Char Brown won the recent 1st Phorm Transformation contest. She's a type 1 diabetic who has struggled with weight for many years.
Here's what she had to say in her own words:
It’s as good as it gets. I heard it over and over. from all my doctors and specialists; that’s a big community when you’re me. I’ve been a Type 1 Diabetic Female for nearly 20 years now.
What that means is that my body works against itself. Vital parts that keep me alive are attacked and destroyed, and as the years go on, more than just my pancreas has ceased to work. While there is no cure, there are measures I can take to improve my standard of living.
This is where what I’ve wanted and what my doctors say are in conflict. I’ve constantly questioned, pushed, and would not accept my results. I never wanted to be compared to other Type 1s, I wanted my results to mimic those of healthy people.
What did I have to do to make THAT happen? The problem with demanding those results and asking those questions in a community that treats sick people is that no one knows!
As I continued to fight and look for a better way, I experienced the ups and downs of being told one thing and wanting another. A better word to describe Type 1 is the moment to moment disease, as it’s a highly fluctuating, volatile condition. This moment may be great, but give us half an hour, and we could be in emergency status. Numbers. Equations. Life-altering decisions. Every. Minute. Every. Day.
The feedback we get throughout the day comes from a variety of life info devices: pumps, meters, pins, syringes, sets, monitors, and the CGM or the Constant Glucose Monitor. Constant. Sleep does not bring peace. These devices beep and whirr all night, too, giving sometimes positive sometimes negative results. It’s hard not to take it personally. It’s hard not to listen to the voices and disclaimers that all tell you, “You are the exception. This works except in the case of autoimmune. This is as good as it gets."
After a recent injury and time period where I let it all get to me, I finally got my fight back. For months I’d sought help from my Type 1 professional community, with the same sad results. It wasn’t until I forced myself back into the fitness community, and found Venus and other like-minded resources, that I overcame.
Not only did I lose my injury weight, but I discovered how I never again had to be the victim to the ups and downs of life Not even with my disease. I could determine what I wanted and have a clear path on how to achieve those results, and KEEP THEM! The knowledge that has come through Venus, has given me so much power.
The ability to know how to achieve, fix things when I go off-road, and to obtain and MAINTAIN my goals. It’s everything. And really, so simple.
The greater lesson I’ve come to in all of this, is now, how to help others. I was stuck for so many years, just dealing with my health issues, which comprise so much of my time during the day.
Isn’t it interesting how the fitness community, a community of healthy, fit people, have helped me realize things about my disease that my doctors and specialists could not? Even to the point where I am able to pay it forward?
Now I have the added benefit of knowing that everyone can do this. It fills me with joy to share it. It works. It works for me, with my moment-to-moment struggles, and it can work for anyone.
We don’t have to settle. We can achieve. We can become.
It is good, but it also gets better!
Roberta always talks process. “Results come later.”
I didn’t fully understand that when I started the 1stPhorm Transformation contest. I was in a place where I had big goals to achieve, and I had my eyes firmly set on them.
I had lost some initial injury weight, found Roberta and the Venus community, and wanted to continue towards my goals by taking it to the next level with another 8-week push of being solidly committed to fitness, nutrition, and the addition of trying the 1st Phorm products.
What I found was so much more than a physical transformation. Did I transform? Yes. My results were great!
Did I reach the big goals I had my eyes firmly set on? No. You see, during the process, my vision shifted. My transformation was much more internal. Not that my goals were too lofty, but they were set with only the end in mind.
I didn’t understand the value of the process. I was proud of myself for my recent accomplishments, and I knew I’d never go back to those after the injury before pictures, but I still didn’t see and appreciate myself for where I was. Instead, I was hungry to be the person I thought I’d be once I reached the ideal goal in my mind. “We never really actually get there.” That’s another gem from Roberta. And I got that during this process.
I got it. I was also training for an ultra OCR race and learned that too much push stresses us and demands more food. More maintenance days than I would have liked.
That’s where the 1st Phorm Level 1 came in for me and helped me stay where I needed to be with calories. I got to the point where instead of eating something that would throw me over my maintenance calories, I’d opt instead to have another protein shake, pudding, pancake or custard, all made with 1st Phorm Level 1.
The extra lean protein gave me what I needed and helped me adequately fuel. That vanilla is no joke good!
With the Thyro Drive, I found what I’d looked for, for years. I knew I needed better T4 thyroid function, my thyroid is another system my autoimmune, condition attacked years ago, but my doctors were unwilling to mess with it since it was “good enough” on my labs. I didn’t know how to find a solid, healthy solution outside of the medical community, but when I read the 1st Phorm Thyro Drive info I knew I’d found it. Once I tried it, I experienced immediate benefit.
I’m so grateful for what I’ve found. I can’t believe it, almost. I couldn’t have done it on my own. I needed the Phorm Phamily and products. I needed the community and motivation this challenge offered.
Roberta offering her assistance is what sold me on it. Not that she wouldn’t have given it anyway, but in so doing, I listened more. Persisted. Transformed towards a far better end than what I set out to do.
The refining will come later. I will continue because here is where I want to be.
This is me. And I love it.
Let's make it happen!
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