Sunday, July 13, 2014

Getting Started...The Venus Factor Program

I am a 36 year old mother of one and my heaviest weight was 280 (I'm 5'6").  I hated the way I looked and felt.  Nearly 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. (great website for information about this condition).  For some reason, my body started making too much spinal fluid which caused major headaches for months at a time.  One thing the neurologists recommended was loosing weight.  Since I have been trying to loose weight ever since I had gained it, I knew I needed something radical.  Several months later I decided to have a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (weight-loss surgery).  I lost a whopping 90 lbs. the first year.  I was starting to feel great and was finally under 200 lbs. for the first time in a long time!  Now, it is coming up on my 2 year surgiversary, and I have gained about 25 lbs. back.  I am over 200!  This weight was just recently gained.  I have tried so many different medications for my headaches that I can't even keep up with them.  But, in March, we finally found one that worked.  The only side-effect is this sudden weight gain that I have experienced.  I know I need to do something, and I am hopeful that the Venus Factor program will work for me.  I know that I am not alone and that there are many others out there that are going through this process with me.  I wish anyone else trying to lose weight the best of luck on your journey, and I want to hear about what you are doing!

I am brand new to Venus and am still trying to figure this whole thing out.  I am enjoying looking around the forum and customizing my blog, but I'm not sure where to go to find out what to eat vs. what not to eat.  I still need to explore a bit more before I can put this program into action.  I'll let you know what I find out soon!

Just found this out today...
I am learning so much while reading the Venus Factor 12-week program download.  I now understand that there is no what-to-eat, or when-to-eat.  It's only a matter of how much calories you are putting in.  I think I can handle that!  Also, I like that there are 'eat-up' days built into the plan.  'Eat-up' are much different than cheat days.  Since this program allows you to eat whatever foods you want (all you have to do is eat a certain number of calories) you don't really need any cheat days.  'Eat-up' days are when you eat enough food to hit your maintenance caloric intake instead of your deficit.  I think it will help keep me on the right track, and not make me feel like I am constantly starving myself.  So far, this program looks like it will work wonderfully for me.  I am only on pg. 55, so I have lots more reading to do tomorrow.

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