A highlight from How to Survive the Fitness Industry - with Bikini BodyBuilder Crissi Carvhalo | Nimai Delgado S3 EP11

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Coach, author and mother. She started in the fitness industry at the age of 16 and spent 12 years as a personal trainer teaching aerobics and competing in both sport aerobics and fitness model comps. In her mid 30s, she decided to make some radical changes in her personal lifestyle and decided to help educate others on the benefits of plant based eating. These days, Chrissy is still competing and actually one week away from her IFBB pro qualifying competition if she succeeds, which I'm sure she will. She will join a handful of others who have managed to accomplish such a difficult feat while being 100% plant based. It's good. Thank you for having me. Yeah, I'm super excited. I'm super excited to have you on. You and I have been in the similar space for quite some time. And we haven't ever met until last week. Yet in the gym. In the gym, of all places. I saw you stretching, and I was like, she looks familiar. And I was like, I don't know where I know her from. And then you walked up to me and we started chatting, and I was so glad that I've been envious of a few of you vegans training at gold. It's gold. We all know it's a Mecca, but it's somewhere that I grew up reading all the muscle fitness magazines. And some gym good vibe. Yeah. Yeah, there's no other place like it for sure. It's not one of a kind. And if you are someone who loves fitness and is been in the fitness industry, you know about gold. Exactly. Exactly. And you've been in the fitness industry for quite some time. Yeah, I started lifting weights at about 14 and was one of the first certified trainers a rope instructors in Australia at 16. Wow. So I'm 48 now. So it's a lot of years. Yeah. I've been in and out of the industry, but I've always tried. Yeah. So I did a little research based off your bio. Hopefully I got everything. Correct? Yeah. That was perfect. Okay, good, good, because you have quite a resume. Compared to most people, you have a very extensive. Children, so yeah, yeah. So how did that journey begin? What did you get into fitness at 16 or 14? I guess, body dysmorphia as a teenager. I remember doing yoga diets where I'd eat a big tub of yogurt, and that would be all I was allowed to have for the day. So, I mean, and that's going back in the 80s, so there was something that's always going to happen. Teenagers always going to feel like that about themselves. So I decided to put that into the into a healthier way of learning about nutrition and fitness back. And so I made that my lifestyle. My mother didn't really approve. She said, what sort of queries that for a 40 year old? And in fact, I become successful in my 40s. I didn't stop. I became successful vegan fitness model in my 40s. So yeah, I'm glad I didn't listen. Yeah. No, that's I think that's a common theme for many teenagers, especially when there is so much pressure around the beauty standards and the male gaze of what the expectations are of what a woman should look like or whatnot. That's beautiful. They are based off of what they look like. And we only had magazines and now it's a thousand times harder. We've social media. So yeah, it's definitely problematic, but we can always channel that. And who's something more positive, I think. Yeah, I think the more people that come out and just talk about it, honestly, that they've also struggled with it or had some degree of body dysmorphia eating disorder, just trouble with their own self image and even if they have a perceivably like a beautiful image compared to other people. Nobody knows what's going on in the inside and what struggles we're all experiencing individually. I think that brings more awareness to it. And more availability to talk about these types of things. Yes, yes. I agree. It's definitely something that's being on the other side now. Going through all of that, I guess now I'm on the other side where I like to be able to share my journey to be able to help. The youth create a better, not just a self image, but work on the inside. Because it really comes from the inside out, you can't make the outside look good if the insides falling apart. So, yeah. So how did that start for you? How did you begin working on the inside? Because I assume starting at 14 and then being a personal trainer, you probably stayed in shape throughout your entire life. I did. I had my children quite young, my first son, he's 26 now. I had at 21. And I guess for that time, I was still competing and coaching choreographing in aerobics and weight training. Looking good made me feel good. So I guess it wasn't as big a problem because that was second priority to my children, but I think I decided more so in my mid 30s, we've a cancer scare that I started looking at what I was putting into my body and that being able bodied was more important than being physically attractive, I guess, because I lost a really good friend at 38 to brain tumor and both of us were always, you know, on some sort of diet now 30s. And if we had an event, we'd go on a crash diet, exercise hard, just to look good for that particular event. And once we were self confident, it was still always a bad image. And so losing her at such a young age, I always then thought I don't want to dive beautiful. And so I want to leave. And so in her memory, I started researching about plant based nutrition. And detoxification and that led me to veganism. So once I think I opened my awareness of what I was putting into my body, I then realized that being vegan was something I was always an an animal lover that I was always going to innately be. But if I was going to be a vegan, I would be plant based. Because health was Paramount. For me, and I'm going down that road and realizing how amazing I could feel, because we all feel like our diet at the time, we feel amazing. But it's not until you change it you go. Wow, this is how good I feel now. And when you feel good, you look good. You perform better and then that got me. I'd been out of the fitness industry for maybe 9 ten years. And I felt so good that I thought imagine if I was doing this back when I used to be in the fitness industry and I competed as an omnivore in my 20s, I

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