How does a young mom lose the “baby fat”?; She joined a Venus Transformation Contest!

"I can now say that at the age of 32, and as a mom of a 4 year old and a 9 month old, I look the best I’ve ever looked."

“I can now say that at the age of 32, and as a mom of a 4 year old and a 9 month old, I look the best I’ve ever looked.”


Diana came in sixth place in our Venus Transformation contest VT10

Diana’s own words regarding the Venus Factor:

The Venus Factor…Wow what a program.  I have always been pretty lucky to have a high metabolism.  I’ve always been thin and for the most part pretty happy with the “average” way I looked.  I’ve never ever liked to work out.  I hate cardio and since I don’t tend to gain weight I have never counted calories.  I’m a terrible snacker.

I do however worry about health and try to cook wholesome meals for my family.  I love all vegetables, I’m not a soft drink addict, I buy organic and so on.  My excuse for not working out for the past 5 years has been “what’s the point if I’m just going to gain a bunch of weight back and undo all my hard work by getting pregnant again.”

Well I am done having babies so…bye bye excuse.  Back in January I decided it may be time to start getting fit.  I contacted my friend Liss Graham because I had seen a transformation in her.  I asked if she had any good abdominal exercises she would recommend.

I look back now and think wow did I ask the right person the right question at just the right time or what!!  Really it’s more like God’s perfect timing as always and he put Liss into my life all those years ago for a reason.

She tells me she’s been following the Venus Factor and they actually have a contest starting that week and I had till Sunday to sign up!  This couldn’t have been more meant to be, it’s not like Venus hosts contests every other week you know.

I watched the intro video and thought “why not.”  Let me tell you it’s been a perfect fit for my life! SIMPLY PERFECT.  It really is simple but not necessarily easy…that’s my favorite quote from Venus.  I didn’t want something that was too easy.  I wouldn’t feel accomplished if I didn’t have to work a little for it.  I also didn’t want something that was too tough because then I’d just give up.

We have a way of getting into our own heads and putting ourselves down don’t we?  The meal plans are fantastic, the recipes are great and they take the guess work out of it.  My family has even enjoyed the dinner suggestions.  I have become so much more educated on calories, fat burning, protein, and so on.

My eyes have been opened and the veil has been lifted.  It all makes sense now!  Venus has given me the tools to succeed.  And not just the tools, but the motivation and the right educational information as well.

Remember I said I’ve always been thin, well thin doesn’t always mean fit or healthy.  I never realized how many calories I was consuming, it was astonishing!  I love working out now!!!  I’ve never said that before!

Venus has changed the way I look at the gym.  I used to feel that if I didn’t do cardio then I was wasting my time.  I think a lot of people are lead to believe that.  You will never get me in a spin class that’s for sure, but I love lifting weights.

This program is so convenient.  I take my phone to the gym, turn on my music, flip over to my workout plan and BAM, I’m on my way to a better me.  The videos are perfect, short, and straight to the point.

I could not believe the change and results just after the first week!!  I lost 1.75 inches in my waist.  Wow if that isn’t motivation to keep going what is.  This is the most fit I’ve ever been.  I actually miss going to the gym when I have days I can’t go.

I love being in control of my food options and truly enjoy my Eat Up days.  I sleep better, have more energy, and feel so much more alive.  I wish I could say my clothes fit better but my pants are all way too big now 😉 haha, can we say shopping spree!

My sisters now say I’m their inspiration, 12 weeks ago that would have been a joke.  Let me also mention I gained 50 lbs with both my pregnancies!  I can now say that at the age of 32, and as a mom of a 4 year old and a 9 month old, I look the best I’ve ever looked.

I’m the best me I’ve ever been and this is just the beginning.   Sure I wasn’t bad before, but like Venus says, why settle for average?  I have settled way too long.  I can now be proud of the way I look because I did this, I worked hard for this and I’m so incredibly happy I did.  There’s no stopping me now.

Thank you Venus Factor.  What a blessing you have been!


Questions and Answers with our Venus winner Diana


How did you find the Venus Factor?

After gaining 50lbs during my last pregnancy I decided once my son turned 6 months old and the new year rolled around it was time to get serious about getting fit.  I asked a good friend of mine what she had been doing because I noticed she had lost weight and looked amazing.  She introduced me to the Venus Factor.  Thank goodness she did!


What aspect of the program was most beneficial to you?

The workouts.  They are simple, and I like that they only take about 45 minutes. I also love that I don’t have to go to the gym 7 days a week in order to get fit.  Working out 3 days is perfect!


Did you like the Venus workout?

Yes, love them! I’ve never liked working out….until now!  They really are simple but not necessarily easy.  I have found my niche!  My friends still can’t believe I love working and laugh when I say that I do because they have always known how much I hated it and how lazy I was about it.   They can’t stop telling me how good I look.


Which workout(s) did you use?

I used them all and followed the workout plan.


What kept you motivated?

The contest!  When I subscribed to the Venus Factor I decided to enter the contest as well.  It really helped hold me accountable!  Also my coach Liss was a great accountability partner and she kept me very motivated with her encouraging  words and suggestions!


Do you have a particular style of eating?

I eat clean, lots of organic fruits and veggies.


Did you use any supplements?

I drink a protein shake after working out.


Did you use the online community and how was that experience?

No, my coach was enough.


Did you find support with friends and family?

Yes my family has been very supportive and excited for me! My friends are full of compliments!


What was the hardest obstacle to conquer?

I love eating snacks on the couch at night while watching tv.  I had to cut back on that some and learn how to use my calories wisely during the day so I could have calories left over for my nightly snacks.  My snacks make me very happy and I’m glad I didn’t have to get rid of them with the Venus Factor.


How did you feel about your final pictures?

I couldn’t believe it.  I am so incredibly proud of myself (I don’t say that often)  I looked like the pinterest girls.  I could print out my own picture now and put it on my fridge for motivation haha.  That’s a good feeling!


Is this a lifestyle you will continue?

Yes of course! I already have!  I’ve never been happier with the way I look or felt better in my life!


What is your best advice for other Venuses?

Just get out there and do it, it’s worth a shot!  You have nothing to lose.  Stop with the excuses.  You owe it to yourself, love yourself!



More stories about Venus Mom’s:

Young Mom finds the Venus Factor to be a way of life instead of a means to an end

Lacey Gained her pre-pregnancy confidence back with the Venus workout

Just Say No to Elastic Waist pants; interview with Lori Aquino

An Original Venus who Never Gives Up

After pregnancy, Wins Transformation Contest

How to become a beautiful beach Mom

Venus Mom Erin says “Just do it!”

There are no SHORTCUTS to FAT LOSS; Says contest winner Michal



Dear Diana,

I loved you positive “can do” attitude and your enthusiasm with your coach Liss.  You made it sound so easy but we all know it was a lot of work for you to lose that 50 pounds.  You did an awesome job.  Congratulations.  It is so cool how you learned how to keep your snacks at night and still keep your shape.  You found out how to make this work for you, and you had fun while doing it!

Thank you so much for sharing your story Diana!  You look stunning and beautiful!

All my best,

Coach Roberta

About Roberta Saum

Roberta is a 56 year young Elite Trainer at 1st Phorm. She achieved her fitness dream at age 50 here at The Venus Factor. She is a Fitness Consultant/Motivator for Hopelessly Romantic Media Productions, Venus Factor Coach, Product Developer, Brand Ambassador, Contest Administrator, Author, Editor in Chief for the Venus Factor, and 1st Phorm Ambassador.

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  1. Diana, you are just beautiful inside and out. You are an inspiration! Thanks for being such a sweet friend! So proud of you!

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