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Follow our contestants on this 12-week, life changing challenge. Beginning July 13, seven contestants will meet with Flab to Fab's certified personal trainers for one hour, three times per week, receive a customized fitness program, and have unlimited access to utilize Flab to Fab's fitness facility, for a period of 12 weeks. The contestant who loses the most weight during the 12-week contest will win a fabulous grand prize package valued at $1,240.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts categorized "Lisa Desko"
Posted: September 23rd, 2011

There are only 12 days left of the “contest”, but hopefully there are A LOT more days than tha left  for the changes the woman have made in their lives.  I am very proud of all of them.  To be in the real world and make the emotional and physical gains that they have is nothing short of AWESOME!  The women have helped me without even knowing it … to be able to help someone feel better about themselves, smile more, to help someone achieve their goals … it all is a very rewarding feeling right where it counts, my heart!!!!



Posted in: Lisa Desko, Week 11
Posted: September 16th, 2011

I have been on vacation this week with my family, it has been WONDERFUL! But I miss “my girls”. I text them to let them know I have been thinking about them, I wonder how they are doing with their eating and coping with real life issues…..I have also been keeping tabs on them, I know who has been to the gym and how many times, what classes they’ve taken and how much effort went into their workouts……..I am very proud of them all and can’t wait to see them! After a week away, I know they are going to look very different to me!

See you soon girls!

Posted in: Lisa Desko, Week 10
Posted: September 9th, 2011

The mood I’m in, maybe I shouldn’t even be writing this right now, but here it goes. Since I was ten years old I have been taking care of those around me, it is part of who I am and what helps to define me as a person. I like being able to make a difference in someones life. It’s a very rewarding feeling.

The gym has always been my special sanctuary, now that I have my own gym it is something beyond that, something so embedded in my heart that I can’t even explain. A friend once told me that my mission in life is to change lives, and that I have changed the lives of the women in my gym to a degree that I could never begin to measure…..I hope some of that statement is true. Women go through so much in their lives, they need to know someone is there, that someone cares.

That being said, the contestants are doing well and making gains. They could be doing better….they need to realize that they are still allowing things to control their lives and their eating habits, they are the only ones that can make the difference and not justify things with excuses. It has to be for them and their future. The range in effort in my opinion, goes from 75% to 97%, one woman is obviously standing out. They talk about the end of the contest, not realizing this is just the beginning……..


Posted in: Lisa Desko, Week 9
Posted: September 2nd, 2011

I really am not a fan of reality TV.  Anyone can fall in love with someone when the world is perfect around you and you are constantly being wined and dined, teenage pregnancy should not be the way to get noticed, and anyone can loose 8 to 10 pounds a week if they worked out 6 plus hours a day, had someone cooking for them and didn’t participate in the real world.

Adria, Casie, Melanie, Rita, Tica, Kelly and Stephanie on the other hand are all loosing weight and inches while, raising children, working, cooking for husbands, attending family summer picnics and enjoying the festivities Erie has to offer in the summer time.

These women are working very hard in a world that is not as forgiving.  Television commercials promote processed  food.  You can have  dinner with your family without ever getting out of the car.  Junk food is easy to grab and go, but I say so is an apple.  Everyday life is taxing, emotionally and physically, how we handle it helps define who we are.

So I ask anyone who sees these women out and about, to encourage them, take the journey with them, write on their blogs or vote for your favorite.

The real world, not the “reality” world is where the action is!


Posted in: Lisa Desko, Week 8
Posted: August 25th, 2011

I read the blogs of the contestants and my mind and my heart go in so many directions.  I wish I could tell them the world isn’t so bad and that if they just keep their chin up everything will be ok, but I can’t lie.  The world is not always a pleasant place.

We have  freedom of speech, but what about right and wrong?  Is it really ok to hurt someone else’s feelings by being verbally abusive?   Sometimes those closest to us are the ones contributing to the problem.  These women are trying to make life altering changes.  Are you following their journey and trying to make changes also?  Instead of ordering pizza, try making a salad as a family and talking together, play a game of cards or a board game, put the remote down, take the mouse out of your hand, you never know, you might enjoy the evening as well.  Instead of dinner and a movie (and popcorn) on date night, a walk on the beach to watch the sunset.  Talk about your day, share your dreams for the future……

The fun we have in the gym is priceless, I see not only physical changes, but I see confidence growing, and smiles getting bigger.They are losing inches and pounds, but gaining so much more.

There are many reasons people turn to food, none of which are usually good.  I want my contestants, members and future members to know that there is someone who cares, and it’s me and my staff!!!!!


Posted in: Lisa Desko, Week 7
Posted: August 18th, 2011


People ask “How are the contestants doing?”  The answer is always the same.  Wonderful

These women are dedicated to making a change in their lives.  In the gym they work very hard physically and even harder mentally outside of these walls.  The hard part is when no one else is watching and your left only with yourself to answer to.  You tell yourself that you will only have one cookie or I will be strict with my diet tomorrow or I will do extra sit ups…..anything to make yourself feel better and justify doing something you know you shouldn’t be.  What these women are also learning is that they are accountable to themselves, and worth it.

To me it is very sad to see someone who doesn’t think they are worth the effort, or what difference would it make if they tried or even worse to scared of failing to try.  It is easy to make fun of someone for being over weight or not as smart as the next person or…. Did you ever wonder if you could make a difference in that person’s life?  Instead of belittling them, encourage them, help them, show them how, teach them.  The feeling I get from helping these women and the gym making a difference in all my member’s lives is priceless.

I had a woman tell me she felt pretty for the first time in a long time when she went out to dinner with her husband.  Another has never been to a gym because she always felt intimidated, but feels totally comfortable here.  Many have said how much they love being here with women and making new friends…..My oldest member is 78 and she is awesome.

“My girls” are doing very well in this contest, but they aren’t doing anything different than anyone else who wants to make a difference in their life, all you have to do is take the first step and walk through the front door.  We’ll take it from there and be right by your side.

I would love to be able to tell every woman personally that they are able to make a difference in their own life.  These seven women are the first of many.  I like them never want it to end.


Posted in: Lisa Desko, Week 6
Posted: August 12th, 2011

Where to start?  There is so much to be said.  Everyday the girls are putting forth an effort and accomplishing things they never thought possible.  Their lifestyles are changing outside of the gym and that is part of what will keep them going after our 12 weeks together.  We all wish this could go on forever, we are having so much fun, sometimes maybe tooooo much, but laughter is good for the soul!!!!

The trainers and I talk about the contestants objectively, verbalizing what we think of individual gains, who has better mobility, improved endurance…. and even who looks for excuses…..  The girls as well as anyone else who knows me, knows that I am a straight shooter.  Don’t get me wrong all the girls are working VERY hard, some are just not as eager to push it to the next level.

Our girls always have a smile on the faces when they walk in the door, then it is time to get down to business, sometimes two and three times a day.  They have done training sessions and two classes in the same day before (their choice).  The high fives continue, and the jobs well done.  They really support and encourage each other.  They know it’s a competition, but they truly care about each other’s successes.  They are a great bunch of women and I am truly glad to have met them and to have the opportunity to help make a difference in their lives.


Posted in: Lisa Desko, Week 5