40 pounds lighter – Beatriz Flores Goddess of the Month

Every so often we get a new Goddess in the studio who I refer to as the “cheerleader”.

Beatriz is one of those clients. She came in inspired by the women she saw in the studio and ready to create her very own transformation. And that she did. Shedding almost 40 pounds.

However, while she was at Venus sweating, twirling and squatting she made sure to make each and every woman know how amazing they were.

Whether it is your first day or you 300th day Beatriz always delivers love via the way of compliments and constant reassurance.

She truly represents my mission statement of “no Goddess left behind”. I want every single woman to enter the doors feeling like she’s found her fitness home. Beatriz will certainly make you feel welcome. Learn more about our beloved Beatriz Flores below…

 

 

Occupation and age: Vice Principal at a TK- 8th Grade School. I am 37 years’ old.

 

Kids? Grandkids? If so brag a bit: I am a mom to five amazing kids- four boys and one girl. Oscar is 16 and a Junior in HS, Andres is 14 and a Freshmen in HS, Diego is 12 (will turn 13 in two weeks) he is in 8th grade at the Middle School, Ivan is a 6th Grader also at the Middle School, and Valeria is 7 and in 2nd grade at the Elementary School. 

Your life motto: There are two things I find I say a lot! “Go do it! Life and time are going to go by anyway.” And “Go for it. The worst thing that can happen is that you get a ‘NO’, but you’re already there!”

How long have you been a Goddess at Venus?: October 31, 2016 marked by a 10 month anniversary with Venus. Dec. 31, 2017 will be a full year of Venus! 

Have you undergone a transformation (physically, emotionally or both!)? When I joined Venus I weighed 185 lbs. I have lost a bit over 38 pounds since I started Venus 10 months ago. At my highest I weighed 211 pounds- keep in mind I’m only 5′ 1″.

I was super cute in high school and somewhere along the married life I lost “me”. I devoted myself to my kiddos and hubby, and not that I didn’t love it, but I didn’t realize I had forgotten about me. I am fortunate to have an amazing and supporting husband that contributes to my growth.

I have not been this skinny since before my first pregnancy. I have not been this strong and agile since soccer and kickboxing in High School. Thanks to Bootcamp at Venus.

As the years passed, I lost that “sexy/ hot” feeling without even knowing. Although my hubby always told me how beautiful I was, I didn’t feel I was what he saw. The fear of not being sexy enough, cute enough, thin enough, hot enough, pretty enough consumed many years of my life. I felt that I was just not enough. AND it showed up in jealousy, insecurities, looking through his phone, arguments (not many because he never gets mad at me), tears, isolation, and just plain sleeping all afternoon- yes, while the kids were just there.

I tried to keep myself “up” and NO ONE ever “found out” about all these feelings. After all, I had always been strong. I completed the teaching Credential Program, got a Masters, and an Administrative Credential. I even got teacher of the year in my school district and was top 5 finalist in the County. Even with all that, I found myself looking in the mirror and reminding myself, time after time, of every single thing that was “wrong” with me… “look at you, look at your skin, you are so fat, you really think your husband won’t cheat on you? You’re just gross.”

I would grab my stomach, my leg cellulite and squeeze it as I said to myself, “you’re so nasty!” I remember there was a time period that I would NOT take my shirt off during sex because I couldn’t stand the idea of my husband seeing my stomach. I can go on and on.

The change did not happen overnight.

I started walking, joined a Zumba team and lost a few pounds, but my eating habits did not change. I thought I was eating healthy. I first walked into Venus at 8:20 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2016, the last FREE Boot Camp of the year.

I remember showing up to Boot Camp and wondering how the hell do these girls workout so hard. How the fuck was I, “a Fatty”, ever going to keep up with them. Oh, then all those fit skinny girls. Why the hell were they there? They were already skinny! I didn’t realize that we were all there for different reasons.

Day after day, week after week, and month after month I kept showing up to Boot Camp and pole. I got stronger, I could last longer. It took a while for me to consider myself a “Veteran”. I remember Diane and Amanda saying, “raise your hand Veterans” and pointed at me!! “Me??” I nodded my head no. Amanda looked at me and smiled as she looked at Diane. They just smiled at each other and nodded.

“What were they seeing that I wasn’t?” Maybe I was a veteran. I began to gain more confidence and started feeling “ok” with myself. My pole shorts got shorter and shorter. And one day I wore actual pole shorts- I have underwear bigger than those shorts.

I joined the Goddess University and read and reread Diane’s entire book. That’s when my eating habits changed. I was shocked when I found out that Honey Bunches of Oats were not a “healthy” choice. “BUT it had oats and almonds and milk?” It took me a long time to re-learn food. I thought I knew how to eat healthy; I had so much to learn. Also because of GBU I stopped drinking soda completely. Before GBU I could have 6-8 sodas a day or more.

I got better at this Boot Camp thing and loved it! I loved cheering everyone on and watching them do their best. But then something changed…I couldn’t understand why everyone was not “doing” their best or why not everyone “loved” testing. I recall telling Alissa, why are they not running/pushing harder? She didn’t say anything, she just looked at me.

God has a way to keep us humble. The next testing week, my neck hurt, so I “didn’t try!” I actually did the best I could- just like ALL these women were doing every time they came to Venus! The following month during testing week, I was on my period with the worse cramps. I did what I could- just like every other woman present.

We were all there doing what we could, as best as we possible could. I learned to be the best “me” there is and not worry about what everyone else is doing. I don’t have to be the fastest to be the best me. Sometimes the giggles and laughter between workouts is exactly what my body needs.

My Bootcamp workouts do not have to be so serious. I’m so glad I am surrounded by real and awesome women that helped me not to become full of myself. I wish all these women knew how much admiration and gratitude I have towards them. Stay humble.

Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting Venus? Ha! I started with Zumba about three or four years ago. I joined the Zumba community and soon became an instructor. I taught Zumba Step instructor. I taught this for about a year. Then work got in the way and time was just not enough for me. I loved the cardio. I think that this prepped me for Bootcamp. But I did nothing five months before stating Bootcamp LOL.

What made you decide to participate in the Goddess Body University (GBU) Program? I honestly wanted the food plans.  

What have you learned about yourself, nutrition or exercise during this program? I learned that I didn’t know what whole, healthy eating really was. I did not know how to combine the right foods together. I didn’t even know veggies had carbs. During GBU I heard the word Macros for the first time. I learned that I want to be healthy and that not all that seems healthy is healthy. I learned that my body does not tolerate Gluten! Who knew?! My digestion system was a mess. Because of GBU I have given up dairy and sugar!

Favorite class and why? Bootcamp is my favorite because I LOVE the out of breath – I’m going to die feeling.

What is it that you LOVE about Venus? I love the Tribe feeling. I love the support and encouragement that the women give each other.

Platforms, barefeet or legwarmers for pole classes? Platforms

What are your current pole goals? Learn to invert and actually do it during freestyle.

What are your current fitness goals? Build more muscle on my legs and abs.

What is your favorite Goddess recipe? Popcorn in brown bag.

Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? Nope. I like them all. I do like Despacito. and Privacy” will always be a fav because it was my first performance.

Final Question- Any inspirational advice you would like to share with women who are afraid to come to the studio and start their own transformation? Don’t wait. The girls here are not scary, are not gossipers, and will not judge you. Come and do you! Believe me when I say, “I know how you feel, we’ve all started somewhere.” Treat your workouts like appointments and don’t make excuses. If I would have known all the positive changes Venus was going to do for me, I would have joined sooner.

If you love Beatriz’ story and want to be on the path to your own transformation, make sure to get on board with ourJanuary Jumpstart that starts on Monday, January 15th. You in? I think the time is now. Don’t wait for the perfect time…it doesn’t exist!

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