EMBRACE: join me for this life-changing documentary!

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

As some of you know, I have been a BIMGA (Body Image Movement Global Ambassador) for a fabulous lady named Taryn Brumfitt.  I first came across her Facebook page back in 2014, and after reading the story behind her unconventional Before and After photo, I was intrigued.

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Credit:http://www.transmissionfilms.com.au/films/embrace

I immediately felt a sense of camaraderie between us as so many parts of her story, I can relate to. Like me, she has gone from “body loather to body lover”.  I had already changed my coaching focus from health/nutrition to supporting women to love and accept their bodies. I realized this was my true passion and what really lights my fire.  I admit that I was a bit jealous of Taryn’s popularity but I quickly changed my perspective and thought, “How awesome is this that I know someone who has the platform to inspire people all over the world, to love their bodies!”  When the opportunity came up to support her mission, along with hundreds of other women around the world with the same goal, the decision to join was a no-brainer.

Over the past couple of years, I have had the privilege of getting a first-hand sneak peek into what has been going on in her world, and the biggest news is that through donations through Kickstarter,she  was able to create and direct a body positive, inspirational and  transforming documentary called Embrace. You can watch the trailer HERE.  This will be showing all over the world, starting in Australia where she is from, and next coming to the U.S! Eventually it will make it’s way to many other countries.

Which brings me to an invitation……for those who live in Arizona, I invite you to attend your own private screening of Embrace, in Phoenix, AZ, at Desert Ridge AMC 18, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.  If you cannot attend this one, there are plenty others in the Phoenix area, and all over the country. If you live outside of this location, then please check the website to find out where it is playing in your area! http://bodyimagemovement.com.au/see-embrace-in-the-usa/

WARNING: This will ONLY happen if we reach our tipping point of over 58 reservations! Tickets are only $11 each and you will not be charged until the event is secured!  What are you waiting for? Get your tickets now and I will see you there!

Click here to reserve your spot!! And share with your friends! You may also check out my FB Event page HERE. 

Kellie McGarry

http://www.facebook.com/nourishedandnew

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I am loving her book!  Can’t wait to see the film!

 

 

 

Want to see me in a tiara and sash?

Hi everyone!

I can not believe that the Mom e-Club’s BIG celebration is coming up in just TWO WEEKS!  As a reminder, I was nominated to be a finalist in the running for the title of MOM ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR!   

It is quite the honor and I feel very humbled.  I am just glad for the opportunity to share my story of how I overcame body hatred and how I can use my experience to coach and inspire others. 🙂

How I was chosen to be a finalist was based on a video that I created at home where I shared my passion and story as a Health Coach.  I guess my story was inspirational enough to be chosen and I then went on to create a professional video (I was a bit nervous but had FUN!) with David of Basix Media (thanks, David!).

It’s THIS video that I would LOVE for you to watch (it’s only 2 minutes, trust me, you have time!) and then click the button below that says “Vote for Kellie McGarry”.  Of course, you can also check out the other finalists as well! (and don’t feel bad if you want to vote  for others too, but as a fan I hope you would pick me! 😉

 

Voting is only ONCE per person, per IP address and the deadline to vote is May 5th, 2014!

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Here is the video to watch now, but you ALSO need to click on THIS link to vote!!

 

 

Many, many thanks! 🙂  I will reveal the winner after May 7th! 🙂  I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on my message! What inspired you the most?  Please SHARE in the comments below!  And then copy and paste this link to my video and share with your friends as well!

 

Kellie McGarry

Certified Holistic Health Coach

Staying stuck in the trap of perfectionism

As I write this, I am feeling super excited.  I JUST picked up a print proof of my book, called ‘Beautiful Freedom: a 4 week journey toward radical body-love and passionate living’.

I am also scared! The old thoughts are creeping in.  Thoughts of “what if it’s not good enough?”  “Did I fail?”  “Is it perfect”?   You see, I am a “recovering perfectionist”.  One would not guess  that just from knowing me for a short while.  I would not describe myself as a super high achiever or a busy “go-getter”.  I do not strive to be on top of my game at all times.

However, if there has been one constant through out my child hood, teenage years and through to adult hood, it’s this: Being afraid that I do not measure up to others standards. It’s what ultimately led to my eating disorder in college.

This thinking has kept me stuck on more than one occasion.  What do I mean by “stuck?”  Being too shy to reach out and make friends, being too afraid to try new things (I still can’t roller skate), and most recently in my health coaching business, constantly having to remind myself to step out of my comfort zone, take a deep breath and do it anyway because I know that people need my support.  I won’t lie:  as amazing as it is to write my own book, it was very tempting to not really share it with anyone.  I thought to myself, I’ll just share it privately with those who are interested in my new, online group program.  I don’t even have it on Amazon (yet).  I also worry about silly things, such as if the book cover is good enough (there isn’t much we can do though when we don’t have a lot of money! thankfully my husband is really good at designing things on the computer!) .

I am happy to say that I got over this silly fear and am SHARING my excitement (and yes, I am proud of myself) over my NEW WORKBOOK!

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Staying stuck in perfectionism can be comfortable… for awhile… but then things just get boring.  When I look at my life in 10 years, do I want to say that I played it easy, all for the sake of not worrying about what others think?  Or do I want to say that I KICKED ASS with putting myself out there in a BIG way (even if I may have made some mistakes along the way) ?

Which do YOU choose?

Kellie
www.nourishedandnew.com

Steps toward nourishing self-care

Once upon a time there was a new mom with two very young kids.  Every day was a struggle.  Every movement was like wading through mud.  A good day was being able to fully keep her eyes open.  Quiet time consisted of 20 minutes on the computer while hoping her children take their naps.  Time with her husband seemed more like a business meeting.  Cooking home ade meals was a daunting task and running was more out of punishment than enjoyment.   She desperately needed good, quality time to recharge.

This mom represents many of us. I write this from my own experience.  It’s so hard to find time to ourselves and truly relax, especially  when we have young children at home.  But finding time for Self-Care is as essential as breathing.  It took me a few years to truly understand that.

I used to think that self-care was all about spending money that I didn’t have.  So on occasion, I would get a mani/pedi, or even a massage.  And I would spend money that I didn’t have on $200 hair cuts which ended up looking just as nice when I went to a cheap walk-in.

Some of us can afford these luxuries.  But for those of us who don’t have the finances, let’s start to think of self-care in a new light.

Self-care is literally, “taking care of self”.   So think of all the many ways that you can take care of yourself.  This could be physical, emotional or even spiritual.  There are no specific rules.

When we take care of ourselves, we look to provide what our body needs.  So self-care also requires a measure of intuition.

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  http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/created by adamr

The foundation of self-care is taking a pause through out each day.  The best time to do that, I believe, is in the morning.  Ask yourself, “what does my body need today?”   Embrace the silence and listen for the answer.   It could be that what you need is different then what you had planned.  Self-care does not run on a schedule.  This is especially important for those of us with a chronic condition to remember.  We may have the best of intentions but if we wake up in pain that morning, instead of going to an exercise class, we may decide instead to spend the  day resting at home, sipping hot tea and journaling.

The next layer to self-care is to know that we deserve it.  We are worthy of taking care of ourselves.  The minute we start to tune in to what our body needs,  we will get a voice inside  that tries to convince us that we don’t need it.  We live in such a fast paced society that we almost glorify being busy.  So we can become conditioned to listening to that negative voice inside . We may feel overwhelmed and ignore the other, positive, voice that told us what we need to do to take care of our body.  Recognize the voice of self-sabotage and know when to nip it in the bud.

Next,  if our self-care revolves around a physical activity such as exercise or something such as  meditation, reading, or journaling, it does help to schedule it in… but know that your plans may change and it’s okay.  Give yourself grace.

If your self-care is more emotional such as focusing on your  breath, or being intentional about speaking positive affirmations, then make notes to yourself.  Write down those positive affirmations and put them in your purse or on your mirror.  Write a simple note that says to Breathe.

Sometimes self-care requires huge sacrifices (which I have a hard  time with!) such as limiting Facebook for a certain amount of time or not taking that second job even it means extra money.   We have to honestly look at how our activities effect us in the long run and assess our priorities.

It also requires us to know who we are.  For example, a perfect day for an introvert is relaxing at home, curled up with a book and not having to answer the phone (or at least doing this at night, if you work during the day).   An ideal day for extroverts is getting outside of the house and spending time with friends.  Extroverts do still need relaxing activities but they also need to balance that out with their social needs, which is also a form of self-care.

One last , practical way to take care of ourselves, is to get rid of clutter, even if it just means your thousands of emails!  I have found that clutter in life can lead to overwhelm and consequently, self-sabotage.  I know for me, when I de-clutter my inbox, or papers in my house, I feel a bit freer and open to exploring new ways to take care of myself.

I hope  these ideas helped you.  What is YOUR favorite self-care activity?  Comment below!

And if interested, join my closed Facebook group called “21 Days Of Self Care”! We post our intentions every morning and it’s a fun way to keep each other accountable.  Here is the link to the event page and then you will need to find the link to the closed group.  Click HERE .

To relaxation!

Kellie

Certified Holistic Health Coach

www.nourishedandnew.com

Don’t miss out! Radio interview on 11/18

 

 

 

Please join me on Monday, November 18th at 9:30 am PST for my online radio interview with Kim Fuller of Fuller Life Concepts! The 30 minute interview features me sharing my story of recovering from an eating disorder, and my tips on mindful eating and on loving our body!

Visit www.changeispersonal.com for more information!

There will be a recording that you can sign up for and listen within 24 hours.  Sign up here!

https://fm142.infusionsoft.com/app/form/kellie-mcgarry

 

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Feeling low? Try this one important practice.

My last post was about feeling awesome, and telling ourselves that we are, in fact,  awesome.  When we say , “I am awesome”, what is the purpose of that?  Is it just to give ourselves a pep talk?  Is it to brag on how awesome we are?

To me, saying “I am awesome” is one way to affirm to ourselves (either out loud or in our mind) who we really truly are.

It’s what many experts would call a “Positive Affirmation.”   It’s simply a positive statement that if we say over and over again,  we start to believe.

Notice that I am implying that we don’t have to believe it when we first start saying, but we need to get to where we trust that it is true.

This past week, I had the honor of facilitating a group of women in my series called “I Am Beautiful.”  Many of us struggle with our body image, what others think of us, and how to truly nourish ourselves. So we challenged our negative thoughts each day with a different positive affirmation such as:

~ I am perfect, whole and complete just the way I am.

~ I am grateful for what my body can do for me.

~ I love and accept myself.

~ My beauty does not depend on a size.

~ I am ready and willing to nourish my soul.

I also challenged them to look in the mirror every day and say one thing they like about themselves.

So what are the benefits? 

  • Experts say that positive affirmations are shown to affect a person’s well-being, right down to the subconscious level which then affects our behaviors.
  • When we start our day with a positive attitude, we carry that joy with us and naturally want to take care of ourselves.
  • Also, when we start to feel more confident, others will notice and will be naturally drawn to us, so saying positive affirmations can affect our relationships.
  • Saying them can even increase your energy. When you think about it, we lack a lot of energy when we spend our days obsessed about what we don’t like.

There is a right and a wrong way to write or say affirmations.

Never say “I wish…”  such as “I wish I wasn’t so fat.”  This has a negative connotation and keeps you from truly manifesting what you want because you are stuck in what it is you think about the most.

Don’t even say “I wish I was thinner.”   This still implies a negative connotation.

You may say, “I am comfortable in my clothes.”  Better yet, “I love and accept myself just the way I am.”  (reminder: you don’t need to believe it the first time! Also, when we say “I am”… we are envisioning it for the future, even if it hasn’t happened yet)

Next tip: write them down (don’t just say them out loud) and remind yourself of the affirmation through out the day.

What is YOUR favorite affirmation?  Share it in the comments below!

Here is a photo of myself with my “I Am Beautiful” note. One of the first challenges was to write this down and put it on our mirror. 🙂

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p.s.– I will be doing the “I Am Beautiful” series again, sometime in November, so be on the look out!

Here are some of my participant’s “aha” moments:

~”My “aha” is that it’s nice to focus on yourself in positive ways. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, I like comparing myself to what I want to be. Your challenges & questions helped to guide me to what I want I be. What are my passions? What am I grateful for? What am I going to do to love myself today & let my beauty from within radiate to lift others up as well? Thanks!”

~ I think I need to do more positive affirmations and find better ways to deal with stress than just eat comfort foods. I also need to accept my imperfections.

~  Thank you! It’s really helped me to focus over the past few days. I was having quite a tough time (partly adjusting to my littlest baby of three starting school!) and this series, along with a couple of other things, has really helped me to start lifting myself out of the negative cycle I was in.

~”My “aha” is that it’s nice to focus on yourself in positive ways. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, I like comparing myself to what I want to be. Your challenges & questions helped to guide me to what I want I be. What are my passions? What am I grateful for? What am I going to do to love myself today & let my beauty from within radiate to lift others up as well? Thanks!”I think I need to do more positive affirmations and find better ways to deal with stress than just eat comfort foods. I also need to accept my imperfections.Thank you! It’s really helped me to focus over the past few days. I was having quite a tough time (partly adjusting to my littlest baby of three starting school!) and this series, along with a couple of other things, has really helped me to start lifting myself out of the negative cycle I was in.

– See more at: http://www.nourishedandnew.com/#sthash.0i6J1Pa4.dpuf

~”My “aha” is that it’s nice to focus on yourself in positive ways. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, I like comparing myself to what I want to be. Your challenges & questions helped to guide me to what I want I be. What are my passions? What am I grateful for? What am I going to do to love myself today & let my beauty from within radiate to lift others up as well? Thanks!”I think I need to do more positive affirmations and find better ways to deal with stress than just eat comfort foods. I also need to accept my imperfections.Thank you! It’s really helped me to focus over the past few days. I was having quite a tough time (partly adjusting to my littlest baby of three starting school!) and this series, along with a couple of other things, has really helped me to start lifting myself out of the negative cycle I was in.

– See more at: http://www.nourishedandnew.com/#sthash.0i6J1Pa4.dpuf

~”My “aha” is that it’s nice to focus on yourself in positive ways. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, I like comparing myself to what I want to be. Your challenges & questions helped to guide me to what I want I be. What are my passions? What am I grateful for? What am I going to do to love myself today & let my beauty from within radiate to lift others up as well? Thanks!”I think I need to do more positive affirmations and find better ways to deal with stress than just eat comfort foods. I also need to accept my imperfections.Thank you! It’s really helped me to focus over the past few days. I was having quite a tough time (partly adjusting to my littlest baby of three starting school!) and this series, along with a couple of other things, has really helped me to start lifting myself out of the negative cycle I was in.

– See more at: http://www.nourishedandnew.com/#sthash.0i6J1Pa4.dpuf

Make it a beautiful day!

Kellie

Certified Holistic Health Coach

www.nourishedandnew.com

–Curious to learn more about how I can support you to love your body, love your food and love your life?

I invite you to schedule a one hour Breakthrough Session for $37!  Visit my website for more information.

Healthy Snacks Workshop

Healthy Snacks Workshop!

We had a lot of fun on Saturday– I had 9 kids at my house (with their parents) and we did a lot of learning and sampling tasty, healthy treats. First, we played a game called “Traffic Light Eating” where we learned about Green Foods, Yellow Foods and Red Foods. Green foods would be those that are fine to eat as much as you want of, such as broccoli and kale. Yellow foods means foods you can eat every day but you need to slow down with- they are foods that are not normally in their whole state such as pasta and applesauce. Red foods are foods that make you stop and think  if you really need this right now- such as ice cream or cookies. I made sure and told the kids it is fine to have those treats once in awhile but as nutrition detectives we can learn to make better choices. Choices that give us energy and “super powers”. 🙂

We also sampled a “green smoothie” which the kids LOVED…. .they asked for seconds and thirds! It didn’t matter to them that it contained spinach! Moms, this is a great way to get your kids to eat extra veggies… and for you, moms as well!  Most people aren’t eating raw spinach and kale every day.  For a video of my daughter and I making a green smoothie, check out this video.

We also made kale chips, raw chocolate bars and granola energy bites. Stay tuned for the next workshop!