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The following fitness expert has also become a valued friend of mine.
Belinda Benn’s transformation is truly inspiring.
One moment Bel had it all… the next it was ripped from underneath her. The journey she took from there is something that most folk would baulk at.
By the way, Bel had never exercised until she was 37 yrs… I’m not joking!
Belinda Benn is now a International Fitness Model, Fitness Expert and Transformation Coach, kick ass Surfer… just to name a few!
And has come on board as one of VFT’s Featured Fitness experts for FUN, HOT, NO B.S. Fitness Magazine not to mention sharing my goal for you to reach “awesomeness”. 🙂
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “is it too late for me”, “I dont’ have the right genetics”, “I’m too unfit” to get into shape… then read Bel’s story below ASAP!
VFT – NO BS Fitness!
You might wonder how I stay in great shape and, even more so, how I got here. People are always asking me, “Were you always athletic? Were you always so fit?” Some people assume I must have been into sports as a kid or that I’m just genetically programmed to lean with good muscle tone.
For just a few minutes, set aside any assumptions you might have already made, and let me tell you my true and powerfully inspiring story…
I was just like so many other people in their 30s…
I thought I had it “All”:
– a high-paying executive career.
– International travel.
– A husband and a large network of friends and colleagues.
– Active membership in my church.
– A beautiful home in a fabulous city with all the material possessions anyone dreams of.
It was what I expected and what others expected of me.
But all of that didn’t represent who I was… and even more importantly – the person I was supposed to become…
I knew somewhere deep inside – I had to make some changes, but how? And what were those changes?
I was invited to a pool party, and while shopping for a bathing suit, I felt like the world had shifted on its axis. Seeing my body covered in cellulite and flab—in triplicate—in the dressing room’s three-sided, full-length mirrors and hideous ultraviolet lighting was more than I could bear. I realized I had never owned a bikini—or any kind of sexy outfit—and I sure wasn’t going to start now.
I went home in tears and to the party without a bathing suit… I hid myself – I stayed on the side-lines of the party and … of my life…
That painful image of myself in those mirrors was burned into my brain. It seemed like the first time in years that I had truly looked at myself, and I hadn’t just seen my outer self— but even more revealing was – I knew I was looking at my inner self, too.
I had worked hard in the cosmetic industry helping other people become beautiful, but I was too stressed to stop and think about me:
– my body
– my health
– and my well-being…
I had never exercised at all, even the slightest bit, and I was living on a diet loaded with sugar and fat. That’s all I knew…
How I looked on the outside was a reflection of everything wrong on the inside.
Then, at 40, it all came crashing down. Suddenly, I was divorced…
But before I even knew what happened, I was starting all over again. I had to do some healing. I had to start feeling OK about myself and realize that life can and does go on, and it can be even better…
Although I had never surfed before—I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded—I learned.
I could barely paddle at first, and it was six months before I caught a real wave and rode it, but I refused to give up. Surfing somehow represented a gift to myself—something I was doing for me and only for me—for the first time in my life.
I had to overcome old fears and mis-conceptions to see what I could do before I could move onward. It was a steep, but rewarding, learning curve, and after a few years of surfing around the world—and a few near death experiences—I became quite an expert.
As I became fitter, my body changed. But I still wasn’t eating right…
With encouragement from my sister—she knew I had the power to inspire others—I set a new challenge for myself. At 44, I decided to enter a bikini contest just for fun. I joined a gym and threw myself into full-time fitness and nutrition research. In only two months, I dramatically transformed my body and had professional photos taken.
I didn’t win the entire competition (pretty tough, at the age of 43 with all those 20-somethings) but the media snapped up my powerful transformation story and before I knew it, one of my photos was selected by bodybuilding.com and used for advertising in major US magazines like Shape, Oxygen, and Muscle and Fitness.
I knew first-hand how lonely it can get and not having anyone to turn to. I wanted to help other people change, transform, and experience the deep fulfillment of being the best you can be, want to be, and deserve to be — NOT just in a physical sense, but on a deeper level of inner peace and feeling good about where you’re going in life… Your life! and hence…
Belinda Benn, the Aussie Transformation Coach was born.
I’ve had a lot to learn, but the most important lesson is this: I can be anybody I want to be. It’s my choice.
It’s been both a long, hard road and an amazingly short journey at the same time. I’m finally doing exactly what I want to do, and I’m doing it with a passion – because it feels so right!!. SO GOOD!… So purposeful!! And I want you to feel the same…
You have the ultimate choice and the final say about your life and your goals.
So how about you? Who are you? What goals are most important to YOU?
In my 30s, I realized that my body had paid the price for years of office work, eating a lot of sugar and fat, and a lack of exercise. I made some drastic changes—both inside and out—and after a few years backpacking around the world and learning to surf with the pros, I hunkered down in my 40s to study nutrition, leaning out, and body building.
It’s all paid off! Now I’m a leading Fitness Expert and Transformation Coach and an internationally published fitness model. My no-nonsense, down to earth approach to nutrition, food preparation, and fitness has proven results for both men and women who want to lean out, get fit, and be the best they’ve ever been—at any age! Get Lean Program.com