016 – You Are Meant for More – Recording from NYC

This episode of Own Your Journey was originally recorded on my Snapchat at 1 o’clock in the morning early Saturday morning (or late Friday night, depending on how you look at it).  First off, I want to sincerely apologize for the long-winded stories and videos that may have overtaken your feeds.  A few glitches happened through the wonders of Social Media (we all know how I feel about that…), and I am so sorry if you couldn’t escape the massive amounts of videos of me!

There are moments that I have these experiences of pure clarity, and God puts things on my heart that need to be said in that moment, or else I’ll forget them.  I either have to write them down, record them, or, in this case, Snap them.  This episode is the recording of the video that I took that night, which can be found on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jamieshellyofficial.

Last weekend, my family and I were visiting New York City for an adventurous family trip to see a show and spend time with family.  But on the way into the city from the airport, our driver had a seizure in the middle of the Lincoln Tunnel.  As I arrived back in my hotel room later that night, I had one of those moments of clarity that I knew I had to get the message out right away.  I have a close relationship with my Snap-fam, and I felt like that was a good place to hold my thoughts until I had access to compile them all into a different format.

If you were to ask me to repeat what I said that night, I wouldn’t be able to tell you.  Many of those thoughts come from something (or someone) much greater than myself.  I can’t explain it, it’s just the way God uses me to speak to people who need to hear certain messages.  I hope you listen to this message and take this as a sign to make a change so that you can live the life you deserve.

Remember that you are here for a reason, and every single experience that you have on this earth is to prepare you for what is to come, so that you can live your best life.  But the only way that will happen is if you start paying attention to those little signs and following your heart.

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007 – It’s Going to Take Work

 In this episode of the podcast, I go deep into the inner workings of the journey to self-love.  It takes serious work, and you aren’t going to get where you’re going over night.

There are a lot of things that go into it – it takes time, discipline, commitment, energy, and let’s face it – WORK.  But don’t get discouraged just because it can get hard sometimes.  All good things take time and energy.

This is a journey to having a relationship with yourself – to loving yourself unconditionally.  It’s about learning about yourself and starting over.  If you really want to heal your relationship with food and your body, it will undoubtedly take some work.

But you need to know that you are WORTH the effort and the hard work.  You have to know without a shadow of a doubt that you can get through this, because on the other side is freedom.  Freedom from food, freedom from the scale, freedom from the fight with your body.

I’m still going through this myself.  I have hard days and then I have really hard days.  But the difference now is that I know that my old behaviors are not going to get me to where I want to go.  They aren’t in alignment with who I want to be, so I don’t engage in them.

You cannot go through this alone.  You have to believe in something bigger than yourself.  Ask God for help, and if you aren’t religious, ask the Universe and use the Law of Attraction.  But I promise you that you cannot do this by yourself.  I tried – and I failed until I could not try anymore.

To heal and recover, we have to get real with ourselves and look at parts of ourselves that we don’t love.  That can be painful, but it’s also necessary.  That’s why you need the support of others, and God (or the Universe) to help you through.

Change does not happen overnight.  You have to stay committed and ask for help when you need it.  The bottom line is that you do not have to struggle anymore.

I created my program, Body Redeemed, to help support you in your journey.  I help you break old habits and guide you to a place of self-love and acceptance; which ultimately helps heal your relationship with your body and with food.  Lose weight (or gain weight if you need it) without dieting.  I created a free e-book download for you, and you can sign up for a free discovery call with me if you are interested in learning more about the program.

You don’t have to struggle anymore, as long as you’re willing to do the work!

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002 – Why Loving Your Body is So Hard

Own Your Journey Podcast Art-minIn this podcast episode, I break down some of the most relatable reasons as to why loving our bodies as women is just so darn hard in society today.  There are so many complicated reasons that make it difficult for us to have a healthy and positive relationship with our bodies.
This way of thinking started when we were young as a way to bond and fit in with our girlfriends.  I urge you to look back and think about the types of conversations you used to have growing up with your friends about your bodies.  If they were anything like mine, we would speak negatively about ourselves and then praise our friends for something over and over.  This has been ingrained in our behavior since we were little kids!
I also explain why the media is such a strong influence in our lives, whether we think it or not.  Any image we see, we automatically subconsciously compare ourselves to it.  When we don’t measure up, we feel less than.
Another reason it’s so hard for us to love our bodies is because if you aren’t happy with where you are physically, it’s really hard to be accepting of yourself.  This leads into the next point, which may resonate with you deeply.  Maybe you’ve seen yourself at a smaller size, or a lighter number on the scale, and now anything else just doesn’t measure up.
I explain that this point really resonates with me the most, and I share my own personal story of overcoming this limiting belief.  If you didn’t know, I was anorexic from 2011-2013.  I tell this story so that you know you aren’t alone in having these thoughts.  If I can overcome it, so can you!
It’s also so important for you to realize that cosmetic procedures are more common than ever right now.  Each year, more and more people are having some type of procedure done, and the focus is on the face and fat (article here).  We need to be aware of this because these statistics are growing because we are ALL SO INSECURE!  Remember this.
Finally, and probably the most flawed thinking we have, is that we actually think that if we like our body the way it is, it won’t ever change.  It is sooo important that you know that this is not your fault!  I’m here to help you break the trance and enlighten you.
After we talk about these top six reasons as to why it’s so hard to love your body, I give you tips and tactics on how to stop thinking this way and to start owning your journey and loving your body.
I want to know what you struggle with the most when it comes to loving your body!  I would love for you to leave a comment below this post and tell me what you struggle with so I can address it on future episodes.
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