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….

And remember –

Life is Now. Press Play.

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PS

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Okay. Imma gonna get straight up on your ass about what needs to be said here, because obviously SOMEBODY needs to hit the damn truth button on this shit!!

Straight up from the gate up, you do NOT make money because of Facebook.

Because of Instagram.

Because of email.

Because of ANY of this shit.

You make money because of who you are and what you decide and make NON-NEGOTIABLE, period, The End!

As you may be aware, in the last day or so Facebook and Instagram went down down down OH so far down.

After a few obligatory ‘stop the world!’ messages to my team and friends (which resulted in a serious convo with one of my soul sisters as to whether we’d now have to become porn stars instead), I got back to business.

The business of posting and selling shit on Facebook, which is admittedly a big part of what I do each day???

Nah … the business of being ME, because THAT is what I actually do each day, and also?

It’s what gets me paid.

Funnily enough, as is often the way with these things, just yesterday somebody was making smart-ass comments to me about how all the coaches would survive if there was no Facebook or Instagram.

“How would they survive?”, I asked myself.

“Well, I have no idea how THEY would survive but I sure as shit know how I would survive:

Very fucking well indeed, thank you very much, because that is who I AM”

Word to the wise:

A) I was making serious money long before I used Facebook for it.

Allow me to say it again for those in the back: YOU MAKE MONEY BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE AND THE LEVEL YOU VIBRATE AT.

Vibrate?

It’s an energy thang baby, a frequency shiz niz, it’s just who you ARE and how life works for you.

Handy hint —> the level of wealth you enjoy or moan over now is already just a direct reflection of your frequency, and expectations. It ain’t got jack shit to do with what you do, and it certainly is not a product of which tools are available to you.

It is a product of YOU.

When the socials went down today it was FASCINATING to me to observe the response that came through in the in-between-y bits when people managed to post something.

People worrying about how it would impact their business, or feeling in some way handcuffed.

This is crazy! It’s fear-mongering at its worst and it’s an absolute SHITTY mentality as far as belief systems around where results come from.

Do you know what I felt, when I realised we couldn’t use Facebook as normal for our biz stuff?

EXCITEMENT.

It took a minute to click in, but I found myself getting all wriggly and lit up with excitement.

I love a damn challenge 🙂

And since I also choose to believe that everything is happening FOR me, I also took personal responsibility for this occurrence.

Obviously FB and Insta had gone down in order to force me to finally pull my finger out and learn how to go live on YouTube.

But mainly – hell YEAH to the opportunity to get creative!

Probably taking the whole thing a little bit too far, as I worked my way through some sprints on the rower post HIIT weights session, I started to imagine what would happen if Facebook was TRULY GONE AND NO LONGER OF THIS WORLD.

I got MORE excited with each second that passed (which makes me remember how damn BORED I get as soon as I know how to easily do something aka make money all day err day on Facebook), and I also found myself AUTOMATICALLY GOING INTO ZAG MODE.

Zag?

You know, like ‘When They Zig you Zag’. A classic, if ever there was one!! Thank you Dad, for always having all the BEST books on your bookshelf for me to start reading from 10 or 11 years of age!

See, I have a belief system which works rather well for me and I guess is just part of who I am –

I believe that things ALWAYS work out perfectly for me, and are always done FOR me …

I believe I am always on path …

I believe I always make the right decision, so therefore I never have to beat myself up, I just wait for the lesson –

AND

(drumroll)

I believe that my outcomes are predicated only by my choices, and that there is nothing I EVER need in order to get or maintain or ONLY improve on an existing outcome.

It’s this mindset that causes me to wonder what TF it has to do with anything when people say things like they can’t be in shape ’cause they have kids or just had a kids … or ’cause they can’t get to the gym (for example)

And it’s also this mindset that causes me to KNOW that the money I make and the impact my soul work has in the world has NOTHING to do with what tools or platforms are available to me or working.

I programmed myself a long time ago to IMMEDIATELY swerve if something was no longer serving me or working for me. It’s this part of my mind which therefore right away started coming up with creative and imaginative solutions for how business would OF COURSE carry on (and improve!) with or without social media.

And it’s also this part of my mind which of course right away finds a way to monetize the damn thing and turn it into epic and highly helpful content for you, aka this workshop!

It’s just how I think, and who I am. I am simply unavailable for NOT moving forward, and nothing will ever ever EVER make me believe that I have to depend on anything outside of me for my results.

So why a whole damn workshop on the concept?

Well, it’s more than that, isn’t it?

It’s a mindset of believing that you always get what you want.

It’s a mindset of believing that everything always works out for you.

It’s a mindset of believing that NOTHING can stop you.

That everything is working in your favour.

And?

That you can monetize ANYTHING, any time you choose, and with no ‘requirements’ in order to do so!

I don’t have to tell you that obvs the outcomes you get directly follow and reflect your mindset and your beliefs!!

Here is what else, as well:

This is not just about making money any time, from any thing, and knowing that even with challenge or things going wrong you only THRIVE and EXPAND!!

For me this goes hand in hand with duh – I get to do all of that on my terms.

By having FUN, and being in FLOW, and with ease.

In fact, the more money the more ease!! #justhowitis

That I can literally click my fingers and money shows up for me, meanwhile I’m just over here doing ma thang.

Speaking of which –

I think it’s about time I shared exactly what I currently DO all day, yeah? And how I do it / fit it all in / honour ALL the areas, PLUS manage to spend so much time sitting on my ass doing sweet FA!

In other words … !

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* When social media or any typically depended upon platform goes down (including examples of how I have down this several times, to the tune of tens of thousands)

* Hater situations (including examples, again multiple times, again tens of thousands of dollars)

* When you make a fool of yourself / something embarrassing happens or you screw up (also examples! also lots and lots of lovely moolah)

* When people ‘screw you over’ (ahem, we will talk about this) or desert you (also examples! more money!)

* Basically how to turn any and all life situations, moods, changes of the moon, emotional ups and downs, real life SHIT, to money!

2) Why the ‘When Shit Happens’ times are often the BEST times to make money, aka this is where I teach you what it really means to understand human psychology in terms of SALES, and the mindset of being an actual IN THE FLOW entrepreneur, who ALWAYS sees opportunity and jumps straight on it

3) When NOT to Monetize (okay that one you can have for free – never!!)

4) Understanding Where Money Really Comes From – and aligning yourself TO the frequency of wealth, such that you can literally NOT.BE.IMPACTED by anything that 99.99% of people think will cost them business

5) Money Vibration Principles Revealed (… my own personal philosophies and things that I live by / instil into my being around this, including my own daily practices)

6) Coding For Success

* How to ALWAYS have an endless stream of ideas

* AUTOMATIC continual unleashment of creativity and imagination, especially in so-called times of struggle

* Seeing past problems and accessing higher self in order to always know the answer, and how to move forward

7) Programming to Upgrade – the beliefs, energetic states and emotional patterns you require in order to be this person, have all this work for you, ALWAYS see and have the ability to act on the shit that will most pay off

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* Exactly what I do all day, broken down to the detail, to helm this becoming-8-figure-empire

* Exactly what I do NOT do all day, either it just gets ignored (hint: a LOT that most online marketers think matters!), or I let other people do it for me

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* Optimizing energy, focus, personal power, happiness, general flow. Aka mindset and also brain / nutrition hacks and so on

* TIME MANIFESTATION. OH YES IT IS A THING.

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1) What it really means to be magnetic online – hint: it’s not about having a pretty and polished website or online presence!

2) Bringing the ‘in private / behind the scenes’ version of you to the public

3) Unapologetic messaging and soul baring to call in your true #soultribe

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6) Being real about where you need to take care of YOU in order to be able to show up and shine fully

7) Keeping a laser-focus and tunnel-vision on your own path, and having the courage to pave the way that feels right for you even if it’s not been done before

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9) Knowing which ideas to work, what will sell, and how best to sell it so that the entire launch and selling experience is fun AND rewarding for both your audience and you

10) Creating hell yes offers that make them scream yes!

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> All content yours to keep for life!

What are you waiting for? You KNOW that if you apply even ONE tip of the approximately gajillion I’m sharing here you’re going to 100x your investment back! Which is why I am even EXTRA excited to be able to give this to you at such a low price, as per the commandment of my soul!! Plus it’s fun 🙂

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