Meet the women who are running workshops and groups across the land…spreading the word and doing amazing work. Adrienne lives in Edinburgh and says she loves being a Beyond Chocolate Facilitator because: “I get to talk about ALL of this with women who want to hear about it! Genius. I don’t know where else I could do this, with so much support. From a whole team. It’s great.”[nonmember] Sorry, this content if for Beyond Chocolate members only. You can join the community, read this post and get loads more support for free. Click here to find out more. If you are already a member, please login to take part. [/nonmember] [ismember]
Who? Adrienne Zitt
What? 1-day retreat planned for January 2014
You’ll also find her: On the Forum running live events and writing for and editing this blog
What do you do when you’re not busy being a Chocolate Fairy?
I live in Edinburgh, Scotland at the moment and I spend a lot of my time creating stuff: songs, plays, comedy songs and comedy sketches. I also have a part-time “serious” job welcoming people to the Edinburgh city museums. I also spend a lot of time chatting in coffee shops with my fabulous friends. I’ve been considering starting a blog about coffee shops for ages, is it yet another one of my wild creative ideas or will it one day bear proper cyber fruits? Who knows 🙂
Why did you train with Beyond Chocolate?
I came across Beyond Chocolate through another online program called Screw Work Let’s Play, for beginner entrepreneurs. My chance encounter with it was woven into an intricate fabric of diets, attempts to ditch them, finding diets in disguise, attempts to ditch them, reading Geneen Roth books and loving them but not “doing” them, doing the “ditch the diets thing” like a diet, and constantly struggling with negative body image and wanting to lose weight while pretending all was fine.
I went on my first diet aged 17, already deeply dissatisfied with body (years of ballet classes didn’t help) : I lost almost 3 stone and started fainting in my P.E classes. I remember fitting into a size 8 pair of jeans and thinking I was huge. A year later I had put all the weight back on, and then some, and had developed full-blown bulimic behaviours.
For 15 years after that, I was on and off the diet wagon – theatre school and years in the acting industry didn’t help my body image problems and my spiritual inclinations led me to try many a detox and lifestyle change program (newsflash: they didn’t help either). So when I came across Beyond Chocolate, I thought – Yes…practical steps! And then I saw that I could train which would help me stick to them a bit more. And it was an opportunity to help other women with this issue. GREAT!
What was the training like?
It was amazing, supportive, challenging, eye-opening and heart-opening. I loved the weekly phone calls and feeling the support of the group, and loved the input and the incentives to reflect on our own “stuff” regularly. I loved sharing my path with other women and hearing about theirs and the gentle reminders to envision sharing this on a bigger scale.
What changed in your life as a result of the training?
I’ll throw in a few things in a bunch: I feel more relaxed around food especially in social situations.
I have started cooking (HUGE for me). I am more interested in wearing clothes I love and that really fit me.
I am aware of when I overeat and know how to pause. I really KNOW that food isn’t actually the issue.
I am much more vocal and open about my relationship with food and my body and much more aware of (and interested in) the political and mediatic pressures women are under, to “fit” a certain image.
I move more regularly and in ways I like (and I’m aware when I am moving in ways I dislike!).
I have many more moments of actually being OK with my body and my looks…
Beyond Chocolate is impacting many other areas of my life: it’s given me deeper insight into what’s really going on, led me to start a new job, to research supportive practices, to learn about what truly nourishes me (in the wider sense), to embrace my feminist self, to support myself more/better AND it has made me passionate about exploring “women and food” issues further.
What does being a Beyond Chocolate Facilitator/Chocolate Fairy mean to you?
I am a newbie and I am SO excited about leading my first 1-day retreats in 2014 and sharing what I’ve learnt and am still learning. Beyond Chocolate has so much wisdom and kindness to offer. I dream of a world where we women stop beating ourselves up, stop holding ourselves to impossible standards and rebel against being told to obsess with what we eat/how we eat/what we look like. If I can share even a little bit of what is helping me on that path, I’m raring to do it!
What about weight-loss?
Today, I feel more accepting of my body. I’m not at a point where I whole-heartedly love it. But I own it more and it’s mine. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still hoping to lose weight and get a bit more toned; however I know that all that will get me is a slimmer and more toned body (not happiness, fame, unlimited wealth and an immunity to grief!)
Since starting Beyond Chocolate I have been pretty much at the same weight. I’ve also discovered I have a thyroid problem which may have contributed to weight gain in the past few years. Now I’m taking care of this, I’ll see what evolves from it. Day in, day out, I am more focused on dealing with my life than dealing with my weight – that’s a big difference.
What’s the 1 best thing about being a Beyond Chocolate Facilitator/Chocolate Fairy?
I get to talk about ALL of this with women who want to hear about it! Genius. I don’t know where else I could do this, with so much support. From a whole team. It’s great.
Inspired? Want to join our team and train to be a Beyond Chocolate Facilitator/Chocolate Fairy?
Read more about the training here.
If you want to know more about workshops and groups in Scotland, get in touch with Adrienne[/ismember]