Health goals like weight loss have been sold as a quick fix to resilience and courage — two values required to make our mark on the world. Yet weight loss can’t provide the self-awareness and skills required for this coveted freedom of self-expression.
In today’s episode, I invited two of my clients, Breanne Ward and Linda Kiraly Gilbert, to discuss:
- The “brand promise” of weight loss;
- The two values weight loss can’t deliver on, which are required to make your mark;
- The three 3 components of safe self-expression; and,
- The Tragic Gap healthy rebels are being called to heal in themselves to make their mark.
Note: Lesson 9 of my Radical Healing series (a free Truce With Food mini-course) explores health goals like weight loss to help you craft successful health goals. Sign up to receive Lesson 9 on 1/1.
And, a note from Breanne to clarify a statement she made in the podcast: “When I referenced “Holding Whiteness Responsibly”, I stated that everything we talk about and do in this course has already been said/done by people of color. That is not accurate. Laura Brewer built this course from her life experience and from her heart. AND. Some of her most influential teachers are teachers of color. There is nothing we can say about white supremacy (power, control, separation) that has not already been said by the people and communities it has/does most explicitly oppress”.
More About Breanne Ward
Breanne Ward, MSN, RN, RYT and trained Holistic Health Coach, has a deep love for community-based preventive care, Yoga as a tool for healing trauma, and supporting social justice, intimate conversation, and most recently, learning about her lineage. She’s devoted to refining the tools in her Self-Resilience kit and sharing those tools with the communities sur-rounding her. Breanne currently works full-time to see and practice deconditioning herself from her whiteness (the internalized right to power/ control, not the skin color!) Check out her teacher, Laura Brewer, and the radical course guiding her through this work. If you miss the current application deadline, no worries! This course is offered several times throughout the year.
More About Linda Kiraly Gilbert
Linda Kiraly Gilbert currently serves as assistant vice president for Administration and Finance at Widener University. Before Widener University, Gilbert served as assistant vice president of Finance & Administration at LaSalle University. Prior to that, she worked as budget director for The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master of Business Administration from Temple University.
Gilbert lives in Philadelphia with her husband Mike and their two children.
Mentioned in This Episode
– Laura Brewer’s course, How to Hold Your Whiteness Responsibly
– Parker Palmer, The Tragic Gap
– Truce With Food program
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