Fun & Sustainable Fitness Blog

Ep. 28 Healing After Trauma: A Story of Resil...

by Marci Barker / May 31st, 2023

In this podcast episode, I introduce you to Shaylee, who shares her powerful story of witnessing her father murder her mother when she was just 11 years old. Despite the trauma she experienced, Shaylee emphasizes that healing is possible no matter what kind of trauma one has been through. She talks about her journey of healing, including her initial denial and attempts to portray everything as fine, and her turning point when she started talking to her father and realized she needed to face and work through her emotions. Shaylee also reflects on the challenges of her father's trial, where he tried to avoid accountability by claiming he didn't remember the incident. Despite this, she has now developed a relationship with her father and achieved a sense of healing.


Ep. #27 Inside the Teen Mind: Exploring Homes...

by Marci Barker / May 24th, 2023

In this fun episode, I get to have a candid conversation with my oldest daughter, Leila. She is also my office manager and head of HR in my company. We talk a little about Leila’s roles and responsibilities in my company. We also discuss junior high school experiences, shedding light on prevalent issues like smoking and vaping among her peers. Leila shares her observations and insights with us about popularity and social dynamics from her very own perspective. We also talk about topics such as money, homeschooling, building confidence, and fostering new friendships. We spill the beans a bit about some of the things we are planning for our next retreat and also review some things we want to do differently at this one vs. our last retreat.


Ep. 26 Decisions and Goals with Lexi Barker

by Marci Barker / May 17th, 2023

Lexi, my second daughter is on the podcast today! Her job title is Team Leader. Lexi spills the beans on our big adventure coming up as a family. You may already know about it, if you follow me on social media. Lexi has some blunt opinions throughout our chat and her honesty makes this episode pretty fun.


Ep. #25 How to Handle Anger and Stress with L...

by Marci Barker / April 26th, 2023

In this episode, my project manager Liz Barker, AKA my daughter, who is turning 11, discuss various topics ranging from Liz's recent birthday party to her definition of modesty. You will enjoy this heartwarming podcast episode and genuine mother-daughter connection. Liz answers questions about bullying, modesty, and being an empath.


Ep. #24 Bringing The Confident Vibes with Lea...

by Marci Barker / April 26th, 2023

I'm so excited to bring my own daughters onto the podcast! Today's episode is with my youngest daughter Leah. My girls have recently become official employees in my business. In the Spring they planned and executed their own Mother-Daughter retreat! You could say I’m one proud mom! Today, Leas shares her favorite part of the retreat, as well as, what it is like working for my company. You will love her funny additions to our conversation and she just turned 9 years old.


Ep. #23 Overcoming Resistance with Love, Acce...

by Marci Barker / April 26th, 2023

I'm honored to have my good friend and client Elle Pace on the podcast today. She is a massage therapist and one of the most accepting people I know. This episode starts off with a story where Elle had resistance to accepting someone without even knowing them.

Listen as she describes her process of overcoming that resistance and allowing the teaching moment to expand into other areas of her life.


Ep. # 22 Creating Honest Friendships with Amb...

by Marci Barker / April 19th, 2023

In this episode, you get the pleasure of hearing from my best friend Amber Myers. We talk about friendship, setting boundaries, and how important self-love is. You’ll love our convo as we discuss therapy, good friends, and setting boundaries. You might shed a few tears when I talk about getting out of a depressive time and how Amber was there for me.


Ep. #21 Finding Work + Life Balance with Jean...

by Marci Barker / April 12th, 2023

Join me in this episode to hear from Jeana Nunez, a busy mom and a business owner that helps others improve their health by reducing the toxins in their homes.


Ep. #20 Season 1 Recap & What’s Coming in S...

by Marci Barker / April 5th, 2023

This Podcast Episode is a solo episode where I recap season 1 pointing out all the best moments. We also talk about what to expect as we move into season 2 next week, and I announce some exciting guests coming on the podcast soon!


Ep. #19 Choosing Your Own Happy with Mary Jay...

by Marci Barker / March 29th, 2023

Today I got to bring Mary Jayne onto the podcast, a mother of 4, married 21 years, and personal assistant who has gotten very good at going deep. If you have ever shown up differently to please your spouse or partner, you will relate to the ah-ahs she had throughout being a part of the program. Mary Jayne joined the program on the invitation of a friend, and was expecting a fitness program. She was surprised at how eye opening it was when the program required her to look deeper into herself to get into alignment.


Ep. #18 Being Brave and Courageous with Chris...

by Marci Barker / March 22nd, 2023

In today’s episode I’m excited to introduce Christi Green Warr, the founder and facilitator of Dirt Learning, a play based program that helps little kids explore life through hands on experiences. Christi’s has been running her preschool program for 20 years and she has an amazing facility that is unlike anything you have ever seen


Ep. #17 Overcoming Resistance and Procrastina...

by Marci Barker / March 15th, 2023

In this episode, we hear from Suzie Bell, a Foot Zoner, speaker, and mother of four. She has been a business owner for 10 years and is working to find the balance between family life and business. Like many business owners, Suzie had some areas in her business that she was resisting, and it was impeding her growth. Listen in to hear how the Accountability Code helped her increase her action steps, grow her business, and increase her profit.


Ep. #16 Driving to Freedom with MJ Winn

by Marci Barker / March 8th, 2023

Today I got to bring MJ onto the podcast, an author who has a gift for uncovering valuable lessons in seemingly ordinary but sometime extraordinary life events. Her upcoming book Dirt Roads highlights her many adventures. On this show she shares a great flat tire on a dirt road story. You will love hearing how she learns from her misfortunes and transforms them into ways to connect to God, and her true self.


Ep. #15 Weighed Down by Clutter with Heather ...

by Marci Barker / March 1st, 2023

Today I’m excited to introduce Heather Wagner. She has been a photographer for over 20 years and specializes in personal branding. We first met each other through a Lady Bosses retreat. She shares how she’s been on her own weight loss journey over the last year, and how she became an Optivia coach. We have a unique banter because of our differences in coaching styles. Instead of letting our differences keep us apart we embrace them and actually work together very well. It goes to show there is not one way do to things. And that's what The Accountability Code is all about. Finding what is right for you.


Ep. #14 Cleaning Out Negative Beliefs with As...

by Marci Barker / February 22nd, 2023

Today's guest Ashley Goodrich runs an awesome cleaning business for Airbnb's, a business that was just a hobby in the dark shadow of her “day job” when I first met her. If you have ever had a “bridge job” while you build your dream business you will totally relate to her story and maybe be surprised at what she uncovered. She joined The Accountability Code coaching program after taking advantage my free call where I reassured her that I would be her loving kick in the pants and be there for her all along the way.


Ep. #13 Creative Growth with Felicia Black

by Marci Barker / February 15th, 2023

Watercolor Artist Felicia Black is my guest today. Better known as @felicia .Paints

She is a wife, mother to 5 kids, and a growing business owner. Felicia recognized a need in her business for accountability and immersed herself in The Accountability Code program nearly a year ago.


Ep. #12 - The Gift of Pain with Alexis Whitne...

by Marci Barker / February 8th, 2023

Alexis is the owner of SLC Muay Thai, a Muay Thai and MMA gym and community in Salt Lake City Utah. She joined The Accountability Code to strengthen her dedication and commitment to growth and going to the next level. To all business owners who get lost in the many things to do, you will be inspired by Alexis' story of taking pause and finding focus.


Ep. #11 - Finding Clarity and Community with ...

by Marci Barker / February 1st, 2023

Relationship coach, Sharon Costanzo, joined The Accountability Code coaching program simply to stay connected to the amazing network of people at my events and in my groups. Connecting people is truly one of my favorite parts because a rising tide lifts all boats. If you have been on the fence about getting involved just know that you don't need a big goal or massive struggle as a reason to join us. You can join my community because it will benefit you.

In today's episode, Sharon lets us in on how she was able to clear up the blind spots in her business through her coaching calls, and how she used that info to get clear and move forward with focus.


Ep. #10 - Zoning in on your Business with Jen...

by Marci Barker / January 25th, 2023

New foot zoner Jen Coleman shares how The Accountability Code helped her establish and grow her new business, and how it became the perfect tool she used regularly during her business start-up. When boundaries with family came up the steps helped her through. When she had questions about her business and marketing she found so much clarity by putting the code into practice.


Ep. #9 - When Things Don't Go As Planned with...

by Marci Barker / January 18th, 2023

In this episode, my guest Nicole Marshall, a mother of 6 with big goals, explains her journey through The Accountability Code. As a massage therapist and life coach herself she is on this planet to make a difference. Like so many super busy moms out there Nicole realized she was putting her health last. 

Listen in to learn her big takeaways while we worked together and how she got right with her priorities.

We ended this episode with a really cool conversation about being an empath (Like Nicole is) and being an Anchor (Like I am) and what all that means! You're going to love it!


Ep. #8 - Relief in Taking Action with Deborah...

by Marci Barker / January 11th, 2023

My guest today Deborah Thackinh is first generation Laotian. She and her family experienced culture shock when they first came to the United States. She shares how her unique upbringing shaped her early years.

Learning about her own values and taking accountability for her own life is not new to her but she was feeling somewhat stagnant in her life. It was then that she knew it was time to get into The Accountability Code.

Deborah shares how the program accelerated her progress and how many small commitments that she made throughout the program snowballed into huge leaps and changes in her life.


Ep. #7 - Soul Searching Pivot with Lisa Wayme...

by Marci Barker / January 4th, 2023

I want to introduce you to Lisa Wayment. She is a busy mom and worked through so many things during her time in my program.

Finding self-love and worthiness was a major shift for her.

Other moms out there will relate to how putting yourself last will eventually lead to burnout.

Listen for what her key takeaways were as a client and what her next kick in the pants will be.


Ep. #6 - Making Time for Millions with Bessi...

by Marci Barker / December 28th, 2022

I met today's guest at a networking event. If you follow me I'm sure it is no surprise that networking is a huge part of my life. I was hosting the Lady Bosses of Utah Retreat when I met Bessie McIntosh, the founder of Merkabody.

In this episode she volunteered to let me guide her though what a real coaching session would be like, and what I do with my actual clients when I take them through The Accountability Code.

If you feel an big calling has been placed on your soul, and you are destined for a big purpose, then I know you will relate to Bessie and get a ton out of this episode.


Ep. #5 - Spotting Trauma with Hollie McKeeth

by Marci Barker / December 21st, 2022

This is a special episode because I got to interview my oldest sister Hollie Mckeeth!

She is a wife and a mom of 20 years. She works in a microbiology lab and enjoys event planning on the side. Talk about the perfect mix of beauty and brains.

Hollie was the first to point out to me the toxic behavior of our father and set the stage for me and the rest of my siblings to talk about the abuse we experienced (and continue to experience).

If you have read my book you know how much healing I worked through concerning familial relationships. If you have similar family-of-origin challenges you will enjoy hearing two sisters bond and grow over the struggles shared in today's episode. Please share with someone you know struggles with an abusive or toxic parent.


Ep. #4 - Delivered From Pain with Debbie Hans...

by Marci Barker / December 21st, 2022

In this episode, I get to interview my mom Debbie Hansen. First off I'm so excited for you to hear my mom tell the story of the day I was born! It's so relevant to who I am today! 

Beyond being my mom, Debbie has bravely applied The Accountability Code to her life and she is an inspiration to anyone who has ever walked on eggshells in their relationship or hidden their own pains and struggles while serving everyone else.

You're going to want to share this episode with your mom or your daughter, and please do. Having The Accountability Code as a way to communicate effectively helped us grow closer. I hope our relationship inspires you to strengthen your own family relationships as well as heal from the toxic ones (as we share a bit of that in this episode as well).


Ep. #3 - Manifestation in Action with Kim Car...

by Marci Barker / December 21st, 2022

Today I am talking with my client Kim Carlson. She is a busy mom of 6 girls ages 18 - 5 years old. She is a life coach aka a "Hope Dealer."

She is skilled in manifesting and she shares with us some tips. As she worked through The Accountability Code she got to take action on big speaking goals steps in her business.

Kim's journey will inspire anyone who has a dream but feels trapped by fear. I was honored to support her and watch grow. Kim had what she calls a "terror barrier" around sharing a vulnerable life vision, and she took the stage at my recent retreat shared it with a group of 25 women.

Enjoy this message and lean into your terror barrier. Reach out to me to get your own loving kick in the pants!


Ep. #2 - "Always Ready" - Audiobook Story Ab...

by Marci Barker / December 21st, 2022

Today I want to give you an excerpt from my audiobook "The Accountability Code."

This story comes from the Commitment chapter and is called Always Ready.

It is a good example of what it felt like for me to have the desire to follow through with those positive reassuring promptings I was receiving, and what it did for my ability to take action.

I hope it Inspires you to be "Always Ready" to take action on the promptings you get in your life.


Ep. #1 - Podcast Launch - Your Loving Kick in...

by Marci Barker / December 14th, 2022

Welcome to "Your Loving Kick in the Pants!" 

In this first episode, I explain why I started this Podcast and what my program and book are all about. 

Listen to this fun episode where my friend Andrea interviews me. 

You'll learn some fun behind the scenes things about me and what it's like to experience your own personal loving kick in the pants!


Home Workout vs Gym

by Aubrey Barker / July 30th, 2020

Do you really need a gym to get a great workout?

Millions of people have great success with home workouts while others not so much. Lets discuss some most important things you can do to get the most beneficial results.


The Fun & Sustainable Lifestyle: Realistic Go...

by Marci Barker / January 7th, 2019

Ladies: DON'T get caught up in making goals and resolutions that don't even make sense for you. 

If you're ready to start setting and ACHIEVING realistic goals, you need to be part of FAST! 

FAST stands for "Fun & Sustainable Team." When you're part of our team, you'll learn how to create a FUN & SUSTAINABLE healthy lifestyle that actually makes sense for you and your life.


3 Healthy Eating Myths You Probably Believe (...

by Marci Barker / November 14th, 2018

Sometimes people make healthy eating sound harder than it is. Here are the 3 myths you probably believe about eating healthy. (And they're all lies.):

Lie #1: If you are eating healthy you must be obsessed with your food.

Well let me tell you what! Your mind is about to be blown because my clients are not obsessed about their food. The whole point of learning to eat healthy is being able to incorporate healthy, delicious meals into your every day life.


3 Fatal "Healthy Eating" Mistakes You're Maki...

by Marci Barker / November 12th, 2018

I just can’t hold it back anymore. Every once in a while I see these crazy posts on social media with people wondering why they're not losing weight, why their "healthy" diet isn't working. They’ve “tried everything already” and their cry for help will bring in uneducated direct sales and MLM people by the masses.

There are 3 fatal mistakes you are probably making right now and frankly, it’s holding you back.


Why NOW is the best time to start eating heal...

by Marci Barker / November 5th, 2018

Ahh the dreaded (or delightful) start date of your new journey. I’m sure you’ve heard “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” and it’s well known and used often because it’s true.


Speaking of a 1,000 mile journey, I could probably think of 1,000 reasons why procrastinating sounds good. It’s easier to blame the crappy food in the fridge on your spouse, it’s easier to cater to your kids when they want what “everyone else gets to have”, and it’s easier to eat what is put in front of you rather than plan out what will be best for your body.

These are just your average, every day excuses, but over the holidays? We definitely like over indulging. Nobody wants to be the odd one out who’s “on a diet” during the holidays, throwing away treats from the neighbors like you're ungrateful or making treats without "taste testing."


My Story

by Marci Barker / October 29th, 2018

Of course we all wish we had that “rags to riches” or “fat to fit” story that makes others drop their jaws in amazement.

I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s just not realistic.

The truth is that life -- MY life -- my story -- the whole reason I created the Healthy Eating Challenge and more -- has a whole bunch of ups and downs -- positives and negatives. Sometimes things seem so smooth - you’re motivated to workout, craving healthy food, taking care of yourself and life just seems to be falling into place.

Other times…

You just want to eat cake, lay in bed watching Netflix, cry yourself to sleep and ignore the alarm. (or accidentally forget to set it in the first place).

That’s ok! Please let me tell you first-hand that life will never be perfect and that is TOTALLY, 100% OKAY!!


Veggies: Good V. Bad

by Marci Barker / October 22nd, 2018

Our 4th & final week of the Good v. Bad Series is all about VEGGIES!

I'm sure you were wondering when vegetables would make their debut in this healthy food conversation.


Guess what? When it comes to vegetables, there isn't really a good side and bad side. Veggies are always good! Veggies are whole foods, packed with nutrition and they make you feel full longer. Veggies make you feel amazing.


The only "bad" of veggies is when you aren't eating them. If you aren't including any vegetables in your diet, it is detrimental to your health. Our bodies thrive off of the vitamins and minerals received from whole foods -- especially fruits and vegetables that are in season.


FAT: The Good & The Bad

by Marci Barker / October 15th, 2018

Last week we covered the controversial topic of carbs. Today, we're talking all about FAT. In Healthy Eating Challenge I teach you the good, the bad and the ugly of about 4 different types of fat. Basically, there are good fats, bad fats and a couple inbetween. We go pretty in-depth in the challenge.


Today, let’s just talk about the WORST and BEST kinds of fats.


Carbs: Good V. Bad

by Marci Barker / October 8th, 2018

When someone says "grains" or "carbs," do you get the same shivering feeling as hearing "Mufasa"? Contrary to what many fad diets would have you believe, YOUR BODY NEEDS CARBS!! It just needs healthy carbs.


Sugar: Good V. Bad

by Marci Barker / October 3rd, 2018

Need help figuring out what to eat? Want to NOT eat all of the Halloween candy this month? Need consistent Accountability with guidance and hand holding? There’s so many fads and different opinions that navigating through healthy eating can be really hard. Over the next 4 weeks I’m going to break down some of the goods and bads -- and you might find there’s some “goods” you weren’t expecting.


Fun and Sustainable 101

by Marci Barker / September 25th, 2018

Your fitness journey MUST be fun and sustainable. Did you know that if your current program wasn't then it just wouldn't work? 

That kind of seems like a trick question huh? Like if we want to get into the best shape of our lives we're going to have to hate it a little bit right?

I'm here to help you understand why Fun and Sustainable is the way to go and to tell you a little bit about WHY that's the name of my business.



by Marci Barker / October 24th, 2018

What foods should you eat? What should you avoid? There’s so many fads and different opinions that navigating through healthy eating can be really hard. Today I’m going to break down some of the goods and bads of 4 categories - sugar, carbs, fat and veggies. You might be pleasantly surprised that there's a decent balance of good and bad.


Body Sculpting + Recovery

by Marci Barker / September 12th, 2018

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the rat race of life and never get a break? Life makes a lot of demands of us – work, family, exercise – everything in our lives can cause some form of stress.

Maybe if we were all energizer bunnies, we could keep going and going without ever taking a break. But we’re not. We’re human. And in reality, even energizer bunnies go, go, go… and then just die. Nobody wants that.

Cue recovery!


Body Sculpting + Realistic Goals

by Marci Barker / September 5th, 2018

Raise your hand if any of the following make you want to curl up in your bed, eat an entire tub of ice cream and spend the day binging a Netflix series:

  • You need to lose 20 pounds in 20 days. 
  • You need to cut out ALL sugar from your diet to get rid of headaches. 
  • You're planning to cut bread to stop the bloating.  
  • Nag your partner to eat all the healthy food you're trying to make. 


Protein + Body Sculpting

by Marci Barker / August 29th, 2018

Is it just me or does it seem like everywhere you turn people are telling you what to eat, what not to eat, how much protein you...


Proper Form Guide

by Marci Barker / August 21st, 2018

Have you ever walked into the gym wishing you were cool enough to push heavy weight? I have a couple secrets for you...


Macro Calculator

by Marci Barker / August 14th, 2018

Calculate your macros with our macro calculator.