SISTERHOOD OF SWEAT - Motivation, Inspiration, Health, Wealth, Fitness, Authenticity, Confidence and Empowerment

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Welcome to the Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T where we will approach the difficult topics of life, have inspiring guests, and bring empowerment to all. This community is a place where we can be who we are instead of who others want us to be.

Feb 24, 2018

Melissa Smith

Founder & CEO Healthy Joyful Living

Melissa Smith is a Holistic Health Coach specializing in digestive distress and anxiety. A former corporate plane chaser, Melissa focuses on working with individuals who face IBS and anxiety, providing support across the daily challenges of balancing life, career, and health.  Melissa believes that self-love, forgiveness and freedom are the keys to finding your true joy. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation.

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We get real and raw in this interview. This was very hard for me and took me awhile to release but it has been healing in so many ways.

We talked about in this episode:

  • Anxiety and addiction.
  • How keeping secrets and hiding, keeps you stuck.
  • Physical and Sexual Abuse; shame, blame and healing.
  • How to stop having victim mentality.
  • Building self-worth and self-esteem.
  • Taking your power back.
  • Setting Intentions.
  • Empowerment



Feb 19, 2018
Christine St.Vil is a wife, mother of three, speaker, writer, author and trainer. She is relentless about helping women, particularly moms, take charge of their lives by learning how to feel good without feeling guilty.  Through her work with Moms ‘N Charge™, Purpose Driven Media™, LLC (PDM) was created to teach women entrepreneurs how to successfully leverage social media and blogging to start and/or grow their business and brand, without compromising the relationships that matter most to them.

Through her transformational book (Whose Shoes Are You Wearing? 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be) live courses, workshops and consulting, PDM walks you through discovering and defining your life purpose, as well as making sure your business message aligns with your purpose. Christine is an instructor in the Steve Harvey Success Institute, & her work has been featured in numerous local and national TV and online media outlets (including VOA, Fox 5 DC, WJLA, News Channel 8, WBAL, WHUR, Madame Noire, Huffington Post, Huff Post Live, Black Enterprise, Sirrius XM, amongst others). She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Marymount University.
Christine's Website
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Follow Linda on Social Media @ Chickfitstudio
What we talked about in this episode:
  • When, why, and how Christine got the idea to start Mom’s In Charge.
  • Christine’s best tips to help us all flip that switch so we can feel like life isn’t just happening to us.
  • How to run your life so your life isn't running you.
  • Why you shouldn't do everything and how to take some things off of your plate.
  • When you are going to take something new on what are you willing to let go of to make room.
  • Why being the lone ranger is no good.
  • 5 tips and strategies to help moms conquer entrepreneurship.
  • Why no is a completes sentence.
  • How to make space for some me time in your life.
  • Communicating what you need to your family and figuring out what you need for yourself to be happy.
  • Why its important your activities are in alignment with your goals/priorities. 
  • The best strategies on ditching victim mentality so we can be in control of our own destiny.
  • Sometimes as moms we lose our identities because we are so wrapped up in our families lives. How we can still give to our families but know who we are keeping a slice back for ourselves so to speak?
  • Why you don't have to discount your dreams or choose between your purpose and your children.
  • What it was like to have postpartum depression and how Christine reclaimed her happiness
  • Ways to involve your children and family in your work.
  • How and why its important to begin setting expectations within your family and life.
  • Developing trust and belief in yourself.
  •  Some of the things that keep us stuck in the middle of our misery. How we can get unstuck.How we can up level, gain clarity, fulfillment, and begin ditching being overwhelmed!
Feb 15, 2018

Carol Elizabeth is an inspiration as so many women can see themselves in her.  The life she is living now is what many want.  Her life was not always that way.  

In 2007 she was unhappy, un-healthy, in a failing marriage and uncertain of her place in life.  Her journey of self discovery through fitness and health has brought her to accomplish all that she has so far. Carol Elizabeth has since become a leader in the field of wellness, transformational work, self-love, and motivation.

As a successful wellness entrepreneur, network marketing professional, mother of 3 teenagers, and 2 time Figure world champion..  She offers a number of personal support programs of practical tools to promote sustainable health, wellness, and others that support financial freedom.

Through her coaching methods, and programs, she has helped countless people connect with their ME, transform their bodies, empower their minds, gain financial independence, and fall in love with themselves and their lives.

Throughout her career, Carol has been published in Oxygen Magazine, Inside Fitness Magazine, Prosper as well is the publication Pie Magazine.

She is also a motivational speaker who is sharing her story to inspire others. Carol has been immersed in personal development for the last 4 years and most recently has been trained privately by Rod Hariston, one of Tony Robbins head trainers. Her passion to help other extends much further than the physical side.

Her desire is to allow women to see their true potential in life and harness that SPARKLE that will help them achieve anything. She is a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.


What we talked about in this episode:

  • Why it's crucial to take inventory of the people you surround yourself with.
  • Why others tend to embrace your lack of thriving.
  • The importance of making sure you are part of a community that are going after the same goals as you
  • Tips for moving through social pressure when making major life changes.
  • How do you want to look at yourself years down the road?
  • How to start taking responsibility so you can live the life of your dreams.
  • Why putting yourself first isn't selfish.
  • Why it's important to show your children that you value yourself.
  • People who constantly put you down are not living in optimal happiness.
  • Don't take advice from someone you wouldn't trade places with.
  • People living a happy fulfilled life will never belittle anyone else's goals.
  • How to write a vision cast for the future.
  • Victim mentality is to blame, complain, and justify
  • How to feel like you are worthy and enough just as you are.
  • Why seeking outside validation out side of yourself may leave you feeling empty.
  • Goals give you something to look forward to.
  • Anything worthwhile requires consistent effort that includes your relationship, business, body and life.
  • Empowerment starts with taking responsibility.

Feb 8, 2018

Joy Prouty is the Director of Education – Programming and Training for Zumba Fitness LLC.   She is also the Co-Developer of the Zumba Gold Program,  and was featured in the Zumba Gold Live It Up Consumer DVDs. 

Joy is a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette.   She is an internationally renowned fitness instructor, trainer and educator and has been known for her innovative teaching style and program development for over 40 years.  She served on the American College of Sports Medicine’s Summit Committee for 13 years, and was a member of ACSM’s Certification Committee for 7 years.   She was also a member of the Reebok University Development Team for 8 years focusing on Program development and International instructor training.

She and Josie Gardiner have co-authored several books, and 4 Harvard Medical School Special Health Reports, as well as choreographed and starred in over 25 video/DVDs.  Joy also co authored the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Fitness Plan and a 12 week Getting Started Program for Breast Cancer Survivors and used by the YMCA Pink Program.

Prouty is certified by ACSM as a Health Fitness Director and Health Fitness Instructor, by ACE, AFAA, AEA , and Welcoaches.

What we talked about in this episode:

  • The life of a Radio City Music Hall Rockette
  • What it was like to dance 365 days a year.
  • Complete gratitude being able to dance for a living.
  • How Joy evolved from being a dancer to her fitness career
  • Joys career helped to get her through the loss of her husband at age 34.
  • Joy was trained by Elizabeth Arden and then opened her own studios in 1980 closing them in 1995 to pursue other endeavors.
  • She was fortunate enough to become involved early on with ACSM, ACE,IDEA, AFAA, Reebok, and Reebok University.
  • Joy has always loved teaching and now mentoring.
  • Joy said there is nothing better then sharing her passion.
  • Joy is the director of programming at zumba at 76 years young
  • Joy's daughter started the program zumbini, a zumba program for children.
  • Programs my come and go but the foundation of how the body moves remains the same.
  • Joy says be open to different forms of movement as long as its grounded and based on exercise science.
  • The music, energy, fun, and exuberance of people is what helps makes a program successful.
  • Happiness through the ages changes.
  • Happiness is an inside job. It comes from the peace that is within you, finding what your passion is in life and  pursuing it. 
  • Joy still has a 5 year plan and sets goals living her passion with purpose.
  • A part of aging gracefully and happily is passing on the torch and mentoring.
  • Create a legacy by living on through others.
  • Joy has worked with many of the fitness greats. 
  • Once Joy was carried across the stage by Richard Simmons. She said that they were about the same size.:)
  • Joy is highly impressed by the talent of the up and coming fitness generation.
  • Keeping a positive attitude begins with with a foundation of faith, family, and friends.
  • Joy says it isn't over until it's over, you can still learn, share, and grow.
  • Joys experience with the incredibly talented Beto, the creator of Zumba.
  • Joys 3 simple truths: Be true to yourself, find your passion, and go out and give.

Social Media: Instagram and Facebook Joy Prouty,

Feb 2, 2018
Obi Obadike is a Telly award winning TV host who has authored more than 100 articles for fitness magazines and fitness sites. He is a best-selling author of the diet and exercise book TheCut in which he co-authored with Hollywood Actor Morris Chestnut that came out April of 2017.
He has been a guest as an author and expert on national daytime talk shows such as Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, Dr Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, Home & Family, The Today Show, Roland Martin’s News One Show, etc. and many national syndicated radio shows. He was a featured fitness contributor on a summer-weight loss series in 2017 on NBC’s The Today show for 2 months and he worked with their resident nutritionist Joy Bauer on that show.
Currently he is a health and wellness contributor on Steve Harvey’s national syndicated morning radio show. His show has a reach of 9 million listeners per week. And he has graced the cover of over 50 domestic and international fitness magazines and has been featured more than 100 times in these magazines making him one of the most published fitness experts over the last ten years.
Obadike was the co-host and co-judge (with Jillian Michaels (formerly of Biggest Loser) and Randy Hetrick, (founder and CEO of TRX) on a fitness reality competition show called Sweat Inc. that premiered on Spike TV in fall of 2015. He has trained and dieted some of the most influential celebrities and public figures in the world as well as many average regular people and he is known for his before and after transformations. Some of the notable celebrities he has trained is Steve Harvey, Morris Chestnut, ESPN Analyst Stephen A Smith
He has been the current co-host since 2014 for the last 3 years of an award winning nationally syndicated Health TV show called Lifestyle Magazine, which airs every week nationally on DirecTV and Dishnet and on some of the following national networks such as the Hope Channel, NRB, Sky Angel network and other nationally and local syndicated networks. The show is aired in Europe, West Africa, South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most international countries. This health is viewed by over 3 million people domestically. In 2015 he and his co-hosting colleagues at Lifestyle Magazine won a bronze (Telly TV award) in the lifestyle programming category for a TV episode they did with Actor Kevin Sorbo called “True Strength”. On March 27th, 2017 he won a Telly TV Award for the interview they did with Deniece Williams called “Life Choices”. He and his cast also won a Remy TV award in 2014 and 2015 at the World Fest international TV and film festival. WorldFest Festival is the third competitive film festival in North America.
In January 2014, he was metrically recognized as one of the Top 10 most influential fitness experts on the Web by Dr. Oz’s along with Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper from Biggest Loser and Dr Sanjay Gupta from CNN and others. He was named Writer of the Year for the largest Internet site in the world in in 2012. He had a very popular bi-monthly fat loss column on the site called Ask The Ripped Dude on that site from 2011 to 2014. Metrically it was one of the most popular fat loss columns on that site for that 3 year timeframe. He is featured on their Ask The Experts page on ​
In 2013 he created and produced lifestyle exercise videos for Turner Broadcasting’s health and wellness entertainment digital brand called upwave. Those videos were bought out 2 years later by WebMD and they are now featured on their website.
In April of 2016 he was also named one of the Top Ten Most Inspirational fitness personalities by Ask which is the largest lifestyle men’s website online and some of the names that were on that list was Jack LaLalane, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jillian Michaels along with other notable fitness names. In August of 2016 named him one of the 50 fittest people of 2016 along with Michael Phelps, Connor Mcgregor, Usain Bolt and other mainstream athletes.
Obadike was a top Division I collegiate track athlete at Cal State Fullerton, where he was the school record holder in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 400-meter relay. He was also co-athlete of the year at the university and a two-time All Big West Conference sprinter. He was the fastest guy in the history of the university. He holds B.A/B.S and M.S degrees and is a certified nutritionist specialist and certified trainer with ISSA. He has been writer and contributor for fitness magazines and sites such as Muscle and Fitness,,,, LiveStrong, Shape, Oxygen and many others. In February of 2017 he was named Senior Executive Director of Health and wellness for the ISSA- (International Sport Sciences Association) as well as an advisor to their presidential board.
What we talked about in this episode:
  • Making New Years resolutions a lifestyle.
  • When setting a goal, try not to have  the "its all or nothing" mentality.
  • Give yourself a pass to suck until you don't.

Obi's Three Action Steps To Make New year's Resolutions A Lifestyle 

1. Being around people that actually support you and are like-              minded.

2. Writing down your goals on a piece of paper.

3. It's a marathon not a sprint.

  • Everyone's DNA isn't the same, so in terms of what we can achieve it will vary: Ripped abs, tight hamstrings, or developed glutes etc.
  • We all have our strengths and weaknesses.
  • Focus on your strengths.
  • Writing down your goals increase your chances of achieving them by 50%.
  • Tracking your progress is important because it get addicting to see your results.
  • If you don't see progress it's hard to stick with something.
  • Tracking your progress also lets you know when you need to switch it up.

Sabotage looks like:

1. Your mother baking you your favorite triple-stack fudge brownies      though it's not your birthday.

2. Your significant other bringing you ooey gooey cheese pizza.

3. Friends inviting you on a multitude of wine outings.

4. co-workers egging you on "oh come on can't you just have a            little bit?" 

  • I'ts okay to say no! Don't be food-shamed if you want to eat that or if you don't want to eat that.
  • Obi Obadike is Steve Harvey's Personal trainer and Steve has gotten into phenomenal shape under Obi's tutelege. 

Obi's Tips on Achieving Higher Success

1. Creating relationships matter people have to want to work with you. People have to like you. Having a bad attitude gets you no where.

2. Laying down your ego, creating trust through your hard-work and integrity.

3. Doing everything you can to execute and get the job done. 


All Things Obi:

The Cut: Lose Up To Ten Pound In Ten Days And Sculpt Your Best Body Co-Authored by Obi Obafike and Morris Chestnut.

"60 is the new 40" Obi Obadike and Steve Harvey's new digital series to motivate baby boomers that your age doesn't have to stand in the way of being healthy and in your best shape ever.

Finally a brand you can trust. Obi has developed a new supplement line without all of the fillers, stimulants, fake sugars, low sodium, low fat, no  proprietary blends, and junk you might find out there in the land of supposed health supplements. No hidden ingredients in his new-line imagine that! Be sure to try -out his new product line at

Obi's handles:

Twitter: Obi_Obadike

Instagram: obiobadike

Facebook: @ObiObadikeFitness



Tiaja Pierre is a focus group participant in the book, The Cut by Morris Chestnut and Obi Obadike. She is also a Licensed Private Investigator who helps people of all walks of life. Tiaja is also part of Beauty Underground which you will see often at New York Fashion Week and Denver Fashion Week.  She is currently the titleholder as Mrs. Wash Park 2017 for The Mrs. Colorado America USA Pageant. She is also a former Ms. Fitness USA and Ms. Fitness World competitor.

In addition to being a working mother and wife, Tiaja is full of energy and is always willing to give a helping hand to all. She volunteers her time and gives back to the community by giving free facials to those going thru cancer, advocating for women and children and feeding the homeless, just to name a few.

Tiaja feels that no matter the challenge, with perseverance anything can be accomplished.

Tiaja’s handles:

Twitter: Tiaja_Pierre

Instagram: Tiajamaisondebeaute

Facebook: @thecut.tiajapierre

Feb 2, 2018

Lindsey Smith is the author, health coach, speaker, and food blogger behind Food Mood Girl. Best known for her books Food Guilt No More and Eat Your Feelings, Lindsey enjoys creating recipes that not only taste good, but help improve your mental and emotional well-being. Yes, that includes cookies, too. Lindsey spends her free time hanging in her hometown of Pittsburgh with her husband and adorable rescue dog, Winnie Cooper.

What we talked about in this episode:

  • Reasons why we start to eat our feelings.
  • Reclaiming what it means to be an emotional eater.
  • In Lindsey's book she gives food solutions to eat according to your mood.
  • She suggests creating a snack-attack station at home.
  • When you are hangry you are depleted of nutrients.

Signs of being hangry:

1. Low blood sugar 

2. Hormones feeling out of whack 

3. Fight or flight mode has kicked in.

4. Brain fog not thinking clearly

5. Shaky

6. Hypoglycemicia

7. Nothing satisfies you

Common Reasons for Emotional Eating:

1. Stressed out

2. Bored

3. Being Unprepared

4. Dieting trends

5. Seasonal Changes

6. Ancestry

Tips to Combat Emotional Eating

  • Feel the feelings you have.
  • Go To a space to process your feelings
  • Talk to a therapist.
  • Stop and ask yourself, what are you really hungry for?
  • What do you need emotionally?
  • You need to address your feelings.
  • Recognize self sabotage.
  • Allowing yourself to feel feelings good or bad.


  • Things could actually be going well but you either feel uncomfortable with that or unworthy of that, so you sabotage it.
  • Trauma triggered within us that occurred at the weight we were at before..such as sexual assault, post traumatic stress, eating to hide or cover up the shame.

Self Sabotage Tips:

If you have suffered some sort of a trauma: Seeking out counseling, talk Therapy, a holistic health coach, and or a naturopath can be healing in these situations.

Half the battle is recognizing when you have a problem.

Dropping the stigma around needing help and taking the necessary steps to get it.

Briging your body and or hormones into balance.

Getting proper sleep.

Letting Go of Food Guilt:

  • Shifting the way we think and feel about food.
  • Being able to go into eating food with a healthy mindset
  • Setting yourself free from a deprivation mind-set.
  • Letting go of judgement around food.
  • Looking at food as food neither good nor bad.
  • Savoring your food.
  • Planning a treat or cheat.
  • Crowd out unhealthy choices by eating more healthy filling foods.
  • Educating yourself in the kitchen.
  • Having fun around food.
  • Self Acceptance.
  • Hiring someone to help you navigate.


  • Cravings are the gate-keepers to what your body really needs
  • When your craving something sweet it might mean you need less stress, more sleep, balance, maybe less red meat. Nutrients you may need are fresh berries and more leafy greens
  • When craving caffeine you may need energy and need to incorporate it through the foods you eat.
  • When feeling overly stressed  you may need to start including foods that are grounding like turnips, sweet potatoes, or carrots.
  • Lindsey breaks cravings down in her new book Eat Your Feelings be sure to check it out anywhere books are sold.

Social Media:

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