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Health and Fitness

The Mystery of Cellulite (Solved)

Today’s post is a guest post from Belinda Benn, international fitness model and my co-host at the upcoming Sydney and Melbourne Woman Incredible workshops.  In fact, Belinda is currently on her way to Australia now!

Have you ever been going along your own sweet little way in life, when suddenly you are hit like a ton of bricks with a shocking realization? Not fun.

Let me tell you about one of those moments! I was in a department store dressing room trying on a one-piece swimsuit at age 37. At the time I had been married for 13 years and to be honest, I never really bothered to look at – let alone think about my body.  As you all know, I had never exercised and lived on a diet of coffee, biscuits (cookies) and lollies (sweets).

But suddenly under those nasty fluorescent lights –

I realized my whole lower body was covered in deep cellulite.

My ex-husband was waiting outside the dressing room wondering what was taking so long – the truth was, I was trying to compose myself, close to tears, wondering where the body I once had was. I didn’t recognize the stranger in the mirror.

That was 10 years ago now but just this week that painful memory hit me again, I had forgotten how horrible I looked and today the frightening image of my dimpled thighs and butt is a distant memory.

What caused this flashback was my client here in Panama, Pili.

Pili came to me around 10 months ago. She is one of those drop dead gorgeous skinny girls you imagine walks on clouds all day long. That couldn’t have been further from the truth! Close to tears she told me about her cellulite. I admit I was skeptical it was anything more an a few tiny imperfections here and there. But when she pulled down her workout pants to show me I was stunned….

Despite being very young and skinny (21 years, 5 foot 5, 108 pounds) she was riddled with deep cellulite all over her legs and butt.

I will let Pili tell you her story in her own words (translated from Spanish):

“Before I started weight training with Belinda, I was thin but my thighs and butt were full of cellulite and I had fat around the waist. I felt extremely self-conscious because people were always shocked if they saw my legs! I live in a hot climate so I couldn’t wear shorts, a bathing suit, skirts or dresses without feeling horrible.

At the same time my muscle ratio was way below average, I was very weak and I was underweight. I even tried not eating for a while to try get rid of my cellulite and reduce my waistline, but things just got worse. I kept losing weight but my cellulite seemed to increase. I was very frustrated but fortunately, that is when I met Belinda and started training with her.

My self-esteem was rock bottom to the point that I would avoid looking at my body in the mirror. Then one day just recently I looked again in the mirror and realized that the cellulite was gone. I would not be exaggerating if I said that it was one of the happiest moments of my life! My self-esteem started soaring. I felt good about myself. I started to go out and people would make comments about how good my body looked.

I realized that I had transformed from a thin, thick waist, cellulite-ridden body to a having contoured body with a flat stomach and strong arms and legs. I had gained muscle mass and of course, cellulite was gone. Belinda, with her enthusiasm, positive attitude and sweet demeanor, was able to accomplish something really important in my life which goes further than my physical changes. Not only do I look good, but I really feel better and capable of accomplishing anything.”

Pili Today

Now, if you are like me, you may be skeptical about how bad Pili’s cellulite was so right now I am locating her before pics from her doctor AND we are planning a professional photo shoot for her in December along with 2 other of my clients here! LOL they have asked for a bottle of champagne at the shoot and hey I just may bend the rules for one day – they all deserve it after working so hard (stay tuned for those transformation stories)!

Need more evidence about “skinny fat cellulite”?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-506965/Surfs-Kim-Cattrall-solves-problem-cellulite-covering-sexy-body-wetsuit.html

What are the take-aways from this?

First, cellulite can affect anyone! It is not weight or age related.

Bad news is, women are far more predisposed to it given the genetic structure of our fat layer (over 90% of cellulite cases occur in women). Yeah tell me something I don’t know!

The good news is, there is a solution – even a cure.

I know because today I have NONE, in fact, OK just for the record here is a competition pic of my butt – the lines you see are the striations of the muscle showing through the skin. To be honest, I wouldn’t want to be this lean again but it makes a point!

If you suffer from cellulite by now you should be feeling some rays of hope shining into that dark place you keep hidden on the inside of you. Things can change so keep reading and stay with me while we cover a little science stuff.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the bumpy appearance of the skin caused by fat cells protruding from lower subcutaneous (fat) layer of the skin into the supporting layer (the dermis). The job of the dermis is to cushion the top layer of the skin keeping it firm and taut. When the fat cells push up irregularly into the dermis it causes the surface of the skin to look dimpled.

It is important you notice how the muscle is directly underneath the fat layer and how the septa is connected to the muscle fibers and the dermis holding the fat cells in place.

How can weight training reduce cellulite?

Now it just so happens I have another client here in Panama who is the leading dermatologist here and during our training session last week I asked her this very question! (I have been working with her this past 18 months to recover her post baby body, which is a story for another time… ).

 

Woohooo – now to the good stuff that she told me!

When the muscle fibers underneath the cellulite are stimulated with specific and targeted weight training exercises, the muscle becomes denser, thicker and firmer and pushes outward against the skin evenly compressing the fat layer and septa making the surface of the skin smooth so the dimples and bumps disappear.

Now, it’s important to note that the change in muscle fibers does NOT mean you will bulk up! In fact, Pili is the same size as she was as when we started – she has just gained a little muscle and lost body fat so she looks fit, toned and sculpted (actually I just came back from training her and she has her first 2 pack)!

So now she looks just as sexy out of her clothes as she looks in them.

When I realized all of this – I was so excited. Hey obviously I already know the ton of benefits weight training brings but now we all have just another reason to make sure it plays a big part in our fitness regime.

Mental note to self – cardio exercise or generalized weight training alone is not sufficient to stimulate the changes need to get rid of cellulite. Remember the skinny with cellulite post above who exercised?

Wow, this has turned into a long blog post so right now I want to turn things over to you because I understand cellulite can be a very confusing and emotional topic.

Right now your probably wondering what kind of targeted specific weight training exercises you need to do right? That’s a good question! I did go back and analyze what I have been doing with Pili and found some answers. And I also have also been researching an anti-cellulite workout program that seems good. More on that to come in my next post….

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

Rebel.
Upstart.
Fuck the system; screw the rules.
Won’t do what they told me.
Too much.
Unreasonable.
Ridiculous.
Unprofessional.
Crazy!

Should I go on? I could, but I think you get the picture.

You’re the one who is not only not like the other PEOPLE, you’re also not like the other entrepreneurs.

They, they actually think they’re different; non-conformists?! Don’t make me laugh. You and I both see it as it is:

They just wanna be told how to build a pretty little website and a pretty little social media page or three and a pretty little online product or course and get their pretty little headshots and do a pretty little pre-scripted dance all over the internet so that other equally pretty fucking bland and boring and same same-y peoples pay them money,

And they can all sit in a pretty little womans circle together patting each other linking elbows and stroking each others hair and singing Kumbaya as the sun sets over another day of sinking ever deeper into the unremarkableness that is their lives.

They are the ones who are not only willing to jump through hoops, they also want to build more hoops for other people; they want to perpetuate the hoop jumping life and their whole sales pitch is basically some version of “I will help you to have a better and shinier hoop, come see!”

lolol

BUT REALLY.

Meanwhile, you –

You’ve tried the hoop-jumping life, maybe more than what you care to admit. And, whilst you’ve nothing against sitting around with other ladeez and stroking each others hair, you and your girls; the real ones?

You don’t exactly fit in in the typical woman’s circle.

You don’t feel at home with the pretty-preneurs, not even on the internet let alone in real life.

You don’t actually GIVE a fuck about having all your shit perfect,

Polished,

And just so –

And the idea of having sales and marketing and content processes which you have to systematically pre-plan and then work through and endlessly join dots with?

Makes you want to hurl.

Sure –

You’ve bought in at times to do the idea that maybe you DO gotta do it as they say.

An automated webinar, perhaps?? Facebook ads which carefully and smartly tell the world who you are and how you can help? A sales plan proven and tested by the greats. The gradual sinking slow decline of your soul, your joy, your dreams, and even your pussy as everything within you that once knew she could HAVE IT ALL AND DO LIFE HER WAY SLOWLY DRIES,

WITHERS TO NOTHING,

AND DIES?

Sure –

Why not

And look.

It’s not that any of these things are bad or wrong. Maybe right now you’ve got to a certain point by playing by the rules … kind of. Following what ‘logic’ suggests you do. Breaking free here and there with wild little jaunts into over the top madness, noticing how THAT lights you up and also how people respond to it … but ultimately continuing to go back to trying to find the right fucking system to get you to where you want to go,

Because this thing of trying to just be you interspersed with trying to get it all right and make it work, well –

It’s God damn tiring –

But also, in the end, if we’re going to be black and white about it, it hasn’t got you to where you want to be!!

You KNOW you should be making SO much more money.

NOW.

With consistency, and yeah, while of course of COURSE you’re down for doing the work, you also feel like it SHOULD be a lot easier, more flow

And you know that you know that you know that you’ve still not let out the most unrestrained and fully expressed side of you!

– The you they can’t look away from
– The you they are MAGNETIZED by
– The you who automatically commands a huge freakin’ following, and sales to match it

You know who I’m talking about –

THE MILLIONAIRE REBEL YOU!

Starting January 18th!

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The revolutionary fucking leader who tears SHREDS off of normal every damn day before the rest of the world has barely sipped its coffee!

Who is FULLY unleashed in what she says, how she shows up, how she does business, how she does life.

Who does not give a fuck about following rules! Or sales systems! Or strategies! Who can and will do what works for HER, and if it happens to resemble other ways people build an audience and make a fuckload of money online, cool, and if not, so what! That is not the point! The point is –

She knows what works for her.
She backs herself unapologetically.
She DOES it.

And she gets the damn results. The BIG results. The CONSISTENT results. The FUCK yes results, not just with money but with the VIBERY of it all.

Imagine …

Waking up every day and KNOWING you have crushed the day before it already begun because THAT IS WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU ROLL!

* Your shit sells (at any and all price point)
* Your creativity and inner ideas machine flows endlessly (you always know what to put out into the world and that when you speak people PAUSE EVERYTHING AND LISTEN, whether it is with free content and shenaniganery or with your paid stuff)
* You don’t even have to think about low end or high end or how to take people through a value ladder or some such bullshit, the value ladder is YOU CONTINUING TO BE YOU, and the more that you DO you the more people just take themselves through whatever it is you’re offering!
* It is easy, natural, fun, and OBVIOUS how to build your automated income, funnels, the ‘cash machine’ side of your business.
* In fact the whole damn thing feels fun and easy and like you’re just being you (the full on you, the too much you, the rebel you, the fuck all of ’em THIS IS WHAT I STAND FOR AND NOW I’M GONNA TELL YOU you!),
* and at the same time you have the DEEPLY grounded and certain knowledge that the way you’re doing it, hot mess and chaos vibes and all, is WORKING. PS – the reason you feel certain of this is because your bank balance and soulmate audience and their feedback reflects it, not bc your spirit guides told you it’s coming

All of this is ALREADY available to you.

It is who you are and what you were born for.

You did not come here for normal!

You are one of the truly crazy ones, who has something inside of her that will leave the world BREATHLESS –
and allow her to make millions and impact millions –

BUT NOT IF SHE CONTINUES TO DO BUSINESS AND LIFE BY TRYING TO SOMEHOW BE A NON-CONFORMIST WHO CONTINUALLY CAVES AND CONFORMS.

For this to work,

REALLY work, like next next NEXT level $ and life flow work,
you’re going to need to FULLY turn your back on the idea that your breakthrough is waiting on the other side of you adjusting, filtering, compromising, playing the game the way the other entrepreneurs are playing it, or worrying about what the fuck your social media looks like!

What you’re going to need to do is simple:

FLICK THE DAMN REBEL MILLIONAIRE SWITCH BABY.

>>> https://thekatrinaruthshow.com/rebelmillionaire/

All in on madness.
All in on crazy.
All in on chaos.
All in on the TRUE epic awesome ridiculousness and too much-ness of YOU.

REBEL MILLIONAIRE

Starting January 18th!

For those who were born to run the damn thing,

To turn the world on its head and dance on top of it,

And who are ready to do just that.

>>> https://thekatrinaruthshow.com/rebelmillionaire/