20th of September 2017
The wait is over! Our receptionist Olivia has transformed her body, mind and lifestyle with
Tabban Muscle and Body Shape’s 20 Week Transformation.
Let’s update you on Olivia’s Journey
Olivia Charalambous, an upcoming young actress, was looking for part time work to earn a living between her acting auditions. Her Aunt Doreen Nicolaou, a trainer at Tabban Muscle and Body Shape, would often call Olivia about reception jobs as they became available. It was never the right time for Olivia and she had turned down the offer more than once. Doreen persisted on calling Olivia and she finally accepted the offer in March 2017. Olivia never intended on training at Tabban Gym as she never had committed to training for more than a month at a gym in the past. Olivia was a lazy eater, preferring to eat out rather than cook. Cooking for Olivia consisted of opening a packet of processed food that needed minimal preparation. Inspired by Tabban members with their commitment to training and nutrition plans Olivia asked Areti Anagnostellis in May if she could begin training. Areti suggested a Tabban Muscle and Body Shape 20 Week Transformation and Olivia accepted the challenge..
Olivia lost 12kg and bad habits in 20 weeks. She also has committed to continue her journey with a new goal to lose 8kg by New Year
Olivia before training at Tabban Gym
Olivia after her 20 Week Transformation
Well here we are 20 weeks later and feeling all sorts of things. I am not sure whether to laugh or cry..
The last 20 weeks have been a huge rollercoaster for me and to be honest I can’t believe I am even alive right now to tell the story. I couldn’t have picked a busier 20 weeks to start my new life.
It’s really interesting because overall I feel amazing, like a new person but as this final week hit, the challenges came rolling in so whilst I kept up my training and clean eating as much as possible, motivation and energy went out the window. I mean let’s be honest here, it’s not because I actually lost my motivation but when you’re sleeping maximum 2-3 hours a night on a couch crammed between boxes and 26 years worth of crap, moving house and not to mention the 23957658 things I had to do this week – well then little miss motivation ain’t knocking on your door!
So I have finished in a place where I feel like I’m at the beginning of the 20 weeks, heavy, bloated and rocking that adult acne BUT I am proud that I did it, that I set myself up for life and lost 12 kg In 20 weeks. I just want to rewind to the doctor who told me that if you’re overweight and have hashimoto then there’s nothing you do about it, look her in the eye and tell her ‘listen doll – I got this. Go back to medical school.’ Please note that in this version I’ve created, I look fabulous, there’s a smoke machine and the rocky theme song is being played…so take THAT!
If you asked me 20 weeks ago, ‘where do you see yourself in 20 weeks?’ I would have said ‘eating pizza and watching netflix’ and whilst that sounds royally tempting – ain’t going to happen. (Literally salivating right now at the thought of my steak dinner tonight…) I definitely wouldn’t have said on my way to the #bizbod I have begun to create…you’d understand #bizbod if you followed me on Instagram or saw my cabaret…instead of wallowing in your fomo (fear of missing out) – chuck me a follow @oliviachara and/or book tickets to the next one Livstagram – playing at The Butterfly Club November 15th-19th….ALRIGHT I’ll stop shamelessly promoting myself.
Back to the 20 week transformation….
Now there are way too many people who helped me get through this so indulge me and let me thank them all…I haven’t won my Oscar yet so no outro will be played to shut me up…apologies..
I’d like to thank the academy…wait wrong speech..
First and foremost – Tabban, a gym tucked away in the streets of Richmond. You would have no idea it existed if you walked passed it. Well I am glad I walked in…My second home and a place I’ve become very comfortable and excited to come to every day despite what mood I might be in. So with the name, comes the trainers – Michael, Doreen, Areti, Cyrus, Jamahl and Tony…THIS IS THE DREAM TEAM! These six humans are incredibly smart and passionate and know how to kick someone in the arse…trust them. Trust the process. And shut up and lift.
Areti – my big sissy. You are an amazing trainer but also an amazing woman. No other trainer at any bloody gym would support and guide as much as you do. What you do is mind blowing – something I will never understand but I literally cannot thank you enough for. I love you. I am BEYOND grateful and I hope I have made you proud.
Doreen – well I think it’s obvious in the family that we’re each others favourites and I think with the two loud mouths that we are – our family are probably grateful we have each other…remember how many times you rang me to take the desk job at the gym and I kept saying ‘I’m busy – I can’t’ well thanks to you, I got to join your other family and actually enjoy my muggle job (non acting job) but also spend more time with you. LOVE YOU BIG ME! When I grow up, I’d like your abs please..
Now my two beautiful friends who have become a very special part of my day, my training buddies Laura and Anita. You two are the absolute best and even if I want someone dead at 7am, Anita you are always there to kick me back to it and Laura is there ready to massage out my stress. What a team and apologies to those who train at 7am around us…it’s never going to be about you. The midget squad has taken over!
Special mention to some members and friends who have been the best support:
Cyrus – my personal uber driver and new big brother. You always pushing me to the next level. In the words of Cyrus ‘You da best!’
Narelle – one of the beautiful athletes part of Team Tabban 2017. You are a remarkable woman and training and conversing with you is such a huge highlight of my week, always giving me a boost of energy and life. I’ve really found a lovely friend in you and look forward to finally going out for a coffee…and cake…KIDDING! Just coffee..
Perry – you are always so encouraging and supportive. Always made sure I had my blog in on time ( I disappointed you sometimes) and always something insightful to pass on.
Chris (our external trainer) – whilst I hate your scare cam…you always provide good bants and so much advice and support. Such a smart guy and so generous with your time and energy. You’re the best bro!
Remy – my partner in crime girl and though we aren’t summer ready, well neither is Melbourne apparently…we WILL be and I only wanna be sipping cocktails (SUGAR FREEEEE ONES) with you in the sun, wearing nothing but sunscreen…
…oh and bikinis…nothing suss…I promise.
There are so so many more people to thank for all your support, kind words and love. Honestly, means the world that you would ask me how I was going, told me that you read my blog or even liked this post. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….If it wasn’t for all of you, well I would be sitting on my butt, eating myself crazy and making someone else carry me to work…ok I wasn’t that bad but I am painting a picture here.
So without further ado, the moment I’ve been dreading from the beginning…the after picture.
I’m not there yet and give me some more time to make this a true Tabban body and I’ll only ever post after shots again but not for now, here’s my no makeup, dirty hair after shot, flaws and all…
Now if you want me I’ll be in hiding for about 2 weeks…
Call our friendly receptionists on 9427 8735 to enquire about starting your own 20 Week Transformation
Or email us at admin.tabban.com.au
Our motivated, inspirational and a little wacky receptionist Olivia is BACK !
There is less than a week until the end of Olivia’s
20 week Transformation
Tabban Muscle and Body Shape is excited to reveal Olivia’s before and after photo next week..
30th of August 2017
Olivia’s celebrates her first solo stage performance and the reveal of her newly shaped body. This talented girls performance was not only entertaining but the reveal that her fans were waiting for. The show was based on Olivia’s life and search for fame on Instagram. Written by Olivia, this comedian couldn’t help but talk about her lifestyle change and strikes a double bicep whilst performing. Olivia has attended only one Tabban Muscle and Body Shape posing class and has this pose down pat!
Check out a sneak peak of Olivia’s body transformation so far..
9th of August 2017
What did the bodybuilder say when he opened his protein tub?
Couldn’t think of an opener so I thought I’d open with a dad joke!
So last week I had an awesome drop which felt amazing but as predicted I knew the stress of my show would get to me.
This week was all about finishing the script, learning lines and songs, staying on top of my vocal health and energy and of course getting my outfit together!
And whilst it all – sort of – came together by Saturday it meant some things were compromised. Never for a moment have I eaten the wrong thing and I have worked too hard to do that now but with time pressure – it meant that I wasn’t eating at the correct times which I’ve come to learn is everything. Eg. Eating too far apart means your starving and your body isn’t functioning properly which means I’m not losing fat but potentially gaining – also means that I’ll wanna snack like a beast post meal even though I just ate!
So I battled this week with eating as well as I could despite being stuck in a rehearsal or costume fitting and not being near my food. With a spontaneous lifestyle/schedule like mine it’s hard to know when you’ll have time to food prep or even bloody eat it. Whilst this has been my struggle the entire process – I’m still
Managing to make work.
This week wasn’t a huge drop but still closer to my goal. I dropped 200g, making a total loss of 10.8kg since May.
I am curious to see where my body goes this week as the aftermath of the show and catching up on all my other work, life stuff and exhaustion has taken a toll on me. Even so I bloody slept in on Tuesday BUT still managed to make it to my session. I’d like to thank über for that one.
I overheard someone say at the gym ‘it’s not get your goal weight in 20 weeks – it’s 20 weeks to set you up and change your life’ And it’s such a refreshing way to think about it. I really haven’t been putting the pressure on the ‘end of 20 weeks’ anyway but i really have changed my lifestyle and my life. And sure it’s slowing down but there’s still movement in the station and every bit counts.
So whilst my cravings for naughty things is real – it won’t get the better of me.
Not worth my time or let’s be real stomach ache. Ciao.
Before I wrap it up – just a HUGE thank you to those who came and saw my show on Saturday night and all the support from those who have asked how it went. Really means a lot. It’s incredibly hard to produce and perform your own work but with the best and strongest support team ever – it was a piece of gluten free, sugar free, diary free cake..
TEAM TABBAN FOREVER!
Love Liv xx
Olivia continues to prove that the secret to her success is believing in the process of the Tabban Muscle and Body Shape 20 Week Transformation Program. With her mentor and trainer Areti Anagnostellis by her side Olivia has stuck to her structured plan leaving any negative emotions, disappointment and doubts out of her mind. Her faith in her set goal is no longer a dream, it is becoming a reality!!
Not long now until the reveal of Olivia’s most awaited moment, her After Photo…
2nd of August 2017
Every week brings their own challenges.
Last week it was my old mate Tom.
This week was overcoming last week’s weight gain and I know next week will be balancing the stress of self producing my first cabaret as well as maintaining my weight loss journey, eating properly and of course training.
So I entered the week feeling anxious as I was really disappointed in myself but made sure I would do anything I could to get back on track.
Come Thursday morning – I’m literally a zombie. I train Wednesday mornings, teach all afternoon and finish the night with a dance class taught by our very own Remy.This Wednesday I also managed to squeeze in food prep time and babysat my nephew. Oi vey!
I could see my body had changed this week so I didn’t care what was about to happen on Thursday morning.
I also noticed that my body was moving much lighter than it had been in dance class ever before so if that was what I had achieved this week then I was ok.
Thursday morning was another killer morning with my midget squad. If I was dead before I walked in, well I was in the after life post session.
So let’s flash back to two weeks ago –
I weighed in at 67kg
Then last week 68.1kg
And this week I weighed in at 66.5kg…
HALLELUJAH! So I dropped 1.6kg this week and was in HEAVEN! I just needed that boost of confidence to help me on the home stretch to the 20 weeks..
I’ve lost count where I am but I’m trying not to end game so I can just take each week as it comes so that I can just keep striving for the body shape I want, without the time pressure!
I’ll get there – just have to stay focused and keep going.
It was nice to see some friends who I hadn’t seen in some time who were incredibly supportive and excited for my journey here at Tabban.
Post weigh in – I Started my week off with a day of well earned rest (this was after my 6am shift at the gym) but of course I was back to walking 8km and then training on Monday!
As much as I wanted my nutrition to change, I’m really glad it didn’t. This week was too busy to have get my head around a new nutrition.
I still can’t believe my life is now going to the gym and eating clean…who am I?!
I don’t even know…I guess a lighter, stronger version of myself – I’ll tell you that much.
Alrighty folks – Going to leave you with a little something I read yesterday:
‘You gotta have balls to reach for the stars’
Be right back – reaching stars.
See you there 😉
Love OC x
Olivia continues to share her journey with our Tabban members and friends
This young lady continues her pursuit to transform her shape, mind and lifestyle.
Olivia is all the motivation you need as she keeps it real whilst achieving her goal!
With 10 kg down she shares her thoughts, her highs and her lows
Thank you to all for the support you have given our Tabban receptionist Olivia
Just another before shot..
26th of July 2017
Whilst Helen Reddy (the singer of the song ‘I am Woman’) taught me to be a strong independent woman from a young age, something I pride myself on.
‘I am strong. I am Invincible. I am woman.’
This week being a woman kinda sucked. BIG TIME.
I had a little visit from my best friend TOM this week…if ya know what I mean.
Cute. As. Hopefully you can sense my tone and understand where this blog is going.
Yes that’s right, just after hitting the big 10kg, I put on a kilo. Have to admit it was slightly soul destroying…especially combined with a week that didn’t really go my way. Made for a killer inner dialogue. Yuck Yuck.
It was unfortunate that the next few days post weigh in were all over the place in terms of no food prep and my new found routine completely destroyed, I was as they call it a ‘hot mess’. You cannot control everything but you definitely try to turn your mindset around and try to kick life in the butt.
So after I spent alllllll of Thursday and Friday sulking like the true diva that I am however I made sure Saturday was a day to find positive, self-motivated Liv who had literally worked her arse off to get where she is today.
Come Sunday, she was almost back. I ate at stupid hours due to work completely throwing me off BUT I did manage to walk from Southbank to North Melbourne in disgusting weather. I had truly deserved that steak for dinner that night.
Whilst Monday is not the beginning of my week, I wanted to have a clean slate for the next 4 days of training.
Areti. Destroyed. Me. But honey she needed it. I spent the day carefully calculating the food that I was eating and instead of having a cheeky nap between training, errands and work – I walked from the Alfred Hospital to Tabban. (Had a cheeky final check up on the burn and we are A-OK!!!!)
Jeez…By the time I got home on Monday night I was pretty much in the after- life.
You can imagine how Tuesday morning felt so when I arrived like the grim reaper herself to the gym that morning, I then discovered I was training alone. I missed my midgets (Laura and Anita – my training squad) that morning but I think me training alone was the kick up the butt I needed.
Areti turned up the heat and totally slayed me even more than the day before. I then made a big big mistake….I uttered the words ‘I can’t’ not once, not twice but FOUR FREAKING TIMES! Yes yes, you know what that means….50 squats per I CAN’T!!!!! So 200 squats later on top of my usual training…I decided to jump on the treadmill and do extra abs. Oi Vey! What. a. day!
You know, it’s well and good to be a little diva and hate yourself all week for some stupid mate like TOM and also secretly hate all men because they don’t have to deal with the ups and downs to being a WOMAN….BUT let’s be honest, was that going to help me at all? Yeah nah babe.
So kilo up or down this week…whatever happens. Happens. I won’t get anywhere being Debbie Downer – god she’s exhausting.
I know there’s a few at the gym this week who have had a poop week too so I want you to do what I’m about to publicly do.
Make a list of all the things that you totally kicked ass with this week!
– Walked like a machine crossing several suburbs instead of catching PT
– Not give in to temptation whilst feeling crappy.
Got myself a food diary and go back to basics to get back on track.
– Felt like a supermodel at a costume fitting because for the first time in my life, everything I tried on I FIT into and I looked GOOOOOOOOOD!…Hi boys 😉
So next time Tom comes to visit, I’ll make sure I pop out some tea and cookies for him and make him feel welcome, I’ll have a cry and then kick him out when I am so over him. Take it on the chin! Also – FOOD PREP YOU SILLY GIRL!!!!!! Rookie error honey.
Also fun fact – My cute little mama Rita has joined us here at Tabban. We are totally taking over. Go and say Hi to her, she’ll love the fame! She’s training with her YOUNGER sister, Doreen at 9am. (Going to win brownie points from Dor this week)
Here’s to another rough week…I’m going to finish with a quote from my idol Ru Paul.
‘If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here?’
This is where you yell out, ‘Amen’
Always and forever,
Olivia’s before shots are now a very distant memory..
Oh man – last week was not a fun week in almost every way!
BUT – despite all my bitching and moaning,
I was determined to turn my frown upside down this week.
So – let’s begin with last Wednesday. My first night off teaching all year so I decided to spend it at POSE CLASS! I really am mini Doreen!
I was absolutely freaaaaaaking out about pose. I had never let anyone (apart from Areti when doing my before shot) see me in shorts and a crop top so this was a huge challenge for me. I spent a lot of time staring at what was wrong with me in the mirror which was so unhealthy and the day before weigh in – I couldn’t help but judge myself. (I know I’ll get 50 squats for airing this)
However I actually enjoyed pose despite how painful and hard it really is. I never really understood how hard it was and found a new respect for those who compete. I was glad I did it and nice to know that apparently I’m natural poser – which I mean have you seen my pout? Kidding – it’s nothing like posing for a picture!
The next morning was like a bad hangover. Getting up in the morning to train was incredibly hard but I made it!
Then came weigh in…now I think I need to describe how this played out.
We know last week I put on 200g so I was nervy as.
I begin with excuses and telling Areti I’m ok if my nutrition changes blah blah
Then before I finish my sentence, Areti starts screaming with excitement. I didn’t even want to look. She then says ‘a kilo! A kilo! You lost a kilo’ we are all screaming and jumping and she goes to run out and tell Mike and Doreen when I look down and yell ‘wait wait wait!!!!! I’ve hit the 10kg mark!’ Well, the screaming is so loud only dogs can hear it. TEN FREAKING KILOS!!!!!!!!!!!! A milestone I NEVER thought I would ever achieve.
The day only got better as the good news kept rolling in. Was excited for the weekend to begin so I could keep the good nutrition and exercise up and all my personal endeavours in tact!
Did you know when liv gets an abundance of good news, she will get a side of bad news to weigh out her ego?
I’m determined someone has a voodoo doll of me. (Pick on someone ya on size)
So after 24 hours of good news and excitement – I was getting ready for work at the gym when I grabbed a container out of my cupboard which fell onto the fresh pot of coffee I just made – well if know me – you know what happened next. the pot of coffee spilt all down my right thigh. Now this is the second bad burn I’ve had this year so I knew exactly what to do. After running cold water on it, I went into shock and can’t recall most of the morning until the pain finally set in and I called my mum in tears. I didn’t go to work and ended up in the hospital with superficial and second degree deep burns at the top of my thigh.
I think it’s safe to say I’m not allowed to be near hot water unsupervised!
With this stupid set back, i didn’t want to go backwards with my training so I made sure my food was on point because I knew I would have to rest and not walk over the weekend.
By Sunday, walking was pretty much back to normal and Lucky for me I was working in a building with 5 flights of stairs so I made sure I made good use of them.
Training was a little difficult with a red raw burn on my upper thigh but I still managed to turn up and get it done.
With broccoli out of the diet – I’ve tried to get creative with herbs and spices in the kitchen this week. Here’s a tip…love Singapore noodles? Well I do and crave them a lot! Touch of curry powder and some hot water in your chicken and veg and bam! You got Singapore noodles and I don’t even feel bad about it.
Looking forward to this next week! Hoping the burn starts to feel normal soon so I can get back to squatting – never thought I’d miss squatting!
Now wish me luck because I have a weigh in tomorrow morning and I’m hoping it’s good.
Ciao for now,
Olivia is at the half way mark of her 20 Week Transformation
Here is a sneak peak Of Olivia so far!
Olivia is Loving her new Tabban Shape
Hello, hello, hello !!
Sorry for not updating in the last two weeks. My blogs were a week behind so this week we thought we could do a 2 for 1 deal and be up to date!
It has been an interesting two weeks but I think that it’s important I share, perhaps overshare as I’m sure you’ve been through the same yourself. We actually couldn’t have timed it better as both weeks juxtapose beautifully and have taught me some serious lessons!
Let’s begin with two weeks ago:
The morning sessions have been packed with members every morning leaving us puffed, sore and sweaty -just what this girl needs to make this summer body in winter. Now I’ve decided to step it up this week to really kick the last half in the skinny little butt! On top of my 4 training sessions and daily walks, I’ve stayed back an extra hour to join in on the comp girl extras, I also managed to squeeze in some extra dance classes in between all of that plus work and rehearsals. It’s been a big week…I mean if you know me, you’ll know that’s not unusual. The only unusual thing is that I am becoming obsessed with my fitness….DID I REALLY JUST SAY THAT?! Yes girl yes you did, look what you’ve done Tabban!
All T(truth), No shade – I was a little pooped about the previous weeks weigh in which is why I really upped my game this week. Come Sunday I thought I had dropped more since my weigh in and so I was really excited to jump on those scales. I always give myself little goals for the week and this week I asked the fitness gods to give me at least 600g…I dropped 800g, bringing me down to 67.8kg with a total of 9.2kg in 11 weeeeeeeks!
A little thing I’ve started doing is when doing my weekly shop I go either to the butter or flour isle…now before you tell me off, I don’t buy anything UNLESS I’m baking cakes to fatten my friends up. Cue evil laugh! Depending how much I’ve lost that week I’ll pick up a butter or packet of flour to see how much it is. It really puts it into perspective for me and even if it’s only 200g when picking up that 250g butter stick it makes me realise that every little bit counts. Seeing 9 1kg flour bags in your face is really quite confronting. God, how did I ever walk?!
I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Now as we venture into the week of the hell – please note there may be some details you might not want to hear from your friendly receptionist but that was the risk tabban took when asking me to become their weekly blogger…soooo don’t say I didn’t warn you.
So. This week. Hmmmmm.
Post weigh in, life was amazing. On Friday I put on my smallest pair of jeans and to my surprise they were so big, I could fit another person in them. So out of pure desperation, I had to go buy another pair. Little did I know the new pair would be a size 10! The last time I bought pants they were a size 14 and bordering on 16….I was beside myself! The weekend was then filled with buying some more active wear and overalls!!! I mean the fact that I nearly left the store empty handed because all the overalls were TOO BIG was just out of this world bizarre.
As you could say the weekend was AH-mazing and kicking goals left right and centre, thank you very much.
Until we hit Monday…let me paint a picture for you.
A cold classroom.
No fridge. No microwave.
For 3 days straight.
In short, kill me.
Living the gypsy life means you work several jobs at once and having no routine. Lucky having my training gives some sort of routine.
Despite how all over the place my life sounds, I actually enjoy the spontaneity of it all and love being busy however it does mean that everything gets a little out of whack for me.
Eating can take a huge toll. During the school holidays pre-tabban I would pick up anything I could find for that day and have a million snacks all of which I thought were healthy to help me get through my longgggg teaching day. Bless you olivia for having no idea what crap you were eating. This time I was prepped for these holidays however having no microwave or fridge and leaving the house at 6.30am meant that things would be compromised so that I wouldn’t be eating badly but also like you know food poisoning. So I spaced my meals out and ate correctly but it meant sometimes my protein would often come after work. Not ideal and wouldn’t recommend it.
So on top of this crazy ass week and hot mess weekly routine – now here’s where my TMI (too much info) section begins – I had some b’room issues this week. We all remember a few weeks ago I was BLOOOOATED. Well even without them bitchy green beans – I was suffering! So there was no ahh…umm…💩 this week which was the saddest thing ever… so by weigh in – life wasn’t looking so good.
Come Thursday morning I have my personal cheer squad for my weekly weigh in and this week the thought of weigh in made me want to cry. After not pooping and feeling bloated, I had a bad gut feeling…literally.
So I stood on and felt my heart sink as I saw I put on 200g…everything happened in slow motion. Well we can all guess what happened next, cue the waterworks. Yes there were tears, lots of tears but apart from feeling like I had failed and let everyone down, I realised how much I care and how invested I am.
So my partner in crime Areti, told me to cut out the broccoli and onion and to add chia seeds and psyllium husk to my diet…god has anyone had psyllium husk?! HIDEOUS.
Once I got through the shock of putting weight on after not eating anything bad but being ahhh…clogged. I knew I had to just focus on making this the best week ever to get myself back on track and also to RELAX and give myself a day off. See Doreen, I’m trying.
So I told Friday to bugger off and gave myself the day off I deserved and then backed it up with 1000 steps the following day…
As much as I had a dumb week personally and weight wise, the highlight was being able to write down at an audition that I was a size 10. Never done that before.
Oh and I also bought the cutest lunch box from Kmart because that’s where dreams are made.
TIME TO MAKE MY DREAMS HAPPEN!
PS, thank you to my angels who constantly support me and were there for my mini breakdown. Love you Areti, Doreen, Mike, Rem, Anita, Laura, Kim, Sam and Beccy.
Another before photo of Olivia
Firstly, thank you all for the glorious birthday wishes! It was an awesome Birthday spending it at the gym with all my new friends. You guys are the BEST!
I cannot believe I’m 10 weeks into my journey! It’s crazy how quickly this is all flying by which means there’s no room for cheating or being lazy. I’ve hit the half way mark and am 100g off my half way goal but that’s ok!
Let’s recap – I started at 77kg and have lost a total 8.4kg. I wanted to be down 8.5kg by the end of my 10 weeks but I’m not far! I have 10 weeks left and 8.6kg to go until I reach my goal weight. Now I want to also say that I’m not really caring about the final number because if I get to a weight that’s not the number I desire but the body I’ve always wanted then I’ll be happy. I’m just giving myself a guide.
This week was interesting! I started off in the wrong place. I had a huge weekend with the closing of a show and I had caught some sort of cold so all the performance adrenaline, snot and late nights set me up for a slow and sore Monday. Alright alright – Look I drank a gin too which after 10 weeks of no drinking really threw me…but hey a cheap shout! That’s an upside right?
So I was grumpy, sick and tired so come Monday night when I work at the gym I forgot to bring my dinner. ROOKIE ERROR LIV! Areti said you have to eat, can’t wait until you go home because it will be too late. So I carefully trolled through Ubereats to find the healthiest option. I ordered a salmon salad and greens on the side. Ok real talk – it was so amazing I wanted to cry and everything I put in my mouth was on my nutrition but little did I know those green beans in the delicious greens would become my nemesis for the week.
I battled the rest of the week with a bloated stomach. I looked pregnant and I didn’t get all the fun leading up…this became a huge problem for me because I am obsessive about my new baby bump so much so that Areti made me squat whilst on the phone to clients because I dropped the F WORD!
The obsession grew despite the extra squats so I researched how to get rid of bloating. I cut chewing gum, onion, gin, salt, broccoli (devastated – but broc is back this week and I’ve literally never been happier) and upped the ginger, peppermint tea, lemon and mint water, asparagus, celery and kale.
By my weigh in, I’d say I was 85% back to normal so my weigh in was only 200g down. So all in all, a loss is a loss as I’ve said before and I learnt something valuable this week. Green beans have no place in my life. I also thought most people would go nuts over their birthday weekend and eat cake or drink way more than I did but birthday cheating didn’t get the better of me. Birthday guilt – 0 Liv -1.
In terms of training, I’ve been…ahh I guess you could say lucky enough to be training with a few of the comp girls so everything has become harder. The weights are up, extra sets, less rest between sets and they make me pose!!! I really am mini Doreen. Lord give me strength…it’s been a hard BUT rewarding training week.
I’ve seen a few people in the last few weeks who I haven’t seen since I started this journey and it’s so fun to watch their face when they realise ‘something’s changed about you liv’ or ‘Liv you’re so skinny!’ I don’t know about so skinny but half way there…It is a super nice feeling!
So this week I’ve really tried to up my game for the last 10 weeks. Sticking to that nutrition 100%, walking at least 30 mins a day, not missing a training session and KICKING WEEKLY GOALS!
A lot of the members have come and asked me questions so comment with anything you want to ask me and about my journey and I’ll answer them next week for you.
Now excuse me – my pants are falling off so I better buy some new ones.
Kale and Protein,
21st of June 2017
Well well well – I wish I could go back in time and tell myself a year ago that you have no idea how much your life will change by your next birthday Liv.
So I set a goal for myself that by my birthday I would weigh 68.8kg – yes very precise I know…now my weigh in was the day before my birthday. The previous week I had weighed in at 69.3kg and the day before my birthday I jumped on the scales and weighed in at 68.8kg EXACTLY!!! WHAT THE FRENCH CONNECTION UNITED KINGDOM?! This can’t be real life. Every week I love Areti’s supportive reaction and her cute face beaming with pride as I drop every week. This week was extra special and the best birthday present I could have asked for!
So I decided this week to publicly write a letter to Olivia in 2016.
You’re doing well in 2017. Lots to look forward to.
Your Aunty will offer you a position at a gym which you will decline a few times before realising that
your crappy retail job is slowly killing any sort of imagination or passion you once had.
What you don’t realise is this job will change almost everything about your life and not only pay
your bills but open your life up to possibilities you never thought you could achieve.
You’ll no longer run to Maccas for a snack. You’ll get off the tram a few extra stops to walk to your
destination. You won’t max your credit card on Ubereats. You won’t sleep in anymore. You’ll long
for kale and protein shakes. You’ll get up before all your friends and lift weights. You’ll finally fit
into those jeans you stopped wearing 4 years ago. You’ll watch your Friends eat burgers and fries
whilst you order the salad. You won’t stop eating! You’ll make all those crap people eat their
words for calling you fat all these years and most of all you’ll be happy in your own skin!
You’ve worked up until now at being the actor you are today but you have no idea what the next
year will do for your confidence and career in the next year.
So put the ice cream down and tell your aunt ‘okay I’ll give the job a go’ and know that in a year you will have lost 8.2kg and counting and you will love your new lifestyle.
Kick it in the butt!
Love Liv in 2017.
Until next time…
14th of June 2017
Olivia our Tabban Receptionist is well on her way to achieving what she once believed was not possible.To remind her how far she has come we will continue to post before photo’s of Olivia until she completes her 20 week transformation.
I know I know – it’s been a few weeks! Did ya miss me??
Well we have a lot to catch up on…
Ok let’s start with two weeks ago, so I weighed in at 70.7kg so I only lost 100g. I was pretty pissed with myself and I had a really strange week emotionally. My thyroid was being a cute little pain in my ass so I was even more exhausted than usual so that made training an absolute fun park (please sense the tone)…but hey – I went. I conquered. The end…well not the end but I told myself to suck it up princess because a loss is a loss and all I needed to do was keep going and keep losing.
Well I then threw a spanner in the works for myself as I decided to change in my 8th week of training from Day 4 to Day 1 at 7am to Day 1 to Day 4 at 10am….this. was. different. I was in pain for the first time in 4 weeks.
I also never thought giving myself a sleep in would be the worst thing I could have asked for. I was walking into the week carrying last week’s not so awesome hangover and knew I had a huge week for myself with work, deadlines and opening a show. Cue selfless promotion: 21 Chump St playing at Chapel Off Chapel – 15th-18th June – tickets are $15. I play an undercover cop! And it’s only 15 minutes long.
Alright, alright back to the point – So, I started my training week off with my pocket rocket aunty who said something that stuck with me the whole week. As I was about to lift the thingy-mah-jiggy machine, yeah look I don’t know what it’s called – I hear it’s called the Smith Machine..for the FIRST TIME EVER! I was breathing in and cursing under my breath when Doreen politely YELLED in my ear, ‘Power of the mind baby!’
This is where you could say reality hit me like a tonne of bricks….she was right. I lost weight last week and yet I was being a little sook so I was struggling to get through the week. I decided to smack those feelings in the face and change my mindset to a positive one because if you know me, you’ll know I’m no sore loser so I wanted to bring my all or nothing personality into not only my training, nutrition but also mentality!
Well guess what, that all seemed to work for me because I lost 1.4kg this past week! As someone mentioned minutes after my weigh in – you could hear Doreen screaming from Swan st. I was so proud of myself. This put me in the 60s, weighing in at 69.3kg. I have not been in the 60s since I was a kid so this really was a special moment. I don’t know if anyone is a music theatre fan but for those who are- I called my mum and said ‘Hey Mama Welcome to the Sixties’
This was also the day before I opened my show to which I said to Areti ‘Oh I am going to sing well tomorrow night’
I ended this week on cloud 9…or I should say Cloud 69.3!!!!!
So I am writing this at the beginning of week 9 after a huge two weeks as I enter my BIRTHDAY WEEK, yes that’s right I am turning 18 this year. (Sorry guys – an actress never reveals her real age online and how dare you question my age…I could be 18 if I wanted to be)
I cannot believe I am nearly half way. I honestly can say I NEVER thought I’d get this far or that I’d lose 7.7kg in 8 weeks. I keep bumping into friends who I haven’t seen in months and it’s such a nice reward when they notice my hard work and how healthy I am looking.
I’m really starting to enjoy this new lifestyle. It’s become second nature, despite the ups and downs in mindset. I’ve got quite a knack for eating out whilst on this nutrition plan when I haven’t food prepped but when I have, sorry Dor, there’s a new chef in town and BOY I AM GOOD. Ok I’ll stop tooting my own horn now.
Before I wrap up, I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to YOU guys who have made getting up early an absolute joy. Your kind words have not gone unrecognised and I am incredibly grateful for my new friends and support network. I love this job so much and this gym….I think I better go before I start crying over my laptop.
I’m ready to kick the 60s in the BUTT!!!! Come and say Hi this week and please note all gifts and flowers should be sent to reception on Friday 16th My birthday. I’ll have my PA pick them up (…ok yeah it’s my mum)
OC OUT x
31st of May 2017
Follow Olivia on her 20 Week Transformation SHAPE Program®
Tabban front desk receptionist, Olivia, is an ordinary but very extraordinary young lady!
Olivia is an inspiring young actress that has many part time jobs to support her career and she is now working as a part time receptionist at Tabban Richmond. As Olivia had never been to the Tabban Gym before, she never imagined that she would be interested in the product she was promoting. As she worked at the front desk she watched our trainers and their clients training from afar. This prompted her to ask if she could start her own 20 Week Transformation. Olivia had exercised before but she knew that once she had committed to our program that this was going to be a lifestyle change.
As with every 20 week transformation, each client has a before and after photo as a part of their package. Olivia was so excited to begin her journey she came running into the gym screaming “I am here for my before and after shot!”- We had to then explain to her that we were only going to take her before photo today and in twenty weeks at the end of her program, we would take her after photo! Clearly a rookie, Olivia has embraced this opportunity and has let nothing hold her back.
Thank you Olivia for sharing your journey so far with our Tabban members.
Your favorite receptionist here!
For those who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. I’m Olivia, Doreen Nicolaou’s niece or as she likes to call me ‘Mini me’. I’ve always had the confidence, energy and no bulls**t policy my aunt has but I never quite had her tenacity to train.
I’ve tried fad diet and gym after gym where after a few months I’d get bored or no results and give up. I’ve always fluctuated with weight and had a secret love affair with burgers and fries so I was never going to get my bikini body I had always dreamed of!
I’ve always been hard working and dedicated when it came to absolutely anything except diet or exercise. So I needed to find the right thing to get me motivated. I am an actress and a huge part of our industry is of course the entire ‘package’. After working and training for 20 years in the industry, experience was something I could tick off my list. I’m sure as hell hoping I could tick talent off that list. However, I know why I wasn’t succeeding in most auditions when I would stand next to tall, skinny, strong girls. I wasn’t fitting in with these girls and let’s be real, the costumes.
So I had already been working for Tabban for a few months when one day I joked and said ‘this little fatty needs to get herself training’. I learnt two things after saying that – firstly, after all these years I found out what the ‘f’ word finally means and secondly, if you’re going to put something out there – stick to it.
So here I am, at the end of my 6th week.
In march, prior to training, I weighed in at 77 kilos – by far the heaviest I have ever been. Today, I weighed in at 70.8kg – the lightest I’ve been in several years.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Syndrome last year and was told it’s almost impossible to lose weight. Yeah well, sorry doc I proved you wrong!
Working at Tabban and starting my 20 week transformation has changed my entire life and it’s only just the beginning. I thank my weight dropping stars that I have Areti, Doreen and Michael to help me through this process. As well as my best friend Remy – the receptionist with the best tunes and dance moves. We have started this journey together and continuously encourage each other to keep going.
- Do your session early – then you have the rest of the day!
- Book your personal training sessions ahead of time.
- Get creative with your meals within your nutrition guidelines.
- Do it with someone who motivates you!
- And publicly write your progress because the pressure is on to keep going. (currently sweating from this public pressure)
- Don’t say sorry or you will get (50 squats) or I can’t (20 push-ups) – look I’m learning Areti.
- TRUST the process and your trainer!
I used to say ‘I don’t have time’, well I work 7 days a week and am currently working 3 jobs, rehearsing a show and have my own business. Trust me, you have time.
So, keep an eye out as I keep you updated on this journey.
Now excuse me, I have a protein shake with my name on it!
Follow Olivia on Instagram: @oliviachara