August 31, 2010
I was diagnosed
with "near" vitamin D deficiency last year after battling those stress
fractures and now am on track. I also have to take a "water pill" to help
my crappy mitral valve work better. Besides a basic
multi-vitamin that I
take 2-3 times a day, I also take Velvet Antler. WTF is this you ask? I've
talked about this a few times over the past 2.5 years since I was lucky to
be asked to try taking it. This comes right from the elk's antler. That
brings us back to the "real" thing. Back to animals. Back to the fact that
EVERYTHING we need to survive is already here for us. Whatever you believe
in, you have to admit-that person did good! To read all about the
technical lingo of just what velvet antler has in it and
what it does for you-please click
"HERE" to read. I
suggest printing it and keeping it for reference. I just can say this,
I've never felt better in my life. It helps me physically and mentally to
live my life as I do. I have NO joint pain. I have NO issues with being
sick. I have no complaints. Well, so to speak! I get the velvet antler
from a local (yay for local businesses!) elk farm just down the road. Feel
free to click on their
website to read all
about them. Diana and Bob Susen are a great couple and I'm forever
thankful for meeting them. Velvet antler is great for us athletes! Diana
is now supplying the trainer of well known sports figure, Steven Nash of
the Poenix Suns! There are so many benefits, besides for athletes, to take
velvet antler that I could go on and on .
Aug. 28, 2010 Eisenbahn Half Marathon summary
This was not
a very fast race by any means with the heat and all, but it's over.
"official" numbers are this:
The Velvet Antler definitely kept my stamina going
during the heat of this race.
This race was done on a crushed limestone trail and I never had any issues
of pain in any of my joints. I
truly feel the velvet antler played a vital role in my endurance.
I was also quick to recover within a few hours after the race,
along with some stretching, I was in very limited amount of pain and
April 6, 2010
Meadow Creek Elk Farms is proud
to announce the sponsorship of Diana Behrend in
the Eisenbahn Half Marathon being held in West Bend WI on August 28, 2010.
The race is being organized by The Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
of Washington Co. (AODA)
Diana's 2010 schedule
The Deer Run-a 10K in Brown Deer, WI
Green Bay 1/2 Marathon in Green Bay, WI
the Council 1/2 Marathon in West Bend, WI
date set yet, but the Marinette Triathlon (3rd year in a row)
date set yet, but the Green Bay Duathlon (3rd year in a row)
Sunday, August 30, 2009
On March 13th, 2007 I weighed 304lbs. Today I
weigh 185lbs. How did I accomplish this task? Read along and let me
tell you my story of how I successfully conquered the disease we know as
(Diana before/after photo)
the early part of March of 2007, I seen my reflection in the TV screen
as it went black while switching from a show to a commercial. You know
that fast split second of time before the next thing airs? Well, I had
seen someone who looked really unhappy and just plane fat. I was out of
shape, I couldn’t breath normally. I had aches and pains that I
shouldn’t have for my age. I was at the time 45 years old and felt like
75. I knew of a co-worker who was also a personal trainer on the side.
I got in touch with her and we worked hard. We went over diet and
nutrition as well as workouts. We meet once a month at her place and
she trained me in different ways. We used boot camp techniques and then
moved on to kettlebells. Kettlebells are a Russian way of strength
workouts. I easily started to drop some weight and gained huge amounts
of confidence, motivation and then determination. As with any form of
working out, I needed a goal to reach besides just losing the weight.
She had suggested some local events like running a 5K. At that point I
had laughed because there was no way I’d ever run. Well, when I came
back with my own goal of actually doing a triathlon instead she was very
surprised, to say the least. I had always loved swimming. I grew up
spending my summers on a lake and swam every day. I also love to bike,
that was my true passion. So to only have to learn to run, I thought it
was do-able. I started out slow. ¼ mile at a time. The day I ran my
very first full mile was on January 1, 2008. I remember sending a voice
mail to my trainer telling her the news. I cried over my achievement.
My miles started to “add up” to 1.5, then 1.75, then 2.0 and so on. I
knew this triathlon was going to happen. I then met Diana Susen from
Meadow Creek Elk Farm. Once she learned of what I was training for, she
mentioned the benefits of using Elk Velvet Antler. I started taking it
approximately 1 month before my triathlon. Literally, within days, I
noticed a huge difference in how I felt. I had no pain in my knees and
my endurance skyrocketed. My times for each event went down; I was
doing them all faster. I also noticed not only physical benefits but
also mental as well. My moods were good, I went with the flow more, I
was able to let the daily grinds just bounce off.
I had lost just over 100lbs when my triathlon date came.
I was very excited and nervous. It was a small one up on Northern
Wisconsin. There were only 75 participants. Perfect for a first
timer! I ended up placing 3rd for my age group bringing home
a bronze medal!
Since that event, I’ve done numerous other 5K’s, some
10K’s and had signed up for my first ½ marathon this past spring in
Green Bay. Training was going well until I had started to realize that
this year of 2009 was not going to be a good one! I had to have
gallbladder surgery in March which left me sidelined from any form of
training for over 6 weeks. The velvet antler however, kept my endurance
up and helped me heal. I started to train and do some running by end of
April. Two weeks before the ½ marathon I was stricken with 3 stress
fractures in my right foot. Again it strikes! Unable to participate
was devastating to me. I was ready and excited for it. While the foot
was healing and I was banned from any kind of running, I hit the bike.
I put on over 1400 miles this year and it’s not over yet! I conquered
my first 50 mile ride. Then my first 75 mile ride, followed quickly by
my first “century” ride. All personal records for me. The velvet
antler was going strong with my training-even though running was not a
part of it. After all, I still had swimming and biking to train for.
My first triathlon of the year was this past weekend in West Bend.
Another sprint which consisted of ¼ mile swim, 13mile bike, and 5k run.
I had started to increase my dose of velvet antler two weeks ago to find
that it helped. I was starting to feel some knee pain, but quickly gone
with the increase. My times for this triathlon were good. The weather
for this event was horrible. It was cold, very windy and dreary.
In two weeks I go back up north to the same triathlon
that was my first last year. I hope to bring home another medal-this
Velvet antler has done so much for me physically and
mentally that I don’t ever see a time when I will stop taking it. It
regulated my body functions to that of a 30 year old. Oh if only we
could actually turn back time!
With sincere thanks for meeting up with Diana Susen,
Triathlete and Obesity Conqueror
have taken Elk Velvet Antler now for the last six months. I started it
about a month before my triathlon last year. I originally came into EVA
via a friend, Diana Susen who I have purchased all my elk meat from
over the years at her farm, Meadow Creek Elk Farm, here in West Bend,
Wisconsin. She found out that I was training for a triathlon and
suggested that I give it a try. She has all kinds of other
testimonials on her web site which you can look at by clicking on her
logo on my sidebar. I am definitely not one to take pills. I only take
prescriptions which I am forced to and a daily multi-vitamin. Other
"miracle" drugs and pills....I was never one for all the bullshit. I
rarely take anything even a Tylenol. Anyways....I started taking 4
capsules a day and increased to 6 which is still where I am at. I take
them all at once in the morning and flush them down with my diet
mountain dew! I have never felt better, and I noticed a feeling of
equalness within the very first few days. I no longer have "highs" and
"lows"...so to speak through out my day. I don't need to grab a dt dew
to "pump" me up during the middle of a day. I can't remember the last
time I got sick, I haven't had a cold, the flu, any sinus issues,
nothing and yes...I suppose you could say...."hey, maybe you're just
having a good year?" I don't think so. My immune system is rock solid.
I am around all kinds of shit at the hospital and seeing others get
sick left and right and I am not....well, that to me is more than just
Sickness is not looked upon as the result of an imbalance of various
organs of the body, but also an imbalance of the emotional, mental and
environmental factors in ones life. The body needs to be treated as a
whole to promote health and prevent illness versus just concentrating
on treating a sickness or symptom. If the physiological and spiritual
balance of the entire body is achieved, one is far more likely to
enjoy a happier, healthier life.
Another area that needs to be explained is the process of obtaining
elk antler. The antlers are first removed from the elk during the
"velvet" stage of growth. This process is not harmful to the elk and
is an annual renewable resource. Much care is always used when
handling the elk, as they are very majestic and respected animals.
Once the antler is removed, it is then processed at a local plant,
sent to a laboratory for analysis, encapsulated, and packaged for the
My training for the tri went well while on the EVA, my times actually
went down for each of the events. I never did my 15 miles on my bike
in under an hour until after I started the EVA. It went from 1 hour
and 5 minutes down to 55 minutes. I am not by any means stating this
is the only thing in the world and you should take it, but I do highly
recommend it. It has made me feel great. I have NO pain while running.
I have NO joint pain ...anywhere. My cycles are balanced. My hair and
skin are great. I have great circulation. I have great energy....
sometimes too much! I am healthier both physicallyAND mentally. One
thing I know that I can place credit on is my collar bone. I killed my
SC joint on my left side over a year ago and it was in bad shape. I
went through the basics of PT and all the stretches and exercises...it
was eventually, I thought in great shape. Now it is even better and I
have had no relapses of any kind with it. Yes, I learned proper
technique with my kb's so as not to injure it again, but I know the
EVA also helped in the aid of it's healing.
I look forward to training with it for my first HM this May!
So there ya have it. My 2 cents worth. I am happy with it. I will
continue it for as long as I am on this earth. I would recommend it. I
hope someone tries. If not....thanks for listening!
Enough of that....today I may not workout. Jared is ill, should get
him on the EVA! Anyways, there is NOTHING that pulls at your
heartstrings more than when your child is sick and you just want to
hug him and make it all go away. Any parent can relate to that. Right
now he's snoring away on the couch with a blanket and a bucket next to
him on the floor! Poor guy! I will probably go out and do some
snowshoeing when Jeff gets home from work to get a little peace and
quiet before getting back to my "dot" drawing. I worked on that thing
for an hour yesterday and had to call it quits. My hand was all
cramped up and my eyes were messed up! Can't imagine why??!!
Anyways, have a great weekend!
Hey, how's things?
I haven't kept in touch too well lately. I've been busy enjoying winter!
I like to snowshoe, so with all the recent snow I've been over to Pike
Lake state park most of the time!
I did want to
mention that the velvet antler is still keeping me going strong! It has
helped a lot with my kettlebell training. I know what it's done for my
running and biking, so anxious to see how it helped with the rest of my
training. I've been still running-even went running yesterday morning in
the snow! Definitely a little trickier than running when it's dry, but
you get used to it. I signed up for my half-marathon for May 17th, 2009
in Green Bay. I can't wait. I'm off to the pool right now to get a few
laps in for the day.
Hope you all had a
great Thanksgiving-I will be in touch soon to get some meat-freezer is
starting to get bare again! Diana
September 12, 2008
Local paper features Diana Behrend
First Triathlon nets metal
for #1 beginner....Diana comes home with a Bronze
Read more about Diana on
The Fall Fun YMCA Triathlon will be held on
September 13, 2008 in Marinette, WI
about the Triathlon in Marinette:
Summary of Velvet Antler>>>
Diana Behrend, Slinger, WI
I first met Diana Behrend about a
year ago when she visited our farm to purchase our elk meat. I was
impressed with Diana, not because she had the same first name as mine, not
because she was buying our product, but because she was dedicated in
eating healthy, in fact she is devoted to eating food that is
locally produced. She is not just dedicated to that either, she is
committed to being the best she can be.
There is a wonderful story within this
beautiful person and we are grateful that Diana is allowing us to share it
This last August, Diana told me all
about the triathlon she was training for. I introduced her to our velvet
antler as I thought it could be effective aid for her performance and aid
with quicker recovery.
Now this is a woman with lots of ambition, she has
lost over 100 pounds, and now at 46 is training for her first triathlon.
Diana makes daily entries on her blog
September 01, 08
feel like a million bucks this week. I have to attribute this endurance
and stamina to the velvet antler. I can't explain it any other way. I
biked my fastest 15 miles ever this week, I ran 3 miles in 31
minutes-another PR, I was able to run 3 miles and bike another 25 right
after the run. I have NO pain in my knees or hip.
started taking velvet antler after speaking with Diana Susen about my
training for my first triathlon. Once she new of my task at hand, she
suggested taking velvet antler to see how it would help my training.
Within days of starting it, I noticed a nice increase in my
metabolism. The aching I was starting to have in my knees stopped and
they have not bothered me since. My training went well and I have
since completed my triathlon-bringing home a third place finish! My
times for each of the three events I would be doing had decreased
nicely. I had a 15 mile bike ride to do during the triathlon and I
had tried feverishly to get my time for that under an hour. I had no
luck. After about a week on the velvet antler, my time had dropped
from my fastest being 1 hour and 2 minutes down to 54 minutes! My
running was more comfortable, my swimming was smooth, it all came
together. Now that the triathlon is over, I have done other events,
one being a duathlon in Green Bay. That is a 3 mile run/32 mile
bike/1 mile run. I also did well with that even though I was
suffering from a bad cold. The velvet antler gives me an all day
"comfort and ease" feeling. I do not get any "up" and "down" moments
like slamming a red bull would do. It's a great product and I will
continue on it as long as I am here! I look forward to next year and
all the events I have planned. More triathlons for sure! I also have
my big goal of doing my first half-marathon run on May 17th, 2009!
Diana Behrend, Triathlete, Slinger Wisconsin, September, 2008
Read more about Diana Behrend on
FROM DIANA'S BLOG
April 6, 2010
UPING THE ANTLER It's
been awhile since I've talked about Velvet Antler. It is a supplement
that I take on a daily basis. I started taking it back in August of
2008, right before what was to be my very first triathlon. I used to
pick up elk meat at a local butcher shop, but it started to get
frustrating since every time I would go there to get some, they would be
out of it. I noticed that the "label" on the elk meat was from a elk
farm just down the road a few miles. I dialed the phone number to ask if
it was OK that I just came and got the meat right from the "source". I
spoke to a very friendly lady and drove out a few days later to pick up
burgers. I met the owner of the farm; Diana Susen. We've been friends
ever since. Once she learned of my weight loss and my endeavor to
compete in a triathlon, she spoke of the velvet antler and how it's
great for athletes. I am NOT a pill taker of any sort. I rarely take
Tylenol, so this was asking a lot. Within days, I felt more energy. I
felt a calmness to my moods. I felt no pain in any joint. I felt great.
As the training went up to higher levels, I increased the VA. I was up
to 12 a day and feeling great. My times for each of the 3 triathlon
events went down. My very first triathlon, I brought home silver for my
AG. There are so many benefits from taking velvet antler that I really
can't list them all. I encourage you to click on their
website to read all the
info. There are other testimonials, other reasons for it, it's history
and so on. I don't like to use anything that is "man-made". I don't take
any powders or bars or drinks or pills. This comes right from the
animal. NO harm is done to the animal, this is a natural process when
their antlers come off. The only harm done to the animal is when we
grill it and put it on a bun with a fried egg on top! DELICIOUS!
I backed down on the VA during the "off" seasons and have just in the
last 2 weeks gone back up from 6 to 10 and will more than likely hit 12
again a month before the RKC. I have 3 grueling days and I know I will
have the stamina, the metabolism and the right frame of mind to do it!
I had the pleasure to be "sponsored" by my good friends Diana and Bob
Susen for a triathlon I did last fall. It was a great time and all the
athletes were fed free elk burgers at the end! A lot of work for the
Susen family to go through, but we athletes truly appreciated it! This
coming late August, I'm being sponsored again by Meadow Creek Elk Farm
at a inaugural 1/2 marathon also held just down the road. It's actually
being run on the Eisenbahn trail which is a "rail-to-trail" that I've
done most of my bike riding on! I've posted many of blogs about that
trail-it's the one that always has all the damn snakes on it! I know, I
know.....and now I'm going to run on it! Hell yeah, I thought about all
them slimy bastards just waiting for me. I'm already thinking (worrying)
about it! No matter what, it should be a great time and I look forward
to wearing my Meadow Creek Elk Farm shirt with pride as I run this race.
That now makes two 1/2 marathons that I am "officially" signed up for
this year! Woo-hoo. I have a 10K on the 24th of this month. It's the
same 10K I did last year where it ended in a major thunder storm with
pouring rain! Then the 1/2 on May 16th through Lambeau Field. I will be
doing (for the 3rd year in a row) the Marinette triathlon this
September, no exact date set yet. I will also be doing my favorite
duathlon-the Green Bay Duathlon (also my 3rd year in a row) in October,
again, no exact date set yet. Plus as we all know the BIG ONE OF THEM
ALL.................RKC is also in there!
The training is going well with the kettlebells. I love those little
bastards just a little more each time I work with them. The harder the
workout gets, the harder it is for me to quit!
MaxVO2 snatches w/12kg
36 seconds on/36 seconds off
18 reps per set x 20 sets.......total snatches: 360
Not bad for having a nasty ass head cold.
What a great 2010 this is turning out to be! I won't aim for success, I
just know that since I want it I will continue to do what I love and
believe in, therefore it will come naturally!
Hope you all have a great day!
What a "stinger" of a race!
September 14, 2008
GOT A DAMN MEDAL IN MY FIRST TRIATHLON!!!! As I walked up to receive my
medal, it was the same lady who painted my number "1" on my arm. She had
announced to all that this was my first triathlon. Lots of people
congratulated me! A few seconds after that I had to walk down the hall
and let it all sink in! In other words, I had to go have my victory
on Diana's blog)
WEEK OF TRAINING
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Today and tomorrow I do no workouts-just walking. I can't completely sit
still-I'd hurt myself somehow! I've pretty much kept to myself this
week. I haven't talked with anyone, I haven't emailed anyone, I haven't
text'd anyone. I just am trying to collect my thoughts and get ready.
What a GREAT ride this has been getting here. What an emotional ride.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I did a bike/run/bike brick. I biked
26miles, ran 2miles, biked 7miles without taking any break in between
each thing. I finished it in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Is that good? I
don't know. Never did it before. But that's the key-never did it before.
I don't try to outdo others, only myself.
on Diana's blog)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Today I ran 6.5 miles! That is 1/2 of a 1/2 marathon. Holy crap! I
was a little hesitant to run at all so early in the day because it was
46 degrees when I left and my asthma only bothers me with sucking in
cold air, so wasn't too excited to go because of that. I felt good
otherwise and Tuesdays seem to be my good "running" day. I had it in my
mind that I was going to do 5 for sure. (read more
on Diana's blog)
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I ran 5
miles this past Saturday and felt great throughout the entire run and
after all night at work, I biked 20 miles this morning and felt great
during it and after at work again. I have had NO, absolutely NONE, pain
in my knees or my hip. I do not like to take pills of any sorts if at
all possible, in fact, I rarely take a Tylenol, but I will continue with
the velvet antler! (read more on Diana's blog)
A HAPPY ENDING
Nobody can go
back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a
I didn't want to live my life fat and miserable anymore, I didn't want
to die early of an obesity-related disease. I wanted to learn how to run
and become the best runner I knew how. I wanted to ride my bike for
miles and enjoy this great country I live in. I wanted to become the
best person I could. Basically....I want a happy ending, not a sad one.
So regardless of how I got fat or how long I've been fat, I've changed
my ending. Everyday I'm out there proving my strength to myself and the
I am thankful for the opportunity to do so. What an amazing gift. So
many go through life wondering whether they're strong or not-I know I
am, I've proved it!
I will never be the fat and unhappy person I was 2 years ago, I may fall
off the wagon here or there, but tomorrow never comes-all we have is
today and I've become the healthiest and happiest person I could have
ever imagined. I can hardly wait to become the "triathlete" I've craved
for months and then to do what ever comes next in my life!
By Diana Behrend