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How "The Accidental Fat Chick" Hatched...

Welcome to The Accidental Fat Chick's new online home!

During the summer 0f 2008, I woke up one morning with a drive to live a healthy lifestyle. Since then, I've made many changes and lost nearly 50 pounds. Many of my friends and family members have come to me, asking about what I'm doing & how I'm doing it. While I certainly would never claim to be an expert, I'm happy to share what I've learned along the way.

So after careful thought... "The Accidental Fat Chick" has hatched... with the hope of helping at least one person and to be the accountability I need to finish what I started. :)

Thank you for visiting!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Out with a Bang!

After weeks of floundering & half-hearted discussion of getting my butt in gear, I finally have a plan in place... one that started today... and my plan is to send 2010 "Out with a Bang!" Something about there being less than eight weeks left of deployment and well under 90 days left in the calendar year signals to me that I must take action now.

Do I feel ready to take on a challenging regimen? Not in the slightest! Is my heart fully in it? It wants to be, but if I'm being honest... no its not! Does that set me up for failure before I even fully begin? I hope not. My shrink told me a year ago when I was so depressed I couldn't do anything more productive than play Facebook games that sometimes you just have to start doing to feel better. So that's what I'm gonna do... the plan is made and I'm just gonna do it... whether I feel like it or not. Because it is for me and it will be good for me... and because I deserve to put myself first. That putting myself first thing is still a foreign concept in my mind. I feel guilty for doing it, guilty for shutting myself down... but I think I would end up feeling more guilty if i didn't do it and do it NOW!

Here's the "Out with a Bang!" plan:

  1. Drink buckets of water daily (maybe not buckets, but at least 64oz.)

  2. Blog daily

  3. Track food daily

  4. Try three new healthy recipes each week

  5. Exercise daily - to include completing "Around the World" gym requirements

You will notice in there that there is nothing about eating "healthy" or limiting calories. While I will be monitoring both, I will not be obsessing over it or chastising myself if I end up in restaurants frequently. Over the last several months, I am certain it has been my lack of exercise that has hurt me... so that will be my primary focus.

Doing "Around the World" gym requirements will force me back into a solid fitness routine. Granted I will have an extra forty days beyond what the gym allots during the challenge... but considering what an infrequent gym visitor I have become & the two weeks I will likely be gone around the holidays, I'm pretty sure it will be challenging enough as is. :)

For the sake of being able to measure results, I did a Thursday morning scale visit and measurements:

  • 198 pounds (ugh... but still down a tiny bit from the start of deployment)

  • Waist - 38 1/2"

  • Hips - 47"

  • Chest - 42"

  • Thigh - 26 1/4"

  • Calf - 19"

  • Arm - 16 1/2"

Scale day is going to remain Tuesday. I plan to check measurements for progress at about the middle of November and then again at the end of the year.

The only thing I haven't figured out fully is rewards... and its no secret I thrive on rewards. They will be figured out & posted by the end of the weekend... and chances are they will include jewelry and/or handbags, lol.

So that's it... my plan to send 2010 "Out with a Bang!"

What are you going to do to finish 2010 strong???


SeattleRunnerGirl said...

Our measurements are almost exactly the same! I think your "Out with a Bang" plan sounds great. And you don't need to obsess over calories - you just need to eat healthy most of the time, and limit your non-healthy indulgences to reasonable portion sizes.

What am *I* going to do to finish 2010 strong? I've upped my personal training sessions from 2/week to 3/week. I'm on my current protocol until the end of this month, and will be committed to maintaining my weight once I'm off it until the holidays are over. Because weighing daily doesn't freak me out like it does some people, I'll be doing that and working to keep my weight in a four-pound range. I know that if I stay committed to my workouts and eat healthy 95% of the time, I can end 2010 in a healthy, happy place!

So glad to find your blog - thank you for your recent comment on mine!

Scuttleboose said...

Good job on making a plan! :) I'm counting on you! --- I hope that you guys are getting great weather this weekend!

Drazil said...

LOVE that you have a plan. MY Julie is BACK! We are so going to finish out this year stronger and better than ever - mentally and physically. I'm right there with ya!

Results Not Typical Girl said...

First timer alert!!! But if Drazil is here, I am SO in. WIth a can of low-fat whipped cream - woot! I love your idea of ending the year with a bang. Count me in!!

As for your rewards, head over to and sign up for their 12-week challenge that starts on Monday and then you can maybe win some awesomesauce filled stuff!!

Rock it girl. - Kirsten

bunny said...

Hi Julie,

This is my first time visiting your blog and I'm so glad to stumble upon it! And it looks like I've come at a good time as you're not too far into your "Out with a Bang" plan. Keep up the good work. I'll be following you on your blog, as I progress on my own journey back to health. You're welcome to visit my little corner at

Thanks for the inspiration and good read. :) Mahalo.

bunny said...

Hey Julie,

I know you might be busy/tired/stressed/overwhelmed, and hence, not posting... but I wanted to give you a gentle reminder that you can do this. We are cheering for you! And I still think your "Out with a Bang" plan is a good idea worth sticking to. You can do this!!! *HUG* :)