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The Good Curves Podcast
18 minutes | May 22, 2020
The Key To Staying Focused
Let’s Use The Key To Staying Focused To Unlock The Door To The True You I hear so many women that I work with beat themselves up over a lack of focus. They blame themselves, believe they’re not motivated enough, and engage in a hefty amount of negative self-talk about these perceived shortcomings. Let’s stop this now. Stop beating yourself up about your productivity and, instead, let’s get to the root of the real problem. Once we identify where the problem really lies, you’ll stop wasting so much energy. Staying Focused: Avoid Self-Abuse And Learned Helplessness Every time you tell yourself you can’t, you’re wasting your precious chi -that life force that flows creatively between you and your goals. Every time you talk yourself down, you erode the vital self-confidence and self-trust you need to excel. Over time, you’ll begin believing that you actually can’t. This happens with subtle persistence, as you become your own toxic person feeding your head full of doubt. Eventually, you’ll begin to believe that your efforts don’t really matter, and that’s a form of learned helplessness we can’t afford and don’t deserve. So we need to stop this energy leak by reframing your understanding about yourself and your assessment of what the problem really is. Once we do that, obstacles and distractions melt away. Staying Focused: The Big Productivity Misconception I’m about to tell you something I’ve found to be absolutely true for me and so many of the women I work with. More isn’t always more. More is overwhelming, distracting, and leaves us exhausted and scattered. I think the common misconception when approaching the so-called problem of lack of focus and motivation is that most people are trying to do too much. They quickly get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. I’ve personally spent days being extremely busy, only to find out at the end of the week I have accomplished nothing of importance. Let that be the word that resonates with you right now: importance. Your productivity approach can transition from quantity to quality and I think it absolutely should. Staying Focused: Becoming Aligned To What’s Important When you achieve a natural state of alignment in your life, you’ll stop filling your time with distractions. These distractions are just 3D manifestations of the mental noise we hear in our minds when anxiety and uncertainty creep in. As you let yourself experience alignment, it becomes so easy to feel procrastination and avoidance. These activities stand out because when you engage in them, you’re falling out of line with your true self. As we move from disharmony to alignment, we’ll whittle down your goals and say yes to things that nurture your true self and no to things that don’t. During this process, you’ll understand that accomplishing the goals your true self values feels amazing. And feeling amazing is addicting, right? Observing And Catching Yourself We approach this process with a distinct lack of judgment because judgment doesn’t help us in any way. Instead, we want discernment: the ability to identify behavior and patterns that move us further from who we are and where we’re going. Being able to catch yourself when you drift off your path is the first step to achieving true productivity surges. Once that feels natural, you can examine why you’re losing focus and meeting resistance. Productivity’s Companion: Play What does it really mean to be productive? Does it look like someone who is ceaselessly in motion, always using energy to further their professional goals? That doesn’t sound like an aligned life, right? I think it’s so important to embrace the truth that just because we aren’t being productive, doesn’t mean we’re bad. Society wants us to think we are because a lot of people have much to gain from our productivity. People can also feel threatened when they see someone living an authentic life that looks different from their common beliefs and behaviors. But the truth is, play is productivity’s best friend. Self-care is as important as chasing your bottom line, and there’s so much to learn in our distractions and fears. Staying Focused: What We Learn From Examining Our Resistance We often want to rush out and through fears and distractions, not appreciating them for everything they can teach us. Maybe this is why we have to repeat lessons over and over. Maybe if we just paid a little more attention to what we were doing or going through, we would be much more effective in learning our lesson, which would therefore also mean we would be more effective in every other area too. It stops the energy leak because we’ve resolved it and moved on organically. Once you understand what’s getting in the way, maybe even work on it instead of pushing blindly through it, you’ll be able to get back to your focus. You can even discipline yourself to course-correcting. My 80/90 Method When it comes to working with and moving through your roadblocks, or course-correcting, I think a fitness analogy is in order. Let’s talk about my 80/90 method. If you know me, I practice eating moderately. Explained quickly, I personally eat at an 80-90% range of my “perfect diet”. I do this, because I understand how I work. If I shoot for perfection, I fail badly and have to dig myself out of a hole before I gather the courage to try again. It’s a process that is defeating and hasn’t been sustainable for me. So bringing it back to this discipline of focus, I think we’re most productive when we remain fluid and flexible instead of placing lots of restrictions and judgment on ourselves. It’s part of the human condition. When I stay fluid, I thrive. Once I place constraints on my being, I fight to break free of them. That’s just another energy leak and it can trigger the cycle of criticism and procrastination we detailed earlier. In short: being constrained is not how I am here to live. So when it comes to my diet, as I adjust my food to work with my body type, I’m adjusting my practices in focus and motivation to how I’m wired. Both for the same reasons: self-respect. So yes, I practice at 80-90% discipline with my focus just like my diet. Motivation is nothing I really depend on anyways, as it’s fleeting. When I’m in alignment, I find that it’s easy to cultivate motivation when I need it. With this practice, I’ve been able to be far more consistent than I ever have with my productivity and evolution. Staying Focused: Putting Alignment And Fluidity Into Practice For Productivity So I’ll end off here with what that looks like with discipline for me: It sometimes means I don’t go workout…and that’s okay. It sometimes means I eat worse for one week…and that’s okay. It sometimes means I take a day off I was supposed to work…and that’s okay. It sometimes means I’m on social media instead of recording a podcast…and that’s okay. What’s not okay, is not having any self-discipline. It’s okay to live a human experience. It’s okay to not be perfectly focused. It’s okay to get a little distracted by adventure or love sometimes. These kinds of distractions are valuable to our experience. How do we know? Because they don’t sap our energy and knock us out of alignment. They contribute something instead. Our ‘valuable distractions’ become such a big part of who we are and beautiful stories in our lives, yet we try so hard to shut them down right along with the distractions that aren’t serving us. Discipline and distraction both do us good, as long as we know how to appreciate them and as long as we are not denying who we are in the process. That’s a huge part of being fluid and flexible. I hope this gives you something to think about and bring into your mental workspace! If you’re looking for an even deeper dive into concepts like this, give me just a moment more to explain what my True You Intensive is. Discover The True You I’d like to invite you to the first lower-cost program that I’ve done in a long time. It’s called the True You Intensive and it’s a 2 week-long program where I take you through the simple practices to peel back the layers to reveal the True You. We go through 4 live group training and a personal Clarity Call where we get even clearer about your identity and direction. Why not use this rare opportunity where the world is on pause to design a life where you are in much more alignment? The True You isn’t tired all the time, constantly running in circles and going nowhere. Your true self is satisfied and fulfilled, working through blocks that hold you back from receiving the love, money, and life you deserve. Moving Beyond Fitness This is also the first time I’m offering a program to the public that isn’t fitness-based because I believe we have come to a point in time where we realize the root issue is not the body we are unhappy with, the $67 in our checking account, or yet another partner who is probably a narcissist. I have faith that we are past blaming the symptoms: lack of focus, our energy levels, our bodies, our financial abundance, and our romantic lives. I have faith that we recognize our external world gives us great data for what is happening internally. This is 75-80% of the work that I do for my fitness and business clients. This is the real work. So if you’re ready to come out of this pandemic knowing yourself like never before and achieving alignment with the True You, I’d love for you to join us. Go to thegoodcurves.com/true to get the full details, read a bit of a story
34 minutes | May 21, 2020
Tapping Away Anxiety with Kyle Brown
We have my friend Kyle Brown, Coach, Author, Speaker, and Creator of FIT 365® Shakes, on The Good Curves Podcast today. In this episode, we learn a lot about E.F.T – Emotional Freedom Technique, Tapping away Anxiety, and establishing a Core Foundation for Transformation. This is an episode that is really hands-on and brings awareness to current events and to better maneuver through this new way of life. All the links for this episode are below the summary, including where to connect with Kyle! Summary of the episode: Managing Anxiety and Stress Set apart your Inner and External World How Self Love is the Core Foundation for Transformation How to use E.F.T – Emotional Freedom Technique also known as Tapping Take control of our health, happiness, and wellbeing Deeply & completely loving, forgiving, and accepting ourselves Takes you out of flight or fight, and into rest and digest Results in making more clear and conscious decisions Ability to Tapping Out Negativity Ability to Tapping In Power How kids react to your energy and the importance of practicing how to calm and center your energy How quickly do you get back from losing your cool to a place of center The need for Vacuum Law of Prosperity in our Body How Cognitive Therapy clears some deep emotions within us Identifying as an Empath and how this experience has been for you How to balance homeschooling and working from home Finally Tapping Session – Tapping Out Sadness / Anxiety How to Connect with Kyle Website: https://www.fit365.com/ Instagram: @fitkylebrown Facebook: @FITKyleBrown Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
47 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Managing Masculine & Feminine Energy to Avoid Burnout with Makhosi Candiss Pitts
We have my friend and Master Spiritual Leader, Makhosi, on The Good Curves Podcast for part 2! So if you haven’t yet, check out part 1 over here. In this second episode we talk a lot about masculine and feminine energies, the trouble duality can get us in and also about manifesting. This is an episode that really gets you thinking and challenges you to dive into a deeper level of spirirtual practice and being. All the links for this episode is below the summary, do make sure you check out her free quiz that helps you explain where you are in your Spiritual journey! Summary of the episode: Balancing Masculine and Feminine energy How to find your “set point” between the two energies Why duality is a bunch of “horse crap” How to know when we are masking energies so we can avoid burnout Importance having someone who can trigger you to ask the right questions to find alignment The need to break out of dualistic nature How she helps people manifest results successfully by NOT focusing on it Why a manifestation practice is larger than just your thoughts Why you may be frustrated with your manifestation practice Why focus on spiritual practice should increase when you’re burnt out How our bodies show signs of misalignment Why she doesn’t really enjoy being labeled as a Shaman She answers some questions from the audience: How do you know if you are a Shaman? How can women ever feel safe to trust men? Her response to The Good Curves Closing Question How to Connect with Makhosi Website: https://www.TheRoyalShaman.com/ Instagram: @TheRoyalShaman Facebook: @TheRoyalShaman Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
23 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
L.I.F.E.: How to Be Who You Want To Be
Sound Familiar? It’s 6 AM, and your alarm is screaming at you. GET OUT OF BED AND GET TO WORK! But you hate your job. And your apartment. And your car. And your uninspired friends who would rather spend money that they don’t have on things they don’t need than go jogging with you. You want more out of life: a job you love, a healthy body, amazing friends. But achieving those things feels so out of reach. I have some good news for you: those things are not out of reach. You can upgrade your life to the next level. The even better news is that I’ve created an easy to remember strategy to help you evolve into the person you want to be. Make Change Happen: L.I.F.E. L.I.F.E. stands for Learn, Implement, Find, and Evolve. Here’s a quick breakdown: Learn new skills, information, insights. Implement what you have learned. Find out what worked and what didn’t. Evolve into who you want to be. Now, you’re probably thinking, “Cari, that’s all fine and dandy. But life isn’t that simple. It takes money and time to learn new skills. And sometimes the time and money you spent don’t even pay off!” You’re right…kind of. I know many of you have probably paid for degrees and classes that still haven’t landed you the job that you want and need. Or maybe you have the career that you thought you wanted, but you’re not happy. Here’s the thing: There’s more than one way to learn. Learning doesn’t have to mean enrolling in pricey courses and spending years writing research papers. To learn is to observe, experience, and pay attention. To learn is to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. When you are in a learning mindset, you will notice more and more opportunities coming your way. Opportunities you didn’t even know were possible—a job listing that suits you, a stranger who teaches you something or needs a service that you can offer. It’s easy to stay stuck in “What if” mode. What if I can’t learn? What if I can’t implement it? What if I fail? Let me encourage you to detach from all expectations. Just be open to change and possibility. I created L.I.F.E. as a tool for growth, not as a rigid formula for success. Take a listen to the episode above or click the links below… And when you’re ready to make radical changes in your life, to step into that person you so deeply want to be, I invite you to go deeper into this work to find aligned clarity and direction. If you’d like guidance, you can sign up for the #TrueYou Intensive. I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to help you along your journey and realize your dreams. With love, Cari Li For the full episodes, click the link below: Podcast: https://thegoodcurves.lpages.co/subscribe/ YouTube: https://youtu.be/vOq-h5C2_5E Connect with us on: Instagram – https://instagram.com/cari_li Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thegoodcurves Podcast – https://thegoodcurves.lpages.co/subscribe/ If you’re fatigued, burnt out or having difficulty with obtaining / maintaining fitness, click the link below to take the Fitness Level Quiz: https://thegoodcurves.com/quiz
19 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
6 Practices to Focus on when Burnt Out with Cari Li
I recently shared a graphic on what to focus on if you’re burnout and it’s been shared by many in the fitness industry and also by quite a few doctors. Since the information was so helpful, I wanted to go into the details a little deeper for you. The reason why this information is so important is because often times we either 1) don’t know we are burnt out and 2) approach it incorrectly and therefore pushing ourselves deeper into burnout. Today we are focusing on the Drowning level. If you’re not sure where you’re at, take the FREE Fitness Level Quiz to find out. Please recognise where you may have applied protocols that didn’t work for you and understand why that may have happened as you listen / read so you can be sure not to repeat them. Recovering your energy vs. aiming for weight loss A common circumstance of burnout is weight gain, especially around the midsection and so we often want to immediately apply weight loss tactics. Unfortunately these weight loss tactics are not often created for someone who is burnt out and further stress the body inappropriately. This is why so many of us work so hard and get insignificant results that disappear as soon as we stray ever so slightly. Instead you should first focus on recovering your energy so that your body can get to a place where it is ok with what’s needed for physique change. In other words, we should wait till our body can handle the stress that we put it through in physique change instead of just stressing it even more. Improving sleep quality vs. pushing through fatigue I know rest is never glorified while pushing through is, but there is a time for both. When you ignore the fatigue, your body will come to a point where it forces you to rest. So if you’re in the Drowning stages, you’re going to need more sleep than you usually do until you recover. Make sure you practice sleep hygiene, get your nutrition on point for improved sleep quality and even have an evening routine to help you wind down. Nourish with food vs. Dieting and depriving I understand the want to go straight to dieting with weight gain and so we start eliminating meals, cutting calories, removing carbs, going on keto, intermittent fasting, etc. However, that practice often times backfires on us, especially when we are burnt out. This is why I do not promote calorie deficits to my clients while they are in the survival phases. Instead, focus on nourishing your body with whole foods so that it can restore itself! I’m not saying to binge on whole foods, but this is not the time for you to be withholding nutrients from your body. When you’re body has found some stability in the thriving phases, then it will be more flexible with physique change and can actually handle to stress too. Walks in nature vs. H.I.I.T. Workouts Once again, HIIT workouts have become the goto workout for weight loss and it’s not that they don’t work, but they aren’t the best option for someone in the survival and more specifically what I consider the Drowning stage. ( Take the quiz here to find your fitness level. ) HIIT workouts push your body quite a bit! That’s why they’re a great workout, but that amount of stress from exercise for someone burnout is usually too much. There may be results for a short period of time, but it will probably push you further into burnout which is why you fall off the program and gain all the weight back. Instead, go walk in nature and focus on activities that destress you since your stress levels are already so high. When they calm down, your body is open to more stress and you can work some intensity into you exercise. Time Management vs. Ignoring self-care When we are burnt out and overwhelmed, the last thing we think we have time for is self-care practices. I get it…buttttt that’s a big mistake. If you’re in a state of overwhelm, where you’re running in circles being “busy” all the time but not really getting anywhere, then you need to stop the madness and really look at how you’re spending your time. I know we pride ourselves on being “busy” and there’s comfort in business because that’s a great excuse for not facing what we need to face. Here’s the reality… When you’re in the thriving stages, you can spend less time on self-care but make sure you’re disciplined with holding a standard so that you don’t slip into the surviving stages. When you’re in the surviving stages, you need to spend more time on self-care to recover so you can function better and more productively. This should be great motivation for reaching and staying in the thriving stages of fitness. Healthy boundaries vs. Self-sacrificing I know we are very caring people, that’s what got us into this mess, but there’s a time for stretching yourself for others and it’s not really now. If you continue to stretch yourself now, you’re going to put off / lose your ability to help those you care for. Let’s also realise, we often get into this place because we are placing our care in the wrong place sometimes and so reevaluating who / what should be receiving our energy is very helpful. This can be a very hard one because we find a lot of validation in being needed and the truth is that you’re enabling someone to 1) not respect your boundaries and therefore not respect you and 2) not have their own boundaries and respect themselves. Making this shift can require a lot of work, which is why it’s best done with good support. It can also bring up a lot of hostility in other people towards you because suddenly you are not available to them. This helps to filter who is truly in a give and take relationship with you. I hope going into detail with these points help clarify the direction you need to take to start thriving again. To find out if you should be implementing these and for clearer steps in how to do this, here is access to the exact Fitness Level Quiz that I use for guiding my clients. It will tell you exactly what level you fall into: Drowning, Treading Water, Swimming or Running. In addition, you’ll have access to a training series for your level sent to you so that you know how to implement workouts and nutrition to get you to the next level. Show notes: Link to graphic: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Q6s_bnGeH/ Link to Fitness Level Quiz: https://thegoodcurves.com/quiz Connect with Cari Li: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cari_li Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGoodCurves Email: Contact@thegoodcurves.com
31 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
Conquering Acne & Asian Expectations with Daisy Jing
Cari interviews Daisy Jing, the CEO and Founder of Banish, a multi-million dollar online skincare company that started with her personal acne struggles. Today, she has over 70 million views on YouTube, is a TEDx speaker and was awarded Forbes ’30 Under 30′ in Manufacturing with a whole list of additional outstanding accomplishments. This episode is focused on her experience with her acne struggle and how she built her confidence. Leading her to building a powerful YouTube channel and entrepreneurship, while pushing pass the typical Asian dynamics of what is normal and expected. In this episode we share: Her experience coming from the only Asian family in her neighbourhood. Her struggle with acne and the difficulty in finding solutions for her skin. How she started on YouTube by sharing a video about her skin and being completely vulnerable. How she removed her acne scars since Asian skin wasn’t good for laser options. How to work on the inner dialogue with acne struggle. How to own your imperfections. How she found the confidence to share and step out of her comfort zone. How she overcomes perfection by managing her focus, what she spends her energy on and using passion as a driving force. How to protect yourself from social media to avoid promoting those perfectionist tendencies and comparison traps. How her all natural skin care company, Banish, started. More of her experience of breaking out of the Asian family expectation for a female and their reaction to YouTube and entrepreneurship. Micro-needling and the Banish Starter Kit Where to get more information on Banish and Daisy TGC Closing Question Links and Resources: Join the giveaway on Instagram! Use the code ‘TheGoodCurves’ for $10 your Banish Kit! How to Connect with Daisy Website: Banish.com Instagram: @BanishAcneScars YouTube: Daiserz89 Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @TheGoodCurves @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
30 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
Keto Diet: 10 Common Mistakes
I’m not one who coaches the Ketogenic Diet but I know many of you will be doing it or trying it because it’s another popular trend, so I’d like to share the Top 10 mistakes I constantly see people making with this diet. I personally didn’t want to do Keto because I couldn’t have a regular period and I didn’t want that type of lifestyle. I elaborate more in the episode but here is the summary of the episode at a glance… 1. If you’re burnt out or fatigued, it may not be the best idea. 2. Not knowing the science behind it. 3. Going too low in carbs. 4. Going too high in carbs. 5. Eating poor quality foods. 6. Not matching your workouts to your diet. 7. Not matching your lifestyle to your diet. 8. Not eating any sodium. 9. Improperly coming off the keto diet. 10. Having poor mindset / intention behind it. Links Mentioned in Episode: The Ketogenic Diet by Lyle McDonald Application for 12 Week Busy Booty Program: bit.ly/CariLi Truvani Chocolate Plant Based Protein : http://bit.ly/2XJB3j4 Feel free to contact her about any questions / perspectives / experiences to share: Email: Cari_Li@TheGoodCurves.com Instagram: @Cari_Li ( instagram.com/Cari_Li ) Facebook: @TheGoodCurves ( www.facebook.com/thegoodcurves )
39 minutes | Aug 9, 2019
Sex and Leadership with Missy Garcia
Cari interviews Missy Garcia, a Sex and Leadership Coach, who guides women into reclaiming their sexuality. She explains how her practices has helped her and her clients elevate in their personal life, career and even helped with avoiding repetitive burnout. An important subject that is often avoided, uncomfortable and sometimes taboo is explored in this episode on The Good Curves. In this episode: How a two week vacation in New Zealand turned into a whole new life in another country. How Missy became a Sex and Leadership Coach Her experience of how her sexual trauma impacted how she showed up in all areas of her life. How reclaiming her sexuality changed everything. Why owning your sexuality is important, especially for female entrepreneurs. How self-pleasure practices can be a useful tool for women. Missy shares her 7- Day Practice that you can access for free – > missyg.me/7days Why you should check in with your pussy before making decisions. Why it’s important to show your body that it is worthy. How her practices stopped her from repetitive crashing and burning energetically and has her working in alignment. Missy’s answer to our closing question. Links and Resources: 7 Day Free Course: missyg.me/7days How to Connect with Missy Website: missyagarcia.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: @themissyagarcia Instagram: @themissyagarcia LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/missy-a-garcia Twitter: @MissyAGarcia YouTube: Missy A Garcia Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @TheGoodCurves @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group! @CoachCariLi
22 minutes | Jul 17, 2019
Before You Start Your Next Diet…
“I tried this diet one time and it worked so well…” That’s a sentence I’ve heard many times from women who are still looking for another diet or way to lose weight or get fit. My follow up question is always, “well then why aren’t you doing it? Why are you now needing help if it worked?” Their answer usually goes along the lines of “it’s too hard to do again”, “I don’t respond to it anymore” or “I just can’t seem to stick to it”. So in the hopes of helping women get out of this harmful cycle, because it is harmful, I decided to do an episode on some things to think about before starting your next diet. (You can listen here) Really quick, what’s important to understand about going in and out of these diets is that every time you repeat that cycle you are putting your body in a more stressed state. You stress on the way to being unhealthy when you neglect your health, your body, your hormones. Then you stress it again by putting it through a diet that causes some havoc in your body too. You’ve probably been through this cycle multiple times and and you’ll see that with each cycle, your body gets less flexible and responsive. It gets a bit harder and so if you haven’t already reached a point where your body just no longer responds, it eventually will or it will succumb to that stress a different way. This is in a way an abusive relationship that you have with your body and some of us have been doing this for years and years and wondering why it doesn’t work for us anymore or why we feel like crap. So here’s a few things I suggest before going into another diet and a lot of it has to do with working on your mindset behind your diet. 1. Know your purpose and intention for the diet. If your purpose for the diet is to cut extremely fast, well then adjust your expectations to not be able to maintain a diet like that forever and don’t get so down on yourself when you can’t stick to it. If your purpose behind it is to find a way to eat well forever in a way that provides balance, happiness and health then manage your expectations that it’s not going to make you drop all your body fat in 2 weeks. I think many of us are being very unreasonable with what we sign up for and we therefore set ourselves up for failure and just an unhappy time that way. 2. Realise that you need these 3 things for it to work. You need to be able to sustain it, get reasonable and healthy results (not all the results we want are healthy or reasonable) and you have to enjoy it! If we can’t sustain it, then more than likely we are working against our bodies instead of with it and if you don’t enjoy it and you’re miserable and tired then you won’t stick to it! (I give further insight on how not to be an asshole to yourself in the podcast) 3. Start thinking big picture. Before diving into a diet again, ask yourself if this is something you can ease into ad break down into steps instead of jumping into an extreme program. Ask if it is a way you could live for the rest of your life or the next year to 5 years. (More ways to not be an asshole here in the podcast as well) 4. It’s okay to mix and match. There’s so many templates out there for diets right now and some of us are not lucky enough to have a perfect template given to us. So know that it’s okay to mix and match diets. Meaning if one part works for you but another doesn’t then create YOUR diet and create boundaries around your diet (yes, because people will try and tell you how wrong you are!) 5. Don’t make quick promises. Learn to pause and take a second before diving into a program again and “promising” to yourself that you’ll stick to it this time. This mentality has probably got us into trouble more than once. The intention is not trouble, but the approach can be. Your health shouldn’t be full of quick fixes but instead real change that takes time. So stop treating your diet as a summer fling and start treating it like a marriage. I hope this post brings up some thoughts on where you can improve or adjust your approach for better health and consistency. If you have more questions I’d be happy to answer them on Instagram or in my Closed Facebook Group for women, The Good Curves Club. Links Mentioned in Episode: Truvani Chocolate Plant Based Protein : http://bit.ly/2XJB3j4 Use this code for $10 off : XKADLYS Feel free to contact her about any questions / perspectives / experiences to share: Email: Cari_Li@TheGoodCurves.com Instagram: @Cari_Li ( instagram.com/Cari_Li ) Facebook: @TheGoodCurves ( www.facebook.com/thegoodcurves )
32 minutes | Jul 4, 2019
Designing the Life You Desire with Emily Verdonk
Emily Verdonk, an Accounting Badass, shares how she went from being divorced, becoming a single mother and laid off all in the same year to starting her successful accounting firm and kicking ass as a mother. She is the owner and founder of Morris Verdonk Accounting a boutique firm specializing in nonprofits and rural utilities. When she had the opportunity to recreate her life she took the opportunity to start Morris Verdonk Accounting instead of taking a traditional job since she’s had 15 years experience in the industry. In this episode: Emily shares her story on how to she got a divorce, became a single mom and got laid off in the same year to started her own successful firm. Emily shares the hardest thing about running her own business and being a mom — exhaustion. She shares her tactics on scheduling business, self-care and time with her son in a very nonconventional way. They discuss the joys and benefits of owning your own business and being able to spend time with family. How men and women can have different perspectives on home and work life balance even with 9-5 jobs. Emily shares her best advise for working parents by creating boundaries and teaching those around us that we need “offline” time for other priorities. Steps to take the leap for designing the life you desire. Emily shares how her and her son go mountain climbing together and he’s only 4! Her No-Screen Policy for her son and her requirements for child care to promote an active lifestyle. Emily stresses the positive impact exercise and nutrition has on her business, energy and sanity. She shares the importance of her network of other mothers to get everything she needs done. TGC Closing question: Emily wants very badly to take a year to live out of a camper van and travel with her son. How to Connect with Emily Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morrisverdonkaccounting/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-verdonk-675521137/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emily.verdonk.37 Website: www.MorrisVerdonk.com www.EmilyVerdonk.com Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li / https://www.instagram.com/Cari_li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves / https://www.facebook.com/thegoodcurves Links and Resources: Busy Booty Program Application: bit.ly/CariLi The Busy Booty Program is a 12-week customised hormonal fat loss program for the ambitious ladies out there who have no time to waste. We focus on making things super simple and time efficient while getting results. By clicking the link above, you can apply for a free 1 hour fitness consult with Cari or get on the phone with Cari to obtain more information about the 12 week program to see if it’s a good fit for you. Apply now.
14 minutes | Jun 20, 2019
Why You Don’t Need Meal to Prep by Cari Li
Have you joined the Free Fatigued to Fit Workshop? Click here to see how I went from burnt out to healthy, happy and fit and helped others with the same process. I provide lots of free tools and bonuses to help you start shifting your energy so that you can step into your power and take on the world. Click here for access. Episode 37 of The Good Curves Podcast Show notes If you’ve approached anything fitness, you’ve heard of and probably done meal prep. While there is nothing wrong with meal prep, it is not for everyone. Yet there are many with the mentality that you need to meal prep to get results or to lose the fat or to be healthy. That is absolutely NOT TRUE!! Meal prep just isn’t the solution for some people. It isn’t my personal solution most of the time and it isn’t for many of the women I work with simply because we just don’t live that lifestyle, nor do we want to. Now I understand that yes, to achieve certain goals, you have to do certain things. Have discipline with some practices and have some sacrifices. However, what I’m finding is that for many people (not just women) their goal and their actions are not lining up at all. Their goals are not even lining up with them as a person many times. However, what I’m finding is that for many people (not just women), for many people, their goal and their actions are not lining up at all. Their goals are not even lining up with them as a person many times. So yes, I know this is supposed to be about meal prep but we have to go back to the why. Always. Listen in to the episode to hear in more detail why you may not have to be on the meal prep train… [FREE] Fatigued to Fit Workshop : thegoodcurves.com/fatigued [FREE] Fitness Audit : bit.ly/CariLi Feel free to contact her about any questions / perspectives / experiences to share: Email: Cari_Li@TheGoodCurves.com Instagram: @Cari_Li ( instagram.com/Cari_Li ) Facebook: @TheGoodCurves ( www.facebook.com/thegoodcurves)
50 minutes | Apr 3, 2019
Breakdowns, Breakthroughs and Branding with Antoinette Cheek
Cari interviews Antoinette Cheek, the Founder and CEO of The Create(Her) Life, a high-end boutique creative agency focused on growing the brands of entrepreneurs. She shares openly with us about her breakdown and burnout in the corporate setting, where she was one of the few Women of Color, and how she rose out of her burnout to create a brand that not only allowed her a better lifestyle, but is accomplishing big goals for not just Women of Color, but all women who aspire to build a brand of their own. In this episode: Why we aren’t seeing more Women of Colorado in the Marketing industry. How Antoinette is changing that with the CreateHer Brand. Her breakdown and burnout experience Facing Anxiety and how she educated herself about mindfulness and peace How she manages her energy now to avoid burnout Why knowing how to communicate your story is so important with branding How humble beginnings can change your brand What is the number 1 thing in moving a brand forward How to Connect with Antoinette Instagram: @TheCreateHerLife / https://www.instagram.com/thecreateherlife/?hl=en Twitter: @TheCreateHerLife / https://twitter.com/createherlife?lang=en Facebook: @TheCreateHerLife / https://www.facebook.com/createHER/ Website: https://www.thecreateherlife.com/ Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li / https://www.instagram.com/Cari_li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves / https://www.facebook.com/thegoodcurves Links and Resources: Busy Booty Program Application: bit.ly/CariLi The Busy Booty Program is a 12-week customised hormonal fat loss program for the ambitious ladies out there who have no time to waste. We focus on making things super simple and time efficient while getting results. By clicking the link above, you can apply for a free 1 hour fitness consult with Cari or get on the phone with Cari to obtain more information about the 12 week program to see if it’s a good fit for you. Apply now.
19 minutes | Mar 25, 2019
How to Achieve Flexibility with Fitness by Cari Li
Reporting in from South East Asia, in this episode, Cari goes over: What flexibility in fitness means. Why your body rebounds when you stray from your program even a little bit. Why flexibility in fitness is an extremely important goal to have. How to earn flexibility so that you can relax on workouts or diet sometimes if life gets hectic. Why you can’t start with flexibility and need focus at first. Why our bodies don’t trust us and how that hinders flexibility. What to do / think if you have a hard time with body change results [FREE] Hormonal Fat Loss Intro Workshop : thegoodcurves.com/fatloss [FREE] Fitness Audit : bit.ly/CariLi Feel free to contact her about any questions / perspectives / experiences to share: Email: Cari_Li@TheGoodCurves.com Instagram: @Cari_Li ( instagram.com/Cari_Li ) Facebook: @TheGoodCurves ( www.facebook.com/thegoodcurves )
40 minutes | Mar 6, 2019
Simple Green Smoothies: Medicine Free and Thriving with Jen Hansard
Cari interviews Jen Hansard who is the co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies and she shares with us how smoothies have changed her life in regards to her business and her family. She also talks about how she went from a state of surviving to thriving; which is a topic many of us can get a lot out of. Cari is also taking applications for her Busy Booty Program. This is her 12 week program where she customizes a fitness and lifestyle plan for those of you who are particularly fatigued but want to improve your fitness and energy levels. In this episode: Some background on Jen Hansard who co-owns her own business called Simple Green Smoothies. Jen talks about the beginning of her amazing journey; where she and her family were in a state of barely surviving, and how they overcame the challenges they faced. Cari and Jen talk about the importance of balancing the demands of everyday life, and having fun and spending time with your family. Jen goes more into how she started Simple Green Smoothies, what it means to her, and how it changed her life for the better. .Cari and Jen discuss some of the health benefits of drinking Simple Green Smoothies and how it compares to juicing diets. Jen has a couple of books out: one is called Simple Green Smoothies; which has lots of great smoothie recipes, and the second book is called Simple Green Meals; which builds upon that foundation and goes into how you can incorporate more greens into your meals. You can find her books at Barnes and Noble, Books a Million and on Amazon. Jen provides some great examples of plant-based protein sources. TGC’s final closing question for Jen. Links and Resources: Busy Booty Program Application: bit.ly/CariLi Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/thegoodcurvesclub How to Connect with Jen Instagram at: @simplegreensmoothies and @jenhansard Website: simplegreensmoothies.com Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
13 minutes | Feb 25, 2019
Should You Train Fasted
In this episode Cari answers a question she gets very often: “Should I train fasted?” She talks about her own fasting and training routine and what to look out for if you decide to try it. Also, Cari is accepting applicants for her Busy Booty Program. The Busy Booty Program is a 12 week sustainable program that helps women attain fitness goals without burning out. It’s for those of you who are ready to do things right by learning what works best for your body, hormones and energy. She has made it a very simple process to adopt and it’ll be customised to your fitness level (through all the stages) and to your lifestyle as well. In this episode: Intermittent fasting: It is another popular fitness trend that I also apply to my routine. Be cautious when giving fitness advice to friends; especially when it comes to diet because what works for you may not work for them. How I combine fasting and training, and why. When I fast and train and when I don’t, and why. Should YOU fast and train? Always remember to listen to your body and respect your body. If you want more information about hormonal fat loss, I do have a free workshop for you here. If you have any questions, please feel free to hit me up on Instagram at Cari_Li. I’d love to help, or just say hi! Links and Resources: Hormonal Fat Loss Workshop : thegoodcurve.com/fatloss Busy Booty Program Application: bit.ly/CariLi Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
60 minutes | Jan 9, 2019
Transitions in Country, Identity and Career with Jacqueline Diaz
Cari interviews Jacqueline Diaz who is an entrepreneur and a single mom and they talk about the different inevitable transitions we all go through in life. Transitions are a part of life and change happens all the time; even when we try our best to resist them. Cari and Jacqueline both share some of their own transitions that have occurred in their lives. Also here is a reminder to sign up for Cari’s FREE Busy Booty Challenge that is happening right now. It requires you to complete only 4 workouts that are each less than 30 minutes long and you can do them anywhere at anytime. This comes up to about 1-2 hours a week, which is truly minimal for your health and well-being If you get the challenge done you have a chance to win one of the five Busy Booty Bundles she is giving away. In this episode: Some background on Jacqueline Diaz A.K.A “amigapreneur”. She is on Instagram and has her own podcast. Jacqueline shares a bit about some of the struggles she went through to get where she is today and what she learnt about transitions in life. Cari and Jacqueline discuss the different challenges you face when you experience a transition in your life and the factors that can contribute to the experience. The ups and downs of motherhood from the perspectives of mother and daughter. Jacqueline was born in Mexico and she shares her immigration story with us. Cari and Jacqueline go into how important mourning is in the transition process. How much society and family expectations can affect your transition. Cari and Jacqueline talk about the work they do and how important it is to them to help out women with their transitions and struggles. The importance of being honest with yourself; especially in face of your own personal struggles. TGC’s final closing question for Jacqueline, which leads to them talking about love and the courage it takes and inspires. Links and Resources: 7-Day Busy Booty Challenge: https://thegoodcurves.com/challenge Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/thegoodcurvesclub How to Connect with Jacqueline: Instagram at: @amigapreneur Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
11 minutes | Jan 7, 2019
We Suck at Fitness Resolutions by Cari Li
Welcome back to The Good Curves Podcast and Happy New Year! In the spirit of the new year; Cari goes into why we all suck at Fitness Resolutions. She goes into how we can change that and our lifestyles for the better by committing to one final Fitness Resolution. We also have a Busy Booty Challenge starting Wednesday, January 9th. It is a seven day challenge designed to get you up and moving to make this the last year you have to think about fitness resolutions ever again. It requires you to complete only 4 workouts that are each less than 30 minutes long and you can do them anywhere at anytime. This comes up to about 1-2 hours a week, which is truly minimal for your health and well+being, so NO escape and NO excuses! You will also have access to a closed Facebook Group where everyone can come together, and motivate and support each other. Cari is also doing an Instagram Giveaway this week. Simply follow her on Instagram @Cari_Li and use the link to sign up. In this episode: Welcome back to The Good Curves Podcast! How many of us are terrible when it comes to making and sticking with New Year Resolutions involving fitness. Many of us ambitious women make these unreasonable and unrealistic promises to ourselves and then apply ridiculous, inefficient and unsustainable programs to achieve these stupid fitness goals. Honestly, there really shouldn’t be a need for new year fitness resolutions. That’s more similar to dieting and it has an extreme sort of mentality; which in my opinion is not the healthiest approach. Am I proud of people who make new year fitness resolutions? Absolutely. It takes courage and I’ll always support anyone shooting to improve themselves and I work with them and teach them how; without it having to be a yearly resolution. To me, health and fitness shouldn’t have to continuously be a resolution year after year. It should always have a place in your life. We should not only aim to treat our bodies well temporarily. I encourage you: If you have made a New Years fitness resolution, make this the last one you’ll ever have to make. Make that part of your resolution, so that you will continue to take care of your health no matter what. Commit to that. Don’t commit to a weight or a body fat percentage, commit to respecting yourself and your body in 2019 and for the rest of your life. Podcast Update: The good curves podcast will now be coming out with new episodes and interviews every Wednesday. I want to make sure I have the time to work with my ladies and so will be switching to 1 episode per week in 2019 instead of 2! Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you have a wonderful start to 2019 Links and Resources: 7-Day Busy Booty Challenge: https://thegoodcurves.com/challenge Instagram GIVEAWAY: https://www.instagram.com/p/BsOIsbYBGGh/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/thegoodcurvesclub Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
56 minutes | Nov 7, 2018
Adoption, Body Confidence and Pushing Through Fear with Christina Montalvo
Cari interviews Christina Montalvo who is the host of The Confidence Project; which is one of the best podcasts out there for women right now. She shares with us her beautiful Christmas story about her adoption and talks a lot about body image, which is largely what The Confidence Project is about. She also tells us about how The Confidence Project was created and what inspired her to do it. In closing, Christina and Cari discuss living life in fear vs courage, and how important it is to not let it rule you and prevent you from living life to the fullest. In this episode: Some background on Christina Montalvo, who was born and raised outside Chicago. The origins of her issues with her own body image. Christina’s journey in the fitness industry; from working in a gym to starting her own business. Christina shares her beautiful Christmas story about her adoption. Christina’s struggle with her identity due to her ethnicity and her adoption. Cari and Christina discuss the difficulties of coming to terms with their own body image and their experiences working with many women who have the same issue. How The Confidence Project came about and what inspired it. Cari and Christina talk about their approach to fitness and fat loss. Cari and Christina share what it took get them out of their own self-inflicted spiral of negativity when it came to their own health and fitness, and how their own spiritual revelations played such a big part. TGC’s final closing question for Christina; which leads to her talking about living in fear and being motivated by fear, and how that is something she will change for herself. How to Connect with Christina Montalvo: The Confidence Project -> http://christinamontalvo.com/ Follow her on Instagram -> https://www.instagram.com/christina_montalvo Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
29 minutes | Nov 5, 2018
3 People to Invest Your Energy In with Cari Li
Cari talks about the 3 types of people she focuses on keeping in her life; people she chooses to spend time around. It is incredibly important to be conscious of the people involved in your life because it can have quite the impact on your energy management. Think about the people you spend a lot of time with and ask yourself if they are someone you need to spend more time with or less time with. Watch the replay of the Hormonal Fat Loss Workshop. Outline/Key points: (0:00) I want to talk about the 3 different types of people I choose to spend time around. We should be conscious about who we spend a lot our time with because it can affect your energy levels in a big way. (03:51) I am very picky about who I spend my time around nowadays and I can narrow it down for you into 3 groups. The first group of people are people who teach me new lessons to help me grow. These are people who are already farther along than I am in life or who have experienced more than I have and I can learn from their experiences. (06:05) The second group of people I spend my time with are people who are willing to learn from me to grow. If they are not willing to learn and grow; I cannot afford to invest a whole lot of time and energy in them, especially when there are so many others out there that are ready to grow and work with me. (08:57) The third group of people are those who are committed to growth and we invest in each other. These are the people who are basically on the same level as me. We are doing whatever we can to invest in each other, help each other out and hold each other accountable so that we can all grow and be better. (13:20) I hardly ever spend time with people who do not fit into one of these 3 categories. I also make sure that I balance the energy invested in these 3 categories of people. When we consider managing our energy and also being able to invest in our own health and fitness; this is very important and is something we all need to work on in order to really be our best selves. (14:30) You need to be careful and make sure you are not that person exhausting yourself trying to pull everyone else around you up. Fight your own battles and focus on yourself and the people who are coming into your life who are ready and willing to grow. (16:56) Here are a few steps on how to turn things around if you are in a position where you are being drained by the people in your life. (17:24) First: Audit the people in your life. Who doesn’t need your energy right now? Who could use less of your energy right now? Who definitely needs your energy right now? (19:16) Second: Making space. You do this by removing some of the people who do not need your energy right now, minimizing your time spent with people who need less of your energy and focusing on the people that do need your energy. (22:23) Third: Elevate. Find your crew; people who are on the same page as you, people you can invest in and who will invest in you as well. Also find a mentor, coach or inspiration; someone who is where you want to be so that you can learn from them. (26:30) I really encourage you all to find a team where you can invest in each other and support each other. You are always welcome to join the Facebook Group; I’d be more than happy to be on your team and all the ladies in that team are so amazing, open and encouraging. Links and Resources: Hormonal Fat Loss Workshop: thegoodcurves.com/fatloss Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/thegoodcurvesclub Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
47 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
Eating Disorders, Hormones and Fat Loss with Kim Schaper
Cari interviews Kim Schaper who a metabolic-reset expert and a fitness coach. She has overcome so much in her life and she shares with us her experiences with eating disorders and establishing herself in the fitness world. She also provides us with lots of great advice on how to improve our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Her passion to help women out there with their health and fitness is incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Outline: 00:00 – Episode introduction on Kim Schaper who is a fellow fitness coach and a metabolic-reset expert. 02:23 – Cari introduces Kim who is from Atlanta, Georgia. She shares with us a bit of background about herself, and about her life in the fitness world. 04:20 – Kim talks about eating disorders and shares with us her own experience dealing with self-esteem and body image issues, and with battling anorexia. She also provides some advice for those out there who are going through similar struggles. 19:48 – Cari and Kim reminisce over some of the funny antics Kim has participated in; including and not limited to the time she pranked an IRS scammer. This leads to Kim talking about how passionate she is about living life and how she has fully embraced the wacky side of her personality. 25:17 – Kim talks about some of the backlash she has received; some in response to her sense of humor and others in response to her approach to health and fitness. She also talks about how she deals with the backlash in a positive manner. 29:26 – Cari and Kim discuss how wonderful and empowering it is to be fit and feel healthy and strong without going into extremes or compromising what is on the inside. 35:38 – Kim talks about her fitness program called “Fit Female Formula”; which targets women in their late 30s to mid 40s. Cari and Kim also go more into how hormones play such a big part in the fitness process. 42:59 -TGC’s final closing question for Kim. 45:18 – A big thank you to Kim for the being the wonderful and inspirational person that she is, and for touching so many lives and helping so many women out there. How to Connect with Kim Schaper: https://www.kimschaper.com Instagram.com/kimschaperfitness Links and Resources: Hormonal Fat Loss Workshop: thegoodcurves.com/fatloss Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/thegoodcurvesclub Connect with the host and community on… Instagram at: @Cari_Li Facebook at: @TheGoodCurves or join the conversation in our Closed Facebook Group!
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