I’m Roberta and I’ve been an athlete all my life but it was just covered in a layer of fat. I am currently 52 years old and I started my fitness quest when I was 19 years old. I took an aerobics class and the instructor was 50 years old but had the body of a strong and fit teenager. I vowed I would be like her when I was 50. Over the years I ran and lifted weights, I practiced martial arts, ran marathons, hiked, skied, and biked. Over the decades the weight piled on. I kept on working out harder and harder thinking I would lose the weight but it kept growing. I tried diets, lost, then gained, lost, then gained, the typical yo-yo story. At age 48 I finally reached my peak of 171 lbs. at 5’1″. I had chronic back pain and thyroid and adrenal fatigue. I kept working out and running one marathon after the next thinking maybe this time it will work. Nope, the weight stayed on. Everyone told me to give up; this is what happens when you get older. I never gave up and here is the result:
It took me two years to lose 60 lbs. The secret; eat less and move more. It is not easy but it is simple and sustainable and it works.
On my own I learned to cut my portions more than half to lose weight and stumbled upon mini-fasting by simply not eating in the evenings or even skipping dinner because I had a late lunch and felt I had enough calories for the day. When I told a friend I thought I found the secret was mini meals and mini fasts because I’d lost 40 lbs. he told me to check out Eat Stop Eat and that is how I also found the Venus Index workout.
I LOVE this focus for women in the Venus Factor: “The focus is proportions and shape (rather than weight loss at all costs or building muscle like a guy)” – John Barban.
I am amazed at what the Venus workout has done for my body along with the Eat Stop Eat weight loss principles. I think my pictures will speak for themselves that what I write here is true. The concepts found in Eat Stop Eat and the Venus Factor workout manuals have literally changed my life and given me the shape I currently have which was my dream since I was 19 years old.
I’m excited and proud to be a part of the Venus Factor team. My passion is to help women of all ages achieve their fitness dream.
I am currently listening to and reading Leigh Peele’s “Starve Mode“. It’s not light reading and it takes time to absorb but I’m finding it well worth it especially for women. We tend to push our deficits too hard and for too long and don’t fully understand what is going on with our hormones.
Venus has a 5:1 2:1 deficit/maintenance protocol in the 12 week fat loss program that helps prevent crashing. Leigh’s book takes this even further regarding a longer term look at deficit days vs maintenance days and her philosophies are in line with our teaching here. So far I’m finding her book well worth the investment.
I have recently experimented with supplements in Kiefer’s book as well as Leptiburn and the BCAA matrix. So far I like the supplements but it’s honestly hard to tell how effective they are. I don’t always have room in my calorie budget for Kiefer’s recommended protein powders; I only take a third the amount and only on occasion.
I’m a tiny female, and Kiefer”s book is written for men. A small female might be able to maintain a healthy fitness level eating intuitively, but if she needs to lose fat or go from a normal healthy body fat to “ripped” or lower body fat, she is likely going to need to weigh food and count calories. It is just too fine a line to walk for us tiny people. I envy the bigger guys.
I do like “Carb Back Loading“. I learned a lot from the scientific and detailed information. I incorporate most of the protocol with the exception that I need to look closely at food intake where he recommends that calorie counting is not necessary. Again I envy the big guys that they don’t have to look so close. They have a much wider road to walk calorie wise.
I also really liked Leigh Peele’s article “The Deficit – How We Lose Fat”.
I am also trialing one or two days a week of Jackie’s Hot At Home workout because it looks pretty fun and well designed and Jackie is someone Brad Howard, Brad Pilon, and John Barban trust.
LeptiBurn (helps keep Leptin levels stable)
Exercise video’s with John Barban:
A recent fun vacation with Venus Calendar girl Tania:
How to contact me:
- My Bobbies Fitness blog
- Twitter @robertasaum
- LinkedIn Roberta Saum
- My FaceBook Profile
- My Venus Factor Community Profile -RobertaSaum
- My first interview with John Barban
- My second interview with John Barban
- My FitnessPal Profile
I wish you the best with your health and fitness goals. It is never too late to follow your dreams!