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  • 12
    Jan 2017

    “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”

    girls-bannerWhen Trump was elected, I felt so activated. Something snapped in me, and I finally got that no one was going to swoop in and fix all the things that piss me off while I hang out tending to my little business and doing my day to day life. Regardless of the politics, I am grateful for this wake-up call.

    I witnessed this activation in so many people. A universal fire started erupting that everyone seemed to explain the same way: I feel so fired up, what are we going to do to change things? It’s up to us now.

    President Obama reinforced this in last night’s speech when he said,

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

    I’ve watched friends take on the tragedy in Aleppo, house refugees in their homes, adopt orphans, raise money for Planned Parenthood, work to end sex trafficking, the list goes on and on. What I am struck by is that this fire, mixed with what breaks people’s hearts has created incredible movement and change in so many different areas. Change that maybe couldn’t be mobilized from the top down even if they wanted to.  

    Glennon Doyle Melton has been asking people, “what breaks your heart?” as a way to get to what you should be doing with your life.

    What breaks my heart is women and girls hating their bodies and being consumed with the obsession of being accepted and loved based on what they look like.

    I believe that when we are at war with our body, we can’t grow. When we are consumed with the stress, anxiety and shame of not looking pretty enough to be loved, there is no energy left to get fired up. When we are stuck in that spiral, we don’t get that we can create change. When most of our thoughts are consumed with shrinking, we don’t have space to think of creative solutions.  When we have no intrinsic self-worth, we can’t see how WE ARE THE CHANGE MAKERS.

    So in November I raised $17,000 in a pay what you can campaign to help educate high school girls about their bodies. The very next day, I hosted the San Francisco premiere of Embrace, a movie about one woman’s journey to inspire everyone to embrace their bodies.

    I was so moved by the film and how it really explained WHY we are so obsessed with what we look like (culture and the media) and the importance of taking care of your body in order to be healthy and feel great, and not to fit an ideal. I left wanting every person in the world to see this film and fantasized about getting the movie and a corresponding curriculum in the states.

    So I reached out to the star and producer of the movie and founder of The Body Image movement, Taryn Brumfit, who lives in Australia with her three kids.

    We connected instantly (she is so hilarious, loving and passionate) and it turns out, they already have a school curriculum to roll out in Australia, and they were just waiting for the funds and extra help to roll it out in the United States. BEAUTIFUL!

    So we are now partnering with the Body Image Movement to bring this work into as many schools as possible. I AM SO PROUD OF US. Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting this.

    Now the work begins. Taryn and I are coming up with a strategy to roll it out so it is super easy for schools. Our donations will be going towards printed materials and communication to get the word out.

    We need your help: If you would like to be an ambassador of this work at your local school, please just respond to this email and let us know you are interested. We will be getting back to you in the coming weeks with your marching orders.  

    And if you would like to donate to this cause, I have opened the pay what you can for Live More Method for today only. You can donate and receive my Live More Method program here: http://livemoremethod.com/enroll-lmwl-members/.

    So my dear, now I want to ask you, are you so consumed with your body that you can’t feel your inner fire? If you are, I just need you to know that I get it. It’s painful and embarrassing and healing can feel so far away. But, the good news is that you are in the right place to get help because I am really good at helping women find peace with your body, in fact, it’s what I’m best at. So if you want help, just click here and it will send me a note to reach out to you privately and tell you how I can support you.   

    In the comments below, I would love to know what YOU are fired up about and what your plan is to do something about it. I can’t wait to cheer you on and hold you accountable.

     

    So much love,
    Sarah

  • 11
    Jan 2017

    Overcome

    Hey honey.

    I’m sorry that you’re hurting. I have some incredible programs here that I know can really help you find peace with food and your body. I can imagine you’re really sick of feeling this way! My most affordable program is called Overcome and you can purchase it here for just $99.

    It’s a great way for you to get a sense of my work and decide if you want to go deeper with me. You can learn all about it and see if it’s a good fit, here: http://livemoreweighless.com/overcome/

  • 06
    Jan 2017

    I feel fat. How about you?

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    The day after Christmas, things started to feel pretty bleak. Without the constant holiday cheer to distract me, I sunk into that all-too-familiar darkness around my body. I felt out of control, embarrassed, ashamed, so far from hope… all because I felt fat.

    That place of complete despair is so bleak. We can feel like our happiness, dreams — our US — is just so far away.  

    If you’re in this place right now (many of us are), here are the truths I sunk into while I was in the darkness, and how I turned things around.  

    You did nothing wrong. Part of being a woman is getting that our bodies are going to grow and shrink our whole lives. Our feminine essence is directly tied to the seasons, the moon and the tides. Nothing about our physicality is linear. Being in the place of feeling overweight is part of our natural cycle.

    Don’t ignore the signs. Just because this is a natural part of our cycle as a woman, doesn’t mean you should ignore the signs that it’s time to tune into your body. Underneath my feelings of being “wrong” or “weak” or “disgusting” because I had gained weight over the Fall and Winter, was the truth that I was feeling low energy, depressed and sluggish. THOSE are the real feelings to address and a very real side effect of not prioritizing my health. We very often misinterpret those deep feelings as social shame. And because of this, we get stuck in a terrible trap…

    Health and ‘looking good’ are not the same thing. When we stay in the place of “I am wrong for looking this way,” another part of us comes up and says in an angry feminist-kinda-way, “IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT I LOOK LIKE! I should be valued for my mind and my soul!”. So in the process of consoling ourselves for feeling embarrassed about what we look like, we ignore what is actually happening physically in our bodies and continue the same old habits we’ve been running. This is such a common trap I see with women, one that I’m so excited to address in our new format of Live More Weigh Less that I’ll be telling you about really soon ;).

    Your body does matter. But not for the reasons you think. Looking good in a bathing suit can no longer be the only reason to take care of your body. Your body is your home, your temple. I want you to feel vibrant, alive, energized and HAPPY. This was the biggest wake-up call for me when I realized that my body was affecting my mood. I want more than anything to feel happy and alive. Not only for my kids and Jonathan but for my minute-to-minute existence.  

    My intention for 2017 is to get that every part of my life is sacred, including my body. This means that what I feed myself, and how I move my body, is no longer an afterthought or something I just fit in where I can — but a priority. I choose to move my body in environments that are sacred; like a dance class, The Practice, or setting up my living room as a temple. I want to eat mostly high-vibration foods that I cook with love. I want to take my vitamins, moisturize my skin, and only use clean, organic products. And I want to emotionally honor and admire my body for everything she is, not just my silhouette.  

    It’s been less than two weeks of treating my body like a temple and following my Live More Weigh Less philosophy, and I feel amazing. Stronger, happier and more AWAKE. Transformation doesn’t actually take that long.

    I’ve already been sharing exactly how I’m doing this on Instagram, and I’d love to be able to connect with you there if you aren’t following me yet.

    In the comments on the blog, I would love to hear how you’re feeling about your body right now and the support you are craving. And I would also love to hear one reason you want to take care of your body, that is NOT what you look like. Can’t wait to sink in with you here.

    Love,
    Sarah

     

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