Some of my favorite interviews are the ones where I feel like I’ve made a new best friend. This one definitely qualifies! Chalene Johnson is a lifestyle and business expert, an amazing speaker, and host of two top-ranked podcasts. You probably know her as the creator and face behind PiYo, a super popular workout program based on pilates and yoga. Chalene is also a New York Times bestselling author and has been named one of the top 50 female entrepreneurs.
Today Chalene shares some of her top advice for living a happier and more balanced life (and ways to appreciate what we already have!). She will be the first to tell you that she’s made mistakes along the way, but they’re ones that turned her on to her current path and have made her a positive force for holistic wellness in the world. Now, with the help of top dietitians, doctors, and researchers, Chalene has created something called “The 131 Method,” which is a personalized nutrition solution, which I love.
While all of this is incredible, what really shines about Chalene is how she values her contributions as a wife and a mother just as much as her professional accomplishments, if not more. If (like me) you’ve ever felt like you’re “not enough,” this episode is one to come back to again and again.
Episode Highlights With Chalene Johnson
- The personal health scare that made Chalene realize her lifestyle wasn’t truly healthy
- The soul-searching that led her to change her views on health
- An introduction to her 131 Method and how to find a nutrition solution that works for your unique body
- Her “secrets” for a strong successful marriage (hint: a lot of hard work!)
- Chalene’s advice for parenting in the teenage years
- A tip for taking care of children’s mental wellness
- Important reasons to let kids fail
- How Chalene learned to balance her career with family priorities
- Her fantastic advice about making progress toward a balanced, sane, healthy mindset
- And more!
“Unfollow everyone on Instagram and Facebook who when you look at their stuff, you just don’t feel as good about your life. Just unfollow them and stop telling yourself that they’re inspirational or, you know, for whatever reason you’re looking at it, if it just in the back of your mind you admit that it gives you this little twinge of like, ‘I’m not enough,’ unfollow them. You’ve gotta protect your mindset and what you’re feeding your brain has so much to do with that.”
Resources We Mention
- 131 Method
- 131 Method: Your Personalized Nutrition Solution to Boost Metabolism, Restore Gut Health, and Lose Weight by Chalene Johnson
- Instagram: @chalenejohson
- The Chalene Show (podcast)
- Build Your Tribe (podcast)
Books Chalene Recommends
- 201 Relationship Questions: The Couple’s Guide to Building Trust and Emotional Intimacy by Barrie Davenport
- Eat That Frog: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
- John C. Maxwell books
- Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker
- How to Behave So Your Children Will Too by Sal Severe
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Did you enjoy this episode? What other ways do you protect your mindset? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
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