This more than two-month journey got me face-to-face with the most self-doubt, fear, excitement and exhaustion I’d ever known. Meeting Oprah was actually the easy part. To read about my Oprah experience, click here. It’s presented in reverse because I posted the most recent blog entries first, so you might want to start reading from the bottom.
Lynn’s Weight-Loss Journey, in their 2008 Half Their Size issue. To read the story, click on the photos.
“People, The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight: Part 1”
“People, The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight: Part 2”
“People, The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight: Part 3”
A few days later, a producer from Ellen called, but when she found out I’d been on Oprah, she said I couldn’t be on Ellen, like I’d be breaking a federal law. …sigh… I would love to meet Ellen.
The next day a producer from the Tyra Banks Show called and she didn’t care that I’d been on Oprah. But I’d promised my daughter Cassie that I’d babysit Claire during her shift at the hospital and so I told the producer no. And the producer was NOT happy. Neither was my daughter, who loves Tyra.
It’s not that I was anti Tyra. I had an obligation, and, truthfully, I wanted to babysit Claire more…much more…than I wanted to be on TV again. I was tired. Oh so very tired.
Writer shares journey to her 168-pound weight loss”.) That looks good on a resume.
To watch the FitNation video and read the story, see “Writer drops 168 pounds, inspires others.” The piece was shot at my daughter’s house, so the stairs and the dog featured in the video belong to Cassie. To read my blog about the CNN taping, see “CNN Comes To The Suburbs of Pittsburgh.” l
The day the CNN story aired, I was contacted by the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh to be interviewed for their nightly newscast. See “Clarion Blogger Sheds Pounds, Inspires Others” for the story and video.
That same day, a very nice woman from Weight Watchers called me and asked me to be in their magazine. I was so overwhelmed by everything that had happened since October that I said no. I just couldn’t do any more at that time.
Publicity (and to be clear, the following is NOT a complaint, just an observation) is exhausting. The form in which the publicity rollercoastered – Oprah, People, ET, Today, CNN, everything else – was something I’d never, ever in a million years imagined I’d encounter. I needed time to digest it and put it in perspective. That took awhile, and in the meantime, I put the stops to the publicity and said no to a few other requests.
I was also inducted into the Joy Fit Club on the Today Show in November 2009. You can view it here on YouTube (I’m on YouTube!! Wait…is that a good thing?)
Joy is as personable and kind in real life as she is on TV. To read my interview with her on my blog, see “My New Year’s Interview With Today Show Nutritionist Joy Bauer.”
I’ve really appreciated these opportunities. If not for them, I’d not know so many of you! And for that I’m the most grateful.
I love this article from Women's Day: "8 Amazing Blogger Weight-Loss Transformations." Yes, I'm on there, but so are the amazing Lori and Roni!