Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Burn the Fat Holiday Challenge 2012

I've been on the free email list of Tom Venuto's Burn The Fat Inner Circle since 2010. As soon as it released, I purchased his print book for "regular" folks, The Body Fat Solution. His flagship offering is the more expensive e-book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, along with a paid members-only forum a the Inner Circle website. He offers two contests each year to Inner Circle members, the 90-day Summer Challenge and the 49-day Holiday Challenge. There are multiple prizes offered for different category winners, the grand prize typically a trip to Maui. Each year I've watched the contests go by as I was pregnant in 2010 and "too busy" to workout afterward.

On-and-off had been my exercise mode for years. Prior to 2004 it was nonexistent. That's when I began dating Bodybuilding Boy. I was always a bookworm and though I loved the outdoors, I preferred to read there rather than play. I mean, I was thin. What was the point of exercise? Well, now I know the point but that's a topic for another day. Bodybuilding Boy gave me some of his mom's old Gilad VHS tapes and wrote up a routine for me to follow that nearly killed me. Not a great way to start. Throughout my pregnancies and in-between,I've been looking for a routine I can actually enjoy and stick with, and I think I found it.

I learned much through Tom's book and web articles, so this year I decided to give it a shot and go for the "Holy Grail" nomination, to build as much muscle as possible while burning fat. This is much harder than just dropping weight. What I learned over those 7 weeks was priceless and I am going to share that on this blog. The verdict still isn't out yet on that nomination -- it's announced tomorrow. But I am proud of what I've done so far. And in the two weeks since contest end, I have continued to improve. That's the best part.

contest before-after


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