Self care doesn’t always mean manicures, massages, bubble baths and spa days. Sometimes it means meal prepping, going to the doctor, and getting some proper sleep. Today’s guest is LCK, aka Laurie Christine King, a fitness coach, educational blogger, vlogger, and total badass. She runs a world-famous blog and is the Co-Founder and CEO of Paragon Training Methods. LCK has been a guest on the show before, when we talked about all things nutrition and hormones. In today’s episode, LCK shares her experience with burn out, self care, and what it is like to run businesses and pour into other people’s cups while trying to look after her mental, physical, and nutritional health at the same time. We also discuss the correlation between bad body image and stress, toxic diet culture, and surrendering to our emotions. Tune in today!
Key Points from This Episode:
- LCK talks about the email she sent to Chrystal, expressing her hard work and resulting burn out.
- Creating video content takes time that LCK doesn’t have because of her multiple businesses.
- Signs for LCK that she is burnt out before a product launch, like her home being a total mess.
- For LCK, self care it not spa days or manicures, it is prioritizing getting bloodwork done.
- You have to take time off from responding – there are no nutrition or fitness emergencies.
- LCK has discovered the importance of honoring her feelings by going to therapy rather than suppressing them through exercise.
- LCK and her business coach decided on the mantra ‘surrender’, which gave her permission to process her emotions to the benefit of her business.
- Oftentimes, bad body image coincides with excess work stress and unprocessed emotions.
- LCK give her friend Alex Maclin a shoutout and suggest listeners follow him on Instagram.
- Usually, negative comments about your body have nothing do do with you and everything to do with the person making them.
- The stigma around female body weight over 200 lbs – don’t comment on someone’e weight!
- Why must we always fixate on appearance? Rather focus on people’s achievements.
- LCK and Chrystal discuss the impact of toxic diet culture they experience in the fitness world.
- Losing weight and getting fit doesn’t have to be torture! There is too much extremism.
- LCK hopes that listeners take away the concept of grace – acknowledge that this will pass.
“I feel like, no matter how prepared we are for a product launch, a couple days leading up to it are just chaos! I haven’t mastered the equation on how to make that better, but it is just part of the territory and it is part of the fun.” — LCK [0:13:38]
“Society says that self care is manicures, and massages, and bubble baths and spa days [but]… self care is prioritizing the time monthly to go get your bloodwork drawn to check on your thyroid levels if you have thyroid issues. Or it is noticing that, ‘Hey, I am not sleeping super well at night, I’m starting to have some weird symptoms, my sex drive is gone. I should really go do some hormone testing at my doctor and check and make sure everything is [good] under the hood.’” — LCK [0:15:27]
“Having surgery and being forced to have coping mechanisms outside of exercise – I was like, ‘Exercise is therapy,’ and no, it’s actually not. That’s called pressing pause on your feelings, that’s running from your feelings, that’s not healing your shit.” — LCK [0:24:36]
“I think with body [image], people are more prone to keeping it to themselves. A lot of times, hateful or hurtful comments come from the people that we love the most, whether that’s family, whether that’s significant others, or even the number of unsolicited comments that women get from other women. It has nothing to do, ever, with you, but everything to do with that other person and their body image.” — LCK [0:31:28]
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