From Flab to Fab!

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Writing it down

So you think there is a quick fix when it comes to weight loss? I’m sorry to tell you, first you need to define your flab and your fab for any action to work. Thought I would write myself a letter about my journey to fabulous today! For the New Year 2018 I’m going to reflect on my progress from this point and you can either bring out the champagne with me or eat some carrots as a consolation prize! I’ve had a head start and I’ve lost 2 dress sizes already, should I consider that an unfair advantage against me (haha)!

It’s started with that photo of the woman running. I saw it above the massage bed at the physio office, and it called me. I heard it. It said run with me. One day later, I’ll answer her by writing to me!

The Letter

Dear Self,

I’m defining my idea of flab as the loose tire I carry around my waist. The one that falls over, but looks like its getting deflated from the work I’ve put in so far. My arms are all jiggles but I can’t do much based on my back, shoulder, and injuries to my neck and right side of my body. The cellulite and fatty deposits on my thighs look like a I’m kneading flour for bread and its lumpy. I love the way my legs from below the knees look to my cute feet so that is one less area for development! The other side which I hope will go down ( but not holding out hope ) is my super huge derriere, which is firm but more than a tad on the enormous side! So that’s it. Everything else is good!

How I see fab is more about how I feel than a dress size. I’m wearing a 16/17 now and at the end of the year fab will be a size 12! For some folks that may seem big still for me, I’m not looking to be a scarecrow. I want to be fit, but I’m also aware of my challenges and limitations. I also want to be able to walk at a moderate pace without stopping, for an hour would be great. Injury wise, five minutes is a killer presently when walking. I’m also hoping I can do an hour on the bike at a decent borderline fast pace. I’m able to do twenty minutes slow while praying so I’m on track I think. Fab for me also means I can go to the beach and be able to stand in the water for more than ten minutes without losing my balance. Lets set standing in the water on the beach for one hour. Another thing I’m weary of  writing here is I really want to be able to go down on the ground and get back up easily more than once – I will even settle for twice – can’t even go down and get up without help!  Finally my fab test for the year end health ability will be to walk  five hundred steps at the national stadium ( In my other life I could do one thousand easily). Fab sure feels like I will be ready for Seal training next year 2018! I look fantastic in clothes, so lets see me in a red swimsuit, maybe a pseudo sports illustrated photo for regular folks!

Achieving these goals won’t happen unless I’m committed to making them happen. I’ve got to eat healthy and balanced and drink lots of water. I’m also going to rely heavily on good nutritional habits which I’ve been working on for a few months. My physiotherapists are going to have to help me with the physical stuff, and I will do whatever they allow at home. Most important though will be the inner strength I will work on developing from meditation and breathing exercises.

I know I can’t afford the fancy diets and trainers, and maybe I don’t have everything I wish I had to assure my success, but Self, I can do it. I can keep a food  and activity journal, because tracking my behavior is important. Hey, I know I don’t like writing “had a piece of cheesecake today again”, but I won’t lie because you will know!  This year my goal is healing and improving my health, whatever it takes to get to fab. I need my mind  and body to work with me. I also need my heart and spirit to cheer with me as I fight off the chocolate brownies and creamy decadent treats. I’ve been a yoyo for so long, I’m ready to change my model!

I’m afraid. Yikes, I’ve written it all down and I won’t give up because I’ve said it. Lets see how I can get cracking on my healthy me!

I’m accountable to you, and I won’t let you down Self. I’m rooting for you. You can do it. It’s just you and me and the unknown people reading this promise to yourself! I love you 🙂

Best encouragement and support,

Self

Journeys require understanding upfront

When you prepare for something, its always easier if you are clear on what you’re getting into before starting. Realism has escaped many when embarking on weight loss based on the quick fixes and crazy expectations locked in the mind. Writing it down gives a clearer picture of  what is required. Think about what works for you, and write it down. As I re-read this, I feel the urge to delete, because I’m beginning to feel afraid. That voice of doubt is my first challenge. I’m human, and I can tell that voice – shut up!

This is March 2017. The next time I write myself a letter on this will be,  1 January 2018.

Are you with me on your own ‘self’ journey, please share with me and lets do this together!

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12 thoughts on “From Flab to Fab!

  1. Shubhanshu

    Interesting post Donna. Your writing abilities and creative mind is awesome. I really like the idea and would like to use in a different way. I will soon update you with the outcome. This time I thank you for sharing and appreciate your words.

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  2. Lisa, you’ve given mega great idea. I will ask the physio therapist to take some photos as I work out and I will do a step by step including how I feel as I go through each exercise. I normally have everyone there laughing.. And I will try to do a bonus live one to share via beBee… Lol

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  3. You’re welcome Donna! I would love to read a blog on what you do. I keep putting off going to anyone because my deductible is 3400.00 per year and I fear I will have to pay out of pocket for everything except the Dr visit.. well a copay for that 😉 It’s pretty bad when money can hold us back from getting the right diagnosis. I admire you Donna, you are stronger than I think you may give yourself credit for. Hugs

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  4. Lisa, we have so much in common I feel sorry for you sometimes ( Big smile!) I’d like to suggest you get a physio therapist to show you some moves or you may do yourself more harm than good. Also, I’ve discovered there is a lot we should be doing because there is Hope. Just book a session with the physio person and they will help you. I will do a post on what I do and maybe that will give you an idea of what’s possible .
    Thanks for your support and reblogging to your site. I appreciate it 🙂

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  5. Jason Versey

    This is awesome Donna! Good for you. I can’t wait to see where you are at then end of the year. Wonderfully honest and encouraging blog! Much love, Jason Versey

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  6. Thanks Lisa. It’s a challenge I’m willing to take because being healthy will improve the quality of my life overall. I’m committed to that new red swimsuit, I will need to buy 😊

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  7. I wish you much success Donna! I think the hardest part is getting started. They say if you can get past the first 4 days it gets easier. I sympathize with you and your shoulder/neck problems. Although I know yours was caused by an accident, I too, have been suffering since I broke my shoulder almost 3 years ago and it’s hard to find exercises that won’t cause more injury or pain. If you find some great upper body exercises that are safe, let me know!

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