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The Nerve to Move with Erin Meadows

Roll things back to last Fall. 

When leaving my Finish Strong event, my client, Erin Meadows, realized she had no capacity to grow her business without getting up the nerve to take the next step in her body image journey. 

She went home, realizing that she had to challenge the thought that she was too exhausted to do anything and get back to her BARE roots.

BARE is not about “losing weight” or “getting skinny.” It’s about expansion. It’s a collective rebellion. As women rise, we challenge age-old norms, break barriers, and pave the way for others to follow. It’s about standing tall, not just for yourself, but for every woman who has felt diminished or undervalued. 

In embracing BARE, you’re not just transforming yourself, but the world around you.

In this episode of You’ve Got Nerve, I’ve got Erin with me to share her important journey. She’s a Certified Life, Leadership, and Bare Coach who helps women get unstuck so they can have more of what they want in life. Erin is wildly passionate about supporting people in feeling more at home in their bodies because she knows, firsthand, what it feels like to truly hate the body she is in.

Like many women, Erin started dieting in second grade. That was the first time she remembers being told she was too big and too much. And, she believed the message.

After years of struggling with her body image – and spending thousands and thousands of dollars stuck in a cycle of chronic dieting – one question stopped her in her tracks. She was about to start yet another diet, and someone asked her, “If you follow this diet perfectly, and your body still doesn’t lose weight, can you love yourself?”

Erin wanted to say yes, but she couldn’t. And, at that moment, she knew a diet wasn’t the answer. So, she started her body image journey with the goal of feeling neutral about her body.

BARE has been instrumental in Erin’s body image journey, and it is a cornerstone of her coaching practice.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Discovering the first domino to changing your behavior.
  • Are you really tired, or just bored or overwhelmed?
  • Replacing the word ‘exercise’ with ‘movement.’
  • The power of baby-stepping.
  • Allowing your inner-child to show up and celebrate.

… and so much more!

This episode is for you if you’ve ever struggled with body hell or diet drama. Let’s get into it!

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FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPT:

Speaker 1 (00:00):
Is there something you wish you had the nerve to do? Welcome to, you've Got Nerve, the podcast that teaches you how to conquer your fears, upgrade your mindset, and get up the nerve to go after whatever you want. If you wish you had the guts to go all in on your goals, dreams, and desires, this show is for you. I'm Master certified life coach Susan Hyatt, and I am so excited for you to join me on this journey. In today's episode, I've got Erin Meadows with me. Erin is a certified life leadership and also bear certified coach who helps women get unstuck so they can have more of what they want in life. And she's wildly passionate about supporting people and feeling more at home in their bodies because she knows firsthand what it feels like to truly hate the body she's in. So, like many women, many of my clients, many of you listening, Erin started dieting in the second great.

(01:04):
That was the first time she remembers being told she was too big and too much, and she believed that message. And after struggling for years with her body image and spending thousands and thousands of dollars stuck in the cycle of chronic dieting, one question stopped her in her tracks. She was about to start yet another diet. And someone asked her, if you follow this diet perfectly and your body still doesn't lose any weight, can you love yourself? And Erin wanted to say yes, but she couldn't. And at that moment she knew that a diet wasn't the answer. So she started her body image journey with the goal of feeling neutral about her body. I'm grateful that Bear has been instrumental in Erin's body image journey, and it is a cornerstone of her coaching practice. So when Erin consciously uncoupled from the diet industry several years ago, she still struggled to get herself on board with moving her body.

(02:09):
And as she shares in this interview, she was almost proudly sedentary. Last fall, when she was leaving my Finish Strong event, Erin realized that she had no capacity to grow her business without getting up the nerve to take the next step in her body image journey. So she went home realizing that she had to challenge the thought, that she was too exhausted to do anything and get back to her bare roots. So bear, as y'all probably know from listening before, it's not about losing weight or getting skinny, it's about expansion. So think about it is the purpose of life to shrink ourselves both physically and in ambition? Fuck no. Our purpose is to blossom, grow, and magnify our presence in every space we enter. Bear pushes you to upgrade both your mental and physical health. Imagine a life where your mental space isn't cluttered by societal expectations or self-imposed limitations.

(03:16):
A world where you wake up, energized, motivated, and ready to conquer. And when you honor your body, nurture your mind, and pursue your passions bear style, you find that confidence doesn't just creep in it's storms in with a bear mindset. Your goals aren't just dreams, they're actionable projects. You find the drive to break down what you want, strategize and conquer each one after the other. And your aspirations won't feel distant. They'll feel achievable. Now, before we dive into Erin's interview, let's address the elephant in the room. The patriarchy bear isn't just about individual empowerment, it's a collective rebellion. So as you rise, you change old norms, break barriers and pave the way for others to follow. It's about standing tall, not just for you, for yourself, but for every woman who has felt diminished or undervalued. And in embracing bear, you're not just transforming yourself, but the world around you.

(04:25):
So in this episode, Erin and I discuss discovering the first domino to changing your behavior. Are you really tired or just bored or overwhelmed? Replacing the word exercise with movement, the power of baby stepping and allowing your inner child to show up and celebrate and so much more. This episode is for you if you've ever struggled with body hell or diet drama. So let's get into it. Welcome to, you've got Nerve Errand. Thank you. Excited to be here. I'm excited to have you. And um, I have had the privilege of getting to know you over the past couple years and um, something that has been really beautiful to watch is how you have gotten the nerve not only to grow your business, but to also take exceptional care of yourself from a really grounded, loving place. And so it's been a few months ago now that I'm like, oh my gosh, I've gotta have you on.

(05:33):
You've got nerve. Because something that is not easy to overcome is the resistance and obstacle in our minds about movement. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Um, and I as a former Bratt, um, where movement is concerned, I can remember saying to my coach, I'll do anything you ask me to do, but I'm not exercising. I'm not doing it. Yeah. Which is so funny because it's like one of my greatest outlets and sources of power and ideas and joy now. And I won't say you were as big as a bratt as I was, but you close mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So can you let the listeners know what I'm even talking about here?

Speaker 2 (06:21):
Mm. Yeah. So I would say about five or six years ago, I really consciously uncoupled from the diet industry, <laugh> and, um, decided that I had done every diet there was. And I was like an early adopter of all the things. Every time something new came out, I was right on it. And the one thing I hadn't done was work on my body image, truly healing what I thought about myself, my identity around my body. And so I started that journey and, and such a lovely way it prompted by such a, an important question I'll share with you later, but that journey was kind of going along smoothly. But there's always one piece of that journey that much like you, I just was not able to get myself on board with. And that was moving my body. And it just was such a big block that I really was almost proudly sedentary <laugh>.

(07:17):
Mm-hmm. <affirmative> like, watch me not do anything today, <laugh>. Right? And so it was really last fall when I was leaving your finished strong events with really in my heart wanting to get all of this like I wanted to leave at with all this business stuff, right? Like, here's what I'm gonna do with my business. And the message my intuition was giving me was, you have no capacity to grow your business until you do this work. Like you just physically can't hold it. And so that prompted me to finally get the nerve to work on this part of my body image journey.

Speaker 1 (07:54):
And I think that like you explaining it in that way, dear listener, um, I mean, I I say it all the time. Like you, this kind of work is not, you know, just some kind of veiled attempt to get skinny, right? This kind of work, the bare methodology and, um, body neutrality, body positivity, it's all in an effort to, for you to expand your life and not shrink your body. And so for you to say like, Hey, like I came to finish strong to get some business tips and some strategies for my business, and it's like, great, we can come up with all kinds of strategy, but if you don't have the energy to implement it, it's not gonna matter. And so for you, the portal, the, the gap in that was movement. So, so what happened then? So you got with yourself and you're like, okay, I don't have the energy to implement any of these ideas unless I do this other work.

Speaker 2 (09:01):
Yeah.

Speaker 1 (09:02):
So what, what happened next?

Speaker 2 (09:03):
So I came home and, um, felt sorry for myself for a little bit <laugh> like, oh, really? This is where we're at now. <laugh> mm-hmm. <affirmative>, um, but really kind of wanted to start getting curious around it. And I think for me, one of the first things I had to do was identify what I call like the first domino. I'm always asking myself and my clients, what's the first domino that has to fall? And that's either the first thing you have to do to get momentum, or the first thing you have to get over to start moving. Mm. And my first domino was a lifelong story. I told myself that I'm a chronically exhausted human and it was my number one reason I could just couldn't move my body. I'm too tired and if there's any time in my schedule, I need a nap because I'm chronically exhausted.

(09:49):
So I actually didn't come home from that event and lace my sneakers up. I came home and I actually had to go inside and do the inner work and start with that first domino of you've gotta challenge the thought that you're too exhausted to do anything. Hmm. So I started there actually, which I think is unique because when you hear someone say, I want, I wanted to move my body, typically the next step is, and I was at a gym and mine was actually, I set an alarm on my clock three times a day to stop and pause and ask myself if I'm actually physically tired. What I found out was, more often than not, I was border overwhelmed.

Speaker 1 (10:26):
Ah,

Speaker 2 (10:27):
Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And one great way to get over overwhelm and boredom is to go for a little walk. So then I started baby stepping into that.

Speaker 1 (10:37):
It's so smart. Right? And I, I think, and I would be curious if y'all are listening to this and you really identify with this, like telling yourself, I'm too tired, I'm so exhausted, I couldn't possibly, um, I definitely have been there with that kind of messaging and it's so funny or inner dialogue because there have been times even recently when I've noticed myself saying like, oh, but I'm so tired. And then I'm like, no, you're not. You're absolutely not tired. You got eight hours of sleep. You, you know, it's just so interesting. Mm-hmm. <affirmative> what we'll tell ourselves to avoid doing whatever. Fill in the blank. Yeah. Um, and so, okay, so you checked in with yourself three times a day and you're like, am I tired? No, I'm actually overwhelmed. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>

Speaker 2 (11:30):
Overwhelmed and bored

Speaker 1 (11:32):
And bored. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Oh God. That used to be my absolute kryptonite. I, if I found myself too bored, I, and still today, like it's a feeling state for whatever reason that I really struggle with mm-hmm. <affirmative>, like just sitting with it and allowing myself to be bored mm-hmm. <affirmative> and not, um, up trouble for myself, <laugh>, whether

Speaker 2 (11:55):
A hundred percent Yeah.

Speaker 1 (11:56):
Overeating, overspending, like whatever mm-hmm. <affirmative> mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So, okay. So you checked in with yourself and then what happened when you realized that you were playing yourself with this narrative?

Speaker 2 (12:07):
Mm-hmm. Yeah. So then once that domino fell, then I had to really kind of do my next bit of kind of mental gymnastics around this, which is one of my favorite, favorite parts of this journey, which was deciding that I never in my life have to be okay with exercise as I have defined it, that I don't even have to use the word anymore. Because for me, I was an act, I was a very active child until around second grade when I was introduced to diet culture, and then movement drifted back and exercise took center stage. And to me, exercise was only ever taught and modeled to me as a brutal tool to shrink my body. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, it's a thing you do to get smaller, prettier, and more acceptable mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And so I very quickly made a decision for myself, this does not have to be called exercise.

(13:00):
It doesn't have to be about exercise. You don't have to even do that. So I replaced the word exercise with movement mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And I set the goal of moving my body for my mental health to get grounded for all the clients I coach throughout the day. And to have better functional health. Right. To have less aches and pains and to be stronger. And that was the next mental piece. And then we started getting dressed and, and trying to get ourselves into moving. But I had to really kind of come to grips with, you may never feel okay with that word exercise, and that's okay. We're gonna talk about moving our body. That's what we're gonna do.

Speaker 1 (13:37):
Yes. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Yeah. Well, and I do think, you know, for me as well, exercise was always, you know, uh, something that had to be hard. Um, it had to count right? Had to burn calories, it had to, you know, and it was all just in an effort to shrink. And it's like, well, right. Like, what if we define, um, movement from a place of self-care and love and that it could be fun? Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Yeah. And so what'd you start doing when, when you started, um, okay. Like you, uh, told yourself something different about mm-hmm. <affirmative> exhaustion. Mm-hmm. Told yourself something different about defining movement. Then you started getting dressed, then what happened?

Speaker 2 (14:28):
Then I kept baby stepping it. Then I set my alarm and set the mini goal of merely waking up at the time I would move my body. And just getting used to being conscious at that hour <laugh> Right. And being okay with that. Right. And so I just started doing that, and then I baby stepped into, what if you just got dressed in the thing, you would move your body. What if you just put the outfit on that would feel good to move your body in today? Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, then it was, let's just lace those shoes up and step out into our driveway. And then when my foot hit the driveway, we were walking, we were moving, and then I just kept going. But for me, I had to go inside and grab eight year old Aaron's hand, or seven year old Aaron's hand. Mm-hmm. And say, we will not go to the next step until you feel okay. We're gonna take it slow. This is not a brutal tool to make you conform and shrink and be prettier and better. This is for you from love. Let's just take it one tiny step at a time. That's what she needed.

Speaker 1 (15:33):
Yeah. That's so beautiful. I, I took, I'm taking notes here because it is interesting to think about whatever age, those of you who are listening, whatever age it was that you can remember either being put on a diet or being told something was wrong with your body. I mean, the average age is eight. Um, but like you, Erin, so so many people have memories, much younger than eight years old, of, you know, just forming attitudes around their bodies and food and dieting and, you know, counting calories and their grandma's taking 'em to Weight Watchers, et cetera. Yeah. Um, and so like taking that child's hand and saying like, Hey, we're doing it different. Yeah.

Speaker 2 (16:24):
Like,

Speaker 1 (16:24):
This is all, this is all for you. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Okay. And so you then, you were walking

Speaker 2 (16:30):
Then I was walking

Speaker 1 (16:31):
And, um, did seven year old Erin have an opinion? What did she have to say?

Speaker 2 (16:38):
Um, she did not wanna get too far from the house. Interestingly enough, she wanted to be ba near her safe zone. And so my first couple of weeks of doing this, really, I was just tuning in because my adult Erin gets it, adult Erin gets it, the person I am today. I totally understand this and I'm actually bought in. But little Erin is like, fuck that noise, <laugh>, this is not safe. This is not comfortable. It's a no. So I just, I grabbed my sweet little Shitzu Zoe, and I said, let's take her for a walk. Let's see where her little nose guides us. We won't go too far. And I did that for a little while, and I shot for two days a week. Mm-hmm. <affirmative> then three days a week, then I got up to seven days a week, and about two and a half miles.

Speaker 1 (17:21):
Wow.

Speaker 2 (17:22):
And then the seventh circle of hell called Georgia in the summer happened. And I had to make some adjustments to how I was doing things, which was, was a bit of the journey for me too. But I got through that. So once I got through the mental stuff and really showed up for little me, the moving actually was fun. So I downloaded all the podcasts. I got myself ready to go. I downloaded like the entire homecoming soundtrack. I even took myself, I remember after doing 30 days in a row, I put on homecoming and took myself on a Beyonce walk. And when I say I was walking the neighborhood, I was working the neighborhood <laugh>, I was spinning, I was hair tossing. I was actually letting that little girl in me who used to love to run and jump and play, show up and celebrate. Yeah. And f y i, my body got stronger, but the, the things I would've looked up at before didn't happen. That hadn't happened for me. Like, I can tell you through this journey, like I didn't have a drastic weight loss or anything. And because I'd done all this mental work, none of that mattered. I just feel good and I feel mentally better. And it's my become my favorite antidote to boredom and overwhelm and any other stress that pops into my life. It's going on this walk. It's amazing.

Speaker 1 (18:44):
Wow. So like, um, I, I have joked and written and talked about before, like, you know, make it your runway, you know? Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, and that's what you did work in the neighborhood. W E R K.

Speaker 2 (19:00):
I did.

Speaker 1 (19:02):
I freaking love it. And I, and I do think that I appreciate the way that you explain the baby steps that you've taken, because I think, um, with any kind of new habit, any kind of new identity change, any kind of goal that we have, I think so many of us, we wanna be good at it instantly. We don't wanna be uncomfortable at all. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, we wanna have instant success. And that's diet culture, right? Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, it's like, it's like, you know, you be no pain, no gain, and you better, it's, it's like full throttle. And if you can't run with the big dog, stay on the porch kind of messaging. And, um, and then we put these expectations on our bodies that, okay, well if I do this, then by God, you better shrink quick. You better drop all this weight. And because you took such a loving approach and a slow approach and a baby step approach, um, you were prepared for, hey, like my body is getting stronger and I feel mentally fit, and therefore any kind of scale weight goal that my diet culture self might have relied on is irrelevant.

(20:25):
Mm-hmm.

Speaker 2 (20:26):
<affirmative>. Yeah. It was just such a different approach for me. And it just, it, it, the feeling I get from this, it really does. It's, it's got nothing to do with the size of dress that I'm in or anything. And that's really what lets me know the identity. So the identity shift I've been working on through this, and you said it at the beginning, was that I'm a woman who takes exceptional care of herself. Hmm. And that can look like, that's not, doesn't have to be walking seven days a week or five days a week, or whatever it is. So what that did was that started to open me up, open me up to, that's the goal. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And I don't care what the, what happens beyond that. As long as I wake up every day thinking you are someone who takes exceptional care for her of herself, and I'm a, I'm a goal getter. I mean, you're my coach, you know, if I, yeah. If I'm told to do something, if I have a task, I do it. And this is the one, I call it my Everest, this was the thing I could not scale to the summit on. And I just had to make it this simple. It just, and it's interesting that this is how I would break a goal down for my clients. I just wasn't giving myself access to that same loving baby step kind of way of doing it. And then I finally did.

Speaker 1 (21:40):
Wow. I know. And, and like, it's so fun for me to see this transition, because now you're like, oh, okay, so, oh, it's hot outside, it's raining outside. Uh, now you're like, oh, well I'm gonna get one of those under desk treadmills. Yeah. Yeah. You got one of those,

Speaker 2 (21:57):
Right? I did. I got one of those. I found some fun YouTubes where I can walk in place. I've got, um, weights upstairs that I can go have fun with. There's a peloton in the house I can hop on. I've, you know, I've really just made, wait,

Speaker 1 (22:11):
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, I don't think I knew about this Peloton.

Speaker 2 (22:15):
Well, okay. So I got the Peloton and then pulled a muscle in my back and then was off of it. But there's a Peloton in the house, and it is, it is there for me. And I've been easing back into it, and I'm ready for the rides. So I have, I have entered the world of Cody. I have <laugh>.

(22:33):
And even at that, let me tell you, the first thing I do is I swipe the leaderboard away. Doesn't matter. Don't care. It matters that I showed up. Like it doesn't even matter if I finish it. I showed up. Right. And so I'm having all kinds of fun with this, and I'm getting up in between my, my coaching sessions and saying, yeah, you got 10 minutes. Let's get on that pad. Let's loosen our joints up. And, you know, I have a lot of inflammation in my body due to some, some health issues. And so my joints tend to lock up on me a lot. And so having that walking pad, I can just get on there and loosen myself up. But I would say as a business owner, going back to what I wanted for bus for, for business, when I left, finished strong, I think what, what my intuition in the universe was telling me is, your business is about to get very busy, and you have to be able to physically hold that, or else you're not good for your clients. Like, if you're coming in ungrounded and unwell, you're not gonna be able to coach them. Right? And so I'm so grateful that I started this last fall, um, because it's, it's helped me when I sit in this chair, I'm incredibly grounded. I feel so in integrity with what I would tell my clients to do. And it just makes me a better coach. But it's made me a better wife, a better friend, and more than that, and a better dog mom. And more than that, though, I have a better relationship with myself from this journey.

Speaker 1 (23:53):
Yeah. Wow.

Speaker 2 (23:54):
Yeah.

Speaker 1 (23:55):
And so you mentioned earlier that this was your Everest mm-hmm.

Speaker 2 (24:00):
<affirmative>.

Speaker 1 (24:01):
What's your new Everest?

Speaker 2 (24:04):
Hmm. Wow. What is my new Everest?

(24:09):
I think I'm, I think I'm already kind of climbing a little bit, and it's really related to this. And you know, this, I've been doing this work. I'm a certified bear coach, and I, and people come to me for body image because they naturally, but I have not really gone out and like shouted it to the world that if you're struggling with toxic diet culture, with the cycle of, of dieting and body shame, like, I'm your girl and I'm ready to, I'm here and I'm ready to support you, and I've got the tools and I, I'm climbing and, and I can grab your hand and we can go together. And I think that's the next piece because for so long it, I felt like I can coach you on all the things, but this is my little thing I'm gonna struggle with in private. And now I've just bared it to everyone and said, for five years I have been struggling deeply with this. I have found my way out of the muck of it. I'm on the path. Please come with me if you want to. So I feel like that's my next one is getting up the nerve to really be seen in this way and to really be, you know, I actually think in some of my social media, I've added to my bio body neutrality advocate, because that's where I feel the most comfortable, is just neutral. If I can be a neutral with myself, it's a win. So,

Speaker 1 (25:25):
Yeah. And it's such important, and you're so good at it, and it's so important to have role models like you who are like, Hey, I just think it's so important working with a coach that they have been where you are. And they have, are able to vulnerably share what their experience was of it. Mm-hmm.

Speaker 2 (25:47):
<affirmative>.

Speaker 1 (25:48):
Yeah. Um, you know, it's, it's sometimes scary to put yourself out there in new and different ways, and that's what you're doing. Yeah. Um, and, and just owning the identity right now, you're a woman who takes exceptional care of herself, and you get to define what that means. Right. And there's different eras and different phases, um, of all of it. Like, you know, I've had so many different eras and phases in my life, and I'm, I'm now claiming a new era, uh, like a muscle mommy era. <laugh>.

Speaker 2 (26:24):
Yes. <laugh>. It's like,

Speaker 1 (26:26):
It's like a weightlifting era. My trainer Eli is like, here we go. Mm-hmm.

Speaker 2 (26:32):
<affirmative>. Yep. It's a new era. I love that. That's on my list is I really do wanna start building up some more muscle and some more and, and do it in a fun way. And, um, no, I do. And I, and I do agree with you. You know, I do think as people we are, whether consciously or unconsciously, constantly scanning for someone who is signaling to us that they get it, and not just intellectually, but they get it in their soul because they've lived it. We're always looking for that and people Totally. And so I would say, you know, if anyone's struggling with this, find people who really get it on a soul, on a cellular, on a lived experience level. It doesn't mean that intellectual knowledge isn't helpful, but you're probably looking for someone that can say, I know how you feel because I've felt it.

Speaker 1 (27:19):
Well, right. And, and you can also tell the difference between someone who just intellectually understands something. Um, and someone who's that's their lived experience. Yes. Right. And so,

Speaker 2 (27:31):
Yeah.

Speaker 1 (27:31):
Like when Crystal at the Yes. Bash was talking about eating food out of the trash can that she had put dish soap on. Yeah. I was like, oh.

Speaker 2 (27:40):
And they've done that, and they've done that.

Speaker 1 (27:42):
Absolutely. Been there, done that, been

Speaker 2 (27:43):
Over a trash can and ate cake and spit it out because it only counted if it went into my body. And I, I so related to her in that moment mm-hmm. <affirmative> of you're not the only one who's eating out the trash.

Speaker 1 (27:54):
Yeah. I had forgotten about that. There are so many behaviors, um, you know, that people think if you're listening to this, that you think you're the only one that does it. Like the body checking and the constant weighing yourself. And the, I remember I would like go have a bowel movement and then go weigh myself and be like, I'm down six ounces.

Speaker 2 (28:15):
Yeah. Look at this. Yes.

Speaker 1 (28:18):
My God, what about your shit?

Speaker 2 (28:19):
Yes.

Speaker 1 (28:19):
Yes. Right. And so, like, women like you, Erin, this is why I am so passionate about this work because now I can trust and know, like I've trained Erin, she knows what the fuck she's doing. The the domino effect that you're gonna have on your community, your world, your audience is, is so huge. And I'm just so proud of you, um, for so many reasons, for so many reasons, you just continue to climb your Everest. And I'm, I'm grateful to be able to witness it.

Speaker 2 (28:54):
Thank you. Well, I'm excited to share this. And you know, it's really interesting. It's, it's been, it's been weeks since I talked about this at the Yes Bash, but what I loved was how many people reached out and said that they've started moving Yeah. After we talked about this. And, you know, and so I think, and I, I would say, I mentioned earlier the question that got me started on the path, and I would, I would love to offer this up to anyone who's listening, because it was so profound for me when this started. I was, I was working with an energy healer, and we were really trying to work through some of this. And I was about to start my next fucked up diet. I think it was like I was headed down the dirty keto path. I was like, I got my 10 pounds of bacon and, you know, I was ready to rock.

(29:34):
And, uh, she said, before you do that, can I ask you a question? And I said, yes. And she said, if you do this diet perfectly, if you don't miss your mark ever, if you follow every rule and your body doesn't respond the way you want it to, can you love yourself? And I wanted to say yes, and I almost lied, but the answer was no. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And I would just say, if that's where you're, if you're listening to this and that's where you're at, I, what I really want you to know is you're not alone. We've been taught that there are only certain types of bodies worthy of love, and that's a lie. That's an absolute lie. And that was the true beginning of this journey for me, because it was so transactional, thin, good, not thin, bad. Therefore I was either good or bad based on body size. That blew my heart and mind open and really got me on this journey.

Speaker 1 (30:24):
Hmm. Such a great question. I wrote it down. Yeah. Um, and you could use that for anything. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, before you do this, let me ask you something. Yep.

Speaker 2 (30:34):
Yeah. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (30:35):
Will you love yourself regardless? Yes. Yes or no? Yes.

Speaker 2 (30:39):
Yes. I just asked that of a client yesterday about something she was dealing with at work before you have this conversation, how are you gonna feel on the back end of it? And, you know, and the, and and for me, the truth was, it was always no, it was always no, because even in my most disordered eating, there was not a number low enough that was satisfying for me. And so my body deserved a big apology because it kept showing up no matter what I did to it. And so we're entering into a new relationship, my body and myself.

Speaker 1 (31:12):
Wow. Yeah. I, I love this question. And, and I think like when you think about all the behaviors, um, whether it is business strategies, food and body stuff, relationship issues, asking yourself that question

Speaker 2 (31:36):
Mm-hmm.

Speaker 1 (31:36):
<affirmative> is everything.

Speaker 2 (31:37):
Yeah. Yeah. It's a great, it's a great little compass for life. And it just, um, it really profoundly changed me and I really think it yanked me off the track of diet culture. And, uh, I remember the next time I was standing out her outside of her office about to walk in and someone called me and was telling me all about her next diet and asking which one I was on, and I said, you know what? Actually, I just recently broke up with diet culture. I'm, I'm done. I just, I gotta get off the hamster wheel. Yeah.

Speaker 1 (32:08):
Oh my God. I love it. Yeah. So, um, of course we're putting all of the details in the show notes, but what's your favorite place for people to, to hang out with you?

Speaker 2 (32:18):
Hmm. I'm on Instagram a lot at Erin Meadows coaching, and you can find me@erinmeadowscoaching.com and you can find me at all Team Hyatt events because I'm <laugh> I will be at Finn Strong this year, so come see and have a conversation. Yes.

Speaker 1 (32:32):
Yeah.

Speaker 2 (32:33):
Yeah. I'm so

Speaker 1 (32:33):
Excited about it. All right. Thank you so much, Erin.

Speaker 2 (32:36):
You are so welcome. Thank you for having me.

Speaker 1 (32:41):
It has been literally years since I offered to take people through the bear process with me personally. This is different than a Bear Coat certification. This is, if you are just a woman who is struggling with food and body, you're gonna wanna listen to this because I'm looking for 15 women, 15 courageous women only, who wanna learn how to savor their meals without a side of guilt. Find an exercise routine that fuels you, fall head over heels and love with your appearance, rock your swimsuit, or whatever else you wanna wear or not wear, and redefine what it means to age. I've got something special for you. So if you've ever wanted to journey through, bear with me personally guiding you every step, I've revamped and reloaded the material with some amazing upgrades. So Bear is committed to helping you live more courageously, helping you expand your life, not just focus on shrinking your waistline.

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I wanna help you create what you crave. I wanna help you end diet hell and body drama. So no more shrinking or hiding or cropping yourself out of photos or life. I've got 15 spots, just 15. So if you want one, you're gonna need to email me, Susan e hyatt@gmail.com. Susan e Hyatt, h y a t t, at gmail.com. So I'm posting this on social media. I'm including this in my podcast. I'll probably sell it out before the end of the week. But let's get those emails popping. Send me an email, Susan e hyatt@gmail.com, and I'll send you all the details. Guess what's brewing at this year's finish strong event, A delightful cocktail of bear teachings mixed with a splash of zesty new material. Picture this you, me, Savannah's breezy charm, and a mission to end 2023 with a confetti blast of triumphs. So whip out your calendar and block off October 6th through the eighth with your fanciest pen. Savannah Georgia is about to witness a celebration of victories bear style. So if you wanna get your ticket, just head on over to www.finishstrongevent.com and you'll be able to grab your ticket there. We have virtual tickets. We have v I P tickets, and we also have V V I P tickets, which is brand new. If you want a ticket that includes lodging, personal time with me and my dream team, you're gonna wanna snap that one up. Finish strong event.com.

 

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