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Posted: August 8th, 2011

To all who read this, sorry it’s late.  It has been a wonderful journey with the chosen seven.  I told them all the other day that I can see a difference in their bodies, strength and stamina, but most importantly I see a difference in their faces.  The shoulders are back a little farther, chins held a little higher and the smiles and the laughter are priceless.

The women are all working very hard.  People are asking me how much they have lost so far, my answer in this….the first week they were measured, 2nd weighed, 3rd measured, 4th weighed, this Wednesday they will be measured again.  I don’t really care about what the scale says.  The weight will come off with desire and effort.  I am more concerned with the knowledge and confidence they are gaining.  They are all realizing that they make the difference, it is up to them to be healthier, make better food choices, put in the effort to exercise.  They are in the drivers seat.  We at Flab to Fab would not be doing our job, if after the 12 weeks are over they all went back to the beginning.

In my book they are all winners because they took the first step.  As well as the few women who took the offer of the half price membership.  I hoped that more women would have taken me up on my offer to be healthier at such a discounted price.  If you think the difference is a trainer, you are wrong.  The contestants work out in a group or take a group exercise class with the other members of Flab to Fab.  They have been given specific eating plans. Anyone with desire and effort can do what they are doing.  The original plan was one on one training, but after that, then what.

I truly believe that all women can be healthier and lose weight with guidance and encouragement, and both are available at Flab to Fab, a sanctuary for all women, not just me.

My offer stands to all the applicants, the last day being August 14th 2011.  I just can’t seem to walk away……every woman deserves to know someone is there for them.

Lisa

Posted in: Lisa Desko, Week 4
Posted: August 5th, 2011
This past week has been really exciting! For a long time I have wanted to try Zumba and this past Saturday I was able to. It is a lot harder than I thought but also so fun! There is so much dancing and cardio involved, it gets pretty intense at times. I really can’t keep up with our instructor Chelsea or some of the other ladies but that’s okay. My goal is a year from now to be able to keep up the whole time and really improve my dancing skills! I didn’t realize how uncoordinated I was until I started this competition… sometimes I know I look silly working out but I know no one at Flab2Fab is judging, we are all in it together.
We also weighed in this week, the scale said I lost 5 pounds. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t disappointed. I really was expecting a higher number but I know some of the other girls felt the same way too. I am going to keep working hard and eating my best then hopefully my body will have a breakthrough that will show on the scale. I’ve noticed that the more I go to work out the more I enjoy it. I never thought in a million years I would enjoy exercise! I like the way it makes me feel :) . Now something I need to work on is enjoying eating healthy. I am still in the phase where I feel really bummed when I have to choose a salad over a pasta dish. I don’t want food to be so important to me and I want it to just be something I need to fuel my body.
All and all, I definitley feel more alive then I felt a month ago… I have a lot more energy and I feel happier. I don’t want this feeling to end and I am going to keep fighting to get to the finish line!
Posted: August 5th, 2011
 I think I’m falling into a good routine now that we’ve been in this competition for three weeks.  On a typical day I wake up, eat breakfast (the most important meal of the day!), work out for at least an hour, and then I’m able to go about my work day eating healthier foods like salads, fruits, granola, etc.  I eat pretty frequently, so I always make sure to have some healthy snacks stashed in my car for when I’m on the go.  It was just waaaaaay too easy to run through the drive though to grab a quick snack, so having snacks handy helps save me my fast food frenzy!
Last week, I went to my doctor for a physical and I explained to her that I’ve been having a lot of pain in my feet, mostly in my heels, especially since I’ve been trying to run every day.  After talking with her a few more minutes, she diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis and recommended that I take it easy on my feet and invest in a good pair of shoes to try to correct this problem now rather than waiting until it gets worse.  I don’t think I’ve ever spent more that $25-$30 on a pair of shoes, so it was definitely a challenge to bring myself to buy a higher quality shoe. It was so worth it!!  My new running shoes have helped me immediately feel a difference in my feet!  I also try to stick to the elliptical as much as possible because it’s lower impact. I’m hoping to get back to running again in a few weeks, but I’ll take it day by day and see how it goes!
Posted: August 5th, 2011
Week four already… Wow. I still can’t believe how quickly this is all passing by! I can finally say that I’ll be making it to the gym for the entire week, and man, have I been working hard. I’m still doing my best, I’m getting better at watching my food intake, and getting up in the morning is getting easier, as well. I always look forward to going to the gym, and, even though I sweat hard and ache, I love it. If I don’t have beads of sweat rolling down my face or if I don’t feel the burn, I know I’m doing something wrong. I’ll be continuing to push myself to my limits. Oh, and I’m in love with Zumba. Zumba is my new favorite activity… I can’t wait for Tuesdays and Saturdays for it!
Posted: August 5th, 2011

I don’t know where to begin this week. I feel like every day I keep working harder and just pray to get the results I’ve been dreaming of for so long. I think reality hit me in the face harder than I was expecting. We got weighed again and in two weeks I have lost about 5 pounds. Under normal circumstances I would be completely thrilled, but I have been pushing myself more than I thought possible. I know the weight isn’t going to just fall off. Am I wrong for wishing it would?!

I’ve been overweight pretty much my entire life. It’s something I’m used to and that scares me. I don’t want to be stuck being the “chubby” girl anymore! The funny thing is that when I look in the mirror I don’t see myself as being overweight. Am I crazy? Don’t get me wrong, I know that I am, but it’s not what I see. I am in love with make-up, jewelry, and anything pink, and when I get dolled up to go out, I look in the mirror and say “dang I look good”.  Then I see pictures of myself and my body and it breaks my heart. It’s tough seeing that I really am that big.

I think the one thing I want to make clear however, is that I do believe I am beautiful. I also hope that every other girl in this competition and everyone out there reading this knows how beautiful they are too. This world is full of a lot of terrible people, with terrible things to say, but every time I step into that gym I am happy knowing that we all have each other’s backs. We are all striving for the same goals and we are taking this journey together.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

Posted: August 5th, 2011

Here’s the thing, I come from a long line of FANTASTIC cooks.  My mother is fabulous.  My grandmothers could cook anyone on Food Network under the table on their worst day.  Holidays were more like all day food tours, going from Grandmother to Grandmother to Aunties’ House. And not just the expected Thanksgiving or Christmas but Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day…Tuesday.  Food has been more of an expression of love and creativity.  I don’t think my husband (then boyfriend) EVER left my Grandma Dorothy’s house without having eaten something.  I know I’m not the only one who understands what is about to go down when someone “puts their foot” into something they’ve prepared!  Here’s the other thing, I’ve inherited my family’s talents and developed into a pretty impressive cook myself.  I LOVE feeding people! It’s my way of expressing gratitude or affection to people I care about.  It also makes me feel closer to my grandmothers when people enjoy my food they way I enjoyed theirs.  Food and what it brings with it is an integral part of who I am.

Okay, so Lisa did not consult with my mom or Grandmothers about the menu she gave me.  But in trying to follow it, I’ve discovered how important food has been to me.  The first three weeks were so difficult because I kept trying to find a way to get some Aljestmas and Dorothy up in there which was the wrong approach.  It greatly limits what their love is to me and does for me.  So this past week, I have really been eating the same things…over and over again.  And it really hasn’t bothered me.  In fact I’ve lost more weight than I lost last week because I’ve taken the power that food has had over me.  Seriously, how excited can a person get over 3 ounces of Foremen’d chicken breast and 2 cups of steamed broccoli?  Now I feel like food is more the constant in the equation instead of the variable.  Now my health gain (this is bigger than weight loss…“you’ll have what you say”, right?!) is dependent upon what I put in at the gym instead of what I put in my mouth.  Amen.

Posted in: Tica Nickson, Week 4
Posted: August 5th, 2011

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. 
~G.B. Stern

Because my heart is full of gratitude I am breaking the silence to say thank you.

To Lisa. To the girls. To Mike. To my family. To my friends.

This whole experience would not be the same if any one of you was not a part of it (and it definitely wouldn’t be as fun…shout out to Lisa and the girls!). I certainly would not be where I am if not for all of you. Your encouragement and support have been and continue to be the light that guides me on this trail (this sometimes bumpy, looong but beautiful trail). So thank you. Bunches.