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Excess Baggage – After The Elimination An Amazingly Honest Blog Post By Gabby Millgate

Thank you Gabby for sharing your post Excess Baggage journey with us we are indeed privileged.

GABBY’s Blog  1 Week after elimination… 

I’ve had a turbulent time. When I came off the show I wanted to rest.

The first week off the show I gave myself a week off from exercising…was this a Mistake?

See what I did to the kitchen after a late night binge.

Or click the link to clip here.

I felt sad.

I felt grief.

I felt fear.

And I know I felt fear because all I wanted to do was sleep and eat, just like at the Gordon Dam Abseil.

I felt angry that I’ve had opportunities stolen from me by people who were competitive rather than collaborative-at my expense. (running theme).

I felt defeated that the unexpected wipes out my foundations over and over again and I’m always back at the beginning. (who knew a high jump would be my down fall…deep)

I felt depressed- I’m not practiced in being clever or competitive…I only know how to collaborate and serve with honor-I don’t belong in a world that doesn’t have these values.

I felt depressed that I didn’t anything …except maybe a tele-thon for reality contestants of canned/panned reality shows.

“Well” I says to self “Find a group to belong to”. After visiting a number of gyms that just didn’t feel right, I found one that did.

I love my new gym. The best I’ve ever seen. On the cutting edge with their training and support.

The name is perfect too: the Body Transformation Centre. They are the first group I belonged to. I’ll be uploading videos of my progress with them.

I think I’ve put on a couple of post elimination kgs. This time I’ll catch it before it creeps up.

Dr Tim had suggested I identify & use my strengths. Blogging lets me offer my efforts to sharing what works & doesn’t work for me.

I’m now part of my local community and they help me…that’s where I feel I belong.

The twitter and facebook support has been amazing. Thankyou thankyou thankyou.

Even the guy who cleaned my windscreen at the lights said” Muriel’s wedding right?…you’ve done well on that show…lost a lot of weight”.

“Thanks for helping me see better” I said. He said: “I’m here everyday”.  So please check out his intersection (Annandale cnr Pmtta rd).

I’m really missing the cast &crew of excess baggage…the daily interactions…the dramas.

Luckily I can still watch them all on TV.

This week I’ve got to stop all the swirling “what ifs” and “what nows?” that are swirling in my head.

I think a good stock take is in order. I’ll let you know how it goes.


Excess Baggage screens on GO at 6.30pm Monday to Thursday.



1 Maree Pilakis { 03.19.12 at 5:55 pm }

Hi Gabby… You did extremely well on the show …… You should be very proud of all you achieved while on it! You showed the whole of Australia what a strong woman you are … A side of you that ordinarily we wouldn’t have seen…. But we did!!!! So we know you are strong enough and gutsy enough to achieve it on your own ! My thoughts are always with you!

2 HungryHippo { 03.19.12 at 11:12 pm }

Your a champion Gabby.I was so dissapointed when you were elimimated unfairly. But I was rapt when you stood up for yourself and questioned the judges. I think your a lot stronger than you realise. I wish you all the best for the future and hope we get to see more of you on tv.

3 Gabby { 03.20.12 at 12:03 am }

Thanks Maree thanks HungryHippo.

4 Rhubarb Whine { 03.27.12 at 4:23 pm }

Gabby – I gather from this you blog elsewhere. care to share the link? Love to read your writings.