Ep. 111 – Lizzie Post – Awesome Etiquette Podcast

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Lizzie Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette 19thedition as well as Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th edition, and The Etiquette Advantage in Business 3rd edition. She is a co-president of the Emily Post Institute as well as a co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast, a weekly Q&A show that explores the topic of etiquette through the lens of consideration, respect, and honesty.

 

Lizzie joins the podcast this week to talk about the importance of etiquette in today’s world. We chat about our family connections, how she used to babysit one of the members of Phish’s kids, and I ask Lizzie a few questions about social media etiquette and the world today.

 

Today Lizzie and her cousin Daniel Post Senning run the Emily Post institute as they continue to evolve the brand and bring etiquette into the twenty-first century.

 

              

 

Episode 111 – Lizzie Post


 

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Website: www.emilypost.com

Facebook Page: The Emily Post Institute

Instagram: www.instagram.com/emilypostinst

Podcast: http://emilypost.com/awesome-etiquette-podcast/

Podcast Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/awesomeetiquette/

Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/awesomeetiquette/

 

 


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Ep. 110 – Christian Griffith – Changing the Story of Child Sexual Abuse

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Christian Griffith joins the podcast as our fourth male guest. He is currently on the road in Colorado running across the country on a mission called Run2Heal. He is changing the narratives around child sexual abuse running and speaking across the country. Christian is a survivor himself of child sexual abuse from both his mother and men.

 

During the episode, Christian goes into the staggering numbers of those that are sexually abused as children. I have known Christian since 2012 or 2013 as he was one of the co-founders of Obstacle Racing Media and we have traveled to various countries together for races. We have worked together on Fuego y Agua so when he wrote about his abuse I was shocked to find out this part of his story.

 

                    

 

 

Christian circa 2013

On the outside, he was what most would consider a total bro, but on the inside, his demons were eating him alive. He talks about all of this on the podcast. How mile after mile of his transatlantic run he is slowly reshaping his own story, helping reshape the conversation of child sexual abuse, and trying to make a better world for his newborn daughter to grow up in.

 

This is a powerful episode and might be a trigger for some people who have experienced abuse in their past. A huge thank you to Christian for opening up and being so honest about his journey, his story, and check out the links below to learn more about Run2Heal and his mission.

 

 

Episode 110 – Christian Griffith


 

Christian’s Story – https://liveforaliving.com/living-blog/thats-right-i-was-sexually-abused

Run2Heal – https://run2heal.hfc.org/

Instagram – http://instagram.com/run2heal

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/run2healorg/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/run2heal

 

 


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Notes From a Recovering Competitive Athlete: The Reward Paradox

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Notes from a recovering competitive athlete series are the revelations that occur as I continue to move away from the competitive athlete identity and into just a balanced human who likes to get out and move. 

A few weeks ago I posted on Instagram and Facebook my initial proclamation of learning to love running probably for the first time ever really. This spring I have been reconnecting with the trails for the first time in years. But for the first time, I am just out there to be out there.

It’s weird and at almost feel like a recovering addict in a way. I have to rewire all my neural pathways from this is training to… this is fun. There is no goal, no one is watching, and the only motivation is that intrinsic lust to be outside and out on the trails. I can bring a GPS watch if I want or just leave it home. I can stop and literally smell the flowers and who cares. 

For many, you may be thinking – duhhh – that is the point. But for me, I wired into my brain at a young age if I was doing something active it had to be training. There is nothing wrong with training and going after goals are incredible. However, after probably 30 or more years of “training” for me it’s time to just have fun.

Today’s Lesson – The Reward Paradox

I found a 2-hour window in my day where I could slip out to the mountains for a hike/run. I have been home and not moving much recently and my body craved some trail time. I pulled up to the trailhead knowing I won’t be able to make the whole trail but gave myself a 45-minute window to hike/jog up and then whatever time it took to run home. Simple enough, go as far as I get and then turn around and go home.

As I was power hiking up the trail, feeling good with some tunes in one ear, I passed an older couple who were resting on the side of the trail. They asked me where I was going to and I mentioned however far I get in about 45 minutes.

In my brain, I was thinking, “this trudge up is the work for the reward of getting to run down the trail.”

Then as I continued on I got caught in one of those mind rabbit holes that can only happen on the trail. I realized I had unconsciously clicked back into “training mode” and out of “fun mode“.

I realized that the well worn neural pathways of the past were creeping into my present outing. I sat with the thought and realized the whole adventure of being out on the trails in the middle of the day was the reward in and of itself. I was outside, alone with my thoughts, out of cell service, and on a shady high mountain trail. Seriously, that is a reward in itself and privilege.

So as I ran down the mountain trying to recapture that letting go I once felt prior to my 2013 injury I settled on the reward that was the whole experience and hopefully started to grand down that old paradigm – training mode – and create new neural pathways enforcing the – fun mode – way of being.

It only took me nearly 35 years to see the whole experience as the reward not just the 15 minutes bombing down the mountain trail.

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Those Life Changing Moments…When One Jump Changes a Career

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June 15, 2013, I stood on the starting line at Alpha Warrior in San Diego, California. I had driven over 12 hours to take on the race. At the time I was coming off a killer 2012 race season, my ego was huge and my expectations were through the roof for my 2013 season. I had finished 2012 ranked 5th in the world for women in the Spartan Points series. Had contracts with companies as a professional athlete, and saw podiums in 2012 in about 50% of my races and pretty much always in the top 5 of a race. I was ready to chase podiums, hold big checks, and my business seemed to be booming.

Alpha Warrior was a 1-mile obstacle dense race part ninja warrior part obstacle race. There were something like 25+ obstacles in that mile. No mud, just obstacles. I had looked at the competitor list before heading to the race and figured it would be an easy payday and I would end the weekend with over $500 bucks in my pocket after travel expenses. Not back for about 15-20 minutes of my time. My ego was honestly, pretty out of control being so cocky.

 

BUT LIFE HAD ANOTHER IDEA FOR ME.

 

As I was making my way through the course. I wasn’t in the position I wanted so I  pushed harder. I reached a trampoline obstacle which was a series of three increasingly higher platforms to jump onto. I did the first two no problem and got to the third in the series.

That’s when it happened

I had jumped once and not quite made the 6+ foot platform. So I attempted a double jump. I jumped hard to get enough air to come down for the second jump to get onto the platform. As I came down from the first jump my left ankle went “crunch, crunch”. I collapsed.

Stubborn and trying to just shake it off, I somehow got myself up and out of the obstacle with the help of a volunteer, and tried to get to the next obstacle, crying and limping with each step. I took one look at the next obstacle and knew my day was over.

24 Hours Post Race

Friends helped me over to a place to rest, I wrapped the ankle, and hoped for the best. As the swelling began to grow I weighed my options, go to a hospital in California and see what happens or get in my car and drive the 12+ hours home so at least I would be home when it got worse.

 

I chose to drive home. 

 

My car is a manual and luckily I-15 goes from San Diego to my house in Utah so not much shifting would have to happen. The shifts that did were beyond painful. I hopped into a gas station as I was without crutches. My ego was deflated, I was humbled as I struggled to pee off the side of the road somewhere in Nevada, using the suicide doors for balance. I was too embarrassed to hop into a store. I went to McDonald’s drive-thru for the first time in years, hoping no one would recognize the car. Again, my inflated ego thought it was all about me.

Nearly a Week later

I got home and it only got worse. A week later I still couldn’t put any weight on my ankle, a month later I did a photoshoot on crutches pretending to be healthy. While injured I had the most press in my life, including a magazine cover, all while sitting on the couch watching my career as an athlete fade away.

I watched my friends continue to excel in obstacle racing while I fell into a depression. I didn’t talk much about it at the time but it was really really difficult. I was once on top and now I couldn’t run or even walk without pain.

The official diagnosis was a 2+ (out of 3) sprain on both the inside and outside of the ankle. In a young sport, with a huge upward curve in athletes coming in I soon saw myself obsolete as a professional athlete. My glory days were over just as they seemed to be beginning. It was devastating. At the time I had no health insurance and had to do all the recovery work on my own, with the help of friends and a few tools at home and in my gym. A year later, I still had pain going for runs, and now 5-years later my ankle is still unstable at times.

 

What did I learn? 

 

Well in the depths of my injury I learned who my true friends were. Many who I thought were friends abandoned me when I was no longer on the podium and racing all the time. Companies who once talked to me all the time stopped returning my calls and I just disappeared off their radar.

It was at this time I realized no one owed me anything. I had done a lot of work for companies at gratis and now in my time of need, they were nowhere to be found. It crushed me for a while and I held a lot of resentment and anger. Years later I have come to realize they didn’t owe me anything, I freely gave to them so that’s on me.

Luckily, around this same time, a few writing gigs came my way. They helped fill the hole in my income from not racing, but also gave me a new purpose in the industry that I loved, even if it hurt to be around it injured. I mostly suffered in silence at home, I always grew up being told it’s better to suffer in private and put on a happy face in public.

It sucked, it was hard, and a lot of times I was really struggling with what my identity was. I am so thankful for writing opportunities and the chances to become part of the media. It was an ego reset going from the one in the magazine as the athlete to just a byline. It took me a while to settle into a more behind the scenes role.

It’s not nearly as glamorous but over time I learned to embrace the role and actually find a new niche in the industry.

Working World’s Toughest Mudder 2017

It’s been over 5 years since that life-changing jump, it hasn’t been easy. But it was a cosmic moment of the universe telling me I needed to slow down, make a change, and I wasn’t on my true path, I needed to cosmically have my ego be hit with a two-by-four. Still, at times it is tough when a now popular racer asks me if I ever raced obstacle course races myself. My ego gets a little shot. But now I can laugh and just say, “yeah I use to race and did pretty well in my day” then go back to interviewing them. Most have no idea my history anymore and why should they, it’s better to look ahead then always be in the past.

 

Life isn’t always how you planned. 

But… 

Sometimes it gives you what you need.

 

I now look at the injury with gratitude. I can look at the time as one of growth and years later I see the pieces coming together and am thankful for the tough times to show me the way.

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Ep. 109 – Leanne Vogel – Talking Keto and Finding Balance in Your Diet

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Leanne Vogel is back on the podcast this week! Leanne was last on the podcast (Episode 30) talking all about her book The Keto Diet, and Keto for women. Since recording with her she and her husband have moved out of their house and into a large RV. We caught up with her while she was in Ohio and about to head out on her second book tour.

In this episode, we chat about maintaining Keto for the long haul. Where fruit can fit into a keto diet, if at all. We chat about some of the challenges of staying in the Keto lifestyle while constantly on the road and traveling. Leanne also chats about why we need to all be a little softer on ourselves if we slip up. Actually, she says there is no falling off the wagon and talks about changing that mindset.

I ask her about sugar alcohols and other low glycemic sweeteners. Also what she sees for the future of Keto as it has become more popularized in the mainstream, on health podcasts and other media. It’s an information packed episode.

Leanne is always one to speak her mind when it comes to health and nutrition. Her bestselling book The Keto Diet and popular podcast The Keto Diet Podcast offer realistic approaches for both men and women to maintain a balanced fat fueled diet.

It was a pleasure catching up with her for this episode. For Patreon supporters we have the whole video conversation available there as well as two PDF’s – How to Start Keto and 5 Proven Ways to Stop Cravings and Carb Addition free for all our Patreon supporters. Not a Patreon supporter yet? Click here to support the show.

 

Episode 109 – Leanne Vogel

 

 

Find Leanne on Her Book Tour: http://ketodietbook.com/tour/

Website: https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/

The Keto Diet Podcast: https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/podcast/

The Keto Bundle: https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/shop/product/the-keto-bundle/

Book: The Keto Diet

 

Leanne Vogel of The Keto Diet Podcast

 

 

 


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