FabuLyss FitLife- It’s a Twisted Tale…PART TWO

WELL…if you saw the video I posted on Facebook earlier you’ve already heard the juicy news from this weekend…

Needless to say that there is never a dull moment in the life of FabuLyss FitLife.  No matter how much you plan, prep, schedule, prepare, arrange and consult with your voodoo witch doctor…you just can’t ever be ready for some of the curve balls that you get thrown.

IN A NUTSHELL- let’s do this bullet point style

  • Friday morning I thought I had gas pain
  • As the day went on it got worse
  • Fast forward to 8pm Friday night when I’ve spent all day in the fetal position on the floor in agony.
  • I tried moving, sitting, laying, going to the bathroom, getting in the bath, taking a hot shower, pepto, gas-x…when NOTHING I tried was helping with the pain…I knew something wasn’t right.
  • Side note- I had felt this agony before…three years ago when A Twisted Tale part ONE was created and I ended up in emergency surgery the first time for this… UH OH!  no bueno…
  • Mark took me to the ER on Friday night at 8pm and they finally got me into a room at 11pm.
  • CT scan showed swelling and fluid around my intestines and colon
  • Night of agony and frustration…no food, no water and no sleep to follow
  • Saturday morning, the Bariatric surgeon at the hospital I was admitted to here in the burbs wanted to talk to my bariatric surgeon in the city before moving forward with anything he said that with the amount of pain I was in and the CT scan results, it didn’t look good…
  • My surgeon in the city said to rush me to U of C ASAP so he can get in and operate on me (p.s. my surgeon was ON HIS WAY to Michigan for a 100 mile bike ride and had to turn around to come to the hospital to see me-this man is an incredible human).  He made it there by 2pm
  • Hospital I was at decided to drag their feet transporting me by ambulance and finally at 4pm my surgeon said, “EFF IT! get her into a helicopter and get here here” (not getting me there as soon as possible could have resulted in dead tissue inside my body so how rude of the suburban hospital)
  • Helicopter got me to the city in 8.5 minutes and within 5 minutes of arrival I was in the OR (side note- impending surgery considered…the helicopter ride was freakin AWESOME)
  • Three years ago this happened.  My doctor untwisted my intestines and stitched them back into place.  WELL, since I’ve lost even more weight since then, they came OUT of the stitches and twisted in on themselves AGAIN.  Something that he said is possible, that there was nothing I could have done differently or anything I did that caused it.
  • The result: Three incisions, hernia repair, totally unexpected surgery, feels like I got hit by a bus and totally swollen abdomen.

So here we are.  I have 4.5 weeks until my second bodybuilding competition.  I have ONE day until I go to California for an INCREDIBLE opportunity to do my first big motivational speech and teaching a group boot camp AND a fashion show where I am wearing a skin tight dress.


Life is so incredibly short.  Things happen ALL the time.  Things don’t go as planned, life has ups and downs and turn arounds and unexpected victories and unplanned hardships and what do we do?  All we can do…keep going.  That’s exactly what I’m going to do.  I’ve already had my ugly crying emotional break down (two actually but who’s keeping track?!)

The Bodybuilding Show

The show must go on right?  I’m still going to compete.  I was ALREADY behind and was stressing about that…and now…I’m even MORE behind, but, I’m not giving up!  I have worked SO hard and busted my ass up to this point and I’m not going to let this stop me from getting on that stage.  The Dr. told me that I have to take it easy this week on the lifting.  I have been taking some time to rest my body but have continued with my cardio.  Diet is going to change a lot sooner than originally planned.  Training is also going to have to change a bit in order to make up for this set-back.  Diet is going down to 1100 calories, 130 grams of protein, 60 grams of fat and 15 grams of carbs.  Diet is going to remain SUPER clean and basic.  Egg whites, chicken, fish, ground turkey, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, olive oil, coconut oil, almonds and avocado are going to be the extent of my diet for the remainder of this prep.  I’m still going to utilize intermittent fasting Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  AM cardio is 50 minutes on the stairs.  I’m going to have to increase HIIT cardio to every day for 20 minutes.  Posing is going to have to be put on hold for a few days while my tummy is still tender and swollen.

(I keep trying to avoid looking at my tummy in the mirror because it is swollen and looks terrible.  Three days ago I had beautiful abs and now…just a swollen mound.  I know it will go away but the mini panic attack I have every time I see my body is not going to be going away until the swelling does).

Water intake is still two gallons.  Supplements are all still the same.  I have started taking Activated Charcoal to clear out my insides from so many pain meds and anesthesia from the hospital.

I won’t be able to lift until next week and even then, I’m going to have to be really careful.  I am going to have to really sit down and think about how to move forward with my training split.  Luckily, I have a long flight to California tomorrow (Thursday) to think about that


This weekend, I have an AMAZING opportunity to do my first BIG Motivational Speech at the Obesityhelp.com Conference in California.  Motivational speaking is something that I see myself doing and doing often as I move forward in this new career I’m building for myself.  The speech itself I’m not nervous about but the morning of my speech, I am teaching a Group Bootcamp workout and really want to be able to bring full throttle FabuLYSS to the group.  I have been practicing and while I know my energy and charisma will be there, I worry that my body will just not quite be right.  I keep telling myself that all I can do is my absolute best and that is going to have to be enough.

All of my meals are packed, my flight and hotel is taken care of by the beautiful Obesityhelp.com team, I have my speech ready to go (just need to practice a few more times) and bootcamp is ALMOST ready to rock and roll.

This whole thing has been a total inconvenience and wrench in my plans for the show, the conference and life in general.  HOWEVER, I try to look at it and handle it as I would guide one of my lifestyle coaching clients through a situation like this.  Life has to go on.  When things don’t go as planned you have to stop, regroup and find a way to keep moving forward with a different plan.  Every single struggle is an opportunity to see what you’re made of.  THESE are the moments that test your resilience and your ability to keep fighting for what you want because at the end of this, you can look back and say, “Even though everything could have fallen apart and gone to shit and I could have given up… I didn’t.  I FINISHED.  I did what I said I was going to do.”  That’s something to be really proud of.

Nothing will ever stop me.  It’s going to be REALLY tough for the next 4.5 weeks but now is when I really get to challenge myself and find out what I’m made of.



Last progress pictures...still pretty proud of how I"m looking even though I'm a touch behind

Last progress pictures…still pretty proud of how I”m looking even though I’m a touch behind

Abs looking so good last week

Abs looking so good last week

Just pouring salt into my open wounds looking at these!  Please come back my pretties!

Just pouring salt into my open wounds looking at these! Please come back my pretties!


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