068: How to fall back in love with your body – with Sadie Lincoln

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This episode is all about how to fall back in love with your body. It comes at a crucial time of year; the summer months of sunshine, community swimming pools and trips to the beach. Praise Jesus! But, for some of us, the very thought sends us into a tailspin… “Holy crap, I’ve got to strip down to skivvies and put on a swimsuit. UGH.”

If this is you, I want you to know… you’re not alone. I’ve battled with truly loving and accepting my body for as long as I can remember. And so, I figured, “No time like the present!” to hash up this old story, break it down and start to heal by simplifying it.

My special guest today is simplifying how to fall back in love with your body. She’s the co-founder and CEO of barre3, which has over 140 studios around the world. This movement is radically changing how women experience fitness and wellness.


Sadie Lincoln simplifies how to fall back in love with your body

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why women tend to struggle with body image, acceptance and self-love
  • What lead Sadie to launch barre3 as a business and franchise venture
  • All about what a ‘Barre’ class is, and what you can expect in a Barre3 classroom experience
  • How to use the leadership tool of ‘Vocal training’ within your office
    • How this has helped Sadie’s team to be more confident in their own skin, and step into their power
  • Sadie’s simple, practical ways we can learn to love our bodies

My body, my story

I realize the title of this episode may be triggering for some. You might be thinking, ‘Umm Mary, what if I’ve NEVER loved my body whatsoever?’ Again, I just want you to know that I stand with you, right by your side.

You see, I was the tall, ‘big-boned’ soccer playing girl that was in your class photos when you were young. I was the one in the back row, next to all the boys. I was the one who wore baggy clothes so they didn’t bunch up around my midsection when we sat cross-legged in home room. I was the one who put a giant bow on my bum for my senior prom dress, so you didn’t see my curves. I was the one who had ALL the cover-ups at the swimming pool. A bikini? Ahwl, hell no!

And I am also the one whispering into your ear now, saying this:

“I’m ready for a change. Are you? I’m tired of battling my body and want to reclaim it. I’m ready to turn the page to the next chapter and feel something new. So, let’s do this thing together.”

I promise you that my conversation with Sadie today goes deep. As your guide, I’ll ask the questions you might be feeling in your heart right now. Together, we can heal.


My challenge for you this week:

How do you feel about your body? When you look in the mirror, notice your self-talk, and journal this out over the next few days. What can you put in place to create more self acceptance? How will you fall back in love with your body? Share it with me, privately or publicly, by snapping a photo of you doing the thing and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, people and apps mentioned:

Book: Rework – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

Link: Eckhart Tolle – conscious breath exercise

Link: Kristin Fritz – paying attention on purpose

Book: Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts – Brené Brown

FREEBIE: Try barre3 for 15 days, totally free

Article: Barre3 CEO Sadie Lincoln Talks Tough Feedback And Vulnerable Leadership

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[17:26] “It’s a matter of really embracing what your body is capable of now instead of fighting it.” – Mary

[18:28] “More important than what kind of physical activity we do, is what kind of conversation we have in our mind as we’re doing the physical activity.” – Sadie

[34:04] “It’s such an awareness for all of us of the way we’re speaking is not how we want to show up, and actually shows us that we’re scared to show up. That there’s the question mark, am I okay?” – Sadie

[35:04] “So many of us are holding our breath, and talking from our chest voice. Kind of up in our ‘mask voice’ up in our heads. (This is) because we’re not taking deep breaths.” – Sadie

[36:40] “When you step into your power fully, it starts with your breath.” – Mary

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About Sadie:

Sadie Lincoln is the co-founder and CEO of barre3, a fitness company focused on teaching people to find balance in body, and empowered from within.

Starting in 2008 with the flagship studio in Portland, Oregon, barre3 has grown to include more than 140 franchise studios powered by female entrepreneurs. It also offers an online-workout streaming-subscriber base in 98+ countries.

What started as a workout, has blossomed into a full-blown movement. It’s now made up of millions of people focused on body positivity, being empowered, and redefining what success in fitness means.

Sadie is on Inc.’s Female Founders 100 list, has been featured on NPR’s How I Built This. She also speaks regularly on the topics of mindful leadership, the power of body wisdom, and the movement to redefine what success in fitness means.

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

Kim Malek of Salt & Straw – an ice cream company which Kim is growing in a disrupting and socially ethical way. One of Sadie’s heroes!

Where Sadie hangs out online:

Website: barre3.com

Instagram: @sadielincoln & @barre3

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