Sweet Strength Founder shares her story – big picture – with Sheree Bernardi of Cumulus Media.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? What is your inner dialog? What thoughts are circling around and around in your head as your reflection stares back at you. You know the silence of the screams that define and paint the image that you so dimly see in the mirror.
We have all struggled from time to time, and maybe some struggle every day with a poor self-image. It is when the inner dialogue does not match up with the outward view of how the world sees us that causes such conflict and heartache. It feels like a battle between your worst enemy and your best friend. The struggle is to win the fight between foe and friend contained within one body and mind. The battleground of the enemy marches to the words of you are fat, you are a failure, look at those wrinkles, why did you say that, you are so stupid, you will never get that job, you are getting so old, you are a terrible mom, I shouldn’t have eaten that, look at my nose it is so pointed, I should have stayed in school, he has the perfect marriage, she has the perfect life. The never-ending inner critic pounding away in your head leaving the illusion of a broken mirror and broken soul.
“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
We can’t all be Arnold, but we can be an Arnold in our own lives with what sweet strength we have been given. We can begin to learn how to push through the hurt to become the champion we were born to be. Maybe you are thinking, “But they don’t know my pain. No one understands what I have been through. I didn’t ask for this.” No one’s pain feels like another’s pain. Everyone has different challenges that they have to work through, but to become a champion and a hero, you must understand that change only occurs through the hurt. Growth only happens through the next sweat drop, the next rep and the next tear. You only get stronger with the struggle. You must be willing to take that weight that you are handling and lift it through every sweat drop that forms on your brow and falls to floor, begging you to quit. You must demand of yourself the best. You must understand that if your heart is still pumping then you still have a purpose and a reason to recycle the pain into the next rep that will propel you to the next level of living.
Interview starts at 5:40
“Shock is a merciful condition. It allows you to get through disaster with necessary distance between you and your feelings.” – Lisa Kleypus
Monday. Mondays come and go. But this particular Monday would forever change the destination I was on. This seemingly ordinary Monday was anything but.
Time tends to have a measure of its own, and we never realize the finality time holds until we are face to face, breath to breath, with its master clock. We always believe we have more time—more time to do everything we desire to do and more time with those we love to do it with.
When I met Linda McDandel for the first time, I was bowled over when she told me she is 52 years old. Linda, the picture of fitness, blond, beautiful, with a slender, muscled frame, looks years younger. An open, kind person, Linda immediately gave me a hug when we met at Gold’s Gym, where she works as a personal trainer, Certified Wellness Coach and Professional Life Coach. I immediately liked her. Working primarily with women, Linda calls her business, Sweet Strength. Strength is something Linda has in abundance, and as she told me the story of her life, I marveled at her ability to take life’s challenges and turn them into blessings.
The challenges I have faced have led me to my life’s passion – helping others face their challenges. My personal journey out of crisis propelled me to dedicate myself to fitness instruction and helping people focus on their psychological health. I also dedicated myself to life coaching and capturing my journey in my book, Sweet Strength, Seaside Awakenings. The fitness piece was when, serendipitously, F45 Training was presented to me as a home base for my life’s work and passion.
There is no easy way to get the news. Breast cancer. It sucks the breath from your body. Your world stops turning as you try to comprehend the words your doctor is saying. What now?
Breast cancer is not just one disease. There are many variations multiplied by the individuality of each woman’s (or man’s) body. Medical science has made great strides in treating breast cancer, and doctors are saving more lives than ever.
Although the incidence of breast cancer has dropped during the last decade or so, nearly 250,000 women and men will be diagnosed this year. Approximately 2.8 million women – both survivors and those currently undergoing treatment – have added the chapter on this disease to their life stories.
Listen to Linda’s interview on Hot Talk Morning Show with Dave & Liz
What is now known as “The Great Recession” was a hard time for many Americans, but it’s probably safe to say Linda Chandler McDandel probably had a tougher time than most for both financial and personal reasons.
In 2007, her husband’s condominium development in Myrtle Beach went bust, hurling the couple into a financial free fall, and likely contributing to his first heart attack. In the ensuing four years, they lost their house, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, two family members died, as did two beloved dogs.