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Episode 324: Noelle Tarr: In this episode, Stacy and Sarah sit down with Noelle Tarr of Coconuts and Kettlebells to chat about separating your self worth from your fitness goals, why fitness and health aren't the same thing, and how to approach movement with a chronic condition ...

Episode 324: Noelle Tarr: In this episode, Stacy and Sarah sit down with Noelle Tarr of Coconuts and Kettlebells to chat about separating your self worth from your fitness goals, why fitness and health aren't the same thing, and how to approach movement with a chronic condition ...

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Episode 324: Noelle Tarr: In this episode, Stacy and Sarah sit down with Noelle Tarr of Coconuts and Kettlebells to chat about separating your self worth from your fitness goals, why fitness and health aren't the same thing, and how to approach movement with a chronic condition ...

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75 minutes
Released:
Nov 2, 2018
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Podcast Episode

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In this episode, Stacy and Sarah sit down with Noelle Tarr of Coconuts and Kettlebells to chat about separating your self worth from your fitness goals, why fitness and health aren't the same thing, and how to approach movement with a chronic condition in a way that will benefit your health.
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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 324: Noelle Tarr

(0:00) Intro
(0:40) Welcome today's special guest, Noelle Tarr of Coconuts and Kettlebells!
Noelle just moved to northern Virginia and now lives down the street from Stacy! Sarah is jealous!
Its been a while since we talked about fitness on TPV so that's what Noelle is here to share.
Connect with Noelle at her blog, Coconuts and Kettlebells, through her program Strong From Home, or through her new book, "Coconuts and Kettlebells: A Personalized 4-Week Food and Fitness Plan for Long-Term Health, Happiness, and Freedom"!

(3:43) Noelle's story
When Noelle was younger, she was always into fitness. She was training for triathlons and running marathons, pushing her body to the max.
In retrospect, she feels this was a mindset issue. People kept praising her for her skill and discipline, which fueled her obsession with controlling her body and her weight via exercise.
Moving through college, she "destroyed her body" doing what everyone told her was healthy - working out all the time and eating low calorie. Eventually she broke mentally, physically, and emotionally.
This is when Noelle found paleo (which she doesn't follow anymore). She's really thankful that paleo taught her that calories didn't matter so much and because of this, she was able to release that obsession and instead explore what her body wanted and needed.
Through the years she's tried different things. She used to avoid fruit because it contained sugar. She used to maintain an intense CrossFit training schedule. She's struggled with chronic back issues. She wrapped her self worth up into how much she could back squat or lift, but this just left her feeling like she was constantly in pain and never truly healthy.
When Noelle got pregnant, she hit the point where she was "done with it." She started asking herself why getting back to the back squats was so important to her? And if lifting heavy weights was really the only way to get fit?
Examining this part of her identity opened her mind to what it means to be healthy and fit. She got into PT and learning how important it is to build balance and strength throughout the entire body.
This had a powerful effect on her. She felt better, her weight stabilized, and she was able to maintain health by doing things she felt was right for her body, like short workouts and a lot of walking.
She stopped thinking about what other people were doing and what she should be doing, instead focusing on "what's going to serve my body today?"
Now she works with people to create a plan that's right for them, which is the basis of her program, Strong From Home.
Noelle's book, Coconuts and Kettlebells, covers these new ideas about fitness and particularly the mindset side of it.

(11:35) Sarah asks Noelle if the psychological stress of having your identity and self worth wrapped up in your exercise routine can actually make fitness detrimental to your health?
Noelle responds that if your self worth is tied to your ability to complete an event or achieve goals then it can be toxic long term. While this works for some, it doesn't work for a lot of others.
It's okay to switch up your goals and make changes based on the information you acquire about your body along the way - it doesn't make you a failure!
Sarah raises the notion of the fitness industry's mentality that if a little is good, a lot is better. It's the loss of moderation. Our body is not built to do it all! We see a lot of health problems in elite athletes that are related to the stress that intense physical training has on the body.

(17:13) Sarah asks, when you're w
Released:
Nov 2, 2018
Format:
Podcast Episode