My Flab Busters

I do not know about you, but I have flab issues. I was always a thin woman. After my first child I had a minor struggle, but won the battle and got my thin back. Then came baby number two a decade later. My body decided it was NOT going to cooperate and thus the flab issues began!

I have tried just about every diet you can imagine. Let’s see…I have done counting calories and points. I have done low carb, low fat, high protein, no dairy, no eating, you name it. Some worked for a little bit, but I would always get off track and the flab would multiply.

Then came my first top out. The weight I said I would NEVER get to. Well, I passed that and then went into sizes I NEVER thought I would! Still no real commitment. LOL.

When was my epiphany? Wake up call if you will??

When I glanced at a side view of my unclothed body. I was appalled, angry and downright disgusted with myself. At that moment as I looked at the not where you want them dimples, and the flab hanging from my belly…

BOOM…Sudden and MUCH needed breakthrough! I am DONE. I will NOT let this go on ANY longer. Period.

I woke up the next day and I began my road back to the thin me. The healthy me. The me that wants to be here for my grandchildren and not have knee issues and back issues because of over amounts of flab on my body.

I am not doing any dieting. I can’t. I will fail. I have decided to take a different approach. I am just going the healthy route. I am watching what I eat. I am making better choices and smaller ones too!

My Flab Busters:

Smaller portions means a smaller butt. I discovered that it is OK to be hungry. I will not die. I do not need to stuff myself. So, instead of two or three helpings…no matter how yummy the food…I only allow myself ONE portion. One small portion. Example: 1/2 seasoned chicken breast (no skin or bone), 1/2 cup veggies, 1/4 cup rice or potato.

Better choices mean no more laying down and praying the zipper will zip. Instead of the old 5-7 cookies I would eat when in the mood to munch, I grab 25 grapes. Do I like grapes more than cookies. No way! However, I want a thinner and healthier me, so bye bye cookies. Not forever. I will have cookies again some day. Within reason of course.

No sugar means no more jiggles. I have eliminated refined sugar almost completely from my diet. The only sugar I have now is from fruit. I had to be this extreme because of the temptation to over do it. I have decided out of mouth off of hips is the only way for me.

More water means less calories. I used to drink iced tea ALL the time and soda was a close second. No more. ONLY water now. I am not a fan of water. LOL. However, I KNOW it is the healthy choice and it will not add any flab to my already over flabbed body. I allow myself ONE treat at the end of the day. I add one packet of Crystal Light on the go in a bottle of water. Believe it or not, it satisfies my sweet tooth! I would have NEVER believed it. I only have ONE per day though. Otherwise I am not really drinking water. That is not a good habit to get back into. Plus, I am sure the sugar substitute is no good for me in large quantities.

No more night feedings. Gone are the nights I would plop on the couch and have a junk food feeding frenzy. I do not allow myself to eat past 6:00pm, or at least pretty close to that. This allows my body to actually SLEEP instead of spending all night cleaning up the mess I made with the frenzy. I actually get better sleep. I get hungry though. I allow myself my little one on the go water treat at around 8pm. It is nothing and I quench the hunger enough to get me to bed around 10.

Frequent mini meals leads to a leaner me. Like I mentioned earlier, smaller portions are key. However, three meals a day does not make for a speedy metabolism. I eat 5-6 small meals a day. I space them about every two hours or so. And, of course, water water water. Example: 1 egg and 1 piece of high fiber toast. Two hours later 25 grapes. Two hours later 2/3 cup tuna pasta. Two hours later banana. Two hours later 1/2 seasoned chicken breast (no skin or bone), 1/2 cup veggies, 1/4 cup rice or potato. Two hours later 2 celery stalks with peanut butter.

You’ve got to move it move it. Exercise is a MUST. I hate exercise. I hate the flab protruding from my body more! A great way to exercise is to walk. It is not hard to do and just about anyone can do it. It does not hurt your back or knees. You do it to get around, so why not add some extra walking to remove the extra junk in the trunk! Take your kids for a long walk. Go for a walk by your self. Park farther away when shopping (if you feel safe, of course), take the stairs instead of the escalators. Move more. Try to do some sort of long fast paced walk 3x per week for about 30 minutes. I think that is a nice start. You can always add more time later.

Listen, I KNOW you must be thinking, yeah right. I know I would. However, I want you to know that you CAN beat the flab. You CAN melt the bulge…IF you REALLY want to. You see, I had to come to a point where I just couldn’t take it any more. You may need to as well.

How can you get yourself to the breaking point? I am so glad you asked. My advice is go in your bedroom (or wherever there is a mirror that shows ALL of you). Lock the door. Take off all of your clothes and look at yourself. From ALL angles. Do you like what you see?? If your answer is no, you could be ready. All you need now is determination and then you CAN do it!

Fee free to email me at if you need support, prayer, or just someone to stop you from eating that cookie! You can also find support and encouragement on our message boards. Either way, God is with you and if you ask HIM to help you, He WILL!

Be Blessed!

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  1. Dianna on August 7, 2008 at 12:43 am

    My biggest issues have been the eating late at night and the lack of exercise. The past 3 weeks I’ve been back into the exercise routine. TaeBo 3 days a week. And trying to knock out the late night feedings. I’m feeling better and I know the inches will go and so will all that flab.

  2. Faith_Mom on August 7, 2008 at 1:55 am

    I really think better habits are the key!

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