About Me

My name is Melissa.

I am 33, which really is quite an awesome age to be I must say. Old enough to have learnt alot yet young enough to learn so much more.

I live in Perth. It’s awesome, it’s fantastic, it’s a whole swirling cornucopia of fabulousness.

I’m tall, when I say tall, I mean TALL, i’m 6’2 or 188cm, it’s a blessing & a curse.

No I don’t play basketball, no my parents aren’t tall, & yes I am fully aware that i’m really tall for a woman.

Basically i’m just me, i’m fabulous, i’m complex, i’m original, i’m laid back, i’m occassionally inexplicably happy, basically i’m a whole plethora of spectactularness.

Anyway there’s a long list of things I like & things I don’t, but I wont bore you with the details. Let’s just say some stuff I like, some stuff I don’t.

I started this blog as a way to chronicle my lifelong struggle with trying to lose weight.

I have tried & failed more diets, & started & given up on more exercise routines than I care to remember.

I’ve locked myself into ridiculously expensive gym memberships, only to have my membership card collect dust in a bottom drawer somewhere after only a few weeks.

I’ve tried calorie counting, only to find myself giving up because I binged on food I wasn’t supposed to eat, & then realising that I tallied up enough points, in one day, to feed a small African village.

I’ve basically tried everything, & obviously failed everything too, because i’m still overweight (obesely so), still unhealthy & still unfit.

So i’ve decided to give it one last go, the sensible way, trying to eat healthier, exercise more & hopefully see myself reach the goals I have set.

On this blog each week, I aim to post about the exercise I have been doing, the food I have been eating, the changes to my lifestyle I have made, a weekly inspiration image, healthy tips or advice I have learnt, fashion I am lusting after, my measurements, my current weight, my goals & perhaps a photo of myself thrown in here & there so you can see visually how i’m tracking.

And hopefully by the end of all this, you will see a fitter, slimmer, healthier new me.






43 thoughts on “About Me

  1. A fellow tall person! Admittedly I am not as tall as you are [I am just shy of 6ft] but I find it really difficult as a taller woman to try to overcome the mental hurdles of what dress size I am, in comparison to what that would look like on someone of average female height.

    I think that really contributes to the denial too – convincing ourselves that we’re taller, so of course we’re bigger, dammit.

    I hope you find some confidence and self-esteem soon, good luck, looking forward to following your journey 😀

  2. I have just started this journey again… again… its nice to know that I am not alone… good luck with your weight loss and healthier lifestyle

  3. Good luck Melissa! I too have just started the weight-loss journey (approx 8-9 weeks ago) … tomorrow is my weigh-in. To date I’ve lost 17 pounds the good old-fashioned way. Healthier eating, all 3 meals and working out 2 days on, 1 day off kinda thing. Slow, but gradual it’s been.
    You CAN do this! 🙂

  4. Thanks @Jenzy, your encouraging comment made my day. Congrats with your weight loss so far & all the very best for the rest of your journey too!!

  5. Hi Melissa,

    I know exactly what you mean as I have been there myself. I had no choice but to change my lifestyle. Big scare by ending up in hospital with heart problems at the age of 36. I wish you all the best on your program and I support what you are doing 150%.

    Don’t give up, the rewards will be so worthwhile.


  6. Hey – another tall chickie! I’m 5’11”, so not quite up where you are, but what I’m finding is that bodybuilding is *right* up my alley. I’m big and strong, so automatically I’m better at it than all those tiny little girlies I’m friends with.

    Give it a go – get that gym membership out of your drawer, get a GUY trainer, and tell him you want to be given some seriously heavy weights. BTW, heavy weights will burn calories far faster than the light reps will, and your beautiful amazonian body will LOVE you for it! 🙂

    Give it a go. Trust me. I’m new to bodybuilding, and I’m like – “hey, where have you been all my life?” LOL.

    Thanks for the great post, btw. A friend rebloggest it.

  7. Yay shout out for the tall chicks!!

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I need to start looking into options other than just working out at home.

    So what does your bodybuilding routine entail? I’ve always thought about doing it but worried that i’ll look too masculine. Being this height ive always worried that people thought I was actually a guy dressed up as a woman.

  8. Wow (not tall only 5’7″ here haha) – your story could be mine. Dieting/exercising for so long. This is my last “Go For It” and if this doesn’t work I’m getting bloodwork done. Seriously. Love your blog and I am inspired!

  9. Hi Melissa. Just stumbled across your blog, and had an “A HAH” moment.

    I too am tall (6’0), heavy (260 lb) (I like to call myself “Zaftig” – plump and full of life), and recently decided to buckle down and get serious about losing weight. I too am focussing on better health (not ‘dieting’, but “different food choices” as obviously I’m needing to modify my nutrition).

    This past month I started doing weight circuits in addition to cardio at a local fitness facility (which is a great, non-intimidating one as it has people of all ages and sizes, and lots of good facilities and programs – maybe that is a key thing to make workouts outside home succeed – find a place that is ‘accepting’. I’m loving the weight circuits – they are a suprisingly good workout, and I really need to build up my upper body strength, particularly.

    I’m going with my extended family (we live all over Canada) to Hawaii in October. I was thinking, “Maybe my inspiration should be thinking about what I’d look like in a bikini'”. Which is how I came across your blog – how perfect – “Kaftan to Bikini”. You go, grrlll…

    Keep up the posts – its very inspiring. I’ll check in regularly and let you know my progress, too!

    Lorraine in Toronto

    • Hi Lorraine, thanks ever so much for stopping by my blog.

      Congratulations on the decision to make some healthy lifestyle changes & to put them into action. Sounds like you have had a very productive past month, keep up the awesome work!!

      Lucky you going to Hawaii, that’s fantastic motivation, wish I was going too 🙂

      Looking forward to hearing all about your progress, we can compare notes!!

  10. You’ve created a really great, genuine blog about something i know a *lot* of women (and men) struggle with: weight, eating habits, generally maintaining a healthy lifestyle…
    Thanks for putting this out there!

  11. I love it. we all gotta find our own ways of motivating ourselves. YOU CAN DO IT!!! Im a gym buff “LOVE ME THE GYM” I keep my eyes on Certain guys and tell myself i have to be better than them! this keeps me motivated. I am gonna keep watching your progress. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

    • Thanks for the positive comments!! Loving your way of motivating yourself, might have to try it as well, I need all the motivational tips I can get.

  12. I stumbled on your blog today and I’m totally inspired. I’m 6’2 also and am always trying to lose weight. I managed to drop 50 pounds last year ,and have gained 10 over the last 5 months. My ultimate goal weight is pretty much where you are, and I’m feeling so inspired to get there! Good luck in getting there too!

  13. This is a great movie that you might like and you might find it helpful–I did. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This website sells it, but you can see it on Netflix: http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/

    I also discovered a really good “diet” program called “Beyond Diet.” http://www.beyonddiet.com. Obviously they are selling their material, but it was not much and I felt it was worth what I paid. I don’t work for them, or get any money from referrals. I just think it’s good, and think it might help! There is a free video on their home page that I watched that really thought me a lot about food and fat, and I think it’s just really good info for anyone to have.

    I look forward to tracking your progress!


  14. I think you have made a great choice to start Blogging through your journey of weight loss. There is such a huge community of support here that will be cheering you on. Much success to you.
    You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

  15. Thanks for checking out my blog & following.. I’m loving your daily quotes. I, too, am a tall girl (5’10). 🙂

  16. We’ve got some things in common: I love Melbourne, I am loosing wait via a lot of sports (and it isn’t going as fast as it should), I am 180cm, so not as tall as you are, but taller than most women. I hope you’ll achieve your goal 🙂

  17. Good luck with your journey. I’ve also had to make some lifestyle changes with regards to eating. Not so much for weight but for health reasons. My blog is dedicated to healthy foods that don’t taste healthy if you ever need some ideas!

  18. Hi! My name is Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a diet/fitness app and website. I bumped into your blog yesterday and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in getting 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    In case you don’t know, our website SlimKicker basically turns your diet/fitness goals into a level up game. The tracker will work with the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to approve this comment as this is more of a private comment 🙂

    • Trying to lose weight in general is a very hard task, but even more so when you have PCOS. But we will both get there eventually, it may just take a little longer than other people without PCOS.

  19. Thanks so much for the follow!! I’m looking forward to reading more about you. Congrats on your lifestyle change too! Keep up the good work with the weight loss, we can do this together!! Gina

  20. My name is John and my blog is http://www.ourpersonaljourney.wordpress.com. I have enjoyed following your blog and I have a proposal for you. I am inviting you to write your journey (and it doesn’t have to be about losing weight) for my blog. It can be any kind of journey that you want, depression, drugs, your spiritual walk, life experiences, etc.. Anything where you can see that you were in one place and ended in a better place and what you learned. I will put a link to your blog along with it. My hope is that we can bring each other some new traffic to each of our blogs. I hope we can both benefit from this.

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    me? Bodybuilders are satisfied with the results after prohormones cycles, just
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