Episode 22 - Using Your Non-Dominant Hand to Overcome Plateaus

This week Christa shares an incredibly personal account about hitting a plateau and how she engaged the subconscious mind to overcome it. This quick-tip is just right for when you’re in a rush and need a great nugget of info to help you put an end to dieting and make a permanent healthy lifestyle change.

Deep-Rooted Pain Blocking Weight Loss Efforts

Christa found herself working with a naturopath, trying the controversial HCG Diet.  Limiting herself to 500 calories per day, while taking an injection to stimulate a hormone that uses fat stores as fuel. The diet promotes 1 lb. of weight loss per day.

At day 15 she noticed the weight loss just stopped and this continued for 3 days. After being concerned, as she still had 30+ lbs. of weight to lose, Christa checked in with her naturopath to see what might be going wrong.

“Traumas can get stuck in our mind.”

Her doctor told her she may be stuck at a weight where she experienced trauma and...

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Episode 21 - The Diet and Fitness Industry Are Setting You Up For Failure with Heather McDaniel

Heather McDaniel, CEO of Apogeo Fitness, joins Christa this week to talk about how the diet and fitness industries are ultimately betting against you. They discuss the business of gym memberships and personal trainers; as well as debunk some of the diet trends and buzzwords.

Apogeo Fitness

It turns out that Heather and Christa have a lot in common – both were stressed out, overworked career women who compromised their health for their businesses. Struggling to find balance and justification to take time away from growing a business, Heather found herself overweight and unhealthy. She played soccer growing up and always identified as an athlete, but she felt like her body was not representing her true essence.

It took a while for Heather to identify the unhealthy patterns and overcome her mental obstacles. Those deep rooted habits needed to be changed, this is why Mind Zoning® works to shift those thoughts and habits to create a sustainable lifestyle...

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Episode 20 - Stories of Transformation: Queing Jones

Positive thinking and affirmations led Queing Jones down the path to a full body and mind transformation. After a pivotal moment by the lake, she made a promise to herself to be better – to change from the inside out. Fitlandia and Mind Zoning® helped her realize that lasting change starts with the mind.

A Walk by the Lake

Growing up, Queing was uncomfortable with her size. She would cringe at the not-so-cute clothes in the plus size section as a little girl. In college, she compared herself to the other girls in her dorm. The more she focused on the number on the scale, the higher it seemed to go.

During the summer of 2014, Queing was experiencing several unfortunate life situations at once – she lost her job, was moving, going through a breakup and living off her savings to get by. One day she went for a walk by the lake next to her new place; the water made her feel calmer. She thought about how her conversations with herself were always so...

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Episode 19 - New Year's Resolution Part 6: Finding the Courage to Change With Kelli von Heydekampf

On the 19th episode of the Fitlandia podcast, Christa teams up with with a Kelli von Heydekampf for a special Interview/Mind Zoning® combo which will give you the courage to tackle change head-on. In addition to being one of Fitlandia’s practitioners, Kelli is a certified hypnotherapist running West Metro Hypnosis in Minneapolis.

The Courage to Change

Making a lifestyle change is similar to going through the stages of grief, people are faced with uncertainty, worry, and judgement. Generally, it’s easier to simply stay the course, so change isn’t something that people tend to embrace or run towards. While Fitlandia focuses on health, “the courage to change” isn’t restricted to diet, it can be applied to your professional life, your personal life, breaking out of addiction, literally anything that needs to happen.

Often we have an inner conflict with ourselves regarding change. We recognize that we want to be better, but question whether...

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Episode 18 - HIIT Workouts for Workaholics With Megan Benedict and Loren Castillo

On this episode of the Fitlandia podcast, Christa hosts her first ever three-person podcast as she welcomes Megan Benedict and Loren Castillo, two of Fitlandia’s partners and the creators of Fit Kitchen Direct, for a breakdown of the HIIT Workout.


HIIT stands for “High Intensity Interval Training” and is a workout style that’s gained massive popularity in the past few years, and for good reason. Christa, Megan, and Loren are all entrepreneurs which means (among other things) they lead hyper-busy, always-on lives. Unfortunately, that also means that simple things like cooking and exercise can fall by the wayside, but HIIT serves as a solution to that problem.

HIIT is a workout you can do at the gym, at the park, or even from your home. HIIT entails the exerciser doing one sort of movement at the highest intensity they possibly can followed by a short period of rest. According to Megan, who is also a personal trainer, “you should be doing it to the...

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Episode 17 - New Year's Resolutions Part 5: Start with a Healthy Gut With Allison Nichols

In the 17th episode of the Fitlandia Podcast Christa is joined by Allison Nichols for a discussion on gut health and how it can impact your wellness.

Healing yourself from the inside out

Allison is a holistic nutrition counselor who works with people to improve their gut health and help them break free of the diet cycle, “healing yourself from the inside out” as she puts it. After graduating from college Allison existed on a diet of Kashi cereal, yogurt, and fruit in an attempt to be as thin as possible. Meanwhile, she was struggling with horrible digestion problems to the point where her gut began to control her life. She started to notice that no one else was acting like her. Nobody else was in constant pain, or feverishly keeping track of restrooms for future reference. Allison realized what she was doing for weight loss was actually negatively affecting her body. She realized that there’s more to health than weight, and there’s a connection between what...

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Something Better Than Worry

In this Mind Zoning® sample we tackle worry. Relaxation is the anthesis of worry, and so often we let that negative emotion have power over us when there are an infinite number of better ways to spend that energy. Over the course of this 11-minute Mind Zoning® we find an isolated spot of relaxation in our body and slowly spread that feeling throughout.

This strategy for mental health is Fitlandia’s signature meditations and they key to elevating your mood and losing weight naturally.

Pro tips: Engaging your mind to support you is your most powerful wellness tool available. As you’re strengthening your mind, you can also support your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional bodies with essential oils. If you’re new to using them, we recommend this Ultimate Reference Guide to Essential Oils Uses and Benefits to help you navigate this resource.

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Episode 16 - How My Speeding Ticket Can Inspire a Change in Fitness Perspective

On this very special episode of the Fitlandia podcast, Christa pulls inspiration from real-life as she recounts her tale of a recent speeding ticket and how it impacted her life.

Slow Down

During a trip from Portland to Bend, Oregon Christa was stopped on the highway for going about 20 miles over the speed limit. During the seemingly eternal period while the officer was running her plates, Christa was shaking, her heart was racing, and she was worried about what would happen next. She then took a moment to pause and reflect on what had just happened and she owned it. It was her responsibility, and there was nobody to blame but herself. It then occurred to her that she had an opportunity to check her own perspective, so she took it as a message from the universe to slow down.

After handing Christa the ticket (and giving her a hundred dollar break) the policeman told her “I hope your day gets better” in an apologetic tone. What Christa wanted to say (but didn’t...

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Episode 15 - Mind ZoningĀ®: Releasing Old Patterns

On this episode of the podcast, Christa attacks 2017 head-on. Listen and ready yourself to harness the full power of intention for your New Year’s Resolutions.

The Transtheoretical Model of Change

Before the Mind Zoning®, Christa discusses The Transtheoretical Model of Change and the stages that it is comprised of. In order to deal with change of any size, this widely-accepted scientific model explains how we prepare, accept, and ultimately integrate change into our lives. As depicted in the above link, the five stages of change are:

  1. Precontemplation (Not Ready)
  2. Contemplation (Getting Ready)
  3. Preparation (Ready)
  4. Action
  5. Maintenance

While it’s easy to look at a model like this one and see how change works, the actual application is much more difficult. Change of any kind can be daunting. Whether it’s your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, moving to a new city, or dealing with the loss of a loved one, the initial shift is always hard. Because...

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Episode 14 - Stories of Transformation: Caren Marre

This episode of the Fitlandia Podcast Christa talks to Caren Marre who has been a part of Fitlandia since before the platform’s official launch. Caren has long been conscious of health and fitness, but (like so many of us) life got in the way and her self-care ended up taking a backseat. After a long period of feeling sluggish following a series of surgeries she started gaining weight and ended up in a spot ready for change. She was ready for a new start and eager to get her first step going. At that time Christa came to Caren with Fitlandia and offered the guidance, structure, and healthy path she needed.


When first starting out the single word that helped Caren was “mindfulness,” keeping track of what foods went in, and how your body felt after that. When Caren started out, it was a simple two-second filter to ask herself if she should eat something, and now it’s become a habit and she barely has to think. Just by paying attention she started...

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