Ep 0028 – My Bikini Disappointment and Sandy’s Tips from the Bravery Hotline

Laurie by the trees at the local park for episode 28
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I enjoy today’s walk around the park and decide to smile at what I have instead of mourning for what might have been.

Podcast Recap

Listener Sandy screws her courage to the sticking place and calls the Bravery Hotline to give us some great tips and thoughts about perfectionism and how to treat ourselves kindly. I keep my promise to post my bikini photo, and this triggers me to share my emotional story about how disappointed I was in this result. Now? I would wear this bikini in public if I looked like this. Expectations can trigger unfounded disappointment and I muse about how we can combat this.

Sandy as a girl with the squirrel

Sandy as a girl with the squirrel. She uses this photo as an anchor to remember to be kind to herself as she would to this small child.

Laurie at age 45 in a bikini after doing twenty-four weeks of weight training program, Body for Life, at age 45.

Me after doing twenty-four weeks of weight training program, Body for Life, at age 45.


Episode 26, where I describe how my perfectionism almost triggered a binge, and where I made my promise to post my bikini photo.

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Host: Laurie Weaver

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1

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Resource of the day

Expectations and Disappointment By Linda Binns from the blog, Stress Guide 101. Not specific to body issues, but illuminating non-the-less. Try the exercise at the end in order to discover more about how your expectations may be rooted in your past.
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3 thoughts on “Ep 0028 – My Bikini Disappointment and Sandy’s Tips from the Bravery Hotline

  1. Sue

    Oh wow, I just want to give you a virtual hug after hearing that podcast. You have had so much to deal with and to know how much you are reaching out to others, some of whom are dealing with tough stuff too is such an inspiration.

  2. Diane

    it is interesting that I am ending my work day, listening to your podcasts with the episode about your Body for LIFE experience… considering that I am a former (2011) Body for Life champion.

    This was a great episode and I related to it a lot! The ironic thing about my particular challenge was that during the 12 week program, I had EIGHT significant binge episodes. And somehow I still managed to be the champion for the 40 to 45 age range. I felt like a hypocrite because I was representing this healthy lifestyle and yet I was still bingeing.

    And another interesting side note is that I did a Body for Life challenge successfully in 2005 (although I did not win obviously) and after that is when my eating disorder became exponentially worse. Somehow I thought that doing a challenge in 2011 would cure me! How silly of me to think that!

    Thank you very much for sharing your story! I am very much enjoying your podcast. I think I listened to 6 episodes today. By the way I listen on Stitcher.


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