TMHS 288: Redefining What It Means To Be Fit & Healthy – With Lita Lewis

Keeping up with the Joneses is not just reserved for material objects. Today, more than ever, keeping up with the Joneses means measuring up with your body and physical appearance as well.

For decades, if you wanted to fit in with the fitness “in” crowd, slim and lean was the standard. Think, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, Brad Pitt in Fight Club, and Robin Givens in Boomerang. No rolls, no back fat, no thick thunder thighs were welcome. In fact, having too much thickness just might make other people uncomfortable. All the while, ultra-slim models can prance around essentially naked, and no one bats an eye.

Now, just to be clear, being super slim and lean is not the problem. That’s absolutely awesome for some people! But, who decided that that was the definition of what healthy looks like?

What we’ve come to accept as the ideal picture of health has led to a lot of body dysmorphia, and a subtle to strong belief that we’re just not good enough.

You may eat healthy most of the time, workout consistently, get plenty of sleep, and even meditate occasionally. But, because your body doesn’t look like “their” body, you just don’t realize how amazing you actually are.

Today, I want to make a change in the way that we view health and fitness. And to help make that change possible, I brought on one of the very best people making a stand to show that health and fitness has a lot of beautiful variety. Lita Lewis is my special guest, and she’s here to share her incredible story and show you how she’s been inspiring a fitness movement by being authentically herself. Enjoy!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why comparing ourselves to other people inherently negates our own value.
  • One of the few medicinal herbs that is proven to increase stamina.
  • How Lita Lewis won a medal at the Olympics at an unbelievably young age.
  • What inspired Lita to move from Australia to New York City.
  • How Americans have normalized working extremely long hours.
  • What events triggered Lita to fall into depression.
  • How exercise helped Lita to regain her physical hunger AND her hunger for life.
  • What inspired Lita to participate in bodybuilding figure competitions.
  • Why the field of bodybuilding is actually an extreme sport.
  • Why bodybuilding is more of a mental challenge than a physical challenge.
  • How Lita was finally able to embrace her body (curves, muscles, and all).
  • What sparked Lita’s mission of self-love and body acceptance (and created a huge social media platform).
  • How our impatient, “now, now, now” culture can set us up for failure.
  • Why we should learn to fail fast.
  • A powerful exercise that you can use to help you make it through tough times.
  • Three major things you need to do to build your best body ever.

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