WarriorBabe Interview - Denise

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WarriorBabe Interview - Denise

- Hey, everybody, welcome to our second Warrior Babe interview with our veteran Warrior Babe, Denise. Denise has been a Warrior Babe for just about 13 months now, right?

- No, not even. I think I'm just at the beginning, this is my first week of month nine.

- Month nine, but okay, you have a comparison to the Revolution and the VIP programs.

- Oh, and in Revolution? Okay, yeah, probably.

- About 13 months? A little over a year. And in her journey with the VIP you've dropped 25 pounds in the seven, nine month range?

- Yeah, eight months because we're just starting nine, yup.

- Yeah.

- Yeah, Awesome.

- And to be honest, speaking for the whole of VIP group right now, we didn't even recognize you on that, two Q&A's ago.

- That's what they've been saying? Well, the haircut's part of it.

- And your face, you know, everything. You've made incredible changes with your entire body, and from a coach's standpoint, I know that Madeline and I, we see it as a blessing working with you because you literally just take the macro numbers, and the workouts and you just do the work-

- Do it.

- No questions asked.

- Nobody else can do it for me, right? I have to do it so...

- Yeah, exactly.

- It's clear what's to be done.

- Yeah. So everybody. welcome Denise here, she's here to share some pointers for you, babes, so that you can adopt some of her strategies, some of her mind strategies, some of her techniques into your own journey here, moving forward. So welcome Denise, I'm excited to have you there.

- Thanks. It's

- Yeah, likewise, so let's kick it right off. So tell us your story and how you got to where you are right now.

- Well, I brought a picture.

- Yay!

- This was a little over 10 years ago. Hopefully you can see it and tell me.

- Yes. Wow!

- This was me, we're on a vacation out West. Can you guys see that?

- Yeah.

- That was a little over 10 years ago, and that was kinda my defining, aha moment. Couldn't keep up with anybody. I mean, I was over 210 in that picture and that's when I saw that picture, I said, "That's it, I'm done." I couldn't even walk up a flight of stairs without really taking deep breaths. "I'm not gonna become victim to my family's genetics. That's it, I'm done." So over these years, it's been some up and down. I started on my own and it was really more in the summers because for whatever reason, I felt I didn't have time during the school year, when I was working, and I did, it was my excuse. So after a couple of years up and down there, I hired a trainer, I said, "I'm done." I was with my trainer for six and a half years roughly, before he left the business. A couple injuries in there that slowed me down, with hip surgery, so that kind of slowed me down for a good year. As soon as I got going after that, I ruptured a ligament in a thumb, so then that slowed down the upper body. But once he left, I kinda didn't know where to go. I didn't wanna be with the other trainers there 'cause they weren't gonna be hard enough for me. He closed up shop. So I went on my own, and within those two years before leaving there and joining Revolution, the workouts were great, I wrote my own, my son who is a trainer would help me write workouts. But nutrition was, that's it, gone and I just put all that weight back on. And it didn't get quite back to that, but I was close to getting real close. And that's when I gave in, joined Revolution, and six months after that, I said, "I'm going deep, let's do VIP," and here I am, I can't be happier.

- Yeah.

- Awesome.

- Your is insane! It's incredible!

- Yeah, I'm where to go too. So pretty soon I'm gonna have one like you.

- Let's go, let's go! You are on your way. On the Q&A days you could see the shoulders starting to really take-

- Yeah, everywhere soon. I'm sure my arm is.

- Yeah, take shape, yeah. Awesome babie. You're an inspiration to not only myself, but everybody that's inside the program. It's incredible what you've done, and incredible where you came from and where you are right now. Now diving into what we're all experiencing right now, especially you, since you're in New York, you're experiencing it heavy up there with the COVID situation. Before I dive into the next question I have for you, I wanted you to share what your coworkers said to you when you had to go back to the school.

- Yeah, like two weeks ago we went back to school. A group of us were there collecting books. We had the kids drive up, hand us books and yada yada. And it was a 90 degree day and I'm standing out front. So I'm in just shorts and a tank top because it was hot. And a coworker walked by me and she's like, "Holy crap, you look amazing!" And I'm like, "Great, thank you." And as she continued walking by me, she said to someone else, she was like, "Oh my God, I wanna look like that." She didn't know I heard that, but it was awesome.

- So incredible, this quarantine done you real well.

- Yeah, the quarantine's been good for me actually.

- Yeah, so I want to dive into that. How are you handling it with your goals?

- Well, as you say, I've continued to drop during quarantine. It's just kept me in a routine. My husband was only home for a couple of weeks. So that kind of got the routine kind of weird because he was using my workout space for his workspace. I'm like, "Get the hell back to work." Once he got back to work, I really got in my routine. I get up, me and the cats and I just do my thing. My foods are already in a refrigerator, so I don't even have the temptation to go after something else, 'cause every afternoon I use that time, boom, boom, boom. Get all my meals, they're in the fridge for the next day. Yeah, it's just been keeping me on a routine. Can't go anywhere, can't do anything, so...

- You guys, you're in control of what you got at home. Your nutrition, your workouts, you're in control of that with everything that's going on, you can't really control that stuff, but you can control the things that you wanna do for yourself.

- There's even 10 boxes of girl scout cookies in my house. That I still have not touched.

- You've hack!

- No. I put them in the freezer and I just left them there, out of state, out of my way, I don't see 'em; out of sight, out of mind. So they're there, but

- That's awesome. That's awesome, I love that discipline. I'm gonna dive in a couple of minutes, how you have everything prepared, like you said your foods in your fridge is already done, there not even a thought. You just go and grab this, we'll dive into that in a second, but right now, how do you find the accountability to stay on track?

- Well, after doing this for so many years, when I had my trainer, they kept me accountable for my food. Even though they were kind of forcing me to eat food, I don't wanna say forced to me, they weren't feeding me, but they're really trying to teach you to eat foods that are, whole foods, healthy foods, clean foods. And that's great, but they really wanted me to eat foods I really don't like, so having this, I don't know, just knowing that I can eat foods I like, and still stay within those macros, has just kept me in a better mindset that it's not like, I don't need to go and cheat, because I really was gagging food down before, to the point that I don't wanna eat it, so I wouldn't eat at all. So obviously not eating at all is just as bad as eating all the crap food. So now I've just got, 'cause I'm eating foods I like, I'm just keeping myself accountable. And I mean, I have you guys looking at it, so that helps. It's part of the reason I did this.

- That's right, we're seeing everything.

- Nice, you've just been keeping me on track. I dunno, I've been good. Just keeping true to myself.

- Yeah, yeah, that's awesome. And kind of stemming off of what you said with you, you find it a lot easier to be enjoying the foods that you get to enjoy.

- Yeah.

- Can you shade the little light on what kind of experience you did when you started working with other trainers? Did you feel restricted or was it that you just felt like you couldn't veer off?

- It was kind of both. I mean, I felt some restriction because they're like, "Don't be eating the burgers 'cause I don't know how much you're having in a bunch. You need to cut down on the carbs." "Okay, I get it." Now was, "Let's cut down on the dairy, too much sugar." They were really restricting me things that I do like, and trying to get me to, I'm not a vegetable person. "Come on, you need that broccoli, you need the cauliflower." No matter how I doctored up, I was gagging it down. So I just wasn't eating. So when it would come time for an assessment, once every four, six weeks, not every time, but there were times where I'd be like, "I know I ate bad, so I'm just gonna fast for a day before an assessment," stuff like that. So it's just, I was trying to play with the system instead of just doing it the right way, because I was feeling restricted with the foods that they want you to eat.

- Yeah, yeah. Wow! So how do you feel like, what kind of... okay, share a little bit about that nutrition plan you were following. Was it macros, was it, or was it just like, "Eat this."

- It was more, we found that, playing with different things with me. I love oatmeal, but oatmeal doesn't love me. So we tried playing with a couple of different plans and I would say mostly I was eating more of a paleo type of plan, it wasn't macros the way you teach macros. And they would say, "Well, let's have you eat, 1500 calories a day, but we didn't really break it down into macros. It was like, "Let's just do this many calories, but eat a paleo style." And it worked, but we've also found my body adjusts fairly quickly to a lot of changes I make. So it'll work for a few weeks, and then boom, I would just plateau and be like that for weeks. So my body, it's always a lot of tweaking, but there were tweaking more in that sort of way, as opposed to using the macros, the only time we really got macros, every once in a while, they'd offer these, "All right, you're already a client, but, okay. So all of these clients, we're going to offer you a new program. Well, let's do this eight-week thing and we'll have a group of tenures to do it." And that's when we'd get more restrictive with specific macros. Other than that, it was more the paleo plan for me.

- Gotcha, and would you say that, what you were following before Warrior Babe, are you eating more food now, than you were with the other programs?

- Yeah, I only, because even though, let's say calorie-wise, I'm kinda eating the same amount of calories, but eating the other way. I was being very restrictive and again, I was trying to get food that I didn't like, so I would stop eating. So my numbers were supposed to be the same in terms of calories, not macros. But I wasn't really eating it because I didn't like it.

- Yeah-

- So I definitely eat more now, and I'm doing five meals a day instead of six, just 'cause the way my numbers are, it's easier to fit them in five. I'd definitely eat more now, much more regular, foods I like.

- Yeah. How do you deal with the psychology of eating more food in order to get to the kind of goals that you're getting to right now?

- It's surprising, you wouldn't think you wanna eat all that food? Yeah I mean, I love it. And it surprises me that I can eat that much, and still be hungry. Not that I always am hungry, but I'll have days, past couple of days, I've actually been hungry. And I'm eating the same things I have been. So I have up and down days with that, some days I just don't even wanna eat, but I'll force myself to eat it 'cause I know I need to.

- Yeah.

- But it's surprising. You wouldn't think that you can eat as much food, and continue to lose.

- Yeah. It is, isn't it?

- Yeah.

- From what we've all kinda, and especially you guys, you grown up thinking that eating less is the way to lose the weight. And then you come into Warrior Babe and we're like, "No, you got to eat like, 15, 16, 17, 1800 calories, and then you're starting to dropping the weight, and you're just like. Your normal belief system just get thrown out the door.

- Well, when we're actually in school and people see, I have a little refrigerator on my desk and I bring my food in every day and shove it in there, and people would come in and out of my classroom, and they're like, "Are you still eating?" I'm like, "Yeah."

- That's awesome. That's awesome. So yeah, you're a teacher. So can you share a little bit insight on, 'cause there's other women who have, me being a nurse, we're in the emergency room or there's other women that have a very focused job, where it's hard for them to veer off to eat a meal. So how do you go about your day in the work field with eating your meals when you were working, and-

- Yeah. Well, I mean, I have to admit it's probably a little bit easier for me 'cause I have my little refrigerator in my room. A lot of teachers don't have that and they bring their food and keep it in the teacher's lounges. We have a bunch of different ones, 'cause all the different departments have their own little areas. So some of the teachers, don't have the ability to run in there and go get their food. I have my refrigerator and I'll just grab it. The kids will be working, I don't care. I'm just gonna sit there and eat in front of them. Kids eat in front of us, so I mean, that's what I do. Other teachers, I can understand it's a little harder for them, but if they were to plan it out and just say, "Oh, I know I'm gonna be in class, let me bring this with me." It can be done.

- Yeah, yeah. That's simple as that, it can be done.

- You gotta make it work.

- Yeah, yeah. So there's a lot of babes struggle with hitting their macros or planning ahead. So kinda touching base on what you said with your routine during this time we're all facing, and how you plan ahead and bring all your stuff to where your work space, what are you some pointers that you can provide those babes who struggle hitting their macros or planning ahead?

- Well, I mean, I prep constantly. I don't wanna say it's just every weekend, 'cause like I just made my potatoes for next week. I just finished doing that. So I'll use a couple of days a week. I actually plan a week at a time. I mean, everyone's different. You gotta find what works for you. But like one night a week, as I'm chilling out watching TV, I'm gonna be on my fitness pal. I have three meals that are pretty much staples, that I don't change. My pre-workout, my post-workout, and then I have another meal that is just kinda like my comfort. The yogurt and berries and almond butter, that I'll have, now it's at night, it used to be during school, I used to have it in the morning. So those three always stay the same. I always plug them into my fitness pal first and then work around that to make my numbers work. I find whatever leading protein and what other carbs I need to fit. Everyone's different. It's kinda hard, you gotta find just something that works for you. I also keep things very simple, and eat a lot of the same foods. When I was trying to be creative and eat lots of different things, it just didn't work. You gotta keep it simple.

- You do. Because especially when you're learning the macro side of things, it can be a little overwhelming at first to start off and you're like, "Oh my gosh, how do I fit in protein, fats and carbs, and get it within plus or minus five?" But when you just figure out, if you just sit in there for a couple hours and play around while you're watching TV, like you're saying, yes, that's what you did?

- I definitely find, if any newbies are really trying to get used to it and do your pre and post first, 'cause you really wanna make sure those numbers are where they should be, and kind of leave them. And then play with everything else afterwards. I think that's a really good starting point.

- Yeah, do you find it fun playing around with those numbers? In my fitness pal I'm always like, "I got, I get, I know this can just come down in quantities, and this is your all."

- like, "Seriously, that one little extra ounce?" I'm like, "Yeah, it makes a difference."

- Always make a difference in diet.

- Yeah, I do have a husband who's funny.

- Yeah, that's awesome, I-

- a little cream, I'll find the tiniest little thing, whatever will fit.

- Yes, exactly. That was me last night trying to fit in my last six curves, I'm like, "How do I, how am I gonna maneuver this one?" But it's very-

- My husband looks at my food sometimes, he's like, "Seriously, you're having that?" I'm like, "Hey, it all fits in, I don't care what the combo is."

- Yeah, do you eat more than your husband eats? Side note, side topic.

- definitely. And I'm not a big eater, but I definitely eat more. He's tried a couple of times where he'll go and buy some plan from somebody and he tried if, he was really good for about a month, but it was exactly the same foods, so he's like, "I can't do this." I'm like, "I've been trying to help you." I make extra food and I'll throw in a freezer for him, and he was like, "Yeah, but then I gonna heat it up when I get home. Whatever

- That's awesome. Yeah, so the pointers are great. 'Cause in terms of just planning ahead, it's to eliminate the thought processes mentally, of like, "What am I going to eat?" It's just so much easier to be eating the same exact thing, and like you said, having your staple meals and just being able to fit in some other things that you're kinda craving.

- And I just, every afternoon put them all together, throw 'em in the fridge and then just grab. It's not like I have all the pieces in the fridge and I have to put it together, I literally put each meal together, just grab it.

- Yeah, so that's how, that's your routine now like, especially being at home, that's how you just plan everything the day before, and then it's in there in the fridge and you can just walk and pull out.

- Yeah, and even when school was in though, I would still do that same thing. Put everything together, so the next morning I get up, grab my cooler boom, boom, boom. Pop them all in there that I need during the work hours. Yeah, it just keeps you on track. It keeps you accountable, and instead of, "Ooh, well maybe I wanna mix this up, and no."

- Yeah.

- As long as it's together, I'm not gonna change it.

- Yeah, awesome. And then do you feel like when you're at school, you don't really have the temptation to wanna veer off track. You know, you've got your meals in place.

- It's true, especially when they have all those big sales, and all those things aren't gonna happen anymore, but,

- Yeah, yeah, yeah, absolutely.

- Yeah.

- Oh yeah, it's definitely kept me from temptation.

- Awesome. So what's some advice that you could give somebody who is just starting their fitness journey?

- Definitely need to ask questions. Yeah. Start coming out of your shell. I'm the quiet one of the group.

- You are, you are .

- Just how I am, but I take it all in.

- Yeah.

- You've gotta be willing to ask questions, even if you are quiet like me and you don't wanna speak up in a group, message your coach. They will get back to you. Ask the questions, don't sit there going, "Oh, I wish I asked this." I wish I asked that." 'Cause you're not gonna get the answers unless you ask. Somebody else may or may not ask that but, and join into the zoom meetings. It took me a couple of weeks to really get going. But there's just so much information and we're all there for each other.

- Yeah.

- You don't feel like you're alone 'cause you're not.

- Yeah.

- Even if you don't have the outside support at home, you've always got the support of the group, and there's-

- A hundred percent. A hundred percent. And that goes for the VIP, the Blueprint, to the Revolution.

- Absolutely.

- In two days, access to the Q&A's in all of the groups, and I always say, never assume that you know the answer, 'cause then you kinda get a loss and like, "Well, it could be this, it could be this, it could be this." Or you're hushing up all belief systems that could be answering your question for you, when you could just answer it and then have clarity by-

- Absolutely.

- By me or the coaches or anybody who's in the Warrior Babe-

- Yeah, and anyone else, we're all, some of us might just jump in and answer a question. It doesn't necessarily have to be you guys.

- Absolutely, absolutely.

- I know some of them even talk to each other outside of the Zoom meetings. You have that too. We're all here for each other, and it's just, it's huge. You need it.

- Yeah, absolutely. And plus, I always, when I get questions, I'm like, "They're in it, they want to do it." And of course when somebody is asking a bunch of questions like, "What about this? What about this? And why this, and da, da, da?" That means that they're focused and I want to do it the right way. Whereas people that don't ask questions, I'm kind of like, I don't feel the, us in it, as I feel like they would be, if they're asking tons of questions. I love questions, and I'd say, a great starter point to anybody that's listening is, just ask questions.

- Yeah, absolutely.

- Yeah.

- Absolutely, I mean everyone's gonna find their own thing and what works for 'em too. And I mean, I even keep a little journal where I'll actually have my workouts written out. They're not just in the app. And I know they're in the app, but what if the app crashes? I've got 'em written down in a little journal, so I know exactly what I did each week. Even if I have to write a note to myself, it's something that I might not be able to put in the app. 'Cause I'm at home, I can't, I have bands, I can't say, "Oh, I put green band in the app." So I can write notes to myself, and that's something else that works for me too. I don't know how many other people may or may not do that.

- Yeah.

- You gotta find what really works for you, but asking questions and just joining in, it's huge. And don't be afraid to make a mistake. You know, you make a mistake, I've made mistakes. I could have my meals planned, but then all of a sudden we're at a friend's house and I don't have my food with me. All right, I'm gonna stir up for the day. You just jumped back on the next day. You can't let it get to you, you can't dwell on it. Boom! New day. It's over and done and just keep looking forward.

- Yes, so many people need to hear that, Denise. Yes, it's like a lot of people they mess up and then they allow it to fall into the next day and they're like, "Okay Monday, I'm gonna just start fresh."

- Yeah-

- You have the ability to start the next day fresh.

- Absolutely.

- Yeah, that awesome. Awesome babe, so what does being a Warrior Babe mean to you?

- Being a Warrior Babe to me is that, well, I've come full circle. I know where I wanna be, and I know what I have to do to get there. And Warrior Babe allows you to use your weaknesses to make you stronger. It really teaches you that you don't give a crap what other people are thinking. If you're at the gym, don't worry about other people watching. Maybe they're trying to learn for you. 'Cause I know I've had that happen to me. So I don't care what other people think. It's just taught me more about myself, and it's given me insight on who I truly am. It's just amazing. I want to be that strong, healthy person. And it's nice to have that group out there and that community telling me get through it. Because we're all going through it.

- Yeah.

- So we're all here to help each other and push each other, and just learn from your weaknesses, learn from your mistakes. And it's just, I don't know, it's defining me at this point. Just working out is part of who I am, and I don't let other people say, "I don't understand why you're doing this." And, "You're not eating right." I'm like, "No, this, this is me. This is who I am, and I'm proud to be part of it." I think it's awesome.

- That's amazing, you just gave me the chills. That's awesome. It's going over 10 years and I've never had this kind of progress so quickly. I'm just thrilled to death. I'm happy to be here, and I'm just gonna keep going.

- Yeah, babe you're just-

- It's been over 25 years since I've been at this weight. It's fantastic.

- That's incredible. Incredible, well, you definitely are a Warrior Babe, through and through, a hundred percent.

- Thanks.

- You put in the work, you have discipline, you have just a, "No BS, I'm just gonna do it." No excuses, "It can get done."

- Absolutely.

- And, That is a Warrior Babe. You are a Warrior Babe. I love it.

- Great-

- I love it.

- Waiting for a

- Yes, yeah, it's coming, it's coming. Awesome babe. So to close off this interview, I just wanna ask, and I'm sure that people could use this into their macro plan and just hear what your favorite snack is. What's your favorite macro combo or favorite snack that you love to enjoy?

- My favorite snack is, it's my yogurt with my berries and my almond butter. And I have to say, I've tried the all American butters in it, I've tried cookie butter in it, just plain old almond butter to me. Almond butter with some berries, yogurt, it's a comfort food, it's not too filling, it's refreshing.

- Yeah. That's my favorite combo right now.

- Love it. Love it. And how about your favorite muscle group to be trained?

- Well before my hip injury, I would have said legs. I loved working legs.

- Awh!

- I love squatting. I can hardly squat any weight anymore. I'd say arms and shoulders at this point. I think it's the best that I can do without injuring myself and yeah.

- Awesome.

- Yesterday's arm workout was awesome, I was actually ready to type in there, you guys are slowing me down. I was kind of staying ahead of you.

- I love it. I love it. That's awesome. That's great. All right, well Denise, it's been a pleasure hanging out with you here and for all of you who want to learn more about the programs that Warrior Babes offers and how to get started, go to www.warriorbabe.com and become a part of thousands of women as you're hearing Denise, the community. Yeah, it's amazing. We're all focusing on getting toned and becoming stronger and more confident versions of ourselves.

- Yes, you won't regret it.

- Yeah.

- Do it.

- Nice, thank you, Babe, thank you for your time here, I appreciate you.

- Thank you, thanks for having me. It's awesome. Thank you.


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