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Your inner life determines your outer success. -Cloud

You may see my pictures and think, this chick has it all together. The truth is I am human and struggle like all the rest of the women out there.

There are still days diet and exercise is a challenge, but what may set me apart from some is the inner determination to achieve what I know is capable and not standing for anything less.

My Personal Struggle With My Weight

Just like most women, I struggled with my weight. As a new nurse working those dreaded 12 hours, I starting forming all the bad habits of a typical shift worker.

I had just turned 24 and for the first time in my life I wasn’t unable to get the fat off my belly by just going for a long run.

I thought frozen “lean” dinners and sandwiches were heathy and that having a glass of cows milk was essential for calcium. I even drank a cup of OJ every morning to keep me from getting sick.

If you can guess it, I was another statistic that got caught up in marketing lies. “Avoid fat”, “Eat whole grains”, “Drink milk, it does a body good”.

I remember going to an all-womens gym for two years because I was embarrassed of my body.

One day I saw a fit girl (probably the same age I was at the time). She had the EXACT body I wanted. The body I never thought I could have. The body that I thought was too hard to achieve or maybe it was her genetics that got her those amazing arms and flat stomach. For sure, not a body I could have.

I overheard her talk about hiring a trainer at the co-ed gym. She was saying how she never thought she could look so good and now she was training other women.

At that moment I decided that I needed to step outside my comfort zone, go to the co-ed gym, invest in a personal trainer and BELIEVE in myself.

So that is exactly what I did.

The story doesn’t end there however. This trainer taught me how to use all the equipment and put me on a “fitness model” diet.

NO JOKE — I was eating very little carbs, deli meats, shrimp, Go-Lean cereal (post-workout), broccoli and tomatoes. That’s it! I even have the piece of paper somewhere stored away with the entire diet on it. I have to dig that up and take a picture of it.

Of course I lost weight. I lost 17 pounds in one month and looked WAY to skinny. My parents thought I had an eating disorder and it kind of felt like I did.

I would be happy one minute and the next I would be frantically searching the cupboards looking for anything that would bring me satisfaction.

I remember eating an entire box of granola bars my parents had at their house. EVERY SINGLE ONE. I was 107 pounds and starving.

I knew I couldn’t keep this up, especially when all I could smell on my night shifts were those dang oatmeal cookies baking in the cafeteria.

My hormones were out of control and I felt terrible. I cried a whole lot and finally gave up this insane diet.

I started studying nutrition in depth and began realizing what I was doing to my body was incredibly stupid. I realized that I was very wrong about the way I ate.

From there, I met my hubby who taught me a whole new way of working out that adds sexy feminine muscle which amazingly enough helped to REV my metabolism, allowing me TO EAT MORE.

I then went on to study exercise and STILL continue to study nutrition.

It was shortly after all my discoveries that women started to ask me what I was doing. Since my husband had an online following asking me for my workout, I decided to do a “test study” with 10 women to see if they achieved the same results I did, and guess what…

…THEY DID!

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This is the beginning of FULL-BODY-LICIOUS, a females formula for a flawless figure.

To date, I have helped close to 10 000 women say, “I love my body” and the number keeps growing. So what about you? Are you ready to STOP believing the lies and START believing in yourself.

YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES, and it’s not as hard as you may think!

Thanks for reading.

 

Join the discussion 10 Comments

  • Italia says:

    I so love your vulnerability Flavia. You are the real deal!! Thank you for your honesty. It endears your readers to you. You struggle like the rest of us but make daily choices to be able to say, “I love my body.” You will look fabulous after pregnancy, as you did before. Although when pregnant, you have a beauty and a glow about you too.

  • Sasha M says:

    It sounds inspiring.
    It would be even better if you could post your before photos.

  • Keka says:

    Flavia thanks ypu for your great post
    It makes me wonder if your flavilicious program teach or help one, to stablish your calories and your macros?
    I know it is not about counting calories, but rather prefering healthy real food; but also know that if you are not in a calorie deficit you woun´t loose fat…
    does your program includes that part of the equation?
    which tool do you use to make that calculations?
    Thanks ang congrats for your pregnancy

    • Flavia says:

      Hey Keka,

      I do offer meal plans for purchase with my workout programs to help people see how much they should be eating and how to scale if they are losing too much or too little weight. It helps women who want a laid out plan and don’t trust that they won’t overeat, given the chance.

      There is also a strategic carb timing element that comes in the nutrition package with Full-body-licious and a different nutrition timing that comes with Curvalicious, but with the cookbook, there is no should thing. I do include caloric and macronutrient profiles with each recipe but the real idea is to get people eating real food that is good for you so you don’t have to make those nasty calorie calculations.

      Thanks for the post.

    • Flavia says:

      Hey Keka,

      I do offer meal plans for purchase with my workout programs to help people see how much they should be eating and how to scale if they are losing too much or too little weight. It helps women who want a laid out plan and don’t trust that they won’t overeat, given the chance.

      There is also a strategic carb timing element that comes in the nutrition package with Full-body-licious and a different nutrition timing that comes with Curvalicious, but with the cookbook, there is no should thing. I do include caloric and macronutrient profiles with each recipe but the real idea is to get people eating real food that is good for you so you don’t have to make those nasty calorie
      calculations.

  • lynne str says:

    It’s comforting to know that you actually struggle with weight thoughts, you are so small and fit you will have no problem losing baby weight. I’m 60 years old and have been working out for 15 years. I always slack up on my workouts in November and December every year! So I will not feel guilty in my holiday eating. This time I’m serious about keeping my weight down (155lbs, 5’2 ). This year I joined ‘ORANGE THEORY FITNESS’ workout program it’s working for me, I’ve lost about 8lbs I’m determined to watch what I eat, it’s driving me mad! I have veggies, proteins, etc. It’s so boring and I’m too lazy to prepare my meals.. so I just keep drinking protein shakes…HELP!!

    LS

  • Mpundu says:

    Hi Flavia;

    I don’t know what to do next. Please help. I’ve been working out very seriously for over a year. I exercise 6 times a week. I do 20 minute HIIT sessions three times a week with a 30min abs session. I do lower body weight training (barbell weighted squats, barbell weighted dead lifts, weighted thigh abductor and weighted hamstring leg curls) twice a week. I also include an upper body strength training session three times a week; i use dumbbells; i try to lift heavier as my strength increases. Then once a week I run 10km. I avoid starch and fats, i eat lots of veges and fruit and include protein in my diet. I drink 2 litres of water daily. I give myself the same food portions as i give my 3 year old daughter.

    I am desperately trying to drop my body fat percentage to somewhere around 15% so that my belly fat can disappear and i can have a nice flat; toned stomach. I currently weigh 55kg and my body fat percentage is 21.36%. I’ve been in a plateau for over 5 months. I’m currently also doing the whole intermittent fasting and nothing is working. I wanna look like you and I’m killing myself exercising and i feel defeated because I’m not getting the results I want! Please help!!!!

    P.s. I really love you body; its banging!!!

    • Flavia says:

      Hey Mpundu

      Please do not avoid fat. FAT BURNS FAT. You need to eat a lot of the right kinds of fat in order to lose body fat. If you starve your body of fats, your hormones will not work and our body will in turn hold onto your fat because it thinks it will need it.

      Otherwise, keep up the good work. You also may need to back off of training a little. Make sure you are eating enough for all that work you are doing.

      Eating carbs after a workout will also help you lose weight. Try brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes and avoid fats and carbs in the same meals. Try to get high protein and high fats for all the other meals in your day, avoiding your post-workout meal — have high protein and high carbs then.

  • Susan says:

    You are amazing and so inspiring. Thank you for being honest and real! I appreciate all you do.

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