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  • 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

     

  • 15
    Dec 2016

    Hibernating is Hard

    unspecifiedAt last year’s Live Free Retreat in San Francisco, Nisha taught us about seasons. How Spring is a time of intense and rapid growth. Summer is a time of celebration. Fall is a time of letting go. And winter is a time of deep rest and hibernation. Since I moved to San Francisco in the summer of 2011, I have been in a constant state of SPRING. From one launch to another, overlapping programs, lots of travel and the surest sign of spring: back to back babies. Like Spring, there has been so many blessings and lots of growth.

    Finally this fall I finally felt the invitation to start letting go. Live More Weigh Less finally felt like she was ready to graduate from college and be off on her own without my constant care. Her next iteration will be revealed in 2017. Other partnerships started to no longer feel like a fit. At home, I purged my space and have been spending more time with my kids in the house just hanging around (it’s still total chaos).

    Now I am trying (key word) to cultivate sacred rest. Hibernation. I suck at hibernation. All I want to do is run around making plans and creating things, but I’m deliberately saying no. But the tricky part is that the wide expanses of time are magnets for miscellaneous crap. Without my work around to be the bodyguard of my time, I find myself saying yes to things I don’t really want to do, or looking back at my week and feeling like I did nothing I actually wanted to do. And then I get pissed and angry and waste more time.  

    Here are a few things I’m using to help me better at sacred rest:

    Schedule it: I’m trying to schedule every little thing on my calendar from meals and movement to nothingness to driving to pick up Marshall at school.

    Say no: If you don’t want to do something, say no. If you already said yes, cancel or reschedule when it will really work for you.

    Create the environment: Living in San Francisco is tough because the weather feels like early spring all the time. And people are definitely in intense growth 100% of the time. There is no slowing down around here. Without the reminder of the natural seasons, I need to create it.  Christmas decorations, lots of tea, and mellow music help remind me it’s winter.

    Rest isn’t laziness: It’s so important to get that we need rest just before another season of spring, which is right around the corner. I know I am cultivating my energy for new projects and new beginnings by laying low. It’s part of the process, not ignoring the process.

    So here we are in the last two weeks of 2016 and the heart of winter. Even if you haven’t been hibernating, you still have a chance. And yes, even with the holidays. You have a choice to be a crazy-whacked-out-stress-case or not. No one is holding a gun to your head to do things a certain way. Decide what you really want. And what your family needs… they need a present mama more than presents.

    In the comments below, I would love to hear your tips for hibernation and how you plan to cultivate sacred rest during the holidays.  

    I’m sending you so much love to you and your family and I’ll see you in 2017!

    Love,

    Sarah

    P.S. This will be my last letter to you this year, but I reach out on Instagram almost every day. If we aren’t connected there yet, you can do so here.  

     

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