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Pro Mountain Biker, Plant-Based Athlete, and World Endurance Champion, Sonya Looney interviews inspiring leaders about vegan & plant-based nutrition, cycling and endurance training, mountain bike tips, sports psychology, adventure travel, mindset, personal development, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself. Find out more at: www.sonyalooney.com

The Sonya Looney Show Sonya Looney: : Mindset, Plant-Based Nutrition, Performance, Mountain Bikin

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.3 • 4 Ratings

Pro Mountain Biker, Plant-Based Athlete, and World Endurance Champion, Sonya Looney interviews inspiring leaders about vegan & plant-based nutrition, cycling and endurance training, mountain bike tips, sports psychology, adventure travel, mindset, personal development, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself. Find out more at: www.sonyalooney.com

    Authenticity and Managing Pressure with Pro Cyclist Sarah Sturm

    Authenticity and Managing Pressure with Pro Cyclist Sarah Sturm

    Sarah Sturm is a cyclist who can't be grouped into a specific category of cycling. Although you might know her bright smile and speedy results from gravel, she is a 2x Singlespeed Cyclocross National Champion, a podium finisher at the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race this year, has multiple high-profile gravel accolades (aka Belgian Waffle Ride, Steamboat Gravel (SBT GRVL), Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder, The Rift in Iceland, and more), and done a sizeable amount of racing road and cross-country mountain bike races... to bikepacking adventures for fun. Oh, and let's not forget to mention we met at the Trans BC Enduro stage race. When there are two wheels involved, Sarah's spirit for adventure, connection, and fun has taken her down many trails, roads, and paths.

    In addition to all the time Sarah Sturm spends cycling (in the saddle) and professional commitments, she also coaches young riders in the Devo Program in Durango, CO, and has a successful graphic design business called Oso Creative. Sarah isn't only inspiring a new generation of riders, but also the fellow racers lining up next to her.

    Sarah Sturm's trajectory as a cyclist hasn't always been easy. Early on, she found she wasn't having any fun racing her bike and after a hiatus, came back to it with a newfound sense of joy and perspective. In this episode, you'll immediately feel her ability to connect with just about anyone, her positivity, and vulnerability no matter who you are.

    "I know progress not perfection. We hear these things, but it’s so hard to actually embody that sometimes because you just want to do well all the time and be the best. It’s not even about crossing the finish line, but proving it to myself sometimes if that makes sense. I’m not very good at actually looking back and being proud at some of the stuff I’ve accomplished.” 
    - Sarah Sturm
     

    Listen Now Key Takeaways

    the pressure of professional athletics progress not perfection challenges of being a female athlete how to have a good relationship on social media our own jealousy and insecurities how vulnerability can be powerful what’s my worth how to deal with pressure
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    Links
    Follow Sarah Sturm on Instagram Grab the book Mindset by Carol Dweck Check out my Substack about high-performance mindset Sign up for my weekly newsletter! 


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    • 58 min
    How to Stay Grounded while Striving for More with Brad Stulberg

    How to Stay Grounded while Striving for More with Brad Stulberg

    Most of us try to balance the act of doing and the feeling of being in our lives. We ask ourselves questions like, "How can I work hard and have success without burning out? What do I need to do to feel fulfilled while striving for improvement?"

    Brad Stulberg, author of the bestselling author of the new book, The Practice of Groundedness, and also Peak Performance regularly researches, writes, and coaches on the many elements of health, well-being, and sustainable performance. And today, he returns to the podcast for his third conversation all about how to feel more grounded. His research suggests 6 principles of groundedness: acceptance, presence, patience, vulnerability, community, and movement.

    More specifically, The Practice of Groundedness focuses on:

    Accept where you are to get to where you want to go Be Present to Own Your Energy and Attention Be Patient to Get There Faster Embrace Vulnerability to Build Genuine Strength and Confidence Build Deep Community Move Your Body to Ground Your Mind
    Brad's book combines ancient wisdom with modern science to dive into how to build a strong foundation. We talk about separating your work from your sense of self, how heroic individualism can be challenging, the importance of having local community, and how to have a more deliberate relationship with striving.

    Heroic individualism is a never-ending game of one-upmanship against yourself and other people, so you’re constantly trying to beat yourself and other people where measurable achievement is the main arbiter of success and the goal post is always 10 yards down the field, so you never actually arrive.  You think that if you just accomplish this, or just win that race, or just achieve that thing, or just fall in love with that perfect person, then you’ll be content. But what you find is that there is no arriving at contentment and having that mindset will make you miserable. Whereas contentment is an ongoing practice of the principles that we talked about with groundedness. Contentment is every day, aligning your being with your doing and practicing those things. 
    Brad Stulberg
     His work has been featured in The New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Forbes, and more. In his coaching practice, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, and physicians on their performance and well-being. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Make sure you listen to our podcast episodes on Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox!

    "Keeping it fun is really important for me. Particularly taking the work very seriously, but not taking myself seriously at all. What does that look like in practice? The Practice of Groundedness, this book, I care deeply about. I think it’s excellent. I'm going to do everything I can for the book. But the book was such a team effort with so many people. The book is just my brain at one point of time, it’s not me. But now the book is its own thing. Separating my sense of self from my work.  Really caring about the work but realizing that it's something I did, it’s no longer me. That’s been really helpful because I can feel like I want the book to be really relevant without feeling like I need to be really relevant." 17:28
    Brad Stulberg
     

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    Key Takeaways
    the metaphor of the three-legged stool combining ancient wisdom with modern science how to practice more patience a healthy relationship with striving separating work from your identity heroic individualism excitement vs. ease the difference between being grounded vs. being balanced importance of local community why movement makes you feel more grounded
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    Links
    Get The Practice of Groundedness Check out The Growth Equation Check out my Substack about high-performance mindset Sign up for my weekly newsletter! 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How Getting Plant-Curious Changes Lives with Planted Expo's Stevan Mirkovich

    How Getting Plant-Curious Changes Lives with Planted Expo's Stevan Mirkovich

    -When something throws life out of balance
    -For the love of food and coffee
    -All about the Planted Expo
    -Plant-based cooking tips
    -Emotions around food
    -Searching for control
    -Food as a social issue
    -Importance of human connection

    • 1 hr 4 min
    All About My Second Pregnancy at 20 Weeks

    All About My Second Pregnancy at 20 Weeks

    This week, Sonya gets personal and talks about all the details of her second pregnancy. She shares her experience from the first 20 weeks and some of the lessons she learned from her first pregnancy with her son.
    Key Takeaways:
    Why we decided to have a baby now Early pregnancy experience with a SURPRISE My biggest lesson as a parent Knowing when to trust your doctor How self-compassion and acceptance are helping me I’m okay if I am not achieving

    • 39 min
    Motivation and Inspiration with Runner and Podcast Host Lindsey Hein

    Motivation and Inspiration with Runner and Podcast Host Lindsey Hein

    After first connecting on Twitter, Sonya was interviewed on Lindsey Hein’s podcast “I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein,” where she talks with motivating and inspiring runners. Lindsey aims to inspire and refresh listeners in her conversations with runners of all levels, from your everyday runner to Olympic athletes. 

    Lindsey is an RRCA Certified Running Coach and coaches runners, writing personalized training plans for all distances - 5K to marathon distances. Lindsey also founded her own podcast network - Sandyboy Productions - which includes The Illuminate Podcast and The Up and Running Podcast.

    In this week’s conversation, Lindsey and Sonya talked about running, consistency, expectations, time management, and more.

    Key Takeaways
    The courage to try something new How she got into running How to stay consistent  How to meet yourself where you are with expectations Getting PCOS and a miscarriage What it means to have a performance you are proud of Powerful mantras How she manages her time Why she loves reading

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How to Build Confidence and Self-Belief with Dre Baldwin

    How to Build Confidence and Self-Belief with Dre Baldwin

    Dre Baldwin went from playing NCAA D3 basketball to a nine-year basketball pro. His path to the highest level fo the sport required a level of discipline and toughness that drove him to build his “Work On Your Game” brand to share those tenets with a wider audience. 

    He is now a full-time entrepreneur who has authored 29 books and participated in TEDxTalks about discipline, confidence, mental toughness and personal initiative. He’s active on YouTube and has a daily Work On Your Game Podcast. 

    Sonya and Dre had a great conversation this week about how to go from thinking to action, self-belief, building confidence, choosing oneself and more.


    Key Takeaways
    Work on Your Game How to go from thinking to action How to deal with comparison Becoming a pro-basketball player and an entrepreneur Self-belief How to build confidence How to know when to quit or keep going Choosing oneself

    • 1 hr 1 min

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