Fitness: How to Use It, Not Abuse It

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


We all know the amazing benefits of exercise: mental acuity, emotional release, increased strength, more consistent metabolism, confidence, and on and on.

But we don't often talk about the effects of abusing exercise, a trap we can all so subtly fall into.  This can happen through both over- and under-use, although much of this episode it devoted to abuse through too much (or too intense, too often) exercising.

Alongside my two expert guests--Meg Miles and Rachel Gainer--we discuss it all.  How fitness is a powerful tool for good and so essential to our well-being; but also how abusing it can negatively alter our lives and become all-consuming.  Learn through our discussion how to properly make exercise an important part of your life without letting it control you.

In this episode, there is a wealth of science, personal stories, and loads of take-aways.  Our goal?  To empower the listeners to view their bodies--and fitness--with love and "healthy enthusiasm."

Our Take-Away Tips:
1) Get away from "all or nothing" thinking: Even your small efforts are moving you forward.
2) Find JOY: The best type of exercise for you is the kind that you love doing.
3) Learn how to REST: Your body needs it and it will tell you when it requires a break.
4) Clean up your environment: Who are you following on social media? Surround yourself with people who support and inspire you, but not the ones that wear you out or place more unneeded pressure on you.


You can listen to this podcast episode below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes:
Meg Miles's website, blog, and Instagram
Past podcast interview with Meg
Rachel Gainer's website and Instagram
Past podcast interview with Rachel
Articles on effects of overexercising on metabolism: here and here
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Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcast episodes from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas

Camille Andros: Starting Small, Achieving Big

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


"The preparation will meet your opportunity, and that is when you can have success.  So, you need to work really hard and be ready for when you get that chance, because you never know when it’s going to come."

Camille Andros is a woman of many interests including science, writing, and children (she has 6 of her own).  For years, she found herself focusing on one thing and then the other, all of which she loved and found fulfilling.  But eventually, she found herself combining her passions into writing children's literature.  She wants children to believe that they are smart and they can love science too, and her stories inspire just that and then some!

Camille talks about her path towards getting published, how she believes in "a time and a season," the great importance for everyone to have hobbies and dreams, and the remarkable path her life has taken, one small step at a time!  Oh, and you'll love Camille's view of how rejection can be a good sign that you're on the right path and how she has learned that slowing down actually helps her work.


You can listen to this podcast episode below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!


Show Notes:
Camille's website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and BOOK!
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Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcast episodes from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas


Jeni Awerkamp: Valuing Who You Are First, Not What You Do

Wednesday, July 12, 2017



“It starts with who you are.  Then what you do comes so naturally, and so beautifully, that that is respected because you were who you are first.”

There is a reason Jeni Awerkamp's mom called her "Jeni Joy" growing up.  This woman radiates light and positivity!  Jeni's biggest key to her finding that joy is to focus on who she IS first, not what she produces.

This is a lesson Jeni learned after selling her interest in her rising business and transitioning to focusing full-time on motherhood.  She has a strong entrepreneurial, creative spirit and a passion for having goals and dreams; but Jeni discovered that for her, regardless of what she feels called to pursue (or not pursue), she needed to invest her self-worth in who she was at her core instead of placing her esteem on things, people, or achievements.

Jeni also shares the importance of filling our buckets, how she creates and pursues goals, and how much happier she has been once she's chosen to let her hair down and embrace the "yellow" side of her personality more often.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes:
Jeni's blog (it's fantastic!) and Instagram
Monica's INTERVIEW with Briana from The LifeBeats Project (she's amazing!)
SURVEY!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcast episodes from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas

Cara Baldwin || Embracing a New Life After Divorce

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

“It’s too easy to give in to the thought that ‘Well, this terrible thing happened to me . . .’ But at the end of the day, you write your own story . . . Your life is what YOU create.  And I wanted to create something awesome.”


Cara Baldwin had been a lifelong "overachiever." But at 30 years old, she found herself moving back in with her parents, filing for divorce with four very young children (the youngest being 6 weeks old), and wondering how she could face the humiliation of being this version of herself she never wanted to be.

Beginning with a solo two-and-a-half week camping adventure with all four kids (aka "The Magic Five"), Cara picked up the pieces of her family, plucked up her courage, asked for help, and attended law school so she could support her children.

Cara credits her kids, her family, her friends, her community, her faith, and her grit in rebuilding her life and rediscovering the woman she once was: one who believed in herself.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!

Show Notes:
Monica's INTERVIEW with Briana from The LifeBeats Project (she's amazing!)
Last week's episode
SURVEY!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas

Sometimes You Don't Make the Cut

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts."
~Winston Churchill

We have all been there: you bust your behind trying to reach a goal, you have high hopes, but then you get dismal-at-best results.

It's hard to not take it personally.


I've been there recently and I found myself really questioning why I've been spending all this time doing something that is meeting seemingly lackluster fruit.  But then I reminded myself, "Sometimes you don't make the cut."  That's life.


Every person who has ever amounted to anything, whether it's in the walls of their own homes or in grand corporations, have faced failures big and small.  They have faced those moments where they wonder why the heck they're doing what they're doing and evaluate if it's worth the time, sweat, and tears.

For me, I've decided to tailor back in some areas (the limited writing on my blog will now be non-existent for a time) and to redefine what "success" looks like for me.


In today's podcast, I talk about admirable figures in our times who have didn't make the cut, what they did to overcome it, and what we can individually do when we face similar times.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!


Show Notes:
Articles referenced: Here and Here
Stephanie's Website, Instagram, and Facebook
Podcast Episode with Mark Lukach
Monica's interview for the Extraordinary Moms Podcast
SURVEY!!!!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas

Mark Lukach || Navigating Crisis as a Family

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

“We didn’t recognize each other, or ourselves.  How do you reconcile this?  How do you go and redefine how we work together if who we are has taken some pretty fundamental changes?”

Mark and Giulia fell in love at 18 years old and launched into what looked like would be a lifetime of happiness.  Unexpectedly, three years into their marriage their fairy tale fell apart as Giulia encountered struggles with her mental health that neither of them fully understood or knew how to deal with.  

But this isn't just a story about mental illness; it's a story about how a family chose to navigate a crisis  and rebuild their lives based on love, not tragedy.

Mark talks about what led to Giulia's first bout with psychosis and her eventual diagnosis with bipolar disorder.  He shares how as a result they switched roles within their relationship, what it was like for Mark to battle his own depression just as Giulia started to get better, and how they learned to anchor into their new lives both together and individually.  

Both Mark and Giulia hope their son learns from their choice to focus on on love over fear and that life is beautiful, especially when they hold on to each other.


About Mark: Mark Lukach is a teacher and freelance writer.  He is the author of a memoir My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward.  His work has been published in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Wired, and other publications.  He is currently the Ninth Grade Dean at The Athenian School, where he also teaches history.  He lives with his wife, Giulia, and their son in the San Francisco Bay area.  
Photo Cred: Alex Souza

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes:
Mark's website, Instagram, and where to find his book
Monica's interview for the Extraordinary Moms Podcast
SURVEY!!!!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas


Seth Adam Smith || Sharing a Light in the Wilderness

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“Depression loves darkness . . . the only way to fight depression is to bring it into the light.”

I'm sure you read that article "Marriage Isn't For You" that circulated the internet a few years ago.  How am I so sure?  Because everyone read it, as in 100 million strong all over the world.

Seth Adam Smith is the author of that article, as well as four popular books (including his latest work of fiction!).  Seth talks about what it was like to have a VIRAL article and the three years-long mind trip it sent him on as he tried to live up to the internal and external pressure to keep writing pieces to resonate with millions.

Seth is much more than "the marriage guy" his article pegged him to be.  He's been writing for as long as he can remember. One of the common themes he writes about is depression, and he's been doing that long before it was the cool thing to do.

Seth has struggled with chronic depression since he was in third grade, and at his lowest low as a 20 year old, he attempted to commit suicide.  What has risen from his broken soul is completely transformative.  Seth has shifted his intense struggles to instead act as a force for good--or a "light in the wilderness," as he calls it--one that he holds high and proud, calling others to learn that life is worth living, and it is worth living well.

You won't want to miss what Seth says about how we all should want to be "broken," and how he blew my mind with his thoughts on perfectionism.  Please share this episode with anyone who you think can benefit.  (Hint: it's all of us!)


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Pocketcasts, Googleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!





Show Notes:
Seth's Website, Blog, Instagram, and YouTube Channel
Seth's books: Here, Here, Here, and Here.
Monica's interview for the Extraordinary Moms Podcast
SURVEY!!!!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Contact Monica
Free Audiobook through Audible! (Affiliate link)
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" by Nicolai Heidlas



 
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