How to Use Movement as Nutrition

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How to Use Movement as Nutrition

I sat down with Zoe Levine, founder of The Thriving Body, MELT instructor, dancer, mother of 2- and the woman who gave me my first ever personal training job in New York City!

We talked about how to fit movement and exercise into our busy lives, no matter if we have time to get to the gym or not!

Zoe gives us so many simple and actionable tools in this conversation!

 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (1:25) The difference between movement and exercise, and how to fit it in your life

~ (9:05) Exercises you can do to maintain vital movement and mobility

~ (14:37) How loss of movement affects our entire body’s alignment

~ (16:10) Changing your environment to change your behavior

~ (18:45) 4 ways to work movement vitamins into your life

WATCH:

 *Don’t miss some exercises that you can do right along with us at 9:05

 We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Which of the tools that she mentioned will you implement today?

Want more from Zoe? 

Whether you’re looking to regain movement back or working to keep what you have- Zoe can help! Learn more about Zoe’s work here.

With love and movement vitamins, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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How to Find Happiness While Striving for More

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How to Find Happiness While Striving for More

I sat down with Tara Tagliaferro, international teaching artist, actor support ally,  song, soul & life coach, to talk about how to find happiness where you are while still striving for more in our lives.

We talk about ways to find gratitude in the now and dream bigger without attachment, plus Tara offers 4 key steps to help you along your path!

 
Plus, we go over: 

~(:35) Why it’s important to love where you are while still striving for more

~(10:48) Getting specific about what we want, but surrendering the timeline

~(14:19) What to do when you’re feeling stuck

~(20:48) How to see rejection as a gift

~(22:30) 4 steps to finding gratitude in the now and working towards what’s next

WATCH:

 Don’t miss out the 4 steps you can start practicing TODAY at 22:30

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Try 1 (or all 4!) of the steps and share how it resonated with you

  1. Feel into a goosebump for your day

  2. When looking at the “more”, feel into what you need to say “No” to for that more to happen

  3. “It’s never never, it’s just a not right now.”

  4. Surrender the picture, and know the feeling.

~ How does it shift your perspective?


Want more from Tara?

Whether you’re looking for a life coach or interested in joining one of Tara’s Wander Women’s Circles, Tara is sure to inspire and enliven you.

Sign yourself up here to know when her next Wander Woman Circle is and get more goodness from her!

 

With love and striving for more, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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the problem with "LOVE YOURSELF"

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the problem with "LOVE YOURSELF"

It's easy to sit here, at my keyboard, and say

"LOVE YOURSELF." 

"LOVE YOUR BODY."

But it's harder to practice that preach.

If you're experiencing

  • injury 

  • disease

  • infertility

  • pregnancy 

  • postpartum struggles

  • miscarriage

  • depression

  • weight gain

  • weight loss

  • chronic pain

  • body dysmorphia

  • holiday stress

  • a long history of body hatred 

...or anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable in your skin, 

it's not always as simple as an affirmation or turning on your 'positive thinking' cap. 

Sometimes bodies can feel like they're betraying us, being uncooperative, or out of control. 

One of mine right now? 

Postpartum hair loss. 

(A year ago I didn't even know that was a thing! IT IS).

Logically I know it's totally normal after birth and throughout breastfeeding. But every time a clump of my curly hair falls out (my locks are sooo much a part of my identity - which is a whole different post for another time!) I let out a frustrated, 

"UGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I HATE THIS!!!!"

I know my hair will grow back and it's the cause of something positive in my life, but in the moment, it feels bad.

CONFESSION: I'm not having loving thoughts toward my body when I see bald spots on my head and handfuls of my hair on the floor.

Maybe you've experienced something like this or maybe you've experienced something more drastic or permanent. 

How can we make peace with our bodies when it feels like they're turning against us?  

I believe it is possible to love yourself and at the same time desperately want your body to change.

It's a continual process.

It's going to take more transitional steps than just proclaiming 'I LOVE MYSELF'.

Here's one thing to try:

Practice recognizing where you are (right here, right now) without the extra commentary.

Start with “This is where I’m at. Today, in my body ___________.”

When I started doing that with my hair loss, I noticed I felt more compassionate, more loving, more kind to myself - without forcing it. 

I even began to put one hand on my forearm, as if a friend were comforting me.

I still don't L O V E losing my hair, but it's... shifted.

Less angst, more softening. 

Less hatred, more acceptance.

Less resistance, more self-kindness. 

Where are you at in your body right now? 

How would you fill this in (right where you are today), 

“This is where I’m at. Today, in my body ___________.”?

Comment below to let me know.

 

With love and body kindness, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - I'm going to be talking more about this, as well as growing your self worth, as a guest teacher in Kelsey Fox Bennet's Abundant Living Course.

The last day to register is TODAY, December 29th! 

If you want to: 
- Grow your worth,
- Start and maintain a daily self-love practice,
- Create fierce and loving boundaries,
- And discover freedom in forgiveness,

then this course is for you! 

All the info is here. Hope to see you in there!!! 

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Self worth + sunsets (our new place!)

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Self worth + sunsets (our new place!)

We made it to California! 

I had a ‘pinch me’ moment a few days after we moved into our new place. 

This is the apartment I've been visioning, doodling, dreaming about in my journal for a few years now!

I sat down in our new living room and thought, "Wow, this is what it feels like when your daydreams become reality. I've arrived."

Of course, that moment was fleeting...

"Your new apartment is so SMALL!", my 8 year old cousin said over FaceTime. 

Our neighbors seemed disappointed. "Aren't the fridge's supposed to have the automatic water and ice maker thingy?". They've also just moved in since their previous home was destroyed in the recent fires.

I could feel it dampen my excitement.

I went from feeling energized, abundant, shining bright... to defensive, 'less than', and dull. 

Listen, I know... one comment was from an EIGHT year old and another from someone who literally watched their home and ALL belongings burn to the ground - A LOT of disappointment is expected and understood.

And yet, it affected me.

Wallowed for a bit, and then I applied my body kindness methods to this situation and turned it around again.

I mean, I have a window at my kitchen sink!

And it doesn't even look onto cement!!!

(If you've ever lived in NYC you feel me).

In fact, this is the view:

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Dishwashing + palm trees + sunset = Not complaining! 

Far too often we let other people's expectations / values / experiences / perspectives / comments determine how we feel about ourselves.

It's like when you've been getting in 3 workouts a week and feeling great about your consistency and the changes you feel in your body. But when Aunt Sally makes her comments about your weight or what you're putting on your plate at the Holiday dinner all of that self-pride diminishes and you want to stop. 

Here's an important note on self-worth:

Other people Can Not determine your self-worth for you.

YOU have to determine (and maintain) your self-worth yourself.

Sometimes easier said than done, but I have some tools and ideas to help. 

I'm going to be sharing them as a guest expert in Kelsey Fox Bennet's Abundant Living Online Course

We're going to dive in and talk Growing Your Self Worth in a special coaching call.

The course consists of 5 live coaching calls with Kelsey and 4 expert calls (including the one with yours truly!) to help you:

  • Grow your worth.

  • Start and maintain a daily self-love practice.

  • Create fierce and loving boundaries.

  • And discover freedom in forgiveness.

Kelsey’s toolbox includes how to rewire our brain and body (seriously! - she's a Licensed Brain Gym Instructor, among other interesting modalities) to help us move beyond old patterns and blocks and experience the abundance we truly desire.

I'm honored to be an expert in this course and get to explore this very important topic!

Want to join us?

There's a $100 discount and bonus gift box when you sign up before December 17th!

Get all the details + reserve your spot here

 

With love, self worth, and sunsets, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - The quickie version: 

If you're interested in growing your self worth, creating fierce and loving boundaries, and welcoming in a ton of abundance into your life join in to Kelsey Fox Bennet's Abundant Living Online Course.

I'm one of the featured experts and you'll get a coaching call with me + Kelsey on the subject of growing your self worth.

Plus if you reserve your spot by December `17th you get $100 discount and a bonus gift box! 

 

PPS - Wondering why I'm talking about palm trees?!? I moved out of Brooklyn! 

If you're still looking for in-person at home training in NYC though, I've got you covered.

Leave a comment and say "Hook me up!" and I'll connect you with the superb trainer I hand picked to take over my in-person clients. Everyone's been loving her! 


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Hiya, I’m elyse!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com 


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Saying goodbye to NYC

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Saying goodbye to NYC

Big announcement!

My new small family and I have decided to say goodbye to Brooklyn and head to the west coast.

And soon - by the end of this month! 

Which means that I'm saying goodbye to my long time 1:1 at-home clients of Brooklyn as well. 

Some of these amazing clients I've been seeing 2-3x/week for over 10 years!!! 

It's a difficult transition, but I've lined up an incredible trainer to work with my in-person clients, so I know they'll be in great hands!

And I'm excited to be close to my family and see what new adventures California has in store for my business. :)

At the moment, I feel suspended between the 'not here anymore' and 'not quite there yet'.  

EXACTLY like THIS (which was only 7 months ago!!!)!  

Has anyone else moved more than once in a year? Geez, it's a lot of transition-ing! 

Once we get our feet on the ground in California I'll have some new online offerings for you, so I'll still be able to work with you in that way. Hurray!!

Now I can hear you wondering: where in California!?!?

We'll be moving to Ventura. Our new apartment wasn't affected by the fires and the air quality looks okay right now.

Many people nearby (and all throughout the state) are still being affected.

My family is safe, but they could see flames blazing from their windows and had to evacuate their home. 

I'll admit, I'm slightly terrified to be moving so close to the area of the Thousand Oaks shooting and fires!! 

One thing that has kept my heart and mind positive is knowing there are so many people and organizations helping out and being able to send donations to those organizations.

On Instagram, I asked if you knew about ways to help and you delivered!

Here are a few places to start if you're able to send Californians some aid: 

The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools - relilef goes straight to local families

How to Help the California Fire Victims by the NY Times

Together Rising

American Red Cross

Everytown for Gun Safety

I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe as well.

That's the big update for now, you'll still be getting programs from me with fitness, mindfulness, and body kindness stuff in the future!

Want some of that now? Start here.

 

With love and major transitions, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - I'm moving out of Brooklyn, but that doesn't mean your in-person training has to stop!

If you want individualized one-on-one training with a focus on balance, strength, and body kindness, I've got the perfect trainer for you!

Contact me and say "Tell Me More!" for me to send you all the details!

 

PPS - Have you ever moved more than once in a year?

I want to hear about it!

Tell me your story in the comments here.  

 

 

 

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How to Create New Pathways to Healing

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How to Create New Pathways to Healing

I sat down with Kelsey Fox Bennett, healer, educator and self-love + mindfulness coach, to talk our deepest desires and how we can bring them to the surface.

We talk about how to break free from life-long pain patterns that hold us back from our goals, and how to live our lives with ease and freedom.

Kelsey walks us through an exercise we can use to start breaking patterns TODAY in this interview- so, you’re not going to want to miss this one!

 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (:35) How to transform outdated patterns into daily ease

~ (9:10) One of Kelsey’s favorite tools to use to help reduce stress

~ (15:26) The key to consistency and why it creates lasting change

Share your experience in the comments below about your shifts with today’s exercise!

WATCH:

 

 

*Don’t miss out on an exercise you can do with us that starts at 9:10!

  

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ What shifts did you notice after doing this exercise with us?  

~ What did you NOTICE happening in your body before + after the exercise?

 

 

Want more from Kelsey? 

Kelsey has a FREE webinar coming up called “From Panic to Grace: How To Navigate Challenging

Conversations”. It will help you change the way you feel and how you approach these tough

interactions. You’ll get practical advice and heart-centered tools to

help you feel and act your best under pressure and turn challenging conversations into

opportunities for true connection and understanding.

Join in here! (It’s free!)

 

With love and new pathways to healing, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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I'm back!! (well...this will get me back)

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I'm back!! (well...this will get me back)

I've officially completed my Fourth Trimester, which means it's been about a year since this whole baby journey began.

*If you're short on time, skip to the bottom to sign up for this FREE program which will get your booty shakin’ and your heart soaring! 

I’m finally feeling some mental space free up to process what the heck just happened, and I'm starting to wonder:

how does this new role of MOM integrate into the rest of my life?!?!

The last few weeks have been about experiencing wild ups & downs as I try to ride the wave of adding things like career, friends, exercise, and just-for-fun activities back into my life. 

For a few days I felt like I was on a roll:


Getting to some movement classes, seeing body practitioners for my healing, having the grandparents watch Baby T, wrapping my mind around what work will look like...


And then for a few days:

Baby T and I had head colds, we had extra family in town, we traveled for a wedding, did't move my body at all, catching up on politics :( , my body pain increased and overall IRRITABLE & FRUSTRATED.

In those periods I start to think it will always be stormy.


But it won’t.

For me, connecting to my body and movement is the KEY.

~ It unlocks the next step.
~ It reminds me to breathe.
~ It relaxes my shoulders.
~ It starts to clear the dark cloud over my mind.
~ It makes me feel space for possibility.
~ It helps press (at least a momentary) pause on racing thoughts.
~ It softens my frustration.

It just makes me feel better!

It’s not easy to fit in a ton of movement right now, but I’m trying to because the difference with it in my life is tremendous!

Speaking of insta... I asked what YOUR go-to for re-centering on a recent post and I love what my friend Amy said: 

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Positive self talk. 

YES, YES and YES. 

My absolute favorite is the COMBO of Movement + Positive Self Talk! 

Which is the reason every time my friend and mentor Erin Stutland runs her live Say It, Sweat It, Get It Challenge, I want to shout it from the rooftops! 

This program creates major shifts and gets you realigned with your body and the movement you want to make in your life. 

If you’re looking for a way to build your confidence and stay centered amongst your daily ups & downs, please join in this program!

Each day for a week, you’ll get a fresh new workout with a mix of movements and positive mantras delivered straight to your inbox, so you can get moving and start turning your dreams into plans.

I'm definitely doing it this time around to help me re-center as a new mom!

Will you join me?

It's FREE - click here to sign up

 

With love and getting back into motion, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - The quickie version:

I partner with Erin Stutland every year (if you don't already know... she's a fitness expert, host of the TV show Altar'd, and has a book coming out soon!) on her Say It, Sweat It, Get It Challenge because her method is one of my FAVORITES for creating major movement in your body AND your life.

It's 5 days of 5-minute workouts that will have your booty shakin’ and your heart soaring!

(And I especially need that right now! Anybody else?... I challenge you to take the Challenge with me!! ;) Get it free right here). 




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How to listen to your body

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How to listen to your body

I sat down with Michelle Boulé, award winning performer and choreographer and Certified Body Talk Practitioner, to talk about what it really means to listen to our bodies! 

We talk about what body listening actually IS and how to use your body's wisdom to access deeper truth, connection, creativity, and healing. 

Michelle gives us says so many gems of wisdom in this interview! 

 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (0:55) What is 'BODY TALK'?

~ (5:10) Why trial & error and curiosity win over the "perfect route" 

~ (8:30) The ONE technique that can:

A) update the map of everything going on in your system,

B) reset your stress response,

C) balance your masculine + feminine (energetically speaking, not gender specific), and

D) have better sleep + more creativity

~ (10:40) And an exercise that can balance all areas of your brain + body! 

 

WATCH:

 

 

*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 10:40.

 

**Plus, one of my FAVORITE golden nuggets Michelle gifts us at 15:04: 

The body is not just where we end physically. This is the map of our relationships, of our history, of our potential... So the more we can pay attention to this the more powerful we can be in the world, and the more present, and the more of service, and the more we can enjoy being in the world. It’s a journey.

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ What shifts did you notice after doing this exercise with us?  

~ What does 'body listening' mean to you?

 

 

Want more from Michelle? 

Whether you want to relieve chronic pain or illness or connect more deeply to your vitality, creativity and a new level of radical wellness, Michelle can help you get there. Check out her work here

 

With love and deep body listening, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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5 moves to boost your confidence in 5 min

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5 moves to boost your confidence in 5 min

My dear friend and video guru, Holly Gillen, asked me to share some ways to mentally + physically prepare for the camera.

The beauty is, these can also be used for when you need to prepare for ANYTHING!

Have a:

  • job interview,
  • tough conversation,
  • Facebook LIVE,
  • big presentation,
  • first date,
  • next best selfie?

;) 

Do these 5 moves with me to get out of your head and into your body to really show up and boost your confidence. 

After you try it leave me a comment to let Holly + I know how you feel! 

 

With love and being camera ready, 

xoxo elyse


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Hiya, I'm elyse!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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How to Dance Into Your Answers

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How to Dance Into Your Answers

I sat down with Jess Grippo, creator of You Can Dance Again, to talk using movement to get unstuck + ignite creativity! 

We talk about how dance can be a gateway to reclaiming your creativity, uncovering unspoken emotions, and rewiring your brain AT ANY AGE + via any type of dance. 

My kind of conversation! 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (2:48) How to rediscover dance in your life (even if it's intimidating)

~ (4:30) The scientific reason movement leads to creativity + can get you from stuck to inspired

~ (7:50) Jess's unique Dance Into Your Answers method

~ (10:20) What the anxiety about my recent move LOOKED like in my body!!! 

 

WATCH:

 

 

*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 7:50.

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ How did you feel your body/mind transform throughout this exercise?  

~ Has there been a time when your body had the answers (as opposed to your logical mind)?

 

 

Want more from Jess? 

Join Jess for her annual "Dance-a-Day in the Month of May" guided online event. She'll send you a prompt every day this month to encourage your unique movement, expression, and creativity to flow!

Sign up for free here: https://mailchi.mp/jessgrippo/dance-a-day

Or ready to go deeper? Set up a complimentary Creative Guidance Session with Jess to talk more about how she can support you in your next creative evolution:

https://www.jessgrippo.com/lets-talk

 

With love and dancing into your answers, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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Do you feel at home in your skin?

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Do you feel at home in your skin?

Thanks for all your kind words + support about my move last week!!

We're still in boxes, but fully moved into to our new place (which is across the street from our old place, ha!).

After having lived in my previous apartment for 13 years, I joked with my friends:

"I wonder how long it will take me to walk home on the *other* side of the street?"

Thinking that after OVER a decade (!!!!), it would be hard to adjust.

Nope, not so.

It's like when you're traveling and you start referring to whichever Airbnb/hotel/friend's house you're staying at as HOME.

Does that happen to you too!?!?!

My body seems to know where new home is.

(Brace yourself, I know you can feel the cliché coming.... Home = Heart). ;)

BUT IT'S TRUE!

This is why I feel it's so important to feel at home in your own body, in your own skin.

Our bodies are the thing that are ALWAYS our home, no matter where in the world we are or what's happening around us.

But so many of us don't feel at home in our skin.

Or used to, but don't anymore.

Or desperately want to, but don't even know where to begin.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately (especially since I have a human setting up house in MY body right now) so I put together something new and I'd love to have you join me. 

Introducing... 

#BeKindBodyMind

It's 5 days of Movement + Mindfulness exercises all designed around feeling at home in our skin again. 

You'll get 10 min movement videos delivered to your inbox each day, no fancy equipment necessary.

100% body nourishment.

100% FREE.

Enter your name + email right here at bekindbodymind.elysesparkes.com to participate. 

I hope you'll join in with me!!

We'll start Day #1 on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Can't wait to get started!!!

 

With love and feeling at home in your skin, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - The quickie version: 

I want you to feel at home in your skin again... let’s dive in together in my FREE course #BeKindBodyMind where we will be discussing the topics of self love, body positivity and self care, and embodying them through movement + mindfulness. Join in here: bekindbodymind.elysesparkes.com 


Hiya, I'm elyse!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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How to eat mindfully + Ditch Dieting

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How to eat mindfully + Ditch Dieting

I sat down with Brittany Lynn Kriger, founder of The Soul Food Project, author + anti-diet Health Coach to talk about mindful eating and ditching dieting! 

We talk about how 'perfect eating' is an illusion and how to learn to listen to our bodies and trust ourselves when it comes to food. 

Hallelujah! 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (3:06) How to feel "in control" of your food without a diet plan

~ (5:15) The truth about WILLPOWER + how the diet industry leverages it

~ (11:40) Have your cake and eat it too - how health + hedonism can co-exist

~ (16:05) Eat mindfully with us (bring a snack!)

 

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*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 16:05.

Bring a snack + do it with us!!!

Click here to download your own copy of the exercise. 

 

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Do you struggle with feeling "in control" with food?  

~ What did you notice during this mindful eating exercise?

- Any light bulb moments? 

 

 

If you're looking for more support around loving the foot you eat, living the life you love, and ditching guilt + regret follow Brittany at www.thesoulfoodprojectla.com.

Plus you can pre-order her book Glowing Goddess Guru Beast Manifesto here! Use code: GODDESS10 for 10% off!

 

With love and mindful eating, 

xoxo elyse

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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When you're not quite there yet

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When you're not quite there yet

Please tell me I’m not going to live surrounded by boxes for the rest of my life.

Dramatic? Yes. Ha! 

We’re in that awkward phase of having our apartment 93% packed, but not quite at moving day yet.

All that STUFF that comes along with any transition?

(oh hey there anxiety, fear of the unknown, unanswered questions, "buyer’s remorse", doubt, lack of clarity, nerv-citement)...

It’s dialed up big time.

We’re straddling.

No longer in the old land of security / comfort / the familiar, and not YET in the land of exciting + new! / better than we could’ve imagined / clear hindsight.

This place is mega uncomfortable for me.

It’s a place that accompanies most life transitions though, right?

So best to practice being (and by that I mean BEING) right smack in the middle of it.

Dancing with the chaos.

Finding stillness in the eye of the storm.

Having faith that next step on the staircase will show up.

Focusing on the right now... and the right Now... and the right NOW...

 

This is one of those tough pills to swallow around body kindness + acceptance.

It IS possible to be body positive + love yourself AND ALSO want to work towards a health/fitness/wellness goal.

The magic happens when you’re taking steps towards your goal, you have a “ I’M NOT THERE YET!” moment and instead of letting the

anxiety,

fear of the unknown,

unanswered questions,

frustration,

doubt,

...take you off the path, let it remind you to stay in the center, feel the feels, and BREATHE.

 

Have you experienced this?

 

On a Moving To A New Apartment level, I’m practicing it (with only mild success). ;)

On a Body Kindness note, I’ve been practicing it for a while and although it's not perfect (never is), it’s gotten easier and easier and easier to acknowledge and breathe through.

 

I want to talk about the body kindness angle more frequently, so starting next Monday April 30th I’ll be on Facebook Live at the @ElyseSparkes page Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's @ 12pm ET sharing a series called Tough Love on Self Love.

It’ll be quick tidbits on a subject like this + an actionable step you can do to implement more body kindness, acceptance, and compassion into your life each day.

Will I see you there? 

 

With love and BEING in the transition, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - You know what else is uncomfortable? Doing live videos! Ha!

It can be vulnerable and kinda scary.

Seeing familiar names and reading comments from you makes it A LOT better. I’d love to see you there live or if you can't make it then come back to the video anytime to watch the replays and leave comments then! It really helps me know you're out there AND your comments help other people see that they aren't alone in this.

Join me!

WHAT: Tough Love on Self Love - short, no BS live conversations about the real deal on adding more body kindness, acceptance, and compassion into your life each day.

WHERE: Go onto my Elyse Sparkes Facebook Page (make sure you're already Liked the page so you see the notifications) 

WHEN: 12pm ET on Monday, Wednesday, Friday's next month (starting Monday April 30th)


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HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

 

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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What is the pelvic floor?

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What is the pelvic floor?

I sat down with Pre/Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist and Diastasis + Core Consultant Joanie Johnson to demystify the pelvic floor! 

--> What IS the pelvic floor?

--> WHY do we need to pay attention to it?

--> You've heard "do your kegels", but what does that mean!?!?

Joanie helps clarify all of this, and gives us an exercise to practice that's good for EVERY BODY. Especially if you want to help prevent organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, improve sex, or strengthen your core while you're pregnant. 

 

Plus, we go over: 

~ (2:45) What the "core" is + how it functions

~ (5:17) How this exercise protects your muscles + organs AND helps you destress + relax

~ (8:14) Why just thinking "navel to spine" is NOT the whole picture

~ (11:20) "Pregnancy Crunches" + strengthening your abs effectively

 

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*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 6:12. Do it with us!!!

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ Were you able to feel your pelvic floor while doing this technique?  

~ What did you find tricky/simple about trying this?

- Any light bulb moments? 

 

 

If you're looking for more support around strengthening you inner core unit, practicing the #PumpAndKegel method, or need a pre/post natal fitness class check out Joanie at Fit Pregnancy Club, www.fpc-nyc.com

 

WITH LOVE AND PUMP + KEGEL-ING, 

XOXO ELYSE

 


 

HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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I've been victimizing myself

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I've been victimizing myself

For weeks I’ve been brainstorming how to write a snarky post about people who don’t offer pregnant people a seat on the train.

Which, to my complete surprise, is almost everyone. I’ve been noticeably preggo for awhile... people look at my belly, look at my face, look at my belly and then look away!*

But then yesterday a middle aged woman with a cane walked on the train. At first it seemed like she was going to ask for money, but she matter-of-factly asked, 

“Will someone please give me a seat?”

It took a little too long, but eventually an older woman nudged a younger guy and he gave up his seat for her.

After she sat the woman was totally content. She just knew what she needed and she asked for it. 

This made me realize I’ve been victimizing myself.

Sure, I do EXPECT people to offer seats to pregnant ladies. Yes, I think they SHOULD get up for me. 

But lord knows people don’t do what we expect of them or what WE think they *should* do!

#amiright!?

The most simple, direct route (and most effective) is to express our needs + ask for what we’d like.

It might get a NO or in the subway scenario - radio silence and being ignored, but at least we’re no longer assuming people can read minds.

I’m going to try something new: asking for a seat on the subway and see how it goes.

I’ll report back in the comments! 

What does this have to do with you?

Well, we all victimize ourselves sometimes.

I see this show up in my clients...

With movement clients:

“I don’t have childcare in the evenings so it's impossible for me to find time to exercise.”

If you have a partner can you express your desire to focus on your health & wellness to them? Can you ask them to trade off a night with you? Do you have the funds to hire a babysitter? Can you talk to your boss + adjust your lunchbreak hour to get to a class? Can you be really honest with yourself + press play on a 10 min at home workout video right before bed or as soon as you get up, rather than getting lost for 30 min on Facebook?

 

With business consulting clients:

”It’s not fair - everyone else’s online business is growing, but mine’s just crickets!?”

Are you asking people to buy your product? Are you talking about your services and how they help people? Have you consistently shown up for your audience even when (especially when) they haven’t worked with you before? Have you asked your potential clients how you can best help them? Have you hired people to help you? Have you asked your colleagues to do collaborations and help you share?

 

 

People won’t know you want/need something until you let them know.

 

Where is it for you? 

Where are you playing the victim?

In what area can you clearly express your needs and communicate what you want?

 

I'd love to know how this shows up for you. Leave me a comment here with your response! 

 

With love + asking for what we need, 

xoxo elyse

 

*PS - I know, I know, some people are afraid of offending someone who’s NOT pregnant. EASY FIX: if you *suspect* that someone may be pregnant, make eye contact + then simply stand up and walk to a different part of the train. If they’re not pregnant they can assume you’re getting up for any number of reasons! If they are pregnant they’ll be SO appreciative! 

 

PPS - I'm putting together something new for you! More details soon - but the idea is to increase our body kindness + use movement and mindfulness to feel at home in our skin again. It's not all flowers + puppy dogs. Some of it requires challenging work and looking at some of the deeper, darker areas... like noticing where you may be victimizing yourself and standing in your own way of getting what you want. Consider this subject today and leave me a comment below about an area where you victimize yourself. Then get excited because this new program will be ready for you next month!!! Stay tuned! 


HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

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I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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Simple Self Care Tools to Help Digestion

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Simple Self Care Tools to Help Digestion

I sat down with Holistic Health Coach Jessica Ruth Shepard to talk about simple self care tools that will help your digestion! 

These are S I M P L E and quick so you can add them into your day no matter how busy you are and reap a ton of health benefits. 

Hell yes! 

 

We go over: 

~ The important nerve you need to know about to stimulate the gut/brain connection

~ How simple exercises can help eliminate things like brain fog, anxiety, + depression

~ 8 quick things you can do daily to help digestion

 

PLUS, we challenge you with an assignment you can start right now! 

 

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*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 10:00 in the video - it'll take you 30 sec to do!!!

 

Try our challenge at one meal for 7 days! 

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ How do you feel immediately after you do this technique?  

~ What did you notice about your digestion throughout the week?

- Which other technique will you try (splashing water on face, meditation

chanting, deep diaphragmatic breathing, yoga, laughter, massage, probiotics)?  

 

If you're looking for more support around your health, mind/body connection, and digestive ease find out more about Jessica at www.jessicaruthshepard.com.

 

With love and body kindness, 

xoxo elyse

 


HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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17 ways to boost your low impact workouts

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17 ways to boost your low impact workouts

Recently I received this from a reader:

Exercise is a great stress reliever for me but recently I’ve had some health issues where I haven’t been able to do more than walk, which I know is exercise but doesn’t give me the same sense of accomplishment or endorphin rush. I’d love some tips for how best to deal with not having this outlet!

 

No matter how fit you already are, there may come a time when something unexpected comes up and you’re not able to move in the way you’re used to. Health issues from the everyday cold to injuries, major surgery, fertility treatments or chronic disease can arise and interrupt your regular routine.

Heck, even positive life events can get in the way at times.

(Oh hey there pregnancy).

This can be so frustrating!

Especially when you’re used to getting that sweaty sense of accomplishment with muscle fatigue, pushing yourself to a new max rep, doing a new challenging arm balance or crossing the finish line in record time.

So how can you add intensity and give a boost to low impact workouts?

When this happens the first and most important thing to do is to give yourself a major dose of compassion + kindness and remember that fitness is not a straight line, it’s a cycle. It’s something that’s always changing according to EVERYTHING else going on in your life. We dive deeply into these essential mindset shifts and practices in my online programs.

(You can get started with this free Self Kindness journal as well!). 

Second, it's important to check with your doctor before you start any exercise program to make sure you know any contraindications with your specific health concern.

Today, though, let’s focus on the physical things you can do to get a sense of accomplishment, new challenge, variety +boost your endorphins from low impact movement. 

17 Ways to Add Intensity and Give Low Your Impact Workouts a Boost

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SPICE UP YOUR WALKING

Walking is superb exercise! Let’s just mix it up a bit to target more muscle groups, challenge your coordination, and increase the intensity while keeping it low impact.

Okay, okay, on some of these you might look kinda silly - but hey! It’s in the interest of your health! Get a friend to join you and you won’t be the only one dancing through the park. ;)

1. Hills + Trails

Find a walking route that include some hills so you add an incline/decline to your path (No hills nearby? Find some stairs!).

2. Go Sideways

On flat terrain, turn your body 90 degrees and keep your feet + legs parallel as you walk sideways (this will be slower going pace, but great strengthening for your hip abductors + adductors).

3. Moonwalk

Don’t actually attempt the moonwalk in sneakers, but do try to take regular steps walking backwards! (Also slower pace + you’ll need to make sure you don’t run into anything, but it’s great for your hamstrings and glutes).

4. Grapevine

Aka The Electric Slide. Step one foot to the side, cross the other leg behind, step again to the side, then cross to the front. You’ll challenge your coordination and practice agility.

5. Wear A Hiking Pack

Carry weight on your back (distributed well of course) on your walk to strengthen your bones and force your muscles to work a little harder.

6. Arm T Hold

This challenge works every time! Try to keep your arms straight out to your sides in a T shape (without over stressing your neck/upper trapezius muscles) for 5 min.

 

BODY HALVES

Depending on what’s going on for you, you may still be able to lift weights, but you may have to avoid certain body parts. To do this you can separate movements of your upper + lower body.

7. Upper body only

For example, if you aren’t able to put pressure on your ankle, you can sit and do some slow and controlled weight lifting with your upper body.

8. Lower body only

Conversely, if your upper body needs a rest, there are many lower body low impact exercises that can be weighted or not that will still pack a punch! (Think: leg lifts/kicks in all directions, heel lifts, slow + steady squats, lunges).
 

GET IN THE POOL

Many athletes use water therapy to recover from injuries, strengthen and condition without impact.

9. Underwater Ballet Barre

Hold onto the side of the pool in the shallow end and do your best ballerina moves! (Pliés, relevés, passés, developpés, battements, etc).

10. Do actual Water Ballet!

One of my favorite new #JOYworkout’s is synchronized swimming. You’ll get to learn a new skill AND go hard core with the core work! (In Brooklyn? Check out Brooklyn Synchro Club).

11. Flip Your Fins

Grab your favorite floatie and do some swimming drills - you can keep your head above water and power up your swim with your legs.

12. Pool Dips

Get those triceps on fire by doing small dips on the stairs or edge of the pool.

13. Tread Water

See how long you can tread water without having to take a break. That gets seriously tough quickly!
 

MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR MAT

There are so many styles of movement these days that don’t even require you leaving the floor!

14. Mat Pilates

Joseph Pilates himself developed this method to help him heal his own health issues, so it’s a great option for alignment and low impact strength. Teachers often understand injuries and are able to offer helpful modifications.

15. Back to the Basics Yoga

Don’t be fooled, beginner yoga classes aren’t always “easy”. Perhaps you won’t be flowing as quickly as with the sequences you’re used to, but you may reap even more benefits from slowing down your practice and reexamining alignment or holding poses for longer.    

 

PUNCHING BAG

If you’re still craving that endorphin rush after all this, go get a pillow or punching bag. You can do this sitting or standing and release all that energy, angry, frustration!

16. Shadow Box

Face a mirror and start doing your best boxer. Screams and sighs encouraged! Time yourself and keep shadow boxing for 10 minutes, you’ll feel it!

17. Punch Combos

Create a combo (ex: jab, jab, hook, undercut) and repeat it 10x each side. Repeat 4 more combos and then try to put it all together!

*A new full length video addition to the Sparkes Wellness Workout Library this month is a Low Impact Kickboxing Workout! Want to talk with me to find out if this program is right for you? Contact me!
 

I’d love to hear from you!

Has there been a time in your life when you weren’t able to move in the way you were used to? What did you do to cope?

Which one of this could you try this week?

 

With love, body kindness, and all types of movement,

xoxo elyse


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HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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Why I haven't worked out in 3 months

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Why I haven't worked out in 3 months

It's true. I haven't exercised intensely for over 3 months.

My time has mostly been spent sleeping, feeling nauseous, hugging the toilet bowl, and eating all the sour green apple lollipops I can find. 

You may have guessed it - I'm pregnant!

My nephew drew a surprisingly accurate portrait of my emotions and my current shape (minus the tail). ;)

My nephew drew a surprisingly accurate portrait of my emotions and my current shape (minus the tail). ;)

Even though logically I know that resting my body is TOTALLY normal and was/is 100% necessary for me, it has still been a challenge to adjust to slowing down and accept all the rapid changes in my body.


I've had to practice what I preach BIG TIME and dial up the volume on my self-acceptance and self-kindness.

And that's not really about pregnancy.

It's about recognizing the cycle, season, ebb & flow of where you are in *this* current moment.

Fitness doesn't work in a straight line.

It's not a hard "before" and "after".

Not a clear point A to a point B.

It goes up and down, depending on
careers / relationships / home / location / injuries / mental health / energy level / phase of life / hobbies / interests, etc. etc.

Maybe you wanted to hit the gym hard in the New Year, but then you caught the flu?

Maybe you just switched jobs and the learning curve is overwhelming, not to mention the new 12 hour days!?

Maybe you've been caring for a relative, and your focus on your own health has flown out the window?

Maybe you have a newborn and you're healing your own body as you nurture your little one?

The best thing we can do?

I think it's cultivating awareness to recognize where we are in our (life) cycle and then do the best thing we can to treat ourselves with kindness in the moment.

At times that might be a kick butt sweat-a-thon and green smoothie! 

At other times that might be doing child's pose through an entire yoga class and then buying yourself a lollipop. <---- ME. ;)

Where are you right now?

What's the next best thing you can do to honor where you are and be kind to yourself?

Share your experience in the comments! 

 

With love, body kindness, and a new life adventure!  

xoxo elyse

 

PS - Answers to baby Q's: We're waiting to find out the sex and we're due in July! :)

PPS - Have you been pregnant? Or had a big life phase/experience that changed your body or the way you approach health, wellness, fitness? I think sharing our stories brings us closer and helps us realize we're not alone. Feel free to share in the comments if you feel inclined! 


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HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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You have permission

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You have permission

I crawled under the covers at noon. 

1:52pm I send a text to my husband:

Just napped. 

Feel like I should work, but so tired! 

(My friend Josh says that we reach out to certain people for advice because we know they'll affirm the advice we subconsciously want to hear. Clearly true in this case).

Without missing a beat, he wrote back: 

you have permission to rest for a day...

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The hubs is a big fan of what he calls PRODUCTIVE LAZINESS - where resting + taking your mind off of a situation (or in his case: playing video games or trying to unlock an old safe <--- you'll only get that reference if you're watching my instagram storiesmakes you more productive when you return. 

I knew he would say REST and I was 100% seeking that permission slip.

I followed through and rested for an entire Thursday.

Here's the thing, I've been hearing of this feeling of TIREDNESS from my clients, family and friends too. 

With a TON of sh@# going on in the world, we're being called to speak up, rise up, there's a lot of fatigue floating around...

Compassion Fatigue

Giving Fatigue

Fatigue Fatigue

We need to be active in order to donate, help our neighbors, make calls to congress, take care of the day-to-day, and we also need to break from it and take some Productive Laziness. 

If you needed this reminder today and could use a Rest Permission Slip too, here it is: 

YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO REST. 

Some ideas: 

  • Take a social media/email detox
  • Turn your phone off
  • Take a nature walk
  • Call a friend
  • Binge watch a show
  • Take a class you ordinarily wouldn't have time to take
  • Order dinner in
  • SLEEP
  • Snuggle up with a good book
  • Journal & Daydream 
  • Do some simple stretches

Whatever you do, wholeheartedly enjoy it without a touch of guilt. ;)

With love and productive laziness, 

xoxo elyse

 

PS - Perhaps your Permission Slip isn't about rest, but about something else?

If you could write yourself a Permission Slip what would it say? Let me know in the comments! 


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HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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Eliminating Shame & Enjoying Food Over the Holidays

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Eliminating Shame & Enjoying Food Over the Holidays

I sat down with Holistic Health Coach Holly Toronto from Love Your Body Health Coaching to talk about eliminating shame and ENJOYing your food during the holiday season! 

I love everything Holly has to share because she's all about approaching our health and body image from a place of radical and unconditional self love. 

Hell yes! 

 

We talk topics like: 

~ Ditching the dieting "rules" + what you need to do instead

~ The scientific reasons you need to 10x the amount of times you chew *each* bite

~ Taking back your power from the enticing Holiday Food Table

 

PLUS, we challenge you with an assignment you can do TONIGHT! 

 

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Get your family, friends, or partner on board and try this challenge at dinner tonight! 

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ What does it feel like to chew *each bite* for 20-30x? 

~ Was it challenging to stick with it? 

~ What did you notice about your meal or your dining experience?

 

Bottom line: we don't have to diet, restrict and shame ourselves into a certain mold in order to experience health and vitality.

If you're looking for more support around body positivity and want to focus on self-love as the root of health and happiness, check out all the details about Holly's 21 Days to Love Your Body Online Course right here. Get in there, it starts next week!

 

With love and body kindness, 

xoxo elyse

 


HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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