Hi, I’m Michelle Baumgartner.
Before we agree to work together, I want you to know that I enter into this relationship with great respect.
I care deeply about the people I work with and I see so many programs in the quick-weight-loss industry that aren’t invested in your long term success and happiness. You might be asking yourself, “How could this skinny gal possibly know what it’s like to feel frustrated and overweight?”
Believe it or not, staying in shape hasn’t always been easy for me. I’ve been forced to make some very tough decisions about my health, and I’ve experienced first-hand the devastating effects of trying to force yourself to succeed and get the supposed “perfect body” by going against your natural physiology, by listening to people who claim to know what’s best for you.
My sporting career began at the age of 11, where I won two Victoria state championships. At 14, I became Australia’s leading track athlete, breaking one national record after another for 400 and 800 meters. At 17, I won a gold medal at the quadrennial Pacific Conference Games, in which five nations, including the U.S.A., competed in Christchurch, New Zealand. Although I gained a place in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, political pressure, stemming from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, forced me to withdraw.
My disappointment at missing the Olympics that year was tempered by the prospect of a future Olympic spot. It seemed a sure thing to me and to the mass media. They called me an “exciting talent,” tagged me with appellations like, “The Golden Girl of Australian Athletics” — I had long, blonde hair — and glamorized me into a superstar. I appeared in commercials for a vitamin maker and a French sporting goods company, and Nike gave me a monthly sponsorship. The ballyhoo from TV, newspapers, and magazines grew so frenzied that it led grown men to camp outside my house, seeking my autograph.
Although track and field sports were hugely popular in Australia, for its media to give that much attention to a runner and to any sports amateur was highly unusual at that time. I guess I was their pin-up girl. They painted a picture of an attractive and supremely confident young sportswoman with an elevated ego. Yet the real Michelle was a confused girl with minimal self-esteem, unable to bear the incessant pressure and stress.
I’ll never forget when I turned 18. I had just entered World track and field circuit in Europe in the early 1990’s. But, my five-foot, ten-inch stature had changed rapidly from the prior lanky 132 pounds (59 kg) as a seventeen year old, to a stronger and more muscular 144 pounds (65 kg). My coaches, and the media expressed concern: Was I putting on too much weight? Would these changes in my body affect the promise of an international running career?
The changes worried me too. Like many female athletes, I associated thinness with fitness and muscles with masculinity, and for the first time in my life, I was put on a diet. Suddenly, food became a controlled substance, and I could no longer eat as I had always eaten: whatever and as much as I wanted. The diet was rigid. My coaches did not teach me which foods were necessary for health — only which ones were low in calories, and I had to count every calorie.
In cutting calories, I went far beyond the prescribed diet. I was obsessed with my body image. I feared that if I were not rail-thin, I would be a failure and condemned. “I need to be thin to be successful and loved,” my thinking went. “I must starve to maintain my figure…. I must lose my muscle to look more feminine and attractive like in the magazines”
Such thoughts distorted my view of reality and myself. When I gazed in the mirror, I did not see a sick, emaciated girl; I saw a model athlete, fit, vibrant, and feminine.
People said I looked ill and too thin. I ignored them. A skinny body, I thought, ensured athletic success. I felt more successful and more feminine.
Yet, in reality my obsession to acquire what I imagined to be a perfect body would put the brakes on my athletic career and cause further ailments in the years that followed. I became weak, physically and mentally. My body began to fail me. Any chance I had to compete in either the 1984 or 1988 Olympic Games disappeared. But more than that, I had lost my health, my good looks, and my self-esteem. I realized that if I was ever to recover, it was up to me.
So I studied the human mind and emotions, and I worked with Olympic level mindset experts. I learned about mastering my mental state; everything the experts talked about. I finally convinced myself that I was ready to run again, and so, at the age of 25, I made a brief comeback and represented my country in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand. Although inexperienced in distance running — my championships and favored events had been in the 400 and 800 meter events — I entered the 1,500 meter event at my coach’s insistence and against my better judgment, respectively making it to the final. But the next year in Adelaide, at the Grand Series competition, against Australia’s leading athletes, I scored a solid victory in the 800-meter event and thereby placed an Olympic qualifying time for the forthcoming Olympics, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992.
Early in 1992, however, my Achilles tendon ruptured, and I underwent surgery. Nonetheless, the famous British sprinter, Linford Christie and his coach Ron Roddan, approached me with an invitation to train with them in England. I accepted and went to England with my American fiancé, but found that I could not run without intense pain. Roddan, although a gifted coach, could not help a wounded athlete.
My athletic career was prematurely over, so I moved to the USA and settled in northern California to start a new life with my husband-to-be.
Although my external world portrayed a strong, fit athlete with a powerful mindset, my internal world was in turmoil. My struggles with dysfunctional eating continued. I used food for comfort, and I ate due to emotional hunger, rather than physical hunger. To soothe myself when upset or depressed, I would overeat until it hurt. I would then go out and frantically exercise to try to burn off the excess calories. I hated myself for overeating, and yet I felt I could not find a way to control it. To me, it seemed food controlled my life and my self-esteem!
The Real Turning Point
We all have a turning point in our lives where a “light bulb” flashes and a new realization presents itself. For me, it was another evening of groaning caused from overeating, followed by discomfort, guilt and self-loathing.
I remember it vividly. I was 34 years old and holding my second child in my arms. My husband at the time turned to me and said with concern, “do you realize you groan like this in discomfort EVERY evening?”
It was an innocuous statement, and merely an observation of concern. Nonetheless, for me it was the turning point. After all, was I going to spend the rest of my life controlled by food and self-hatred for being so “weak willed”? I was my children’s leading role model. What was I teaching them? Would they also learn to overeat and groan in discomfort everyday like I did?
It’s at moments like this when you finally see yourself clearly. It is a moment when the light bulb flashes, and you can “open the door” to a new realization, a new approach and thereby, a new start!
It was at that moment I decided to make changes. I would turn my life around. I would find ways to feed my mind with self-affirming thoughts, and in turn, feed my body with just the right amount of nutrients to fill my physical hunger, NOT my emotional hunger.
In essence, these were my old thoughts — followed by my new ones:
- I am not good enough — I am great the way I am and I only getting better and healthier.
- I am not worthy — I am worthy of love and respect.
- I am unattractive — I love my toned, lean and muscular body.
- I must starve to maintain my figure — I must nourish my body with healthy, nutrient-rich foods.
- I need to be thin to be successful — I need to be strong, adaptable, and smart to be successful.
- I must exercise everyday to burn off calories — I move my body daily to enhance my mood. It brings me joy and happiness.
- I “have to” exercise— I want of go out and “play” and enjoy the bonding and joyful times I have with my friends!
- Exercise must be difficult to succeed — moderation, balance, variety, consistency AND LOVING WHAT YOU DO is more important than hard daily workouts every week!
- I must deprive myself of all the foods I love in order to lose weight — I love eating fresh, natural, real foods, herbs and spices daily.
- I must count calories and starve myself to look good — I must nourish my body with whole, real foods from nature, not man.
- I must be disciplined to maintain a lean body — I must nourish my mind with positive, nurturing and supportive thoughts to maintain a healthy body.
TRUTH #1: Stop and Listen to Your Body and Your Natural Instincts
You already have ALL the tools you need to live a happy AND healthy lifestyle and to enjoy a great body WITHOUT soul crushing diets and boring, or exhausting workout routines.
If you’re reading this, my bet is, you’ve already done your best. So why haven’t you succeeded yet? Because; you will NEVER be happy or successful, in the long term by going against your natural biology and psychology.
If your weight loss plan isn’t appropriate for your body type; your metabolism, AND your personality type, it will never feel right. You’ll have to rely on sheer willpower to stick with it, and NO ONE can do this for long.
If your diet program is hard, there’s a good chance it’s NOT right for you. There’s a good chance it’s forcing you to improve your weaknesses, which, at best, will become mediocre, instead of levering your natural strengths.
If I’d known this, I would have NEVER have listened to my coaches, the supposed health experts and the media about how my body was supposed to look to succeed. Instead, I would have listened to my body’s innate intuition and worked with the body I naturally had to focus on a healthy body and toned body, not a skinny body.
What is Your Heart Telling You?
Some body types are more prone to putting on body fat or muscle than others, and have different nutritional requirements and needs to find their perfect weight. High carbohydrate diets are good for some body types, and bad for others.
The same is true for mindset management programs and personality types. Some people are more prone to boredom and need variety. Others thrive on having a set routine and portioning plan. Long cardio sessions are good for some body types, and bad for others.
Most experts have no idea about this. They just try to fit you into the same standard program that’s worked for them and the handful of clients they’ve worked with.
But if you try to fit yourself into someone else’s box, even your BEST won’t be good enough.
Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life
believing it is stupid.”
That perfectly describes why I burnt myself out as a runner AND why most weight loss plans are unsustainable long term.
Your body is designed to operate a certain way. It has strengths, and it has weaknesses. The same is true for your metabolism AND, most important, for your personality type.
Most diet plans focus on “fixing” these weaknesses, instead of on levering your NATURAL strengths.
That was the mistake I made in my running career. I had more than enough determination and willpower, but I simply wasn’t born to be the skinny teenager I had been in my youth. My body type as an adult was naturally muscular, and I had to learn to love and appreciate it. No diet or bouts of self-loathing could change that shape I naturally had.
Once again, if you try to teach a fish to climb a tree, they’ll spend the rest of their life feeling like a failure.
You are NOT a failure. Even if you’ve tried your best and you’re still stuck at the same weight, your best won’t be enough until you discover…
TRUTH #2: You Are the Most Qualified Expert On Your Health.
If you think I’m crazy for saying this, I don’t blame you. But the truth is, we’re ALL born knowing what’s best for our bodies. A newborn baby intuitively knows when to stop eating. It knows when it needs to be active and it knows when it needs to sleep.
If no one ever interfered with this, babies would grow up craving only healthy foods, and would naturally know when to eat, what to eat and how much activity AND rest is best for them.
This is BUILT into our biology. Our minds, and our bodies, are a marvel of evolutionary design and engineering.
The problem is, from the moment we’re born, we’re inundated with opinions that contradict our natural biology.
Everyone has at least one food pusher in their family, a person who shows love by feeding family with fatty or sugary foods. Someone feels hurt when we turn down something they offer.
We’re told to eat everything on our plates because it’s wasteful to let food go in the trash. We’re given candy or ice-cream to make us feel better when we fall and skin our knees.
On top of this, our lives are saturated with advertisements for processed foods that claim to be healthy for us, and media creates unbelievable pressure on us to have the perfect body and if we don’t, we’re made to feel there’s something wrong with us.
All this noise drowns out the intuitive biological voice we were born with. Then, some sales person comes along and shoves a one-size-fits-all diet program in our face.
When you think about all of this, it’s a MIRACLE more people aren’t overweight!
If I could only teach you ONE THING from losing my athletic career, it’s that you should trust your own intuition when it comes to managing your body.
But, there is a catch. You have to cut through all the social clutter and learn how to rediscover YOUR natural biology, physiology and psychology, and listen to what it’s trying to tell you.
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