Monday, April 25, 2011

Be Beautiful Now

Last week I was moving files over from an old computer when I came across this photo.  My computer skills have always been a little haphazard, so I'm not really sure when this was taken. It was probably sometime in 2004, when my internet-influenced fat loss journey began.   Whatever you may think about the plethora of programs being sold on the internet, this one urged me to do something very effective- take a before photo.  No bikini in this one!  I post the picture here because I want anyone reading this to know what the woman in that picture knew.

She thought she was already beautiful.

Recently my sister told me about a conversation she had years ago with our Mom.  My sister was feeling distressed over her own looks and Mom told her to be beautiful now.  She said that my sister should choose her clothes, make up, and hairstyle based on what would make her feel the most beautiful in that moment, no matter what she happened to weigh.  I can say that she has always followed that advice, and as a result I have always found my sister lovely to look at, and from the reaction of people around her she brings beauty with her wherever she goes.  Of course now that I think of it, the way she treats people, with kindness and genuine interest, certainly gives the impression she makes a special glow.

Be Beautiful Now

The process of physical transformation is full of paradoxes like this one:  In order to change profoundly, and get all the way to your goal, you must accept yourself completely in this moment.  As I come closer and closer to the weight, size, and measurements I have chosen for my goal, have to become even more accepting of myself in order to avoid going completely nuts!  My rational mind thinks that with all of the skills and experience I've earned over the past seven years the the push to the finish line should get easier and easier.  I know how to eat, how to lift, how to move, and even how to think.  Indeed those processes do get easier.

Go ahead and learn the skills that lead to physical transformation.  They do work and they will serve you well, but they may not take you all the way to your goal if your greatest challenges are emotional.  If I have to name the greatest emotional obstacle it is fear: the fear that when you arrive at your chosen destination the imagined reward won't be enough.  That perfect measurements won't equal universal acceptance.  I think the essential purpose of this blog has been to help me figure out what in the world I've really been after all these years, and I thought I found it in the concept of perfect physical well being, something I thought I could go out and create for myself.  But as I get nearer to that place physically, it becomes abundantly clear that it's never been about how I look.  It's about how I feel.

Back to the Woman in the Picture

Even in those days, if I did my hair, put on my makeup (which I happen to enjoy doing), and wore my favorite color, I felt beautiful.  That was, and is, my secret.  So as I step onto the fast track toward certification and the realization of the physical goal of 18% body fat and 113 pounds (Ha! why does that sound so mundane after what I've just written?), I have two vital jobs.  I have to feel the fear of success and let it pass thorough me without blocking it with food, and I must go ahead and choose to be beautiful now.  Go ahead and try it.  You don't have to tell anyone what you're up to, and it may end up being your secret too.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pictures of Venus Index Results

Here they are folks.  Here's something interesting though.  I am incredibly happy with how I look in the mirror, and how I feel.  The only issue is that I'd like to look a bit leaner in my pictures.  I'll have to think on this subject and blog about it later!  Off to Vegas to celebrate success at the Venus/Adonis informal summit.  No- we don't take ourselves that seriously!

Hello!  This is Catherine checking back in.  The Venus Index is still going strong, and I want to share a link to the program with you.  ==>Click Here<===

If you click the link above, it will take you to the Venus Factor 2.0 sales page.  Please note that I do get a commission from any sales made through this link.  That being said, I continue to use the exercises I learned from the Venus program, and they have helped me maintain a 70 pound weight loss for for over 10 years.

The biggest issue with losing a lot of weight is keeping it off.  I know that the Venus Factor helped me to do that by teaching me how to keep, and even develop, muscle while I was losing fat.

No matter where your health and beauty journey takes you, I hope that you become happier, and stay strong.

All the Best:

Catherine Best Gordon

The Last Ten Pounds- When the Ideal Gets Real

So here it is, photo shoot day for the Venus Index open contest.  As much as a year ago I started to get asked this question by my friends and family and around the gym:  "How far are you going to go?"  How much leaner, lighter, and tighter did I want to be?  One thing I've discovered is that the scale can be a horrible liar, and drive you right up the wall and into a feeding frenzy if you let it control your life.  If you've been following this blog you may have noticed that, left to it's own devices, my weight would settle at 123, and that with consistent effort in deficit eating and fitness I can coax it down to 118.

Lately, I just haven't been able to take the calorie deficit any further.  It's as if I finally reached the point where the relative discomfort of calorie restriction wasn't worth the incremental results I was getting on the scale.  Enter the Venus Index contest which uses the balance of three body measurements to calculate one's arrival at a historical ideal for body shape.  Yes, it's the traditional hourglass I'm talking about here, and it turns out that it hasn't gone out of style.  Using calculations that are based on my height of 5'1", I established a measurement goal for my shoulders, waist, and hips.

Did I hit it?  Did I get the numbers?  Oh joy and rejoicing- I did, and here they are:

Shoulders- 38"
Waist- 23.5"
Hips- 33.5"

If I pull on the measuring tape I can get the waist down to 21"- Dita Von Teese territory!  So what do I weigh this morning?  117.  Just one pound down from my previous low.  It's interesting to know that this was the weight I had to get to in oder to get on camera work as an actor.  It was incredibly hard for me than, as I was doing tons of cardio and severely restricting calories to get there.  950 calories a day and maybe 3 teaspoons of fat total- it was really rough to stick to.  Now I've found a groove and an understanding of the personal balance between exercise output and nutritional input I need in order to have an impact on the shape of my body.  This is incredibly empowering information, and I encourage anyone who wants to move toward their ideal to find out their Resting Metabolic Rate, and get really curious about their personal balance of input and output.

Pictures to follow, and wish me luck in the contest!