the amount of sleep you get and even the amount of play you give yourself.”

The above is what Mark likes to call, our “Primal Blueprint.” Looking for ways to live your healthiest and happiest life while enjoying every bit of food you eat? Mark’s life hacks and tips allow us to do so without the feelings of regret and/or sacrifice.

“I want people to arrive at a space where they are intuitively making the kind of choices they feel good about in real time, but that don’t compromise their health long-term.”

Mark helps us understand that we in fact CAN have it all. The great foods, the fit bodies, the healthy heart etc..Our one life to live shouldn't have to revolve around sacrificing the food and things that make our mouths happy.

“It’s also about the movement. It doesn’t have to be something we dread. I like to find ways to move that are fun, so it can become something you look forward to, and enjoyable experience.”

Getting rid of all processed foods and “sweets” is on the top of his tip list. Re-wiring our brain to curb these cravings will help substantially. Listen in, to hear what Mark substitutes in, when he has those sweet cravings. (I’ve never even heard this one before!) With the most positive outlooks on intakes, Mark’s great advice will have you amped to be the healthiest version of you!

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Shifting metabolism Peak energy Fat loss Health tips Diet Optimizing fitness Food choices Reduce cravings Body input Resources: The Primal Blueprint by: Mark Sisson Primal Endurance by: Mark Sisson

For more healthy and sustainable tips, you can find Mark at marksdailyapple.com. Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com

83: QUICKIE! Use GRATITUDE to Change Your Life!  

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beatty

Although I truly believe that every single solitary day should be filled with an abundance or thankfulness and gratefulness, it is important that today, before the hustle bustle and family/friend fun that you take a moment to sit in gratitude. You can not attract more of the good stuff, without already being grateful for what you have!

“Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you DON’T have, you'll never ever have.” -Oprah Winfrey

Before eating tonight (just another thing to be grateful for,) go around the table and have everyone name one thing they are “thankful for.” Creating bonds and family traditions are my favorite, so join me! Stop. Drop & Get GRATEFUL! Have a happy and healthy holiday!

In The Episode You Will Learn About: Thankfulness Gratitude Family tradition Celebration Resources: loriharder.com/challenge

Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com

82: The MOST POWERFUL MANTRA You Can Say and HOW to Use it with Lisa Van Ahn  

Lisa is the creator of the I AM Initiative: a self-defense through self-empowerment curriculum for pre/mid teen girls and the author of ‘I AM: A Girls Guide To Harnessing Superpowers’.

The purpose of her workshops and book is to empower girls and demonstrate the necessity of self-love in relationship to self-protection. Lisa Van Ahn is a professional boxer and kick boxer. She found her way to the sport after being exploited as a child, years of believing she was unworthy, and living as a victim. Once she began kickboxing, her self-esteem soared and she was able to heal the wounds that were inflicted in her younger years.

She started her fighting career in 1996, and quickly rose to the top of her sport with a regional Championship title and moved on to fighting professionally winning a national Kickboxing title in 2000. After winning her kickboxing title Lisa found fights difficult to procure and decided to take on the world of boxing. She boxed professionally in Las Vegas from 2001-2004 and fought on many prestigious cards and arenas including the Arco Arena SAC, and the Philips Arena, ATL. She also appeared on ESPN’s Friday night fights. Lisa still fights for the U.S. kickboxing team and won a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games in 2012. In 2015/16 she also participated as a competitor on the popular NBC show, American Ninja Warrior. Lisa’s passion for finding her inner superpower stemmed from her difficult childhood of being exploited. By the young age of 15, Lisa started having unfortunate suicidal thoughts after feeling like all her darkest secrets had been exposed. Coming from a place of deep salt-blame, Lisa struggled as a child, teen and young adult. Playing the “victim role” was all she knew, which again led her to making poor choices. At only 19, Lisa found herself in an abusive relationship with a much older man.

“I remember specifically one day as he kicked me out of his Bronco, I landed in the front entrance of a kick-boxing studio and had two options…I can sit here and cry or I can walk myself into that studio.”

Sometimes, it’s in our darkest moments that we find our truest selves. Lisa knew that was the perfect time to stop playing the victim, stop saying “I cant do anything about this,” and decided to turn her life around!

“Very often the world is going to put you down or give your mixed messages. You have to be able to recognize yourself!”

Young or old, still in search of your inner superpower?! Let Lisa be the one to help dust off the cobwebs on your wings, and if you're not even sure where to begin, recite the following with me:

“My thoughts guide my attitude. My attitude guides my actions and my actions create my reality.”

Don’t let anything fool you, the universe is always on your side of the ring! (Pun intended)

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Finding your superpower Being mindful of your thoughts Self love Positive action Empowerment Knowing your worth Protecting yourself Boxing Resources: http://www.iaminitiative.com/

Find out some more BADASS inspiration at lisavanahn.com or iaminitiative.com. Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com

81: QUICKIE! The PURSUIT IS HAPPINESS  

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” -Frederick Conan

Do the “expectations” of the holidays sometime’s bring you down? You aren't alone! We are inundated with commercials and TV shows/movies of the most perfect holidays, but let’s be honest…life happens.

First, it’s important to recognize and appreciate what is in you OWN home, right under your nose and secondly, if you do want more of that “commercial feel” you need to plan for it. Planning some games and/or quality time is the perfect way to add more happiness to your home. Accepted or rejected, it doesn’t matter! Haven't you always heard, “it’s the thought that counts?!”

Accepting everyone and anyone who joins you at the table this year, is a sure way to have the most perfect holiday. In fact, it is all of your differences, that make you a “family.”

Let us not forget, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Thankfulness Expectations Acceptance Holiday chaos Being present Planning Resources: loriharder.com/challenge

Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com

79: QUICKIE! GET PEACE BACK IN UNCERTAIN TIMES  

“Peace, it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

In times of chaos, whether it be because of the holiday season, our country’s situation or maybe even something personal like your love life and/or job. It is remembering that peace is an inside job, that will help find the light at the end of the tunnel.

We are all guilty of getting wrapped up in the noise of a busy day, but it’s important to listen to our noise within, our inner voice. Our intuition and what speaks without words, can be the loudest.

“Grace and Space,” the two most incredible gifts to give yourself this holiday season.

In This Episode You Will Learn About: Finding peace through chaos Fear vs. faith The little voice inside you Giving yourself grace and space Meditation Prayer

Follow me on social media @LoriHarder on Instagram and Lori Harder on Facebook. You can also see more at my website: LoriHarder.com

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