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161: Physical and Emotional Health First with Lisa Carpenter

Oct 4, 2018

People put themselves in stressful positions. We’re overachievers and workaholics, and with all these things that we do we’re not even sure why. We so often neglect to take care of ourselves. Lisa Carpenter is an advocate for health fitness and is helping people put their physical and emotional health first. Lisa is the secret weapon for driven, ambitious, achievers who want to live, lead, and perform at their highest level. She helps her clients free themselves from judgment, move through their bullshit, and shift their perspectives so they can feel more peace, ease, joy, success and fulfillment. With nearly twenty years of coaching experience and an extensive background in nutrition and fitness, Lisa talks about a unique combination of coaching that helps clients claim a relationship in their lives, businesses, or bodies that is free of stress, struggle and frustration.

161: Physical and Emotional Health First with Lisa Carpenter

I’m very excited to have Lisa Carpenter on the show who is a health fitness and an all-around amazing person living in Vancouver. She’s helping people put their emotional and physical health first. We have quite a varying conversation on many topics on how people put themselves in stressful positions. Overachiever, workaholic, all these things we do and we’re not even sure why and then we don’t take care of ourselves. We talked about the concept of taking a bath in the middle of the day. How indulgent is that? It’s a great show. I’m excited to have Lisa.

I’m here with my friend Lisa Carpenter. Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

I am in Vancouver, Canada.

I always think Vancouver people have slight accents but you sound like a Californian.

If I could live any other place in the world as a permanent residence, it would probably be California because I love the West Coast. California is a little bit warmer than Vancouver. We’re starting to head into our fall, which is lovely, but then the clouds come over and it’s gray for six months. California has my heart a little bit. However, I am coming to New York. I was invited to experience New York. I’ve never been to New York.

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We’re talking about the concept of emotional and physical health and well-being first and the impact. What are your initial thoughts about this? Can you describe the thesis you have around this topic?

As an entrepreneur, I see lots of people online and offline as well, CEOs and regular everyday people and we’re putting our health and our wellness last and we’re putting our achievements first. The truth is in order to be a powerful leader and have impact and influence, whether that is in your family unit or in your business, we can’t have that without taking care of ourselves. We’re only as good as our health.

Let’s get down to the baseline. Let’s define that. What would be your definition of good health? What are the things people are missing?

With a lot of my clients, I see them caught in this diet lifestyle. A lot of the women that I work with in particular struggle with the relationship that they have with their body. They’re wanting to love themselves more but they’re trying to love themselves more by doing more things, “I’ll do the diet, I’ll do more exercise, I’ll do all this stuff.” They’re not looking at fundamentally what they believe to be true about their relationship with their body. What I say is that things we love, we take care of. Why is it that we’re giving all of our time and attention to things outside of ourselves and very little time and attention to how we’re showing up for ourselves? Health and wellness have less to do with the things you’re doing. Those are all the pieces of it, but it’s how you’re being in a relationship with yourself that matters more.

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Physical And Emotional Health: Health and wellness have less to do with the things you’re doing. It’s how you’re actually being in a relationship with yourself that matters more.

This is where I’m trying to get people to. Why are you not mattering in your own life? Why is everything else much more important than you? If you don’t take care of the vehicle emotionally and physically that you’re getting to be present in this life in, you won’t get to enjoy this life. The things that matter to you, you won’t get to experience them anymore. We’re not putting our focus on the things we need to put our focus on. Self-care isn’t about going for another pedicure. That’s great, go for a pedicure but that’s not what it’s about. It’s, “Are we fundamentally caring for ourselves like we are the most important relationship in our lives?” Most people say, “No, my kids are my businesses, my thing, my stuff, I get the leftovers.”

When I’m reading your bio, I did think of Morgan, my wife. I thought about her relationship with the kids. Her children and my stepchildren are eight and ten years old. I watched constantly the battle she fights to be the mother she is, which is amazingly available and also the impact it has on her psyche. Her lack of sleep and her one more activity that takes her driving and she hates driving in the freeways of Los Angeles and more stress she puts on top of it. What do you tell women specifically about motherhood versus self-care?

Women have all these beliefs that were passed down to us from generation to generation. Unknowingly, we’ve been indoctrinated into them. Our moms modeled for us that you put everything ahead of yourself, that self-care is indulgent. Our actions always follow our beliefs and not that the beliefs we think we know. These are deep subconscious programs that are running in the background. This is why we tend to put our kids first all the time because we’ve been taught that that’s how you do it. This isn’t about telling my clients don’t love on your kids and don’t put them first. You have to do that. It’s about saying where do you matter in your life and have you even taken a step back to say, “Am I caring for myself the same way that I care for my kids?’” For instance, if your kids came home and said, “It’s a crazy day. I didn’t eat. I only got a couple of hours sleep last night because I was studying until late and then I needed to help my friend because their car broke down. I did that. I’m got exhausted.” There is no mom on the planet that would be like, “That’s okay.” They will be like, “You need to eat. You need to have some rest.” All the things we say to our kids, but we’re not embodying for ourselves because it’s uncomfortable for us to take a step back and look at what we’re not giving ourselves and then be with the discomfort of allowing ourselves to have those things.

This is where the subconscious beliefs come in. When we’re doing something that goes against the subconscious belief, it doesn’t feel good. For a lot of women, taking care of themselves and making themselves a priority in their lives is like asking them to brush their teeth with their non-dominant hand every night. It would be awkward and uncomfortable, but it’s totally possible to change our behaviors when we start to change our beliefs, when we start to get curious about, “Why am I not taking care of myself. Why is this? Why would this not be okay for my kids, but it’s okay for me?”

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There are many different doorways of thought. Let’s go with the loudest one. The loudest one is I, in my masculine way, led to the actions. What actions can we make, what processes, what procedures? What I want to reflect back to make sure I have is it’s like it’s playing out of our own ancestral trauma or ancestral patterns to replicate. To set yourself up in an environment where you’re not worthy, where self-care is indulgent. I loved when you said that. I can imagine mothers telling their daughters and their sons, but telling their daughters that’s indulgent and you’re saying you’d go back into the core to work it.

I had an amazing conversation with a friend and all these amazing things that she wants her kids to step into, taking care of themselves and self-love and gratitude and all those things, but she wasn’t embodying them for herself. What ends up happening when we do that as parents is we create this dissonance, “Mom, you’re telling me to do this but you’re not doing this. Is this right or is this not right? Can I take care of myself? What does it mean for me if I take care of myself, but you’re not taking care of yourself?” It gets confusing. The only way to break these patterns is it point the finger at us. We’re trying to fix these problems that we don’t like in the world by trying to change other people, which is about the doing. The hardest work people will ever do in their life is transforming themselves because there isn’t a five-step process.

It starts with a willingness to be curious about what is driving your behaviors. Then committing to staying in that relationship with yourself while you unpack these beliefs and start to create new beliefs and new behaviors that are going to reinforce those beliefs. It’s awkward and uncomfortable. As humans, we don’t like to be uncomfortable. The truth is our brain is hardwired for comfort. When we do a pattern over and over again, our brain says, “This is how we want to do things.” It hardwires the pattern in. This is why we don’t have to think about brushing our teeth. This is why we don’t have to think about how we get dressed in the morning or how we drive a car, it’s hardwired in. All of our behaviors are hardwired in, like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. It’s possible to rewire them, but it takes a tremendous amount of courage, tenacity, time and willingness to want to change and not by doing something different, but by going within and pulling out the root of what’s going on.

One of my core viewpoints is when the pain of change is less than the pain of staying the same, people will change. They will do it. Mother and sons or mother and daughters, she’s seeing the depth of her lack of self-care. Keep going until that pain of change, that pain of setting up a system or asking for help or reworking the meal process, it won’t happen. People will stay in that rut of their own self-flagellating, self-limiting, self-destructive habit. You’re meeting with a stubborn, slightly victimized mother who doesn’t know how to affect her self-care. What are some pragmatic steps you offer to get her to move from point A to point B?

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Physical And Emotional Health: The hardest work people will ever do in their life is transforming themselves because there isn’t a five-step process.

Where I start clients who are resistant, they have to be willing to drop some of the resistance because it’s not my responsibility as a coach to drag you. What I say is I will get down into the pit of despair with my clients. I will sit beside them in the muck and mire. I’m going to climb out of the ladder because the sun’s up there and I’m going to encourage them to climb up with me but I’m not going to put them on my back and carry them because all that teaches them is learned helplessness. What I will do is say, “If you want to feel better in your life, if you feel like you’re not taking care of yourself, what is one thing you could do that’s just for you? That has nothing to do with your kids, your husband, your business, anything? What is one thing that you could commit to doing for yourself every week and make it a non-negotiable?” It goes on the calendar and every time you think, “My friend wants me to help her,” at that time, you come back to saying, “I’m going to say no. That’s my time. I’m not giving that up.”

It might be reading a book twenty minutes a day. Sit in a chair and read a book. Not a self-help book, like just a book for fun. Take a bath in the fall here. I was staying in Vancouver. The weather gets socked in the fall and it’s my responsibility to manage my moods because I do get a little bit of a seasonal disorder. One of the things that I do is I plan a bath in the middle of the day. How indulgent is that? I set my business up for that and that is my self-love. When I can take care of myself in that way, I show up better for my clients and in my business. It might be going for a walk. If connection is important for you, it might be having a weekly date on the calendar with one of your friends or you can change the friend every week. Making it a priority that you go and have an adult talk with somebody you care about. It’s picking one self-care activity that is for you and about you. You do not compromise on it regardless of the circumstances.

The mistake people make is they want to see this transformation, but they want the transformation to revolve around their life instead of making their transformation the most important thing on a daily basis and letting their life revolve around that. Whether it’s adding meditation, whether it’s adding yoga, I don’t care if it’s going to the gym. Whatever that one doing thing is going to be for you. Don’t pick five, pick one. As humans, we’re like, “If I can do one, I can do five.” The curse of the overachiever. Do one thing and then make it a non-negotiable. Make your life revolve around that one thing and don’t compromise.

My one thing is I have a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness, which is a gym. Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 to 9:00 if I’m in town. It’s 7:00 and I’m tired and Morgan’s next to me and she smells good and I want to hang out with her and make out, and it’s like, “Nope.” It does set the foundation of my life two hours a week because my self-esteem is based on the way I look and my physicality. When I don’t do it, I feel the impact of it. Knowing how to keep that time no matter what is paramount.

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Something that you said there is important too. A lot of times, we can get into the space of beating ourselves up if we need someone to support us in making these changes. My husband is very similar to you. He shows up if he’s paid for and he has to be there. There’s somebody holding him accountable. His workouts are that way. He works out three times a week. He goes to a program and he is much happier. When he comes home and is in our relationship, then we have our chunk of time that is devoted to nurturing our relationship every week, he shows up more powerfully in that space. He feels good in himself.

A lot of times when people get caught up in relationships is thinking that to make your relationship successful, you’ve got to work on it together. To make your relationship successful, each person needs to find out what they need to do to fill their own bucket so that they can come together more powerfully as a couple. I like to use the tennis analogy. You can’t play tennis with your partner with nobody else playing, if you’re on the same side of the net. When you’re each playing your own game on each side of the net, you can have an amazing volley back and forth. You’re still together, you’re working together, but you’re not codependent on each other. You’re each individual being bringing your best version of the game to the court.

Let’s talk about this in terms of emotional health. I’m going to have off the wall question. Your perception of society in general, people, are one to ten with one being horrible and ten being fantastic at dealing with their emotional health. What number would you give society from your perspective in terms of emotional health?

Probably about a three. I’ve done a lot of work on myself and now I’m very discerning about who I spend my time with because my energy is mine to manage. I’m surrounded all the time by people who are taking good care of themselves. That’s the intention that I set for my life and the people that I want to spend my time with. When I get out of that bubble, I’m very quickly reminded that what is so normal for me is so abnormal for other people. The truth is it’s almost seven years ago now that I had my come to Jesus moment or whatever you want to call it. If you would talk to me about this stuff prior to that, I would have been like, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I didn’t know what I didn’t know. That’s okay. I truly believe that every single individual on this planet will have that moment where they’re called to step up and look at what’s going on in their lives, or they can stay in that place of being a victim and thinking that life is happening to them.

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Physical And Emotional Health: Every single individual on this planet will have that moment where they’re called to step up and look at what’s going on in their lives.

I thought I was taking care of my emotional health, but the truth was I had zero ideas of what that even was because I was so caught in behaviors that I thought were normal. I didn’t know any different and it’s not until I unpacked them that my life opened up and I was like, “This is what it means to slow down and slowing down isn’t wrong. It’s not lazy. It’s not indulgent. It’s mandatory that I do this if I want to lead a healthy life.” The other behaviors that came into play for me were control, overachieving, being busy all the time as a way of valuing myself, people pleasing, approval seeking, you name it. I was a big hot mess and I didn’t know I was a hot mess. I say that with a lot of love because there was a real unpeeling part of my life.

It was incredibly painful to realize that I had very low self-worth and that I wasn’t valuing myself. That these behaviors that I thought made me awesome, were the very thing that we’re disconnecting me from myself and from other people. It took time and a lot of inside-out work to unpack that. I’m glad that I did because it’s changed my life. It changed my relationship with my husband. It changed how I parent. It changed how I coached. It changed how I looked at what I thought was the problem with women and their weight. It’s not about the food, the food is the symptom of a deeper problem. Fixing the food is like putting the Band-aid on the bullet hole. It’s not the problem. It’s a process.

I want to talk about the three and as a form of a wake-up call for the audience. People think they are a five or people are six, people are seven but I want to talk about that. I want to talk about the women in the food and the bullet. People think they are handling their emotional health. You thought you were handling your emotional health. You thought you were doing all the right things. You had your come to Jesus moment. You woke up and saw that you weren’t. What are people missing? Why do most people think they are a six or a seven but you perceive it’s a three?

They don’t see anything wrong with their behaviors. Their behaviors are the things that they value in themselves. Let’s use the example of high achievement; people who have got all the certificates and the degrees and they’re the A student. Look at all the things I can tick off my list and look at all the things that I’ve done, yet when they look at those achievements and I asked them, “Do you feel happy, fulfilled, successful?” the answer is almost always no. My question is, “How many more achievements do you need to have before you feel successful, fulfilled and happy?” They usually sit back and go, “Oh.” How are we measuring this? People have wake up calls when they’re asked the bigger questions. What does it mean about you if you don’t get an A on the paper? What are you making it mean about you? When I ask women, “If I told you to have a nap in the middle of the day, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind?” My client said, “That would be lazy.”

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You want more peace and ease in your life, but the truth is the subconscious belief is that rest is lazy. You want this thing. You say you want more peace and ease, but the belief is you’re lazy. When you do that, you can either have your belief that you’re being lazy or you can have more peace and ease in your life, but you can’t hold both. How are we going to redefine this for you? It’s bigger questions like that. Ask yourself the question, “Why am I busy all the time?” If I say, “I want to slow down,” why do you constantly add things to your plate? Look at your behaviors. Are you always saying yes? What are you making it mean if you say no?

It starts with asking ourselves better questions, not from a place of judgment, not making ourselves wrong and this is important. It’s about allowing to be curious because when we stay in a place of curiosity, when we’re looking at our lives and our behaviors, judgment can’t show up. When we go into judgment, we shut down, we make ourselves wrong but judgment and curiosity can’t cohabitate. Stay in a place of curiosity. Ask yourself better questions and then let yourself play with it. What would it look like if I said no? What would it look like if I stopped working from a place of trying to get things perfect? I worked from a place of what would excellence look like? What’s the difference? What’s the gap there?

I know this from my own personal, overachieving, workaholic nature is when I’m constantly adding things in my plate, I’m constantly in the creation. What is the thing I’m avoiding? To be curious about what am I avoiding? There are times where I’ve set myself up with a big game. I want to produce this book. I wanted to birth this book. I wanted to do a communication course. I have a distinct plan. Not to say my life was ever quiet before, but it’s ramped up. It’s gone to ten where before it was a six or a seven or an eight. I can feel that and I can also feel the cost of it. I can feel the seams ebbing and flowing and starting to stretch a little bit. I know I can finish the cycle of creation and I do need a time of self-care in the near future.

Business is a marathon and a lot of people go through their lives like it’s a sprint. Life is a marathon, it’s not a sprint. Within this marathon, we are going to have periods of sprints. You’re in a sprint period. When we’re in a sprint period, the biggest question to ask yourself is, “If I’m going to say yes to all these things because they’re important to me, am I being realistic? Am I already being too hard on myself expecting that I can achieve all of this and this time?” Maybe you are, maybe you aren’t. That’s only a question you can answer. The bigger question is, “If I’m going to take all this on, what am I going to say no to?” You can’t add more spinning plates. When I was writing my book, I was working with a ghostwriter on it. He would write and we’ll come back to me, then I would go through and edit it, change it, rip things apart and add my own stuff. It was a very fascinating project and I hired him for a very specific reason because I can drag things on forever.

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Physical And Emotional Health: Life is a marathon, it’s not a sprint; but within this marathon, we are going to have periods of sprints.

I knew working with someone will keep me on a timeline, would keep my butt on the chair and I would have to learn how to be disciplined. Be very devoted to this process, which was challenging for me because I’m like a free spirit. I struggle with structure so what do I had to say no to at that time? We had a deadline. I would plan a week in my calendar where nothing was allowed to be on my calendar, nothing. During that week, there were no social media. There were no client calls. I literally turned off everything else in my life that I could turn off. I said no to everything that I could and I would go to the coffee shop every day, put my butt on the chair and read and write and read and write and that was it.

I knew if I was trying to do that and coach my clients and manage my social media, and my family is non-negotiable, I had to still be present for them. It was uncomfortable but it’s how I stayed healthy through it. I still needed to go to the gym. That’s non-negotiable self-care for me. I move when I move, that helps my emotions move. It helps clear my thinking. I’m very kinesthetic. It’s okay to have these sprint periods, but you are absolutely right. When the book was completed, for me, there was a period where I’m not taking on any projects. I’m going to only do the things that fill me up and light me up. I’m constantly ruthless with my schedule and my time. Who’s on my schedule? Who can I move? Are there too many clients on this day? Do I need to move someone?

Giving our self that space and even when I travel for business, if I go to a conference, the day that I’m home, the first day back, for me, that’s a Netflix-and-stay-in-bed day. I get to journal, I get to unpack, I get to clear whatever energy I’ve picked up from other people, any trash talk that might be coming up for me because that happens when we’re around other people doing amazing things. I have to constantly check myself. I bake that into my life. Those periods of sprint and then sink into what I need so that I can continue to show up as my best self.

The final topic is women, feeling, the bullet and putting a Band-Aid around women and food. I’m like this too. I’ve had a weight challenge my entire life and I notice I’m in deep negotiation constantly with what I eat and what I don’t eat. The back and forth and the weight going up five or ten pounds, but always go to the equilibrium. What are your viewpoints around putting the Band-Aid over the bullet wound?

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The problems with the weight are not the real problems. That’s hard for people to sink into because we’ve been indoctrinated into this diet mentality. It’s what are you making the weight mean about you? I’m not saying that carrying around an extra 80 pounds is healthy for you, but how would things change if you stopped making it mean anything about you? You looked at your body as being this amazing vehicle you get to do life in. It is your responsibility 100% to make sure that you are taking care of it like it’s a Ferrari and not a Chevette. If you made your food choices from a place of, “Is this nourishing for my body or is this going to be something that doesn’t make me feel good?” Not making it about your weight but checking in and saying, “Does this make me feel good?”

What most people don’t understand is that food impacts us on an emotional level. It’s not a physical level, but different foods will charge up our emotions as well. Putting a Band-Aid on a bullet hole is always looking for the food to fix the problem when the food isn’t the problem. We instinctually know how to eat. We’re like any other animal. We’re born into this planet knowing our bodies know exactly what it needs to be supported, but we keep overriding it. To make it even worse, we’ve attached meaning to food. We’ve made food either good or bad.

Food isn’t good or bad, it’s neutral. It’s the meaning that we give it that makes it good or bad. When you’re making choices around your nutrition, checking in, “Is this nourishing for me?” Making it a choice like, “Do I want to eat this? Yes or no.” Choice is not a should or shouldn’t, it’s a yes or no. Owning those choices consciously and then not carrying around a bunch of baggage about the choices we’ve made. Does it align with the highest vision that I have for myself? Clearly, your health is important to you. When you’re making a choice, does this support me being the healthiest version of me because when I’m the healthiest version of me, I’m a better parent, I’m a better husband, I’m a better coach, I’m a better author? Yes or no, and then make your choice.

If you’re constantly looking at the scale, it’s like trying to earn more money by constantly looking at your bank account. Your bank account isn’t the problem, it’s your relationship with money that is the problem. Most people who struggle with their relationship with weight also struggle with their relationship with money. When you start to ask better questions about, “How do I feel about my body? Do I have a relationship with my body? Or is it like extra baggage that I’m carrying around, that I’m not paying any attention to?” If you didn’t pay attention to your kid, your kid wouldn’t behave very well for you. Yet so often we’re looking at our bodies as an afterthought and then we’re wondering why our bodies don’t look and feel their best. We’re not loving it. We’re not giving it any care or attention so why would it? Another perspective and way of approaching weight loss, look less at the food and look more at you.

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Physical And Emotional Health: Another perspective and way of approaching weight loss is look less at the food and look more at you.

I agree with everything you said and for me, looking at the weight is easy. An easy one to look and compare and beat myself up frankly. It also is an easy way not to look at the deeper challenges and issues that are causing the weight gain or the relationship with money. I’ve done a lot of work, especially around my relationship with money. It is deep childhood challenges and wounds. You have your own health program, E.A.T! and the Feelings & Food. You help people with their weight loss. You’re an athlete as well. What are ways that you specifically work with people and if people are interested, how can they get in touch with you?

Whenever I’m a guest on somebody’s show, I always put together something very specific for that audience in regards to what we’ve been talking about. What I’ll do is I’ll link to a free master class that I did on a program called Weight Loss From Within. The masterclass is totally free. It’s incredibly valuable information and there is a program that it leads into called Weight Loss From Within. It’s a 30-day journaling program. It’s a work you do on your own. It’s more designed for women, but the truth is men can ask the same questions, just look past the lady part. I’m happy to post that, watch the class on that.

There’s a whole host of products that are around this piece around nutrition. It’s helping people start at the right place, instead of starting at how do I change what I eat, which is important, the types of food you put in your body. You’re never going to make $1 million if you’re constantly spending all your money and you don’t want discernment. What you eat is important but it’s starting with the inside-out work. I’ll also link a download to my book which is called Let’s E.A.T: Break the Addictive Cycle of Dieting, Lose Weight and Make Peace With Food in Your Body for Life. That’s like the little bite of all my programs and it’s a great place for people to start. I will link that up on that special page as well and people can download it for free. If you want a hard copy, you can head over to Amazon and buy it as well. Some people like to have the real book in their hand.

Thank you so much for being on the show. Lisa has Instagram, Facebook, website, all the usual stuff. It’s been a true pleasure. Thank you so much for coming on the show.

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Thank you for inviting me. This has been a great conversation.

Thanks so much for joining me on Tuff Love. Another incredible person out there. The point is if you’re stuck and you don’t know what to do, get off your ass and do something. Find someone like Lisa so you can be supported. I go to a gym and have a trainer for a reason. He kicks my ass regularly, which I love, it’s hard to do it by yourself. Changes are hard to do by yourself, but there are many resources out there. Thank you so much, Lisa.

Thank you, Lisa, for an amazing show. Thanks for laying down some serious wisdom about how to find yourself and put yourself first. The importance of not listening to little voice in your head that says, “Go, go, go,” but to have and receive. Thank you. For more shows, please visit or like us on your favorite iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcast app. We’ll see you next week.

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About Lisa Carpenter

TL 161 | Physical And Emotional HealthLisa Carpenter CNC, CSNC, PN1, CPT is the secret weapon for driven, ambitious, achievers who want to live, lead, and perform at their highest level. They think they should have it all figured out but know something is holding them back from having the life, business or body they desire. She helps her clients free themselves from judgment, move through their bullshit, and shift their perspectives so they can feel more peace, ease, joy, success and fulfillment. Her Full Frontal Living™ message encourages her clients to stop trying to DO their way to success and empowers them to stay present to what they’re feeling and how they’re showing up in all areas of their life.

With nearly 20 years of coaching experience, an extensive background in nutrition and fitness Lisa brings a unique combination of coaching to her clients helping them claim a relationship in their lives, businesses or bodies free of stress, struggle and frustration.
Her work acknowledges the deep connection between our behaviors and our emotions helping her clients experience freedom from the constraints of societal beliefs that include dieting, hard work and sacrifice. Her own personal family journey with addiction plays a role in her teachings as so often unhealthy behaviors are caused in an effort to numb out the emotions we don’t want to feel.

She’s the creator of E.A.T!™ and Feelings & Food™ her signature online weight loss and mindset programs and also the author of the international best selling Amazon book Let’s E.A.T!, Break the addictive cycle of dieting, lose weight and make peace with food and your body for life. She’s also been featured on CBC radio and news and was voted as one of the top online weight loss programs and coaches in 2016. She’s also been featured on numerous podcasts and has spoken in front of many groups including dentists, teachers, breast cancer survivors, runners, Ironman competitors, and other fitness professionals. Additionally, she has graced the competitive fitness and figure stage, placing first multiple times, along with a top-10 national level placing at the Fitness Universe competition.
Lisa is also a loving wife and proud mother of three boys. She and her family live in Steveston, BC.

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