Babe Gains: The No BullShit Guide to Healthy, Sexy and Strong

I had a breakdown yesterday.

Or as Brené Brown might say “A breakthrough.” But aren’t they so beautifully connected?

After another joyous weekend of wine and festivities I woke up with a little extra anxiety. To go strictly from competition prep back into the real world can have it’s challenges. The healthy body fat reclaims its place. The structure dissipates. The discipline softens.

Throughout the last months of my prep I felt a huge need to reconnect with my body on a more intimate level. To eat a little more intuitively. To skip the measuring, strict macro counting, over supplementing of the bodybuilding world. My food scale actually broke and I worked on trusting my instinct after years of weighing. It felt good.

When my show ended I approached my coach for continued coaching and new goals. I started dreaming of putting on more muscle and maybe doing a WBFF show in a year or two. But something still felt wrong.

Deep down I know what I want. To be connected, healthy, and strong in my body and to teach others to do the same. The problem with competing and strict macro counting is that it is not a sustainable life plan for most. And like any good teacher, I like to practice what I preach.

So I listened in real hard after the anxiety of “WHAT PLAN DO I DO NOW? DO I GROW MUSCLE? EAT INTUITIVELY? CONTINUE COACHING?” quieted down (if you don’t have anxiety, it can be deafening, but breathing helps.)

I realized I needed exactly what I want to give. A plan with some structure to help women fuel their healthiest, sexiest and strongest bodies, that also let me live my life. Guidelines are good. Structure is good. A plan is helpful. But it has to feel right to you. Since I have yet to find one that speaks to me: I’m making my own.

I’ll be test driving my Babe Gains program over the next weeks as I finish assembling it and prepare to release it to the world. It will include dietary guidelines that teach you to fuel appropriately and ease into some serious babe gains or work on some slow and steady body recomposition, give you a workout plan that you can modify, and spew some real ass shit about your health and how to genuinely be your healthiest, sexiest and strongest (with a healthy sexy brain and hormones).

I have been wanting something like to this to offer women for years. I find that even flexible dieting/macro counting just isn’t sustainable for most and can feel a little disempowering (EXCUSE ME WHILE I CARRY MY FOOD SCALE AROUND BRUH). I want something women can add to their toolbox of knowledge that they can carry with them everywhere. With room for mindfulness. With room to adjust based on their goals. I want to teach them everything I have learned in my years of dieting, building, competing and learning to ground myself in my strongest body yet.

So I had.a breakdown. But I think this is going to be a pretty powerful breakthrough. Stay tuned.

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