Holly wasn’t looking for a fat loss program. She was looking for a strength training program.
But she ended up getting addicted to the amazing Immersion podcasts with John and Brad, and learning how to make better food choices and got so much more! Holly got an EMPOWERED LIFE!
Here’s what she wrote:
After a lifetime of struggling and obsessing about my weight and watermelon belly, I had decided to accept that my lean and athletic self image would ever match the woman looking back from the mirror.
I would just have to be a “border line obese” (as my Doctor stated) marathon runner, hiker, paddler, sailor, scuba diver and cyclist, that continually received the comment “you like outdoor stuff?!” as though a woman my size would not be able to manage.
I was tired of obsessing about food intake and what I could/could not eat. I have always loved cooking and meal planning, making a menu for the week and then shopping from that menu but I simply no longer wanted all the different “eating plans”
I had tried and failed at: Eat Right for your Type, South Beach, Shred and Atkins.
I just wanted to make a menu and cook based off my families’ activities and what sounded good.
I also knew, as my running, cycling coaches, paddling partner and my arms after pulling lines and equipment told me: “You have to start incorporating strength training.”
I use to lift in college but that seemed like a long time ago, and every time I had tried to get back into the routine it failed. I was not ready and it felt forced.
Lifting, I realized was also very boring to me. How had I ever completed 4-5 one hour lifting workouts a week!
That is when I began the all important Google search. I did not believe the Venus Factor information at first, thinking “Great, another way to be obsessive”.
I know the basic rules of weight loss: eat less-work more, but had never had any desire to “starve”.
The thought that 1,000 calories was enough was a little shocking. I struggled with keeping under 1,200!
I had never fasted, either.
The lifting is what caught my attention. A 12 week program that builds on its self, starts at about 30 minutes and does not say how much/little weight to use and bounce it’s on my phone.
That means on work days when my running partner and I don’t run I can lift on my lunch break.
I already had weights in my office and my running partner had a heavier set in hers!
I purchased the program for that piece alone.
Since it came with a whole app and immersion, I began listening to all the podcasts and learned about the contest.
As a “self competitor” I decided to go for it, what could I loose, if anything it would keep the strength training motivated.
I decided I would follow the whole program. The first 24 hr turned into a 32 hour fast, which was the hardest fast of the whole program; after that one the rest were relatively easy!
After 12 weeks I have learned that I can eat whatever I want, no more being obsessive, just being aware of what is going in is enough.
I have taken a full minute off my running pace and my knees are much happier these days. I have not made it to my Venus Index numbers yet but am very close and I finally feel that the athletic woman in my head is the woman seen in the mirror.
Now that I know what to do and most importantly how to maintain I’ll never have to feel like the overweight athlete again!
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