Today we have an interview with Olya who placed 3rd in the Level 1 of our Open Category in the latest Venus Index Contest.
Check out her pictures:
Olya has been in our community for a while, but it took her a while to find her way and fully acquire the Venus Index lifestyle. But eventually she got it and today is one of the younger Venuses in our community.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can get in shape.
And quite frankly if you want to be in killer shape in your 50s, it’s necessary to handle your diet and start training young.
Let’s look into what approach you should take if you are in your 20s.
Yo-Yo Solution, how to fight the conventional “Lost 20, Gained 40 afterwards.”
Olya never had troubles losing fat earlier.
She would just stop eating dinner and did her own version of Eat Stop Eat without knowing it.
But then at a dancing audition they told her to lose even more fat.
And since fasting isn’t hard and rather it’s the coming out of the fast, this desire to lose even more fat opened a Pandoras box for her.
And this is how she would deal with it: She would come out of a fast and eat everything that was around – not a good idea, totally detrimental to the benefits of fasting.
Then she did all sorts of stuff like master cleanse or low carb diet.
Then she tried a raw food diet, got addicted to nuts and nut butter. Then did paleo.
She felt out of control.
She gained a lot. She lost about 20 pounds, but gained about 40. This totally messed her up.
How to Transform yourself
You have to learn how to deal with your emotional stuff first, even before doing any caloric restrictions.
Olya started working with Dr. Bird, who is the go to psychotherapist for the Venus Index.
Losing fat is mostly psychological rather than physiological issue. Everyone can learn how many calories they need to lose fat and quite frankly we all know that it’s just about eating less.
The real underlying issue is in finding how to do that. How to make yourself eat less, how to cut foods, what meals you have to have, how to avoid eating out of boredom, emotional stress and such.
That’s the real challenge.
Also, if in the past you tried dieting, but did all the conventional diets that tell you to eat only certain food categories and avoid others, because they are “bad” for you, then you have developed lots of bad habits and mindsets and you need to handle those as well.
What’s also important to realize that it’s not gonna happen overnight.
You can be happy, healthy and have a balanced life, but it will take a while. It will also take a lot of hard work and rewiring and destroying bad habits you developed in the past without even knowing about them.
What can help is surrounding yourself with positive people who will help you achieve your goals. Choose wisely, most people are not supportive.
In order to transform you have to psychologically put attention into this area of your life. However, you have to see your attention and focus as a fuel tank. There is only so much of it each day until it runs out.
Start believing in yourself. Self-sabotage and fear of success are the biggest enemies of transformation.
In order to maximize the results, be smart with the timing.
It Took Olya a year to finally find the right time to do the transformation.
Just like with the attention, certain times might not be the best. Make sure it’s possible for you to do this.
This time Olay was developing success routines and she was pre-planning lots of things.
She would pack things the night before in order to set her day up for success.
She also learned to view her workouts as a gift not a punishment.
This helped her stick to the workouts and not miss them.
Do all this and you will start seeing results and tangible progress.
Just be careful with the information and people you allow to get close to you and affect you.
There is too much negative bs out there.
Learn to manage yourself and manage stress.
Every time Olya was at work she was in a good mood and if she would be frustrated in any situation she would just walk away.
Today Olya is more in control of her life, her body, she feels good about herself and how she looks, enjoys the process and has a healthy attitude.
She experienced a lot of growth and development inside and out.
Remember that the transformation is both physical and psychological.
More tips from Olya:
- Your body is the manifestation of your inner self
- Start believing in yourself and give yourself the gift of support
- Things go wrong all the time, stop punishing yourself for it
- Despite your childhood genetics or what happened in the past you are in control of your life and your body today, stop looking for excuses and just do it
- Don’t calculate calories for the day, but rather for the week
- If you eat a bit more on one day, then you can just subtract the calories from your budget for the next day, this can help you stay on track and not worry about it
- Exercise is a great stress reliever
- Cardio can help you boost your calorie budget
- Get the workouts done in morning or afternoon so you are free for the evening to go out with your friends if that is important to you
- Take a step back and look at yourself if there is something you have been putting off and DO THAT
- Don’t compare yourself to other people
- You might need a few contests to get this handled
- Taking photographs is awesome, appreciate the preparation for the shoot
- Practice posing, look at magazines, check what angles look the best
Links form Olya’s interview:
- Eat Stop Eat – Program that will teach you how to take simple breaks from food to lose weight while enjoying social eating events and eating the foods you love
- Overcoming Emotional Eating: Reprogramming Your Mind to Control Your Weight – VI Interview with Dr Nicola Bird
- Self Imaging Therapy – Dr Nicola Bird’s website
- Venus Index Community – Forum full of amazing women, sharing all their fitness and lifestyle tips and tricks. You can get access by buying any Venus Index program here
Read Olya’s experience with Venus Index in her own words:
What a journey this has been! It dates back to when I discovered Venus Index program in December 2010! It’s been a year and a half and somehow the last two competitions just didn’t happen for me. But here I am at the end of VT4 and though I always think I could have pushed harder and better, I am proud of where I am right now and today. In fact, just seeing the progression and noticing seemingly idiotic things like fitting into old jeans and not having to pose only from a certain angle in photos, is worth every effort and every setback that I have…
Listen to the interview here: