Christmas Abbott on Overcoming Adversity, Building a Badass Body, and Leaving a Legacy – Episode 231

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

Are you living life to its fullest potential or allowing your past mistakes, failures and setbacks to define you? If you want to stop being a victim of circumstance and start being the leader of change in your life you don’t want to miss the all new #RenegadeRadioPodcast with Christmas Abbott.

Christmas is an entrepreneur, online fitness coach, former CrossFit Games Competitor, Olympic Weightlifter and NASCAR Pit Crew member. She is also the creator of Christmas Abbott Nutrition, a keynote speaker and national best-selling author of “The Badass Body Diet: The Breakthrough Diet and Workout for a Tight Booty, Sexy Abs and Lean Legs” and “The Badass Life: 30 Amazing Days to a Lifetime of Great Habits – Body, Mind, and Spirit”.

For Christmas life was not always filled with health and fitness nor success and accomplishment. She started using drugs and alcohol as a teenager and her life quickly spun out of control. It wasn’t until she found herself in the middle of a war zone in Iraq that she began to understand how precious life is. Using fitness as her guiding light she embarked upon a journey of discovery and change. She moved forward despite her past, overcame adversity, and transformed herself into the successful person she is today.

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Show Notes:

  • The life changing, “ah ha” moment she experienced working as a contractor in a war zone. [3:43]
  • How fitness became her new addiction. [7:43]
  • How to stop being a victim of your circumstances and start being a leader of your changes. [10:17]
  • From waiting tables to opening a gym – the journey that led Christmas to her calling. [12:02]
  • The importance of listening to your community and posting what you love. [16:40]
  • Her current training program and favorite recovery methods. [20:43]
  • The devastating injury she suffered while starring on Big Brother and the toll it took on her life. [24:42]
  • Why letters from fans and military friends helped bring her out of a dark period in life. [29:42]
  • What you should know before starting a diet and how Christmas eats on daily basis. [32:34]
  • The mind/body connection and how she would train someone new to fitness. [34:37]
  • How to create good habits through a shift in mindset and accountability. [39:40]
  • Her sacred morning routine and rituals she does to own her day. [42:39]
  • Her new passion project, Christmas Abbott Nutrition, and the science of losing body fat. [45:46]
  • The four pillars of business success, why she now eats for life instead of performance, and tips for eating right when traveling. [49:39]
  • How she created success systems to align with her goals and thoughts on leaving a legacy. [52:32]


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