Championing Change: Athleticism, Motherhood, and Identity with Cyclist Jenny Smith
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
2w ago
From her upbringing in New Zealand to her career as a multi-sport athlete, Jenny Smith has proven that you can achieve athletic excellence while balancing changes in identity. Jenny's journey through motherhood and endurance sports hits close to home for me, and I was thrilled to reconnect after our time with the Breck Epic Women’s Cycling Summit this summer. In this conversation, we explore Jenny's evolution from a young runner to a dominant force in cross-country mountain biking and XTERRA triathlon. She shares how she balances the demands of training and competition with the joys of motherh ..read more
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Aging Gracefully, Training Powerfully: Insights from 80-year-old Endurance Coach Joe Friel
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
1M ago
At the remarkable age of 80, Joe Friel is a testament to the power of staying engaged in the activities that bring joy and fulfillment. He is an active endurance sports coach, author of 17 books, and a trailblazer in the realm of multisport coaching. What does it mean to age gracefully? In this episode, Joe shares his wisdom on fitness, adaptive training methods, coaching, self-regulation, exercise and well-being. As athletes, it's so important that we create bridges between endurance sports, holistic health, and overall flourishing - which is why I found this conversation endlessly inspiring ..read more
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Finding Flow with Positive Psychology Expert Orin Davis
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
1M ago
Flow—an elusive state where time seems to dissolve, and we're fully immersed in the present moment. But how do we get there? Dr. Orin Davis is self-actualization engineer and the first recipient of a doctorate in the field of positive psychology. Today, he joins us to explain the complexities of what flow really means, and how we can incorporate it in our lives - both personally and professionally.   As we explore the pathways "the optimal experience," we find not only enhanced productivity but a profound connection to our innate capabilities. From neuroscience, trust, feedback, and align ..read more
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Plant-Powered Protein with Brenda Davis
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
1M ago
Embarking on a plant-based lifestyle is more than a dietary choice; it's a profound commitment to personal health, environmental sustainability, and the well-being of all living beings. Today, I'm joined by Brenda Davis, pioneer in plant-based nutrition and the author of "Plant-Powered Protein" to get to the root of fueling properly with plants. Brenda's book "Becoming Vegan" ignited a transformative journey for my husband and me. In this conversation, Brenda and I explore the nuanced realms of aging with vitality, and decoding protein quality through plant-based sources, offering not just die ..read more
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How to Find Meaning and Purpose Through Life's Peaks and Valleys
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
2M ago
How can we find meaning and purpose in our lives? And what does a meaningful life really look like? Woven through personal stories and the lens of science, this episode is a reflection of my own search for meaning - and an invitation for you to do the same.   As I traverse the peaks and valleys of my own journey, racing through YakAttack, the highest mountain bike race on Earth in Nepal, and pursuing a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, I unravel the threads of resilience, personal growth, and the transformative power of storytelling.   Here are some key takeaways:  Explor ..read more
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How Not to Age with Dr. Michael Greger
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
2M ago
Driven by his passion to reduce suffering and improve health, Dr. Michael Greger joins us to share the science-backed lifestyle changes that can help stave off preventable diseases and disability. From cognitive decline prevention to exercise, hormones, and anti-aging strategies, this episode is a comprehensive guide to embracing a vibrant and rich future.   Dr. Greger's mission is rooted in his unwavering belief in the transformative power of a healthy lifestyle. His commitment to sharing knowledge and empowering individuals to take charge of their health shines through, making his new b ..read more
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Mindset Mastery: Elevating Performance with Neal Palles
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
3M ago
Ready for a mindset transformation? In this episode, I sit down with Neal Palles, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Mental Performance Coach based in Longmont, Colorado. With a master's degree in applied sport psychology, Neal helps us better understand the intricacies of mental skills training and performance psychology - from embracing uncertainty and clarifying values to cultivating acceptance.   We delve into the delicate dance of harmonious and obsessive passion, discover the resilience-building power of imagery, and explore the art of emotional regulation. Neal guides us on a jo ..read more
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Cultivating Inner Qualities for Positive Change with Oren Jay Sofer
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
3M ago
On the quest for contentment, I have learned so much from meditation and cultivating positivity. I had the privilege of chatting with the insightful Oren Jay Sofer about his transformative new book, "Your Heart Was Made for This."   We explored the profound practices of mindfulness, meditation, and Nonviolent Communication to nurture qualities like patience, contentment, and forgiveness. Oren shares wisdom on differentiating empathy, compassion, and kindness, highlighting how shaping our inner lives can lead to personal and social transformation.   Here are some key takeaways: Culti ..read more
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Mastering Change, Rugged Flexibility, and Building Resilience with Brad Stulberg
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
3M ago
In a world that changes every day, how do we stay flexible? I'm thrilled to have author and expert Brad Stulberg on the show to discuss his latest book "Master of Change," including concepts like rugged flexibility, order/disorder/reorder, identity, and much more. We dive into the complexities of identity, discussing how our various roles, from parent to athlete, come together to form an integrated whole. We talk about how making changes from a place of strength versus weakness urges us to assess the bigger picture before embarking on transformative journeys. This conversation came at a perfec ..read more
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Finding Fulfillment Beyond Growth: Consistency, Goals, and Pivoting with Coach Mario Fraioli
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by Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin
4M ago
In our quest for self-improvement, it's easy to focus solely on measurable progress—faster times, more significant achievements, and tangible results. However, growth extends beyond these external markers. In this episode, running coach Mario Fraioli joined me to discuss a topic we are both deeply passionate about: doing an activity for its own sake. As an elite athlete, writer, and coach, Mario has deep insight into how process, dedication, and commitment can bring satisfaction, regardless of the outcome. He shares the powerful shift in perspective that consistency comes from commitment and h ..read more
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