Episode #9 – Elizabeth Ries on Guilt, Body Image & Self-Worth

Recorded on Monday, May 16th, 2016.

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Show Notes

  • “I just don’t think doing everything for everyone else should be such a wonderful attribute. If you’re doing everything for everyone else you’re not doing enough for yourself and I don’t think we should feel selfish about putting ourselves first.” -Elizabeth
  • “Another thing I give myself permission to do is outsource a lot of stuff. I have a sick amount of stuff shipped to my house because I would rather spend time making dinner than going to the store and buying diapers. So I pick the household tasks that give me the most happiness and fulfillment and I do those things and then other things, I get help with.” -Elizabeth
  • “When we give ourselves permission to decide, this is what I want to engage with and why and get help and support to do the other things…instead of trying to do it all, then our life becomes so much more joyful because our actions are aligned with our values.” -Annalicia
  • “You don’t have any idea how those little things will add up. And the reality all those little things, that’s your whole life.” -Elizabeth
  • The quote Annalicia mentioned: “Success is how you collect your minutes. You spend millions of minutes to reach one triumph, one moment, then you spend maybe a thousand minutes enjoying it. If you were unhappy through those millions of minutes, what good is the thousand minutes of triumph? It doesn’t equate. Life is made of small pleasures. Good eye contact over the breakfast table with your wife. A moment of touching a friend. Happiness is made of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. If you don’t have all of those zillions of tiny successes, the big ones don’t mean anything.” -Norman Lear
  • “Think about all those little things as being opportunities to really enjoy something.” -Elizabeth
  • “Food is another thing…feeling guilty about it is not an option. I hate the term guilt-free food.” -Elizabeth
  • “Feeling guilty, just in general, is not a beneficial feeling. It doesn’t make you do anything better. It only makes you feel worse about yourself which then makes it harder for you to do the next thing better. I think there’s no place for it. It doesn’t mean I don’t have it sometimes, but the more you can get rid of guilt the happier you can be.” -Elizabeth
  • “I used to be so obsessed around rules with food and numbers around exercise and then I’m like, ‘What is this all for?’ I’m really realizing how, as a culture, we think that everyone’s goal should be to be skinny. And we think to the route to that is guilt. I can’t but help think, what if our future generation, what if the default goal was kindness, toward self and others, and think about how much unnecessary stress that generation would avoid and how many cool things they could create if we assumed kindness was the goal instead of skinny.” -Annalicia
  • “Overall, I think most people need to do is just give themselves a break. So much of people being upset at others and lashing out at others is coming from how they feel about themselves.” -Elizabeth
  • “As soon as you give your self-worth to somebody else, it’s gone.” -Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Ries is a television and radio personality in the Twin Cities. She’s the co-host of Twin Cities Live, airing weekdays at 3 p.m. on KSTP. She also delivers daily pop culture updates called “Dirt Alerts” on myTalk 107.1. She is married and the new mother of a baby girl. Elizabeth is passionate about health, wellness and real food. She’s an urban farmer who loves gardening, raising chickens and analyzing compost.

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Annalicia Lynn is a writer, speaker, coach, podcaster, and founder of YogaAndPilatesOnline.com. She is a health & fitness contributor to CBS Minnesota News, Twin Cities Live, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, ELITE DAILY, GetHealthyU, and Cameron Diaz’s Body Book Blog. Through her Free 3-Day Gentle Jumpstart­, Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program, podcast, speaking, coaching, and writing, Annalicia helps women across the globe transcend the fears, doubts, and excuses blocking them from the fit, healthy lifestyles they desire. With 10+ years of teaching experience and a life’s journey of lessons to share, she guides others on their path to achieving the lives & bodies they’ve always wanted – on terms rooted in deep self-understanding and self-care.