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Embracing Grace and Self-Compassion: The Power of Affirmations and Identity wth Matthew Headden

In this conversation, Shawn French and Matthew Headden discuss Shawn’s progress in his fitness journey and the importance of making consistent, healthy choices. They explore topics such as the mindset around food and the concept of earning indulgences. They also touch on the significance of grace and self-compassion in the process of self-improvement. The conversation emphasizes the need for balance and moderation in nutrition and exercise, as well as the importance of setting up triggers for positive habits. In this conversation, Shawn and Matthew discuss the importance of creating triggers and reminders to stay on track with healthy habits. They explore the idea of using small physical actions, such as push-ups or squats, as triggers for certain behaviors. They also discuss the power of reciting affirmations and reminding oneself of their identity and values. They talk about integrating healthier food choices, such as sweet potatoes, into their diets and finding ways to make it enjoyable and a family activity. They emphasize the importance of focusing on non-scale victories and the overall journey rather than just the outcome. They also express gratitude for each other’s support and encouragement.

Key Conversation Points

  • Making consistent, healthy choices leads to improved physical and mental well-being.
  • The mindset around food should shift from earning indulgences to enjoying them in moderation.
  • Practicing grace and self-compassion is essential for personal growth and self-improvement.
  • Setting up triggers and backup plans can help maintain healthy habits while facing roadblocks or challenges. Creating triggers and reminders can help us stay on track with healthy habits.
  • Reciting affirmations and reminding ourselves of our identity and values can be powerful motivators.
  • Integrating healthier food choices can be made enjoyable and a family activity.
  • Focusing on non-scale victories and the overall journey is more important than just the outcome.
  • Expressing gratitude for support and encouragement is important in maintaining motivation.

Key Sound bites

  • “There is food and joy in our drink, we’re commanded to do that.”
  • “You deserve to fuel your body with whole foods.”
  • “The answer is love.”
  • “If I put my bag down, then I do five push-ups. If I put my clothes away, then I do five body-weight squats.”
  • “What would this version of me look like, even though I don’t feel like him right now?”
  • “What if we chopped up sweet potatoes, did them in the air fryer, now you’re all eating sweet potatoes together.”


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