When I ended this call I curled up on my couch, pulled a blanket over my face, and felt the immediate dizzying effects of a Vulnerability Hangover. 

*Vulnerability Hangover = Dr. Brené Brown speak for "the feeling that sweeps over us after we feel the need to connect… and we share something deeply meaningful. Minutes, hours, or days later, we begin to feel regret sweep over us like a warm wave of nausea.”

(Somebody hand me the ibuprofen!)

The marvelous Dr. Valerie Baker had just had me on her podcast, the #INCHARGE Show, and I shared more than EVER about my personal story + struggles with body image, unsustainable lifestyle, and health issues that led me to be so passionate about the work I do today.


  • the time I was cast as a hippo in a ballet about the circus, I was sure I was typecast + the body shame really set in (are there even hippo's in the circus!?!)
  • how in my upbringing "you look healthy" was an insult
  • when my body was so out of whack I didn't get my period for 7 years. Seven. 

I've kept some of these things to myself, my 1:1 clients, my besties, my family, my coaches or therapists for years.

But recently I've been feeling a pull to speak to larger audiences about my own recovery from body shame in order to help others on their path. 

So here goes...

After you have a listen here, I'd love to know what resonated with you. 

Did this conversation bring up anything for you about your own experience?
Do you have a story you'd like to share with me? 

Join in our group and leave a comment there. 

With love and shedding body shame, 
xoxo elyse


I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online 21 day workout program. 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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