How Much Weight Do You Need to Lose?

August 2008: Rock Bottom

Unscientific Testing

Most people I ask think they are about 10-20 pounds overweight. I have to admit, I thought the same thing when I started my transformation.

But I wound up losing closer to 40 pounds to finally get the look I’d never quite managed.

Al says I shouldn’t tell […]

Elliott Hulse


Everyone needs to be inspired.

Sometimes, I find I first need to become aware of an area in which I can improve and get a fresh perspective that resonates with what I can bring to the table; my strengths and interests and sense of fun must be satisfied.

You can tell me your great […]

Bodyweight Workouts

I know I’m all about the weights. But I also know that’s not for everyone. I’m willing to admit that you can get into your most awesomest shape evah without every touching a weight. There’s a very hot Capoeira instructor in town who is a perfect demonstration of that fact.

So if you’re looking for […]

Strong is the New Sexy

Strong is the new Sexy Tank Top (from

You’ve seen the t-shirts by now.

Strong is the New Sexy

The idea was that we should not turn into skinny heroin chic super models. We should not be afraid to lift weights and get strong!

And indeed, I fully agree! Nothing makes a body, […]

How to Transform and Succeed at Maintenance

Gripped with fear

Before I began my personal transformation, I found myself frozen with fear at the prospect of doing something that was so obvious to everyone around me and then failing by gaining back all the weight. Once I finally figured out how to make the transformation, I still didn’t feel fully confident that […]

Transformation Is a Family Affair! Part 2

I’m so nervous and excited! Today, the conclusion of my Venus Index guest blog has posted.

So why am I nervous? The topics I’m covering are very charged. People feel very free to voice their opinion about what’s best for our children and it can be very confusing and overwhelming. Like religion, politics and money, […]

Transformation is a Family Affair!

You Become Those with Whom You Associate

Just as you are the sum of the people closest to you, you and your family members influence one another both now and in the future.

Today, I’ll talk about how our children are affected by how moms treat and view their own bodies as well as how […]

Do you punish yourself? Enjoy the journey!

Have you ever been on a road trip? Not the usual grind of a drive, 4 hours to a regular family gathering, get ‘er done kind of thing, but rather to some place a lot further away. So far, in fact, that you realize there are going to be some opportunities not to be missed […]

I'm proud of myself

Naomi Sandoval Venus Index Open Winner 2012

I don’t know why it feels awkward to admit that I’m proud of myself. But I am. I haven’t come right out and bragged that I took 3rd in the latest Venus Index Open Level II contest. It’s a pretty big deal for me; this is the […]

Venus Index 1st Place Transformation Winner Lost 60 pounds after 2nd Baby!

Another Venus Index transformation contest, another round of inspiring winners. People, what are you waiting for? Venus Index is half price until Friday. Don’t overthink this! Get going now and you’ll be ready by summer. Check out my buddy Shannon, who just had her second baby and was 60 pounds up not that long ago! […]