fat2fab – My Truth!

fat2fabToday is day 1 of the #fat2fab challenge! And in the interest of keeping it real and being bravely honest, I’m going to share with you where I’m at right now and why I want to do this. It may surprise you, but this challenge is not about weight loss for me, it’s not about trying to feel beautiful, or look younger. It’s about my health, it’s about how I feel – physically!

As an older, 41 year old mother of two young children, I hate how in the last few years, my body feels as if it’s aged. Granted, it has been through a lot, what with all the surgeries and procedures and meds and hormones that were pumped into me during our years of fertility treatment. I have also abused my body, badly. I’ve abused it with food, with alcohol and with smoking. I have hated it and I’ve shown it no love, no care, no respect. And it has taken it’s toll. My feet hurt, my knees hurt, I feel old! And while some of you may think I’m positively ancient at 41, trust me, on the inside I still feel the same as I did at 21, but I have not cared for my body and karma is coming back to bite me in the ass now.

I’m fortunate to not have suffered any long term effects of the abuse of my body over the last decade, no cholesterol, no diabetes, no heartburn, no blood pressure issues, thanks to good genetics, but good genetics can only take you so far and at some point they will start to fail me if I continue to abuse my body the way I am.

I did the Discovery Vitality Age test this morning and it confirmed what I already know, while my actual age is 41, my vitality age is:

Vitality Age


I’m not even going to say I was horrified. I’m not, in my heart I knew it. When I saw that number, all I felt was determination. This year I WILL take my health back! I will be healthy. I AM HEALTHY! That is my mantra for 2014 and that is why the #fat2fab challenge is so important to me! I need the competitiveness of it to keep me motivated, I am a highly competitive person and this challenge will be good for me!

I am not looking at myself through rose tinted glasses, those came off a long time ago. I know what I see, a fat woman. And I know that this statement makes people uncomfortable and their first response to that statement is to sugar coat it, but please don’t. I’m not blind or stupid, nor do I have any kind of body dismorphic disorder.

*bravely shares the before image, it’s horrible, I see it and I know you see it to*

before pic

I have 38kg’s to lose and I plan on doing it this year. On the 15th December, I WILL be posting an after photo of me and my Vitality Age will be back to 41! I am that determined to take back my health this year!

My current BMI is 37 folks! THIRTY SEVEN! If I achieve my weight loss goal, my BMI will also be back to a perfectly normal 25!

You’re probably thinking I’m nuts for letting it all hang out like this, but the truth is, it’s time to get real with myself. It’s time to stop sugar coating things and grab the bull by the horns.

Watch this space! It’s gonna happen! I’m sure of it! Oh and if you’re keen, be sure to sign up for the #fat2fab challenge too!


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  • Reply Sam

    This is just awesome. You’re on the first step to a healthier happier you. I lost 30kgs a few years back. Hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but so glad I did it! Give it horns. You won’t regret it.

    January 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Thanks! I feel more determined now than ever before & I want to blog honestly about it in the hope that it will keep me accountable!

      January 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply CharlieW

    I just e-mailed Elize! I will be joining you guys. Thank you for posting about this. And for being so brave. I have been fooling myself for too long. Watch this space!

    January 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Go you!!! Let’s do it!!!

      January 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Lauren (@Lauren_RSA)

    Since we arent sugar coating – I have about 25kg’s to lose to be at a healthy weight. I started off very well last year and then things just got too much for me and I started piling it all back on again. I am with you completely here – just going to do it a different way because I reckon I need to go and see a dietitian first and possibly a psychologist to find out why I am an emotional eater. Good luck. I believe you can and will do it by the end of the year!

    January 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Lauren, I read a very interesting article about emotional eating. I can’t remember where but the gist of the article stated that emotional eating NEVER existed until the 20th century and the development of a carb reach diet, because carbs and sugar are highly addictive.
      Why don’t you do some research into lchf diet, after everything I’ve read, I really do feel we’ve been misled by the medical, food & drug fraternities with this whole carb, low gi bs.

      January 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Sue Stuart

    Good luck Sharon. I know you are a very determined person so I’m sure you will succeed!

    January 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Ailsa Jean Loudon

    Good luck to you. I lost my weight last year and I don’t have R200 a month to join in, but I look forward to hearing your highs and lows – hopefully not too many of the latter!

    January 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Juanita

    Good luck Sharon, looking forward to seeing those amazing “after” pictures!!

    January 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Laura-kim le Roux

    Go you!!!! You can do this!! It does get harder before it gets easier but it is so worth it!

    January 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Mash

    Good luck Sharon. I was thinking about this at gym today (I’ve only recently gone back after many, many years). I know that as soon as this becomes something I have to do, or something I’m doing to “fix” myself, it will become a chore and fall to the bottom of my priority list. So for me, gym has to be my “me time”. I only do things at gym I enjoy, I never push myself and I never, under any circumstances get on that scale. Ever. When your health becomes you nurturing yourself, it takes on a life of it’s own! xxxxx

    January 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Tanya

    Well done Sharon for embarking on this. You are so bloody strong you WILL do this

    January 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Sian

    I’m in! Will email Elize tmr.

    January 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Panjels

    Brilliant Sharon! I started on Monday too… ‘The real meal revolution’ is my cookbook this year! All the best!!!!

    January 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Tranquil Body Treats

    I have no doubt that you can do it. Good luck and thank you for sharing.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Your honesty is so refreshing and brave. I wish more people would be more honest with themselves like you are being. Well done and I know you can do it!

    January 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm
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