085: How to become healthier – with Courtney Townley

By October 1, 2019October 14th, 2019The Simplifiers Podcast

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What if the whole self-care and self-help movement has got it completely wrong? Rather than seeking the ‘magic pill’ solution from outside yourself, what if the path to becoming healthier actually starts from within?

My special guest today simplifies how to mend the broken relationship with your body, and much more. She believes that once you slow down, listen to your own body, and cultivate a deeper practice of self-discipline and self-respect, you’ll find what you’re seeking.


Courtney Townley simplifies how to become healthier

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why it’s better to focus on self-respect, rather than self-love
  • What role ‘grace and grit’ play in becoming healthier
  • How she defines ‘self-discipline’ and how to cultivate this in your work and personal life
  • Courtney’s four key practices that will transform your health:
    • self-awareness and your behavior patterns
    • organization
    • follow-through
    • re-alignment
  • The most common blunder that people make on their health journey

If you’ve got a ‘Negative Nancy’ voice in your head that’s saying ‘I’m totally past my prime,’ this episode is for you! Courtney believes, “You are in your prime when you decide to be in your prime. Your best years are ready for the taking, but you’ve got to grab ‘em.”

I hope today’s conversation helps you to end the war you might be having with food, exercise and dieting… and realize that the best is yet to come!


My challenge for you this week:

Answer Courtney’s questions to help you become healthier:

  1. What does ‘healthy’ mean to you?
  2. What you are using to measure your progress along the journey, and is this helpful?

Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: Emotional Agility – Susan David

Podcast: Grace & Grit – hosted by Courtney Townley

Link: Grace & Grit Inner Circle – this monthly membership helps women to become more self-directed along their health journey, and show up for themselves with more consistency and ease. If you want to get out of diet prison once and for all, this is for you. Opens October 21, 2019.

Book: Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More – Courtney Carver

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[04:54] “I feel like a lot of women are wading through the same misinformation that I was, that if I just exercised hard enough and if I restrict my diet enough, everything would be okay.” – Courtney

[05:46] “Exercising more, does not equal more health and happiness. There is more to it than that. The sleeping, keeping hydrated, lowering stress as much as possible…” – Mary

[06:03] “The moment where I chose to surrender and actually do less in my life, things started to fall into place.” – Mary

[13:08] “We need to be listening to our body, taking responsibility for our choices and moving in the direction of really trying to live with integrity.” – Courtney

[29:33] “If we can’t slow down and make time for self-awareness, we’ll never be self-aware.” – Courtney

[35:07] “You need to start organizing yourself to change that behavior. Because without a plan, you’re always going to keep repeating the behavior, because your brain is wired that way.” – Courtney

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About Courtney

Courtney Townley has been helping women around the world take better care of themselves with more consistency and ease for the past 20 years.

She is the host of the highly rated podcast, Grace & Grit, where she helps women to expand the definition of health far beyond the topics of diet and exercise. Courtney is passionate about a multidimensional approach to wellness. She deeply believes that with the right dose of grace and grit, anything is possible.

Courtney is a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition, and a certified strength coach via the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

Where Courtney hangs out online:

Website: graceandgrit.com

Facebook: @GraceGritLlc

Instagram: @gracegrit

Courtney’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Courtney Carver – author of Soulful Simplicity, Courtney radically changed her health story. She now spends her time demonstrating how the power of simplicity improves our health, builds more meaningful relationships, and relieves stress.

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